Vampire Players Guide - Episode 91

In this episode, we discuss the Vampire Players Guide for the Revised edition of Vampire: the Masquerade. Unlike previous editions, this book is light on game mechanics and highly educational. This book was written by Kraig Blackwelder, Carl Bowen, Ann Braidwood, Jacqueline Brasfield, Christopher Gunning, Conrad Hubbard, Evan Jamieson, Jim Kiley, Christopher Kobar, Rhiannon Louve, Ari Marmell, Matt McFarland, Patrick O’Duffy, Chip Quinn, Aaron Rosenberg, Myranda Sarro, Dean Shomshak, Greg Stolze, Adam Tinworth and Janet Trautvetter with development and additional material by Justin Achilli. the Vampire Players Guide was published October 6th, 2003 for White Wolf Publishing. 


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Vampire Players Guide
October 6th, 2003
Written by: Various


Since Biblical times, the get of Caine have prowled the world, hiding from mortals and resigning themselves to the shadows. Throughout the ages, their plans have unfolded and their treacheries have come to fruition. Welcome to the Final Nights — welcome to unlife as a vampire. A collection of essays, character-building options, chronicle suggestions and methods of play, the Vampire Players Guide offers a wealth of information to players and Storytellers on a conversational level. Presented as an aside to Vampire® players, this book offers a variety of options and advice to better enhance the Storytelling experience


KotEK Part 2 - Episode 84

In this episode, Nate and Bob discuss part two of the Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom Sourcebook. This sourcebook details the culture and society of the Laibon; the kindred of the African continent. 
We talk a little bit about or upcoming plans to review V5, the new edition of Vampire: the Masquerade, coming in August. 
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This book was written by Justin Achilli, Jason Feldstein, Joddie Gray, Will Hindmarch, Ari Marmell, and  Voronica Whitney-Robinson for White Wolf Publishing and released April 28th of 2003. 


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Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom
written by Justin Achilli, Jason Feldstein, 
Joddie Gray, Will Hindmarch, Ari Marmell, and
Voronica Whitney-Robinson
April, 28th 2003


Domains Long Hidden
Africa has long been a bastion of mystery in the World of Darkness. Finally, the domains south of the Sahara are revealed - and the laws of Western Kindred hold no water here. Out of the Kingdom of the secretive Laibon come the monstrous Guruhi,the atavistic Naglopers and the wise Akunanse - and untold other horrors.

Still Children of Caine?
Created in the tradition of Kindred of the East, Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom offers an all-new take on the race of Caine. Although presumably still descended from the FirstVampire, the Kindred of Africa have evolved a very different society - one completely alien to Western Kindred. Many mysteries of the Cainite race play out here in the Ebony Kingdom, and just as many rise to take their place.


Encyclopaedia Vampirica - Episode 78

In this episode of 25 Years of Vampire: the Masquerade, we take about the in-game (and excellent OOC resource) prop, Encyclopaedia Vampirica. This book was "written" by a number of kindred luminaries from the World of Darkness. As such, there is no further info about the real-world authors.


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Encyclopaedia Vampirica
July 15, 2002

Written by: Bindusara, Methuselah of the Kingship Clan
 Aristotle De Laurent, Elder of the Mnemosyne
Lucita y Aragon, Archbishop of Aragon
Albertus Magnus, Elder of the Learned Clan
Aisling Sturbridge, Regenta Prima of the Chantry of the Five Boroughs.

 

The Roll of the Damned
For centuries, the Kindred have hidden from the wary eyes of mortals. Enigmatic creatures, the Kindred's efforts to uphold the Masquerade have often succeeded even beyond their own desires, and a few of the damned in the modern nights even know those outside their immediate domains. But the long and terrible history of the undead is as broad and sweeping as the myriad Kindred who make it.


Havens of the Damned - Episode 77

In this episode, we don't skimp on the reviews just because this is our second episode of the day. We review, "Havens of the Damned." I mean, what else can we say here? Just listen to the podcast, Jack! 


