Lore of the Clans - Episode 106

This week, Bob and Nate discuss and review Lore of the Clans. Released in 2015, Lore of the Clans is a single sourcebook detailing all of the clans for play in Vampire: the Masquerade’s 20th Anniversary edition. Additionally, this book details info about the Caitiff - classless amongst the damned - and the Antitribu. This book was written by Alan Alexander, Kevin Czarnecki, Joshua Doetsch, Matt McElroy, Andrew Peregrine, Ree Soesbee, Rob Wieland, Christopher Wilde and released on December 23rd, 2015 for Onyx Path Publishing.


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Lore of the Clans
Written by: Alan Alexander, Kevin Czarnecki, Joshua Doetsch, Matt McElroy, Andrew Peregrine, Ree Soesbee, Rob Wieland, Christopher Wilde
December 23rd, 2015
My sire always told me, “There’s no instruction manual for being dead, strákur.” I believed her, because she was older and smarter than me, and we value knowledge if nothing else. Many sires spill a lot of poison into the ears of their childer, telling them the One True Way to be a vampire. Some vampires don’t even bother, kicking their errant progeny to the streets and letting them figure it out for themselves. A few smother their instruction in religious imperatives, philosophical tenets, or mystical confluences. But not one of them has a pamphlet with clear, easy instructions once you’ve become Damned.

Of course they lie. All vampires lie. But the best lies are those that are told between two truths, yes? Here are thirteen such truths, childe. They may line up with other things you know, or they might not. Sometimes the narrators present tantalizing rumors and conspiracies, while others digress into areas not often considered by many. Some of what they say have no facts to back them up, but not everything is a lie, either.
Let us find instruction from amidst the lies, together.


Rites of the Blood - Episode 103

In this episode, we almost review the wrong book. Instead, we talk Thaumaturgy turkey with an updated look at blood magic for V20. Rites of the Blood collects a number of different styles of Thaumaturgy under one title, revises some older material, and adds some new rituals powers to your sorcerous arsenal.
Thank you guys for listening and your support. We’ll be off for the next few weeks over the holiday. Enjoy what ever it is you celebrate. Nobody reads this stuff. I’m nearly sure of it. If you do read it, the secret password is, “Hail Sithis!
This book was written by Alan Alexander, Jason Andrew, Matthew Sanderson, Ree Soesbee and developed by Eddy Webb for Onyx Path Publishing and White Wolf Game Studio. It was published July 9th, 2014


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Rites of the Blood
Written by: Alan Alexander, Jason Andrew, Matthew Sanderson, Ree Soesbee
July 9th, 2014

In the deepest crimson depths of their being, raw power waits to be brought to the surface. Through their force of will, Kindred can drag this power kicking and screaming into the open to perform miraculous feats and twisted blasphemies. These rituals have been developed to direct and focus this new force, unconstrained by the structure of the known Disciplines. As such, only one word has been seen fit to describe this power that has echoed throughout the ages. Magic.

Rites of the Blood 
is a collection of rituals practiced among the various Kindred sects and Clans. This isn’t just a collection of powers, but an examination of the sects themselves and how they use their eldritch mystical arts: the Thaumaturgy of the Camarilla Tremere, the bloody rites and patchwork sorcery of the Sabbat, the creepy and alien practices of the Tal’Mahe’Ra, “street” rituals from the Anarch contingent, the sorceries of the Assamites and Setites, the necromancy of the Giovanni, and even some of the mysterious ways of the Inconnu.


Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition - Episode 94

Wow, that is a really long title to a book, if you think about it. I know why we all call it V20 now! Anyways, this podcast is a tiny bit non-traditional. We definitely review V20, but more than that, we talk about how V20 has impacted us as gamers and podcasters. It’s no secret that V20 has been a major factor in revitalizing this game for many old school players. I don’t suspect anyone will be shocked about what we think of this game and book. This book was written by Justin Achilli, Rose Bailey, Matthew McFarland, and Eddy Webb for White Wolf publishing and released October 21st, 2011.

