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What motivates an undead body to go on walking, talking, plotting, and biting?

The Hunger is an obvious motivation. It drives all vampires to commit foul acts in the name of sustenance.

The Beast, too, gives a Kindred drive. Whether in fear of the Beast within or in attempts to master it, that constant nagging growl makes an undead monster march on.

Touchstones — those throbbing links to mortality so many vampires hold dear — might drive a vampire to kill just to protect someone none the wiser to their guardian’s bestial nature.

Politics. Philosophy. War. Brinkmanship. They make a vampire think, feel, and fight for something, whether it be tangible or ethereal. These things give a Kindred meaning.

Whether letting the Beast rage in the gun-happy South Side of Chicago, chasing prey around the Loop, plotting out in Gary, or fleeing the Inquisition into the murky swamps of rural Illinois, Chicago always gives a Kindred an activity or two to fill up their nights.

The one certainty is that blood will flow. It will flow, and the streets will turn red by the dawn.

Let the Streets Run Red includes:

  • Four full stories for play over multiple game sessions, each handling a different core theme from Vampire: The Masquerade. These chronicles can be played independently of each other or in sequence.
  • Deep coverage of the vampire domains of Chicago, Milwaukee, Indianapolis, and Gary and some of those cities’ undead inhabitants.
  • A cast of Kindred with biographies, ambitions, intrigues, links to other characters, and ways to include them in any chronicle, whether as antagonists, a supporting cast, or inspiration for playable characters.
  • New Loresheets for inclusion in your game, allowing player characters to start with a foot, claw, or fang already planted in the roots of the chronicles within this book, and beyond. 
  • Nine ready-made characters so you can start playing any of the chronicles in this book immediately.

Note: Originally published by Onyx Path Publishing under license to Paradox Interactive.

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Adam R August 06, 2021 2:04 am UTC
Why is this no longer available?
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Kyle C April 28, 2021 12:41 am UTC
Is there going to be a retail hardcover of this one?
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Matthew D April 28, 2021 2:48 pm UTC
There isn't one planned.
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Charles P December 06, 2020 12:35 am UTC
I have to admit I kind of like how the 21st century characters are a little on the humorous side. We have an Instagram biker among some hardcore Anarchs, a vampire LARPER (Revenant the Ravishing!) with an exaggerated Napoleon Complex, and a Twitch streaming sexy Nosferatu.
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Frederik H December 03, 2020 9:53 am UTC
To be honest, the obsession with gender issues is ridiculous in a Vampire setting. It would be fine with Werewolf, Mage, Changeling, whatever, but Vampires are asexual. They may have inspired a lot of romance pop art, but they don't procreate, they don't usually have sex. So why put all the emphasis on it? I don't get it. In my game vampires may use their sexuality for power play and hunting, but they are ultimately as uninterested in the concept as they are in breathing or eating. They are who they are. A vampire has enough hassle being of clan and sect XYZ and not getting crushed by the elders than to think about where they fit on the gender spectrum. Castrates are generally completely uninterested in sex, and Vampires are chemically castrated.
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Chris C December 04, 2020 2:42 pm UTC
Vampire is a game. It is imaginary fiction. In imaginary fiction, the author writes whatever they want. It doesn't yield to some kind of scientific logic or the logic of some random internet denizen. And your knowledge of sexuality seems infantile, BTW.
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Jeffery C January 01, 2021 1:52 am UTC
I feel like you've read very, very little vampire fiction based on what you've written. Dracula can be seen as an extended metaphor for the othering of Eastern European immigrants into Western Europe, a metaphor rife with fears of sex and the sexualization of W.E. women. Carmilla isn't even subtle in the sexual and lesbian themes that it presented. We can look at the work of modern authors like Rice, Hamilton, Meyer, or Harris to see that those themes are still extremely relevant.

