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Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition

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Vampire: The Masquerade is the original and ultimate roleplaying game of personal and political horror. You are a vampire, struggling for survival, supremacy, and your own fading humanity—afraid of what you are capable of, and fearful of the inhuman conspiracies that surround you.

The classic that changed roleplaying games forever returns! This fifth edition features a streamlined and modern rules design, beautiful new full-color art, and a rich story experience for players. Powered by the innovative Hunger cycle, the game also includes rules for creating system supported character coteries, Loresheets to directly involve players with their favorite parts of the setting and The Memoriam, a new way to bring the character's detailed backgrounds and expand on them in-session.

V5 is a return to Vampire's original vision, moving boldly into the 21st century. While the rules have been redesigned, this new edition honors the deep story of the original, advancing the metaplot from where it left off and detailing exactly what has happened in the world of the Kindred up until tonight. The terror of the Second Inquisition, the conspiracies behind the Gehenna War, and the rekindling of the War of Ages: these are the building blocks of the modern V5 chronicle.

Mature Warning: contains graphic and written content of a mature nature, including violence,sexual themes, and strong language. Reader discretion is advised.

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Todd M April 12, 2019 1:03 pm UTC
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Is this line dead already, or what?
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Rory H April 13, 2019 12:17 am UTC
Nope. Modiphius have taken over the stewardship of the game, and have a series of supplements lined up for it: London By Night, Vampire Player's Handbook, Vampire Starter set and The Second Inquisition.

The Onyx Path also have a new edition for Chicago By Night and other books coming up too.
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Todd M April 13, 2019 3:52 am UTC
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Thank you sir; it's nice to be civil for a, hopefully permanent, change.

I appreciate it.
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Christopher J April 02, 2019 1:40 pm UTC
I picked up the hard copy and I like the rules and what not more than I expected. However, the photos in lieu of art is the absolute worst. WW has always been pretentious, but this takes the cake. They're just... bad. Really, really bad.

Still, the actual mechanics are good. The writing is clear and easy to follow (hello, "Satyros," take note). I even like the magazine-style layout for readability and flow (sans photographs it'd be perfect).
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Jimmy P March 17, 2019 5:04 pm UTC
At first, I was unsure about this new edition. Over the course of 20 some years, I had moved away from Vampire: The Masquerade, Vampire: The Requiem, and the other WOD games as well. This was caused by a lack of interest, due to the feeling this was more or less more of the same old stuff, rehashed. I did like Requiem quite a lot as its politics and themes made sense to me. The system was also more to my liking, no endless rolling (one roll for one attack, including damage... as opposed to one roll to hit, one roll to dodge, one roll to damage and one roll to soak from the older editions). Frankly, I was not expecting to have any interest in putting a game together, but bought V5 out of nostalgia.

At first read, I was... confused yet intrigued. Some elements from Requiem were incorporated (Blood potency, for instance). New innovative stuff was added (Loresheets, additional power choices for a given discipline level, sometimes incorporating the concept of having powers derivative of two distinct disciplines)....See more
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Matthew G January 27, 2019 11:07 pm UTC
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I can't seem to find this info; is anyone aware of a timeline for releasing new editions of the other games?
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Rory H February 01, 2019 5:02 am UTC
There isn't any. White Wolf had made the suggestion in interviews that there were intending to release new editions of all their games on a yearly basis or so. However, they have since been removed and new contracts have been signed for Modiphius to take over as licensed publishers. They have set a new release schedule for Vampire supplements but have made no announcement, as of yet, about any follow on games. If they do get around to a new Werewolf, Mage and so on - it won't be till at least 2020.
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Todd M February 02, 2019 3:54 pm UTC
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Seems they're too busy recalling and thought policing previously published materials, at least of the digital variety; two known examples are the Anarch and Camarilla books, previously available via DTRPG.
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Joseph P January 17, 2019 10:15 pm UTC
I purchased this on that other site before it was available here.

Ultimately, I am not a fan. I really, really hate the look, both in the art and asthetics as well as the overall layout, which is just terrible.

It is only correct that it is a complete book in the sense that many aspects of the game simply no longer exist, and only true to 1st Ed form in the sense on maybe someone's personal view of what the game should have been.

It is basically a lackluster mesh of VtM with VtR, where they took many of the VtR concepts and pushed them into VtM lore, and touched on metaplot, but without really doing anything meaningful with it. So far, it seems like an iconic case of trying to please everyone and not really pleasing most, (and that is not even touching the SJW cringe).

I hate the Hunger rules, and I can not stress enough how much I loath simplified lite, (aka shitty) rules.

