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Keep walking.

Eyes straight ahead.

Don’t look back.

In the shadows and between the cracks of our everyday lives hide the Chronicles of Darkness. Here lurk creatures of ancient myth and urban legend. Here lie the graves of angels and the bunkers of secret government programs. Here every malformed horror you’ve ever seen out of the corner of your eye has a home. And they’ve seen you.

Don’t look back!

Chronicles of Darkness RPG rulebook contains:

  • A guide to creating characters to explore a world of modern horror, from hopes and fears to psychic powers.
  • Dramatic rules for investigation, social manipulation, and bone-crunching violence.
  • Over a dozen monsters straight out of weird fiction and urban legend… plus complete rules for creating your own.
  • The God-Machine Chronicle, a massive collection of sample characters and techgnostic adventures.
  • Formerly titled nWoD Core Rulebook 2nd Edition.

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Mattias G February 13, 2017 12:13 am UTC
I believe all the old Darkness- books each featured a city setting (I've only got the Philadelphia one). Could someone list what city goes with what book?
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Dan A April 13, 2017 7:34 pm UTC
-Hurt Locker: Tokyo.
-Vampire the Requiem 2nd edition: Athens, Beijing, Berlin, Montreal, North Carolina, San Francisco, Swansea (Wales), Tokyo.
-Vampire the Requiem 1st edition: New Orleans.
-Werewolf the Forsaken 2nd edition: Basra (Iraq), Belfast, Bristol, Detroit, Holmes County (Ohio), MacDonnell Ranges (Australia), Tokyo.
-Werewolf the Forsaken 1st edition: The Rookies.
-Mage the Awakening 2nd edition: London, Los Angeles, Salamanca (Spain), Tokyo, Tucson.
-Mage the Awakening 1st edition: Boston.
-Promethean the Created 2nd edition: Las Vegas, Sacramento, Antarctica (yeah), Goa (India), Hong Kong, Tijuana, Seoul, Tokyo, Phoenix, Columbus (Ohio), Johannesburg, Port-au-Prince (Haiti), Prague.
-Promethean the Created 1st edition: 1st part of a chronicle starting in Chicago.
-Changeling the Lost 1st edition: Miami.
-Hunter the Vigil 1st edition: Philadelphia.
-Geist the Sin Eaters 1st edition: New York.
-Mummy the Curse 1st edition: Rio de...See more
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Matthew M November 17, 2016 9:13 pm UTC
Any way we can get a soft cover?
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Nathan R December 31, 2016 1:16 pm UTC
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Artem Vjacheslavovich G November 08, 2016 10:57 am UTC
how about storyteller screen for CofD?
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Luis M September 07, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
Hello guys!! I just bought Werewolf Forsaken second edition!! The content it´s amazing, but I have a question... Like that book I want to buy this one also the premium heavyweight.... But the paper... feels meh... I have vampire requiem first edition and the paper and quality it´s superb.... So I´m wondering now... all this second editions that are coming out or came.... are the type of paper Forsaken 2nd edition use??? Thank for the answer...
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Michael S September 08, 2016 9:54 pm UTC
All the premium heavyweight books use the same paper and print method. Sadly, for all that Print on Demand technology has improved immensely, it's still not quite the equal to a good offset print run like the original NWoD books.
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Luis M September 13, 2016 7:41 pm UTC
Thank you Michael for the answer! Yea I was waiting for other quality, but it still ok! Do you know if there´s a lot of difference to standard quality?? Thank you.
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Michael S September 14, 2016 2:16 pm UTC
I have a standard heavyweight copy of Exalted 3. It's perfectly usable, and still quite nice, but the colour is a bit washed out and unsaturated compared to the premium books I have. The CofD book is so dark, full of blacks and dark blues, so it would probably come out more grey and flat, and some of the detail in the very dark illustrations might be a little harder to make out. But the text should be just as readable, when on a light background.
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Luis M September 19, 2016 3:49 pm UTC
Michael, Thank you very much for your kind answer. That told me if I should keep buying the premium or normal books. Have a nice day!!
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May 07, 2016 4:17 am UTC
Does this book have an included chronicle or do you need a separate book
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Alexander C May 12, 2016 9:13 am UTC
It includes the material from God Machine Chronicles. The book's pretty much in two parts, the first is the rules which is pretty much first edition with the rules updates from GMC incorporated then the second half is all the GMC specific stuff (story seeds and the like).
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Michael B April 08, 2016 3:10 pm UTC
I have greatly enjoyed the #nWoD series over the years. It took me a little time to get into it after the end of #cWoD. I am even more in love with the series now with its new name and direction. It feels like the perfect fit. I look forward to giving you even more of my hard earned money for future releases!
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Joshua D March 30, 2016 9:03 pm UTC
Are there any changes between this and the New World of Darkness core book? Could I still play Midnight Roads with this one?
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March 11, 2016 4:17 pm UTC
Would like to see a paperback option like the first edition WoD has...
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Hardy L February 24, 2016 9:09 pm UTC
I want to purchase the print edition, but several of the reviews mention some significant errors (many of the cut-and-paste nature). Has the book been updated since the print availability to fix these errors? If not, does anyone now when we can expect an errata corrected update?
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C W H March 24, 2016 4:56 am UTC
Don't count on it. I don't understand exactly why, but when I asked the same kind of question the answer I got was something along the lines that the files would have to be completely striped down and rebuilt from scratch to fix even the most rudimentary typo. And there were a lot of, penned miscarriages so to speak, in the NWoD. Now, I don't know if this is the truth or not since the magnificently superhuman ego's at White Wolf/CCP/Onyx Path would never allow an actual answer. I am thinking it would likely make them think (at the very least) they would look bad so instead we just get to deal with it and damn you if you don't praise them for their greatness either way, no matter how misplaced it may be. I never kept track of whom the editor(s) were, but whoever it was, at the very least, the Vampire line was the worst. I don't know how this person could call themselves a professional editor with a straight face or with any integrity what-so-ever and have even the slightest shred of a soul. I am confident...See more
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Michael S March 24, 2016 3:46 pm UTC
The book has been updated since the pdf was first released to correct all the problems caught by readers. Were the reviews you read based on the pdf or the POD?
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Hardy L March 24, 2016 4:34 pm UTC
It wasn't clear whether the reviews I read were PoD or PDF (the reviewer never specified). I would know for sure, except OneBookShelf's PoD service has yet to send me the copy of Chronicles Of Darkness I ordered on February 26. It seems that print on DEMAND is a misnomer, and their quality assurance leaves a lot to be desired. I love this game line. I own a print copy of almost every single nWoD edition book. I hoped to be able to continue collecting print versions of the new edition books, but this experience has really disheartened me. I hope either OneBookShelf gets their act together, or that Onyx Path Publishing offers another option for buying printed media.
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Tyler S February 20, 2016 7:30 am UTC
Does anyone know if me and my buddies can keep playing Geist with this new book?
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James A February 20, 2016 10:00 am UTC
Oh absolutely. It will take a little bit of redoing: use the new Virtue/Vice, Experience, and other mortal template rules that this book outlines. Update Synergy to the Integrity format (brew up a few Conditions and possible triggers/penalties), go through the Keys/Manifestations and touch them up (making Conditions to keep some things simple), and voila.