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Havens of the Damned
Written by: Christopher Gunning, Jess Heinig, David Martin, Steve McDonald, Lucien Soulban
June 3rd, 2002


Where the Undead Stay
Almost every Kindred has a haven, and those who dont are a sorry lot indeed. From a princes sprawling estate to the steam-tunnel nest of a Nosferatu, havens say much about their owners. This collection of unique havens looks at the specific needs of the Kindred who maintain them and gives advice for how to incorporate them into a story.

Dwellings of the Kindred
The purpose of Havens of the Damned is to encourage players and Storytellers to view havens as something more than simply where the Kindred rest during the daylight hours. A folio of interesting havens, this book introduces the perfect way to introduce new story hooks to any chronicle.

 


Mexico City by Night - Episode 71

In this episode, we discuss the city sourcebook for the capital of Sabbat, Mexico City. Known as "Black Babylon," this book is a must-have for any storyteller looking to take their players into the depths of the Sabbat. It was written by Written By: Philippe R. Boulle, Dean Shomshack and Lucien Soulban on August 5th, 2002 for White Wolf Studios. 

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Mexico City by Night
Written by: Philippe R. Boulle, Dean Shomshack and Lucien Soulban
August 5th, 2002

Stronghold of the Sabbat 
The city teems with over 20 million mortals.  Since the dawn of the New World, Mexico ity has been the bastion of the Sword of Caine.  In the modern nights it remains that way, though plagued by Cainite overpopulation and sundered from within by internal dissent.  Although it presents a bold faceade, how strong is the Sabbat's sprawling home?

 

 

 

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Gilded Cage - Episode 68

In this episode, we review and discuss Gilded Cage. This book is a definitive sourcebook for politics and influence for Vampire: the Masquerade, and a must have book for those looking to explore these concepts in their games or with their characters. This book was written by Ari Marmell and Michael Mearls and developed by Justin Achilli in 2001 for White Wolf publishing. 


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Gilded Cage
Written By: 
Ari Marmell and Michael Mearls
July 23, 2001
The Cities are the Kindreds Domain
The Kindred are hidden masters of cities, growing sated on the blood of the vessels within. Their domains are built on the backs of the mortals they prey upon, their fortunes made by proxies, their havens visited by the famous to the infamous. The night belongs to those who can take what it has to offer.

As Well As Their Prison
A handbook of politics and treachery, The Gilded Cage explores how it is that the Kindred make places for themselves. From the savvy prince to the raucous iconoclast, all Kindred are inextricably tied to the cities where they make their havens, and to the mortals within. This book looks at power and influence, as well as how to cultivate it and cripple others.


Vampire Storytellers Handbook - Episode 52

In this episode, we converse about the Revised Edition Storytellers Handbook. Spoiler alert: we dig it a lot! This book contains material to help storytellers iron out their worlds, story-tell in the World of Darkness, as well as, strategies for every kind of road block they might face. This is a truly invaluable tool for anyone running a game in the Classic World of Darkness. 

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Vampire Storytellers Handbook
January 2nd, 2000
Written by: 
Bruce Baugh, Anne Sullivan Braidwood, Deird're Brooks, Geoffrey C. Grabowski, Clayton Oliver and Sven Skoog
The Final Nights Hide a Million Stories
From the hidden horrors of the Camarilla to the naked fiendishness of the Sabbat, vampires play at the eternal Jyhad. Elders, ancillae, neonates, and... others... prowl the nights. Only one individual knows all the secrets of the World of Darkness.

And They Must All Be Told
The role of the Storyteller is a daunting one, and this book is an invaluable aid for those who orchestrate Vampire chronicles. It includes a myriad of information, including enigmas best left out of players' hands, to create stories and populate the casts of epic tales. The Vampire Storytellers Handbook revised edition leaves no stone unturned — except those that hide secrets no mortal should know.


