What to Expect in V5 Chicago by Night [Vampire: The Masquerade]

Greetings all! Matthew Dawkins here, the developer of Chicago by Night. This has been one hell of a book to shepherd from pitch, to outline, to writing, development, approvals, and now Kickstarter. At 200,000 words (approximately) it’s a big old tome with scores of Kindred, and story hooks, loresheets, and other fun things aplenty.

But before I get ahead of myself, let’s break things down. The contents for Chicago by Night are (as per the outline):

  • Fiction
  • Introduction
  • Local Metaplot
  • The Lasombra Defection
  • City Rules
  • Kindred of Chicago
  • Coteries
  • Clan Lasombra + Their Discipline
  • Loresheets
  • Chronicle Hooks + The Chicago Chronicle

As I said, there’s a lot in here. One of the objectives I aim for in all of my projects is utility. There should be something usable for a chronicle in every paragraph, and hopefully every sentence. This book contains more hooks, diving-off points, launchpads, and other such silly words and terms for chronicle ideas than any other book I’ve had the pleasure to work on, including possibly Beckett’s Jyhad Diary. You will read through this book and find hundreds of ideas in its many pages.

One of the other aims of Chicago by Night was to achieve a real feel for the city. We could have gone for a generic [City] by Night book, but Chicago holds a place in a lot of Vampire fans’ unbeating hearts, so we wanted to evoke the very real diversity of mood, culture, personalities, and politics in the Windy City. I strongly feel we have achieved this. The writing team is made up of authors from all over, and with many backgrounds. They wrote with honesty and passion in mind and I think you can tell that from the fantastic array of characters on display in Chicago by Night.

We have covered every nook and cranny of this domain, from the nightspots to the suburbs, from the inner city to the shore of Lake Michigan. We have looked at vampires of so many origins. But crucially, we have made this book feel like it’s about Chicago, not just any city. There’s plenty in here for you to use for your own domains, but if you want the authentic Chicago by Night experience, this is the one for you.

I hope you check our Kickstarter out! If you have any questions, and I can answer them, please post in the comments below!






15 responses to “What to Expect in V5 Chicago by Night [Vampire: The Masquerade]”

  1. Nogard Avatar

    I would like to know if the Book in It’s entirety will be previewed during the kickstarter?

    1. Matthew Dawkins Avatar

      If we can, that’s certainly the intent. The book is written, but one part still requires approval, which sometimes takes back and forth.

  2. Robert D Avatar
    Robert D

    Already backed the kickstarter! Eager to see the 5th edition Lasombra and their disciplines!

  3. Robert D Avatar
    Robert D

    🙂 🙂 🙂

    1. Matthew Dawkins Avatar

      That’s a lot of smiles!

  4. VicF Avatar

    Stoked to see a Chicago sourcebook but i gotta ask. How much will other templates (werewolf, mage, etc) be touched on or do you plan on making an updated world of darkness: Chicago sourcebook?

    1. Matthew Dawkins Avatar

      Lupines will be present, but until there are other core books, we’ll be staying fairly far from including other creatures.

    2. marin Avatar

      Also, WOD: Chicago was for the nWOD/CofD. Chicago by Night is for the original WOD.

  5. Michael Avatar

    Will we be seeing characters from the previous Chicago by Night books?

    1. Matthew Dawkins Avatar

      Yep! If you check out the Kickstarter, you’ll find in the Updates that some of the classics are still there.

  6. Echisha Avatar

    Would it be possible to have some digital assets? An A3 and/or A4 stylised city map would be great to spread out and help players visualise where locations are in relation to each other.

    Any advice (appreciate licensing music would probably be too much to ask) on an atmospheric playlist would be good too.

    1. Matthew Dawkins Avatar

      We have those noted as potential stretch goals.

  7. Ryan West Avatar
    Ryan West

    Has anyone confirmed whether the Lasombra are getting a fully-formed new Discipline (i.e. Obtenebration), or is Chicago By Night going the same route as the Camarilla and Anarch sourcebooks by somehow folding Obtenebration into the existing Disciplines?

    1. Matthew Dawkins Avatar

      That will become clear as the Kickstarter progresses.