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Keep walking.

Eyes straight ahead.

Don’t look back.

In the shadows and between the cracks of our everyday lives hide the Chronicles of Darkness. Here lurk creatures of ancient myth and urban legend. Here lie the graves of angels and the bunkers of secret government programs. Here every malformed horror you’ve ever seen out of the corner of your eye has a home. And they’ve seen you.

Don’t look back!

Chronicles of Darkness RPG rulebook contains:

  • A guide to creating characters to explore a world of modern horror, from hopes and fears to psychic powers.
  • Dramatic rules for investigation, social manipulation, and bone-crunching violence.
  • Over a dozen monsters straight out of weird fiction and urban legend… plus complete rules for creating your own.
  • The God-Machine Chronicle, a massive collection of sample characters and techgnostic adventures.
  • Formerly titled nWoD Core Rulebook 2nd Edition.

Note on the Print Editions: Standard Color uses a thinner paper stock than Premium Color, basically the same paper as the Black & White books. This usually means the colors are less vivid, but it also means the price drops a bit per page in the production process. Examples of pages: Premium Color vs. Standard Color.

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Pierre D August 20, 2018 1:06 pm UTC
I need to ask, i backed Changeling the Lost Second Edition on Kickstarter, will i need this book if i already own the World of Darkness 1st edition book and the God machine book?
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michael a W August 29, 2018 5:20 pm UTC
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For changeling, you’ll probably want to grab the Godmachine rules update to the nWoD books proper, but from going through the pdf, Changeling gives you all the rules and systems internally. You can look up investigations, chases, doors, etc., in Changeling itself and don’t *need* this book.

That said, having an additional reference for players is always helpful. People always need to look stuff up.
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Pierre D August 30, 2018 11:34 am UTC
That,s good like i was saying i already have god machibe
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Robert L March 22, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
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This is small but it has been really bothering me. On page 115 under Media and Inspiration it refers to "The Killing (U.S. or Dutch version)". It says Dutch, where it should say Danish.
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October 24, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
If I want to run Hunter do I need this or can I pick up a copy of the older version without all the God complex crap?
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Andrés T February 14, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
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It depends on what you are looking for: plain hunters or "Hunter: the Vigil" hunters. You can mix-n-match several books:
[WoD] World of Darkness
[HtV] Hunter: the Vigil
[CofD] Chronicles of Darkness
[MR] Mortal Remains

If you are looking for plain hunters without additional rules/conspiracies, you can use either [WoD] (1st edition rules) or [CofD] (2nd edition rules). This way it's just 1 book, but bear in mind that [CofD] includes a lot more than just The God-Machine Chronicles, and adds a lot of tools that improve storytelling and roleplaying, such as condition cards and tilts. It also adds rules for investigation and clues, social maneuvering, new rules for combat, and a framework for designing investigation chronicles (Called "Missing Persons").

If you are looking for playing [HtV] you can use [WoD]+[HtV] for 1st edition rules), or go with [WoD]+[HtV]+[MR] for 2nd edition rules. You could also try [CofD]+[HtV]+[MR], but maybe that would...See more
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Melinda Franke F April 18, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
I own [HtV], Some of the [HtV] books(Spirit slayers etc.) and Block by Bloody Block. I finally have a group that wants to play. I want to run the game with the most updated ruleset. Should I use [CofD]+[HtV] with my additional [HtV] books? Do I needed [MR]?
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Aimee S October 22, 2017 10:11 am UTC
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Really good book. Unfortunately the god machine stuff itself is all tepid recycled matrix-esque nonsense, but largely it's a very solid system with a big rules improvement over the original. Shame old World of Darkness fans bullied them into changing the name though, Chronicles of Darkness is a lot less evocative and has clearly created a lot of confusion.
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Paul B March 22, 2018 2:16 pm UTC
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"Shame old World of Darkness fans bullied them into changing the name though"

What a load of total, unsubstantiated, senseless drivel.
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Jannes E August 31, 2017 12:17 pm UTC
Will this be compatible with my old printed nWod source books? Ghost Stories, Second sight, VtR, Changeling, Hunter and so on?
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Isaac P January 23, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Yes to all.

Some, you might want another book. Mortal Remains for Second Sight, or Strix Chronicles for VtR
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Nadine S August 28, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
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So if I buy this book, I don't have to purchase "The God Machine Chronicles" anymore? Or is there additional material in the latter?
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Andrés T February 14, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
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No, you don't have to purchase "The God-Machine Chronicles", it's included in this book. I believe that the only change is regarding the included fiction, but that is published in "The God-Machine Chronicles Antology" book.
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Marcelino S July 04, 2018 4:19 am UTC
I bought the God Machine and the first Edition World of Darkness. So now I need this too? Just wondering. We started playing again.
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michael a W August 29, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
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No, this isn’t necessary. Any of the side game lines (mage, werewolf, Changeling, vampire, etc.) will have anything the gmc rules update might be missing. You’re good.
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DORIAN L August 16, 2017 1:17 am UTC
I don't understand which world of darkness core book I'm supposed to use with vampire and werewolf 20th anniversary? this one (chronicles of darkness) or a world of darkness 2nd ed (which i believe was made many years before the 20th anniv books)?
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Jeffrey M January 11, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
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Really this is the biggest marketing problem I think they made with this version. They really should have gone the dnd route and labelled them all as expressly version 2 or whatever. Also its weird that its not on amazon.
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Andrés T February 14, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
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The 20th Anniversary books use the old rule system (oWoD or cWoD). It's a different system and different setting. For those games you won't need this book.

