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SotM's Guide to Storytelling


“No plan survives contact with the enemy players.”


Secrets of the Masquerade’s latest work is now available! The Guide to Storytelling aims to aid new and old storytellers alike to run the story they envision in a fun, suitable ambiance around the table (be it physical, virtual, play by post, chat, delayed or live). Due to the varying nature and definition of a Vampire: the Masquerade game, this guide focuses mostly on urban modern ambiances of political and deeply personal horror, but the contents may find value in larger scale games or more fantasy-based ones.


Secrets of the Masquerade – Guide to Storytelling is:

  • A walkthrough on how to gather players and discuss with them the contents of the game in a respectful and mindful way;
  • A how-to prepare a city as a living, breathing, believable setting;
  • A how-to create Non-Playable characters, their dynamics and agendas, and link them to key events of the city;
  • A how-to integrate narratology to ensure a proper pace
  • Practical advice of what is needed around the table
  • A simple tool to quickly create characters with their sheet through their role and background;
  • Suggested advanced narration-oriented powers and a new Merit for your players;
  • And useful fairly unknown recommendations for story inspirations

Enjoy new, exclusive illustrations in this 80 pages long book (including covers and blank pages to keep odd and even pages in their place). Layout in 20th edition, but useful for all editions, including LARP games.

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November 17th, 2018
I found this to a be a very detailed and in depth product that can help give a perspective on storytelling. Some of the suggestions on how to improve your game go a bit deeper than I would normally go, however, as with any rpg product you can draw ins [...]
November 6th, 2018
Once again, Secrets to the Masquerade provides us with another amazing product. It provides many tips on creating a long lasting game and a setting that true to real world. It provides tips on handling delicate topics such as religion or politics, [...]
October 14th, 2018
This is an odd book. Elements of it are very good and practical. Others are gatekeepery, suggesting that if you’re not capable of doing postgraduate level research on your setting you need to sit on your hands. At the end of the day it’s exa [...]
September 23rd, 2018
I gave this book five stars for very good reasons. First, the layout, Secrets of the Masquerade has made a commendable job as far as art direction goes, with a mixture of some familiar pieces from previous editions as well as new and exclusive a [...]
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