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
Format(s): Hardcover, with colour plates and PDF
This book 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.
On July 11th 2011 the Pelgrane Press website announced "A Mysterious Package Arrives" to herald the arrival of the Bookhounds of London Limited Edition and with it open the investigation into the murder of Augustus Darcy.
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
No Additional Text.
Back Cover Text
These cycles of experience, of course, all stem from that worm-riddled book. I remember when I found it – in a dimly lighted place near the black, oily river where the mists always swirl.
- The Book
Forbidden Tomes Bookhounds of London is a brand new campaign setting for Trail of Cthulhu, packed with period detail, where the Investigators seek out books about horror and strangeness and become, seemingly inevitably, drawn into the horror themselves. It provides in-depth material on London in the 1930s, carefully slanted towards Mythos investigators.
An Ancient City Bookhounds' London is a city of cinemas, electric lights, global power and the height of fashion. It’s about the horrors – the cancers – that lurk in the capital, in the very beating heart of human civilization. A Templar altar might well crouch, mostly forgotten, in the dreary Hackney Marshes, but altars to false gods tower over the metaphorical swamps of Fleet Street and Whitehall. And as for lost, prehuman ruins … who’s to say what lies under London, if you dig deep enough?
Terrible Choices The PCs aren’t stalwart G-men or tweedy scholars exploring forbidden frontiers. Instead, they acquire maps (and maybe guidebooks) to those forbidden frontiers from fusty libraries and prestigious auction houses. 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, but needs must when the bills come in. This volume includes:
- 32 authentic full-colour maps with unique new street index of London in the 1930s, and plans of major buildings.
- A Mythos take on London in the 1930s, packed with contacts, locations and rumours.
- New abilities such as Document Analysis, Auction and Forgery, as well as new occupations and drives.
- Full statistics for a host of new and horrible Mythos creatures to pit against the Bookhounds.
- Whitechapel Black-Letter, a brand new adventure which takes Bookhounds through the bleak East End of London on the trail of a powerful 15th century grimoire.
- With Bookhounds, Kenneth Hite creates a rich sandbox full of dusty tomes, crooked dealers and dark alleys, a perfect setting for any Mythos investigation.
A Detailed Guide to London in the 1930s
Bookhounds of London also features a complete, indexed street map of London, recreated and adapted from original sources, packed with over 200 locations essential to Investigators. Whatever system you play, this is an essential resource for Mythos roleplayers. The PDF version is fully cross-referenced.
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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