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The City Hungers. Will You Feed It?

The streets bleed shadows as the supernatural politics of the city threaten to swallow you whole. Will you die a hero—a savior for those who have never had enough—or live long enough to become the villain? Will you fight the darkness...or give in for power?

The choice is yours. 


ENnie 2016 silver for Best Rules

Winner of the 2016 silver ENnie for Best Rules


Urban Shadows is an urban fantasy tabletop roleplaying game in which mortals and monsters vie for control of a modern-day city, a political battleground layered just under the reality we think we know. Vampires, faeries, hunters, and wizards fight to carve out a piece of the streets and skyscrapers, ready to make deals with all those who have something to offer. 

Here’s what you’ll find inside this book:

  • Ten unique character Archetypes spread across four supernatural Factions, each carefully tuned to put characters at the center of awesome stories.
  • Clearly-defined mechanics that push the fiction forward every time a player rolls the dice, advancing your group’s story at every turn.
  • Detailed instructions for the Master of Ceremonies, the player in charge of running the game and portraying the political machination of the powers-that-be.
  • Easy-to-follow rules for creating custom settings, cities, and mechanics to make your game of Urban Shadows all your own!

Urban Shadows makes use of the same rules-light engine as Apocalypse World, Monsterhearts, and Dungeon World—while drawing on fiction as diverse as The Wire, The Dresden Files, and The Shield—to create a game of urban politics and supernatural drama. Packed with mechanics that create hard choices and meaningful fiction, this game is easy for new players to learn and complex enough to play again and again. 

The city is waiting for you. What will you make of its secrets and sins?

Note: We're currently working on the .mobi and ePub versions of the final text, along with updated playbooks and MC materials. We'll update everyone who purchases Urban Shadows with those files as soon as they become available. Thanks!

 
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November 05, 2016 3:31 pm UTC
The group that I play with tends to run short campaigns (four, maybe five, sessions). Is US suitable for that sort of gameplay?
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Pierre S September 30, 2016 12:00 am UTC
Reminds me of the NIGHTLIFE RPG by Stellar Games (1990). Various kinds of supernatural creatures called the Kin were way different from regular humans and had a life centered around various Kin-owned nightclubs. Factions engaged in secret street warfare.
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September 15, 2016 9:50 pm UTC
Was watching a video on YouTube where this game was being played via Google+ hangout. One player had a playbook for "The Immortal", but it's not listed in the core book. Was this an archetype that was in the beta/play test version that didn't make the final cut, or is it included in a set of bonus material elsewhere?
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Andreas H January 02, 2016 3:48 pm UTC
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Any news on the .mobi and ePub versions of Urban Shadows? I'd really appreciate to have those. =)
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Mark T January 03, 2016 4:50 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
We're still working on it. I would expect the epub / mobi versions and the new GM sheets will be out this month.
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Andreas H January 13, 2016 2:56 am UTC
PURCHASER
Awesome. =) Thanks!
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Andreas H February 02, 2016 11:37 am UTC
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So, how about February for a .mobi release? ;-)
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Mark T February 02, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yes! We should get it back form our layout folks soon. They were trying a few different styles of .mobi this month, and I think we've settled on one. Thanks for your patience!
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Andreas H February 04, 2016 12:20 pm UTC
PURCHASER
I'm happy to hear that and thank you for your quick replies. =)
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Andreas H March 02, 2016 2:38 pm UTC
PURCHASER
So ... March? ;-)

(Yes, I won't stop asking until I'm reading Urban Shadows in MOBI. Sorry! :P)
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Mark T March 02, 2016 3:04 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Glad that you're excited. :D

I'll poke our layout folks again. We should have it up as soon as they get it back to us.
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Mark T March 13, 2016 4:59 am UTC
PUBLISHER
And the ePub and MOBI versions have now been updated! Thanks for your patience. :D
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Douglas C April 01, 2016 11:43 pm UTC
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Google Play Books thinks that the title of the .epub version is "US reflowable unknown".
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Kale M December 23, 2015 2:46 pm UTC
Hi,
I can't seem to find the print version of this (I'm also brand new to this site- coming here for the first time just now to buy Urban Shadows). Can you give me a link or a hand otherwise? Thanks!
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Mark T December 23, 2015 4:24 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hey Kale! You can find print copies through our webstore: http://www.magpiegames.com/shop/
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Douglas S October 07, 2015 9:04 pm UTC
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any news on if / when it will be available in print?
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Mark T October 08, 2015 7:04 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
So soon! We're basically waiting to get the books from the printer!
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Mark T November 23, 2015 9:31 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Print books are now available through the Magpie Games webstore.
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September 18, 2015 10:49 am UTC
PURCHASER
Is this a fully bookmarked pdf? I guess that it is but I've bought enough PDFs with no bookmarking at all that I'm wary of it.
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Mark T October 08, 2015 7:04 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yup! Full bookmarked and indexed.
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Garth W August 01, 2015 8:56 pm UTC
So basically this is like... an apocalypse version of World of Darkness?
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Luke W August 02, 2015 8:08 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Pretty much. Its not a direct derivative, but they both draw from the same stories and sources and so both cover similar ground.

The big difference is that US deals with a supernatural community that includes mortals and all supernatural types as a default, where as WoD focussed on the community of a single supernatural type as a default.
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Tony M July 24, 2015 12:09 pm UTC
afocalypse now
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Ian S July 23, 2015 8:01 pm UTC
Is there any plans for a POD, or any other way to get a print copy?
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Luke W July 23, 2015 11:27 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Files have just been sent to printer, so it seems Magpie will be doing a traditional print run.
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Mark T July 24, 2015 1:08 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Yup! We're going to have print copies available via the Magpie Games webstore just as soon as we get things straightened out with the printer...
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Mark T November 23, 2015 9:31 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Print copies are now available through the Magpie Games webstore. Thanks!
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This title was added to our catalog on July 23, 2015.