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Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition

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Vampire: The Masquerade is the original and ultimate roleplaying game of personal and political horror. You are a vampire, struggling for survival, supremacy, and your own fading humanity — afraid of what you are capable of, and fearful of the inhuman conspiracies that surround you.

The classic that changed roleplaying games forever returns! This fifth edition features a streamlined and modern rules design, beautiful new full-color art, and a rich story experience for players. Powered by the innovative Hunger cycle, the game also includes rules for creating system supported character coteries, Loresheets to directly involve players with their favorite parts of the setting and The Memoriam, a new way to bring the character's detailed backgrounds and expand on them in-session.

V5 is a return to Vampire's original vision, moving boldly into the 21st century. While the rules have been redesigned, this new edition honors the deep story of the original, advancing the metaplot from where it left off and detailing exactly what has happened in the world of the Kindred up until tonight. The terror of the Second Inquisition, the conspiracies behind the Gehenna War, and the rekindling of the War of Ages: these are the building blocks of the modern V5 chronicle.

Mature Warning: Contains graphic and written content of a mature nature, including violence,sexual themes, and strong language. Reader discretion is advised.

This PDF version of the V5 core book contains everything the physical book does, plus the implemented errata and a few bonus sections. These sections comprise 26 pages of added bonus material, and they include the following:
  • More Loresheets: Descendant of Tyler, Descendant of Zelios, Descendant of Vasantasena, High Clan, Low Clan, Ambrus Maropis, Carmelita Neillson, Fiorenza Savona, Descendant of Karl Schrekt, Descendant of Xaviar.
  • An Appendix on Standard Feats: A list of examples for various typical feats your character may do over their unlife, divided among Mental, Physical, and Social.
  • An Appendix on Projects: Advanced rules with which your character can attempt long-term projects in order to accomplish goals that go beyond their night-to-night unlife.
  • An Appendix on Considerate Play: Excellent advice on how to present complex topics in your game and to ensure everyone at the gaming table is having a good time.

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Adriano A April 25, 2022 12:15 pm UTC
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Will the rulebook ever be correctly updated from the errata?
It's not a hard change but can be very annoying
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Jamian C April 14, 2022 3:46 am UTC
Will there be physical copies available at any point in the foreseeable future?
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Rory H April 14, 2022 7:42 am UTC
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The game is physically published by Renegade Game Studios.
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Justin G April 08, 2022 5:51 pm UTC
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I'm only here because we're playing V20 and the GM is talking about going to V5 at some point, and I figured maybe I'd pick up a copy and get a head start on it. I barely have time to play, let alone get into the drama involved in version infighting. For me, all the good and bad points really don't mean a thing. Our GM is awesome, the players in our group are awesome, and if the GM says we're going to V5, well, we're going to V5. :D

That said, if I had never played VTM and was here thinking about grabbing a PDF to see what it was all about, the comment section here would likely have me deciding to go try something else and avoid the community in general. Everyone is so worried about being right that they miss the fact that they're essentially chasing people away. If you went to a con and walked up to a table you were gonna play at and all the people were yelling at each other, you'd probably just keep right on walking. Same thing, different medium. Just something to bear in mind when you're...See more
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Brian L January 09, 2022 6:39 am UTC
Couldn't review because I didn't buy it online, so I hope this helps somebody.

This is NOT the Classic World of Darkness. If you're hoping for a continuation or some kind of expansion, run away. Quickly. The best it does is pay lip service to established characters in Bloodlines that have become pop culture figureheads. You know the ones, in the nightclub, with the blonde hair... yeah. That's as close to "classic" as you're gonna get.

I didn't buy this as a PDF someplace else. I made the costly mistake of purchasing a physical copy, in hopes that they shed some light on changes between V20 and V5E.

They do not.

They open the book with a full-page warning label that directs you to an appendix about handling sensitive subject matter with your troupe. Okay, weird, since I've literally never played with people who couldn't tell me "this makes me uncomfortable" like an adult, even when I played these games as a teenager. I'll give it a look, once...See more
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P. C January 12, 2022 12:30 pm UTC
There is a link to download the pdf copy for free right inside the book, Brian.

