Transylvania Chronicles IV - Episode 126

In this episode, we conclude our in-depth review of the Transylvania saga. The final book brings us into the height of the Victorian Age and beyond into the modern nights. The final prophesy of Gehenna is realized in blood and fire! After 800 years, your characters must discover the plans for the end of the world and stop them - or usher in the end of days.

Transylvania Chronicles IV was written by Brian Campbell, Jackie Cassada, and Nicky Rea and published on February 3rd, 2000 by White Wolf Studios.

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Transylvania Chronicles IV: The Dragon Ascendant
Written by: Brian Campbell, Jackie Cassada, and Nicky Rea
Feb. 3rd, 2000


Eight Centuries of Evil

The prophecies of Gehenna continue to unfold. In the darkest corners of Transylvania, Dracula stirs. Halfway across the world, a conflagration destroys an entire clan of Sabbat Cainites. The geomantic web unravels, revealing one of the greatest pieces of the Jyhad. Can the players coterie put aside its differences in time to foil the plot of an Antediluvian? Or has Gehenna finally arrived?



Transylvania by Night Pt. 2 - Episode 122

In this episode, we conclude our review of Transylvania by Night. This is part two of our multi-part series on Transylvania and the Transylvania Chronicles.
Next week, we will not publish an episode due to travel and time constraints. In two weeks, we return with the beginning of our review of the Transylvania Chronicles volumes I-IV.

Transylvania by Night was published October, 1997 by White Wolf Publishing and written by Brian Campbell and Nicky Rea.


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Transylvania by Night
Written by: Brian Campbell, Nicky Rea
October, 1997


When Fiends and Warlocks Go To War

Good evening, childer. Welcome to our old and blood-drenched soil. We have known the tread of the Hun, the Roman, the Magyar, yet we stand defiant, as we always have. Now, after sunset, cries of war and horror pierce the night. As the old ways crumble and Usurpers recieve their bloody baptism, limitless power awaits those clever and brutal enough to take it. But beware: The Old Country is a harsh mistress, and those who fail greet the dawn on impaling stakes. So come, my friends. Enter freely, and of your own will. After all...you may never leave.


Transylvania by Night Pt. 1 - Episode 121

In this episode, we give a general overview and basic review of the Dark Ages sourcebook, Transylvania by Night. This is part one of our multi-part series on Transylvania and the Transylvania Chronicles. We will bring you part two in two weeks, followed by an overview on the Transylvania Chronicles volumes I-IV.
Transylvania by Night was published October, 1997 by White Wolf Publishing and written by Brian Campbell and Nicky Rea.


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Transylvania by Night
Written by: Brian Campbell, Nicky Rea
October, 1997


When Fiends and Warlocks Go To War

Good evening, childer. Welcome to our old and blood-drenched soil. We have known the tread of the Hun, the Roman, the Magyar, yet we stand defiant, as we always have. Now, after sunset, cries of war and horror pierce the night. As the old ways crumble and Usurpers recieve their bloody baptism, limitless power awaits those clever and brutal enough to take it. But beware: The Old Country is a harsh mistress, and those who fail greet the dawn on impaling stakes. So come, my friends. Enter freely, and of your own will. After all...you may never leave.


Libellus Sanguinis 1, Part 2 - Episode 118

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Hello, friends. We’re back with the second and final part of our review of Libellus Sanguinis 1: Masters of the State. In this episode, we talk about the Tzimisce and Ventrue and their place in Dark Medieval Europe and beyond. Next week, we return with Clash of Wills.
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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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: Tremere Revised - Episode 61

In this episode, we talk about the cabal of Warlocks who stand as a pillar of the Camarilla, and possibly the most powerful clan that exists in modern nights. This review goes into detail on the revised edition of Clanbook: Tremere. 


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Clanbook: Tremere Revised
Written by: Jess Heinig
November 13th, 2000

Blood Sorcery and Blood Bonds
From her first night among the Kindred, the neonate Tremere leads a double unlife. Bound not only by the traditions of the Camarilla but by those of her clan, the Tremere must find a place for herself in her own hierarchy and in the deadly world of vampires. Learn the magic of the Tremere and the rigors of earning status in the clan.

The Ways of Warlocks
As part of the revised lineup of clanbooks, Tremere 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.


Kindred Most Wanted Episode 27

In this episode, we discuss "The Kindred Most Wanted" - an account of the top 13 most deadly and wanted vampires by the Camarilla. This list is officially known as The Red List and the cainites in it as Anathema. 


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The Kindred Most Wanted
June 24th, 1994
Written by: Ran Ackels

We Have Nothing to Fear...
The vampires, the terrors of the dark, have their own secret fears. As they hunt, they watch over their shoulders. As they make their way from victim to victim, they listen with growing dread lest they become victims themselves. These lords of the night know that even the mightiest of the Damned can be brought down.

...Except Ourselves
Compiled in the early part of this century, the Red List, also known as the Kindred Most Wanted, catalogues the crimes and horrors committed by these hated outlaws. When the Justicars themselves, the most powerful of Cainites, cannot apprehend their enemies, they make them Anathema, hunted by all vampires.


Clanbook: Tremere - Episode 26

In this episode, we dig deep into the history of the most distrusted and feared of Camarilla Clans with Clanbook: Tremere. 
"Clan Tremere is the second youngest of the vampiric clans, having just come into existence during the dark ages. In the little time since then they have made incredible inroads within vampiric society and are arguably the most powerful clan in the modern nights. This is due in no small part to their strict hierarchy, secretive nature, and mastery of Thaumaturgy, all of which elicit suspicion, fear, and respect from other Cainites. The Warlocks stand as a pillar of the Camarilla and are one of its main defenders, despite the fact that they exist almost as a subsect. Some even go so far as to consider themselves the evolution of vampirism, citing their extreme versatility of blood magic and lack of a true clan curse. The Final Nights have many things in store for the Tremere, however, and the more powerful they grow, the more their enemies gather - and in their bid for power, the Tremere have accumulated more enemies than most."


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Clanbook: Tremere
May 13th, 1994
Written by: Keith Herber

Majesty and mystery - the two words are synonymous with the word "Tremere." Born of murder and greed, created for power and destruction, they are the most feared of the Camarilla clans. they are also the clan with the most to fear, for their enemies are everywhere, especially within their own ranks.


Berlin by Night - Episode 22

In this, our 22nd episode, we journey to the recently reunited city of Berlin. Released in 1993, this book takes place shortly after the fall of the Berlin Wall. Two Princes struggle nightly for control of territory, while the kindred population walk a fine line between two vengeful elders. 


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This book... Well, I'll let you listen to our review.

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Berlin by Night, 1993
Written by: James A. Moore

Divided We Fall...
What do the Kindred fear more than the prince of a city? When a city has two princes...and they're at war. Then, every battle takes on new meaning. Every argument has a sinister purpose. Every decision risks offending one of the mighty rulers. Every decision may be the last, fatal one.

United We Die!
Such is Berlin. Ages-old capital of the German Empire. Center of the Third Reich. Battleground between East and West, torn by their globe-spanning war. Now the Soviet Brujah who once ruled East Berlin have disappeared, and the magical barriers between the two sides have fallen. The time of reunification is here. The time of destruction is at hand.


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.