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The beautiful madness of Changeling: The Lost

The beautiful madness of Changeling: The Lost

by Monday 13 March 2017
In March 2017 we presented the Changeling: The Lost Bundle, featuring White Wolf’s Storytelling game of otherworldly beauty and insanity in the Chronicles of Darkness. Changeling: The Lost was the fifth in White Wolf’s line of settings for its rebooted World of Darkness game, later renamed Chronicles of Darkness. (In January we presented another Chronicles game, Hunter: The Vigil.)

The successor to the original Changeling: The Dreaming, Lost is a much bleaker yet more imaginative game of “beautiful madness.” Stolen from your home, twisted by the power of Faerie, you survived in Arcadia as the Others’ slave or pet — but you never forgot where you came from. Now you’ve escaped through the Hedge back to our realm — to a home that’s no longer yours. With your motley of friends, your freehold, and your magic, you’ll build a new life in a world filled with incredible marvels and perils.

This collection included the 2007 First Edition of Changeling: The Lost and almost the entire Lost line, plus the complete World of Darkness First Edition rulebook required for play. There were five titles in our Player’s Collection (retail value $74):
  • World of Darkness First Edition (retail price $15): The complete 226-page core rulebook (2004) of modern urban horror that underpins Changeling: The Lost and the other Chronicles of Darkness settings (Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Hunter: The Vigil, and more).
  • Changeling: The Lost (retail $20): The complete 352-page Storytelling game of the escapees from Faerie and their struggles in the modern world. Includes the free demo kit Dwelling in Darkness with quick-start rules and pregenerated characters.
  • Swords at Dawn (retail $17): Changeling duels and warfare, Talecrafting and the workings of Fate, artifacts and relics, and the Court of the Dawn.
  • Rites of Spring (retail $17): The first of the “seasonal sourcebooks,” all about changeling life, the Hedge, and Fae magic. As for the other three seasons — keep reading!
  • Personae: Ready-Made-Characters (retail $5): Jump-start your chronicle with these detailed Changeling player characters.
Those who paid more than the threshold (average) price also got our entire Storyteller’s Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $107:
  • Dancers in the Dusk (retail $17): The realms of dream and nightmare, Hedge-towns and hobgoblins, new Contracts and Entitlements, and the Dusk Court.
  • Lords of Summer, Autumn Nightmares, and Winter Masques (retail $17 each): These three “seasonal” sourcebooks cover the Courts and their noble Entitlements, freeholds, enemies and antagonists, and the Seemings and Kiths that shape a changeling’s life.
  • Goblin Markets (retail $7): The dangerous magical bazaars of the bizarre where changelings make deals and find plot hooks.
  • Victorian Lost (retail $9): The late 19th-Century sourcebook for London changelings in a time of sharp class divisions.
  • Glimpses of the Unknown (retail $6): Plot hooks for all the Chronicles of Darkness settings.
  • Night Horrors: Grim Fears (retail $15): Highly individual antagonists that can each spawn an entire adventure.
  • Changeling: The Lost Storyteller Screen (retail $2): Useful reference charts.
That’s a high-Glamour US$181 value for a price cheaper than a length of Hedgespun silk at the Spider Bazaar, and you don’t need Wits + Streetwise to know it was a great deal. Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to this offer’s designated charity, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.