Being on the same boat with you, I quite agree to your point here. To my personal experience, this is a half baked cookie where you need to purchase some more spat books to get the true flavor of the game. Seriously dude, if you are to make a core rulebook, at least have the decency put every ingredient in the package. As if Anarch and Camarilla is not enough, scattering the clans to Companion, then to Chicago by Nights, then to Cults of the Blood Gods? Except the Companion which is free, you need to shed around $80+ dollars more ($39.00+ for pdf) to get the whole clan (hope that's finally the whole clans!) Is that cash grab or what?

...and the photos?? Is that Stalin?? Jez man, are you guys promoting Communism or whatever political facism you had in mind?? I understand the political nature of Vampire the Masquerade, but this? or was that part of the Chechnya error thing that was missed out during the...See more
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P. C January 12, 2022 12:44 pm UTC
Errata.. It's Lenin, not Stalin. See Anarch page 26.
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Rory H January 16, 2022 6:11 am UTC
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New Year. New Rant.

The game is as much canon as any of the previous editions, and while it may be written with a view of seeking a new audience, its authors most likely have a lot deeper knowledge of the history of the game than you do. I’ve played Vampire since the 1st edition was released in 1991, and to me this is the best edition ever made. I’d prefer to go with a vision of the game that was overseen, approved and even co-written in some parts by the original author of the game (Mark Rein-Hagen) and is currently being developed by Justin Achilii who directed Vampire Revised and V20, along with a cohort of writers that have a wealth of experience across multiple editions and even the horror expertise of Ken Hite as a cherry on top.

Guess what? The core rules for V:TM 1st and 2nd edition didn’t include all 13 Clans either. Nobody cried about it then - the core game experience is still complete as is. Just because the new edition is seeking a particular focus on themes and aspects...See more
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Rory H January 16, 2022 9:10 am UTC
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Guess what? V5 is an Adamantine seller and is still going strong. It isn’t going away soon, no matter how much you guys whinge about it. I guess V20 just isn’t interesting enough to be able to ignore V5’s comments section.

It’s hilarious how you want to bring Nazis into everything! :)

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Michael B January 16, 2022 4:31 pm UTC
That’s rich. V20 has been out for over a decade here and has never left the best selling section and, just like now, has been ahead of V5 almost always. There is no other game that has been for so long in the best selling section.

And you talk about ignoring v5’s comment section? Oh boy that’s some top hypocrisy right there. Face it. V5 has issues that many people don’t like, other people need to know about those issues. No one’s saying it should go away. It’s literally struggled up and down the best selling list since it came out. That’s for a reason. One you need to come to grips with.
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Rory H January 16, 2022 5:25 pm UTC
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V20 doesn’t sell on its own website like V5, or in retail shops or on Amazon. It just sells here, if you want to make that comparison. Moreover, you can’t get higher on the chart than Adamantine, so how you can describe V5 as having ‘struggled' on a best selling list is best left to you.

I’m not quite understanding what you mean by hypocracy, either. You don’t find me hanging around and highlighting ‘issues’ on V20 forums, or other games I don’t like, because, whatever they are, I’m able to move on from them. The 'issues’ you have are all to do with your own baggage, not an appreciation of others.
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Michael B January 16, 2022 5:48 pm UTC
The hypocrisy is you can’t seems to ignore v5’s comment section, or any v5 supplement comment section for that matter.
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Rory H January 16, 2022 6:03 pm UTC
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That is because I like V5, I am a customer and have an interest in it.

It really isn’t that hard to figure out and, no, there is no hypocrisy whatsoever in it. What you appear to be arguing here is that negative comments should be given a protective ring-fence and people who like the products shouldn’t be allowed to defend them. Sorry, doesn’t work that way.
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Michael B January 16, 2022 6:32 pm UTC
They don’t need to be protected but it’s you and only you doing it. It’s coming off as pathetic shilling. You’ve been doing it for years and it’s old. If you could have one shred of honesty and admit that the edition is divisive It would do the game and yourself a world of good. Instead it’s a one way street with the Rory Defense Force of One. Your behavior here is a dime a dozen on the internet but not surprisingly, the only one here doing it for this issue ridden edition.
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Rory H January 16, 2022 6:53 pm UTC
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I wasn’t the first person to start this thread and you are clearly making your own ‘contribution' here.

There is no shilling going on, just your assertion that somehow, I shouldn’t be allowed to comment here or defend a product I like. There are plenty of positive reviews and comments about V5 which people can read for themselves, and indeed, plenty of people on this comments section asking reasonable questions about the game. Sorry to disappoint, but I’m not going anywhere and neither is V5. Your own behavior notwithstanding.
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Michael B January 16, 2022 7:00 pm UTC
Oh we all know you won’t be going anywhere.
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Rory H January 16, 2022 7:07 pm UTC
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Well, feel free to make comment yourself, as long as you aren’t being a hypocrite about it.

