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.


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!

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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: Giovanni Revised - Episode 65

In this episode, we review the Revised edition of Clanbook: Giovanni, for Vampire: the Masquerade. We discuss the role of the clan in the Final Nights, and how the events in the World of Darkness have impacted their family. This incestuous clan of Necromancers have remained independent, as much to evade politics, as to avoid scrutiny on the path to their final goal of 100,000,000 souls. This book was written by Greg Stolze with John Chambers, with additional material by Justin Achilli. It was published April 30th, 2001 by White Wolf Publishing.


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Clanbook: Giovanni Revised
Written by: Greg Stolze with John Chambers
April 30th, 2001

 Blood and Betrayal
Embraced by a fallen clan during nights long past, the Giovanni have always had ambition. Now they bring that ambition to bear on a world they would claim for themselves. With vast wealth, the ability to command the spirits of the dead, and a strict familial hierarchy, the greatest enemy to stand against Clan Giovanni is itself.

The Curse of Caine Stolen
As the next entry in the revised lineup of clanbooks, Giovanni 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.


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.


Guide to the Camarilla - Episode 48

In this podcast, we review the definitive Camarilla sourcebook for Vampire: the Masquerade Revised Edition. The Guide to the Camarilla give players and storytellers a wealth of knowledge and detail on the history, intricacies, and secrets of the greatest sect of vampires in the World of Darkness. 


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Guide to the Camarilla
1999
Written by: 
Richard E. Dansky, Geoffrey C. Grabowski, Kenneth Hite, Clayton Oliver and Cynthia Summers
Roses watered with blood
It has been over five centuries since the curtain of the Masquerade was drawn across the stage of the Kindred. It has been five centuries of secrecy, tradition and lies, five centuries of hidden elegance and terror.
It has been five centuries since anyone knew the truth.
Now, at last, the curtain will be drawn back. The lies will be exposed. And maybe, just maybe, the truth will be revealed to you.


Giovanni Chronicles Conclusion Episode 46

Welcome to the conclusion of the centuries spanning Giovanni Chronicles saga. In this episode, we will discuss and review the final two books in the series and bring the clan of Necromancers into the modern nights (or at least up to 1999.) This review dives into Giovanni Chronicles III: The Sun Has Set, and Giovanni Chronicles IV: Nuova Malattia. 

Also, check out the White Wolf Wiki, which is an invaluable resource for digging up info on this old material. Without them, we'd have much more work to do researching these books. White Wolf Wiki


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Giovanni Chronicles III: The Sun Has Set
Written by: Christopher Howard
March 12th, 1998


It is the 19th century, and Britannia raises her flag across the world. The murder of Cappadocius is rapidly becoming ancient history. But, in the shadows, the Giovanni still plot and scheme to achieve apotheosis. Can your characters, now mighty elders, stop the Necromancers?


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Giovanni Chronicles IV: Nuova Malattia
Written by: Heather Grove and Matthew McFarland
1999 (Unknown date)

A New Sickness
An unhealthy development is taking place in Boston, Massachusetts - the ascension of the Milliner family of Clan Giovanni. From their surreptitious beginnings in the shadow of the Kennedy empire to their sinister prominence at the end of the 20th century, the Milliner history is one of treachery and cunning manipulation. Can the characters carve their own place out of Boston's dwindling resources, or will they be swept along with the tide of the Giovanni's inexorable conquest?

An Old, Unbeating Heart
The final installment of the Giovanni Chronicles resolves the mysterious ending of The Sun Has Set, including the significance of the sought-after Sargon Fragment. The story takes place in some of the most memorable and exciting periods of American history, from the Roaring 20s to the looming terror of the modern nights. Players get a chance to help or hinder the newest machinations of Clan Giovanni, including participating in Boston's desperate attempt to remain independent of Camarilla and Sabbat influence.


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.


Prince's Primer/ Blood and Fire - Episode 38

Two books for the price of one?!? You bet your sweet ass. In what may be becoming a bit of a pattern, we consolidate two books that might not stand on their feet for a single review. Anyways, we prove tonight that not all of our reviews are hopeless pandering to a game we love! 


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The Prince's Primer is a sourcebook for Vampire: the Masquerade and Mind's Eye Theatre.
Written by: Allan Tower and Michael McLaughlin
Jan. 1st, 1996

Gathered here for your edification and study are the thoughts on ruling of a half-dozen of the finest political minds the kindred have to offer. It is a dignified, reasoned collection of essays and notes intended to instruct ambitious Kindred in the tactics and techniques of successful, peaceful dominion.


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Giovanni Chronicles II: Blood and Fire
Written by: Richard E. Dansky, Cynthia Summers
 and Christopher Howard
April 1st, 1996

Continuing the saga begun in The Last SupperBlood and Fire embroils the characters in a deadly struggle against the nascent Giovanni clan. Its members, foul necromancers all, seek nothing less than apotheosis.Only the characters have a chance to thwart the Giovanni's schemes and prevent the clan from ascending to ruleship over all existence.


The Last Supper - Episode 33

In this episode, we explore the origins of Clan Giovanni and the destruction of Clan Cappadocian through the game module series, "The Giovanni Chronicles." This is a short episode, as one would expect, considering the material within. Learn the secrets and play through the history of one of the most world-altering events in the Classic World of Darkness. 


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Giovanni Chronicles I: The Last Supper
June 28th, 1995
Written by: Andrew Greenberg

The first installment in the long-awaited Giovanni Chronicle, The Last Supper takes the characters to the subterranean lair/mansion of Claudius Giovanni, where the food they eat will be the last to ever touch their lips.

The characters become caught in the war between the clans of the Camarilla and those trying to form the Giovanni. Their actions during the Renaissance will shape the modern World of Darkness - and determine if they will ever see another night.