Libellus Sanguinis 2 - Episode 129

Well, we kinda lied and said we wouldn’t have a podcast this Friday. Turns out, we recorded one anyways. This week, we take a dive into Libellus Sanguinis 2: Keepers of the Word. This sourcebook covers three clans of the Dark Ages: Toreador, Tremere, and Brujah.
Book one details the Toreador of the Dark Ages, art in the Dark Medieval world, religion and the Courts of Love.
Book two explores the Usurper clan’s attempt to be viewed as legitimate, their internal organization, spread across Europe, and the Telyavelics.
Book three details the Brujah and their roots in pre-Carthage. It also explores the role philosophy and Olympian ideals, as well as their current status in the Dark Medieval world.
Libellus Sanguinis 2: Keepers of the Word was written by Cynthia Summers, Richard Stratton, and Jackie Cassada. It was published October 1, 1998 by White Wolf Studios.


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Libellus Sanguinis 2: Keepers of the Word
Written by: Cynthia Summers, Richard Stratton, Jackie Cassada
October 1, 1998

Three More Gather in Darkness

The medieval Tremere have seized immortality for themselves, and are despised and hunted as a result. The Toreador dance to the music of prestige and slander in the courts and castles of Europe. The Brujah want to shatter the Long Night to avenge their shattered dream. All three are here. The undead secrets of the Dark Ages are laid bare before you.


New Moon Rising - Episode 2

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New Moon Rising is an Anarch game that takes place in the Chicagoland area around Gary, the Chicago suburbs, and Madison, Wisconsin. This game takes place in ‘current’ day Chicago, as in, 2019.

Welcome to episode 2 on our V20 actual play, New Moon rising. In this episode, our Anarch coterie step into Camarilla territory to feed. They find themselves at a punk rock club on Chicago’s North Side, but something else seems to be amiss in the city.


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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.


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.


Clanbook: Brujah Revised - Episode 56

In this episode, we talk overly long about one of our favorite Clanbooks, and, well, clans: the Brjuah. For many of us, our first experience with Vampire: the Masquerade involved playing this clan directly, and they've shaped our perceptions of the game, pop-culture and vampires as a whole. Thank you for listening, as well as, your continued support! 


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Clanbook: Brujah Revised
Written by: Justin Achilli
May 1st, 2000


Brutes and Bravos, Intellectuals and Idealists
Since the clan’s first nights, the history of the Brujah has been one of struggle and passion. Whether challenging the tyranny of feudalism or rallying against stagnant institutions, the Brujah take their fight into the modern nights. Philosopher or thug, a Brujah wears her emotions on her sleeve; woe to those who get in her way.

Intellectuals and Idealists
As the second entry in the revised lineup of clanbooks, Brujah takes one of the classic Vampire sourcebooks and brings it into a modern context. All-new information accompanies revised material, inviting you to add as much depth to your character as you like. The sheer volume of information contained in the new clanbooks (each with 32 more pages than the first-edition books) permits Storytellers to round out their chronicles.

Children of the Night - Episode 50

Holy crap, 50 episodes! Thank you all for sticking with us as we grow, change and (we hope) get better. 
In this episode, we review and discuss "Children of the Night" - A gallery of characters for Vampire: the Masquerade. In this book, you'll find some of the most powerful and influential characters in the Classic World of Darkness, (most importantly) all in one place. This is a must-have book for anyone using CWoD characters, Camarilla, Sabbat or any of the other Heavy Hitters in the World of Darkness. 


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Children of the Night
April, 1999

Written by: Dierd're Brooks, Richard E. Dansky, Greg Fountain, Robert Hatch, Jess Heinig, Stephe Herman, Mark Moore, Clayton Oliver, Sven Skoog, Lucien Soulban, Cynthia Summers, Stewart Wieck and Fred Yelk

Conclaves, Covens and Councils
In the world of the Kindred, vampires lurk behind every shadow, planning their machinations and watching their prey. But who watches the watchers? Powerful Kindred from all sects (and none) move among their peers, protecting the Masquerade, interpreting the traditions of Caine, leading the Sabbat against the Antediluvians or subtly pulling strings in the darkness. Who are the most feared and most powerful vampires in the World of Darkness?

Immortal Evil Unveiled
Children of the Night
 fully details the heavy-hitters of Vampire's World of Darkness. Included are the justicars and many archons of the Camarilla, as well as key princes, bishops, pack priests, Sabbat cardinals and prisci and an inscrutable Inconnu or two - all the undead to know... and fear.


Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand - Episode 31

In this episode, we break down the pinnacle of "Vampion" (aka, Trench-coat Ninja) books: Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand. I don't think this is our standard review, so keep that in mind here, folks. 
It's a bit long, so we hope you don't mind. 


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Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand
Written by: Steven C. Brown
December, 1994

Synonymous with terror and destruction, for centuries the Black Hand has struck fear in the still hearts of Camarilla's vampires. What would the members of that august sect give to know the role the Black Hand has played in its own history?

