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.


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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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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Clanbook: Assamite Revised - Episode 62

In this episode of 25 Years of Vampire: the Masquerade, we discuss the revised edition of Clanbook: Assamite. With this clanbook, White Wolf fully realizes the intricacies of the clan. Split up into three chapters, we explore the history of the clan; including the Treaty of Tyre and beyond, the three castes of the Children of Haqim, Assamite Sorcery, high-level disciplines, and the state of the clan in modern nights, after breaking the Tremere Curse. 

This book was written by Clayton Oliver with additional material on the Treaty of Tyre by Graeme Davis, and Developed by Justin Achilli. Clanbook: Assamite Revised was published by White Wolf Publishing, Inc. December 11, 2000.


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Clanbook: Assamite
Written by: Clayton Oliver
Dec. 11, 2000
A Cult of Killers...

The clans of Caine have only recently seen the true face of Clan Assamite. Once assumed to be mere assassins, the Assamites have thrown off the Camarilla's debilitating curse and their mantle of silence. A diverse clan of noble warriors, learned sorcerers and murderous diablerists, the Assamites have stepped forth to claim their legacy in the Final Nights.

The High Price of Undeath
As part of the revised lineup of clanbooks, Assamite 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.

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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.


Clanbook: Nosferatu Revised - Episode 53

In this episode, we get down and dirty (heh, puns) on the Nosferatu and the giant stack of info this revised Clanbook provides. Like most of the 3rd edition/Revised Clanbooks, this is a must for any CWoD player's collection. 

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Clanbook: Nosferatu
Written by: Brian Campbell
March 19th, 2000


Of all the Kindred, the Nosferatu most resemble the Beasts they hide within. But the clan is far more than a motley assembly of twisted freaks. From their first nights to their modern incarnation as informants and spies, the Sewer Rats have as many secrets of their own as they have gathered from other Kindred. Up from the storm drains and tunnels they scuttle, but whether as ally or foe remains to be seen.
And the Creatures They Fear
Clanbook: Nosferatu
 complements the clan's appearance in the revised edition of Vampire: The Masquerade. All-new information accompanies a reexamination of earlier concepts, allowing players and Storytellers alike to add as much freakish depth to their characters as they like.


Vampire Storytellers Handbook - Episode 52

In this episode, we converse about the Revised Edition Storytellers Handbook. Spoiler alert: we dig it a lot! This book contains material to help storytellers iron out their worlds, story-tell in the World of Darkness, as well as, strategies for every kind of road block they might face. This is a truly invaluable tool for anyone running a game in the Classic World of Darkness. 

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Vampire Storytellers Handbook
January 2nd, 2000
Written by: 
Bruce Baugh, Anne Sullivan Braidwood, Deird're Brooks, Geoffrey C. Grabowski, Clayton Oliver and Sven Skoog
The Final Nights Hide a Million Stories
From the hidden horrors of the Camarilla to the naked fiendishness of the Sabbat, vampires play at the eternal Jyhad. Elders, ancillae, neonates, and... others... prowl the nights. Only one individual knows all the secrets of the World of Darkness.

And They Must All Be Told
The role of the Storyteller is a daunting one, and this book is an invaluable aid for those who orchestrate Vampire chronicles. It includes a myriad of information, including enigmas best left out of players' hands, to create stories and populate the casts of epic tales. The Vampire Storytellers Handbook revised edition leaves no stone unturned — except those that hide secrets no mortal should know.


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.

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.


Guide to the Sabbat - Episode 49

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


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Guide to the Sabbat
March, 1999
Written by: 
Justin R. Achilli, W.H. Bourne, Anne Sullivan Braidwood, Joanne FitzRoy, Jess Heinig
Shadows of the Elders War
The Sabbat are depraved monsters, reveling in their Damned state and herding the kine about them like cattle. Or so it would seem to the uninitiated. In truth, the Sabbat wage a secret war on the elders, struggling night after night to free themselves from the tyranny of the dread Antediluvians and the Jyhad itself. But are their tactics effective or simply horrific?

Cast by the Fires of the Packs
The Guide to the Sabbat
 examines the Sabbat exhaustively from the antitribu, or "anti-clans" that populate its ranks to the terrifying Disciplines they use to their methods of waging war on the Camarilla and Antediluvians alike. This book also explores the progress the Sabbat have made in their war effort, chronicling their inexorable climb over the East Coast of the United States and their usurped territories in the Old World.