Finally, in a game about grappling with your humanity in an inhumane world, why would sexuality not be part of that struggle? In the same way that kindred have to struggle with what their condition means for their jobs, friendships, and place in society, they have to address how it affects their romantic and love life.
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Yanuel M April 04, 2021 3:46 am UTC
Don’t even know how you went from Gender to sexual orientation. Do you believe asexual people are also genderless?
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Adrian S April 18, 2021 3:49 am UTC
Mentioning Meyer in a post about sexuality is like dropping Mills and Boon in a conversation about good literature, it won't get you taken seriously.
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Adrian S April 18, 2021 3:53 am UTC
Not if they want to get published they don't.
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Michelle M June 23, 2021 7:10 pm UTC
vampires are so innately sexually charged and have so many depictions across several different mediums that support this sentiment that I can't even tell if you've ever actually seen any vampire media before stumbling on this book, Freddy. A vampire story that is obsessed with sex? Shock and awe, I say!
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Robert H December 02, 2020 3:52 pm UTC
I agree with nearly everything Rory said. The fact that my opinion on the matter is forfeit simply because of my sex and my ethnicity seems like it would be an ideal that you and any other miss/under represented group would fight against. We are too quick to cancel, harm, or disregard someone over something as silly as a miscommunication. Most of the time, it isn't even a miscommunication. Take this instance, for example, someone literally said they don't drink, do drugs, or enjoy wearing panty hoses and since they are a trans woman, they feel this NPC embodies all those horrible stereotypes (I dont think those are stereotypes of Transpeople, but whatever.) So, should we start making all trans characters conform with your ideas of what you enjoy or don't enjoy? That wouldn't be realistic, more importantly, that wouldn't be very interesting. Your outrage isn't justified at all times just because you aren't a white male. I hate and disagree with bigotry and any attempts to harm someone just because of their...See more
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Taylor B March 15, 2021 1:55 am UTC
"You sheep won't be happy until all art conforms into a boring blob of inoffensive tripe that challenges nobody or anything."

I find this quote particularly ironic considering you're literally the one complaining about the existence of a character that goes against your own sensibilities. People offering criticism for something they see a problem with isn't some sinister agenda to neuter art and media. You're literally out here showing your whole XXX because some folks had a different opinion than you in regards to how a trans character was written.

I implore you to get over yourself.
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Robert H March 08, 2022 2:24 am UTC
First of all, I'm not complaining about its existence, I am defending the characters existence. The constantly bemoaning and outraged are crying about its existence. Maybe you have reading comprehension problems? I actually say several times I loved the NPC. They aren't offering criticism, they are accusing creators of being bigots, simply for trying to be inclusive and adding a character that isn't binary. Tell ya what, I'll get over myself if you re dedicate yourself to some reading comprehension. Deal?
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Charles P November 25, 2020 12:04 am UTC
I have to say that I'm really impressed with this volume. It has more LGBT and minority characters than I think about any volume of the franchise since the original Chicago by Night. I also appreciate that Evelyn Stephens has risen to become Baron of Gary as she strikes me as the kind of leader that Anarchs need.
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Robert H December 04, 2020 5:29 pm UTC
I agree Charles, loved Evelyn as an NPC.
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DSC Tabletop Gaming Club _ November 23, 2020 8:27 pm UTC
One of our club members bought this book to a club meeting to share it with the group. We aren't going to do review its contents but after reading it we think we need to make a comment. V5 has had a poor reputation for how it portrays members of the LGBTG community. The transgender woman presented in this book fits every negative stereotype of transgender people. Its like someone wrote the character with out any understanding of transgendered individuals. The Tabletop Gaming Club hopes that in the future official products won't be so offensive
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Chelsea R November 25, 2020 3:38 am UTC
Please, explain and enlighten us as to how "the Transgender" woman in the book, fits every negative stereotype? I swear, its like nothing pleases the masses and the court of public opinion in this age of sharing every single thought every human has ever had with then entire world. That poor reputation is without warrant by the way, as the older edition from the white wolf games studios were amongst the first game studios to embrace cultures outside the majority, but I suppose that doesn't fit with outrage culture and their narcissistic prattlings. There are quiet a few terrible characters in the book of all genders and sexual persuasions, its the world of darkness. Most characters are VAMPIRES.
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Talia H November 25, 2020 11:07 pm UTC
I am literally a 41 yo transwoman who has been a WoD purchaser since age 15. It's not just "outrage culture", it's real people, like me, who work hard not to be stereotypes. I'm celibate by choice for 10 years and don't do illegal drugs or drink and I don't get pleasure from wearing heels or pantyhose (I don't even own either), so I'm not a stereotype and I would appreciate if WoD wouldn't punch down.
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Chelsea R November 26, 2020 12:54 am UTC
Just because one character has several character flaws in a game about dark and brooding personalities, doesn't mean they are promoting a negative view of the gender/culture they belong too, people. Ted Bundy does not represent me as a white male, no more than Theo Bell Represents Black Males. What you are doing is killing art and expression. ITs an NPC, it is not a take on a movement/culture/identity. I assure you, WW was not punching down when they wrote in a Transgender NPC, you are just angry because this Transgender NPC isn't some paragon of all the virtues you wish and hold dear. Look guys and gals, this knee jerk reaction of calling for people's heads on a platter has got to end. Do you really think this was their aim? I assure you, their aim was altruistic. The truth is, behavior like this makes developers afraid to add NPCs or characters to represent diverse sexual identity and cultural minorities because if they make them flawed and believable, everyone wants to cancel them. Would you be happy...See more
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Secrets of the M November 28, 2020 10:51 pm UTC
As a white male you get way much more varied representation than every other demographic combined.

