In 1893 a visionary spymaster in the British Naval Intelligence Department tried to recruit the perfect asset: a vampire. Operation Edom contacted Count Dracula in Transylvania, set up a safe house and headquarters in England, and arranged transit. Then it all went wrong. Dracula betrayed his minder and double-crossed NID. British intelligence hunted him down on his home ground and terminated him with two knives and extreme prejudice — or so they thought. Dracula lives. Now it’s up to you to finish the job.
Funded by a spectacular November 2014 Kickstarter campaign, the Dracula Dossier series follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning The Armitage Files campaign for Trail of Cthulhu (part of our May 2014 Trail of Cthulhu Bundle). Players follow up leads in the margins of Dracula Unredacted, a rare edition of Bram Stoker’s masterpiece that reveals the terrifying truth behind the fiction. Players choose which leads to track, which scarlet trail to follow. The Director, using the clear step-by-step techniques in these ebooks, improvises a suitably blood-soaked thriller in response to their choices. Together you create your own unique story — and you learn why Ben Riggs at Geek & Sundry called The Dracula Dossier the greatest RPG campaign of all time.
This comprehensive offer presented the entire Dracula Dossier line. There were three titles in our Agent’s Collection (retail value $54), including the Night’s Black Agents core rulebook (retail price $25), Dracula Unredacted (retail $20), and The Edom Field Manual (retail $9).
Those who paid more than the threshold (average) price also got our entire Director’s Collection with five more titles worth an additional $65, including the indispensable Dracula Dossier Director’s Handbook (plus the Dracula Deck of nonplayer character cards), The Edom Files scenario collection, and The Hawkins Papers, with over 30 beautiful player handouts. After launch we added The Thrill of Dracula (retail $7), wherein Kenneth Hite analyzes portrayals of Dracula in fiction and film across the decades. The Van Helsing Letter, a free introductory Night’s Black Agents/Dracula Dossier investigation originally distributed for Free RPG Day 2016, also includes a 13th Age scenario, Swords Against the Dead.
Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) went to the charity selected by Pelgrane Press, V-Day.
Dracula Dossier resources
- Don’t miss the comprehensive Pelgrane Press list of Dracula Dossier resources.
- Night’s Black Agents designer Kenneth Hite runs a Dracula Dossier Actual Play session on One Shot Podcast (October 2014); Ken also briefly explains the NBA rules in a One Shot Podcast bonus episode.
- An interesting Pinterest page of Dracula Dossier reference photos.
- In Episode 173 (15 January 2016) of the podcast Ken and Robin Talk About Stuff, Kenneth Hite and Robin D. Laws riff a whole bunch of Dracula Dossier scenario entry-points.