Bloody Hearts Diablerie: Britain - Episode 21

In this episode, we explore book 2 in the "Diablerie" series. This book introduces us to the Ancient Methuselah, Tiamat, and the demon Drakonskyr that possess her. Your coterie will take a terrifying journey to the hard of ancient madness in hopes of claiming the ultimate prize: the soul and power of the ancient damned. This book also marks the first appearance of former Toreador Justicar, Madame Guil
This book is designed as a module for 2nd edition Vampire: the Masquerade. 

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Bloody Hearts - Diablerie: Britain
1993 Written by: Dustin Browder
Absolute Power Can Corrupt
The thirst for the most powerful blood can drive any vampire mad with desire. Its taste, bouquet, smell, and texture are like nothing else the Kindred can experience. The feeling of it as it flows past undead lips is exquisite beyond belief. And the power it provides...

Even Those Already Corrupted
But its consumption destroys the predator as surely as the prey. The very soul of the victim is taken in the act and, as the victim dies, so does the Diabolist. None can take so completely without paying the price. None can first feel absolute power without first knowing absolute horror.

The Book of Nod - Episode 20

Hello all. Welcome back to the podcast! In this episode, we discuss and review the 1993 release, "The Book of Nod". This particular book is a little bit different than the previous books we've reviewed, both in content and layout. This book is more of an in-game prop than a rule book, and is printed in a size more consistent with White Wolf's Mind's Eye Theater line of Live-Action Role Playing books. 
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The Book of Nod, 1993
Written by: Sam Chupp, Andrew Greenberg

From White Wolf Wiki:
The Book of Nod is a collection of texts that are viewed as sacred by Noddist scholars and most Elders, especially of the Sabbat. This book is designed to be setting material only, avoiding any game mechanics, to serve as a prop for Vampire: The Masquerade or Mind's Eye Theatre: the Masquerade chronicles.

The contents of the Book of Nod is divided into three major sections: "The Chronicle of Caine", "The Chronicle of Shadows", and "The Chronicle of Secrets". The first section is the "History of vampires", giving insights to how Caine became cursed, his encounters, and the founding of the thirteen vampire clans. The second section, Shadows, are the "Laws of vampires", providing commandments that Caine dictates to the Kindred, as well as each clans' expectations. The final section, Secrets, is the "Prophetic word for vampires", declaring the coming of Gehenna that Noddist activists preach.

Chicago by Night, 2nd Edition - Episode 19

In this episode of VTM25, we review the revised edition of Chicago by Night. This book has a special place for us, as we've spent a large quantity of time playing from and running games with this book. 
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Chicago by Night Second Edition is a revision of Chicago by Night, the sourcebook about the city of Chicago in the Classic World of Darkness.

This Second Edition incorporates changes both to the game rules from Vampire: The Masquerade Second Edition and to the Chicago setting from the Werewolf crossover story Under a Blood Red Moon. With the death of Lodin in that story, the office of Prince of Chicago is now available to the most qualified — or most cutthroat — candidate. Now, the players' coterie might find themselves in a position to play kingmaker, or even to take the princedom for one of their own.

Clanbook: Gangrel - Episode 18

In stark contrast to our previous review, we take a look at an unsung gem of the V:tM 1st/ 2nd edition catalog - Clanbook: Gangrel. Presented by gonzo journalist, Dr. Raoul King, this clanbook tells the tale of Lord Ashton as he leads you through the nightly existence of the Gangrel. 

Clanbook: Gangrel, 1993
Written by: Brad Freeman

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The Gangrel relish their reputation as the most mysterious of the Camarilla clans, but even their secrecy cannot stand forever. Now learn the secrets of these enigmatic vampires -- their history and legends, their allies and enemies, and the truth of their relationship with the fearsome Lupine. There is good reason why they stand at the forefront of every vampiric war: none can stand against them.

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Clanbook: Malkavian - Episode 17

In this episode, we discuss the original Clanbook: Malkavian released in 1993. This title offers detailed information about the clan, even if it's presented in a very different way than you may be used to. This podcast, more than any we've previously recorded, is likely to be our most divisive. 
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Clanbook: Malkavian
Written By: Daniel Greenberg

What is this thing called madness? They say those touched by insanity have also been touched by divinity. No they don't. Madness is often only a step away from enlightenment and, for some, is a step beyond. No it isn't. Now learn how the Malkavians twist the world for their benefit. You won't learn a thing. Discover the truth of their madness. It's too late for that.

