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Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition
by Idle R. H. P. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/20/2012 18:07:47
I must confess to being a bigger fan of the new World of Darkness system than the old. Therefore, I was somewhat disappointed that these didn’t contain any conversions. (Those looking for conversion rules, check out the Vampire Translation Guide.) To be fair, this contains exactly what is promised, which is a celebration of Vampire: The Masquerade.

You can see what the book contains just by reading the product description, so I won't get into that. Instead, I will briefly go over how much more is offered here than in the Revised edition.


Chapter One: A World of Darkness

Pretty much the same in both editions, although the Anniversary edition presents it in a slightly more logical order.


Chapter Two: Sects and Clans

Again, the same. The Anniversary edition presents all of the sects first and then the clans.


Chapter Three: Character and Traits

This is where the Anniversary edition starts offering more; there are more backgrounds. The presentation of Humanity has been moved to a later chapter.


Chapter Four: Disciplines

As promised, the Anniversary edition presents powers up to nine dots.


Chapter Five: Rules

About the same.


Chapter Six: Systems and Drama

About the same.


Chapter Seven:

Revised gives us history and the Anniversary edition gives us morality. Morality is where you can find a look at Humanity and the Paths of Enlightment in the Anniversary edition.


Chapter Eight: Storytelling

The Anniversary edition provides more troubleshooting and addition situations.


Chapter Nine: Antagonists or Others

Surprisingly similar. The Anniversary edition moves the bestiary from the Revised's appendix to here.


Chapter Ten: Bloodlines (Anniversary only)

This includes all of the bloodlines, including ones like True Brujah. Considering the Anniversary pdf is only about $11 more, this addition might make it worth it on its own.


Appendix

The Anniversary edition has moved and expanded the Ghoul rules.


Who should buy it?

Those who love Vampire: The Requiem but have never played Vampire: The Masquerade. There’s no better starting point than this set.

Those who love Vampire: The Masquerade and want all of this material in one set. These are the types that bought D&D’s Rules Compendium despite owning all of the 3.5 rulebooks.

Those looking to get a gift for that gamer in their life.


Who shouldn’t buy it?

Those new to Vampire or the World of Darkness. The new World of Darkness and Vampire: The Requiem are the ones to get. Masquerade has arguably the better setting, but Requiem has a cleaner system and its setting is more streamlined, making it better for new players.

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The Art of Exalted
by Roger L. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 11/20/2012 09:20:21
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Artbooks sind im Rollenspielumfeld eher ungewöhnlich, hier und da findet man vereinzelte Exemplare der größeren Systeme. Wenn aber für ein Spiel eine größere Anzahl sehr fähiger Manga-Zeichner angeheuert werden und ihre Arbeiten beisteuern, ist es an der Zeit, all das zu zeigen, was nicht in den Büchern wiedergefunden werden kann, sondern neben dem Schreibtisch liegen blieb. The Art of Exalted zeigt, welche Schätze dabei sein können.
Erscheinungsbild
Das mir vorliegende Rezensionsexemplar ist ein pdf-Dokument, das Artbook ist jedoch auch als Druckvariante zu erhalten. Vom Softcover in Premium Qualität bis hin zum Hardcover und dazu geliefertem pdf sind viele Optionen möglich.

Das Frontcover wird geziert von einer sehr typischen Exalted-Illustration und zeigt fünf Vertreter des Spieluniversums vor einem schicken rotweißen Hintergrund. Danach beginnen 132 Seiten voller Illustrationen und begleitender Texte. Auf meinem Tableau-PC war der Text ohne weiteres sehr gut lesbar und auch die Zeichnungen wirkten kräftig, kontrastreich und gut coloriert. An dieser Stelle also nichts zu beanstanden.

Auch die Platzierung der Zeichnungen weiß zu begeistern, lässt sie doch genug Platz, dass die Kunstobjekte „wirken“ und nicht erstickt werden in der schieren Menge. Das schaffen andere Artbooks nicht so gut.

Inhalt

Dass Exalted wahrhaft episch ist, erfährt man, wenn man sich die ersten Zeichnungen ansieht. Vor Kraft strotzende Kämpfer, mächtige Magiebegabte mit vor Energie knisternden Zeichnungen, gefährlich wirkende Meuchler und dazu ein gewaltigerer Schlag Mecha-ScienceFiction. Exalted ist ein High Fantasy Manga-RPG und genau in diese Kerbe schlagen die Illustrationen.

Das Buch teilt sich auf in Fraktionen und Gegenden der Spielwelt. An Fraktionen finden wir: Solars, Dragon-Blooded, Lunar Exalted, Sidereals, Fair Folk, Alchemicals, und die Infernals. Natürlich ist jede Zeichnung mit Credits versehen, wer sich verantwortlich zeigt und für die Leser, die Exalted nicht kennen, wird jede Fraktion kurz beschrieben und einige Kunstwerke erhalten eine spezielle Beleuchtung, wie z.B. bei den Sidereals die Agents of Destiny beschrieben werden. Einige Bilder verfügen über einen erweiterten Erklärungstext und leiten her, wie das Bild entstand, was schief ging oder welche Inspiration Pate stand.

