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V20 The Black Hand: A Guide to the Tal’Mahe’Ra $19.99
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Joseph P. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 05/27/2016 06:46:43

The writing in this book felt very stale, and it's another one of the V20 line that just didn't feel like Vampire the Masquerade to me, but rather like a combination of someone's personal campaign ideas and a semi generic supplement. I would say really only about 1/4 of the book is really about the Tal'Mahe'Ra, with pretty large portions essentially being Bloodline (Clan?) Book Baali, material on Lilith cults that really just don't seem to fit much, and then a large, but still no too fleshed out section on the other game lines in the Tal'Mahe'Ra.

In the end it really comes off as a huge hodge-podge of material that doesn't really seem to fit together or mean to really even go together. It also goes out of its way to remove all of the great things from Revised, while at the same time making the reader even LESS clear on what the heck the Sect is or actually does, or why we should care. One of the big selling points for me early on was the idea about infiltration rules and ideas, which I either missed, or turns out it just wasn't there, as I really don't remember that in the book.

Somewhere around page 50 to 60, the book just becomes a very dull read. It may be my bias, as I'm not a fan of the Baali, (particularly the "oh poor me" Moloch Baali camp) or the cult of Lilith (at least as the major players they just seemed to become out of nowhere here). But, again, possibly my personal bias, it really felt like the authors just took the aspects that they really liked and amped them up, just very artificially and unbelievably. As in the goes seemed to be "lets make sure we fit this in" rather then "lets make sure it actually makes sense and works".

In the end, while I'm not regretful for the purchase, I also can not, in good faith recommend it either.

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