Guide to the Sabbat - Episode 49

In this podcast, we review the definitive Sabbat sourcebook for Vampire: the Masquerade Revised Edition. The Guide to the Sabbat give players and storytellers a wealth of knowledge and detail on the history, rituals, bloodlines and secrets of the most reviled sect of vampires in the World of Darkness. 


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Guide to the Sabbat
March, 1999
Written by: 
Justin R. Achilli, W.H. Bourne, Anne Sullivan Braidwood, Joanne FitzRoy, Jess Heinig
Shadows of the Elders War
The Sabbat are depraved monsters, reveling in their Damned state and herding the kine about them like cattle. Or so it would seem to the uninitiated. In truth, the Sabbat wage a secret war on the elders, struggling night after night to free themselves from the tyranny of the dread Antediluvians and the Jyhad itself. But are their tactics effective or simply horrific?

Cast by the Fires of the Packs
The Guide to the Sabbat
 examines the Sabbat exhaustively from the antitribu, or "anti-clans" that populate its ranks to the terrifying Disciplines they use to their methods of waging war on the Camarilla and Antediluvians alike. This book also explores the progress the Sabbat have made in their war effort, chronicling their inexorable climb over the East Coast of the United States and their usurped territories in the Old World.


Guide to the Camarilla - Episode 48

In this podcast, we review the definitive Camarilla sourcebook for Vampire: the Masquerade Revised Edition. The Guide to the Camarilla give players and storytellers a wealth of knowledge and detail on the history, intricacies, and secrets of the greatest sect of vampires in the World of Darkness. 


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Guide to the Camarilla
1999
Written by: 
Richard E. Dansky, Geoffrey C. Grabowski, Kenneth Hite, Clayton Oliver and Cynthia Summers
Roses watered with blood
It has been over five centuries since the curtain of the Masquerade was drawn across the stage of the Kindred. It has been five centuries of secrecy, tradition and lies, five centuries of hidden elegance and terror.
It has been five centuries since anyone knew the truth.
Now, at last, the curtain will be drawn back. The lies will be exposed. And maybe, just maybe, the truth will be revealed to you.


Time of Thin Blood - Episode 47

In this episode, we discuss Time of Thin Blood - A sourcebook ratcheting up the meta-plot Final Nights, as it moves inexorably towards the fabled Ghenna. This book introduces details on the 14th and previously unknown 15th generations of kindred, as well as rules for the Dhampir; the half-vampire half-human offspring of the thin-blooded kindred. 


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Time of Thin Blood
1999
Written by: Dean Shomshak and Sarah Roark


When the Blood of Caine Will Be Weak
The Curse of Caine has existed for so long, it has finally begun to weaken. Elders' blood, passed from one childe to the next for generations, no longer holds the potency it once had. Too many childer have been Embraced in the Final Nights - and reckoning must come for these illegitimate vampires. If it does not, the world may end.

Gehenna will soon be upon you
The Time of Thin Blood allows players to portray the hunted childer of high-generation vampires. In addition, the Final Nights are upon us, and this book offers Storytellers a glimpse at one of the first events in the unfolding Gehenna. Rich in story and character content, the Time of Thin Blood is the first step toward the world's ultimate demise... or salvation.


a World of Darkness Hong Kong and more! Episode 45

In this episode, we review three books from 1998: World of Darkness: Hong Kong, Vampire: the Masquerade Revised core rulebook, and Storytellers Companion. The reason we reviewed all three in one is simple - None of these three books warranted a full hour of deep exploration. Unfortunately, that may stir some controversy from our listeners. However, once you listen to the episode, we think you'll understand why we took this stance. Well, let's not stand on ceremony... 


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A World of Darkness: Hong Kong
Written by: 
Jackie Cassada and Nicky Rea
March 12th, 1998
The Old Ways Are No More
Hong Kong: China — the worlds greatest bastion of capitalism is now engulfed in the coils of the Communist dragon. But more important changes are afoot in this crossroads city, where vampire and werewolf, ghost and Goblin Spider, mage and mummy mingle. The future is now, and tonight's deeds may lead to apocalyptic retribution in the mortal and spirit worlds alike.