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Clanbook: Nosferatu - Episode 16

This week, we review the classic Clanbook: Nosferatu! If you notice any issues with the sound, we apologize. We had some level issues we had to deal with on our end. Additionally, we talk more about the Nosferatu on our sister podcast, here
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Clanbook: Nosferatu
Written by: Robert Hatch
Hideously deformed, hiding from the world's eyes in their dank holes, the Nosferatu thrive despite their ostracism from vampiric society. But what are they plotting in their dark caverns? What schemes are brewing in the nether regions of the night? The Nosferatu watch everyone else, but who watches them?

Dark Colony - Episode 15

Hey all! We're back at it after our computer crisis last week with a new podcast. This week, we review Dark Colony, a city source book for Vampire: the Masquerade. 
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Dark Colony
Written by: Jeff Cooper and Beth Fischi
Few Can Feast on Freedom.
Once New England led the fight for freedom. Once it thought it could set its own destiny and determine its own future. Once its leaders were its own, children of its rocky soil. Even the land's vampires once believed this. But no more.
When the Damned Feast on Death
Schemes plotted thousands of miles away, born of the conflicts millennia old, have forever changed the land. Native Kindred are beset by enemies on all sides, and only the strongest carry on the fight of freedom. Only the bravest can hope to survive. The weak and the cowards die one by one in their dens.

The Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat - Episode 14

Thanks for checking back with us! In today's podcast, we discuss the MAJORITY of The Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat. Towards the back third of the podcast, our recording machine took a dump, so the podcast cuts abruptly. Anyways, we are essentially working with cans and string. Thanks for your patience. Without further ado...

Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat is the second sourcebook to describe the Sabbat, and serves as a companion to the earlier Players Guide to the Sabbat. The Handbook fleshes out background elements of the sect, and introduces two new Sabbat bloodlines. The book advanced the characterization of the Sabbat as thoroughly infested with infernalists, which persisted until Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition. This book also introduced the notion of Vicissitude as an infection — a concept that was later revisited in a drastically different form in Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand.

The Vampire Players Guide - Episode 13

In this episode, we talk for a long time about the 2nd Edition Vampire Player's Guide. Also, Q&A! Give it a go! 

From White Wolf Wiki:
Vampire Players Guide Second Edition is an updated version of The Players Guide for the Vampire: The Masquerade Second Edition rules. A large portion of the book's text is reprinted, updated, and revised from the previous version of the Players Guide to fit the Second Edition's rules and formatting style. Notable among the new content in this edition of the Players Guide is the introduction of two new bloodlines, the Daughters of Cacophony and the Samedi, along with their respective signature Disciplines.

A World of Darkness - Episode 12

In this episode, we review the first edition of A World of Darkness. In addition, we talk about some of our fan interaction, read some reviews and wax nostalgic about Vampire: the Masquerade. Walk through memory lane with us (edit: neither of us had read this book before it was queued up for the podcast) and discuss some of the craziest characters ever printed. 

Where Light Fears to Tread...
Throughout the world mortals walk, believing themselves safe in the light of civilization. But what happens wen the darkness does not recede but stays, refusing to yield to the penetrating rays of light?

How Can There be Hope?
Voodoo cults in the Caribbean, lost tribes in the Middle East, hidden castles of Europe and geomancy in the boardrooms of Hong Kong. Everywhere the shadows flicker, but here they rule. From the Americas to Asia, from Ireland to Jordan, there are those places where the light of reason and hope has never intruded. And here even the forces of night may meet their end.

The Players Guide to the Sabbat - Episode 11

In this episode, we discuss the book, "the Players Guide to the Sabbat." It is the first Vampire: the Masquerade sourcebook to fully describe the Sabbat. Many prominent Sabbat-related elements of the setting, such as the antitribu and the Paths of Enlightenment, were introduced for the first time in this book. Additionally, the Lasombra and Tzimisce were described in detail for the first time in this book. This is a much longer podcast than normal, and we hope you folks enjoy it. We tried not to ramble or get overly detailed, but clearly the Sabbat is something we enjoy as players and storytellers. Thanks for listening!

the Players Guide to the Sabbat - 1992
Written By: Steven C. Brown

By Any Means Necessary
The Sabbat: a sect of diabolists and murderers whose sole purpose seems to be wanton destruction. These Night Fiends reject the ancient laws of the undead and revel in the fear and hatred they inspire, considering them tributes to their strength and courage.
The Prince of Freedom is Death
But there is a method to their madness. They are the true saviors of the undead, something only they can or will see. The Sabbat has gathered power for centuries, allying with the darkest powers of the supernatural, growing and expanding with only one purpose — the utter destruction of the Antediluvians.

