This morning, I woke up to find that the PDF for Chicago by Night, the Onyx Path book that I backed on Kickstarter last year, was finally out. I’ve loved the World of Darkness setting ever since I first saw the Vampire the Masquerade and Werewolf the Apocalypse books sitting on the shelf of Game Towne in Old Town, San Diego back in the mid-90s. I started to buy and collect the books, even though everyone I knew that the time was invested in Dungeons & Dragons.
I love my D&D as much as everyone else, but I also love the idea of horror games where you got to be the monster and you didn’t always have to be heroic. Needless to say, the idea really grabbed me, and I bought a lot of books. I did not get to play or run as much as I would have liked, but I was hooked on the setting. Unfortunately, those books that I had are now gone, but the love never left. A few years ago, I started collecting them again.
When the new version of Vampire the Masquerade was released, I snapped it up, naturally. I really like the way the new system works so far, and it’s not too different from what came before. As soon as the Kickstarter for Chicago by Night was live last year, I pledged. Onyx Path is a company that has rarely disappointed me, and I knew that the updated book would be in good hands. Matthew Dawkins, who is the lead designer for the book, loves the setting and knows it inside and out.
And now, I have the digital version sitting before me – and am still eagerly awaiting the hardcover down the line.
Since I just got the book, I haven’t had time to really read it, but I did want to provide a very brief look at the contents to give people an idea of what it contains. This contains only the briefest of looks. Those who are interested and who want to know more can let me know and I can do a deeper review down the road.
What’s in It?
As always, there is plenty of fiction in this World of Darkness book. I generally like the fiction (I’m a writer, so go figure), as it can help to provide readers with an idea of the tone and feel of the setting that you might not always get through the rules and descriptions alone.
Historical information about the city
Aspects of Chicago viewed through the lens of being Kindred
Information on Clan Lasombra
Key locations in the city that you can use
Information on areas around the city, such as Joliet and Gary, Indiana
Kindred and coteries in the city
Hooks for chronicles
A full chronicle called The Sacrifice
The artwork is fantastic throughout, as well. Of course, I’ve come to expect that from Onyx Path.
Oh Yeah, the Werewolves
I was hoping that there would be some information on my beloved and fearsome werewolves. Given the history of the city, I couldn’t imagine there not being. There’s actually quite a bit of information and plot seeds that I saw with a quick glance. I haven’t delved too deep yet, but I am interested to see all that’s there for the werewolves. I’m also awaiting the next editions of Werewolf and Mage. I’m hoping they aren’t too far off.
There’s a lot to digest with this book, but there’s enough information here that I feel I could easily set a Chronicle here instead of San Diego or Los Angeles, to cities with which I am far more familiar. I’ve only glanced at it and read a small amount so far, but I am loving what I am seeing.
As I said before, if you want to know more about the book and want a full review, let me know in the comments. It’s going to take a while to get through it, though.