Im Kapitel Creation hingegen geht es um die Landstriche, zu denen Bildmaterial geliefert wird. Auch hier erfahren wir etwas mehr von den Gegenden und genau so, wie im ersten Kapitel, einiges interessantes über ausgesuchte Zeichungen.

Folgende Zonen werden vorgestellt: The Blessed Isle, The North, The East, The South, The West, The Wyld, The Underworld, Malfeas, Autochthonia, Yu-Shan. Die Zeichnungen hier unterscheiden sich vor allem dadurch, dass sie oft ganzseitig abgebildet sind, während im ersten Kapitel öfter viele kleine Zeichnungen zusammen auf einer Seite abgebildet werden.

Generell gilt, dass in beiden Kapitel sowohl schwarzweiße Konzeptzeichnungen aus der ersten Zeit wie auch hochdetaillierte und meisterhaft gezeichnete Kunstwerke aus der 2nd Edition.

Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis

Das Artbook ist wunderschön und es macht viel Spaß, darin zu blättern. Bedenke ich, dass sehr hochkarätige Künstler beteiligt sind, die einen großen Namen in der Szene haben und dass diese auch ihre Gage verdienen, muss ich den Preis als gerechtfertigt ansehen. Aus meiner subjektiven Warte jedoch ist er vor allem im Hardcover Bereich zu hoch. Sicher, ich kann viele Inspirationen daraus beziehen und bekomme auch jenseits der Beschreibung in den Quellenbüchern ein griffiges Bild der Fraktionen und Gegenden, aber das ist auch schon der Mehrwert.

Fazit

Dieses Produkt macht genau das, was es will – die Welt von Exalted auf eine atemberaubende und wunderschöne Art zu präsentieren. Es nimmt den Betrachter an die Hand und zeigt ihm die Wunder dieser Spielwelt, erklärt, wie es zu den einzelnen Bildern kam und dient auch für den SL als hervorragendes Inspirationsmittel. Wer jedoch viele Quellenbücher besitzt, wird hier zwar neues Bildmaterial finden, aber keine neuen Erkenntnisse. Das Buch erfreut schlichtweg – auf eine angenehme und aufregende Art und Weise.

Unsere Bewertung

Erscheinungsbild 5v5 Die Gesamtkomposition dieses Artbooks erfreut auf jeder einzelnen Seite
Inhalt 5v5 Der Betrachter sieht sowohl nicht publiziertes Material, als auch Bekanntes und erfährt viel über die Schaffensporzesse.
Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis 3v5 Angesichts dessen, dass das Buch nur erfreut, aber keinen spielerischen Mehrwert bietet und ich die Hardcover-Variante als zu teuer empfinde, senke ich die Wertung um einen Punkt.
Gesamt 4.33v5

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Geist: The Sin-Eaters
by Trevor H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/16/2012 15:40:53
I knew that there would be an issue with the bleed when I ordered the print copy, but the cover, binding, and paper quality were all sub-par. Some of the ink on the pages has rubbed off on my fingers like old newspapers used to do, which is disappointing. I still hate that the print copy couldn't be made with proper bleed, but that's really a technical issue that I have with the entire Print-On-Demand industry and not this specific product.

The content is very good. The chapter on the Underworld alone is worth the price of the PDF.

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Dudes of Legend (Full Version)
by Joseph C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/09/2012 08:47:13
This is either the single greatest piece of work White Wolf has ever written, or the single worst.

It may even be both.

I loved it. I hated it. But I loved it some more.

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Children of the Night
by Joseph C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/09/2012 08:42:28
Nice collection of characters for use in your CWOD chronicles. Well-written, and a good mixture of high/low-gen vamps.

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The Danse Macabre
by Matthew E. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/08/2012 14:15:48
Wow. Just...wow. It's like a chronicler's guide on steroids! So many optional systems, powers, story ideas...This is just incredible. I especially liked the alternate covenant ideas and the adaptation of the Tier system first put out in Hunter; that opened up some intriguing new avenues for gameplay. If books like this were made for the other lines, I'd gladly buy them all.

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Vampire Translation Guide
by Matthew E. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/08/2012 14:05:42
I absolutely love these Translation Guides! Being able to bridge two great ages of gaming is extremely enjoyable, especially with the 20th Anniversary CWoD books coming out. I admit to being a little put out that the Masquerade Disciplines were converted without being scaled to Requiem's relative power level, but overall I am extremely satisfied.

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Vampire: The Requiem
by Jose B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/04/2012 07:32:19
Excellent and worth every penny you dish out. Vampire (both the Masquerade and now the Requiem) have not only revolutionized the roleplaying game industry (the first game where you could play the "monster"), but has become a hallmark of quality production and has won major gaming awards. In order to play this RPG game you also need the Core Mechanics rulebook World of Darkness. Vampire (and subsequently Werewolf and Mage) are the core supernatural games of White Wolf (they are now releasing one time splats such as Promethean and Changeling: the Lost). Definitely of a mature nature, these games will offer you the opportunity to adopt the role of one of the undead.

