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.


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: 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.


Bloody Hearts Diablerie: Britain - Episode 21

In this episode, we explore book 2 in the "Diablerie" series. This book introduces us to the Ancient Methuselah, Tiamat, and the demon Drakonskyr that possess her. Your coterie will take a terrifying journey to the hard of ancient madness in hopes of claiming the ultimate prize: the soul and power of the ancient damned. This book also marks the first appearance of former Toreador Justicar, Madame Guil
This book is designed as a module for 2nd edition Vampire: the Masquerade. 


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Bloody Hearts - Diablerie: Britain
1993 Written by: Dustin Browder
Absolute Power Can Corrupt
The thirst for the most powerful blood can drive any vampire mad with desire. Its taste, bouquet, smell, and texture are like nothing else the Kindred can experience. The feeling of it as it flows past undead lips is exquisite beyond belief. And the power it provides...

Even Those Already Corrupted
But its consumption destroys the predator as surely as the prey. The very soul of the victim is taken in the act and, as the victim dies, so does the Diabolist. None can take so completely without paying the price. None can first feel absolute power without first knowing absolute horror.


Awakening: Diablerie Mexico, Vampire: The Masquerade 2nd Ed.

Hello, all! Welcome back to 25 Years of V:tM.  In this episode, we review and discuss two more books released in 1992 - Awakening: Diablerie Mexico and Vampire: the Masquerade 2nd Edition. Also, we have a brief discussion about the game system and setting. As a bonus treat, you can check out our further discussions about LARP and V:tM at our other podcast, Nerd Words. Basically, we just let the mics keep rolling. We hope you enjoy the conversation, and we thank you for your continued support! 


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Awakening: Diablerie Mexico - 1992
Written By: Nigel Findley

 

Lying deep in torpor beneath the Mayan tombs is a most-ancient Methuselah. Sleeping away the ages until his time to arise finally comes. He guards himself, and his potent blood, most assiduously. But you have learned where he rests -- and so you search for him. Soon his essence will be yours. They may have rules against what you are about to do, but they might as well try to stop the thirst itself. Win, and power beyond reckoning is yours. Lose, and your defeat is final, for the ancients are wrathful against those who disturb their slumber.

Diablerie: Mexico is a full Story for Vampire, requiring you to pit your mind and body against one of the most powerful Cainites in the New World. It includes: Expanded rules on Diablerie, the most-hated practice of the undead. Details on older, more powerful Vampires in a Chronicle Information on how the mightiest Kindred protect themselves during their long torpors, including the spirits and traps which guard their slumbers.


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Vampire: the Masquerade, 2nd Edition - 1992
Written By: Mark Rein•Hagen, Graeme Davis, Tom Dowd, Lisa Stevens, Stewart Wieck

*Note: in our haste to review the second edition, we incorrectly remembered this book and erroneously stated that the Sabbat clans, independent clans and some various other information was in this book, when it is in fact, not. We apologize for our mistake. There is actually very little additional information in this book that was missing from the previous edition. Also, The Appendix has the beginning of the Forged in Steel Chronicle, which starts in Gary, Indiana and moves into the Chicago Chronicles.* 
"Vampire is a game of make-believe, of pretend, of storytelling. Although Vampire is a game, it is more about storytelling than it is about winning. If you've never done this kind of thing before, you may be confused by the whole premise of a storytelling game. Once you catch on to the basic concepts, however, you'll find that it isn't all that strange, and is, in fact, eerily familiar.

You, along with some of your friends, are going to tell stories of madness and lust. Tales of things that go bump in the night. Tales of peril, paranoia, and sinister, shadowy evil. Tales from the darkest recesses of our unconscious minds. And at the heart of these stories are vampires.

These stories will capture your imagination far more readily than any play or movie; likewise, they are of a darker nature than the children's fairy tales you might remember (although those too were rather grim if you think back). This is because you are inside the story and not just watching it. You are creating it as you go along, and the outcome is always uncertain.

This game provides a way to experience a horror of an all too immediate nature, for you experience the terror from the other side of the mirror. The horror of Vampire is the legacy of being half a beast, trapped in a world of no absolutes, where morality is chosen, not ordained. The horror of Vampire is the evil within, and the all-consuming lust for warm blood.

