Clanbook: Baali - Episode 127

Welcome back to our regularly scheduled podcast! We return from Transylvania to review everyone’s FAVORITE clanbook! That’s right, we go deep (all puns intended) and review the Baali! Like all Black Dog books, this one is highly contentious, offensive, and covers topics and themes many will find offensive. We do our best to cover the book without running off the rails.
Clanbook Baali was written by Sven Skoog and Lucian Soulban for Black Dog Game Factory and Published by White Wolf Publishing on June 1st, 1998.

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Clanbook: Baali
Written by: Sven Skoog and Lucian Soulban
June 1st, 1998

We Serve a Greater Power
To the other Cainites, we are legends and lies. Behave, the old ones tell their childer, or the Baali will take you. We are as monsters out of children's tales to them, but that is all. That suits our purposes. Let them have their slanders. The truth would freeze the stolen blood in their veins. For we are not monsters lurking in the shadows after the occasional straggler. We are something far, far worse.

To Submit Is to Conquer
The Baali have always been hidden in shadow, swaddled in veils of deceit. Now, for the first time, learn the demon-haunted truth. Understand the terrible cost of Daimoinon. And know, if you can, why the Baali make their pacts with darkness.


CLanbook: Toreador Revised - Episode 60

In this episode, we talk about and discuss the revised edition of the Toreador Clanbook. Clan Toreador stands as one the most humane, yet also one of the most frightening clans of the Classic World of Darkness. 


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Clanbook: Toreador Revised
Written by: Heather Grove and Greg Stolze
July, 19 2000
Cold Passions Inflame

More than just a simple clan of artists, the Toreador helped found the Camarilla and have extensive dealings with the mortal world. More than any other Kindred, they feel the damnation of the Embrace, as it extinguishes the flame of creativity for which they long. But what passions inspire the Toreador after they receive the Embrace?

The Undead Find Their Muse
As part of the revised lineup of clanbooks, Toreador 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.


Clanbook: Ventrue Revised - Episode 51

In this episode, we go to great lengths and discuss the supremely superior revised edition of Clanbook: Ventrue. Spoiler alert: we really like this book, especially when compared to the previous version! Also, this is the first addition of LARP rules included in the clanbooks! Bonus! 


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Clanbook: Ventrue
August 16, 2000
Written by: Richard Dakan
Noblesse Oblige

Capitalists, aristocrats, crusaders, and criminals: The Ventrue have assumed the prestigious but demanding role of leaders. Forever in the line of fire, they have sacrificed their comfort for the good of all Kindred. Or is this all an empty ruse that excuses their excess and greed? The proud history and black secrets of the clan reveal the truth.

Clanbook: Setites -Episode 36

In this episode, we dive into the dark pits of vice and corruption that is Clan Setite. The followers of Set count themselves alone as being progeny of a true God, unlike their cousins in lesser clans.  Also, mummies, werewolves and vampires, oh my. 


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Clanbook: Setites
Feb. 11th, 1995
Written by: Richard Watts
We are the small voice that whispers to you in the lonely hours of the night. We call to the darkness within all of you. We came from the dark, and to the dark we shall all return...

Called the corrupt by even the most crooked Ventrue, the Setites are almost universally mistrusted and feared by the clans of the Camarilla, and scorned by the Sabbat for their unwillingness to share in the Vaudalrie.


Clanbook: Ventrue - Episode 28

In this episode, we review the original Clanbook: Ventrue and quietly discuss the Secret Masters in hushed tones. Thanks for listening and also thanks for all your contributions and support! 


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Clanbook: Ventrue
July 16th, 1994
Written by: Andrew Greenberg

Eternity is not merely about power. Power makes up only one part of the Ventrue's world, though it is an extremely important part. The vampires of Clan Ventrue understand that power has value only as a means to an end, not an end itself. Thus they use their vast resources to extend their reach, all the while watching and waiting for the right moment — the right moment to strike. For there are even worse things in this world than vampires, and the Ventrue know they are the only hope.


Clanbook: Tremere - Episode 26

In this episode, we dig deep into the history of the most distrusted and feared of Camarilla Clans with Clanbook: Tremere. 
"Clan Tremere is the second youngest of the vampiric clans, having just come into existence during the dark ages. In the little time since then they have made incredible inroads within vampiric society and are arguably the most powerful clan in the modern nights. This is due in no small part to their strict hierarchy, secretive nature, and mastery of Thaumaturgy, all of which elicit suspicion, fear, and respect from other Cainites. The Warlocks stand as a pillar of the Camarilla and are one of its main defenders, despite the fact that they exist almost as a subsect. Some even go so far as to consider themselves the evolution of vampirism, citing their extreme versatility of blood magic and lack of a true clan curse. The Final Nights have many things in store for the Tremere, however, and the more powerful they grow, the more their enemies gather - and in their bid for power, the Tremere have accumulated more enemies than most."


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Clanbook: Tremere
May 13th, 1994
Written by: Keith Herber

Majesty and mystery - the two words are synonymous with the word "Tremere." Born of murder and greed, created for power and destruction, they are the most feared of the Camarilla clans. they are also the clan with the most to fear, for their enemies are everywhere, especially within their own ranks.


Clanbook: Toreador - Episode 24

In this episode, we had a bit of a false start We "recorded" about 40 minutes worth of podcast before we found out we weren't recording. That was a thing. Anyways, we review Book of the Damned for a short period and then we review Clanbook: Toreador. 

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Book of the Damned is a supplement for Vampire: The Masquerade detailing the politics, secrets, and intrigue of the clans of the Kindred. Most, but not all, of its content is reprinted from the Vampire: The Masquerade Second Edition Rulebook, adjusted to fit the Mind's Eye Theatre publishing format.

A Beast I Am, Lest a Beast I Become

"The need comes upon me, a tide of lust and craving that I cannot resist. Like a tree against the storm, I will not bend, but eventually I will break. I may contain my desire for week upon week, allowing the agony to mount, but eventually I can resist no more and I must kill again..."

The Children of Caine

Vampires have existed among us for centuries. Their feuds have ignited wars and inquisitions. Their unlives are pageants of rich excess, while their perversions are sources of unspeakable horror. They are the spawn of Caine, the First, the one forever damned. Now learn the secrets of these immortals and the origins of their ancient enmities. Prepare yourself for a shocking journey into the depths of damnation. This volume describes, in detail, the undead rulers of the World of Darkness, and their twisted society.

 


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Clanbook: Toreador
1994
Written by: Steven C. Brown

Potentially the mightiest of the vampire clans, Toreador is also the most divided clan, paralyzed by bitter infighting. For millennia, their world-shaking battles within the clan have been just as intense as their relentless struggles against other Kindred. No other clan has had such an effect on the world of mortals. No other clan can match the effect of the Toreador.


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?


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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