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*OP Chicago Chronicles 1 (Vampire: The Masquerade Novels) (v. 1) Paperback – May 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire: The Masquerade Novels (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 334 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing (May 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565042190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565042193
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,717,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Graeme Davis was born near London's Heathrow Airport in 1958 and studied archaeology at the University of Durham.

He is the co-author of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, and has written over 50 titles for tabletop roleplaying games. His short stories have appeared in two anthologies by Stone Skin Press, and he has written historical nonfiction for multiple publishers.

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By Katie Luiz on April 11, 2014
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Fantastic. Great book. Gives detailed information on Chicago and the power structure. Although Volume 2 is better, this book is a must for running a great chronicle.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Karyn Logan on March 20, 2011
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Chicago by Night was one of the first supplements for Vampire: The Masquerade. This book was reprinted in a compilation volume, Chicago Chronicles Volume 1, along with The Succubus Club.

In setting their game in a dark mirror of the real world, White Wolf gave itself a challenge when it came to setting sourcebooks. D&D and other fantasy genre games could create new settings completely from scratch and could thus fill up word count with descriptions of the setting itself. White Wolf had to find a way to fill a book with just the supernatural elements of their settings, since the locations themselves were well known real world places.

As the first such setting sourcebook, Chicago by Night struggled a bit to find a proper balance between real world setting details and supernatural elements of the game world.

Chapter One is the standard introduction chapter, presenting an overview of the mortal and immortal Chicago. The chapter is a little scattered as it covers not only the normal White Wolf tropes of theme and mood, but also such mundane aspects of (un)life as traveling to and from the windy city and travel within the city as well.

Chapter Two covers the history of Chicago from the perspective of the vampires who dwell there. Thus it either glosses over, ignores, or puts a vampiric slant on real world events and mostly concentrates on the power struggles of the vampires. I often found myself flipping back and forth between this chapter and the characters chapter in order to understand who was who and what the motivations behind the events were.

Chapter Three is where the book struggles with finding a balance between its own fictional world and the real world.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "doomtaco" on May 16, 2000
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Chicago Chronicles vol. 3 is a decent source for a campaing in chicago, and the added section on milwaukee adds an extra setting. But this volume has rather useless information and things are repeated. the book is tedious and not at all as usefull as the other 2 for shicago by night, but the milwaukee section makes it at least worthwhile. I recommend gamemasters using chicago buy the first 2 books, Chicago Chronicles vol. 1 and 2, but the third is only necessary if you want an added area like milwaukee.
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