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White Wolf Storytellers Vault Style Guide: The Definitive Guide
by Uira M. R.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 04/20/2020 15:28:41
White Wolf Storytellers Vault Style Guide:  The Definitive Guide Excellent material!!! A must read for any would-be World of Darkness freelance writer, it streamlines the core concepts of ech gameline (which, I must say, is also very useful for any storyteller or game master). Masterful work. Cheers to the authors (and my most sincere thanks).

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Giovanni
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/16/2020 05:14:27
Vampire the Masquerade: Giovanni **Moonstone Clan Comics Review:** I decided to purchase all of the old Moonstone VTM comics in anticipation for the upcoming ones 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. **Giovanni Review:** The plot here focuses on the two characters being conscripted to bid on a painting for Pietro Giovanni and the hijinks that ensue thereof. This comic is only 52 pages long and I stopped reading to take a break multiple times because I was so bored. The two main c...

Rating:
[1 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire the Masquerade: Theo Bell
by Ryan G.
Publisher: Moonstone
Date Added: 04/16/2020 05:13:07
Vampire the Masquerade: Theo Bell I’ve already covered the clan issues, so now I’m on to the issues following the exploits of signature VTM characters. This one tells the story of a city in chaos and the resulting fighting and scheming for power. It’s an oft-used tabletop scenario put to the page. It follows Theo Bell (of whom we get the internal monologue, which is often bitter and displays the disdain he has for his position in the Camarilla) as he tries to bring order to a city with an problem involving thin bloods and Masquerade breaches. In the clan issues, whenever kindred fed, they always either killed or embraced their victim. It’s like the authors were not aware that there was another option. However, here we finally get to see a Kindred practicing restraint and trying to adhere to the tenets of humanity. And for individuals with whom he has to get into combat situations, he shows pity and, occasionally, mercy. This is so much better than any of the clan issues from Moonstone and I definitely recommend i...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Chicago Folios (Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition)
by John M.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/15/2020 15:58:44
The Chicago Folios (Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition) Not quite as exciting as the actual Chicago by Night book for 5E, but still had a lot of solid plot-hooks, and it was nice to see some faces from yesteryear featured within, so I don't feel bad at all about making the purchase, especially for the premium version since it'll look nice on my shelf next to my special edition 5E Core book. Overall very pleased and looking very much forward to the rest of the content that'll be rolling out for 5th edition over the next few years.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Yours to Keep: A Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition Jumpstart
by Björn L.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 04/15/2020 13:44:53
Yours to Keep: A Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary Edition Jumpstart ***Small appetizer from the world of Changeling - a Mephisto review*** # **Yours to keep** Coinciding with the 20th-anniversary edition of **Changeling**, there is also a corresponding jumpstart book for the ***World of Darkness*** system, which focuses on the changelings – fairy creatures in our world. The book consists of two parts – the background and rules section and an adventure. The background is presented here in a concise form and introduces, for example, the kith (the types of changelings), and the houses in which they are organized. The rest of the setting is also summarized within four pages and offers only a rough sketch. As a refresher for changeling veterans, this approach may work, but for newcomers, information is very scarce. The combat rules and cantrips (the magical powers of the changelings) are also present in a compact and correspondingly superficial manner. Since the adventure contains several ready-made sample characters, only their cantrips are explained ...

Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
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!]
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