Night’s Black Agents

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Night’s Black Agents won two silver ENnie awards for Best Game and Best Writing, and was nominated for Best Rules, Best Interior Art and Product of the Year. Find out why!

Night’s Black Agents puts you in the role of a deadly secret agent, taking down the forces of darkness.

Bring your favorite high-octane spy thrillers to the table with Night’s Black Agents from legendary designer Kenneth Hite (Trail of Cthulhu). Have friends who love console shooters? This is the tabletop RPG for them! Access the eyes-only Resources page for blank agent dossiers, quick-reference sheets, a 20-minute demo and more — but sweep for tracking devices first.

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The Cold War is over. Bush’s War is winding down.

You were a shadowy soldier in those fights, trained to move through the secret world: deniable and deadly.

Then you got out, or you got shut out, or you got burned out. You didn’t come in from the cold. Instead, you found your own entrances into Europe’s clandestine networks of power and crime. You did a few ops, and you asked even fewer questions. Who gave you that job in Prague? Who paid for your silence in that Swiss account? You told yourself it didn’t matter.

It turned out to matter a lot. Because it turned out you were working for vampires.

Vampires exist. What can they do? Who do they own? Where is safe? You don’t know those answers yet. So you’d better start asking questions. You have to trace the bloodsuckers’ operations, penetrate their networks, follow their trail, and target their weak points. Because if you don’t hunt them, they will hunt you. And they will kill you.

Or worse.

Night’s Black Agents brings the GUMSHOE engine to the spy thriller genre, combining the propulsive paranoia of movies like Ronin and The Bourne Identity with supernatural horror straight out of Bram Stoker. Investigation is crucial, but it never slows down the action, which explodes with expanded options for bone-crunching combat, high-tech tradecraft, and adrenaline-fueled chases.

Updating classic Gothic terrors for the postmodern age, Night’s Black Agents presents thoroughly modular monstrosity: GMs can build their own vampires, mashup their own minions, kitbash their own conspiracies to suit their personal sense of style and story. Rules options let you set the level of betrayal, grit, and action in your game. Riff from the worked examples or mix and match vampiric abilities, agendas, and assets for a completely custom sanguinary spy saga.

The included hook adventure gets the campaign going; the included city setting shows you what might be clotting in Marseilles’ veins even now. Rack silver bullets in your Glock, twist a UV bulb into your Maglite, and keep watching the mirrors … and pray you’ve got your vampire stories straight.

Designer’s blog entries

An interview with the publisher

Free downloads and resources for Night’s Black Agents

Listen to Ken Hite talk about Night’s Black Agents on the Fear the Boot podcast



Review Highlights

Read all the reviews here.

As good as the toolkits that Night’s Black Agents provides are, the rules and advice deliver on the game and genre that they promise. Whether it is blood pumping action or heart stopping shocks, Night’s Black Agents is probably best shaken, and definitely has the “Vampire Spy Thriller” staked. – Matthew Pook

Vampires and spies – once you’re past the initial surprise, you’ll see that they work tremendously well in tandem. Well, I think they do, and I think the book’s an absolute knockout. – Sidney Roundwood


Stock #: PELGN01 Author: Kenneth Hite
Artist: Alessandro Alaia, George Cotronis, Chris Huth, Phil Reeves Pages: 232pg hardback

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105 Responses to “Night’s Black Agents”

  1. […] Pelgrane Press anunciou um novo cenário para o sistema GUMSHOE chamado Night’s Black Agents, escrito por Kenneth Hite, autor de O […]

  2. […] us engaged and VERY entertained. If you are a fan of vampires, then you’ll be looking forward to Night’s Black Agents. A mix of vampire and spy game that was described as “If in the movie Ronin, Robert de Niro and […]

  3. 98MPH says:


  4. gary moore says:

    Cant wait. I think its gonna be in the same vein (pardon the pun) as that classic TV show Ultraviolet but with extra fangs.

  5. Jon says:

    This looks awesome. I guess I’m playing in the Beta so I’ll be able to say with certainty just how awesome in a few weeks…

  6. John Taber says:

    Hi Pelgrane: Is there a new ETA on this product? Last I heard it would be GenCon but it was not released… :(
    John T>

    • John Taber says:

      I asked Ken on his Facebook page and got this back:
      Kenneth Hite – Ideally, a preview edition at Dragonmeet, and the big pretty hardcover in March-ish.

      Thanks Ken!!! :D REALLY want to see this one… :)

  7. Dave says:

    Gary, my first thought was ‘Ultraviolet’ when I read the blurb for this game.

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  9. Ian says:

    So, when will this game be on pre-order? Also, when can we expect the release? I like this game and want to purchase it now. :)

  10. Rob says:

    Simon maybe we can have a pre-order deal for those who REALLY want this wherein we pre-order some sort of special ed and get access to the Alpha build? It would also help with your play testing and gives you de moniez!