There is sooooooo much just wasted space in this book, where I have no...See more
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Rory H January 22, 2019 3:39 am UTC
He's not attacking another review. Learn the difference.
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Todd M January 22, 2019 10:19 am UTC
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Uh huh...
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Joseph P February 04, 2019 11:52 pm UTC
Uh huh...

I honestly have no idea what you are meaning to reference (or care), but I am not pleased with the product. I waited a long while to post, because I really did want my anger to go down and tried looking at it a few times with fresh eyes after time, but figured enough had passed.

Now, all that being said, if you have an issue reading it, perhaps that is something you can look into.
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Rory H February 20, 2019 7:53 am UTC
"Zak" isn't associated with this product, and isn't mentioned in the credits whatsoever.

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Joseph P February 24, 2019 10:06 pm UTC
Grow up.

Im not a "Zac fan". I don't care enough to even know what you are talking about, but the "hey, look at me pretend I'm virtuous, and totally not the hateful bigot I call other people" is clear for all to see.

I am a VtM fan, and V5 is NOT that. It is that simple. So, again, Grow Up.
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Rory H February 27, 2019 5:11 am UTC
I think there has been a remarkable number of cross-lines in this thread, already. The previous removed post, notwithstanding.
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Joseph P March 02, 2019 3:25 pm UTC
I don't know what happened, honestly. I was attempting to flag them and the posts disappeared completely.

It is perfectly fine to like something. It is also perfectly fine to NOT like something. But insulting others, outright lying, and insinuating others think or believe something because they don't like what you do is not.
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Rory H March 02, 2019 8:29 pm UTC
It is perfectly OK to like something or not to like something. I think the previous 'Zak' accusations (which were non-sensical and offensive) were suggesting that it wasn't ok to like this product - I don't think the now-deleted comments were aimed at you.

And, just for your information, also as a VtM fan, I do actually like V5.
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Tyler B December 21, 2018 9:30 am UTC
If you're looking to start playing the Vampire series this is a good start. The rules have been mostly simplified, but if you're looking to play a more powerful vampire with lots of options pickup V20 version. I enjoyed playing a vampire in that version even if the rule book can be confusing.
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Todd M December 11, 2018 4:43 pm UTC
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f/latest, featured review:

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Members of the once brash Sabbat, which didn't care much to hide its power from humans, have either been killed off, driven into hiding, or like many other vampires, have been mysteriously beckoned to the Middle East.

>Didn't they just leave for their own purposes, explicitly to awaken the third gen?

New players can enjoy tales of clashes with ancient vampires...

> How? Where is even a basic, generic write-up for elders in the book?

... Veteran players have a chance revisit characters that they played 20 years ago,

> If they were ~ancillae or lower in the vampiric pecking order, and/or their generation wasn't too low you mean?

... and track down their old enemies if they want to live out the old rivalries.

> See my prior

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Thin-bloods are clanless vampires who can survive exposure to sunlight to some degree, but can't develop discipline...See more
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Todd M December 13, 2018 10:59 pm UTC
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Agree with her or not, at least Monica G can write a review in a coherent way.

Reading your own review, I am struck with two ironies. Firstly, the editoral piece in the back of the book was actually only put in as a late inclusion as a response to the raging 'Edgelord vs SJW' rants,

> so what?

and accusations of some sort of bizarre conspiracy to market the game to neo-Nazis,

> If so, so what?

being endlessly perpetuated in the various fans' forums. The fact that people end up complaining about the addressing statement that their own vapid rantings, on either side of the debate, helped bring about in the first place is ironic.

> YOu don't really get irony.

Second, as alluded to before, the incoherence in your own writing makes it ironic that one of your main complaints in your review was about the incoherence of the writing in the book.

> Quote pls. I'm fairly certain I was referring to the...See more
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Ty H December 17, 2018 10:09 pm UTC
You think a customer's own writing skills determine whether they're capable of judging if a book was coherent or not? I'm not sure you understand the purpose of professional writers. The reason they get paid is because they're supposed to be better than the average reader.

Also attacking someone's writing ability in the comment's section really doesn't help the case you're obviously trying very hard to make based on the number I've responses you've made. If that's what you have to resort to defend the book it makes me far less interested in it.
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Todd M December 18, 2018 11:13 pm UTC
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Sounds reasonable Ty H

There was a saying, beat into me by my past, that seems particularly apt; "Do better, or shut the **** up."

People that don't do at all, but just talk about other people at least trying to bring something more than waste gas?

"Yip yip yip! Yip yip!"

Thanks; as you seem sane, and somewhat even handed, yours is a criticism/set of tacit observations that I'll seriously consider.
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Rory H December 18, 2018 11:18 pm UTC
So why talk about the other reviewer then?
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Todd M December 18, 2018 11:38 pm UTC
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I'm going to try this one last time, and put our being done on pause in the interests of peace.

