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The Adventures of the Bow Street Runners in their Struggle against the Minions of the Cthulhu Mythos

London, 1749: A city of vice, crime and misery. Gangs of ruffians rule the streets, unopposed. Brothels proliferate. Child-beggars starve in filthy gutters. Corrupt night-watchmen and thief-takers turn a blind eye to wrong-doing. And dark creatures lurk in back alleys, called from beyond by the desperate with nothing left to lose.

But there is a new force on the streets of London; for the author and magistrate Henry Fielding has teamed up with his brother John to form the city’s first police force – the Bow Street Runners. The Fieldings have persuaded parliament to fund their crime-fighting endeavour, but they know that there is something behind the vice – for John Fielding’s blind eyes can see things that others cannot – things that man was not meant to know.

Dark Streets is stand-alone role-playing game in which players take on the roles of officers in London’s first, desperately small, police force, investigating the dark secrets behind the sordid crimes of eighteenth century London. A mixture of authentic history and the cosmic horror of H.P. Lovecraft, using the Renaissance D100 system, Dark Streets comes to you from the UK Games Expo Award-winning authors of Abney Park’s Airship Pirates, Clockwork & Chivalry, Pirates & Dragons and the OneDice series.

And look out for Gin & Hellfire, a book of adventures for the Dark Streets system.

“It’s a great premise, but it’s in the execution that Dark Streets goes from being just a great idea to a truly magnificent product.” – RPG Pundit

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Ville O August 22, 2017 7:08 am UTC
Will there be a softcover option available at some point?
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Ville O August 22, 2017 7:01 am UTC
Hi there! I'm interest in the print on demand book. Is the black & white book full bleed? I'm asking this because the layout has the background map texture. If the book isn't full bleed, that means there will be a white borders on every page of the book and it will not be worth my money. Thanks in advance!
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Ken W November 28, 2016 1:47 am UTC
1. Yes, Dark Streets 2nd edition is self-contained and doesn't need the Renaissance Deluxe rulebook at all. (We've simplifed the rules down to what's necessary for this campaign world.
2. No, it does not contain the adventure that was in the original volume, though it does contain some extra cults and monsters.
3. Gin and Hellfire will be published next year and will be a big book of adventures including the original starting adventure, the Hellfire adventure, plus a few more.

We're *way* behind schedule, due to me being ill over the summer, but we're hoping to be back on track before too long! :-)

-Ken Walton
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Luis O Moura D November 28, 2016 3:15 am UTC
Thanks a lot for the quick answers, and best of luck in your recovery, Ken.
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Luis O Moura D November 27, 2016 9:06 pm UTC
So, am I correct in understanding that:

1. Renaissance Deluxe is not particularly necessary for this edition, which is better self-contained;

2. It does not include the 30-pages or so adventure of the previous edition ("Gin & St. Giles");

3. "Gin and Hellfire" has not been published as such (yet) and may or may not relate to 2013's "Hellfire" and the previous editions' starting adventure?
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ROBERT D September 16, 2015 5:55 pm UTC
For those of us who already purchased this game, what is new/different in the 2nd Edition?
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Ken W September 16, 2015 7:00 pm UTC
It's mainly that the rules and the background are all in one place, and the rules have been stripped back and tweaked to make them better suit the background. There's some stuff in there from a couple of the PDF only supplements. But if you're happy with the current edition, it's probably not worth your while, this is more about bringing the game to a new audience than trying to make the old audience buy it again. :-)
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ROBERT D September 16, 2015 8:59 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick response Ken. When you talk about the rules and background being in one place, are you saying that the 2nd Ed now incorporates the full Renaissance rules in the same book? Also, can you expand a little on how the rules have been stripped back and tweaked?

FWIW I love the Renaissance system and have all the settings.
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Ken W September 16, 2015 9:47 pm UTC
Yes, all the rules are now in the corebook. We've taken out rules and systems that aren't needed in the setting. So, for instance, the Righteousness rules have been removed, because we've never found anyone who used them when playing DS, though we've kept the organisations for people who want to join them or use them as adversaries. The magic system has been stripped right back and simplified so that it only covers Mythos magic. Character creation has been simplified so that it only covers professions suitable for the campaign. Weapons and equipment not available in the 18th century have been removed, etc. The idea is to make it easier for people who have never played other Renaissance games to dive right in. The adventure seeds are still in the book, but the Gin & St Giles adventure is being moved to a compilation with Hellfire and The Mystery of the Missing Professor.
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ROBERT D September 17, 2015 2:09 am UTC
OK, I think I get what you've done. You've added in the Renaissance rules but simplified them at the same time (in accordance with the directions given in the 1st Ed of Dark Streets). I can certainly see how this will help people who have not played a Renaissance game before. It makes sense and I hope the book really sells well. For the record, I much prefer the Renaissance take on d% than the later versions of BRP and I really hope this 2nd Ed attracts new players to the delights of the Renaissance system.
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