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.


Cairo by Night - Episode 79

In this episode, Nate and Bob discuss and review the city sourcebook published in 2002, Cairo by Night. Cairo is an ancient, massive, mysterious and deeply misunderstood city that predates both vampire sects combined. This book will both enrich your knowledge and challenge your conventions about Vampire: the Masquerade. This Sourcebook is part of the Year of the Scarab theme for 2001, and was part of a tie in with the release of Mummy: the Resurrection. Other books in the line included: 
Werewolf: the Apocalypse - Rage Across EgyptMage: The Ascension - Lost Paths: Ahl-i-Batin & TaftâniHunter: the Reckoning - Hunter: Holy WarVampire: the Dark Ages - Veil of Night  

Cairo by Night was written by C.A. Suleiman with project consultation from Khaldoun Khelil. It was developed by Justin Achilli and published February 11th, 2002 for White Wolf Game Studios. 


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Cairo by Night
written by C.A. Suleiman
Feb. 11th, 2001


Ancients in an Ancient City
Older than both of the warring sects combined, Cairo sits perched atop the Nile like a pharaoh upon a throne, but all is not well in the city. Ancient conspiracies play out nightly while the Caitiff prince struggles with the resident Kindreds issues of faith. Cairo hides a myriad of secrets from itself as well as its shadowy denizens.

A Six-Thousand-Year Night
Cairo by Night presents a chronicle setting that focuses on two of Vampires core themes, the Final Nights and the price of eternal unlife. Suitable for characters of any power level, the events of this book will satisfy lovers of epic tales and personal horrors and everything in between. Cairo explores not only the Kindred that players expect to meet, but the others with whom they share the night.


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.

Bumper: Nile - Unas Slayer of the Gods


Clanbook: Followers of Set Revised - Episode 64

In this episode of the VTM25 podcast, we talk about the revised Setite clanbook, “Followers of Set.” This revision is presented as a true look into the clan and the relationship with their Deity founder, Set. We also briefly talk about the Baali clan, the artwork by John Van Fleet, and touch upon our personal opinions about the clan. We will take a deeper dive this weekend, when we discuss the Followers of Set on our supplemental podcast, Nerd Words. 
This book was written by, Dean Shomshak and Developed by Ethan Skemp. It was published by White Wolf Studios on April 2nd, 2001. 
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Check back with us Next Friday for Clanbook: Giovanni Revised


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Clanbook: Followers of Set Revised
Written by: Dean Shomshak
April, 2001

Descended from the God of the Underworld
 The sands of Egypt conceal a frightening menace a cult of vampires dedicated to their fallen lord. The Followers of Set are scattered all over the world, seducing mortals into cults and enslaving other Kindred through their own vices. Yet the Setites do not exist for excess alone: They gather secrets from the darkness that spawned them, secrets that can be yours for a price.

Blasphemies and Debasement
As the next entry in the revised lineup of clanbooks, Setite 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.

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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.


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.