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Legacy of Lies: A V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/15/2020 13:42:19
Legacy of Lies: A V20 Dark Ages Jumpstart ***Quick start into the Dark Ages of Vampire - a Mephisto review*** # **Legacy of Lies** During the War of Princes, Marcus Verus, Prince of Chester, faces a tough decision in the world of ***Vampire: Dark Ages***. If his plans become known, they could quickly force his opponents into action. To protect himself, he needs the help of some unknown, young vampires - and this is where the player characters come into play... **Legacy of Lies** is the jumpstart book for ***Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition Dark Ages***, designed to give a first impression of and a quick start into the game. The book, therefore, consists of two parts: a rules introduction and a complete adventure. On about 40 pages, a quick introduction into setting and rules is given, which presents a large part of the aspects of the game well, but doesn't contain the full set of rules, of course. For example, only five of the clans are mentioned, but their basic disciplines are included here. The ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Ventrue
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/15/2020 04:25:55
Vampire the Masquerade: Ventrue **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM clan comics in anticipation for the upcoming run from Vault Comics, and wow, these things sure are a product of their era. Oftentimes they’re edgy for the sake of being edgy, lacking even the semblance of substance. The characters are often poorly fleshed out and completely unbelievable. Everything that happens in the narrative is there only to throw you off the trail of the inevitable, horribly convoluted and nonsensical twist. There are constant red herrings throughout and then when the twist happens, you’re left in shock at the utter stupidity. But for that reason, they can be genuinely entertaining, like a B-movie. **Ventrue Review:** In regard to all of the negative things said above, this Ventrue issue is easily the worst offender. None of the characters or events make any sense. There are multiple twists, each dumber than the last. I wish I could complain about every reason the twists are s...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Toreador
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/15/2020 04:10:10
Vampire the Masquerade: Toreador **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM clan comics in anticipation for the upcoming run from Vault Comics, and wow, these things sure are a product of their era. Oftentimes they’re edgy for the sake of being edgy, lacking even the semblance of substance. The characters are often poorly fleshed out and completely unbelievable. Everything that happens in the narrative is there only to throw you off the trail of the inevitable, horribly convoluted and nonsensical twist. There are constant red herrings throughout and then when the twist happens, you’re left in shock at the utter stupidity. But for that reason, they can be genuinely entertaining, like a B-movie. **Toreador Review:** Very little happens in this clan issue. Several pages are dedicated to a movie that’s being shown and half of the entire thing is a recounting of the history of vampires. The history doesn’t really match any of the canon I’m aware of and one character even comme...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Nosferatu
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/15/2020 04:09:48
Vampire the Masquerade: Nosferatu **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM clan comics in anticipation for the upcoming run from Vault Comics, and wow, these things sure are a product of their era. Oftentimes they’re edgy for the sake of being edgy, lacking even the semblance of substance. The characters are often poorly fleshed out and completely unbelievable. Everything that happens in the narrative is there only to throw you off the trail of the inevitable, horribly convoluted and nonsensical twist. There are constant red herrings throughout and then when the twist happens, you’re left in shock at the utter stupidity. But for that reason, they can be genuinely entertaining, like a B-movie. **Nosferatu Review:** All that said, this Nosferatu issue is easily the best of the clan issues. It tells the tale of a girl abducted by a Nosferatu. While not all of their interactions are believable and the state of mind of the characters can be erratic and hard to pinpoint, the n...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition
by Stéphane Z.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 04/14/2020 11:59:45
Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition This book is a great synthesis of, well, 20 years of Vampire: the Masquerade. It is clearly aimed at people who already know the game, but is still accessible to regular players. However, it delves almost right in the game: this is not meant to be someone's first roleplaying game book (especially for a DM/ST). That being said, everything that made this game great is present in this book: the personal *and* existential horror, symbolized by both the slow loss of humanity of the player characters, and the wealth of antagonists, including the Ancient Ones... I mean, the Antediluvians, who lurk in the shadows, or maybe underneath the sea, or a big city or... ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition
by Peter F.
