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Philadelphia by Night


Philadelphia, 1876. Domain wars in the streets. Foul beasts in the sewers. Backstabbers in the halls of Elysium.

For Jacob Shallus, ancilla Prince of Philadelphia, there is never a dull night in the City of Brotherly Love. Embraced into his seat in an act of political expediency, Jacob finds himself at the helm of a vicious undead political establishment long before his due. Surrounded by a legion of bloodthirsty Kindred, all ripping and shredding their way to their own American dreams, Jacob must balance his ambitions for the city with the frailty of his reign over the nascent Philadelphia Camarilla. Fortunately, he has a few good allies. Unfortunately, almost any of them could choose to annihilate him and seize his holdings at any time. Nonetheless, Prince Jacob pushes forward with his bold plans to put Philadelphia on the global map.

Experience the rise of Philadelphia’s Ivory Tower as your players struggle to rise within or against it. Philadelphia by Night includes a complete history of the city up to 1876, meshing real history into the World of Darkness in classic Vampire the Masquerade fashion.

This book also contains:

  • A robust geographical accounting of nineteenth century Philadelphia and how it came to be
  • A full Camarilla power structure and culture, over 35 original Kindred for your chronicles
  • 180 full color, illustrated pages with over 15 original full-page illustrations and all original book design
  • A treatment on storytelling and world building in a large city like Philadelphia
  • A complete, open ended campaign covering a critical turning point in the history of Philadelphia’s Camarilla. Help Prince Jacob shore up his rule, or turn on the Tower and join the rebellion in Herman’s Revolution!

WARNING: This book contains images some readers may find disturbing, including nudity and graphic violence. This is not a book for kids, and reader discretion is advised.

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Zachery N October 16, 2021 4:27 am UTC
Just picked this up. I'm loving the look of it.
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Andrew D October 16, 2021 5:28 am UTC
I'm really happy to hear that, You'll have to let us know more of what you think as you get into it!
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Andrew D October 17, 2021 4:41 pm UTC
Hi Zachery, I wanted to stop back here and thank you for your kind words! I'm elated that you enjoyed the book so much despite your reservations about historical settings! Thank you so much for your support and for the wonderful review!
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Jose B October 14, 2021 10:55 pm UTC
Will this be released for V5?
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Andrew D October 15, 2021 12:23 am UTC
I'm considering a V5 adaptation guide for this specific book, and the possibility of a V5 modern nights continuation of this is an open question for now. The option to use V5 opens up tomorrow, and I wasn't expecting that to happen so close to launch. So it's possible, but I'm still thinking through the best direction for the line. If there's an appetite for it and the book does well, it's certainly something I'm thinking about.

I would also add that this book is easily adaptable to V5 as it stands. You'd need to rework the character sheets and stats/ powers, and adapt the Giovanni. Since this is a 19th century setting, it shouldn't run afoul of any of the later Hecata lore. If you run V5, I think I can say with relative confidence the rest is all playable setting, story, and characters. I even play tested an early version of it in V5 before I realized we weren't able to publish in that, and then made a shift to V20, but I didn't have any issues with playing the material in either system.
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Jose B October 16, 2021 3:26 pm UTC
thanks for the response Andrew and always glad to support VtM community contents; if you do update it to V5 will I have to purchase it again or will you offer a discount or free add on? Im only playing V5 so trying to get contents that is ready to use out of the box
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Andrew D October 16, 2021 3:52 pm UTC
I was just coming back around to respond with more certainty to this today. There will be a V5 update in the form of an adaptation guide. Like I described before it won't be that complicated to do, but I expect it to take a few weeks while I write it up and then we're going to play with some aesthetics and artwork like we did with the V20 style. We'll put this out as a free file update, there will be no need to buy it again and I'll make mention here on this thread when we do it. I can't guarantee exactly when this will be done, I have to brush back up on V5 to be sure it's consistent with the edition and with the quality of the rest of the book, but it won't take too long! Expect V5 character sheets and a full treatment on the Giovanni. I will try, but can't promise, to also include some interesting lore sheets which I think are a terrific V5 utility. Stay tuned!
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Brandon H October 13, 2021 2:54 am UTC
Book is great so far. Bit of a strange issue with the last part of page 49 and first part of page 50. Part of the sentence seems to be missing.
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Andrew D October 13, 2021 3:25 am UTC
I'll take a look at it and see what happened. Thank you for pointing it out, and I'm glad you're enjoying it otherwise. Whatever is missing should be patched up by tomorrow!
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Andrew D October 13, 2021 2:53 pm UTC
I took care of this omission, and thank you again for letting me know. The way we laid this book out and assemble it was a little unconventional, so if you spot any other inconsistencies please let me know and I'll get right on them!
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Nick D October 12, 2021 11:01 pm UTC
Hi there, great by night book! Just wanted to let you know that the 'NPC sheets and Appendix' file doesn't open in Chrome. I tried this on 2 devices and had the same issue. It tells me to download Acrobat X or Adobe Reader X, even though I already have them installed. The file does open on my pc though. Not sure why, but thought I should flag. Thanks
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Andrew D October 12, 2021 11:20 pm UTC
Thank you for letting me know, let me see what I can find out about this. I'm glad you're enjoying the book!
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Andrew D October 12, 2021 11:29 pm UTC
It's happening because I had to use a PDF portfolio to compile the character sheets. I was going to do them without the interactivity originally, which makes them look much cleaner. You do that by saving them to jpg, but changing through formats in the process of saving them that way (PDF to JPG to PDF to make a booklet) would ruin the text. Instead, I had to leave them interactive (which is more useful anyway) but compile them as a PDF portfolio or else Acrobat would unify all the data fields and I would end up with 38 of the same sheet. From what I'm reading, neither Chrome nor Edge support portfolios. I'll edit the buy notes to reflect the need for a PDF reader.
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