We’re back with another “Ten Things” about a Chronicles of Darkness game, this time for Changeling: the Lost. This is currently in the process of getting a Second Edition but I don’t think it’ll change things much. Like the “Ten Things” posts for Vampire, Werewolf, and Mage this is more of a “general themes” list than anything. It builds off the original list of seven items, with specifics for Changeling below!
Continuing with our series on Ten Things to Know about various settings in the Chronicles of Darkness, in this post we’re going to take a look at Mage: The Awakening. This gameline is steeped in lore like all the rest but also
Continuing with the Ten Things to Know About the Chronicles of Darkness, today we’re going to go over the world of Werewolf: the Forsaken. While it inherits some of its themes from the older Werewolf: the Apocalypse, it’s a very different game with some interesting quirks.
Last week I gave you guys Ten Things to Know About the Chronicles of Darkness as a quick way to get your gaming group up to speed on this rich setting. I’m now spending time on each of the game lines to round things out. There were seven items on the last list; this time we’re circling back to the splats and then including some specific items about vampires.
Campaigns (or, more properly, “chronicles”) in the World of Darkness involve a lot of different elements. These gamelines have been celebrated for decades as rich storytelling systems that have huge followings but they also are notoriously dense in lore. If you want to start a new campaign using the Chronicles of Darkness, here is a short list of items to get your gaming group up to speed.
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!