1. Do you see the distinction between the alleged reviewer, and that reviewed?
2. Did you see my, as yet unanswered, _questions_ regarding said review?
3. Do you not think it germane that said reviewer, whatever their real identity is, at the time of writing and by their own admission just started reading the book?

You can take questions, the answers to which would be very useful, as personal attacks as you like; that isn't my problem.

"Agree with her(?) or not..."

I can't agree _or_ disagree with him/her; it isn't even about agreement or disagreement.

For example, it seems like, the way you're reading things, if I asked you "Are you an Atheist?" you'd take that as an attack on whatever you do or don't believe, or at least as a disagreement with it.

1. I can't disagree with your position if I _don't know what...See more
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Todd M December 19, 2018 12:11 am UTC
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Why don't YOU write a review? Do you even own it? Did you even read it? Are you in the credits somewhere? I looked, but perhaps I missed your name.

You're a critic, of critics, who aren't critics; that's a whole new level of snipe, hypocrisy, and uselessness. You also seem to think yourself some sort of mind reader; if so, you suck at it.

About the game...?

I tried, then tried, then tried again; see "done" prev.
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Rory H December 19, 2018 1:07 am UTC
I didn't purchase it from drivethrurpg (I had it on preorder) so I cannot write a review here. I've written plenty of reviews before though. I can discuss it on these forums, however, and I think my views on the game are pretty plain.

To be sure, I am criticising you here for attacking another review with your comments. Your own review, though I disagree with it, is fine by me. I just think if you are willing to criticise the other reviewer then you should be prepared to be held in the same light of scrutiny - and hence the criticism about coherency and writing style. You suck at it.

Merry Christmas.
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Todd M November 27, 2018 9:35 am UTC
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Where did the Anarch and Cam pdfs go?
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Brittany H November 27, 2018 7:37 pm UTC
Anarch and Cam had some editing issues, so WW did a recall in order to fix them. The dates for publishing the hardcover books got pushed back a bit as well.
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Corwyn C November 29, 2018 11:28 pm UTC
"Anarch and Cam had some editing issues, so WW did a recall in order to fix them."

That may be the most colossal understatement I've ever read. Paradox Interactive effectively dissolved White Wolf Publishing.

"Sales and printing of the V5 Camarilla and Anarch books will be temporarily suspended. The section on Chechnya will be removed in both the print and PDF versions of the Camarilla book. We anticipate that this will require about three weeks. This means shipping will be delayed; if you have pre-ordered a copy of Camarilla or Anarchs, further information will follow via e-mail.

In practical terms, White Wolf will no longer function as a separate entity. The White Wolf team will be restructured and integrated directly into Paradox Interactive, and I will be temporarily managing things during this process. We are recruiting new leadership to guide White Wolf both creatively and commercially into the future, a process that has been ongoing since September....See more
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Todd M December 02, 2018 1:10 am UTC
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Thanks; maybe they'll edit the social justice jackassery from the core book next.