The End of the World Begins Tonight
World of Darkness: Hong Kong is a city book that describes the unique and deadly metropolis of Hong Kong. This volume includes a never-before-seen mix of all character types, from vampires to wraiths to mages. All have their roles to play in the spirits game.


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Vampire: the Masquerade - Revised Edition (3rd Ed.)
Written By: Various

August 22, 1998
They stalk in the shadows, moving gracefully and unseen among their prey. They are the blood-drinking fiends of whispered legends - Kindred, Cainites, the Damned. Above all, they are vampires. Their eternal struggle, waged since the nights of Jericho and Babylon, plays itself out among the skyscrapers and nightclubs of the modern world. But the vampires' grand Masquerade is imperiled, and the night of Gehenna draws ever closer.

Until the End of All Things

The new edition of Vampire: The Masquerade is an updated, revised version of the popular classic. In this mammoth volume can be found all 13 clans, all major Disciplines, and a host of brand-new information on both the Kindred and the. . . things. . . that hunt them. This book compiles everything that a Vampire player and Storyteller needs to know about the Kindred and the World of Darkness for the new millennium. Plus, the new edition provides all-new information on the changes that afflict the clans, and on the beginning of the end of the Camarilla. Finally, the first of the Storyteller rulebooks is the best again.


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Vampire Storytellers Companion
Written by: 
Clayton Oliver
October 22, 1998
The Secrets of a World of Darkness

The Kindred hide among the men, eking out their bloodthirsty unlives under a veil of deception, yet certain mysteries remain obscured from even the cleverest vampire's sight. Who else stalks the Final Nights? What of their powers? And what terrible secrets do they carry?

There Are More of Us Than We Know
Vampire Storytellers Companion
 collects new rules, abilities, and bloodlines to aid Storytellers in their task of world-building. This book presents new information on the less numerous kindred of the World of Darkness as well as an expanded weapons list and frightening Disciplines only rumored by the kindred of the Camarilla and Sabbat alike. It's a valuable resource for Storytellers who wish to unleash forgotten terrors and new machinations upon their player's characters.


Revelations of the Dark Mother - Episode 44

In this episode, we discuss and review the 1998 release of Revelations of the Dark Mother. This book is similar to the Book of Nod, both in layout, format and design. It was created, according to meta-plot, in response to the Book of Nod. Revelations of the Dark Mother compiles various accounts of Lilith, the titular Dark Mother, and of the Bahari cults that worship her. 


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Revelations of the Dark Mother
Written by: 
Phil Brucato, with Rachelle Udell
November 19th, 1998

Embraces Her Children for the Final Nights
Even The Book of Nod speaks of her but little. She is Lilith, the Dark Queen, the Harlot of the Damned. It was she, some whisper, who taught Caine his shadowed gifts. And it is she, the legends continue, who will rise to herald the Final Nights, the great Gehenna.Come, childer, and hear the Dark Mothers tale.


Ghouls: Fatal Addiction - Episode 40

In this episode, we review the essential book about those that serve the undead: Ghouls. This book is essential for any storyteller looking to paint these half-damned individuals in the correct light, as well as players looking to create their own Ghoul character. Ghouls: Fatal Addiction is a must for any CWoD collection. 
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Ghouls: Fatal Addiction
Written by: 
Ronni Radner and Ethan Skemp
May 12th, 1997

C'mon...Everybody's Doing It...
It seems so easy. Just a sip, a taste, and you're better than all the rest. You can suck up a bullet wound to the gut. You can knock your enemies through walls with a shove. You can have all the night has to offer without sacrificing your body and soul to it. This deal is too good to be true. Yeah. That's what Faust said. And now the Damned want their due.

...You Know You Want It!
Ghouls: Fatal Addiction is a Vampire: The Masquerade sourcebook detailing the half-human servants of the Kindred. Whether you need a few new whipping boys or just want to taste the lash yourself, this book has everything you need to create ghouls as player or Storyteller characters. 
Watch out, though. This book just might make Renfield wake up and smell his fix...and the master who lives by blood might die by it, too.