  11. Alan says:

    Definitely watching for this one… =)

  12. Ironchicken says:


    I am very interested in this. I just found Gumshoe via Ashen Stars but I think this will suit my group better.

    How do pre-order deals work? Is there a mail list?

  13. […] thing I must mention which I didn’t buy was Night’s Black Agents, another splendiferous disgorging from the feverish and conspiracy-filled multidimensionally […]

  14. Gary Moore says:

    Damn you Simon Rogers, you can take money from my wallet faster than the ex wife. Just flicked through my pdf and Im blown away yet again with how much you can do with such a simple system and just how far you can take it.
    Aside from Kens tool kit approach you (here is a narrative hammer, here’s the nails of dramatic covention, build the rest yourself to suit yourself)There is so much you can do without the hint of vampires, Kens Conspyramid allowing for plenty of other settings (ie a high tech thriller, a modern cthulhu, a “Laundry file”, Moving Target, Spooks, etc) to let this slip past you.
    I heard that the legendary Delta Green is being re-issued with a bespoke system in developement. Tell them not to bother, its already here.
    Yes its that sodding good. Again. You realise no one likes over achievers dont you lol

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  16. Gary Moore says:

    Just a quick question.

    My lurvly missus bought me a kindle at xmas. any chance you will release products in a kindle friendly format?

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  19. […] on June 12, 2012 by Flames         Night’s Black Agents is available as a pre-pre-order to early adopters and patrons from the Pelgrane […]

  20. […] badges” when you preorder some of their games. I have badges from 13th Age and Night’s Black Agents on the site. Pelgrane puts out stellar products and these two are by industry vets! Give them a […]

  21. […] our Among Our Many Hats segment, we talk about Ken’s new roleplaying game Night’s Black Agents, in which the spy thriller goes vampire, with logistics supplied by the GUMSHOE […]

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  25. […] that’s just part of the plot. But it’s enough, perhaps, to serve as a basis for a Night’s Black Agents game, especially if Burr is a vampire. Or at least working for them. At least that’s my plan. […]

  26. Stuart Bonham says:

    Book arrived today – looks fantastic!!

  27. Mulciber says:

    Book arrived! As Stuart says it’s beautiful. Slightly miffed by the rough handling dished out by the Post Office – some corner damage, sadly.

  28. Gary Moore says:

    Got my book and must say that it looks awesome. Im impressed by the art and the graphic style ‘specially now its a physical object rather than a pdf. One thing i have to applaud you for (aside from the game) is the quality of your product, when i compare it to the stuff ive bought from mongoose who dont seem to worry about quality.

  29. greg says:

    Got mine Friday…. Bloody terrific. Excellent layout, great graphics, terrific read. Just holding this beautiful physical artifact in my hands has already triggered the creative juices in ways that the pre release PDF didn’t.

  30. Michael P says:

    Got my book yesterday! Looks great though it had some cut marks near the center of the spine on the back cover. Can’t wait for more NBA goodness to come out soon! Great job folks!

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  32. […] Review: Night’s Black Agents Commentary Badass Gumshoe System Review Spies BoardGameGeek’s “Golden Geek” awards are open for votes, and this year I’m interested to see how the “Best RPG” category shakes out. I was pleasantly surprised to see a number of games I’ve purchased this year end up on the list, and decided it was high time to begin to read some of them, should I ever hope to play them. Night’s Black Agents, available now from Pelgrane Press […]

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  34. Dougla.s says:

    I’ve just finished reading my edition.
    EXCELLENT work. You must make it available, at least for popularization’s sake.
    Great improvement upon Trail!! Congrats

  35. […] a lot of smaller projects while bigger projects simmer. I’ve got some different hacks of Night’s Black Agents I’m developing (Night’s Black Assassins, an Assassin’s Creed hack; and […]

  36. WiseWolf says:

    I asked this before, but I don´t think it was answered. Is there a quick adventure to run for a demo? There is a gaming convention on December and I will run a couple of tables, I want to run NBA in one of them.

  37. […] vez acabamos, puse el stand de las ofertas, espías con Night Black’s Agents, mas fantasía con 13th Age, y el triunfador, ciencia ficción investigativa, Ashen Stars. Así que […]

  38. […] Night’s Black Agents – The game where you can kill lots of vampires and take down vampire conspiracies. […]

  39. […] Hite är inte bara en av världens mest kända spelmakare, med spel som Trail of Cthulhu och Night’s Black Agents på cevet – sedan ett år tillbaka skriver han också spelmaterial och äventyr till Fenix. […]

  40. WiseWolf says:

    Hi Simon, why don’t you have hard covers for NBA on the store?

  41. […] currently preparing to run a game of Night’s Black Agents by Pelgrane Press. The presumption of the game is that characters will be former spies making an […]

  42. […] In November, 2012 Pelgrane announced that they had successfully wooed Kenneth to take up a full time position heading up the Trail of Cthulhu line and also writing more support material for his vampire spy thriller game Night’s Black Agents. […]

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