I haven't played Vampire 20 or Werewolf 20, but as far as I know all the base rules are included in their own books, and there is no "base rules book".
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John B September 27, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
For V20 or W20 or M20 you just use those as is, they have all the rules in them, and they use the older Storyteller system, and they are set in the original "Old" World of Darkness setting which officially ended in an apocalypse (there was a chronicle for it, published in a book, that mixed W, M, and V and a few other OWoD games in it). IF you're new to WoD / Storyteller I suggest just getting V20 and run some of the older stories they republished for it, that was the true Golden Age of White Wolf / Storyteller, IMHO.
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Steven A June 21, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
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Recently purchased a hardback copy of this. I've enjoyed flipping through it, and I think the Horror creation section is a great addition, something missing from the game series that the Antagonist book certainly could've used (while the creatures presented in that book, like the Aswang or Beast of Bethlehem, are great, a helpful guide to create your own monster is a great way to keep things interesting!). I have a slew of World of Darkness books I've amassed over the time. I'm wondering: just how many of the stats and numbers from these books match up well with the new Chronicles? I know each of the splats (Vampire, Werewolf, Changeling, etc) is getting a revision, can we expect the same for the "blue books"? I'm sure Second Sight's clunky collection of psychic abilities has been replaced by the Supernatural Merits offered in CoD, but what about books like Changing Breeds? Will the slew of werecreatures presented in those pages get an update? Is one even required? Can Changing Breed Merits, Aspects,...See more
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Mattias G February 13, 2017 12:13 am UTC
I believe all the old Darkness- books each featured a city setting (I've only got the Philadelphia one). Could someone list what city goes with what book?
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Dan A April 13, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
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-Hurt Locker: Tokyo.
-Vampire the Requiem 2nd edition: Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Montreal, North Carolina, San Francisco, Swansea (Wales), Tokyo.
-Vampire the Requiem 1st edition: New Orleans.
-Werewolf the Forsaken 2nd edition: Basra (Iraq), Belfast, Bristol, Detroit, Holmes County (Ohio), MacDonnell Ranges (Australia), Tokyo.
-Werewolf the Forsaken 1st edition: The Rookies.
-Mage the Awakening 2nd edition: London, Los Angeles, Salamanca (Spain), Tokyo, Tucson.
-Mage the Awakening 1st edition: Boston.
-Promethean the Created 2nd edition: Las Vegas, Sacramento, Antarctica (yeah), Goa (India), Hong Kong, Tijuana, Seoul, Tokyo, Phoenix, Columbus (Ohio), Johannesburg, Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Prague.
-Promethean the Created 1st edition: 1st part of a chronicle starting in Chicago.
-Changeling the Lost 1st edition: Miami.
-Hunter the Vigil 1st edition: Philadelphia.
-Geist the Sin Eaters 1st edition: New York.
-Mummy the Curse 1st edition: Rio de...See more
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Mattias G May 18, 2017 7:32 pm UTC
Dan is the Man!

It's most helpful to know that VtR 2e has a setting in San Francisco, MtAw 2e has one in L.A. and PtC 2e has one in Sacramento, seeing as I'm writing a Californian hunters' campaign based in Oakland.

Biggest thanx!
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Matthew M November 17, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Any way we can get a soft cover?
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Nathan R December 31, 2016 1:16 pm UTC
Ditto
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Artem Vjacheslavovich G November 08, 2016 10:57 am UTC
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how about storyteller screen for CofD?
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Luis M September 07, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
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Hello guys!! I just bought Werewolf Forsaken second edition!! The content it´s amazing, but I have a question... Like that book I want to buy this one also the premium heavyweight.... But the paper... feels meh... I have vampire requiem first edition and the paper and quality it´s superb.... So I´m wondering now... all this second editions that are coming out or came.... are the type of paper Forsaken 2nd edition use??? Thank for the answer...
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Michael S September 08, 2016 9:54 pm UTC
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All the premium heavyweight books use the same paper and print method. Sadly, for all that Print on Demand technology has improved immensely, it's still not quite the equal to a good offset print run like the original NWoD books.
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Luis M September 13, 2016 7:41 pm UTC
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Thank you Michael for the answer! Yea I was waiting for other quality, but it still ok! Do you know if there´s a lot of difference to standard quality?? Thank you.
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Michael S September 14, 2016 2:16 pm UTC
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I have a standard heavyweight copy of Exalted 3. It's perfectly usable, and still quite nice, but the colour is a bit washed out and unsaturated compared to the premium books I have. The CofD book is so dark, full of blacks and dark blues, so it would probably come out more grey and flat, and some of the detail in the very dark illustrations might be a little harder to make out. But the text should be just as readable, when on a light background.
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Luis M September 19, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
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Michael, Thank you very much for your kind answer. That told me if I should keep buying the premium or normal books. Have a nice day!!
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joseph F May 07, 2016 4:17 am UTC
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Does this book have an included chronicle or do you need a separate book
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Alexander C May 12, 2016 9:13 am UTC
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It includes the material from God Machine Chronicles. The book's pretty much in two parts, the first is the rules which is pretty much first edition with the rules updates from GMC incorporated then the second half is all the GMC specific stuff (story seeds and the like).
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Michael B April 08, 2016 3:10 pm UTC
I have greatly enjoyed the #nWoD series over the years. It took me a little time to get into it after the end of #cWoD. I am even more in love with the series now with its new name and direction. It feels like the perfect fit. I look forward to giving you even more of my hard earned money for future releases!
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Joshua D March 30, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
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Are there any changes between this and the New World of Darkness core book? Could I still play Midnight Roads with this one?
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James L March 11, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
Would like to see a paperback option like the first edition WoD has...
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