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SotM's Major Arcana optional system
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/30/2019 02:21:12
SotM's Major Arcana optional system This product proposes a lightweight system to modify magick using tarot cards. It is based on the idea that Reality and the Ascension War can ebb and flow, and at times it could make some magicks easier and others harder to succeed with. Honestly, the main criticism I have of it is that it focuses on spheres, whereas if I were to make it, I would focus on Focus, likely picking practices that each card enables or harms, but that's a design choice, not a substantial criticism of the system as described....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Watch the World Burn
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/30/2019 02:16:33
Watch the World Burn Honestly, I was expecting to hate this product, and was only reading it because I decided I'd go through and read/review every Mage product for STV. I am not a big fan of Mage 1st Edition, though this is hardly the place to get into the details of that, so this being a 1st Edition book rather than a 20th Anniversary Edition one had me expecting the worst. Reading it, though, I was surprised. It dodges most of the issues I have with the really old versions of Mage and instead presents an interesting scenario of a cabal of relatively newly Awakened mages who have fallen under the sway of a mysterious spirit directing them to destoy things that it has deemed should not exist, such as Technocratic research. They're just the tip of a larger iceberg, however, and the whole thing is coordinated using the mysterious Number Stations (which I admit, I've intended to use in a story for years). Overall, a solid offering, there are a couple of places where things don't quite make sense, but n...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
World of Darkness Urban and Outdoors Photo Pack
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/30/2019 02:11:06
World of Darkness Urban and Outdoors Photo Pack There isn't much to say really: it's a pack of a large number of high resolution photographs to be used in storyteller's vault projects. There's enough here that with a bit of effort looking through and filtering the image, almost anyone will be able to find osmething useful in some project. This is great, because the STV is beginning to run into the limits of the included art packs, and until the art in further books is unlocked for it (please White Wolf, please!) this will increase the diversity of image that every creator has access to....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Small town eschatology
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/29/2019 01:03:33
Small town eschatology As is generally the case with this author, there is no internal art and the work doesn't use a template and so is just black text on a white background in a single column. There are spelling errors throughout this location sourcebook, for a town called "St. Olof" which could be in Europe or North America, but certainly somewhere northern. The town is deeply evil and populated with monsters, to the point of being difficult to square with the rest of the World of Darkness (a supermarket that is built using "non-euclidean geometry and infernal feng shui" that makes it indestructible and its owner immortal for example). It contains a random encounter table that would benefit from being expanded (stat blocks for threats, etc) and generally seems like an earnest take on the old joke that everyone in the World of Darkness is a supernatural of some sort....

