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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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Laura B April 06, 2022 3:45 pm UTC
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Weird, I'm just now realizing that this book (and most post-gmc core books) are missing Enervated and Thrall conditions. Still a good book, just weird thing to exclude.
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Nathaniel Y March 21, 2022 9:25 am UTC
It looks like the book 'The God-Machine Chronicle' isn't available anymore. I was really looking forward to getting that one. It had sweet cover art. I don't really want, or need, to get the 2nd edition of WoD.
They also got rid of the 'Blood and Smoke- Strix Chronicle' book when they melded it with (or retitled it) 2nd edition Requiem.
Onyx Path has made some really bad publishing decisions here (not nearly as bad as WotC, but still).
Bring back these books that you'd published. They were 'print-on-demand'. There was no good reason to remove them. I'm kicking myself for not getting them when they were available. :(
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Charles B January 26, 2022 10:38 am UTC
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Okay I ordered this book on the 30th of December in standard print format. I also ordered 3 other Chronicles of Darkness books, I have received all of the other books much faster than I thought I would have but by the 12th of January I still had not received this book and looking at the USPS tracking information it stated: "Label Created, not yet in system." To this day the 26th of January it still reads the same thing when I enter the tracking number. On the 12th of January I was told that the printer could not verify that the order had shipped, Oh and yes I submitted a ticket and spoke to people on numerous occasions about this, I was told that I new order had been sent to the printer and that I would be notified when it shipped. Days went by and nothing, more days went by and nothing and I was asking them about the shipment through all this time, they told me that when the order was shipped that I would receive an updated tracking number in place of the one on the old order, still nothing. It is now...See more
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Brandon B May 02, 2021 3:49 pm UTC
Does this have the pdf you can fill out electronically?
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Sandra V April 30, 2020 9:16 pm UTC
Hey guys! I'm thinking about trying out Chronicles of Darkness and I have a stupid question right at the start...

"Over a dozen monsters straight out of weird fiction and urban legend… plus complete rules for creating your own."
Does that mean you can play monsters as well? Or do all player characters have to be human? I thought the "main rulebook" only offers human characters and that you need the other rulebooks (Vampire, Werwolf etc.) for playing monsters?
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MICHAEL K June 17, 2020 2:06 pm UTC
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You need the source books to player the main line splat of CoD. Same as all previous itterations of the World of Darkness. But, you can actually have fun with only the main rule book. Just use the game play and go nuts! I do it all the time!
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James F March 18, 2020 8:28 pm UTC
I'm sure it's an annoying question but will this book last for playing long term? There isn't a 3rd edition or anything that might come along soon? I just want to play fan splats and Changeling but I'm always being told to get the corebook first.
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Pierre D March 18, 2020 11:27 pm UTC
I don,t think a third edition is coming soon, not all the setting in it have been updated to third yet
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Russell A October 03, 2019 1:29 pm UTC
This may be a dumb question but how do you tell which edition you book is? The cover looks the same so having a hard time telling which is which
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Joshua W October 20, 2019 2:37 am UTC
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The first edition was titled "World of Darkness" while the second edition (this one) has the "Chronicles of Darkness" branding. This is the current edition (i.e., 2e). Hope that helps!
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Ian B March 21, 2019 9:44 pm UTC
Does this book work with Mummy: The Curse?
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Michael S September 10, 2019 9:20 pm UTC
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No. Mummy the Curse is a 1st edition New World of Darkness game, so it would need to use that book. Apparently there are plans to make a 2nd edition of Mummy, but I don't know when it would be done.
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Raoni G November 11, 2019 10:36 pm UTC
Mummy: The Curse 2nd Edition is currently at Kickstarter.
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Robert L March 22, 2018 11:02 pm UTC
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This is small but it has been really bothering me. On page 115 under Media and Inspiration it refers to "The Killing (U.S. or Dutch version)". It says Dutch, where it should say Danish.
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Brett F October 24, 2017 5:29 pm UTC
If I want to run Hunter do I need this or can I pick up a copy of the older version without all the God complex crap?
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Andrés T February 14, 2018 7:33 pm UTC
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It depends on what you are looking for: plain hunters or "Hunter: the Vigil" hunters. You can mix-n-match several books:
[WoD] World of Darkness
[HtV] Hunter: the Vigil
[CofD] Chronicles of Darkness
[MR] Mortal Remains

If you are looking for plain hunters without additional rules/conspiracies, you can use either [WoD] (1st edition rules) or [CofD] (2nd edition rules). This way it's just 1 book, but bear in mind that [CofD] includes a lot more than just The God-Machine Chronicles, and adds a lot of tools that improve storytelling and roleplaying, such as condition cards and tilts. It also adds rules for investigation and clues, social maneuvering, new rules for combat, and a framework for designing investigation chronicles (Called "Missing Persons").

