Three Pillars - Episode 120

In this episode, we discuss Three Pillars, which examines the three branches of Dark Medieval society - the nobility, the clergy, and the peasantry – and how they have been adapted and corrupted by Cainites. Included in this book is further details about Italy, Europe's most dynamic region at the time. This book was written by Lea Crowe, Tom deMayo, Eric J. Griffin, Michael Lee and published October 1st, 1997 by White Wolf Publishing.


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Three Pillars
Written by: Lea Crowe, Tom deMayo, Eric J. Griffin, Michael Lee
October 1st, 1997

Lords and ladies, abbots and nuns, serfs and guidsman - the foundations of Dark Medieval society rests upon feudal obligation. Each denizen owes his superiors fealty and his inferiors duty. How, then, do Cainites reconcile this temporal hierarchy with their own society of the Long Night?



Clash of Wills - Episode 119

In this episode, we review “Clash of Wills” for Vampire: the Dark Ages. Clash of Wills is a self-contained supplement that can be easily added to a current chronicle or played as a single event story. It is a story of politics, violence and intrigue in Dark, Medieval England. It was written by Steve Miller for White Wolf and published August 1, 1997.


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Clash of Wills
Written by: Steve Miller
August 1st, 1997

A story for Vampire: The Dark Ages
The Earl of Galtre lies on his deathbed and his lands hang in the balance. Fearing for his immortal soul, the earl wills his lands to the Church in exchange for absolution or does he? His son produces what appears to be a valid will that designates him as the heir to his father's lands. Add the players' characters under the direction of Mithras, Prince of London, and what becomes of the situation? An unforgettable journey through the darker side of Cainite politics and morality!


Libellus Sanguinis 1, Part 2 - Episode 118

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Hello, friends. We’re back with the second and final part of our review of Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State. In this episode, we talk about the Tzimisce and Ventrue and their place in Dark Medieval Europe and beyond. Next week, we return with Clash of Wills.
This book was written by Craig Bolin, Richard E. Dansky, and Robert Hatch and developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf Publishing. Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State was published August 1st, 1997.
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Libellus Sanguinis 1, Part 1 - Episode 117

In this episode, we discuss Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State. Masters of the State gives players and storytellers details on the three clans of nobility in the Dark Ages - the Lasombra, the Tzimisce, and the Ventrue. We manage to cover one third of the material in this book. We will be back next week for part two.

This book was written by Craig Bolin, Richard E. Dansky, and Robert Hatch and developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf Publishing. Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State was published August 1st, 1997.


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Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State
Written by Craig Bolin, Richard E. Dansky, and Robert Hatch
August 1st, 1997

Born to Rule

These lands are mine, childer; mine for as far as your Cainite eyes can see. Who defended them when the barbarian hordes clamored to the north? Who fought off the howling infidels to the east? Who put down countless insurrections, both of Cainite and kine contrivance? It was I, my sons and daughters. I, who gave myself wholly unto my lands and their people; for their people are my people. My service is both a privilege and a responsibility, childer – as I am a master of the state.


Liege, Lord and Lackey - Episode 116

it's a secret to everybody. Master using it and you can have this.
Here's our review of Liege, Lord and Lackey, the 1997 Dark Ages title coinciding with the Year of the Ally theme. This book details service in Dark Medieval Europe, as well as those that serve.

Year of the Ally was a World of Darkness event consisting of 6 books detailing the mortal (-ish) allies of the supernatural.
This book was written by Jason Carl, Tom deMayo, Michael Lee, and Wendy Soss and published June 1st, 1997 by White Wolf Publishing, Inc.


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Liege, Lord and Lackey
Written by: Jason Carl, Tom deMayo, Michael Lee, and Wendy Soss
June 1st, 1997

Who would serve Cainites, the dread lords of the Long Night?

The answer is surprising, as vampires draw their allies from all echelons of Dark Medieval society. From the humble cotter on the path outside the city to the prince regent of the greatest kingdom, mortals often move according to the whim of their unseen masters.

Come - join the legion of those retained by the Childer of Caine - and reap the benefits that servitude offers. Anything else is to live among the sheep, upon whom the wolves prey...


Dark Ages Companion - Episode 115

Bob and Nate discuss the first major supplement for the original Vampire: the Dark Ages line - Dark Ages Companion. This book details some of the unique bloodlines of the Dark Ages, it expands information on the Roads which all Cainites follow, it also gives insight into life in Dark Medieval Europe and various beliefs of the day.
Dark Ages Companion was written by Andrew Bates, Jackie Cassada, Ken Cliffe, Richard Dansky, Robert Hatch, Michael Lee, Nicky Rea, Sion Rodriguez y Gibson, Ethan Skemp, Cynthia Summers, and Fred Yelk. This book was published by White Wolf Publishing on March 29th, 1997.


