The Dracula Dossier

The Dracula Dossier is an epic improvised campaign for the Night’s Black Agents RPG. Do your Agents have what it takes to face the Lord of the Undead himself?

The wild beasts of the desert shall also meet with the wild beasts of the island, and the demon shall cry to his fellow; Lilith also shall rest there, and find for herself a place of rest. — Isaiah 34:14, a prophecy concerning Edom.

In 1893, a visionary spymaster in the British Naval Intelligence Department launched a plan to recruit the perfect asset: a vampire.

Operation Edom began promisingly. The NID made contact with Count Dracula, deep in Transylvania. A meet was set and made. A safe house and a headquarters in England were prepared. Then it all went wrong.

Dracula betrayed his minder and double-crossed NID. Outsiders – possibly with their own ties to foreign espionage — became involved. British intelligence ordered a sanction: They barred Dracula from England, and hunted him down on his home earth, where – during the great eruption and earthquake of 31 August 1894 – they terminated him, with extreme prejudice and two knives.

Or so they thought.

Dracula lives. Now it’s up to you to finish the job.


The Dracula Dossier Starter Kit Bundle

(Night’s Black Agents, the Director’s Handbook and Dracula Unredacted)

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The Dracula Dossier Core Bundle

(The Director’s Handbook and Dracula Unredacted)

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The Dracula Dossier Thriller Bundle

(The Edom Files, The Edom Field Manual, and Thrill of Dracula)

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Dracula is not a novel. It’s the censored version of Bram Stoker’s after-action report of the failed British Intelligence attempt to recruit a vampire in 1894. Kenneth Hite and Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan have restored the deleted sections, inserting annotations and clues left by three generations of MI6 analysts. This is Dracula Unredacted.

Follow those clues to the Director’s Handbook, containing hundreds of encounters: shady NPCs, dangerous locations, conspiratorial nodes, and mysterious objects. Together they comprise The Dracula Dossier — an epic improvised, collaborative campaign for Night’s Black Agents, our award-winning vampire spy thriller RPG.

The mission: Hunt and kill Dracula now, once and for all, before Britain falls to him forever.

The Dracula Dossier follows in the fully improvisational path of the award-winning Armitage Files campaign. Thanks to the generosity of our Kickstarter backers, the full Dracula Dossier comprises the following books:

Director's Handbook_front_cover_150The Director’s Handbook

A 368-page, full colour hardback book, packed with everything you need to run an improvisational Dracula Dossier campaign, including conspiracy nodes, fully mapped and floorplanned locations, and vampiric beasts; more than 60 supporting characters in vampiric, heroic, or in-between versions; and different versions of the real Mina Harker, Abraham van Helsing, and the other stars of Stoker’s novel.


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This new edition of Dracula adds new letters and recordings, diary entries long thought lost, and documents suppressed by Her Majesty’s Government … until now. From the first tentative contact between British intelligence and the un-dead, to the werewolf of Walpurgisnacht, to the cataclysmic disappearance of Dracula in volcanic fire, read the story you’ve known for years … for the first time.


Hawkins_Papers_Final_cover_150The Hawkins Papers PDF

The original 1894 Operation Edom brief, key memos, secret military maps of Transylvania, précis of reports from Balkan battlefronts and German academies alike,  and plans for the next century’s battle for control of the Un-Dead — this is the Hawkins Papers PDF.


Edom Field Manual

You’re on the inside now. You deserve access to the innermost sanctum, and this is your key. It will tell you everything you need to know about Operation Edom – what we do, how we do it, and what we’re working towards. It will also teach you how to handle our special assets, and how to put them down if they go rogue.


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Eight desperate missions against the Un-Dead!

  • Stoker: First Blood (1877): In this prequel to Dracula, British adventurers exploring the Balkans thwart a vampiric horror.
  • The Carmilla Sanction (1948): As the Soviets seal off Vienna, an Edom hit team hunt the notorious vampire Carmilla – but can they find her among all the decoys she’s created?
  • Blood Coda (1971): A Romanian ballet company defects to the West, but there’s a vampire hidden among the dancers. Hunt her down before the curtain rises.
  • Day of the Wehrwolf (1981): A prisoner exchange for a captured Edom officer leads the Agents into a race against time to stop the bombing of Radio Free Europe.
  • The Slayer Elite (1980): A mysterious employer hires a team of elite mercenaries to carry out an operation in England. Their target: Edom.
  • Four Days of the Bat (1989): Edom investigates an attack on one of their hidden stations, while outside the Berlin Wall falls and the Soviet Union collapses.
  • The Moldavian Candidate (2005): A long-cold Edom case file is the key to thwarting a Conspiracy plan to assassinate the American vice president and escalate the war on terror.
  • The Harker Intrusion (201-): An entry vector to the main Dracula Dossier campaign, giving one way for a team of Agents to acquire the stolen Dossier.

The Dracula Dossier card deck

The Director can use the 104-card Dracula Dossier deck in whatever purpose best fits with their style of play. Some examples include:

  • For visual reference, to aid the players when they reach an encounter or meet an NPC
  • As part of a web of clues on a corkboard on the wall, with connected cards linked with string to build up a map of the Conspiracy
  • To generate random encounters – shuffle the deck, and see who or what the players encounter
  • To generate the latest Conpiracy victim – show the players which NPC’s life is at stake tonight if they fail in their mission
  • To add backstory when the players visit a familiar city
  • To generate the game’s Conspyramid
  • To deal a Tarot of Dracula, using the instructions included with the card deck


The Thrill of Dracula

Kenneth Hite takes apart Dracula — the novel, the movies, the myth, even the history — into his component pieces: characters, tropes, symbols, story beats, effects. With those pieces, Ken shows you how to build new yet mythic stories about the King of the Vampires or about your own creatures of the night, tuned for thriller adventure, cosmic horror, or even intense personal drama. This standalone book suitable for all fans of games, storytelling, and Dracula will be delivered in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats.