Awakening: Diablerie Mexico, Vampire: The Masquerade 2nd Ed.

Hello, all! Welcome back to 25 Years of V:tM.  In this episode, we review and discuss two more books released in 1992 - Awakening: Diablerie Mexico and Vampire: the Masquerade 2nd Edition. Also, we have a brief discussion about the game system and setting. As a bonus treat, you can check out our further discussions about LARP and V:tM at our other podcast, Nerd Words. Basically, we just let the mics keep rolling. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we thank you for your continued support! 



Awakening: Diablerie Mexico - 1992
Written By: Nigel Findley


Lying deep in torpor beneath the Mayan tombs is a most-ancient Methuselah. Sleeping away the ages until his time to arise finally comes. He guards himself, and his potent blood, most assiduously. But you have learned where he rests -- and so you search for him. Soon his essence will be yours. They may have rules against what you are about to do, but they might as well try to stop the thirst itself. Win, and power beyond reckoning is yours. Lose, and your defeat is final, for the ancients are wrathful against those who disturb their slumber.

Diablerie: Mexico is a full Story for Vampire, requiring you to pit your mind and body against one of the most powerful Cainites in the New World. It includes: Expanded rules on Diablerie, the most-hated practice of the undead. Details on older, more powerful Vampires in a Chronicle Information on how the mightiest Kindred protect themselves during their long torpors, including the spirits and traps which guard their slumbers.



Vampire: the Masquerade, 2nd Edition - 1992
Written By: Mark Rein•Hagen, Graeme Davis, Tom Dowd, Lisa Stevens, Stewart Wieck

*Note: in our haste to review the second edition, we incorrectly remembered this book and erroneously stated that the Sabbat clans, independent clans and some various other information was in this book, when it is in fact, not. We apologize for our mistake. There is actually very little additional information in this book that was missing from the previous edition. Also, The Appendix has the beginning of the Forged in Steel Chronicle, which starts in Gary, Indiana and moves into the Chicago Chronicles.* 
"Vampire is a game of make-believe, of pretend, of storytelling. Although Vampire is a game, it is more about storytelling than it is about winning. If you've never done this kind of thing before, you may be confused by the whole premise of a storytelling game. Once you catch on to the basic concepts, however, you'll find that it isn't all that strange, and is, in fact, eerily familiar.

You, along with some of your friends, are going to tell stories of madness and lust. Tales of things that go bump in the night. Tales of peril, paranoia, and sinister, shadowy evil. Tales from the darkest recesses of our unconscious minds. And at the heart of these stories are vampires.

These stories will capture your imagination far more readily than any play or movie; likewise, they are of a darker nature than the children's fairy tales you might remember (although those too were rather grim if you think back). This is because you are inside the story and not just watching it. You are creating it as you go along, and the outcome is always uncertain.

This game provides a way to experience a horror of an all too immediate nature, for you experience the terror from the other side of the mirror. The horror of Vampire is the legacy of being half a beast, trapped in a world of no absolutes, where morality is chosen, not ordained. The horror of Vampire is the evil within, and the all-consuming lust for warm blood.

Perhaps the greatest danger of playing Vampire is that of seeing yourself in the mirror. To play this game you must face the madness within you, that which you strive to master and overcome, but cannot bear to face.

Unless you are willing to face the reflection of your own imperfections then go no further. Madness as well as wisdom rewards those who dare to gaze into eternity."

Clanbook: Brujah - Episode 9

In this episode, we review one of our classic favorites, Clanbook: Brujah. This is the very first Clanbook released for CWoD and V:tM. Give it a listen! 

Clanbook: Brujah - 1992
Written By: Steve Crow

Once they built monuments to eternal peace. Once they spent their time in contemplation of the infinite. There is little more beautiful than the work of those with vision. There is little more deadly than a dreamer betrayed. The betrayers tore down the monuments. The brief life of eternal peace sank into the ravages of time. The hope for infinity burned to ash.
Now when the pounding begins, words will not do. When the fury grows, peace will suffer. When the frenzy erupts, only blood will suffice.

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The Hunters Hunted - Episode 8

Welcome back, everyone! Just a quick thanks to new fans and listeners who've recently discovered us, or have shared our podcast with your friends and family! We appreciate you very much! Anyways....  

