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Houses of the Fallen
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:03:51
Houses of the Fallen This is far and away the best supplement in the Demon line. Very detailed descriptions of each House (a full chapter for each) mixed nicely with mechanics in the form of relics and rituals. Overall, it's a very strong book, and one of only three that I would actually recommend that a player or ST for Demon pick up.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Demon: The Fallen
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:03:29
Demon: The Fallen I have a soft spot for this book, but it has not held up so well over the years. Perhaps the issue is more that society and the hobby have moved on. There's still a lot to like, and this game would benefit greatly from a 20th anniversary edition to clean up the warts. Honestly, the largest problem is the general disrespect it has for the source material it draws from. While I would never go after it for imperfectly fitting any particular angelology, but basically ignoring all of them and naming the seven Houses of the Fallen after gods and sacred/mythic animals from various ancient traditions is not great. Plus, the Hebrew was horrific, to the point of being mildly offensive, calling the angels "elohim" as though that was a plural term and not in active use in a real world minority religion (especially given that "malakim" is a perfectly good word for them, and is used in a specific angelic name in the book, most of which are also terrible). Oh, and of course, it does include an off...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Earthbound
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:02:21
Earthbound Like every other Demon book, it's hard to give this one a rating. The stuff talking about modern nights is fine, the mechanics are mostly solid. However, when it goes into the history, it's awful to the point of being offensive. First, the good: the book explains who the Earthbound are, WHAT they are, and gives solid mechanics for using them, even if it hints in the direction of Earthbound PCs, which...that's not a good idea. But the powers make sense thematically, the change from Virtues to Urges is interesting, and the details about the Apocalyptic Form of an Earthbound are particularly useful for running a game. The bad, though, consists of a continued insistence that basically all human religions (with small exceptions that I will get to) are lies created by the Earthbound for them to gather Faith. The exceptions are the Abrahamic religions, which are handled ridiculously poorly, to the point of talking about Lucifer taking a special interest in the ancient Israelites and...w...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Fear to Tread
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:01:50
Fear to Tread This is a perfectly serviceable book. Because it is so focused on the three stories that make up the chronicle it contains, there's not much room for the issues that have plagued the rest of the demon line. I personally found the stories a bit lackluster, but they are perfectly functional for an ST running a game in Los Angeles using the City of Angels sourcebook. It attempts to make the book helpful but not required and doesn't entirely succeed.

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Saviors and Destroyers
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/04/2019 03:01:20
Saviors and Destroyers Off to a bad start with a narrative from the point of view of a religious Jew that just feels off (including definitions of terms that a religious Jew would never feel the need to define to another religious Jew, but probably it is just an artifact of writing for a non-Jewish audience, though none of the authors appear to be Jewish). I focus on this narrative because I can see the "did not do the research" signs in it, though the other two seem to focus less on minorities. This insensitivity and lack of research have plagued the Demon line, and is often the cause of books coming off as racist, ableist, etc, when they are not intended that way. Aside from this, though, there is the issue of a lack of content. For a book about demon hunters, there's very little general material about demon hunters and even less mechanics. The vast majority of the book is taken up by the fiction, leaving very little room for the promised content. And worse, what's there is lackluster, and I would recom...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Sources of Magick
by Jason K.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 09/03/2019 11:40:15
Sources of Magick A fantastic resource! I love the section describing how different paradigms view nodes, and I would love to see more content that is broken up by paradigm over faction in future supplements. There are also a great many example nodes, each with their own history. Not only does this give some great places for Mage characters to explore, but gives some ideas for Storytellers on creating their own (with rules to go with it!) The only problems that I saw as I read through it were a few minor spelling mistakes (no more than the typical White Wolf book, in any case.) While there is certainly mention of Haunts, Caerns, and Freeholds, I would have liked some more cross-over info. A lot of care and love was put into this supplement, and it shows. It's a worthy addition to any Mage Storyteller's library....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Demon Storytellers Companion
by Josh f.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 08/31/2019 16:43:53
Demon Storytellers Companion Love the more detailed summoning rules. I'm gonna summon myself some Dukes of Hell!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
World of Darkness: Sorcerer
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 08/31/2019 16:12:30
World of Darkness: Sorcerer This book is...fine. The bulk of it, the part focused on the numina and mechanics is good, though it is, of course, old and has been updated in later books to fit more recent mechanics. The organizations are interesting, but there's not much information on how Sorcerers fit in with Mage (except for a nice discussion of the mechanics of having a sorcerer Awaken or be Embraced) and particularly little mention of scientific sorcerers except for one UFO cult, certainly no mention of their use with the Technocracy. The book is good for what it is, but a lot of it has been superseded by more recent books that have done it better....