Publisher: Modiphius
Date Added: 04/13/2020 20:59:24
Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition I feel the need to preface this review with three caveats. First, by giving V5 five stars, I'm not saying it's perfect. There are a few layout issues (there's a lot of talk about Attributes before you get to the Attributes, which have changed to something between oWoD and nWoD) and a few tonal issues (is this the darkest version of Vampire, or the brightest?). Second, Vampire has never been my preferred flavor of the World of Darkness. I've always been more of a Mage and Werewolf person, with a fondness for a noble if flawed cause in the face of extreme opposition. Third, if you want to play Sabbat Kindred, you'll need an earlier edition, or a later supplement (as of early 2020). This version is very much a back-to-basics edition when it comes to the Clans. That said, this version of Vampire has hooked me as no other before it. The Second Inquisition, while a simple concept, transforms the entire setting. Where once a neonate was at the bottom of the food chain in a global conspirac...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Chicago By Night (Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition)
by Stephen M.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/11/2020 23:24:35
Chicago By Night (Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition) This city book is fantastic, I want more cities please!!!!!!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Lyon By Night (vf) (Les Chroniques de la Lune de Sang, 6)
by Nicolas M.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 04/11/2020 07:09:31
Lyon By Night (vf) (Les Chroniques de la Lune de Sang, 6) Une belle production comprenant - un choix réussi en matière de narration, - un description précise de Lyon, - des illustrations originales, - quelques pépites (que je ne peux pas dévoiler sans divulgacher). Une production cohérente avec le "Lyon by night and day" qui devrait être disponible cette année, qui plus est.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Elysium Games
by Adam B.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 04/10/2020 21:56:32
Elysium Games What a great idea. This game really emphasizes the aspect of the game that secrets are powerful and precious. You should consider doing another one, reskinning this game for Changeling.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Thousand Sanctioned Beasts — Martial Artists
by Ada L.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 04/10/2020 13:43:39
The Thousand Sanctioned Beasts — Martial Artists I've been looking for something like this for years. The biggest barrier I've found to running Exalted 3e has been that while the QCs in the back of the main book are great, more are needed. I can design them myselves, but it takes a lot of time I don't always have, since I find that Exalted PCs tend to require interesting and creative adversaries in order to produce fun challenges. This book is a brilliant example of what I was looking for. The adversaries are really interesting, but more importantly, they're **modular**: they can easily be mixed and matched with different styles, combined with each other in interesting ways, and tips are even given for how to do so at the back. This is like teaching someone to fish instead of giving them a fish - I think that I'll save hours and hours and hours of time in the long run using this book. It may be short, but it is totally worth it, and will make me a better Storyteller....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Weighing the Cost
by Andrew F.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 04/05/2020 20:45:31
Weighing the Cost *SPOILERS* I just ran *Weighing the Cost* for my group. I had 2 players participating remotely and 2 players and I met in person. Here I present a playtest review. The adventure, one of the few adventures for Mage, is well-written. You know what the themes and moods are and can adapt the main antagonist's actions a little to fit the player's needs. As other reviewers have noted, the Marauders are difficult to handle in Mage. Presented as a threat, they can inspire tactical innovation by players. Presented in this book, a Marauder can lead to a human story. We played all the scenes except the last one. This was my group's first session other than some connected preludes and Session Zero (planning). The 4 PCs participating were an Akashic Brotherhood with a focus on Life and Mind, a Dreamspeaker with Matter and Spirit focus, and two Virtual Adepts (Correspondence and Mind focus and one who had some Forces and Time). I started everyone with Arete 3, so most characters had 3 ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Mage the Awakening 2nd Edition
by A customer
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/03/2020 14:33:35
Mage the Awakening 2nd Edition Please see my review on discussions tab: April 3, 2020. Please see my review on discussions tab: April 3, 2020. Please see my review on discussions tab: April 3, 2020.

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Beckett's Jyhad Diary
by Jose B.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/30/2020 09:25:48
V20 Beckett's Jyhad Diary This book was highly recommended by a few gaming colleagues as the perfect jumping off point for catching up on the metaplot of VtM 5th edition, (or as its referred to V5). Having picked up the V5 corebook, which delves into the metaplot of vampires in the world of darkness in cursory fashion, this book is the perfect companion. V5 is absolutely brilliant in its mechanics and really updates VtM to the current state of affairs in our troubled world. While the V5 corebook updates the metaplot, Beckett's diary bridges the story of VtM 4th edition, (also referred to as V20) to its 5th edition. Incredibly well written by Matthew Dawkins who is one of the contributors to V5, this book is hard to put down, (well its actually easy to put down becasuse this book is huge, its a literal encyclopedia of Kindred history). I am really looking forward to what WW/Paradox does with V5 but so far I have been more inspired than ever to return to VtM. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Beast: The Primordial
by Erlan P.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/25/2020 01:35:41
Beast: The Primordial Very underated game. No not pay attention to the drama. The game is great. It has several flaws and will benefit greatly from a second edition, but the mechanics are neat, the powers awesome, and the crossover options very interesting. Just buy this togheter with the Player Guide, that book is a must to expand the options presented here and to get clarifications about other things.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Werewolf the Savage Age: Volume 1
by Darryl J.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/19/2020 02:59:34
Werewolf the Savage Age: Volume 1 Love this book. Just that simple. Amazing ideas on practically every page. I had never considered a campaign in such a long gone age, but this really makes me want to slip into the time when languages are just forming, the dominance of man is a joke and the Wyld is a tangible threat to all that is. Accounting for the Dead is the meat of the book and well worth it. The Apis feel much more fleshed out, givng them depth instead of just being generic healers and caretakers. The surprise new breed of Anupu-Ba-El was an unexpected detail in the creation of the Garou nation. New Gifts, Rites and Abilities all await within. This is the sort of historical book I've been waiting for. By adding details to what we already knew, the authors have created an exciting new setting to play in. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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