I'm doing all of that for a Geist game now, including making some broader-stroke changes. Shouldn't take more than 30 minutes.
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fabien F February 22, 2016 8:35 am UTC
yes, I waiting for Gesit new edition... and Promethean too.
Can't wait !
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Matthew C February 18, 2016 7:50 pm UTC
So I understand this is NWoD 2.0 and combines the original core book with the God Machine Chronicles and it's rule updates, but taking into account this is a combination of those two books, is there ANYTHING "missing" from this combo-book? Is there any missing art? is their new art not found in either of the source books? Is any of the art replaced? Does it combine any elements from any other books besides the NWoD and God Machine source books? Stuff like that.
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P. B February 18, 2016 8:04 pm UTC
It has the 'Second Edition' full rules in it, so that's all of the Attributes, Skills, Merits (and more Merits than even are in World of Darkness: the God-Machine Chronicle) along with the full character creation rules, Storyteller notes, monsters and all that vital content we found in the 'old' (i.e. first edition) 'new' World of Darkness book from ten years ago but UPDATED and STREAMLINED for Second Edition... which we now shall call Chronicles of Darkness or CofD from now on rather than World of Darkness. Makes sense, right? :

As best as I can tell, all of the fiction and art - sometimes in different places or contexts - from the God-Machine book ARE in here, with a LOT more!
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Matthew C February 18, 2016 8:19 pm UTC
OK, thank you for the info.
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Mauro F February 18, 2016 10:19 am UTC
Hi, this CoD is a new WoD or the old one? Is for the new edition of Vampire: the Masquerade or is a support for Requiem?
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Scott E February 18, 2016 1:32 pm UTC
This is the second edition of the nWoD.
So Requiem, The Forsaken, etc.
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Mauro F February 18, 2016 4:12 pm UTC
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Daniel H January 12, 2016 2:21 am UTC
Can I use this rulebook with Demon The Descent?
So, instead of read the 1st World of Darkness rulebook and then the chapter from Demon The Descent that update the rules, skip it and go with Chronicles of Darkness?
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Chris H January 18, 2016 10:50 am UTC
Yes, that's the idea.
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Daniel H January 20, 2016 8:21 pm UTC
Nice. Thanks!
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Bryan C January 03, 2016 5:01 pm UTC
This book is exactly what I've been waiting for. For those afraid that it has too much fluff from the GMC, don't worry. The new write-up, clean look, neat organization, plus added fluff make up for it. Besides, I think of it this way. If Onyx Path came up and asked me if I wanted a new book on the street for only $20, of course I'd gladly support the team. Looking forward to getting a hard copy of this to mark a new beginning to storytelling for me, without all the hang ups I once felt over "New World of Darkness."
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Jonathan A December 15, 2015 12:31 am UTC
Is there an example for applying armor to firearms damage in this book? I feel like I understand how general and ballistic armor work in the new system, but it'd be nice to have confirmation in the text.
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Gregory B May 20, 2016 4:11 am UTC
Unfortunately no. However, the God Machine Rules Update (which is free) does give an example. Here is the text:

Example: Detective Black knew something was off, but he didn’t know what until he heard the crack of a handgun. The shooter got two successes, plus two for a heavy pistol, for four points of lethal damage. Black’s wearing a Kevlar vest (armor 1/3) which converts three of the four points of damage to bashing, then subtracts one point of lethal damage. He takes three points of bashing damage and runs for cover.

This was incredibly helpful to me, since based on how I (mis)read the rules in Chronicles of Darkness and Vampire 2e, it gave the impression that with armor that had a higher general rating than ballistic rating, the ballistic rating was basically meaningless. Because, I reasoned, if general armor applies to all attacks then it doesn't matter if the ballistic armor downgrades it to bashing. The example helps to emphasize that the general armor reduces damage beginning...See more
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