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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 One
by Darryl J.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/19/2020 02:59:34
Werewolf the Savage Age: Volume One 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!]
Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition
by Pilar C.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/16/2020 07:20:34
Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition I bought it and I also purchased for the Spanish version. It is a really excellent work. I hope you develop more volumes in physical format in the future. It´s great for the readers to be able to continue having books using this option. Keep working like this. You are doing a great job! Hugs from Spain.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Bordeaux by Night - Players Guide
by Helton M.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/13/2020 07:20:50
Bordeaux by Night - Players Guide So.Much.Detail. Absolutely love the lengths in which the author goes to describe french (un)life on this guide! The layout is very clear and feels like one of the 2E books. There are plenty of full page maps and graphics to make sure you understand what the author is talking about and the court has npcs for every kind of game. With the simplified character sheets (that you can get for free) you get a lot of value for one purchase. Get this and make sure to go nag Secrets on twitter so she will keep adding more stuff to the setting!...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Bordeaux by Night - Storytellers Guide
by Helton M.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/13/2020 07:06:57
Bordeaux by Night - Storytellers Guide It's a really detailed setting and you can see that a lot of work was put into it. For a foreigner like me, the history of the city was completely new and easily understandable. Frequently in products like these is hard to feel like you understand the setting without some painful hours browsing wikipedia. This one skips that part. The author also told me that she is working on getting some pronunciation help into the books for non-french people. The one thing that could be a problem for some people is that the art has some minor inconsistencies here and there and every few chapters you catch yourself wondering "where have I seen this before?" This is very minor and doesn't take away from the experience. The book is worth getting for the dozens of npcs alone and it's a really good tool to have for moments in which you need to conjure someone out of thin air for a story but can't quite figure out where to go....

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition: Fall of London
by Joshua W.
Publisher: Modiphius
Date Added: 03/11/2020 07:22:06
Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition: Fall of London Loved it! Great introduction to the world, and explains the threat of SI clearly, without undermining the power of the vampiric characters.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
C20 Kithbook: Boggans
by Ro V.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/06/2020 08:17:55
C20 Kithbook: Boggans This is a great addition to your Changeling collection, one that will help you to understand and diversify the Boggan kith. They aren't (just) the help anymore: they're the heart of the fae society: artisans, activists, politicians and yes, cooks and cleaners. A must have.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Destiny's Price
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/05/2020 23:05:25
Destiny's Price This is an extremely uncomfortable book, and it's not clear to me that it's for the reasons the author intends. It spends a lot of time in 2nd person, which I hate because it always means that it assumes things about me that are false and it feels more personally insulting to assume that I think I'm "tragically hip" (I know I am not hip in any way, shape or form), for example. It's description of the streets is extremely dated, and some of the information is outright false (for example, that serial killers don't bother the homeless). The book spends a lot of time berating and yelling at the reader, which is a writing style I dislike greatly. Overall, I can't recommend this book. Perhaps if you're running a game set in 1991, but almost everything it focuses on has changed drastically over the last quarter century, and all major indicators away from the view it presents of the violent criminal streets....

Rating:
[2 of 5 Stars!]
Vagabonds Craft
by Charles S.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/05/2020 02:23:47
Vagabonds Craft The short version is: this is a good book, with a few editing issues, inconsistencies and missed opportunities. This product describes a new Craft formed by North American drifters. They trace their roots back about 200 years, and the thing they have in common is a dedication to The Road. It's a strong offerring, despite several typos (easy enough to fix in a PDF release). While strong, it suffers from several things that are either missed opportunities or tonal missteps. The whole thing opens by discussing the ancient human desire to cross over the horizon. With this in mind, there is no tie whatsoever to the Void Seekers, the Convention that became half of the Void Engineers, and whose fundamental nature was the desire to explore and who were described often as having some sort of wanderlust. The next odd moment was when Spirit was mentioned as an Affinity Sphere. while it makes sense in general for a group of travelers to have Spirit, this product has very little to say about ...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Mysteries of the Blood
by DSC T. G. C. _.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/04/2020 17:34:03
Mysteries of the Blood Mysteries of the Blood presents us with a variety of new "Thamuturgical" paths and ritual to introduce to your dark game. Each chapter focuses on magic favored in a different region of the world. The Britannia chapter focuses exclusively on the magic used by the Lhiannan bloodline. The Egypt chapter strangely enough included a lot of magic themed on Mayan and Aztec myth, but basically the chapter focuses on magic used by Setites. The Mesopotomia chapter seems to focuses mostly on Assamite magic along with introducing Djinn. The India & Sri Lanka chapter is the only chapter that seems to include magics used by different clans, amongst the clans who's magic is included is the Nagaraja and the Sulubri. The Tabletop Gaming Club used this product in our game, and found most of the paths and rituals balanced. The only real issue we have with the book is the chapter layout, as the book might been easier to reference if it was broken down by clan or bloodline instead of region. ...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Beyond the Barriers: The Book of Worlds
by Terry R.
Publisher: White Wolf
Date Added: 03/03/2020 09:41:06
Beyond the Barriers: The Book of Worlds This book was discussed on [Mage the Podcast in this episode](http://magethepodcast.com/index.php/2020/02/22/tome-
s-of-magick-beyond-the-barrier-the-book-of-worlds/) TLDR: This is a good book that is a bit of mess with internal inconsistencies and vaguenesses that stop it from being truly great, but within its pages are the broad group of ideas that any Storyteller who wants to go beyond the Gauntlet will find endlessly useful. Consider getting Infinite Tapestry for a mechanically tighter presentation and a stronger focus on how to actually use the various areas. This book provides Mage players with a torrent of information on what exists beyond the Gauntlet. Prior to now, some realms had been mentioned like the Maya being the land of warring Dreamlords, and the Middle Umbra having been described in 1993 in Werewolf but much of what Mage Mage was previously undescribed. This book came out of the gate with the High Umbra, the Vidare, the Shard and Shade Realms, locations beyond the...

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Chicago By Night (Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition)
by Sebastian F.
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
Date Added: 03/03/2020 09:15:05
Chicago By Night (Vampire: the Masquerade 5th Edition) Okay, so I am not a V5 guy. But, Vampire is my thing, the folks at Onyx Path are great, and I have been telling stories about splashing Chicago in blood since the 1990s. So, I needed to at least read this book. Wow, it really is great. Perhaps I will mine the book for ideas in my games (quite likely, should I have the time), or perhaps I will use it as inspiration for other games. One way or another, there is no way to avoid incorporating some aspect of the book into future games. I was impressed by the mixture of information regarding Chicago the City vs. Chicago the home of lots of Vampires. I thought the storyseeds throughout the book and at the end were just fantastic...there is enough material to keep newbie vampires and their Storyteller busy for years. Most impressive to me, and the part that I will get the most use out of: the characters. Fantastic on every level! Useful, interesting, they contribute to the setting, the provide even more story ideas, and even the portrai...

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
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