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For years, it has been a legend. Somewhere in the dusty archives of MI6 is the complete version of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula — the unredacted version. The full story revealed clear pointers to the sources and methods the Service used in Operation EDOM, an 1893 mission that sent a bold agent deep into the Balkans to awaken and then terminate a very dangerous asset indeed. For years, it has been a legend. Somewhere in the dusty archives of MI6 is the complete version of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula — the unredacted version. The full story revealed clear pointers to the sources and methods the Service used in Operation EDOM, an 1893 mission that sent a bold agent deep into the Balkans to awaken and then terminate a very dangerous asset indeed. But the termination didn’t take. In 1940, desperate to stop Hitler’s march through Europe, the Service reactivated EDOM, and reanimated their Transylvanian asset. Once more, they found they had bitten off more than they could chew, and in the chaos of wartime Romania they put him to sleep. Or so they thought. In 1977, MI6 discovered that they weren’t the only players in this game. Their asset had left his own sleepers behind in Moscow and Romania — and in London — and inside MI6. The Service had to reopen EDOM, awaken Dracula again, to find his agents in their own ranks — or so they said. Perhaps that reawakening was the sleeper’s doing, too. Perhaps the Count never slept, not as the Service thought. In 2011, looking for a terror great enough to fight terror, MI6 once more reached for EDOM. Once more, Dracula reached back. That’s how you found the EDOM case file: the Dracula Dossier. The edition of Dracula you found is more than complete — it’s annotated. MI6 analysts and EDOM field men kept notes in the margins of their priceless copies of Stoker’s work, notes from 1940, from 1977, and from 2011. Notes collated into one master case file, a file that vanished in 2011. The file you found. This is the dossier you must decipher to find the secrets of EDOM, to reveal who betrayed the 1893 operation, to discover who in MI6 still serves Count Dracula today. And then, you must follow those clues to end the story once and for all, to close EDOM forever. You must find, hunt, and kill Dracula, the king of the vampires. The Dracula Dossier follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning Armitage Files campaign. Players follow up leads in the margins of Dracula Unredacted, chasing down the real characters from Stoker’s novel, their descendants in the present, and the British agents caught in the backblast. Combine these leads and notes with pre-prepared elements such as conspiracy nodes, eerie locations, and vampiric beasts. The dossier contains over 40 supporting characters in vampiric, heroic, or in-between versions. Different versions of the real Mina Harker, Abraham van Helsing, and the other stars of Stoker’s novel — and their modern-day successors, descendants, and survivors — can drive the story in any direction the players look. Players choose which leads to track, which scarlet trail to follow. The Director, using the clear step-by-step techniques in this book, improvises a suitably blood-soaked thriller in response to their choices. Clear advice to players and Directors on improvisation, with extensive examples and guidelines, helps you set the scene. Together, you will read and write your own unique version of the Dracula Dossier … if you survive. --- The Dracula Dossier is constituted by the Director's Hadbook and Dracula Unredacted.


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For years, it has been a legend. Somewhere in the dusty archives of MI6 is the complete version of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula — the unredacted version. The full story revealed clear pointers to the sources and methods the Service used in Operation EDOM, an 1893 mission that sent a bold agent deep into the Balkans to awaken and then terminate a very dangerous asset indeed. For years, it has been a legend. Somewhere in the dusty archives of MI6 is the complete version of Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula — the unredacted version. The full story revealed clear pointers to the sources and methods the Service used in Operation EDOM, an 1893 mission that sent a bold agent deep into the Balkans to awaken and then terminate a very dangerous asset indeed. But the termination didn’t take. In 1940, desperate to stop Hitler’s march through Europe, the Service reactivated EDOM, and reanimated their Transylvanian asset. Once more, they found they had bitten off more than they could chew, and in the chaos of wartime Romania they put him to sleep. Or so they thought. In 1977, MI6 discovered that they weren’t the only players in this game. Their asset had left his own sleepers behind in Moscow and Romania — and in London — and inside MI6. The Service had to reopen EDOM, awaken Dracula again, to find his agents in their own ranks — or so they said. Perhaps that reawakening was the sleeper’s doing, too. Perhaps the Count never slept, not as the Service thought. In 2011, looking for a terror great enough to fight terror, MI6 once more reached for EDOM. Once more, Dracula reached back. That’s how you found the EDOM case file: the Dracula Dossier. The edition of Dracula you found is more than complete — it’s annotated. MI6 analysts and EDOM field men kept notes in the margins of their priceless copies of Stoker’s work, notes from 1940, from 1977, and from 2011. Notes collated into one master case file, a file that vanished in 2011. The file you found. This is the dossier you must decipher to find the secrets of EDOM, to reveal who betrayed the 1893 operation, to discover who in MI6 still serves Count Dracula today. And then, you must follow those clues to end the story once and for all, to close EDOM forever. You must find, hunt, and kill Dracula, the king of the vampires. The Dracula Dossier follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning Armitage Files campaign. Players follow up leads in the margins of Dracula Unredacted, chasing down the real characters from Stoker’s novel, their descendants in the present, and the British agents caught in the backblast. Combine these leads and notes with pre-prepared elements such as conspiracy nodes, eerie locations, and vampiric beasts. The dossier contains over 40 supporting characters in vampiric, heroic, or in-between versions. Different versions of the real Mina Harker, Abraham van Helsing, and the other stars of Stoker’s novel — and their modern-day successors, descendants, and survivors — can drive the story in any direction the players look. Players choose which leads to track, which scarlet trail to follow. The Director, using the clear step-by-step techniques in this book, improvises a suitably blood-soaked thriller in response to their choices. Clear advice to players and Directors on improvisation, with extensive examples and guidelines, helps you set the scene. Together, you will read and write your own unique version of the Dracula Dossier … if you survive. --- The Dracula Dossier is constituted by the Director's Hadbook and Dracula Unredacted.

