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I've been thinking about running MoN recently. I have the single-volume paperback edition issued in the 90s. I'm just wondering if, with the various re-released, there are any significant changes that would necessitate me getting a new edition. Basically, has it changed in any important way?  

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That depends entirely on what you deem important. The major changes are the update to 7th, the option to run as Classic or Pulp, re-balancing of many encounters/situations and the addition of a prologue. The newest version has greatly fleshed out GM tips and an extensive beginning chapter on campaign organization and travel. In addition, there is a ton of high quality art, a GM screen, and full color handouts for each Chapter. That said, the narrative core of the campaign hasn't really changed. The new version is, by far, the defintive version, and improves on the campaign in many ways. So, your call as to whether that is enough to justify the upgrade.

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(So klecser beat me to it! :) )

 

I think it's about double in size. A lot of the information about locations have been corrected/improved. It's been updated to 7th edition, of course, with small notes on running it with Pulp. There are more information for the keeper, there are clue diagrams for instance. They also added a scenario zero, which happens a few years before the New-York start and which gives a tie in for the characters with Jackson Elias.

There are a couple of videos where the differences are explained.

 

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I've just finished reading it through in preparation to start running in a couple of weeks - I've read previous versions as well -  and the guys above have pretty much nailed the differences. The only additional thing I'd throw in is that the writers have cleaned up some of the uglier parts of the campaign in terms of societal attitudes and they've done it in a very light-handed way so as not to eradicate historical context completely if it's something your group is comfortable exploring. 

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Good call. In my humble opinion, the revision and expansion to the New York chapter makes the new edition worthwhile all by itself. 

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I am currently reviewing it chapter by chapter for my Patrons.

Firstly, the production values are just glorious.  The handouts are amazing (though not as amazing as the HPLHS set - those are out of this world), and the books have great art throughout. 

The intro chapter really sets the scene, doing a great job of encapsulating the entire campaign and the prologue in Peru does a good job of introducing Jackson Elias in a manner that makes him a person rather than a bit of a gaming meme.  He never becomes the focal point, and gives good reasons as to why the investigators eventually consider him a good friend.  As per every edition since the Complete version, the Australian chapter is part of the canon storyline and is included.

It's also worth mentioning that Pulp Cthulhu gets proper treatment here - not just two pages at the end - it is throughout the book whenever appropriate.

My hope going forward is that nothing more is added to it.  I could envisage it becoming a bit of a bloated woman of a campaign if they extended it further.

I think it would be great if Chaosium basically said "right - that's it.  Masks will not be changed any more than this.  This is 100% the definitive edition" as a kind of tribute to the late Larry DiTillio.

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