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Old Shanghai, "The Gateway to China", "Paris of the East" and "Pearl of the Orient". In the thirties, Shanghai had many names. It was a city where politics, business and crime whirled with a glitzy nightlife full of Jazz, creating a dark but sparkling metropolis. Old Shanghai is a resource provided to bring Old Shanghai into your favorite game.

" As the passenger liner rounds Podong Point we found ourself in front something that is neither China nor the west, but Shanghai", journalist Laura Jackson of Chicago, her first impression of Shanghai 1930.

Think about Capones Chicago, Humphrey Bogarts "Casablanca" and Agata Christies "Murder on the Orient Express." All simultaneous taking place before the a backdrop of Chinese civil war and the looming shadow of Imperial Japan and the USSR. That is your first glimpse of old Shanghai!

Take your players on a tour through magnificent dance halls, buddhist temples and British clubs, getting entangled with Green Gang gangsters, poverty stricken White Russians and utterly corrupt colonial policemen.  

Old Shanghai does not depend on any specific game system and provide a setting that can be used within genres like modern, pulp, martial arts or even horror, gothic or vampire. It is designed to fit any game system and flexible to adapt to many genres or themes.

Old Shanghai includes:

  • An introduction to modern Chinese and Shanghai history until 1937.

  • Descriptions of the eight main districts of the city, including maps and places of interests, such as the Shanghai Club and the Canidrome.

  • Information on the gangs of Shanghai, among them the infamous Green Gang.

  • Information on some diverse organisations in the city like police forces and the commintern.

  • Chapters dealing with Martial Arts, Nightlife and Gambling, among other subjects.

  • An extensive who's who list, creating the complicated social mesh of Old Shanghai. Presenting a number of schemes and plots to be used as adventure hooks.

  • Further discussion on how supernatural abilities, magic and gothic themes may fit into a city where east truly meet west.

  • Seven "News Papers" to assist GM's in presenting Shanghai and open further opportunities for players to explore.

  • Two complete adventures, "The Tanaka Memorial" introduce Shanghai and "Streets of Shanghai" draw players deeper into the complicated city.

  • Full map of old Shanghai


; ; We bring you "The Siccawei Appendix."

; ; We want to invite you into the world of Old Shanghai, but not through a sample or preview but with an actual module.

New comers ; ;THE NEWCOMERS

; ; ;This module will help you generate character backgrounds.

; ; Eight backgrounds are presented, but also how to sample, create and do it yourself.

independent ; ; THE INDEPENDENT

; ; "Old Shanghai: The independent" ;is ;full of "NEWS", all ;9 ;issues of "The Independent" from Shanghai.

; ; Also we introduce the Shanghai Stock Exchange! Inside you find company listings, share prices, and advice for on how to use the data.


; ; ; ; ; ARTIFACTS

; "OLD SHANGHAI ARTIFACTS"! We bring you artifacts loaded with adventure and unless handled with care, real impact on a game world. Some of the artifacts are ancient, others are modern!

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James H December 27, 2015 7:36 am UTC
You should promote this to the Call of Cthulhu community ( Shanghai is a popular setting for CoC.
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Chaotic G December 09, 2015 12:00 am UTC
Two questions. Any chance this will be a POD sometime in the not too distant future? If so, if we purchase this now, would we get a discount on the POD book later?
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Trewor H December 09, 2015 10:08 am UTC
Hello Gordon

Honestly, we don't plan to do a POD.
Why?, well to turn an OK pdf file into an acceptable printed version is not easy.
So a POD is not in the pipeline for 2016.
Thanks for asking, maybe we should add that as small print to the "blurb" above.

Kind Regards
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Chaotic G December 09, 2015 12:56 pm UTC
Bummer, but thank you for the quick reply anyway.
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