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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Libellus Sanguinis 1, Part 1 - Episode 117

In this episode, we discuss Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State. Masters of the State gives players and storytellers details on the three clans of nobility in the Dark Ages - the Lasombra, the Tzimisce, and the Ventrue. We manage to cover one third of the material in this book. We will be back next week for part two.

This book was written by Craig Bolin, Richard E. Dansky, and Robert Hatch and developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf Publishing. Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State was published August 1st, 1997.


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Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State
Written by Craig Bolin, Richard E. Dansky, and Robert Hatch
August 1st, 1997

Born to Rule

These lands are mine, childer; mine for as far as your Cainite eyes can see. Who defended them when the barbarian hordes clamored to the north? Who fought off the howling infidels to the east? Who put down countless insurrections, both of Cainite and kine contrivance? It was I, my sons and daughters. I, who gave myself wholly unto my lands and their people; for their people are my people. My service is both a privilege and a responsibility, childer – as I am a master of the state.


The hunters Hunted II - Episode 101

In this episode, we return to our regularly scheduled program with our review of Hunters Hunted II! This book is an update and continuation of the classic first edition of the Hunters Hunted. If you ever wanted to play one of the mortals that hunts the supernatural denizens of the World of Darkness, this is the sourcebook for you. This book is a wealth of resources about mortal hunters, containing everything from new merits and backgrounds, to strange psychic powers and Numina.

This book was written by Justin Achilli, Jason Andrew, Martin Henley, Matthew McFarland, and Matthew Sanderson with first edition material written by Bill Bridges and released July 17th, 2013 for Onyx Path Publishing.


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The Hunters Hunted II
Written by: Justin Achilli, Jason Andrew, Martin Henley, Matthew McFarland, and Matthew Sanderson
July 17th, 2013

Most mortals turn away from the darkness that preys upon them, going about their lives in despair of the Damned and the evils they visit upon the world. But a precious few wage a personal war to shine light on those shadows and diminish them, like solitary candles shining in the night. The path of the hunter is lonely and fraught with danger, at once beset by the monsters they hunt and looked upon with suspicion by their fellow mortals they thanklessly seek to protect.


V20 Companion - Episode 96

In this episode, Nate and Bob review the V20 Companion. This book expands upon the elements talked about in the V20 core material, including information on vampiric titles, status and prestation, and locations in the World of Darkness. This book was written by Justin Achilli and Eddy Webb for White Wolf Game Studios and published by Onyx Path Publishing on August 23rd, 2012.


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V20 Companion
Written by: Justin Achilli, Eddy Webb
August 23rd, 2012


Can a Prince command a Priscus?
How have the Anarchs fared during the modern nights?
Can the Harpies declare a boon null?
These questions and more secret details of the Kindred condition have their answers within the V20 Companion. A complementary sourcebook detailing some of the finer points of being undead, this is the first supplement released in support of the 20th anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade.


Dust to Dust - Episode 95

Bob and Nate review the 2011 book, Dust to Dust. This is the first story material released for the Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition. This book is a soft sequel to first chronicle, Forged in Steel and the original Ashes to Ashes story from First Edition. It is also (as far as we can tell) the only Vampire: the Masquerade book which uses the Storytelling adventure System. It has a number of new characters, as well as updates to classic characters and settings from the original run of Vampire: the Masquerade.

This book was written by Matthew McFarland and developed by Eddy Webb for White Wolf Studios and released on 11/11/11.


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Dust to Dust
Written by: Matthew McFarland
November 11th, 2011

When the ashes cool, all that remains is dust...

Gary, Indiana (cWOD) is a dying city. Its population has halved itself in 40 years, many of its buildings are burned husks, its citizens are disenfranchised and out of work, and even its predators have fled. Of the many Kindred who once hunted this small Midwestern city, only a handful remains. Modius, the Prince of Gary, continues his long rivalry with the Anarch known as Juggler. But their struggles are becoming increasingly irrelevant. If things continue, Gary won't have enough mortals to sustain even a small number of vampires.

The Kindred aren't willing to let the city crumble just yet, though. Juggler and Modius have hit upon a scheme to revitalize the city's importance for Kindred, though each wishes to claim the credit (and the rewards) for this renewal. While they snipe and strike at one another like two starving wolves fighting for the last scrap of meat on the carcass, the Giovanni Maria DiMatto seizes her chance.