The Black Hand is far more powerful than the Camarilla or even the Sabbat suspect, and its role tonight is even more critical than ever.


Los Angeles by Night - Episode 29

In this episode, we talk about Los Angeles in the World of Darkness. Journey with us to the Anarch Free-States. Also, be sure to check us out at all the other places we hang out: 

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Los Angeles by Night
July 16, 1994
Written by: Noah Dudley

Call to Battle
Passionate and fiery, Los Angeles burns with an excitement found in no other city. It has become the center of fashion, art -- and the Anarch Movement. Fifty years ago, the streets ran red with Elder blood, and the anarchs claimed the city for themselves. They stood poised to make it a land unparalleled in Kindred history.

Call to Destruction
Now it is unparalleled in violence. The anarchs who swore eternal brotherhood when they drove out the Camarilla have formed gangs and now battle each other nightly for control of the city's neighborhoods. The leaders of the Revolt can only shake their heads in sadness, for their speeches fall on deaf ears. On all sides enemies gather, drooling at the opportunity Los Angeles presents.


The Anarch Cookbook - Episode 23

The Anarch Cookbook: A friendly Guide to Vampire Politics

In this episode, we discuss the the third major Vampire sect: The Anarchs. Released in 1993, this book serves as an introduction for both players and storytellers to the world of Anarch rebellion. 


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1993
Written by: Bill Bridges

From The Agony of Oppression

The elders kick everyone else around. It seems like a vampire has no purpose in this world except as a punching bag for the old ones. They'll knock you down, push you around and force you to do their vile bidding. That is, when they're not drinking you dry.

To The Ecstasy of Freedom

But you are not alone. We are the anarchs, and we are the future. Read this book, and learn why the elders despise us. Read it, and learn of the lies they tell. Read it, and learn why we are so feared. The Anarch Cookbook includes: the weapons, strategies and tactics of the anarchs, usable by players and Storytellers; the history of the Anarch Movement, from its beginnings millennia ago to the Anarch Free States today; biographies of prominent anarchs, as well as their immortal arch-enemy.


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.


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! 


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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.


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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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Who's Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition


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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." 

 

 


Alien Hunger

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


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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.
 


The Succubus Club, Ashes to Ashes, Chicago by Night

In our third episode, we step up the podcast a notch and review three releases from 1991: The Succubus Club, Ashes to Ashes and Chicago by Night first edition. The three of these releases are bound together in story and setting, and it seemed appropriate to review them together for additional reasons that are made clear in the production. These books make up a large part of the "Forged in Steel" chronicle.


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Succubus Club - 1991
Written by: Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Lisa Stevens, Nigel Findley, Steve Crow
"The Succubus club is a Sourcebook detailing the most notorious nightspots in the Chicago Rack. This book includes not only a complete description of this infamous club, but six complete one-chapter stories, each of them set within its confines. Cainites know of it as a huge and extravagant dance club where mortal vessels are easily obtained, friends and enemies meet and intrigues and plots are hatched. only a few know of what ancient secrets it contains. The Succubus may well become the central meeting spot for your characters, for so many stories start and end there. It is the nexus of this dark city. It is the place of dreams, the place of nightmares."
 


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Ashes to Ashes - 1991
Written by: Stewart Wieck
When the Fire Burns Low Only the Ashes Remain...
"Ashes to Ashes is a story supplement designed for use with Vampire, and it continues the story begun in Vampire: Baptism by Fire. It includes all the characters and information you need to tell a complete four chapter story. This book also presents an Advanced Storytelling - the Villain's Flashback - to accentuate the theme and mood of the story."

 

 

 


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Chicago by Night first edition - 1991
White Wolf Publishing
Chicago by Night includes:
Descriptions of most of the Kindred inhabitants of Chicago - 70 powerful characters in all.
A chapter on the "real" history of Chicago.
Detailed maps of the city and a complete geography chapter.
A number of innovative "character interaction" charts used to define the relationships between these immortals.
Over one hundred encounters, organized by theme, which provide you a means to make the setting come alive for your players.

 


The Players Guide

In this episode, we review Vampire: The Masquerade Players Guide, 1st Edition This is the 2nd book released by White-Wolf for their Vampire the Masquerade line in 1991. 

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Players Guide - 1991
Written By:
 written by Andrew Greenberg, Mark Rein•Hagen, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Daniel Greenberg, Ryk Strong, Frank Fry, Aaron Voss, and Travis Williams.
In the Goth-Punk world of the Vampire, any advantage can mean the difference between survival and final, permanent death. Thus The Players Guide - new clans, archetypes, skills, abilities and equipment. Learn what it means to be one of the powerful Elders, with Disciplines far surpassing those of the younger Kindred. Add Merits and Flaws to your character, balancing out mighty new powers with fascinating weaknesses. Learn new techniques for roleplaying in Vampire, written by some of the industry's leading designers. Prepare yourself for a whole new role in the immortal Jyhad.