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Dark Ages Companion
Written by: Various
March 29th, 1997

Welcome to the Long Night, childe. Come and learn the secrets of an ancient race that comes alive after the last rays of sun have fled the sky and that hides in the darkness at the foot of the children's beds. A whole new world lies within, just waiting for to unfold before your unbelieving eyes. Run with the Children of Caine through the moonless nights of Dark Medieval Europe, learn their lore and solve their mysteries – for you have become one of them.


Clanbook: Cappadocian - Episode 114

After some investigation into the release dates of the early Dark Ages books, we discovered that Clanbook: Cappadocian was up next! Welcome to it. This edition tells the story of the rise and eventual fall of the clan that would span the reviled Giovanni clan. This book was written after the creation of the Giovanni, and as such is the first real details into their origins outside of Giovanni material.
This book was written by Justin Achilli and published March of 1997 by White Wolf Publishing.


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Clanbook: Cappadocian
Written by: Justin Achilli
March 1st, 1997

More than a clan of scholars and priests, Clan Cappadocian is the Clan of Death. From their humble beginnings in the Holy Lands, these doomed vampires have spread throughout the Dark Medieval world, pursuing their eternal quest as time and history conspire against them. They are condemned by their own actions, and toil endlessly against inevitable destruction.


Montreal by Night - Episode 43

As promised, we take a long, long look at the Black Dog book, Montreal by Night. One of our favorites, this book chronicles the spiritual stronghold of the Sabbat in North America, and the demonic forces that twist the "City of Dark Miracles." 


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Montreal by Night
Written by: Phillipe Boulle, Joshua Mosquiera-Asheim and Lucien Soulban
November 1st, 1997

City of One Thousand Steeples
Welcome to Montreal, unhallowed shrine of our most glorious Sabbat. Oui, we're so glad you came. Walk our catacombs in search of blasphemous knowledge. Enjoy all manner of titillating diversions with our deliciously putrescent "Toy". And forget that language-barrier nonsense; we'd be delighted to hear you scream for mercy in English or French.

City of Black Miracles
Montreal by Night is the latest in the series of "by Night" books for Vampire: The Masquerade. However, this book is unique because it's also the next in the Black Dog series. Montreal belongs to the Sabbat! We just couldn't do justice to the enemies of the Camarilla in any other way. So head north if you dare... and don't eat the red snow.


Clanbook: Ravnos - Episode 42

In this episode, we review and discuss the Ravnos Clanbook. Known for being wandering vagabonds and hucksters, the Ravnos are charlatans who gleefully practice their arts of deception and theft. 

This review marks the final Clanbook review of Second Edition. You may have noticed, this clanbook actually came out before Clanbook: Giovanni. That's because I messed up the order. These things happen. 

Thanks to all of you who have listened to us over the past year! We've had a great time doing this podcast, and all the kind words and support have been awesome and overwhelming! Here's to another great year of content, and to all the new White Wolf material coming down the pipeline! You folks are a wonderful community! 


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Clanbook: Ravnos
Written by: Christopher Walters
Feb. 20th, 1997

Gypsies, vagabonds and charlatans, the cunning vampires of Clan Ravnos roam the night as they indulge in the most dangerous of games — lying to the liars, tricking the tricksters, and gleefully receiving curses from the Damned. From Bel Air to Bombay, from Shanghai to Sarajevo, these nomadic vampires wander where their citybound Kindred fear to tread. Now learn of the Ravnos' secret arts, and the centuries of hate that can lie behind a jester's smile.


    Clanbook: Giovanni - Episode 41

    Out in the darkest parts of town, in the most secret boardrooms, and in the coldest crypts, there's a family most fucking vile. Don't get your undies in a bunch, just listen to our fuckin' review of Clanbook: Giovanni. You'll like it or you won't. We don't really give a shit. Either way, we win. 


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    Clanbook: Giovanni
    Written by: Justin Achilli
    July 14th, 1997

    Bury yourself in this book...
    You've matched wits with Malkavians and done business with Ventrue. You've survived the soirees of the Nosferatu and the dungeons of the Tzimisce. Now, in this final clanbook, descend into the nightmare crypts of the incestuous Giovanni.

    ...It's an offer you just can't refuse.
    Baptized in blood and treachery, this sinister clan of necromancers worms its way through the Jyhad while feigning noninvolvment. Whether gutting companies or animating corpses, the Giovanni is a power to be reckoned with. Discover the bloody legacy of these insular undead, and their even deadlier future.


    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. 
    Also, we know there's a Ghouls and Revenants V20 book. We just forgot about it while discussing this book. Thanks. 


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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.