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.


Lair of the Hidden - Episode 90

Follow Bob and Nate as they take a journey into the mysterious lair of the Inconnu and explore Hunedoara Castle in 2003's Lair of the Hidden. This book acts as sourcebook and chronicle/module for Vampire: the Masquerade's Time of Judgement. 
The Time of Judgment series is semi-canon and is intended to allow players the option to end their own personal stories. 
Unlike previous themed years, there were no events characterizing the Time of Judgment that affected all World of Darkness game lines; instead, each game was given a selection of its own specifically-tailored final fates or multiple endings which are determined by the actions and choices of the
player.

Lair of the Hidden was Written by: Sarah Roark, Dean Shomshak, and Janet Trautvetter and released August 11th 2003 by White Wolf Game Studios. 

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Lair of the Hidden
August 11th, 2003
Written By: Written by: Sarah Roark, Dean Shomshak, and Janet Trautvetter


High in the Romanian Mountains...
Hidden from time and prying mortal eyes, Hunedoara Castle lurks amid the mists of the Carpathians. Home to a cabal of scheming Inconnu, the castle is the site of hideous rites. Who do these terrible rituals empower? Or, worse, who might they protect?

A Vampiric Conspiracy Broods
Secrets revealed -- Lair of the Hidden is a setting sourcebook and chronicle that examines the plans of a forgotten cult of Inconnu. It covers the cults aims and goals, as well as presenting a terrifying haven of powerful elders for players characters to explore -- should they dare.


Chaining the Beast - Episode 89

This week, Nate and Bob take a dive into what is considered by some to be the definitive guide to Paths of Enlightenment. This revised books is the first to collect "all" the current Paths into one, simple guide. From the standard paths, all the way to the obscure and heretical paths, Chaining the Beast puts the sum of vampiric morality in the palm of your hands. 
Chaining the Beast was written by Gavin Bennett, Trevor Chase and James Kiley and released June 30th, 2003 for White Wolf studios. 


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Chaining the Beast
Written by: Gavin Bennett, Trevor Chase and James Kiley
June 30th, 2003


Does a Vampire Have a Soul?
Not all Kindred follow the sacred Path of Humanity. Some forsake their mortal ethics, giving themselves wholly over to the vampire condition. Others abandon the moral struggle altogether – and find themselves in the throes of Frenzy. How can the race of Caine steel itself against its murderous impulses?

But For How Long?
By popular demand, Chaining the Beast explores the Paths of Enlightenment in detail, from the Hierarchies of Sin to the myriad nightly concerns of a vampire who upholds them. A resource for those seeking to explore the alien mindset of the undead, this book sheds light on the dark corners of the Kindred psyche.


Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party - Episode 88

In this episode, the fellas get back to work, bringing you brand new reviews of old books. This week, we review the oft-forgotten sleeper, "Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party," from 2003. This books gives kindred and cainites alike the skinny on how and why to throw an event. More than just a party, the social event is the crux of unlife in modern society. Additionally, this book explores the popup nightclub known as the "Succubus Club." 

This book was Written by: Richard Chillot and Christopher Kobar for White Wolf Publishing and released June 2nd, 2003


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Succubus Club: Dead Man's Party
Written by: Richard Chillot and Christopher Kobar
June 2nd, 2003

Everyones Invited
The Damned are solitary monsters, contriving elaborate social situations for themselves to deny the prominence of the Beast. Parties and other social affairs from graceful soirees to brutal Sabbat ritae are the foundation of undead reputation. Hosting such affairs, whether as a pack priest or as a nascent prince, can be as arduous a process as claiming a domain.

The Beautiful and Damned
For players looking to enhance their characters status or reputation, Succubus Club: Dead Mans Party is an invaluable resource. Covering all the stages of planning a social affair from concept to implementation (and aftermath), this title is invaluable for players who want to participate in the grandiose social structure of the undead. This book contains information useful to Kindred of all clans, sects, ages and generations.


