The Longest Night is a collection of works that covers quite a few different gamelines. Each entry within the book is very well written and presents new and interesting material. Typically we keep our reviews short as not to reveal to much, but this time we are going to try to break things down by chapter/author.
Wrapped in Winter's Blanket / Alfar: Northern Fair Folk presents us with a short story and setting for Dark Ages Mage. The short story takes place in to time periods, the dark ages period features Alfljotr the Elf Councilor while the modern period features a group of mage that centuries later retraced his Alfljotr's journey. Fans of mage will really like this story. The setting introduces us to Alfheim and the elves that live there. These elves refered to umbrood by mages are a kind of fae, so these might make for interesting crossover campaigns with Changeling.
Adlivun The Snowglobe presents us with a setting for Wraith the Oblivion. Andlivun known as the Land of Ceaseless Storms is the shadowland of the Innuit people. Andilivun is shield from the rest of the shadowlands from an maelstrom of frozne plasm, limiting access to this forgotten realm. The History of the realm featuring Sedna and Anguta is a fascinating read, especially to those into mythology. The chapter also introduces us to four huts (similiar to guilds): the Hunters, the Sculptors, the Burrowers, and the Moon-Callers. We are also introducted to the Tornat, the spirits of whales, otters, seals, and walruses, along with the Tuurngait, spectres that display animal traits. The chapter also provides us with two new arcanoi and numerous plot hooks.
Chernobog's Brood presents us with a new bloodline derieved from Tzimcze. These monsterous vampires are trapped in the umbra and can only escape on the night of the Winter Solstice. We found the concept of these monsters very cool. A member of this bloodline could make a good villian for a one-shot game.
A Little Christmas Fear / Christmas Fears presents us with a short story and an accompanying one-shot adventure. A Little Christmas Fear was a captivating little story featuring characters that appeared in Cambridge Security. The accompanying one-shot lets the players play through the highlights of the short story with their own characters.
Overall, the book was amazing. The one drawback is that so many different game lines were covered is that there are probably sections that you might not really care about, but on the other hand there were so many different game lines covered that you are sure to find something you like. The highlight for us was the Christmas Fears one shot, as it was a quick play through with little prep. The adventure provided us with four hours of fun. We also like Alfar Northern Fair Folk as one of our storytellers incorporated parts of it into our existing Changeling campaign even though it was original written for Mage. To be honest we didn't actually use Adilvun in a campaign as we don't currently have a Wraith group going, we all enjoyed the read.
The Tabletop Gaming Club recommends this product.