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade Clan Symbols and Clan Logos
by Scott M.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 08/29/2019 21:59:11
Vampire the Masquerade Clan Symbols and Clan Logos The symbols are extremely faded looking, need to be filled in to actually look like the clan symbols

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Hundred Devils Night Parade: Sky Titan and Storm Serpent
by Chazz K.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 08/29/2019 07:55:28
Hundred Devils Night Parade: Sky Titan and Storm Serpent Storm Serpents were one of my favorite elementals from previous editions and I like to see the ranks of Exalted's dinosaurs increases. Given their usually limited lifespan, Strom Serpents make a great one-off, punch-you-in-the-face kind of threat. The art for the Sky Titan is a little wonky, but I can forgive that.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Hundred Devils Night Parade: Makarios, the Sigil's Dreamer
by Chazz K.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 08/29/2019 07:52:30
Hundred Devils Night Parade: Makarios, the Sigil's Dreamer Demons are some of the most interesting antagonists to me in Exalted and Makarios has some interesting hooks. His lack of physical existance is particularly ripe for ideas and leans into the weirdness that I expect out of demons in Exalted.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Beautiful Spiders
by DSC T. G. C. _.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 08/27/2019 18:54:57
Beautiful Spiders Beautiful Spiders introduces us to new revenant family to use in your vampire the masquerade game. Created by the Tremere, they are kept on the edge of both Kine and Kindred society. Useful as seducers and spies, they make excellent tools of the Tremere. The Tabletop Gaming Club introduced a memeber of the DuVayne family into our campaign. We found the npc captivating, and strongly recommend other storytellers to include the Beautiful Spiders into their campaign.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Ugalu, Dwellers in the Black River
by Terry R.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 08/26/2019 11:24:42
Ugalu, Dwellers in the Black River A DOLLAR Ugalu isn't just a supplement, it's a challenge. Most creature supplements have some sort of beef-cakey "do I want to twiddle my hair and talk about boys with it or do I want to sleep with it" vibe but Ugalu or an ugalu dispenses with that. The cover is a demon simply f-ing a guy up. There's no ambiguity. There was a whole guy, and at some point in the recent history, an ugalu decided that the self-same ugalu had enough of said guy's shit and now what is left is simply arms. A F-ING DOLLAR Kudos to you, Mr. Hirka on your rendering. The cover leaves some to imagination but two pages later, we see Ugalu in even less ambiguous terms f-ing a guy up. You may say to yourself "but Terry, the demon is in water YET HE IS UNWET IN THE ARTISTIC RENDERING!" to which I have three responses as follows: 1. It is Ugalu of the Unwetted Fur 2. The water is so artfully rendered by one Mr. Hirka that your philistine eyes notice not the droplets. 3. It's an f-ing dollar what do you wan...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Realm
by Paulo C.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 08/24/2019 19:48:33
The Realm This setting book is great in enriching the (already rich) world of Creation, adding new places and storyhooks galore. The Blessed Isle was formerly kind of boring actually, with not much happening on it. This is no longer true, the place is filled with strife and intrigue, and in a consistent way with the political and historical situation of the Realm and the Threshold. Not only that, but choice satrapies are described, opening new vistas of Creation. I recommend this book heartly!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Exalted 3rd Edition
by Samuel S.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 08/24/2019 15:32:30
Exalted 3rd Edition Disappointing--Needed an aggressive editor from Day 1. As a kickstarter backer, I was excited to get my hands on the manuscript. Exalted 2e was fun, but had some definite problems. However, as I read through the almost-finished product, my smile fell off. This was not the product I was hoping for. As far as I can tell, Exalted 3e did not have an Editor. Sure, they probably had an "editor" that looked for typos and technical errors, but that is not what I meant---seemingly at no point during the development process did anyone go "Hang on, does this make sense to add in? Is there a different, more streamlined way we could do this?" Everything and the kitchin sink has been tossed in, making this a bloated, overly-complicated mess. Just look at the page count alone--the physical book could *kill* someone if it fell on them. Charms, the core powers of a character, are completely all over the place. Some are so insanely specific that they will only be used once, and simply the dif...

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
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