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Demon Translation Guide
by Anton G.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 10/20/2019 09:15:00
Demon Translation Guide If you're a die-hard fan of Demon: the Fallen like I am, and practically had a heart attack when you saw that this was getting made, then let my words spare you the coronary: this thing's a bust. What we have here is a valiant, but ultimately slap-dash attempt to construct a translation guide that instead comes across as an incredibly one-sided and imbalanaced. It pains me to write this, as there are some solid things going on in the book, and some neat ideas in play, but Onyx Path simply didn't put in the effort necessary to make this what it needed to be. There is a lot to say, but I'll keep my critique to three main points. 1. Poor organization: The TG attempts to give fluid rules for porting characters between systems, but unfortunately ends up creating a slurry of information, where Descent info blends together with Fallen info, making it hard to keep the two separarate. In addition, there are some strange redundancies with some things, particularly Merits (Pacts are still list...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Hidden Lore
by Terry R.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/19/2019 21:01:25
Hidden Lore Hidden Lore was the collection of overflow material from the 2e core rulebook that was cut to achieve what was purportedly a Procrustian page count. The book says so up front and the contents consist of rotes, clarifications, some alternative rules, and a sample chantry that was bundled with the 2e Storyteller Screen. Part of releasing a book that consists of content that didn't make the cut into the core book is the wager that the worst material in a core rulebook is still better than the minimum standard that some set of fans have and for me the book did not make that cut. This may reflect years of storyteller experience as well as the embarrassment of riches that is having an additional 60 books or so that were published after this one. Useful content: *The section on alternative play styles provided options for 1 on 1, bluebooking, troupe play, and troupe storytelling which were somewhat innovative at the time but in the intervening 25 years other games have run with these opti...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Mage: The Ascension (Second Edition)
by Terry R.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/19/2019 20:41:33
Mage: The Ascension (Second Edition) This book was discussed by the Mage the Podcast in the episode [Tomes of Magick: Second Edition Core Rulebook](https://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2019/10/19/to-
mes-of-magick-second-edition-core-book/) I have a certain fondness for the Second Edition Mage Core Rulebook as it was the first Mage: The Ascension book I ever bought. I picked it up during a Star Wars tournament, drawn to its purple cover and read almost all if that evening and then several times thereafter. With now something like 23 years of reflection, I realize the flaws of the book as well as what it improved on after finally reading the Mage First Edition Core Rulebook. Second edition was the fire core book that Brucato oversaw as line developer and the hand-off between Wieck and Brucato is exemplified in terms of mechanics, theme, and setting changes. The most important changes are probably theme-wise. The game underwent a fundamental shift from a cosmic game where the players were intended to reach high level of p...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Ghost family: Penangglan
by Damian M.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/18/2019 05:57:55
Ghost family: Penangglan An excellent and concise guide to SE Asian Wan Kuei. I am looking forward to the other guides.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
BITE ME: How to Write Vampire
by Gabriel P.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/17/2019 13:24:12
BITE ME: How to Write Vampire This is by far one of the best products for Vampire. Easily. Doesn't matter if you're a writer or a Storyteller looking for advice, you'll find help for each and every topic of vampire here for a VERY fair price.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
100 Silver Fang Kinfolk
by Darryl J.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/15/2019 23:03:46
100 Silver Fang Kinfolk Really love this series. 100 unique character one paragraph writeups with interesting and different hooks for all of them. Most all of these would work great as Garou, just add some stats and they're ready. Happily buying all of this series. Every single one worth the cost. None of the writeups have stats but most NPCs never need them.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
100 Fianna Kinfolk
by Darryl J.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/15/2019 23:03:26
100 Fianna Kinfolk Really love this series. 100 unique character one paragraph writeups with interesting and different hooks for all of them. Most all of these would work great as Garou, just add some stats and they're ready. Happily buying all of this series. Every single one worth the cost. None of the writeups have stats but most NPCs never need them.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
100 Red Talon Kinfolk
by Darryl J.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/15/2019 23:02:42
100 Red Talon Kinfolk Really love this series. 100 unique character one paragraph writeups with interesting and different hooks for all of them. Most all of these would work great as Garou, just add some stats and they're ready. Happily buying all of this series. Every single one worth the cost. None of the writeups have stats but most NPCs never need them.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Werewolf the Savage Age: Volume 1
by Jakob A.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/14/2019 17:38:03
Werewolf the Savage Age: Volume 1 Let me begin by saying this: This is what I wanted Shattered Dreams to be. Not only does it wonderfully present the possibilities for a campaign in a time-period that I believe is seriously underrated, it also fixes a lot of the problems that I have had with the Lost Breeds in WtA lore. *Welcome to the Savage Age!* The book opens with a short story connected to the Kitsune, or rather to their progenitor Fox. I might have prefered a story focusing more heavily on some actual heroe of the time the book is set during, but it is still good writing. Next we get an introduction to the setting that really tries to sell it to the reader. For me being a huge stone age fan as it is it only makes me happy to see someone describe the potentiall of this time so passionately. All well and good, lets get into the meat of the book! *Accounting for the Dead* This is the big section of the book, covering a number of Lost Breeds of Fera along with one brand new created specifically for this book...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Technocracy Assembled 2