You get to belong to one of five Great Clans (that define your powers) and join one of five great Covenants (that establish your role in the world of the undead). This is a vast improvement to the 27 clans from Masquerade that were never clearly indistinguishable from each other. The Clans take the iconic archetype of the vampire and make them into playable templates. You can be a sensual Daeva or a lordly Ventrue, a hideous Nosferatu, animalistic Gangrel or a mystical Mekhet. This new game is a must for any who want to experience X-files type investigative horror or tell stories in the World of Darkness. Many currently published supplements further allow you to personalize and add unique traits through the innovative use of "bloodlines" which are variations on the 5 clans. This is not a game of global conspiracies, it is all about personal horror, so dont expect contrived *Meta plot* elements from the Masquerade version. This game has thankfully eliminated those.

Again, this is a game of Gothic Horror, where you experience personal themes, the focus of the story is on what happens to the characters in their own city or domain, not wide and far reaching global conspiracies.

This game is followed by Werewolf the Forsaken and Mage the Awakening. Of the three Vampire the Requiem is considered the flagship game of White Wolf - CCP. It lends itself best for small intimate groups of 2-6 players due to the personal horror aspects of the characters. It also, due to vast improvements in the rules from pervious editions, allows for much better integration and cross over playability with the other supernatural monsters (prometheans, changelings, mages and werewolves). This game is a gem, beautifully illustrated and with highly evocative full color art. Even if you are not a roleplayer it is a unique exploration of the Vampire myth.

There are many game supplements out for this game, however, all you need to play the game is this book and the World of Darkness blue book.

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Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/03/2012 03:50:20
Very pretty book that holds together well as a pdf copy. Pushes the Mage game fully in the direction of a full on, high fallutin', kitchen-sink fantasy with Renaissance Europe merely as a convenient historical backdrop. Of interest to anyone who found the Mage game a wild and engrossing read (this book is made up of it!), although it's a little inconsistent and ahistorical to be a true classic in my view - and it's not entirely complete as a standalone game (really more of an advanced supplement to the uninitiated).

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Chicago by Night - 1st Edition
by Rory H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/03/2012 03:44:05
Perfect expansion of Vampire: The Masquerade's 1st edition - highlighting the energetic creativity the team had in reinterpreting their own urban landscapes into a gothic fantasy world. I like the way each Clan/Faction helps to break down the complexities of a politically driven game. If anything, it's an inspiration for gamers to do the same sort of thing with their own hometowns.

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Changeling: The Lost Demo
by Aaron B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/01/2012 05:28:27
Still trying to work out how to get people to actually play a game, but this has a pretty interesting premise.

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Hunter: The Vigil Quickstart (One Year Later)
by Aaron B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/31/2012 19:38:36
A little more forgiving then the old hunter, but this quickstart gives you plenty of data, a cohesive plot arc to start with, and basically makes it a lot easier to get started in without other world of darkness sourcebooks.

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Invite Only
by Harry H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/29/2012 18:06:09
This is a nice supplement that has a lot of good ideas and some great plug in and play elements to your Vampire games. The first chapter is a good breakdown of why Elysium or other Vampire gatherings is important and how they can add to your games. There is a nice variety of pre-made social gatherings that are easily adaptable and used, from a frenzied rave in a junk yard to a boardroom esqe power meeting. The supplement is rounded out with a few sample scenes and characters that you can plug into your game as a sub-plot or make the focus of a one shot. The writing throughout is of a high quality.

This supplement doesn't reinvent the wheel but it does offer a compelling look at social gatherings in Requiem. Its easy and fun to read (like most White Wolf supplements) and manages to offer a lot of great content into its 80 pages. The artwork is also real pretty. The final section has a "social combat" mechanic that is also available in Danse Macabre. This mechanic is fantastic and can really make socially built characters feel instantly a lot more compelling and powerful. If you have Danse Macabre already, then there are no other mechanical additions in the supplement. Having said that these mechanics only make up a small part of the overall book, and even though I own Danse Macabre I defintely did not feel short-changed at all by this small repetion.

Whether you want to mix up a more action heavy campaign with some talking, need some ideas for Elysium based characters or just want to see what a Crone gathering looks like Invite Only does a really good job of exploring its theme. Its not an essential purchase but is high quality, tightly focused supplement. Especially worth getting while the Halloween sale is on!

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Earthbound
by Brandon H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/27/2012 20:55:58
This expansion presents the earthbound as awsome villians, now I want to play one. It has new lores for demons that are very interesting.

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Dark Ages: Players Guide to the High Clans
by Brandon H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/21/2012 03:31:02
As a v ampire nut this was hard to pass up. And DriveThru does an amzing job with there print materials.

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