Perhaps the greatest danger of playing Vampire is that of seeing yourself in the mirror. To play this game you must face the madness within you, that which you strive to master and overcome, but cannot bear to face.

Unless you are willing to face the reflection of your own imperfections then go no further. Madness as well as wisdom rewards those who dare to gaze into eternity."

Who's Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition


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Children of the Inquisition - 1992
Written by: Daniel Greenberg

"The living dead have walked among us for centuries. Their feuds firing humanity's bloodiest wars. Now learn the secrets of the most powerful vampires, and the origins of their ancient hatred. Who's Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition is set in the world of Vampire: the Masquerade." 

 

 


Alien Hunger

In this episode, we explore the 1991 release of "Alien Hunger", a city module for Vampire: The Masquerade. 


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Alien Hunger - 1991
Written by: Jeff Berry
A Taste for Blood A Taste for Death

Ripped from your comfortable mortality, thrown into a pit of blood and death, you strive with every ounce of your being to hold onto the last bits of your humanity, all the while feeling the inexorable pull of the beast within.
A mile high where the air is thin, an ancient genius has been snuffed out by an even older evil. Now you are alone, your old world stolen from you and your new one most horrible to behold. And ruling all is your dread thirst.
 


The Succubus Club, Ashes to Ashes, Chicago by Night

In our third episode, we step up the podcast a notch and review three releases from 1991: The Succubus Club, Ashes to Ashes and Chicago by Night first edition. The three of these releases are bound together in story and setting, and it seemed appropriate to review them together for additional reasons that are made clear in the production. These books make up a large part of the "Forged in Steel" chronicle.


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Succubus Club - 1991
Written by: Andrew Greenberg, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Lisa Stevens, Nigel Findley, Steve Crow
"The Succubus club is a Sourcebook detailing the most notorious nightspots in the Chicago Rack. This book includes not only a complete description of this infamous club, but six complete one-chapter stories, each of them set within its confines. Cainites know of it as a huge and extravagant dance club where mortal vessels are easily obtained, friends and enemies meet and intrigues and plots are hatched. only a few know of what ancient secrets it contains. The Succubus may well become the central meeting spot for your characters, for so many stories start and end there. It is the nexus of this dark city. It is the place of dreams, the place of nightmares."
 


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Ashes to Ashes - 1991
Written by: Stewart Wieck
When the Fire Burns Low Only the Ashes Remain...
"Ashes to Ashes is a story supplement designed for use with Vampire, and it continues the story begun in Vampire: Baptism by Fire. It includes all the characters and information you need to tell a complete four chapter story. This book also presents an Advanced Storytelling - the Villain's Flashback - to accentuate the theme and mood of the story."

 

 

 


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Chicago by Night first edition - 1991
White Wolf Publishing
Chicago by Night includes:
Descriptions of most of the Kindred inhabitants of Chicago - 70 powerful characters in all.
A chapter on the "real" history of Chicago.
Detailed maps of the city and a complete geography chapter.
A number of innovative "character interaction" charts used to define the relationships between these immortals.
Over one hundred encounters, organized by theme, which provide you a means to make the setting come alive for your players.

 


The Players Guide

In this episode, we review Vampire: The Masquerade Players Guide, 1st Edition This is the 2nd book released by White-Wolf for their Vampire the Masquerade line in 1991. 

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Players Guide - 1991
Written By:
 written by Andrew Greenberg, Mark Rein•Hagen, Graeme Davis, Bill Bridges, Daniel Greenberg, Ryk Strong, Frank Fry, Aaron Voss, and Travis Williams.
In the Goth-Punk world of the Vampire, any advantage can mean the difference between survival and final, permanent death. Thus The Players Guide - new clans, archetypes, skills, abilities and equipment. Learn what it means to be one of the powerful Elders, with Disciplines far surpassing those of the younger Kindred. Add Merits and Flaws to your character, balancing out mighty new powers with fascinating weaknesses. Learn new techniques for roleplaying in Vampire, written by some of the industry's leading designers. Prepare yourself for a whole new role in the immortal Jyhad.