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BOOK OF THE KINDRED is the sourcebook for VAMPIRE: THE MASQUERADE, created by Mark Rein-Hagen, co producer of TV's KINDRED: THE EMBRACED.

It tells the tale of the Kindred from the legends of ancient times to the harsh realities of modern nights.  It investigates mysteries and reveals secrets that the darkness would - and might best - keep hidden.

Discover the horror, passion and beauty of the Embrace - and the eternity, lived from dusk till dawn, that comes with it. Discover the truths behind all of the clans, including the Ventrue, Nosferatu, Brujah, Gangrel and Toreador. Know what it means to cast aside your humanity - to frenzy - and let loose the Beast. Come face to face with the Kindred, from the prince of the city to the newly Embraced.

Note: The Black & White print editions of this book are not full-bleed. Because of printing requirements there is a small white border around the edge of the pages.

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February 13th, 2022
As a brand new player and a brand new storyteller, this book is great and so helpful! It explains all the important lore in a very digestable way (a vampire explaining the kindred world to a human), whereas the corebooks can get a little overwhelming. [...]
Adrian S. [Featured Reviewer]
November 17th, 2010
If you are running 'Vampire: the Masquerade', this is the book for your players. I've used this often by giving it to newer players and letting them explore the book at their own pace. It has a lot of the information from the main rulebook, without the [...]
August 18th, 2009
This is a nice little book for Vampire: The Masquerade that covers the basics of the setting and concepts of vampires as presented in the game. It also includes some decent short fiction. One of the better parts of the book is Mark Rein-Hagen's intro [...]
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September 18, 2012
This title was added to our catalog on January 21, 2006.