Another day, another bundle, this time a game setting I understand to be fairly good, or at least to contain some interesting ideas:
The Dracula Dossier, an epic improvised horror-espionage campaign for Night's Black Agents, star designer Kenneth Hite's GUMSHOE System tabletop roleplaying of burned spies vs. vampires from Pelgrane Press.
In 1893 a visionary spymaster in the British Naval Intelligence Department tried to recruit the perfect asset: a vampire. Operation Edom contacted Count Dracula in Transylvania, set up a safe house and headquarters in England, and arranged transit. Then it all went wrong. Dracula betrayed his minder and double-crossed NID. British intelligence hunted him down on his home ground and terminated him with two knives and extreme prejudice -- or so they thought. Dracula lives. Now it's up to you to finish the job.
Funded by a spectacular November 2014 Kickstarter campaign, the Dracula Dossier series follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning The Armitage Files campaign for Trail of Cthulhu. Players follow up leads in the margins of Dracula Unredacted, a rare edition of Bram Stoker's masterpiece that reveals the terrifying truth behind the fiction. Players choose which leads to track, which scarlet trail to follow. The Director, using the clear step-by-step techniques in these ebooks, improvises a suitably blood-soaked thriller in response to their choices. Together you create your own unique story -- and you learn why Ben Riggs at Geek & Sundry called The Dracula Dossier the greatest RPG campaign of all time
(Pelgrane Press has a great eyes-only page of Dracula Dossier resources.)
We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.
Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, V-Day.
This comprehensive offer presents the entire Dracula Dossier line, with a total retail value at launch of US$112. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all three titles in our Agent's Collection (retail value $54) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Night's Black Agents core rulebook (retail price $25), Dracula Unredacted (retail $20), and The Edom Field Manual (retail $9).
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $26.95 to start, also get our entire Director's Collection with three more titles worth an additional $58, including the indispensable Dracula Dossier Director's Handbook (plus the Dracula Deck of nonplayer character cards); The Edom Files scenario collection; and The Hawkins Papers, with over 30 beautiful player handouts.At least one additional title will be added later. "When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."
Dracula Dossier resources
I mentioned this to a friend who is more familiar with the system who tells me "Good stuff too, if you don’t mind the system and a whole lot of improvising" - my feeling here is that this will appeal especially to those who are already familiar with Night's Black Agents and/or Gumshoe, or are prepared for a fairly steep learning curve (or can adapt it to systems they prefer on the fly). On the whole I probably won't be running this - one of the campaigns I outlined for Forgotten Futures IX was a military vampire-hunting setting based loosely on Dracula and I'd probably go back to that if I wanted to do more with vampires. But it looks like a reasonably good deal, depending on how much of it you already own, if your interests go that way. Recommended, but all usual cautions and disclaimers apply
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