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The City Hungers. Will You Feed It?

The streets bleed shadows as the supernatural politics of the city threaten to swallow you whole. Will you die a hero—a savior for those who have never had enough—or live long enough to become the villain? Will you fight the darkness...or give in for power?

The choice is yours. 

Urban Shadows: Second Edition is an urban fantasy tabletop roleplaying game in which mortals and monsters vie for control of a modern-day city, a political battleground layered just under the reality we think we know. Vampires, faeries, hunters, and wizards fight to carve out a piece of the streets and skyscrapers, ready to make deals with all those who have something to offer. 

Urban Shadows: Second Edition is based on the Powered by the Apocalypse framework, with all new rules designed to help you play a game of political urban fantasy. This quickstart includes everything you need to play a few sessions of the game, such as:

  • Basic moves and rules to play
  • Twelve archetype playbooks
  • Four City Hubs—Art District, City Hall, Downtown, and The University
  • Special rules for Debts, Circles, and Status
  • New faction turn rules for 2E
  • Complete systems for intimacy and harm

This quickstart isn't the full game, and will undergo changes, refinements, and adjustments with playtesting. Stay tuned for the full release of Urban Shadows: Second Edition in 2022! 

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Juan Manuel R November 22, 2022 6:51 pm UTC
Hello, I'm really interested in urban fantasy/horror and I'd like to try something different than WoD. This game has a similar tone? Is this document good for someone who has never played any PbtA games?
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Valerie O November 22, 2022 8:03 pm UTC
Hey Juan!

While it can get you started, you may need more experience with PbtA to really get the rules. It's free, so you can always take a look and if you have questions, our amazing community on discord is always happy to help!
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Kelly W June 23, 2022 9:30 pm UTC
any update on the full release?
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Guilherme L September 28, 2021 4:28 pm UTC
I took the liberty of adding bookmarks to the PDF, despite its size. For ease of use at the table. Is there any way I can submit it so you guys can let other people use it as well? Would that be okay?
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Tomasz G July 20, 2021 5:02 pm UTC
Hey, would be nice if we could get those Hero Cards that are print-friendly or PDF that is fillable :)?
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Andrew B April 15, 2021 9:58 pm UTC
Page 5. Oracle needs a faction
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Douglas M October 29, 2020 4:44 pm UTC
Hi is there a log for issues/clarifications etc somewhere? For example page 6 says you can't have status of more than 1 outside your own but page 14 has an example of a Fae with status 2 in both wild and power. Thanks
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James M November 05, 2020 3:31 pm UTC
I see an example Fae with Wild 2 and Power 1 on p.14, which fits the rule, but I can't see an example with Wild 2 and Power 2
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Sarah S November 06, 2020 7:47 pm UTC
Hi Douglas,
We've updated new files that should have fixed that, as well as some other typos. Thanks for catching that!

Sarah "Sam" Saltiel
Director of Sales and Events at Magpie Games
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This title was added to our catalog on October 27, 2020.