Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle offer - Chronicles of Darkness

This is the first bundle offer of the year, another bunch of stuff for White Wolf's horror systems:

"This offer presents the 2004 First Edition World of Darkness rulebook from White Wolf Game Studio, together with many of its "blue book" supplements. These general-purpose books underpin all the Storytelling games in the Chronicles series, including Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Mage: The Awakening, and others.

Chronicles of Darkness, formerly known as the "New World of Darkness," was the 2004 reboot of White Wolf's sprawling "Classic World of Darkness" Storyteller line. Vampire: The Masquerade gave way to The Requiem; Werewolf: The Apocalypse was replaced with Forsaken, while Awakening was the counterpart to Mage: The Ascension. With a streamlined rules system and a metaplot-free approach, the new line favored a tone of dark mystery versus the apocalyptic "Gothic-punk" of the Classic WoD. For background behind the changeover, see the August 2007 Escapist article "World of New Darkness."

In December 2015 Onyx Path Publishing and White Wolf announced the 'new' WoD would be renamed Chronicles of Darkness. "On a creative level, they deserve to be distinct and different in order to grow as they need to," wrote Onyx Path founder Rich Thomas."On a communication level we have found folks confused by which lines go with which WoD, to the point of walking away as we try and explain. And on a licensing level, garnering interest outside our hobby has been a nightmare. One kind of Hollywood type has a 3.5-second attention span, by and large, and you have to hook them right away, while another type Googles everything as you're talking. The first will be gone before you can explain the N in new WoD, and the second will find page after page of info that sounds similar but is different and is all coming up under 'World of Darkness.'"

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, All Hands Volunteers.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$133. Customers who pay just US$17.95 get all four titles in our Player Collection (retail value $66) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:

  • World of Darkness First Edition rulebook (retail $15): The 226-page core rulebook (2004) of modern urban horror -- foundation for all the Chronicles of Darkness settings. [Previously presented in several of our White Wolf offers.]
  • Armory and Armory Reloaded (retail $18 apiece): Every kind of weapon and fighting style to battle the horrors in the shadows. [Armory was also in our January 2017 Hunter: The Vigil offer.]
  • Skinchangers (retail $15): Play the unique and mysterious human skinthieves who achieve animal transformation.

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $27.95 to start, also get our entire Storyteller Collection with five more titles worth an additional $67:

  • Antagonists (retail $15) and Urban Legends (retail $15): Foils, adversaries, and jump-scare frights for your Storytelling characters.
  • Urban Legends (retail $15): The real skinny about sewer alligators and kidney thieves in the Chronicles.
  • Tales From the 13th Precinct (retail $15): Cops and the legal system in the Chronicles of Darkness.
  • Dogs of War (retail $15): The horrors of warfare, which can outdo the worst supernatural creatures.
  • Ruins of Ur (retail $7): A complete Storytelling Adventure System scenario beneath the deserts of Iraq.

At least one more title will be added at some point after launch. 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.

I'm afraid that this is where I cop out and say that this isn't something I particularly want but it nevertheless looks like good value. I'm really not doing horror much any more, and I'd probably use Forgotten Futures if I wanted to run something. But it does look like good value; as usual I need to emphasise that since I don't pay for this stuff if I want it I may be biased, your mileage may vary, etc. etc.

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