47 review for The Dracula Dossier

  1. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin

    Another Bundle of Holding package, and if it seems like I posted this very soon after posting the previous one, that's because (a) with toddler I don't have the mental energy for more serious work on my to-do list and (b) at some point, I stopped reading this and just did a real quick scan. And not for the usual reason, which is that I think I get the general idea and am not impressed with a book, but for the opposite: I get the general idea and am so impressed I almost want to talk a friend into Another Bundle of Holding package, and if it seems like I posted this very soon after posting the previous one, that's because (a) with toddler I don't have the mental energy for more serious work on my to-do list and (b) at some point, I stopped reading this and just did a real quick scan. And not for the usual reason, which is that I think I get the general idea and am not impressed with a book, but for the opposite: I get the general idea and am so impressed I almost want to talk a friend into running this. This is a set of books for Night's Black Agents, the vampire spy thriller rpg where the PCs play intelligence agents who realize they have to uncover and stop vampires. The premise behind this collection is that the book Dracula is a heavily redacted report of a real incursion of Britain by a vampire -- or rather, part of the story. The whole story involves certain elements of the British secret service (called Project Edom) attempting to coopt Dracula into their various wars and how spectacularly wrong it all goes. This bundle consists of * The Night's Black Agents core rulebook * The Dracula Dossier Director's Handbook and the accompanying Dracula Deck (for randomizing) * Dracula Unredacted, the complete text of Bram Stoker's novel Dracula (which is to say, three layers of annotations, not all of which agree on what happened in the past and what's happening in the annotator's present) * The Edom Files, a series of adventures in the past that outline the history of Project Edom * The Hawkins Papers, a collection of handouts * The Thrill of Dracula, Kenneth Hite's nonfiction reviews (mostly) of Dracula films, and how to steal ideas for your game Usually, when I boil down a Bundle into a review on one book, that's because that's the book that made the biggest impression on me, and the Director's Handbook is the book that made me sit up and pay attention. Because it's not just a fun premise that Dracula is real (especially for book nerds) (though also, as with other Gumshoe system books, there's some question about who Dracula is and what sort of evil he is), but this book presents less a campaign and more of a sandbox for improvisational play. Who do the players talk to? Well, here's 64 characters, each of whom may be an innocent (caught up in the Great Bloody Game), an asset of Edom, or a minion of Dracula. Where do the players go? Here's a chapter of possible locations. Here's a couple sample nodes of the conspiracy that they may interact with, from gangs to banks to churches. (To the entire political apparatus of Romania.) In a sense, this book provides something halfway between a written adventure and a campaign setting, something like a very focused setting: here's the whole world and all the people in it, insofar as they can help or hinder you in your fight against Dracula. I have no idea how it plays, but I would be very interested in finding out.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Peter De Kinder

    An interesting concept for a RPG book. However, I felt it left the information a bit too freeform to just start running a campaign. I had hoped the skeleton of the scenarios would have already been fleshed out, sort of like the Enemy Within campaign of Warhammer RPG. Too much work for me before being able to start running it. That being said, the wealth of information does give you all the tools needed to be able to write a proper campaign of your own. So that is definitely worth the while.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brian Rogers

    as far as gaming supplements go I'm hard pressed to find one better than this (maybe the Great Pendragon campaign). There may be others as good, but in boldness of inspiration, breadth of possibility, depth of research and strength of execution Dracula Dossier is all but flawless. (some of the additions to Dracula Unredacted read with a very slight false note, but that's honestly of little matter) As with many things I so very much wish I had a group for whom this story would work, but alas at t as far as gaming supplements go I'm hard pressed to find one better than this (maybe the Great Pendragon campaign). There may be others as good, but in boldness of inspiration, breadth of possibility, depth of research and strength of execution Dracula Dossier is all but flawless. (some of the additions to Dracula Unredacted read with a very slight false note, but that's honestly of little matter) As with many things I so very much wish I had a group for whom this story would work, but alas at the moment I do not. But it would be a damn lot of fun!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Tor.com Publishing

    What an interesting book. An alternate history where Dracula is on the loose is nothing new, especially to fans of Anno Dracula, but it's done in a clever way. I like books in this style: no canon, no answers, no truth, just suggestions for the DM. Look for the games take on "magic" items for my favorite bit. --MK What an interesting book. An alternate history where Dracula is on the loose is nothing new, especially to fans of Anno Dracula, but it's done in a clever way. I like books in this style: no canon, no answers, no truth, just suggestions for the DM. Look for the games take on "magic" items for my favorite bit. --MK

  5. 5 out of 5

    Michael Mc Donnell

    This is the mega campaign that Nights Black Agents (the best game about modern day spies, modern day vampires and modern day spies and vampires out there) deserved

  6. 5 out of 5

    kbreezy

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    Derek Johnston

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    David Lowry

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    Samuel Holley

  19. 5 out of 5

    Trung

    An absolute triumph of a gaming supplement useful for any kind of modern Era tabletop RPG!

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    John Willson

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    Fred Kiesche

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    Richard

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