Montreal by Night - Episode 43

As promised, we take a long, long look at the Black Dog book, Montreal by Night. One of our favorites, this book chronicles the spiritual stronghold of the Sabbat in North America, and the demonic forces that twist the "City of Dark Miracles." 


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Montreal by Night
Written by: Phillipe Boulle, Joshua Mosquiera-Asheim and Lucien Soulban
November 1st, 1997

City of One Thousand Steeples
Welcome to Montreal, unhallowed shrine of our most glorious Sabbat. Oui, we're so glad you came. Walk our catacombs in search of blasphemous knowledge. Enjoy all manner of titillating diversions with our deliciously putrescent "Toy". And forget that language-barrier nonsense; we'd be delighted to hear you scream for mercy in English or French.

City of Black Miracles
Montreal by Night is the latest in the series of "by Night" books for Vampire: The Masquerade. However, this book is unique because it's also the next in the Black Dog series. Montreal belongs to the Sabbat! We just couldn't do justice to the enemies of the Camarilla in any other way. So head north if you dare... and don't eat the red snow.


Clanbook: Ravnos - Episode 42

In this episode, we review and discuss the Ravnos Clanbook. Known for being wandering vagabonds and hucksters, the Ravnos are charlatans who gleefully practice their arts of deception and theft. 

This review marks the final Clanbook review of Second Edition. You may have noticed, this clanbook actually came out before Clanbook: Giovanni. That's because I messed up the order. These things happen. 

Thanks to all of you who have listened to us over the past year! We've had a great time doing this podcast, and all the kind words and support have been awesome and overwhelming! Here's to another great year of content, and to all the new White Wolf material coming down the pipeline! You folks are a wonderful community! 


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Clanbook: Ravnos
Written by: Christopher Walters
Feb. 20th, 1997

Gypsies, vagabonds and charlatans, the cunning vampires of Clan Ravnos roam the night as they indulge in the most dangerous of games — lying to the liars, tricking the tricksters, and gleefully receiving curses from the Damned. From Bel Air to Bombay, from Shanghai to Sarajevo, these nomadic vampires wander where their citybound Kindred fear to tread. Now learn of the Ravnos' secret arts, and the centuries of hate that can lie behind a jester's smile.


    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.


    Clanbook: Lasombra - Episode 39

    In this episode, we explore the clan with a giant "L", Clan Lasombra. Step into the shadows with us as we dig into the feared leaders of the Sabbat, exploring their origins, both within the context of the game, and our experiences with them. 


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    Written by: Richard E. Dansky and Elizabeth Ditchburn
    March 1st, 1996
    From their webs of shadows the Lasombra guide the destiny of the dread Sabbat. Unseen even by mirrors, these lords of darkness glide through the night they rule, orchestrating the rise and fall of Kindred and kine alike. From the Sahara Desert to the Spanish Main, from the monasteries of Seville to the mean streets of New York City, no other clan so embodies what it means to be a vampire.


    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.


    Clanbook: Assamite - Episode 37

    In this episode, we deep dive into the clan of vampire assassins known as the Assamites. We converse, discuss and totally geek out. 


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    Clanbook: Assamite
    March 15th, 1995
    Written by: Graeme Davis

    Feared by all yet courted by many, refusing outside allegiances yet willing to hunt Kindred for a payment of blood, the Assamites are among the most reclusive clans. Once hunted, these vampire assassins are now sought out by the Kindred to dispose of their enemies. Fearful takes are told of their skill in hunting the most dangerous prey, their bravery in combat, and their fierce loyalty to their clan. Yet the tellers of these tales do not guess at the truth: the millennia of warfare, the roots of the Jyhad, and the clan mysteries which no outsider has ever seen.


    Clanbook: Tzimisce - Episode 35

    In this episode, we discuss the history of Fiends most vile: Clan Tzimisce. A sourcebook for the Vampire: the Masquerade Classic World of Darkness game setting, this book explores the history of the clan and its unique role in the formation and nightly duties to the Sabbat, and the grotesqueries of the clan of metamorphosis. 


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    Clanbook: Tzimisce
    Oct. 20th, 1995
    Written by: Robert Hatch

    Called "fiends" even by other vampires, the Tzimisce are the masterminds behind the dread Sabbat; their atrocities have given rise to the mortals' legends of vampires stalking human prey in the night. In rejecting their humanity, the Tzimisce hope to attain something far more wondrous. Should they achieve their aim, Kindred and kine alike will have reason to fear.


    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.

    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.


    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.