FAQ: Urban Shadows RPG
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Do I need Apocalypse World to play Urban Shadows?

Not at all. Urban Shadows is inspired by Apocalypse World’s mechanics and themes, but all the rules for playing and running Urban Shadows will be contained in the Urban Shadows book. You won’t need any other materials to play the game beyond the Urban Shadows Archetypes, Master of Ceremonies material, and a few dice. Last updated: Tue, Jun 3 2014 7:59 pm EDT

How is this different from Monsterhearts?

Urban Shadows is rooted in communities and obligations in a way that's much more like Apocalypse World than Monsterhearts. You know those moments where no one is sure which side the Brainer is really on and the Hardholder and the Hocus are both going to make a play for the hold, but no one wants to get dead? Urban Shadows is pretty much that all the time. A big reason for this is the Debt and Faction ecosystem. Characters want to hold Debts over each other and over NPCs, but they are also subject to the Debts others hold over them. They have reputations with Factions that they need to hold on to in order to stay on top, but those Factions will challenge those relationships. If I trust you, then you should be willing to help me... after all, I'd help you. Finally, Urban Shadows confronts race and ethnic communities in the same way that AW confronts gender. Players have to pick their race at the start of play (Asian, Black, Hispanic, White, Mixed, Other) in a way that brings more characters of color to play. And each playbook is rooted in a community (vampires! werewolves!) that make demands on the PCs in addition to the Faction mechanics, challenging them to balance "family," Debts, and Factions without falling to Corruption... Last updated: Tue, Jun 3 2014 7:59 pm EDT

What will the book be like? What size? How many pages?

We're looking at a 6'' x 9'' black and white print of the book with a color cover that runs about 150 pages, depending on how much stuff you all add to the game through stretch goals. We're planning on making most of the additional content, like City Guides, available for download from our website for free, but a few may get added to the book if we think they are a good fit. Last updated: Fri, Jun 6 2014 11:18 am EDT

Will I be able to add-on Urban Shadows dice to my order?

We're working on adding this feature. We'll let you know via an update when this happens. Last updated: Fri, Jun 6 2014 11:18 am EDT

Shipping Updates

Current Estimated Shipping Date: October 2014

Last Updated At: 08/25/14
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