Category Archives: Night’s Black Agents

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Call of Chicago: One Shot At Dracula, Twice

“He placed me in a comfortable chair, and arranged the phonograph so that I could touch it without getting up, and showed me how to stop it in case I should want to pause. Then he very thoughtfully took a chair, with his back to me, so that I might be as free as possible, […]

Call of Chicago: Bufflegumshoe

Somewhere in the beautiful jungles of social media, or perhaps in the dappled glen that was Origins, some unheralded genius-slash-troublemaker asked me “so how would you drift Bubblegumshoe and Night’s Black Agents to play Buffy: the Vampire Slayer?” How, indeed, blithe spirit. A couple of informational footnotes before we launch ourselves into that glorious void: […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Dracula Unread

Dracula Unredacted is many things. Weighty, certainly. Terrifying, possibly. (Brilliant, modestly.) Welcoming – not necessarily . Now, you may be blessed with players who are already avid Dracula fans, or players who are salivating at the thought of all that delicious cross-referencing and speculating, in which case they’ll happily devour the World’s Biggest Campaign Handout and ask […]

Free RPG Day 2016 – Swords Against the Dead/The Van Helsing Letter flipbook

Released on Free RPG Day 2016 – now available to download here. The Dracula Dossier – The Van Helsing Letter Just before he vanished, Abraham Van Helsing – doctor of medicine, doctor of law, and secret vampire hunter – wrote one last letter hinting at an unsolved case. Now, more than a century later, that letter is in […]

Call of Chicago: Company Men

In the shadowy world of The Fall of Delta Green, you never know who’s got clearance, not to mention who’s got your back … and who’s got your back in his sights. The Company man – the man from the CIA – might fit any of those descriptions, or any other. That’s kind of the point, […]

Call of Chicago: Seeing Red Mercury

“Behold a great Mystery which I reveal to you without an enigma; this is the secret of the two Mercuries which contain the two tinctures. Keep them separately, and do not confound their species, for fear they should beget a monstrous Lineage.” — The Six Keys of Eudoxus (date unknown, first known publication 1689) The […]

The Plain People of Gaming: Dracula Dossier Motifs

Improvising telling but subtle details on the fly is tricky, especially if the players catch you off-guard. They’ve suddenly flown to Iceland to follow a lead you hadn’t prepared, and now you’re scrambling not only to get back ahead of the Agents, but also get a handle on where the overall campaign is now going. […]

Call of Chicago: The Hand of Glory

“Look! It burns clear, but with the air around, Its dead ingredients mingle deathliness.” — Robert Southey, Thalaba the Destroyer, a.k.a. “The Other Other Romantic Vampire Poem, You Know, The One That Gets No Respect” From Gerard de Nerval to Harry Potter to the pub-rockin’ Smithereens, the Hand of Glory knocks so sneakily at our culture that […]

Datavisualising the Dracula Dossier

If you hang around my social media presence (or Ken’s, whose twitterings are to mine as Dracula is to a small fruit bat), you may have seen this funky diagram floating around. It’s a map of every (or nearly every) node in the Dracula Dossier and the connections between them. I ostensibly built it as […]

31 Nights of Dractober: Horror of Dracula (1958)

Horror of Dracula (1958) Director: Terence Fisher Dracula: Christopher Lee Consider this film (just called Dracula in the UK) the anti-Coppola Dracula. Relentlessly modern (it was the first Technicolor vampire film) and breathlessly paced yet luridly Gothic to the core, carving to the heart of Stoker’s novel while discarding its plot almost entirely, it would […]

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