We’ve been doing this podcast for 2 years, this month. We are constantly overwhelmed by how much support we’ve gotten from the community and how much positivity we’ve received from you, the listener. We have a ton of things planned for the last quarter of 2018 and early 2019. We do have plans to expand our online store and provide some cool and unique extras to our listeners. Thank you to everyone that supports us here, on our Patreon and everywhere else. You may not agree with us all the time, but our hope is that you do find us engaging and entertaining!

Here’s to 25 more years of Vampire: the Masquerade and a ton more fun, gaming and the World of Darkness!

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Vampire: The Masquerade
 exploded into hobby games in 1991 and inspired a generation of fans of which the game industry had never seen before or since. The cultural significance 
Vampire left on not just the gaming world but on modern vampire-related pop culture can be seen and felt at virtually every turn and in every medium today.

Vampire: The Masquerade - 20th Anniversary Edition 
brings the entire Classic World of Darkness experience full circle and will serve as the perfect anniversary milestone to celebrate two decades of gaming after dark. This is the original 
Masquerade in all its glory, and our way of saying thank you and welcome home.


Caine's Chosen: the Black Hand - Episode 81

In this episode, Nate and Bob review the sourcebook for the Sabbat Sub-sect, the Black Hand. Gone are the days of the "True Hand," and all shits given have left with them. Today, we look at a mysterious group of mystical assassins who await the rapidly approaching Ghenna to take their place besides Caine. Like many other Vampire: the Masquerade books, Caine's Chosen is presented from many different sources and perspectives. This allows the book to have a healthy dose of subjectivity and complexity. 
This book was written by Sarah Roark, C. A. Suleiman and Janet Trautvetter, developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf studios and released January 20th, 2003. 


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Caine's Chosen: the Black Hand
Written by: Sarah Roark, C. A. Suleiman and Janet Trautvetter
January 20th, 2003


WARRIORS FOR THE SWORD OF CAINE
Hidden behind veils of secrecy and mystery, the Black Hand serves as the martial arm of the Sabbat. When the blood and fire of the sect's packs and prisci fail to win the night, the Black Hand arrives like a grim cavity on the cusp of the night. With all its autonomy and authority, however, the Black Hand has turned upon itself - does it truly serve the Sabbat or has it become a Gehenna cult?


Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion - Episode 73

In this episode, we discuss the idea of canonical characters, as well as, the "Blood Sacrifice - The Thaumaturgy Companion." This book contains additional paths of thaumaturgy not found in the original blood magic book. Blood Sacrifice focuses on other, non-Hermetic forms of blood sorcery. The book features the disciplines of Akhu (Setite sorcery), Dur-An-Ki (Assamite sorcery), Sadhana (Indian blood magic), and Wanga (Vodoun blood magic), and introduces the Tlacique bloodline and their Mesoamerican blood sorcery Discipline, Nahuallotl. 
This book was written by Dean Shomshak and Ari Marmell, and was released January 14th, 2002 by White Wolf Publishing. 


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Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion
Written by: Dean Shomshak and Ari Marmell
January 14th, 2002

 Hidden Sorcery
While the Tremere have potent magic at their command, Hermetic tradition isnt the only source of mystic power. The ancient ways of Egyptian magic, the Sufic trances of the Middle East, sacrificial Hindu rites and the natural magic of Caribbean craft can all be used to affect the Final Nights. But what are these thaumaturgies capable of?

Or Abandoned Witchcraft?
Expanded information on non-traditional Thaumaturgy comprises Blood Sacrifice. This book includes four new styles of the Discipline, as well as paths and rituals for each. It also looks into the rare but unforgettable magical 'anomalies' that populate Vampires World of Darkness, those strange mystic artifacts that just seem to happen.

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Clanbook: Assamite Revised - Episode 62

In this episode of 25 Years of Vampire: the Masquerade, we discuss the revised edition of Clanbook: Assamite. With this clanbook, White Wolf fully realizes the intricacies of the clan. Split up into three chapters, we explore the history of the clan; including the Treaty of Tyre and beyond, the three castes of the Children of Haqim, Assamite Sorcery, high-level disciplines, and the state of the clan in modern nights, after breaking the Tremere Curse. 

This book was written by Clayton Oliver with additional material on the Treaty of Tyre by Graeme Davis, and Developed by Justin Achilli. Clanbook: Assamite Revised was published by White Wolf Publishing, Inc. December 11, 2000.


