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Night's Black Agents has been nominated for five ENnie awards for Best Rules, Best Interior Art, Best Rules, Best Writing and Product of the Year. Find out why!ENnie Award Nomination Logo

The Cold War is over. Bush’s War is winding down.

You were a shadowy soldier in those fights, trained to move through the secret world: deniable and deadly.

Then you got out, or you got shut out, or you got burned out. You didn’t come in from the cold. Instead, you found your own entrances into Europe’s clandestine networks of power and crime. You did a few ops, and you asked even fewer questions. Who gave you that job in Prague? Who paid for your silence in that Swiss account? You told yourself it didn’t matter.

It turned out to matter a lot. Because it turned out you were working for vampires.

Vampires exist. What can they do? Who do they own? Where is safe? You don’t know those answers yet. So you’d better start asking questions. You have to trace the bloodsuckers’ operations, penetrate their networks, follow their trail, and target their weak points. Because if you don’t hunt them, they will hunt you. And they will kill you.

Or worse.

Nights Black Agents

Night’s Black Agents brings the GUMSHOE engine to the spy thriller genre, combining the propulsive paranoia of movies like Ronin and The Bourne Identity with supernatural horror straight out of Bram Stoker. Investigation is crucial, but it never slows down the action, which explodes with expanded options for bone-crunching combat, high-tech tradecraft, and adrenaline-fueled chases.

Updating classic Gothic terrors for the postmodern age, Night’s Black Agents presents thoroughly modular monstrosity: GMs can build their own vampires, mashup their own minions, kitbash their own conspiracies to suit their personal sense of style and story. Rules options let you set the level of betrayal, grit, and action in your game. Riff from the worked examples or mix and match vampiric abilities, agendas, and assets for a completely custom sanguinary spy saga.

The included hook adventure gets the campaign going; the included city setting shows you what might be clotting in Marseilles’ veins even now. Rack silver bullets in your Glock, twist a UV bulb into your Maglite, and keep watching the mirrors … and pray you’ve got your vampire stories straight.

As good as the toolkits that Night’s Black Agents provides are, the rules and advice deliver on the game and genre that they promise. Whether it is blood pumping action or heart stopping shocks, Night’s Black Agents is probably best shaken, and definitely has the “Vampire Spy Thriller” staked. - Matthew Pook

Vampires and spies – once you’re past the initial surprise, you’ll see that they work tremendously well in tandem. Well, I think they do, and I think the book’s an absolute knockout. - Sidney Roundwood

Night's Black Agents

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June 05, 2016 4:43 am UTC
*ahem* back on topic. The sample adventure got me interested in buying this in the first place!
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Stephen H March 15, 2014 2:17 am UTC
"Bush's war"? Then why wasn't the Cold War "Truman's war"? Besides, don't you mean "the Clintons' war"? After all they were just two of the many prominent democrats who supported or voted for the war, and said that Sadam had weapons of mass destruction, which have now turned up in Syria as it was predicted. And remember, BJ Clinton let the Big Bad go.

I don't come here for politics. I come to take a break from it. I bought Cthulhu 101 today, and am enjoying it. Thanks.

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Thomas H April 16, 2014 9:37 pm UTC
This is a book about clandestine operatives and the reference is not to either Gulf War but what is, arguably, the second major phase of clandestine history; Bush's War on Terror. There is nothing pejorative inherent in the reference.
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Thomas H April 16, 2014 9:38 pm UTC
should have said recent clandestine history of course.
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Pelgrane P April 28, 2014 10:57 pm UTC
The book was written by staunch Republican Ken Hite, so is not an insult. I might change the copy in any case as it's getting out of date.
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Stephen H April 29, 2014 12:43 am UTC
I wanted to remind whoever wrote the copy above that there was bipartisan support for the war. This is the first time in our country's history when I've heard of a war often described as belonging to a president. Presidents don't go to war. Troops go to war. Hopefully the country is behind them. If so, it's America's war on terror, or whatever the current administration calls it. I'm a veteran. Calling it Bush's war is offensive to me. Whether it was intended to be offensive or not isn't really the point. You have the right to say what you want, but you don't get to control the reaction I have. If I'm the only customer here who is bothered by the terminology, so be it. The individual is the world's smallest minority.
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Pelgrane P May 22, 2014 5:16 pm UTC
Did you read any of the replies above?

Bush's War refers to the War on Terror, not the Gulf War. You'd have to ask Ken, who is a staunch Republican, why he chose that language.
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Rory H January 30, 2015 6:59 am UTC
I’d suggest it is probably a mistake to make Ken Hite’s personal politics public - you are likely to offend/alienate people from one end of the political spectrum or the other regardless.
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Stephen H February 02, 2015 7:50 am UTC
Thanks. That's exactly my point, Rory. We all need a break from that stuff once in a while, and that's why I like the hobby. There are plenty of platforms in the real world for the real world.
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Wesley S March 19, 2015 5:15 pm UTC
And there are those of us who like a blend of real-world politics mixed in with our fantasy escapism.

The fact that referring to the Bush War on Terrorism as such would bother you says more about your political sensitivities - such as the false assertion that those critical of a war don't "support the troops" - than the nature of the game or its perceived political leanings.

And please don't play the "I'm a veteran" card, as if your service somehow makes you an unquestioned authority. That's insulting to other veterans who disagree with your position as well as those who make it their business to understand and analyze politics and warfare.
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Stephen H March 19, 2015 7:38 pm UTC
If you like politics in your gaming, fine. I don't care for it, whether it's not-so-subtle terminology that points out particular leanings in this description, or more in-your-face and unnecessary instructions that tell you all about gender possibilities in D&D5 when you don't even need such permission and they have no effect on the core mechanic because the creators are never going to admit that men tend to be stronger than women, and women tend to be better multitaskers than men. This is not creative, courageous, or edgy. It's easy. And in the case of D&D, a game in which many started playing as children, there is now subject matter that shows Wizards is not interested in the next generation of customers starting as kids.