The Hunters Hunted - 1992
Written by: Bill Bridges



Revenge is a Dish Best Served Cold...
Until now it has been the Vampire who stalked the cities, feasting at will from any they desired. Confident in their Masquerade, sure no mortal could threaten their rule, they have walked without fear. But now their nights are numbered.
Eat Napalm Corpse!
The Hunters' hour has come! Add to your Vampire Chronicle with fully detailed hunters, ready and waiting to put your players to the torch. Or better yet, begin a hunters Chronicle, with the characters facing off against the horror of the Undead. for no other foe is as well detailed as the Kindred of Vampire.

Milwaukee by Night - Episode 7

Barren Streets, Barren Hearts

Welcome once again to another episode of 25 Years of V:tM. In this episode, we review and discuss Milwaukee by Night, released in 1992 by White-Wolf Studios. Thanks for all the recent feedback. We hope you like the longer form podcasts, as well as the new frequency of the releases. Please enjoy! 
P.S. - Next week, we review The Hunters Hunted! 



Milwaukee by Night - 1992
Written by: Dustin Browder

Created on the site of an ancient battle, blood still flows through the streets of Milwaukee each night. Werewolves emerge from the shadows to seek out their ancient enemies—you, the Vampire. For years the Anubi have protected their Kindred in the city, but their strength is waning. Now the ravaging packs of Lupines sit just outside the city, mouths salivating at the delights which shall soon be theirs.

This supplement includes:
The Story "Psychomania", a surreal psychological thriller designed to thrust your characters deep into the heart of the turmoil which is Milwaukee. Descriptions of the leading Vampires of Milwaukee—more than 20 of the most desperate Kindred above the earth.  A history of the area dating back to the 17th century. A geography section detailing the most deadly sections of this violent city. Expanded information on Lupines, their motivations and their powers.


Vampire Storytellers Handbook - Episode 6

Hello everyone! We're back, and only a couple days late while iron out this new schedule. This podcast is a little longer than normal (like an hour longer), and we'd love to hear your feedback about the length, topics and any other stuff you'd like to share. Thanks for listening and for your patience regarding our growth. Let's not waste more time. 



The Storytellers Handbook - 1992
Written by:
Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Dustin Browder, Dan Greenberg, Steve Crow, Frank Frey, Danny Landers, Rob Hatch, Mark Rein•Hagen, Stewart Wieck, Sam Chupp, Travis Williams

The Vampire Storytellers Handbook is the first Storyteller-specific resource for Vampire: The Masquerade and for the Classic World of Darkness in general. Several concepts are introduced here for the first time, among them the bloodlines of the Baali, Blood Brothers, and Gargoyles along with their unique Disciplines.


Who's Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition



Children of the Inquisition - 1992
Written by: Daniel Greenberg

"The living dead have walked among us for centuries. Their feuds firing humanity's bloodiest wars. Now learn the secrets of the most powerful vampires, and the origins of their ancient hatred. Who's Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition is set in the world of Vampire: the Masquerade." 



Happy New Year!

Quick update for you. New podcast is recorded and in the process of updating. Having said that, there is a bit of an internet problem here at the Labs. We are hoping to have this issue resolved by Monday. We currently have some base level of internet, but it's spotty at best. As soon as our issue is solved, we will have a new podcast here, as well as one on Nerd Words!

 Hang tight, as new podcasts are on the way! 

Thanks for your patience! 

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Holiday Break

Hello, fans of the podcast! Don't worry, we're not forgetting about you. We have a ton more podcasts to come your way. With the holidays on the way, we are taking a short break, but we will be back by the first of the year with more reviews of all your favorite classics, plus maybe a few books you don't know about! We're also going to try going weekly for awhile and see how that goes for January. 

Coming soon: 

Jan. 6th, 2017 - Who's Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition
Jan. 13th, 2017 - The Vampire Storytellers Handbook
Jan. 20th, 2017 - Milwaukee by Night

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We appreciate the support, and you'll hear from us soon! 

Your friends in darkness, 
Nate and Bob - Utility Muffin Labs 

Alien Hunger

In this episode, we explore the 1991 release of "Alien Hunger", a city module for Vampire: The Masquerade. 



Alien Hunger - 1991
Written by: Jeff Berry
A Taste for Blood A Taste for Death

Ripped from your comfortable mortality, thrown into a pit of blood and death, you strive with every ounce of your being to hold onto the last bits of your humanity, all the while feeling the inexorable pull of the beast within.
A mile high where the air is thin, an ancient genius has been snuffed out by an even older evil. Now you are alone, your old world stolen from you and your new one most horrible to behold. And ruling all is your dread thirst.