So I finished running a two year long 5th edition Curse of Strahd game for my group this past October. It was hella fun, and we had a great time especially with Castle Ravenloft. I switched out DM duties for a much needed break; my friend is running Delta Green and now I am running an Altered State sandbox between his adventurers.
A little while back, I was playing Darkest Dungeon, thinking about Star Trek TNG and the Moriarty holodeck episodes, and I had a thought; wouldn’t it be a cool halloween one shot to have my Altered State runners be invited to try out the newest virtual video game and enter Castle Ravenloft? I was thinking it could be the standard trope of rumors saying people die in the game and die in real life. Someone invites the players to the game (they have no idea it will be Castle Ravenloft). Upon entering I hand the table a bunch of pre-gens all based on characters from the 5e module who they met when we played our game (Ireena, Ismark, Victor Valkovich, Van Richten, Esmerelda, etc.). Each runner picks one but keeps their own personality, like they are playing a video game character. Their goal; explore the castle, kill Strahd, and escape before the night is over. If they die, they choose a new character from the roster. If all characters are exhausted, the runners start dying.
Anyway, excuse my rambling but I am really excited about this idea and think my group would really love it (Plus I could invite some more friends who never got to play Curse of Strahd with us for a fun one shot). I figure the first thing I should do is convert Strahd over to ICRPG. How can I make him challenging in this type of scenario? How would you stat him out?
tl;dr: I want to run Castle Ravenloft as a “holodeck video game” in my Altered State sandbox. How would you stat Strahd von Zarovich?
Help me shieldwall, you’re my only hope.