The fact that there are 44/69 people giving this product a five star rating here, and plenty of other positive reviews that are easily accessible online, can give people whatever information they want from such things.
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Todd M January 17, 2022 12:37 pm UTC
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I prefer the V5 systems; the rest just keeps aging like buttermilk, and buttermilk sucks fresh.
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Todd M January 17, 2022 12:39 pm UTC
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And just like Amazon, for example, ratings never lie.

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Todd M January 17, 2022 12:41 pm UTC
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It's just because the new thread "is seeking a particular focus on themes and aspects that you clearly don’t get."
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Rory H January 17, 2022 7:44 pm UTC
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I’m not sure what witticisms you are attempting here - one sentence at a time, no less - but I will point out that V5 is available on Amazon too (unlike V20), and continues to have lots of 5 star ratings there also. Whatever issues some posters here may have with it, they are a minority within the actual customer base. So I guess quite few people 'get it', even if you don’t.
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P. C February 15, 2022 11:53 am UTC
Some people prove things to a personal level. Forgetting the fact that everybody deserves a fair share of the opinion. By taking this road, neither can you achieve your goal to show them the good side of your point nor inspire them to reconsider their conclusion.

Drawing an edition war is a good sign of ruining the game, both your edition and the edition you criticized. Afterall it is a matter of personal taste. No need to go beyond the threshold of a civilized mind by acting defensively on a preference each time a new challenge arise.
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Robert M February 18, 2022 2:31 pm UTC
The book contains the exact same 7 clans as every other core rulebook for Vampire has had. Brujah are intentionally shown specifically as a clan that rebels against ANY form of rulership that seeks to bind them. This means that its members are of any more extreme political faction, so long as they fight against whatever power is already established.

The horror of the game is more mature now in the current edition and it focuses more on the personal battle of fighting against the beast than previous editions did by making using your blood more risky rather than being a pool of precise numbers of points to spend on your abilities. Hunger grows as you use your abilities (as a replacement for blood pool), but does so unpredictably, so you can have nights when you are throwing out disciplines left and right as well as nights when just trying to heal a gunshot wound can near cause you to frenzy.

The emotions of your prey matter as well, as that now changes the flavor of blood and helps you...See more
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Robert M February 18, 2022 2:45 pm UTC
Also, the beast now directly has aspects of your clan and can literally override your thought processes to push your character to act to it.

And as far as the Brujah are concerned, specifically, the Brujah are mentioned as philosopher kings still, but as with previous editions, the book focuses on younger kindred who are less likely to be part of the older bloodlines.
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Martin G March 05, 2022 10:57 am UTC
Like you I bought the game IRL.
I recognize your right not to like the game but I wanted to added a counter opinion that wasn't a personal attack on you.

1: I don't think it's fair to compare V²⁰ with V5. V²⁰ is a Love letter to all the previous works, to the fans & for those who have all helped contribute to Vampire.

While V5 is really just meant to be a shake up from the old game without trying to completely reboot it like Requiem did. It's not like individual ideology hasn't made it through in the past. ( Such as using She rather than He as the default pronoun).

If you want to compare V5 to something I think comparing it to Requiems Intial release would be more fair & accurate.

² while the Sabbat book was a bit of a miss, the Cult of the Blood gods book for V5 is arguably the best supplementary splat book of Any of Vampire book.