Free downloads for, and articles about, the Dracula Dossier are on the Dracula Dossier Resources page.

Our sister company, ProFantasy Software, has published the Dracula Dossier floorplan style for Campaign Cartographer.

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61 Responses to “The Dracula Dossier”

  1. This sounds very interesting. If it’s anywhere near the quality of the Armitage Files (and I’m sure it will be) it is another must buy. Damn you Pelgrane.

    • Gary Moore says:

      I agree with Andrew. Damn you Pelgrane indeed. Hurry up and finish development so I can buy it. An annoted copy of Dracula? Sounds like the ultimate in game artifact if its anything like the book of the smoke for bookhounds.

      • Mayank says:

        Merci Shabnam! Sans oublier l’excellente anaslye de la page 3: “Le de9veloppement des ve9hicules propres permettra d’acce9le9rer la croissance verte dont les fondements ont e9te9 pose9s par le Grenelle de l’environnement”.A suivre….CM

  2. Nathaniel says:

    Is there a general or specific launch date?

  3. Michael says:

    Any more news on when this may be released, put up for pre-order, or kickstarter, what have you? Regardless, looking forward to it! Thanks!

  4. François says:

    Very interesting, the book will contain connections with the Zalozhniy Quartet to play both campaigns back to back ?

    • Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan says:

      It wouldn’t so much be ‘back to back’ as ‘smashed together’, but yeah, there’ll be a few references and pointers to ZQ. You don’t need to have or be familiar with Zalozhniy Quartet to play the Dracula Dossier, but there are ways to link the two together.

  5. Martin Costello says:

    We’ve gone past the October 17th date listed for the Dracula Dossier crowdfunding campaign, any idea what the new date will be?

    • Gareth Ryder-Hanrahan says:

      We’re scrambling to get everything ready, but it’s a complex project and we want to show off as much as possible. Definitely before the end of the month. With luck, next week.

  6. Olivier R says:

    I am (not so) patiently waiting to put my hands on this…

  7. Scott says:

    Hopefully this Friday?

  8. Michael P says:

    I hope this friday too! Had a funny feeling the kickstarter might start on Oct 31! :) Can’t wait!

  9. Kenneth Hite says:

    The phone and Internet went out at Pelgrane HQ on Thursday, thus ruining Scott and Michael’s otherwise brilliant deduction and further delaying the DRACULA DOSSIER Kickstarter. I begin to suspect some shadowy, vampiric foe has set his child-brain against us. BUT WHO?

  10. PM says:

    Same here. Difficult to wait when teased with such a project :-)

  11. newbie says:

    Hi this game looks intereting but im kinda new to this kind of games. How’s the play style like and do i have to know the other games lore to enjoy this?

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  13. Chris says:

    Unfortunately, I was unable to jump in on the kickstarter campaign. Will you be doing a pre-order at some point?

    • Cat Tobin says:

      We’ll be making this available as a pre-order after the Kickstarter backers have received theirs in August.

  14. Gary Moore says:

    Just had a chance to review my backer PDFs.
    Amazed and totally blown away. I thought you wouldn’t be able to top Eternal Lies but I am happily surprised/gobsmacked.

    Cant decide if KH and GH are geniuses or glorious madmen.

    If you didn’t get to jump in on the Kickstarter then I recommend you pony up for the pre order.

    One question, I had the retailer level pledge, is that applied against the pre order?

    In any case, well played Pelgrane, well played

  15. Sam Bennett says:

    Checking back everyday and money burning a hole in my pocket for this.

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  19. Anton Ivanov says:

    All this sounds so interesting but there seems to be so many books – which ones would people recommend having if I want to run a campaign?

    • Simon Rogers says:

      You need Night’s Black Agents, and the Director’s Handbook for sure. Dracula Unredacted is optional – you can just use a copy of Dracula, but it works better with the Unredacted version and its margin clues.

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  22. Sam Bennett says:

    Received my copies of Directors handbook and unredacted this week. Only criticism I have is many of the margin clues are hard to read, admittedly I haven’t had time to fully look through yet but is there a full list of them somewhere?

  23. Mark Richman says:

    For those of us that missed the kickstarter, but pre-ordered here, when should we expect to received our books?

    I’ve got the PDF’s but I’m dying to have the hard copies in hand!


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  29. Monty says:

    Just a suggestion, but Pelgrane may want to make it more clear that the “Dracula Dossier Bundle” does not include The Hawkins Papers, or the forthcoming but as-yet unpublished Edom material. Since the only catalog link is the “Dracula Dossier Bundle,” there may be others who will think that they purchased the Hawkins PDFs.

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  38. Bryan says:

    Will the esoterror of dracula framework be included in the cut material? or is it going to be released as a pdf?

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  44. Rodolfo says:

    Esta en español, al menos el pdf?

    • Becky Smith says:

      Hi Rodolfo. I’m afraid I can’t read Spanish, but Google translate tells me your query is regarding reducing the size of PDFs? There are tools available online that will do this for you. Becky.

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