Prince's Primer/ Blood and Fire - Episode 38

Two books for the price of one?!? You bet your sweet ass. In what may be becoming a bit of a pattern, we consolidate two books that might not stand on their feet for a single review. Anyways, we prove tonight that not all of our reviews are hopeless pandering to a game we love! 


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The Prince's Primer is a sourcebook for Vampire: the Masquerade and Mind's Eye Theatre.
Written by: Allan Tower and Michael McLaughlin
Jan. 1st, 1996

Gathered here for your edification and study are the thoughts on ruling of a half-dozen of the finest political minds the kindred have to offer. It is a dignified, reasoned collection of essays and notes intended to instruct ambitious Kindred in the tactics and techniques of successful, peaceful dominion.


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Giovanni Chronicles II: Blood and Fire
Written by: Richard E. Dansky, Cynthia Summers
 and Christopher Howard
April 1st, 1996

Continuing the saga begun in The Last SupperBlood and Fire embroils the characters in a deadly struggle against the nascent Giovanni clan. Its members, foul necromancers all, seek nothing less than apotheosis.Only the characters have a chance to thwart the Giovanni's schemes and prevent the clan from ascending to ruleship over all existence.


DC by Night - Episode 34

In this episode, we explore the Seat of Power, both mortal and vampiric. DC by Night is a source book that tells of a bloody and treacherous history of a new world, and the undead who fed like carrion upon it. Come and know true power in Washington DC. 


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D.C. by Night
Written by: 
Harry L. Heckel IV
May 1st, 1995

Washington DC, a city born of the swamps, offers vampires a treasure beyond all measure: power. In this place where even mortals have might once undreamed of, the undead strive for influence that their peers can only envy. The best try, but only the most devilish succeed.

The Capital fears more than just vampiric politics, though. The Kindred fight gun battles in the Southeast; drive off werewolves, mages, and others who covet their dominance; and clash with the many vampire hunters who call the city home. D.C is a dangerous place for the undead, but its rewards outweight its dangers.


Elysium: The Elder Wars - Episode 30

In this episode, we review one of the better books of Second Edition - Elysium: The Elder Wars. Experience the world through the eyes and minds of the terrible and terrifying Elders of the Camarilla. This book is absolutely necessary for anyone running a Vampire game with elders, or any player looking to portray an elder. 
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Elysium
Written by: Daniel Greenberg and Teeuwynn
October, 1994

The Older the Blood
Immortal, they've lived for centuries, existing on the blood of thousands and watching all they love age and die. They're seen their own power ebb and flow and watched humans come and go, building and destroying. They've sired childer, made ghouls, formed alliances, begun romances and battled allies. They've existed on the brink, and now their emotions are dying.

The Deeper the Pain
For the more the elders experience, the more it takes to touch them. The entertainments of the past mean nothing to them, and the only way to fight the waning of the soul is with constant stimulation and more powerful emotions - hatred, anger and rage. Only in this way can the ancient undead feel alive.


New Orleans by Night - Episode 25

In this episode, we review "New Orleans by Night" - a City Sourcebook for Vampire: the Masquerade. This past week, we've been spending tons of time working on our game, Curse of Caine, which will be launching June 1st, as a reward level for our Patreon patrons. If you are interested in the game, check out our info here! 


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New Orleans by Night
April 22nd, 1994
Written by: Patricia Ann Roshell

City of Beauty
Fabled New Orleans, with its breathtaking buildings and romantic history, is the picture of elegance and sophistication. It is both vibrant and dignified; the elegant jazz music born in the city's streets reflects its soul. No other city so mixed its grace and its passion.

City of Sin
But there are vampires here. Any place so alive cannot help but attract the immortal parasites who seek to steal this life energy for themselves. The Damned are an intrinsic part of New Orleans. They built it... and they may tear it down.


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 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... 


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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.

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.