I concede your point that some people like this. I never said you couldn't. Please accept mine that some don't. If not, accept that one person doesn't. That makes me a minority, the smallest minority, an individual. My solution, you play your game, I'll play mine,...See more
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April 08, 2015 2:38 am UTC
Wow... did this really devolve into this? Go play your Cthulhu and lets just spend money here.
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Stephen H April 08, 2015 3:48 pm UTC
Isn't that what I said? And what makes you think I play CoC? Never mind, I don't want to know. I'm a Savage. And yes, spend your money on what you want!
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Benjamin N September 08, 2015 1:35 am UTC
Because you said you played it in your first post.
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Stephen H September 09, 2015 4:12 am UTC
Wrong, Entropy R. I said I bought Cthulhu 101 and was enjoying it. It's not a game. It's a book for people who aren't familiar with the subject. This is more like Monty Python's "Argument Clinic" than an actual argument or discussion.

But what do I know. I only wrote the post. If you say I said I played it in my first post, who am I to disagree.
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Matt M October 07, 2015 10:05 pm UTC
"...more in-your-face and unnecessary instructions that tell you all about gender possibilities in D&D5..."

So you're saying that language that is meant to be inclusive has made you feel excluded? Interesting.

"And in the case of D&D, a game in which many started playing as children, there is now subject matter that shows Wizards is not interested in the next generation of customers starting as kids."

And you appear to think that people only discover their sexual orientation and gender identity when they become adults. Interesting.
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Stephen H October 08, 2015 7:27 am UTC
I guess it would be interesting if you don't know anyone who doesn't conform to your opinions. I am not so narrow-minded that I find it so professorially "interesting" that you disagree with me that I would ever speak to you like a specimen on a microscope slide. I don't find that impressive. Sadly, there seems little point in addressing any subject you've selected because the concept that one might disagree with you about anything seems foreign. You're missing out, friend.
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June 25, 2016 6:46 pm UTC
Drama queen.
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Thomas V January 14, 2017 7:40 pm UTC
This Stephen H must be the life of the party.
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Stephen H January 16, 2017 6:31 pm UTC
At the risk of being piled on more with nasty names (some either self-edited or censored), and unfounded assumptions about my ability to party, as if that has anything to do with anything, it's pretty clear I've introduced some stuff from outside the liberal bubble some people here live in. Meanwhile, long after the "Bush's War" debate (if you want to call this a debate rather than simply a juvenile hail of constant insults when one person raises a question and says he doesn't like something) here, Obama has become the first president in U.S. History to be at war every day of his presidency (with the assumption that peace will not happen by Friday), and this after getting the Nobel Peace Prize in advance.

I'm unchecking the "Follow this discussion" box because it isn't one. Peace, love, Trump, and enjoy the inauguration!
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Matt M January 16, 2017 6:40 pm UTC
Were I an alt-right bottom feeder, I might say something to the effect of, "Awww! The poor little precious snowflake got triggered by an un-PC term, and now he's running back to his safe space."
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Matt M January 17, 2017 7:19 pm UTC
Also, I can't believe it took me this long to realize how ironic it is that a guy who accuses people of living in a bubble (where they won't be exposed to opinions that differ from theirs) was so offended by a small term in the copy for a book—which he seemed to find otherwise interesting—that he felt it necessary to take to the product's discussion section to raise a fuss about it.
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Stephen H January 18, 2017 6:21 pm UTC
I didn't escalate this by insulting anyone. That's what was done to me, and is still being done by people like you, Matt. Alt-right? Wow. There's no such thing. Only the alt-left uses the term.

I guess I'm still getting notifications, so fine. I'll keep responding to every jerk who can't handle my original post, which was a question and ended with a polite and sincere compliment to the author.

I'm not amazed that people disagree with me, just that no one can do it without writing things they would never say face to face. Polite society is gone, and it's you people destroying it.
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Matt M January 18, 2017 7:20 pm UTC
Umm... The alt-right uses that term to classify themselves (whereas I'd use a less "politically correct" term like "white nationalist" to describe them). So unless your argument is that the people who claim themselves to be part of the alt-right—e.g., Richard B. Spencer, Milo Yiannopoulos, a host of self-proclaimed alt-right YouTube personalities—are mistaken and are really just establishment conservatives (or something else), you're demonstrably incorrect.

And personally, I'd say you escalated it with your casual sexism and prejudice against people who don't fit your preferred sex and gender norms. It was easy enough for me to shrug off your irritation at the term "Bush's war," but once you started implying that a fantasy game should conform to real-world elements of sexual dimorphism and that the authors' attempt to be inclusive toward people of differing gender identities and sexual orientations was inappropriate... Well, I couldn't let that go. I can't just consider...See more
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Stephen H January 19, 2017 6:35 am UTC
"Umm..." Matt, you called me alt-right, and everything you think goes with it, so you "classified" me. Because I think something is unecessary as an instruction in a game like D&D doesn't mean I'm exclusionary. How many Christians, Jews, or Muslims are complaining about no monotheistic option presented as a specific option for clerics. And such? What is it about the whole gender thing that requires special corporate permission to play a character that swings a certain way? Do you think they are disabled from knowing they can make whatever they want? I think that would pretty prejudice, not inclusive, but insulting. This is the kind of corporate decision that means parents like me have to be on guard all the more about introducing even more material to my young children. Thankfully there are other system creators who aren't so insulting to the intelligence of their players, and trust we can fill in our own blanks.

If Milo Yiannopoulos says he's alt-right, he's playing...See more
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