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Island of the Dead God
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/28/2019 21:27:04
Island of the Dead God The layout is a bit clunky, but that is certainly due to this being the first (and only!) Dark Ages: Mage supplement on the Vault. It doesn't detract in any significant way (well, bookmarks would be nice), though the whole thing could be a bit more visually clean if it were re-laid out now that there are more of us with experience of how to do it. The product is a deep dive into the magical geography and population of the island of Rugen in modern Germany, as well as a story of a being of immense power the lies below it, periodically contained and always hungering for more power. Overall, it's a solid piece, good Dark Age feel with a well-chosen time frame. Could use a few tweaks here and there, but overall, a strong start to the Dark Ages: Mage STV products. Hopefully we'll see more both in general and from this author....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Progenitors Crash Cart, Issue 2
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/28/2019 20:02:33
Progenitors Crash Cart, Issue 2 The first thing to say: this seems to have little to do with Crash Cart I, except that both focus on the Progenitors. It seems to implicitly be tied, but I don't believe that Crash Card is mentioned once in it, which is a bit odd. The product is broken into four parts: an antagonist (who seems to use 1st edition Technocracy tricks, but a barrabus can be weird), a brief overview of who is around in Tampa that could be tied to the antagonist, a couple of enhancements/biomods, and then rotes (adjustments and procedures). The third and fourth sections are fairly strong, though throughout the book is fairly paradigm-light, so the Barrabus is indicated to do things that don't really fit into a Technocratic paradigm. But it's a very brief overview, so most such things are forgiven. The weakest thing was tying it specifically to Tampa when nothing about it really seemed to require that city, just an arrangement of players that was similar to what is described in part 2. The most jarri...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Toreador Handbook
by DSC T. G. C. _.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/28/2019 15:12:27
The Toreador Handbook The Toreador Handbook provides us with a look at Clan Toreador, providing us with a rich history and exploring what it means to be a Toreador. In addition to all the history and plot points provided, the book also covers quite a few new mechanics including new Merits and Flaws, a new Discipline, and a path of enlightenment. Our favorite part was the introduction of four new bloodlines. We especially like the Daedalus, a bloodline originating on Crete, which have power connected to structures such as mazes, etc. The Tabletop Gaming Club really enjoyed this product. We found most of the new mechanics interesting and balanced. The story of Arikel was really intriguing and we think its well worth the read. We recommend this product to all players of Toreador or to players who want to explore a new bloodline descented from the Toreador....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Ugalu, Dwellers in the Black River
by DSC T. G. C. _.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/28/2019 14:51:53
Ugalu, Dwellers in the Black River Ugalu, Dwellers in the Black River is a short little product similiar to style to the Hundred Devil's Night Parade series of products for Exalted, except for the addition of a full colar cover. That being said this product details the Ugalu, a race of amphibious demons that delight in drowning weaker beings. The ugalu are an interesting and formible race of monsters, that can easily be fit into any exalted campaign. The Tabletop Gaming Club recommends this product, especially priced at a dollar. ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Scroll of Lost Wisdom
by DSC T. G. C. _.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/28/2019 14:08:41
Scroll of Lost Wisdom Scroll of Lost Wisdom is a high quality addition to the Storyteller's Vault. While the book is aesthetically pleasing, it is also a well wriiten work that provides Kindred of the East players with three new Dharmas, new and revised Shintai, and a new Demon Art to chose from. The Tabletop Gaming Club incoporated many of the concepts presented in this book into our weekly game and found the mechanics well balanced in addition to providing new powers for our players to use. We strongly recommend this book to players of Kindred of the East, and we encourage everyone to check out the other high quality products produced by the authors....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Progenitors Crash Cart, Issue 1
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/27/2019 20:12:38
Progenitors Crash Cart, Issue 1 A good start as a product. It could use another editing pass (there's a few awkward wordings and grammatical issues, though clearly at least a spellcheck was used). This organization is a solid addition to the Technocracy and advances threads that appeared in the Revised Convention books. It's priced well and has left me looking forward to reading the followup.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Believe in Magick!
by Brian A.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/26/2019 22:27:06
Believe in Magick! This great to help people break into MAGE. The leaght is great as it really gets to the point quickly.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Clanbook: Matango
by John S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/26/2019 06:36:43
Clanbook: Matango I rarely give 5 stars, as most folks I have reviewed can attest to, however I found the concept of the Matango Clan interesting and the product to be well written. You can read more details about my thoughts on my full review [HERE](https://itsmorethanjustgaming.com/2019/09/26/clanbook-
-matango-a-storytellers-vault-review/)

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Companion
by Cédric R.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 09/25/2019 18:43:12
V20 Companion Very expensive book for a very few pages. For this few pages, too much publicity.

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Tomb of Dreams an Exalted 3rd Edition Jumpstart
by Inge G.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 09/25/2019 03:45:06
Tomb of Dreams an Exalted 3rd Edition Jumpstart Great introduction to Exalted! I played this adventure with 4 Exalted-newbies (2 of them even general roleplaying-newbies) and an introduction style of: I'll explain rules once they become relevant They quickly caught on to their abilities and charms and had a lot of fun with the setting. We especially liked that the whole thing is set in a dream and that we didn't have to know a lot about the setting at the start. It's also easy on me as a new GM because the plot can't derail too much - if they want to get out they have to meet some fixed points. As a GM I also liked the descriptions of the artifacts (I drew little cards for my players which they got in a treasure box) - although I did not like the changing stats according to who attunes to it, I think that encourages min-maxing, so I thought up some starting evocations for each item. All in all I really recommend this adventure and hope to find more of the same style in the future!...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Wr20 Book of Oblivion
by Jordan E.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 09/24/2019 22:21:25
Wr20 Book of Oblivion The chapter on the Tempest feels like it was written by someone who has never actually read Wraith or understands how things like the seperation between the living and dead work. For example, flooding in the real world shouldn't completely flood the Underworld. It's not literally *under* the living world.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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