If you are looking for playing [HtV] you can use [WoD]+[HtV] for 1st edition rules), or go with [WoD]+[HtV]+[MR] for 2nd edition rules. You could also try [CofD]+[HtV]+[MR], but maybe that would...See more
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Melinda Franke F April 18, 2018 9:35 pm UTC
I own [HtV], Some of the [HtV] books(Spirit slayers etc.) and Block by Bloody Block. I finally have a group that wants to play. I want to run the game with the most updated ruleset. Should I use [CofD]+[HtV] with my additional [HtV] books? Do I needed [MR]?
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Aimee S October 22, 2017 10:11 am UTC
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Really good book. Unfortunately the god machine stuff itself is all tepid recycled matrix-esque nonsense, but largely it's a very solid system with a big rules improvement over the original. Shame old World of Darkness fans bullied them into changing the name though, Chronicles of Darkness is a lot less evocative and has clearly created a lot of confusion.
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Stephanie D March 22, 2018 2:16 pm UTC
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"Shame old World of Darkness fans bullied them into changing the name though"

What a load of total, unsubstantiated, senseless drivel.
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Jannes E August 31, 2017 12:17 pm UTC
Will this be compatible with my old printed nWod source books? Ghost Stories, Second sight, VtR, Changeling, Hunter and so on?
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Isaac H. Page P January 23, 2018 1:43 pm UTC
Yes to all.

Some, you might want another book. Mortal Remains for Second Sight, or Strix Chronicles for VtR
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Nadine S August 28, 2017 3:24 pm UTC
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So if I buy this book, I don't have to purchase "The God Machine Chronicles" anymore? Or is there additional material in the latter?
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Andrés T February 14, 2018 7:36 pm UTC
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No, you don't have to purchase "The God-Machine Chronicles", it's included in this book. I believe that the only change is regarding the included fiction, but that is published in "The God-Machine Chronicles Antology" book.
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Marcelino S July 04, 2018 4:19 am UTC
I bought the God Machine and the first Edition World of Darkness. So now I need this too? Just wondering. We started playing again.
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michael a W August 29, 2018 5:21 pm UTC
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No, this isn’t necessary. Any of the side game lines (mage, werewolf, Changeling, vampire, etc.) will have anything the gmc rules update might be missing. You’re good.
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DORIAN L August 16, 2017 1:17 am UTC
I don't understand which world of darkness core book I'm supposed to use with vampire and werewolf 20th anniversary? this one (chronicles of darkness) or a world of darkness 2nd ed (which i believe was made many years before the 20th anniv books)?
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Jeffrey M January 11, 2018 8:14 pm UTC
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Really this is the biggest marketing problem I think they made with this version. They really should have gone the dnd route and labelled them all as expressly version 2 or whatever. Also its weird that its not on amazon.
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Andrés T February 14, 2018 7:39 pm UTC
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The 20th Anniversary books use the old rule system (oWoD or cWoD). It's a different system and different setting. For those games you won't need this book.

I haven't played Vampire 20 or Werewolf 20, but as far as I know all the base rules are included in their own books, and there is no "base rules book".
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John B September 27, 2018 4:21 pm UTC
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For V20 or W20 or M20 you just use those as is, they have all the rules in them, and they use the older Storyteller system, and they are set in the original "Old" World of Darkness setting which officially ended in an apocalypse (there was a chronicle for it, published in a book, that mixed W, M, and V and a few other OWoD games in it). IF you're new to WoD / Storyteller I suggest just getting V20 and run some of the older stories they republished for it, that was the true Golden Age of White Wolf / Storyteller, IMHO.
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Hayden V October 26, 2022 10:59 pm UTC
20th Anny isn't the old-good White Wolf's Storyteller system, also known as (Old) World of Darkness? WoD 2nd Ed I suppose is the "nWoD" which is now just "Chronicles of Darkness" by Onyx Path, but the point is that actually, none of them, they are standalone, we used to play the old games together and then they published some side-book called World of Darkness, before everything collapsed into chaos, so yeah, in case that you wanted to play them together, you don't need more books really, forget the World of Darkness book, that's Storytelling system (VtR, XXX and so on), really nothing to do with the White Wolf's Storyteller system anymore
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Steven A June 21, 2017 10:48 pm UTC
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Recently purchased a hardback copy of this. I've enjoyed flipping through it, and I think the Horror creation section is a great addition, something missing from the game series that the Antagonist book certainly could've used (while the creatures presented in that book, like the Aswang or Beast of Bethlehem, are great, a helpful guide to create your own monster is a great way to keep things interesting!). I have a slew of World of Darkness books I've amassed over the time. I'm wondering: just how many of the stats and numbers from these books match up well with the new Chronicles? I know each of the splats (Vampire, Werewolf, Changeling, etc) is getting a revision, can we expect the same for the "blue books"? I'm sure Second Sight's clunky collection of psychic abilities has been replaced by the Supernatural Merits offered in CoD, but what about books like Changing Breeds? Will the slew of werecreatures presented in those pages get an update? Is one even required? Can Changing Breed Merits, Aspects,...See more
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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
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-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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Mattias G May 18, 2017 7:32 pm UTC
Dan is the Man!

It's most helpful to know that VtR 2e has a setting in San Francisco, MtAw 2e has one in L.A. and PtC 2e has one in Sacramento, seeing as I'm writing a Californian hunters' campaign based in Oakland.

Biggest thanx!
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