Bookhounds of London
Publisher: Pelgrane Press
Product Code: PELGT16
Publishing Year: 2011
Cover Price: $34.95
Author(s): Kenneth Hite
Artist(s): Jérôme Huguenin
Style(s): Sourcebook and Campaign Setting
Bookhounds of London describes itself as a campaign frame.
Your characters aren’t stalwart G-men or tweedy scholars this time around, serving their country or sealing off forbidden frontiers. They’re working the main chance, and selling maps (and maybe guidebooks) to those forbidden frontiers. They are book-hounds, looking for profit in mouldy vellum and leather bindings, balancing their own books by finding first editions for Satanists and would-be sorcerers. They may not quite know what they traffic in, or they may know rather better than their clientele. Peddlers of blasphemy and madness aren’t nice people, and the only consolation is that their customers are worse yet.
In a Book-Hounds of London campaign, the Investigators do not investigate horror and strangeness professionally. Rather, they investigate books about horror and strangeness and become, seemingly inevitably, drawn into the horror themselves. If they could just sell a pristine copy of the 1845 Bridewell edition of Nameless Cults, pocket their 40% (or 400%) and move on, they would. But it’s never that simple. Not for them. Not for book-hounds. Not in London. Not now.
Featuring new drives, hints for running your games as a "sandbox" and a sample adventure, Whitechapel Blackletter.
The sourcebook is organised as follows:
- Creating a Book-Hound
- New Abilities
- Improving Bookshop Stock
- The Book Trade
- The Purchase of Curious Tomes
- Finding a Book
- The Books Themselves
- Occult Books
- Mythos Tomes
- Thirties London
- Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky
- Rumours of London
- The West End
- The East End
- North London
- South London
- The London Mythos
- Corebook Cults
- London's Monsters
- An Optional Magick
- Building a Bookhounds Campaign
- Dramatis Personae
- Player-Driven Adventures
- Example Scenario: Whitechapel Black-Letter
- Howard and Campbell
- Other Urban Horrorists
- Antiquarian Book Dealers of London
- 1930s Rare Book Prices
Campaigns: This book provides a setting for running a Book-Hounds-based Campaign
Scenarios: Whitechapel Black-Letter
Front Cover Text
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Back Cover Text
List all the text on the back cover.
Comments / Trivia
Both the hardcover and the PDF contain a large map of London reproduced as 22 color plates.
In the PDF, the plates are assigned page numbers. In the print book, they are not. That's why there is the disparity in page count.
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