New core books almost always do better as they age through their life cycle, But the contents...See more
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Justin G April 08, 2022 5:16 pm UTC
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@Martin G, Thank you for this review. I don't know what I was hoping to find skimming through the childish spatting, but this was far above and beyond anything I expected. An actual counterpoint to the criticisms raised above. Taking in both posts, it gives me a great deal of perspective on the overall meta differences. I, for one, appreciate you taking the time to write that post.
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Philipp N September 09, 2021 7:56 am UTC
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I just got an update notification.
What is the difference between V5CORE_Book.pdf and V5_Corebook_Web_0821.pdf, except form V5CORE_Book.pdf missing the bookmarks?
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Rory H September 28, 2021 8:33 am UTC
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The second file is an updated one - basically having bookmarks. I’m not sure if the V5 Companion rules updates hadn’t already been updated.
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Philipp N October 15, 2021 1:16 pm UTC
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Thank you for the clarification!
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Joshua B August 11, 2021 4:41 pm UTC
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Bought this long before Renegade became the publisher, so to see all the changes is very problematic. First, the price goes up by a significant margin is drastic, and I can't tell if this was a Paradox call or a Renegade call. Second, the book basically lost all Bookmarks with the new PDF version, making it significantly harder to find stuff while adding little to the book outside of the errata. Overall, don't buy until significant sale, if at all, as a V5 fan these problems are really problematic.
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Joshua B August 19, 2021 8:06 pm UTC
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They have changed the price back to their original form.
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Олександр ? August 06, 2021 10:41 pm UTC
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that's interesting. change of logo and delete of all bookmarks are all of the changes? and errata is not added i think, right?
good job =)
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P. C January 12, 2022 12:37 pm UTC
Errata already incorporated in the Renegade version.
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Travis P August 06, 2021 5:41 am UTC
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I just downloaded the new pdf in hopes that the bookmarks got considerably updated from the original copies and discovered to my dismay that the new pdf has no bookmarks at all. Is it possible to get some bookmarks into the pdf as quickly as possible?
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Jose B July 15, 2021 12:40 am UTC
Hi, Renegade just released the V5 core book in print with the corrected/updated errata today; does anyone know if the pdf here will likewise be updated by Renegade?
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Craig A May 15, 2021 10:25 am UTC
Does anyone know if the hardcopy and/or pdf of V5 sold here has been updated as per the adjustments brought in by the V5 companion? I was a Kickstarter supporter right from the beginning of V5 and I feel thoroughly dudded that we were never emailed an updated edition with these changes. I can't believe I have to buy a new copy of the book to get all the rules in one in place.
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Nicholas L June 09, 2021 3:46 pm UTC
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I too am curious if this is updated with the Companion's errata yet.
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Craig A June 25, 2021 1:12 pm UTC
So apparently it's not. The new print that paradox is doing will be though.
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Paul S December 08, 2020 7:59 pm UTC
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So I purchased this on the official WOD digital storefront before it shut down and before it appeared here. Am I going to have to repurchase it here to get the updates? It is rather annoying that after purchasing the game from the, at the time, official source only to have it completely vanish and be expected to purchase it again to get the more complete product. I had sent a message on the contact form that the website had put up before it was nuked and never got a reply there so I'm not expecting a great answer especially given how the line has been managed. Just leaves a bad taste in my mouth like I got taken for a ride because of my early support.
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Rory H December 16, 2020 12:48 am UTC
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There hasn’t been any significant updates of note. The copy you have is most likely as up to date as everybody else’s. It was the Camarilla book (and possibly Anarch book) that were updated.
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Paul S December 17, 2020 7:52 pm UTC
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What about the bonus sections as noted in the product description on this page?
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Rory H December 20, 2020 8:47 pm UTC
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My copy was automatically updated from the Modiphius site, to be sure. If you contacted through White Wolf, then it may be possible to contact Paradox now. If you didn't get them, they amount to a few essays in appendices in the back - more clarifications than new rules as such.
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Paul S December 21, 2020 6:14 am UTC
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Tried multiple times, unless I am missing the right link/email to contact, that is why I complained here. But I mean, I got it just before the subscription service to get the older books was started (then canceled); so yeah, little help? Not trying to be a problem, but all this corporate action seems to have lost me in the shuffle.
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Rory H December 21, 2020 6:53 am UTC
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Wish I could help more.
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Craig A May 15, 2021 10:27 am UTC
Yes there have. Disciplines have been changed and there are significant changes to blood potency in the V5 companion.
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Rory H July 10, 2021 7:00 pm UTC
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At the time of replying, the rules changes in Vampire Companion hadn’t been released yet. That (free) supplement introduced a replacement table for using blood potency and clarified other rules in general play.
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Paul S July 11, 2021 10:28 pm UTC
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I'll probably just buy the bundle, it seems to be a good enough deal to justify the rebuy. But it is concerning how much the IP has seemingly bounced around.
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Austin K November 18, 2020 10:59 am UTC
I just decided to look at V5's discussion and review board and it's such a mess. This book came out almost 3 years now, and it's just sad to see it still in a heated edition war. I get why the "V20 vs. V5" is a thing, there both extremely different in tone, focus, and mechanics. (there almost night and day)
V5 is way more focused on group narration/storytelling in the over all lore (not metaplots) and making "The blood of Cain" an actual threat that causes more horror and problems for players.
V20 is more focused on metaplots and making kindred more powerful and in control.

over all, I think the butthurt for this edition war comes more from how V5 gos back to the roots and try to be a "hard driven horror" that is trying to rebalance, and streamline the wild growth of V20 discipline/powers, and mechanics. (Thank god)
V20 is the opposite! It's more about giving players a lot of power and control over there curse.

