Urban Shadows


This Urban Shadows core rulebook features:

  • 6″x9″ Book
  • Black & White Interior
  • Hardcover or Softcover
  • 10 Core Playbooks + GM Materials
  • Free PDF via DriveThruRPG

PDF-only playbooks and city guides for Urban Shadows can be found at DriveThru:



The streets bleed shadows as the city threatens to swallow you whole. Will you die a hero… or live long enough to become the villain? Will you fi ght the darkness…or beg for power?

The choice is yours.

Urban Shadows is an urban fantasy roleplaying game in which mortals and monsters vie for control of a modern-day city. Vampires, faeries, hunters, wizards, and more fight for their piece of the streets and skyscrapers, ready to make deals with anyone offering the promise of power.

Here’s what you’ll find inside this book:

  • Ten unique character Archetypes spread across four supernatural Factions, each tuned to put characters at the center of awesome stories.
  • Clearly-defined mechanics that push the fiction forward every time a player rolls the dice, advancing your group’s story at every turn.
  • Detailed instructions for the Master of Ceremonies, the player running the game and portraying the machinations of the powers-that-be.
  • Easy-to-follow rules for creating custom settings, cities, and mechanics to make your game of Urban Shadows all your own!

Urban Shadows makes use of the same rules-light engine as Apocalypse World, Monsterhearts, and Dungeon World—drawing on urban fiction like The Wire and The Dresden Files—to create a political drama that’s easy to learn and complex enough to play again and again.


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Weight 1.1 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 9 × 1 in
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