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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

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Abraham W August 12, 2021 12:07 am UTC
I appreciate how responsive Pelgrane Press is to questions here. Is there any possibility of getting a print on demand option for this title?
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Pelgrane P August 13, 2021 6:11 pm UTC
Hi Abraham. This is available in print on our website and in Friendly Local Game Stores, so there are no current plans for this to be PoD. Thanks, Becky.
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Mirko F January 16, 2021 5:17 am UTC
The recently fixed version grew in size from 19MB to 127MB. Any chance of reducing it back to a more reasonable size?
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Pelgrane P January 18, 2021 12:09 pm UTC
Hi Mirko. We upload our PDFs at the highest quality possible so they're most useful to GMs. Once downloaded, customers can reduce the size of the PDF if they wish.
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David R July 08, 2020 12:47 am UTC
I purchased and downloaded the PDF of NBA yesterday (7/6/2020). The PDF version of the file appears to be damaged. Pages 2, 32–35, 92-93, and 235 have no text when viewed in a couple of different PDF readers (including Adobe Acrobat). It would be great to get a complete version. Thanks.
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Pelgrane P July 20, 2020 3:01 pm UTC
Hey David, thanks for flagging this up - we've corrected the file now.
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David R July 23, 2020 1:17 am UTC
Thanks very much!
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Jim B June 30, 2020 6:57 am UTC
I purchased NBA yesterday. Each time I open Nights_Black_Agents_PDF.pdf, a comment window pops up -- an empty comment from "Cat" dated June 28. The popup invites me to reply. I can ignore the comment, no harm done, but I thought the publisher might want to know. (Acrobat Reader DC version 20.009.20067 on Win 10 x64)
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Pelgrane P June 30, 2020 10:02 pm UTC
Hi Jim. Thanks for making us aware of this. We've corrected this now.
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Christopher L November 07, 2019 9:03 pm UTC
Pelgrane just sent me email that NBA has been updated. What's the change?
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Pelgrane P November 08, 2019 8:56 pm UTC
Hi Christopher. There hasn't been a change to the PDF itself, we just changed the file type as the preview function wasn't working.
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albert R October 19, 2019 9:24 am UTC
232 pages and we cant even see a preview?
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Pelgrane P November 07, 2019 8:32 pm UTC
Thanks for flagging this up, Albert - the files were set up as a ZIP download, so the preview wasn't working. We've updated the files now, so the previews are working again.
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albert R November 11, 2019 7:15 am UTC
I can see the preview now. Thanks for the fix.
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Aaron A 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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