Finally, got my copy of Chicago and spent last night reading of most of it. Overall, not a bad book. The major feature is tons of NPC’s but I could have done without the freaking Catgirl mage. I’m running a Mage campaign right now and this is going to save so much time by just renaming NPC’s and there you go. Of course, White Wolf has continued their stupid idea of using illegible fonts. I can’t even tell really what some of the characters are named.
The book is broken down into four sections. First, an overview of Chicago. Then there is a section detailing each of the major Supernaturals (Vampires, Werewolves and Mages) and a storyline for each. There aren’t that many new crunchy bits. A new Merit, a couple of Devotions, Theben Sorcery and Curac Rituals are presented. There some nice magical items, intresting spirits and ghost. Some Rotes for the Mages and Werewolves Gifts would have been nice but instead you just get Loci and Sanctuaries.
I would have hoped for more crossover type stuff. At least some official tips and ideas for running the different types of characters together in the same campaign but it’s set up as an environment to run any of the campaigns individually.
White Wolf has maintained their usual standard of editing. One of the Vampire NPC’s is missing half their stats. And the Mage chart in the back is Icons only no names. Don’t worry they already released the first errata and corrected that.
Don’t get me wrong. I like the book. I even recommend it. It’s worth it just for the NPC’s, the adventure hooks and Storyteller ideas.