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.)
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This comprehensive offer presents the entire Dracula Dossier line, with a total retail value of US$119. Customers who pay just US$19.95 get all three titles in our Agent Collection (retail value $54) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the Night's Black Agents core rulebook (retail price $25), Dracula Unredacted, and The Edom Field Manual (retail $9).
Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Director Collection with five more titles worth an additional $80, including the indispensable Dracula Dossier Director's Handbook (retail $25) plus the Dracula Dossier Deck of nonplayer character cards (retail $15); The Edom Files scenario collection (retail $17); The Hawkins Papers (retail $16), with over 30 beautiful player handouts; The Thrill of Dracula (retail $7), Kenneth Hite's analysis of Dracula portrayals in novels and films; and, as a convenience to our customers, we also add The Van Helsing Letter, a quickstart adventure Pelgrane Press distributed for Free RPG Day 2016.
Dracula Dossier resources
- The comprehensive Pelgrane Press list of Dracula Dossier resources.
- Night's Black Agents designer Kenneth Hite ran a Dracula Dossier Actual Play session on One Shot Podcast (October 2014); Ken also briefly explained the NBA rules in a One Shot Podcast bonus episode.
- An interesting Pinterest page of Dracula Dossier reference photos.
- In Episode 173 (15 January 2016) of the podcast Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws offer a bunch of Dracula Dossier scenario entry-points.
Last time I said:
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
I don't really see any reason to change this.
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