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A supplement for Cold Shadows, Cities in Shadow provides information essential to setting your espionage flavored campaign around the world.

Written by some of the best roleplaying game writers in the industry, Cities in Shadow is a high level look at the locales and environments that make espionage stories so compelling!

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David J April 23, 2020 7:20 pm UTC
A dead tree softcover book is cheaper than the digital-only PDF. In fact, the PDF is the same cost as a hardcover book!

That seems....odd.
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Alan B April 23, 2020 7:21 pm UTC
That is odd. Likely a byproduct of backend adjusting as print costs change. We'll correct it! Buy it now ;)
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Grant M January 08, 2018 5:33 pm UTC
If anyone knows, how much does this book deal with alternate history?
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Alan B January 08, 2018 7:47 pm UTC
Grant, a majority of the book is historically accurate. There's some minor changes for drama and to provide storyhooks for Narrators and players, but we did our best to minimize those.
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Jean-Baptiste P January 09, 2018 10:55 pm UTC
The chapters I wrote are as historical as can be (they benefited of the latest historiographic documentation available).
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Michael B January 08, 2018 5:19 pm UTC
This is showing that I have purchased the product, but a download option is not appearing, and it is not showing up in my Downloads Library. Please assist.
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Alan B January 08, 2018 7:46 pm UTC
@Michael - Unfortunately, we can't help with that. You will need to reach out to DriveThruRPG Support:

I'm really sorry we can't easily resolve this for you.
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This title was added to our catalog on November 09, 2017.