1st Edition: Revisited - Episode 86

In this very normal episode, Bob and Nate honor the release of V5 by going back in time and reviewing a few 1st edition books we missed. What did we miss?
First, we talk about 17-page module, Blood Nativity. This story serves as an introduction to Vampire: the Masquerade and was published by Atlas Games in 1991 for White Wolf. We have briefly mentioned this in previous podcasts, but we get a bit deeper in this review. 
Next, we discuss the 36-page module, Blood Bond, also from 1991. This story explores the mystical blood bond, as well as centuries-old feud between two elder vampires. 
Finally, we discuss the 83-page story supplement, Ashes to Ashes, published in 1991 by White Wolf. This book continues the chronicle, Forged in Steel, and the battle between the prince of Chicago and Gary, IN. This book, as well as Blood Bond, are part of the Chicago Chronicles collection 3. 

Blood Nativity was written by: Lynn Severson and Michael Harms (According to the White Wolf Wiki, this adventure was actually written by White Wolf staffers using pseudonyms.)
Blood Bond was written by: Ken Cliffe
Ashes to Ashes was written by: Stewart Wieck
 


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Blood Nativity
Written by:  Lynn Severson and Michael Harms
1991

An Introductory Story for Vampire: The Masquerade
Created for the first edition of Vampire: The MasqueradeBlood Nativity is designed to be a troupe's first story.
The players begin as normal humans, attracted by an enigmatic invitation to a private dinner at the Sunset Club. By dinner's end, they find themselves following an inexorable trail into shadowy undeath — life as vampires themselves.
Now they must survive their dangerous first night as Neonates. Will they fall victim to the mad, insatiable Hunger within, or will they be destroyed by the light of day, which they must now curse?


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Blood Bond
Written by: Ken Cliffe
1991

The Tie that Binds Is the Tie that Kills
Some mortals say love is the most powerful emotion. The Kindred know better. Far more powerful than love is the force of blood. When drunk from another Vampire three times, it creates an obsession none can resist. Now the characters learn just how strong the blood bond can be and at the same time deal with the Prince of Chicago, stange new Kindred and the dread Sabbat. But the question persists - who among them is blood bound? Vampire™ The Masquerade™ The romance and horror of Vampire rise with full fury in this Chicago-based story supplement. Characters deal with political intrigue, mysterious stangers and the full power of the Blood Bond, all the while learning more about the living death which is both their immortal blessing and their undying curse.


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Ashes to Ashes
Written by: Stewart Wieck
1991

When the Fire Burns Low Only the Ashes Remain...
The forged in steel chronicle continues: Ordered by Modias, the prince of Gary, to present themselves to Lodin, the Prince of Chicago, a group of neonates find themselves shoved headlong into a maelstrom of Kindred Intrigue. While the characters desperately search for Lodin, the Prince inexplicably disappears, and one of his lieutenants blames the visitors from Gary. The characters dilemma - find Lodin or face the termination of an immortal life-in-death.


 

 

 

Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition - Episode 85

In this episode, Nate and Bob take a deep dive into the upcoming 5th Edition of the classic Vampire: the Masquerade. In an unprecedented achievement, White Wolf has returned to their Classic World of Darkness and Utility Muffin Labs has gotten early access to review and discuss this reintroduction to an old friend. 
Nate and Bob talk about a great deal of the new history, rules, character creation and systems of V5, and still hardly scratch the surface of what's included in this beautiful, modern game of personal and political horror. 
Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition launches August, 2018! 

Please note, this podcast is over 3 hours long. Some audio quality my be impacted due to host limitations.


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Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition
Developed, designed, and written by Kenneth Hite, Mark Rein-Hagen, Matthew Dawkins, Juhanna Peterson, Martin Ericsson, Karim Muammar, Karl Bergström, Jennifer Smith, Jason Andrew, and Jason Carl


"The classic that changed roleplaying games forever returns! This fifth edition features a streamlined and modern rules design, beautiful new full-color art, and a rich story experience for players. Powered by the innovative Hunger cycle, the game also includes rules for creating system supported character coteries, Loresheets to directly involve players with their favorite parts of the setting and The Memoriam, a new way to bring the character's detailed backgrounds and expand on them in-session.

V5 is a return to Vampire's original vision, moving boldly into the 21st century. While the rules have been redesigned, this new edition honors the deep story of the original, advancing the metaplot from where it left off and detailing exactly what has happened in the world of the Kindred up until tonight. The terror of the Second Inquisition, the conspiracies behind the Gehenna War, and the rekindling of the War of Ages: these are the building blocks of the modern V5 chronicle. "