The Camarilla, The Anarch - Episode 100

It has been a few weeks since our last podcast. Since that time, White Wolf released their first two sourcebooks for the new 5th edition of Vampire: the Masquerade. What was first excitement from the community quickly turned into overwhelming outrage. Much of the anger was due to the inclusion of a chapter relating to kindred involvement in an ongoing conflict in Chechnya.
Needless to say, there has been massive backlash because of this chapter. Over the course of our two week vacation, the books have been released, pulled from the market, White Wolf’s structure as a company has changed, and the future of the World of Darkness property is in question in the eyes of many fans.
Never the less, we’ve been asked by many in the community to review the material as they were originally presented. Also, many have asked us to speak on the situation with White Wolf as a whole. Please remember, we are commentators and not contributors. We know as much (and maybe less than many) as any other fans when it comes to industry specific stuff. In other words, a lot of what we present is simply speculation.

A word of caution: What we present is our opinion - and it’s an opinion that some people may be put off by. We offer no apologies for how we feel about the exploitation of human suffering for profit. We believe strongly in the sentiment of people over games. If that turns you off from our podcast, so be it. Fun should never be had from the real world misery, suffering, and death of others. We welcome all civil discourse about this topic but will not tolerate disrespect from any party. We’re all in this together.
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Vampire: the Masquerade, The Camarilla
Written by: Matthew Dawkins, Kenneth Hite, Mark Rein • Hagen, Juhana Pettersson, Martin
Ericsson, and Freja Gyldenstrøm


As a vampire you suffer the pangs of the Hunger, the relentless and terrible thirst for human blood. If you refuse to deal with it, it will overcome your mind and drive you to terrible acts to slake it. You walk this razor's edge every night.

Dark designs, bitter enemies, and strange allies await you in this World of Darkness.

The global blood opera of the Camarilla story continues. As the eldest vampires begin to vanish, the Ivory Tower starts to crack under the weight of its own decay. Once it was the mightiest faction of vampires in the world, a stronghold of immortality. Now it retreats into a maze of neo-feudal conspiracies to protect itself against the deadly threat of the Second Inquisition, struggling to enforce the Masquerade in the face of modern technology. Featuring insights and perspectives on unlife in the Camarilla from Mark Rein-Hagen and Matthew Dawkins.


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Vampire: the Masquerade, The Anarchs
Written by: Juhana Pettersson and Matthew Dawkins
ADDITIONAL WRITING BY – Martin Ericsson, Ariel Celeste, and Karim Muammar

As a vampire you suffer the pangs of the Hunger, the relentless and terrible thirst for human blood. If you refuse to deal with it, it will overcome your mind and drive you to terrible acts to slake it. You walk this razor's edge every night.

Dark designs, bitter enemies, and strange allies await you in this World of Darkness.

Welcome to a blood thriller on the streets of the modern nights. For centuries the Anarch Movement enjoyed an uneasy truce with the Camarilla, but no longer. Now, the Unbound refuse to bow to the sickening hypocrisy and tyranny of their former allies. Claiming the nighttime streets as their own, the Anarchs seek independence from the despotic Elders, by any means necessary. Only the toughest and smartest of self-made vampires will survive. Featuring all-new essays on nocturnal survival and politics from Juhana Pettersson.


Caine's Chosen: the Black Hand - Episode 81

In this episode, Nate and Bob review the sourcebook for the Sabbat Sub-sect, the Black Hand. Gone are the days of the "True Hand," and all shits given have left with them. Today, we look at a mysterious group of mystical assassins who await the rapidly approaching Ghenna to take their place besides Caine. Like many other Vampire: the Masquerade books, Caine's Chosen is presented from many different sources and perspectives. This allows the book to have a healthy dose of subjectivity and complexity. 
This book was written by Sarah Roark, C. A. Suleiman and Janet Trautvetter, developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf studios and released January 20th, 2003. 


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Caine's Chosen: the Black Hand
Written by: Sarah Roark, C. A. Suleiman and Janet Trautvetter
January 20th, 2003


WARRIORS FOR THE SWORD OF CAINE
Hidden behind veils of secrecy and mystery, the Black Hand serves as the martial arm of the Sabbat. When the blood and fire of the sect's packs and prisci fail to win the night, the Black Hand arrives like a grim cavity on the cusp of the night. With all its autonomy and authority, however, the Black Hand has turned upon itself - does it truly serve the Sabbat or has it become a Gehenna cult?


State of Grace - Episode 80

In this episode, Bob and Nate discuss the 2002 release, State of Grace. This release is part of the "Year of the Damned" event, which culminated in the release of the Demon: the Fallen game imprint. Other books included in the event are:
World of Darkness: Mafia, Kindred of the East - Heresies of the Way, Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Possessed, Hunter: The Reckoning - Fall From Grace, Dark Ages: Inquisitor Rulebook, and Demon: The Fallen Rulebook.

This book is a sourcebook for religion among the kindred of the World of Darkness. 
It was released November 25, 2002 and was written by Richard Dansky, Jason Feldstein, Ari Marmell and C. A. Suleiman and developed by Justin Achilli for White Wolf studios. 


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State of Grace
Written by:
Richard Dansky, Jason Feldstein, Ari Marmell and C. A. Suleiman
Nov. 25, 2002

Cursed by the Divine
Faith in the Final Nights sometimes tends to polarize people, and the Kindred are no exception. Despite the cynical lack of faith that all too often characterizes the modern nights, a rare few find strength in reverence of a higher power. For these Kindred, spirituality is often a harrowing road as they are forced to reconcile their undead natures with the tenets of a God they may well feel has abandoned them.

Yet Still Reverent
Portraying a character who held his faith close to his unbeating heart has always been a challenge. This book looks closely at those Kindred, determining how they exist in the face of their obvious damnation. State of Grace applies real-world faiths to the World of Darkness, making for a realistic point of character development.