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Ephemeral Influence
by Kevin B.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 02/11/2019 13:47:33
Ephemeral Influence I thought this book was quite solid, fleshing out the influence rules from the core Chronicles of Darkness book in an easy to understand and evocative way. The best parts of the book were the sections on general guidelines for influence use and the example influences. Those were worth the price of the book alone. I think the core rulebook for Chronicles would have been improved with a version of the general guidelines included here. The examples for influences are nice and varied and should be able to accomidate a wide variety of spirits and ghosts in a game. The last section on Merits and Powers wasn't bad, but it was shorter than I was hoping for. That said, the author directly references already existing merits and powers for the various supernatural groups in other books that can be used for further influence control, which I thought was a particularly nice touch. By my count there is: One Mortal merit One Vampire Discipline (five ranks) One Werewolf Rite, One Werewol...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 02/10/2019 22:36:05
Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade I've been looking forward to reading this, as this line was Satyros Phil Brucato's baby, and he's very proud of it, and it should tell me a lot about his attitudes towards M20 (I've liked the Mage Revised books by him I've read, though this will be a line that he had nigh complete editorial control over, to my understanding). And right out of the gate, I'm blown away by the fact that there's a map! And better, it has the White Tower, Mistridge and Doissetep on it, answering questions I've been wondering about for years, and making me feel truly stupid. Well, that's part of the point of this, to find all the things I've missed in Mage by coming to it so late (2001 was my first Mage game). The introductory fiction is quite good, and I'll avoid spoilers other than that, like many Mage books, it involves an Awakening, though this one is a bit unusual. The only thing that bothered me was the font, and that's a matter of taste, but it made even the pleasant writing into a chore to re...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Castles and Covenants
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 02/10/2019 22:16:11
Castles and Covenants Overall, this is an excellent book, with details on Covenants and strongholds for Mages of both the Traditions and the Order of Reason. It goes into detail on several locations for the Order of Reason, several for the Traditions (including earlier snapshops of Doissetep and Horizon than in Book of Chantries and Horizon: Stronghold of Hope) and some for others. However, the book suffers from one absolutely severe flaw: the lack of Covenant creation rules. These rules were promised in Sorcerer's Crusade and even in the text on the back of the book, though they just aren't included, leaving the Book of Chantries as the most up-to-date Chantry creation rules for Mage....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Book of Chantries
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 02/10/2019 21:29:46
Book of Chantries How do you even review a book like this? It's a classic. And yet, it just displays so many directions that the game didn't go in, and some that it did and then backtracked later. Porthos and Voormas having spheres at 6, for instance, has been removed finally in the 20th Anniversary Edition, but this is only the most obvious one. The treatment of the Technocracy is typical of first edition: like they're lying about believing in science and are just barely less evil than the Nephandi. Oh, and my favorite ridiculous bit was that if the Union took Doissetep they could cut the Taditions off from Forces magick, as though the Traditions could do it to the Union right now. But a close second is how often Mages are referred to having "Awakened" each other, like they can just do that. However, overall, it's a classic for a reason: the book has a ton of flavor, numerous story hooks, and I love the point-buy system for building Chantries....

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
The Endless Death, Volume One: Curses Writ in Blood
by Oliver S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 02/10/2019 08:35:09
The Endless Death, Volume One: Curses Writ in Blood I honestly cannot praise this book enough. I am really pleased that I found this title and all my players have benifted as a result of this enjoyable, imaginative and profoundly interesting read. The expanded mechanics has improved my storytelling ability, it is poetically and beautifully writen, with the writers obviously having a vivid background knowledge of kindred lore. I now refer back to this book often, the detailed updates to even the most obscure clans and bloodlines (often the ones we enjoy playing) has been a tremendous asset to our chronicle for all people and characters involved as we continue to explore role playing. We would wholeheartedly reccomend this to anyone looking to expand on the flavor and versatility of your character in the World of Darkness setting(I'd been looking forward/hoping for any new material to emerge about the Mariners so was very exciting to see). In our opinion this is been one of the most useful books to come out for V20 in recent years so many...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Rage Across Pindorama
by Dri L.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 02/05/2019 10:44:22
Rage Across Pindorama Recommend It had some useful resources to use in my game

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Heirs to the Mountains of Madness
by matthew p.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 02/04/2019 22:46:35
Heirs to the Mountains of  Madness Product Review, Heirs to the Mountains of Madness by Joshua Heath A product for the Mage 20th anniversary line, Heirs to the Mountains of Madness is a well written Jump start. The book sets the situation to get a mage chronicle or story off the ground immediately. It gives reasons not only for tradition cabals to be interested, but other groups like the Desperates or a cell from the Technocracy to have equal interest. This is all covered in a single page of the book. After that the book covers a number of well written npcs, both traditions and Technocrats. This book is exactly what it advertises to be. The conclusion of the events set forward are left up to the Storyteller, which some may find this a determent or even just have a few options of what could play out. But I would like to point out this can be seen as an asset as well, it all depends on the style of the Storyteller at the helm. That all said I would, and likely will, make use of this product. This suppl...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition
by Marcie M.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 02/03/2019 03:53:40
Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition We have 2 major issues with our experience and received project. We purchased the premium color, hard back edition on 1/22, it was shipped 1/28, arrived on 2/1 in a damaged box. there was hole bigger than a golf ball on the side of the shipping box. The book binding and pages were exposed and damage was noticable. Upon opeining the package to asses the damage and the product, the top corner pages and cover (front and back) were damaged. The book cover corner art covering is peeling away from the book. We have had the book for 1 day and the binding has already broken, 1 DAY! We are book collectors and treat our books with kid gloves. A book of this size should always be swen and not glued, especially for the price paid for the product. The other major issue we have is the fact that only select sections of this book are color. The desciption of this product should be accurate and state that only part of the book is color. Honestly, the book is not worth the price you pay, you ...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Spectral Hunger
by Justin S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/31/2019 21:19:33
Spectral Hunger This is a really cool supplement for a surprisingly low price. I'm not an Ordo Dracul fan, but as someone who plays and STs I can see ample use for the powers here among players and NPC antagonists. That said, the writer points out that to really get use out of this you will need one of the books that has rules for ephemeral entities (absent in Vampire the Requiem 2e). These can be found in Chronicles of Darkness 2e, the second editions of Werewolf the Forsaken, Mage the Awakening, and Promethean the Created, as well as Demon the Descent. The first is Lemurifex which is a full Discipline, anyone can learn once they do a certain deed. 1-5 Discipline abilities, and 2 Devotions and 1 Merit. This Discipline is all about ghosts, and if you were rightfully disappointed with the ghost-oriented Disciplines in first edition, including the abilities of the Dragolescu bloodline, this will definitely be what you want. The power comes at ghosts the way vampires do with humans. They're prey, too...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Clanbook: Tremere - Revised Edition
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/31/2019 17:48:51
Clanbook: Tremere - Revised Edition I haven't read any of the other Clanbooks: I'm not much of a Vampire player. So I'm coming at this as a book that is tangentially relevant to Mage. As such, I enjoyed it. The history and structure of the Tremere sections were fascinating, showing how House Tremere fared after separating from the Order of Hermes, and how much knowledge of that has been lost by the rank and file, even if the highest ranks of elders still remember. It was well-written and I enjoyed even the parts that did not fit my person interests. Best of all, it's in epub (easily converted to mobi) and properly laid out with the art to work on an e-reader....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Blood Treachery
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/30/2019 04:27:03
Blood Treachery Though many other reviews out there are negative and bring up some legitimate point (no mechanics for the failure of magic, Mages not taking full advantage of their abilities, etc) I'm actually positive overall about this book. It was well-written, including the unique approach to the mechanics light chapters of writing it as a play (leading me to wonder if anyone has been strange enough to try to put it on) and the properly punitive mechanics for ghoul mages. It includes several rotes that are not especially tied to dealing with Vampires but are focused on recovering the roots of Hermeticism, and presents a piece of the Hermetic view of the Umbra and Umbrood hierarchies in a reasonable and accessible way. Overall, I find myself thinking of the book as "Tradition Book: Order of Hermes 1.5." This is far from a condemnation, as it hits several points that are not thoroughly covered in either of the two versions of the Tradition Book. If anything, I feel like it could have benefitted f...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Bordeaux by Night - Players Guide
by DSC T. G. C. _.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/29/2019 20:31:23
Bordeaux by Night - Players Guide Secrets of the Masquerade presents us with an epic look in the Bordeaux area of France. It provides us with details about the history and geography of the area. It includes insights into the culture of the area and its people. And it gives us a ton of characters with detailed backgrounds. The Tabletop Gaming Club really enjoyed reading through the book, and we look forward to the companion book detailing storyteller secrets of Bordeaux. We stongly recommend this book to all VTM player and look forward to playing a game set in this setting....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Bordeaux by Night - Players Guide
by Arby S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/28/2019 07:29:13
Bordeaux by Night - Players Guide This is the player's guide to a series of two books, meant to introduce players to the culture and life of the southern French city of Bordeaux, and how to faithfully portray a person who lived their entire life there. It also has a primer on the history, politics and intrigues of the city's Kindred populace, the major power plays, some notables, their known personalities and goals and agendas, with a huge diversity of character worldviews and beliefs, written in an unbiased manner. The book is littered with gorgeous art and excellent art direction. And while it's not really enough to play a game on its own, it's definitely worth a read out of the sheer quality of the content alone. Five stars....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Heirs to the Mountains of Madness
by Emmanuelle N.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 01/26/2019 18:23:48
Heirs to the Mountains of  Madness A very intersting mystery for a Mage story that can be either a one shot or a full blown campaign. It does need assembly to make it work, which is expected considering it is a small jumpstart. I've played Call of Cthulhu for a long time so i was excited for this.. "crossover", but being a fan of the ambiance makes Heirs to the Mountains a little underwhelming; it would very much fit and please someone who likes the idea of Cthulhu / Lovecraft stuff but aren't heavily involved with the Mythos. I enjoyed the character and their motivations, and the general plotline offered. I may very mich adapt the idea to my own campaigns! 9/10...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition
by William V.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 01/26/2019 10:42:23
Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition Book is too big for the cheap binding they use. My group bought 4 books and all for bindings broke. I expected this, so no surprise.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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