If we’re complaining about the trans woman character because she gets dead named from the get go and goes from bookkeeper to bartender in LGBT clubs, with alcohol abuse and other harmful “steal his widens clothes because she’s actually a she!” elements... Also a vampire (deviant monster then) being the one who helped her realize she was trans to then Ghoul her? It’s gross. It might not be mad tout of malice but this book as well as Chicago by Night is full of transphobic and racist tropes. They may have distributed more labels to more NPCs but they didn’t do it with thoughtfulness and biases check. They actively ignore criticism. It’s sad because I believe they could do greater good. But they choose not to.
It’s disappointing because OPP is capable of hiring proper diverse authors and have proper consultants to do their sensitivity checks (and not just get approval by their minority...See more
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Rory H December 01, 2020 8:37 am UTC
If we are talking demographics then we have consider that trans people represent less than a percent of any given population census. As such, this book has over-represented trans people in its list of NPCs. Indeed, comparing the Vampire game line against many RPGs that don’t represent trans people at all ought to taken into account here.

This particular character may be stereotypical, but how offensive this would be is still subjective - it’s not that different a projection to Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side, or a host of other media characters. The Vampire game itself is made up of stereotypes - where Clans are clearly social stereotypes of one sort or another. It is actually a motif of the game that the ‘monsters’ we see are stereotypes. People are right to speak out if they are offended but there is no obligation in any work of fiction to comply to a particular set of social rules when creating fictional characters.

And while I can relate to people of any group feeling...See more
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ken M December 11, 2020 6:59 pm UTC
I hope my art doesn't reflect that!
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Robert H December 18, 2020 6:14 am UTC
It does not, Ken. It's important that amazing Artist who pour their hearts and souls into what they love, to not only bring their vision to life, but others, not run away or shy away because people want to mute them under the guise of "Sensitivity". This whole discussion is ridiculous, its just hard to see through because the popular opinion is so ubiquitous with social saturation. If we stamp out all art because someone is offended, nothing interesting would ever be created. There needs to be a logical reason to be offended, just because you think the NPC is stereotypical, does not make that assertion reality. These same people probably play Dungeons and Dragons and never bat an eye at the princess needing a rescue from the tower. The world has gone insane, Ken M. But the art is beautiful...I guess thats something.
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DSC Tabletop Gaming Club _ December 18, 2020 1:58 pm UTC
The Tabletop Gaming Club would like to state that we didn't find issue with the art. The art in the book was overall amazing. We just felt that the "trans" character in this book was written by someone that had no concept of what real trans people go through. The tabletop gaming club is a relatively large group of students made up a vast majority of ethic, cultural, and social backgrounds. And we do have transgendered members who all mentioned that the character in question seemed to be a 40 year old bad stereotype.

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Yanuel M April 04, 2021 3:59 am UTC
It will always happen that when you only have one character to represent an entire demographic, that one character will inevitably become problematic. Either the character will be a paragon of all virtue and thus seem unrealistic, or it will have realistic flaws that will be perceived as problematic and possibly even stereotypical. Although in this situation it seems they decided to add ALL the flaws, but anyways.

If you want to avoid the problem of stereotyping a demographic, you can start by including various members of a demographic that are each unique individuals and at least one isn’t simply a plot device.
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