Both of them are not "BAD"...See more
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P. C November 12, 2020 11:23 am UTC
Hi,

What is the actual file size of the pdf format? Is it 106.23mb?

Pete
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Steve R September 24, 2020 2:47 am UTC
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Random question. I haven't played the game since the old days of 2nd edition so my lore is definitely lacking but I noticed there is little mention of the other lines from this period, Werewolf, Mage, Changeling etc. There didn't seem to be much mention in this book either.

Are there equivalent rulebooks for these lines (I'm most interested in Werewolf)? Possibly they were all wiped out in the various apocalypses, as I said my lore is largely outdated?
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Rory H September 26, 2020 3:29 am UTC
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A new edition of Werewolf: The Apocalypse is being developed by Hunters Entertainment, and is set for release in 2021.
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Steve R September 26, 2020 11:26 am UTC
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Thanks Rory, that's good news!

I'm also curious, and showing my age here, is the oncoming end of the world still a thing for this line (sounds like it might be if Werewolf still has apocalypse in the title) or has this been averted/resolved?
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Rory H October 20, 2020 5:56 pm UTC
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The game has certainly moved on from the old meta-plot. There is a sense of vampire organizations losing their grip in V5, along with an ominous sense of doom, but the actual end outcome is not clear. In the case of Werewolf, we will have to wait and see.
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Richard G June 27, 2020 12:34 am UTC
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Not too sure listing neo-Nazis in 2020 as a character arch-type is anything other than irresponsible and massive stupid in 2020. Especially listing them as a suggested arch-type for Brujah. Because you know the one thing fascists and Nazis are known for is being non-conformist anti-authoritarian anarchists. Not sure what the writer is trying to say or prove by including neo-Nazis in such a way, but presenting them as an arch-type for a clan of scholars and anarchists is the height of stupidity. I'd be less willing to chuck this in a trash heap had they been listed under the Tremere (b/c like 40% of Nazis are occultist dorks) or the Ventrue (the uh... actual fascists of VTM).

When a game designer is listing certain arch-types as inspiration for a PC, they're making a very specific statement. I can't believe this made it through editing and is in the PDF I paid for.

So anyway

Have fun playing a nazi brujah
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Rory H July 03, 2020 10:00 pm UTC
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The suggestion of having antisocial or villainous archetypes as members of any Clan has always been there. There was an example of this in the Skinhead pregen used in the 1st edition of the Brujah Clan book. Just because example characters like this are given, as in any fiction, does not mean the writers endorse these views.
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Yanuel M April 13, 2021 11:25 pm UTC
I mean, the Brujah were a part of the Camarilla for 500 years. Not all Brujahs for sure, but a good chunk of them were, and there are still one or two in there. Lots of neo-nazis and even original nazis likened themselves to anarchists (for as long as its useful to them), because their rhetoric is that “insert minority group here” is actually running things and wants to destroy you.

We know that they are actually just fascistic authoritarians that seek to take down less oppressive governing structures to impose their own highly oppressive and genocidal ones. I can see plenty of Brujahs that see Barons and Princes as too permissive towards “insert minority group here” and will fight to take down those structures that “coddles” “insert minority group here” so they can enact one that gives them freedom to hunt down “insert minority group here”.
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Todd M June 25, 2021 1:32 pm UTC
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Monsters that feed on and kill people, since people, but, somehow, Nazis still top the charts.

Feelz trump reason, every. single. time.
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Joseph P November 30, 2021 4:33 am UTC
Relax, it's a game and you can change anything you like or don't. And switch to decaf.
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Isaiah K March 18, 2020 9:54 pm UTC
Bought it from the official WOD digital storefront before it shut down.

This book is messy in the best and worse ways, it shakes up the clans we've known due to the even of the masquerade "Slipping" in the early 00s and other events . It seeming delays/stops gehenna.
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