If you’re not backing the Dark Eras 2 Kickstarter you might not have seen yesterday’s announcement about the book’s table of contents. Unlike the last Dark Eras book, the project didn’t start with a slate of ideas and add onto it but rather began with a blank and built it with the community. This means there was a lot of fan input into the book’s eras but also that we haven’t really known what will be in there… until now. So what can we expect? Well, here’s what I think…
With all of my Dark Eras posts lately, I was excited to see that A Thousand Years of Night was finally released by Onyx Path. This book is about elder vampires, creatures that have lived for centuries and been smart, adaptable, and ruthless enough to resist the grind of time. Obviously, Dark Eras and Dark Eras Companion are excellent resources for vampiric elders, it even says so in the book’s introduction. On the other hand, it would be great to have a book that was more than just “here’s how to make super-deadly vampires!” and actually addressed the themes of the matter. Is this that book? Let’s see!
We did it! This is the last one. I’ve covered everything up the year 1000 CE in the last posts (first the 20th century, the the 19th, then the next three hundred years, and then five hundred in one go). We’ve gotten back to the periods called “classical” or “ancient” depending on who you ask and we’re just going to sprint for the finish at this point! Get ready to go through the Roman Empire, the Greeks, the Egyptian kingdoms, and all the way to the Stone Age!
Of course, it’s all spoiled a little by the upcoming Dark Eras 2 (now on Kickstarter!) which will add a whole slew of new settings to the list. Still, more historical settings is inherently a good thing as far as I’m concerned so more power to them!
Last time I reviewed historical eras for Chronicles of Darkness, I got as far as 1500 CE. This is a nice round number so I stopped there but this time I’ll be going up to a specific, world-shaking event: the Fall of the Western Roman Empire. I know this wasn’t a global phenomenon and it plays into a western-centric worldview but it’s a big event in world history and it’s a big event in the World of Darkness as well. Regardless, this set of entries is a great rewind through European history as things get worse and worse. Enjoy!
In my previous posts I’ve been chipping away at the historical settings for the Chronicles of Darkness and today I’m continuing with that series by covering the next few centuries. We’re through the twentieth and nineteenth setting so today we’re moving through the next three centuries in one post. Buckle in!
The first time I wrote about historical settings in the Chronicles of Darkness I covered things in the busy 20th century. It makes sense that this century has the highest concentration of settings since it just passed but there’s more fun to be had out there. This time, I’m delving into another crowded century: the 19th!
The Dark Eras Kickstarter was a really ambitious project that sort of ballooned out of control. It grew so big, in fact, that it had to be split into two different books. In an earlier post I went through all of the published historical settings for the World of… Sorry, so sorry: the Chronicles of Darkness. Now that the Dark Eras Companion is out to backers, I’m going to go through all of these settings in chronological order to help out any GMs considering them.
Onyx Path, the current publishers of the World of Darkness lines, have been doing a lot lately to come up with material for historical settings. White Wolf did their share with Requiem for Rome, the vampire setting in the Roman Empire, and Mage Noir, a much thinner book about mages in World War II and after. Onyx Path continued with Victorian Lost, a changeling sourcebook for 19th-century England, and then decided to make a sourcebook with just a bunch of different historical settings, a book called Dark Eras that they would Kickstart.
Then things exploded.