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Accept no substitutes: Chicago is the city of vampires.

Claim a haven on the Gold Coast.
Carve a place of this bustling metropolis for yourself.

Subjugate a handful of the living on Michigan Avenue. Take a few deep drinks from some of the intoxicating vessels we have around here. 

Discover the nightlife. Come visit the Succubus Club, the Blue Velvet, or Red Noº 5, if they’ll let you in. The guest list is pretty damn exclusive.

Introduce yourself to the Ventrue Prince. Get to know his vision. Buy into it. Serve it. Stay on his good side and your immortality is going to be just fine.

Just ignore the purges of Anarchs, Thin-Bloods, and fledglings when it grows inconvenient, yeah? Stay invested in the Camarilla and it’ll stay invested in you. Remember who’s got your back and who can take that backing away in the blink of an undead eye. 

Don’t go digging into business that doesn’t concern you. 

Don’t go wandering into territory you don’t know, because someone will claim your skull as a trophy.

Don’t screw with another Kindred’s kine, or you’ll find your own murdered and dropped in a dumpster, and that’ll just be the start of your problems.

Chicago can be everything for a vampire like you.

You just have to accept Chicago into your heart.
Become a part of the city.

Chicago by Night includes:

  • A history of Chicago from multiple vampire perspectives and accounts of the domain as it exists in the modern nights, along with systems for how to run this city like the twisted, dysfunctional machine it is.
  • An introduction for the Clan of Night’s entry to the Camarilla and rules for playing Lasombra in Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition, including their Discipline of Oblivion.
  •  Over 50 individual Kindred with biographies, ambitions, secrets, relationships, and reasons for inclusion in any given chronicle, along with fiction illustrating these characters and key locations around the city.
  • A multitude of chronicle hooks covering everything from the Beast and the Hunger to Humanity and Hierarchy, and a single large chronicle in which the Lasombra make it their mission to join the elite ranks of the Camarilla.
  •  Coteries illustrating the factionalism of Chicago’s Kindred and new coterie examples for your characters.
  • Loresheets for characters new to or already based in Chicago, providing players easy ways to integrate their characters into the book’s many stories.
Note: Originally published by Onyx Path Publishing under license to Paradox Interactive.

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Eric L January 17, 2023 2:25 am UTC
What's the difference with the standard and the premium hardcover?
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William L September 23, 2021 9:05 pm UTC
Could someone explain what the "premium edition means?
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Nicolas L August 31, 2021 6:22 am UTC
What happened to the bundle of the three Chicago-related books? Was that a time-limited deal...?
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Neill H March 09, 2021 10:32 am UTC
A fantastic start to By Night books for V5, and one of my top 3 By Night books of all editions. The art is beautiful, the SPCs and relationship maps clearly laid out and explained in a useful fashion, the Lasombra write-up is a joy to read and play with and the other details are equally thematic and handy. I highly recommend this for V5, even if you don't plan to play in Chicago.
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Nathan L June 08, 2020 1:24 pm UTC
V5 is my first introduction to VTM and as such Chicago by Night is the first city book I've read. I've just got done with my first read through in time for my session 0 tomorrow as my first stint as a storyteller.

I loved this book, really loved it. The NPCs are great, the coterie maps and information is a god send. I really like the sacrifice and am looking forward to putting it into the chronicle at a later stage. I want to focus on the personal horror first as all but one players are new to vampire and i want to spend a while building the horror of having to hunt and feed, how they deal with drifting apart from the mortals in their life etc before moving on to more of the politics stuff.

There is so much good stuff in this book though I feel like a kid in a sweetie shop. Off the back of it I've bought the Chicago Folios and am looking forward to getting stuck into that now.

I'm tempted to make Baby Chorus a Ska band though as I think this would ramp up the personal horror...See more
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Luc L February 27, 2020 11:56 am UTC
I don't know why it is in the "Exclusively on" category.
I can buy this book from a local game store for a cheaper price then POD.
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John N March 01, 2020 2:40 pm UTC
If I'm not mistaken the exclusive content on DrivethruRPG applies to the digital copy not the print versions. Onyx Path cannot sell the pdf over on Amazon or Lulu, however the restriction does not cover dead tree versions.
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Luc L March 01, 2020 3:21 pm UTC
Ok thanks I did not knew that
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Visvesvaran S September 01, 2020 8:06 am UTC
Modiphius sells the physical version of the book, for reference:
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