Very thorough though; well done.
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Kevin B November 19, 2018 7:24 pm UTC
Is the book self contained like older editions or does it require the Chronicles/World of darkness core book. I would assume naturally that it is all self contained?
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James L November 19, 2018 9:30 pm UTC
Yes, it includes all the needed rules within.
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Román M November 15, 2018 12:51 pm UTC
I preordered the book from Modiphius and I enjoy the new implementations of the Setting (It's more open to new players) and the new rules. Some of the rules are good additions from requiem (Eg: the Blood Potency). And also tuned down the absurd power level of the vampires of the old Editions.
The Layout, even more than the art, is the big letdown for me it's much more chaotic.
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Jared G November 15, 2018 7:33 am UTC
I bought a physical copy of this from Amazon and I have to say that my players and I absolutely adore this new edition. There are definitely some flaws, but not enough to hamper our enjoyment of the game.
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November 15, 2018 2:23 pm UTC
Could you elaborate on those flaws?
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Chelsea R November 10, 2018 5:17 am UTC
The World of Darkness is my most cherished and beloved intellectual property and favorite role playing game of all time. Full disclosure, I met the coming of this edition with equal parts trepidation and excitement. I've read (no, devoured) every white wolf/onyx path book to be published and played/ran these games since 1998, to give an unbiased review, is difficult, but luckily harsh words are not called for. 5th edition is a fantastic and a return to the feeling of playing an actual vampire. 2nd, revised, and V20 are fantastic games, with deep and mysterious worlds full of conspiracy and mystery, where the lore is the selling point and not the treasure or your hit points. With that being said, one could easily forget they were playing true monstrous parasite that have to live off the blood of others. Instead, Ive seen many games fall into the territory where the players inhabit little more than some undead superhero with a gas tank the color of red. 5th edition has implemented wonderful systems of hunger...See more
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Aubrey E November 09, 2018 8:39 pm UTC
I am glad I bought the .pdf before spending more on the physical book. One word...UGLY. As a person who has played WW games since the beginning I am appalled at the hideous design of the book. Gone are fantastic art, replaced with photography that looks like it was taken at a LARP. Just terrible. I would rather reread Vamire: The Requiem than even leaf through this disaster. SAVE YOUR MONEY and WALK AWAY!!!
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Rory H November 10, 2018 12:33 am UTC
There is a 34 page preview of the layout and art of this book. People can judge for themselves.
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Chelsea R November 10, 2018 5:23 am UTC
While I agree that Aubrey seems to be focusing on the wrong aspect of the game to herald it as a failure simply because it doesn't tickle her aesthetic, I cant help but notice that you, Rory, seem to be overly enthusiastic about coming out of the woodworks and laying into others for having complaints about this edition. Now, I'll warrant that most of these complaints are vapid and incredibly dumb (By people who are missing the point of the game anyways) but you are coming off as a XXX douchey. Sure, none of Al F's complaints made any sense or were by and far legible even, if he wants to run his Vampire chronicle like a glorified Dungeons and Dragons comic book...then I suppose that's both his loss and purgative. As the kids say, chill homie.
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Aubrey E November 10, 2018 5:41 pm UTC
1. Him, not her.
2. Aesthetic DO matter.
3. Adding things like trigger warnings to a game of personal horror. This game has been around since 1992ish. Anyone with half a brain (and the willingness to actual read up on the history of the game) will understand what the game is about. X-card references in the appendix .. so no one is offended. When did people become so soft and helpless? If the game contains themes that "trigger" you...do not play.
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Rory H November 10, 2018 9:18 pm UTC
You are entitled to your views about the art. My point above was just that, with a large preview, people can judge for themselves. The 'invalid criticisms' were more about other posters. For me, however, I like a lot of the art in the book - but the main appeal lies in the game itself.
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Chelsea R November 12, 2018 12:17 pm UTC
1. Thats unfortunate. Ever listened to "Boy named Sue"?
2. I think everyone agrees that aesthetic matters, however you used that one criteria as your motivation to tell potential buyers to walk away from a fantastic game. What is at debate here, is the importance of aesthetic.
3. While I too am at odds with the safe space culture, they have already attacked white wolf once, it isnt 2004 anymore, bloggers have feelings...and their feelings have feelings apparently. I think white wolf was playing it safe, I call it coddling. Whatever keeps them putting out books.
4. Did Rory H's mom develope this game? Very defensive old chap.
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Rory H November 14, 2018 9:50 am UTC
Mom sends hugs and kisses.
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Aubrey E November 15, 2018 3:29 pm UTC
I'm old. Yes, I have heard the song. Aubrey was generally a male name until the last 15 years or so.
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Rory H November 15, 2018 8:28 pm UTC
I think that's a bit of a leap on your own part, isn't it?
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Rory H November 18, 2018 8:55 pm UTC
Says Mr Anonymous. The answer is no, by the way.
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Le Minh D December 01, 2018 9:14 am UTC
Aubrey:bully for you that you never need trigger warning or safety measures while playing games. But let me quickly point out two points why you are utterly misguided about these tools.

1. "Anyone with half a brain ... will understand what the game is about"

I agree that players should find out more about the game. But where should anyone go to to find out about the game? There are many places of course, but the best place has to be THE ACTUAL GAME ITSELF right? All video games and films contain ESRB and content warning (violence, blood, gore, etc.) to inform the buyers (many of whom buy at the store and don't spend hours of their weeks researching about games) why should TTRPG be any different?


2. "If the game contains themes that trigger you ...do not play"

The whole point of the X-Card is to avoid situations you did not expect nor sign up for. If you have perfect knowledge then of course you won't need the X-card. For example,...See more
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Michael S November 07, 2018 4:37 pm UTC
Been playing this edition for three sessions, and as a long-time Vampire ST I can whole-heartedly say that this is the best edition of the game yet.
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Al F November 07, 2018 9:46 am UTC
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Also they REALLY dumbed down the "FORM OF MIST" exactly how is fire supposed to hurt that? Sunlight I get, "burning off the fog" but fire? and NOW aggravated damage?.. How exactly do you "claw" a fog?
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Al F November 06, 2018 11:34 pm UTC
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There NEEDS to be a reason (other then flipping out) to keep vampires together COOL... As in you gotta know A LOT of collateral damage is going to happen even between neonates... You want to make FRENZY the worst possible outcome. BUT also make it the one they WILL give into if gives an edge. (which it should, and in these rules, I don't see it.)
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