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Clanbook: Assamite
Written by: Clayton Oliver
Dec. 11, 2000
A Cult of Killers...

The clans of Caine have only recently seen the true face of Clan Assamite. Once assumed to be mere assassins, the Assamites have thrown off the Camarilla's debilitating curse and their mantle of silence. A diverse clan of noble warriors, learned sorcerers and murderous diablerists, the Assamites have stepped forth to claim their legacy in the Final Nights.

The High Price of Undeath
As part of the revised lineup of clanbooks, Assamite takes one of the classic sourcebooks for the game and brings it into a modern context. All-new information accompanies a re-examination of earlier concepts, allowing you to add as much depth to your character as you like. The sheer volume of information contained in the new clanbooks (each 32 pages longer than the first-edition series) permits Storytellers to round out their chronicles.

Bumper: Nile - The Nameless City of the Accursed


 

 

Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy - Episode 55

Happy New Year, everyone! In this episode, we discuss the awesome, under-rated and often overlooked "Secrets of Thaumaturgy" Sourcebook from the Vampire: the Masquerade game line. In this guide, you'll find the histories, concepts and modern practices of blood magics. Often assumed to be the sole purveyance of Clan Tremere, this book sheds light on the paths practiced by other clans, as well as the dark arts of Necromancy. 

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Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy
Jan. 12th, 2000
Written by:

Bruce Baugh, Chris Bjork, John Goff, Alan I. Kravit, Robin D. Laws and James Moore

Eldritch Texts and Kindred Blood
Blood magic, the jealously guarded secret of Clan Tremere, has long been observed with a wary eye. Is it the power of summoned demons? An application of the Blood's mystic properties? The will of spirits? Or is it something else altogether? Only those who master its dark secrets can know.

Hidden Lore Revealed
Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy provides the answers to long-asked questions about this most powerful of Kindred Disciplines and explores a gamut of new possibilities. Included in the book are new paths and rituals as well as details on the lesser known but similar arcane practices. What is it about Thaumaturgy that has allowed the Tremere to ascend to prominence in the modern nights? This book examines the answer.


Nights of Prophecy - Episode 54

In this episode, we dive into some of the canonical metaplot of Vampire: the Masquerade. This book serves as an update to the constantly changing World of Darkness. If this came out ten years later, we'd call it a 'patch'. 

Happy holidays to all our listeners! We hope you all have a safe, fun and happy time with those you love! 

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Nights of Prophecy
March 2nd, 2000
Written by:

Justin Achilli (The Return of the Succubus Club),
 Geoffrey C. Grabowski (Walking After Midnight), 
Matthew McFarland (To Grandmother's House),
 Joshua Mosquiera-Asheim and Lucien Soulban (House of Lies),
 Aaron Rosenberg (The Hunters Hunted)
and Dean Shomshak (Introduction) 
For Every Secrets Answer...

Who killed Baba Yaga? How has the Succubus Club fared after the war with the Chicago Lupines? What have the hunters wrought on Kindred society? How goes the Kuei-jin invasion of the American West Coast? These Mysteries and others await you.

...Another Riddle Arises
A compendium of stories, Nights of Prophecy updates the numerous plot lines currently running through Vampire's World of Darkness. Whether the storyteller chooses to integrate one of these five tales into his troupe's chronicle or simply use the book as a timeline update is up to him. In the end, every troupe affects the Final Nights.


Clanbook: Assamite - Episode 37

In this episode, we deep dive into the clan of vampire assassins known as the Assamites. We converse, discuss and totally geek out. 


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Clanbook: Assamite
March 15th, 1995
Written by: Graeme Davis

Feared by all yet courted by many, refusing outside allegiances yet willing to hunt Kindred for a payment of blood, the Assamites are among the most reclusive clans. Once hunted, these vampire assassins are now sought out by the Kindred to dispose of their enemies. Fearful takes are told of their skill in hunting the most dangerous prey, their bravery in combat, and their fierce loyalty to their clan. Yet the tellers of these tales do not guess at the truth: the millennia of warfare, the roots of the Jyhad, and the clan mysteries which no outsider has ever seen.