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/13/2019 20:46:43
Technocracy Assembled 2 Syndicate 4/5 Though I haven't yet read the Technocracy: Void Engineers, this is my favorite of the first edition Convention Books. The Syndicate is presented clearly, with the reasoning behind what they do and why they can't push to do more (such as abolish money and make everything free). It does a far better job pushing the Syndicate as a "good" guy than Iteration X, Progenitors and NWO did, though a big part of that might be that all three of those books praise the Nazis in some way, while this one takes credit for the one thing that Hitler did right (rebuilding the German economy) and then tries to take credit for undermining him, rather than saying things like that the camps were a great success for medical research. It's still a first edition Technocracy book, though clearly by this point, the 2nd edition view of the Technocracy had started to take over, though it was still two years before Guite to the Technocracy was published. So it has some issues, like making the Synd...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Technocracy: Void Engineers
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/13/2019 20:46:38
Technocracy: Void Engineers I honestly love this book. From the framing narrative of a Void Engineer giving their history to a bunch of Reality Deviants (one of each of the major types, in fact) including the reveal at the end bringing the whole thing into question and giving rise to a major chunk of the Nephandic Infiltration metaplot for the Technocracy. It's really a modern Convention Book with a nuanced view of the Technocracy and one that clearly internally, at least, has them as the heroes. It contains decent mechanics for Voidships, and seems to be the place where the exploration of the galaxy is farthest along (at least, I don't believe later books suggest that they've gotten as far as this one claims they have.) In fact, if there's a flaw, it's because them having significant extrasolar exploration is a bit beyond belief, though they justify it by Kepler and Einstein having worked together to find a hole in Relativity (Newton, also a Void Engineer apparently, had been killed a few decades earlier). ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Technocracy: Syndicate
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/12/2019 02:43:20
Technocracy: Syndicate Though I haven't yet read the Technocracy: Void Engineers, this is my favorite of the first edition Convention Books. The Syndicate is presented clearly, with the reasoning behind what they do and why they can't push to do more (such as abolish money and make everything free). It does a far better job pushing the Syndicate as a "good" guy than Iteration X, Progenitors and NWO did, though a big part of that might be that all three of those books praise the Nazis in some way, while this one takes credit for the one thing that Hitler did right (rebuilding the German economy) and then tries to take credit for undermining him, rather than saying things like that the camps were a great success for medical research. It's still a first edition Technocracy book, though clearly by this point, the 2nd edition view of the Technocracy had started to take over, though it was still two years before Guite to the Technocracy was published. So it has some issues, like making the Syndicate and New Wor...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Hail Satan!
by Sensible C.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/11/2019 22:55:00
Hail Satan! SensibleCenobite's overall opinion of Hail Satan: A+/D+. Since we're in a cancel culture where Victorian commie mommies need to silence everyone, I'm going to give this product an A+. I honestly should give this a D+/C- {Even though I liked it}, since it's a bit vulgar in a childish way, but hey, that's freedom of speech now isn't it, and the Black Dog Studio warning label is on the front cover. I only paid fifty cents for this product and now it's one dollar, so it's worth a quick read to remind yourself you could at least do an equivalent job or better. This product is for you if you ever wanted to play a coterie of Baali vampires {Demon worshipers} that are still anti heroes at the end of the day. The coterie makes a deal with a demon to get revenge on their sire, and the demon agrees to give them their souls back if they kill their sire, the demon's old servant, in one weeks time. The players are given many options for their start rides {Something I don't see often}, such as a mo...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Technocracy Assembled 1
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/10/2019 12:52:28
Technocracy Assembled 1 Here are my reviews of the individual parts: Progenitors 2/5 This book is...confused. It wants to simultaneously leave things to the interpretation of the ST by saying "maybe this is a Progenitor scheme!" but having the PROGENITORS say that is quite odd. The in character sections should know, or at least think they know, if their own organization was involved in large scale actions. It also has the nonsensical idea that the Progenitors are somehow killing Avatars on a mass scale, which would mean no more Progenitors. The book has some good parts, the story that the basics of the Progenitors are conveyed through are the notes of a student, though a super-unsympathetic one, who seems on the verge of going MRA terrorist by the middle. In general, it's an ok book, but it shows badly how early in Mage it was written, before much of the setting and details had been nailed down properly, and while it did some of the lifting to make the Technocracy more than a one-note black hat, i...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Technocracy: N.W.O.
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 10/10/2019 12:52:25
Technocracy: N.W.O. This book fits into the cycle of first edition Technocracy books, and continues many of the trends that I dislike about early Mage. It depicts the New World Order, marking another Convention that is explicitly tied to the Nazis (through their "One World, One Truth, One Reality" slogan being similar to "Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer" as well as the Nazis speaking of a "New World Order" they would establish) and generally is fine for a purely antagonist oriented book, but is badly unsatisfying in the modern era with a complex Technocracy. It does have the advantage of pointing out some debates within the the Convention, and foresaw the somewhat "post-truth" era that we find ourselves in today. Overall, it's a decent book, but best acquired in a bundle or in Technocracy Assembled, and not as essential as the longer, more detailed and more nuanced Revised book....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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