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Vampire: The Masquerade exploded into hobby games in 1991 and inspired a generation of fans the likes of which the game industry had never seen before or since. The cultural significance Vampire left on not just the gaming world but on modern vampire-related pop culture can be seen and felt at virtually every turn and in every medium today.

Vampire: The Masquerade - 20th Anniversary Edition brings the entire World of Darkness experience full circle and will serve as the perfect anniversary milestone to celebrate two decades of gaming after dark. This is the original Masquerade in all its glory, and our way of saying thank you and welcome home.

  • All thirteen original Clans, Clan variants and bloodlines, with their signature Disciplines
  • Classic rules updated from Vampire's Revised Edition
  • Character creation and advancement from Neonate to Methuselah
  • All the Disciplines from level one through nine
  • Updated setting to the modern nights
  • New full color original art by Tim Bradstreet and other classic Masquerade artists

About the Now in Print editions:

1. 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.

2. Standard Color uses a thinner paper stock than Premium Color. This usually means the colors are less vivid, but it also means the price drops a bit per page in the production process. Examples of pages: Premium Color vs. Standard Color.

Also available now for the World of Darkness:

World of Darkness: Ghost HuntersWorld of Darkness: Ghost Hunters

The abandoned lover, waiting for her paramour to return, only to die, alone. Now she waits in her house forever.

The murdered family, killed in a spree so violent their spirits couldn’t pass on to the hereafter, now wreaking an untampered revenge on anyone they find.

The serial killer, who never made his tally complete in life, now determined to possess the bodies of the living to continue his gruesome campaign.

These ghosts, and more, haunt our world. They watch us, they torment us, they play with us, they find themselves locked in Sisyphean cycles, where the only respite comes through the haunting of the living.

It is our role to hunt these spirits down. Some believe we’re laying them to a deserved rest. Others hunt for the renown and to put down the homicidal dead. Others believe they’re doing God’s work, or with every hunt, their knowledge of the paranormal world increases.

We are ghost hunters, and regardless of our motives, it is our task to ensure the dead may no longer torture the living.

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Shawn C June 05, 2023 3:07 am UTC
Has printing changed since originally launched? When I purchased the premium color HB, it came in 2 seperate volumes. There was enough of a major error that one of the volumes had to be reprinted for many (everyone?) that purchased in that timeframe.

One of my friends....*sigh* left the books out, and they got.....eaten. By their dog.

I see many posts about bad bindings, and mine had no problems up until....this....fiasco!
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Viratha R March 05, 2023 12:17 am UTC
Is there anywhere to get this that isn't PoD? I am consistently disappointed by the quality of PoD books, and given the comments I'm seeing here, I can see these are no exception.
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Benjamin S June 20, 2023 5:58 pm UTC
Sadly no, unless they offer different binding options you won't get better quality. Your best bet is to print off the PDF from lulu and have a professional bookbinder fix it up for you. Sucks but as long as POD doesn't allow for different binding options this is your best bet.
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Tom S February 26, 2023 8:49 pm UTC
Gluebacks are just not worth it. They look nice on a shelf but you're better off just printing this at home -- its pretty much all they're doing in the printing house.

It looks like a premium hardcover on the outside but without a cloth hinge its pretty much just a bunch of pieces of paper glued to cardboard.
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Richard H December 01, 2022 6:29 pm UTC
Please get a softcover again. Im holding off on buying anything 20th edition till the softcovers are back.
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Jose V July 23, 2022 3:14 pm UTC
I have three copies of this book. I bought the color version for myself and 2 of the B&W for my players. All three have broken bindings after less than 3 months of light use. I didn't use the color version at all for over a year and when I opened it the first time, the binding snapped.

Get your XXX together DTRPG, I spent too much money on these to have a stack of pages and three separated bindings.
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Raven W February 02, 2022 12:38 am UTC
My only question is how do these books look on a tablet? I know the OG second edition was graphics-heavy and doesn't translate well to Tablet or Laptop screen.

Would I be better off getting this and/or V5 in print editions?

I'm asking these questions because I've owned VTR which, NGL, I hated the lore behind it and no one I knew was interested in playing it so we stuck with 2E and told a wide range of stories. I am also limited severely on space ...and I'd like to not spend two times the money on a book I might not ever truly get into. Learned the hard way from The Requiem not to judge an RPG by it's cover.
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P. C June 18, 2022 12:14 pm UTC
How does this book look like in the tablet? It usually runs well, the graphics are nicely done with good resolution of up to 1200% after which it slowly starts to pixelize, but it is still a clear one. The text are crisps and clear as in vector format. Delay in page turning depends on the app and the tablet's RAM, 4gb RAM is doing great.

If you are talking about how you hate the lore which usually attribute from little to no one interested in playing the game, well... that is entirely subjective and it has nothing to do with the quality of the book presented herein. V20 is a culmination of years of gaming experience that made this edition literally a masterpiece.

If you are gauging the "worth of your money" by the quantity of time you can use the book with your gaming group to have some good time, I suggest you consult them first before you buy. Only you can make the game interesting without the need of a specific edition, and for as long as it makes you happy that is already...See more
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Shawn J January 29, 2022 4:02 am UTC
Still holding out for softcover to be available again. Binding on my hardcover copy did not last
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Neil S July 27, 2021 6:14 am UTC
How many clans and bllodlines in this
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James L October 08, 2021 7:15 pm UTC
It includes the 13 clans and 17 bloodlines
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Neil S June 24, 2021 5:02 am UTC
Will teh price go up
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Russell K May 18, 2021 12:01 am UTC
"Updated setting to the modern nights" meaning what exactly?
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Francesca M June 26, 2021 11:52 am UTC
V20 has updated the lore to the years 2010s, but most of it it's in the Anarchs Unbound book and Becket Jihad Diary.
Hope this helps you!
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Brian L January 10, 2022 9:16 pm UTC
Since the original World of Darkness was brought to a close some time ago, those books lack references to events that has transpired since then, such as world leaders being elected, the changing/formation of political groups that the Kindred might influence, shifting of geographical borders, upgrades in technology or development in new technology, et cetera.

V20 goes from "cellphones" to "smartphones," from "laptops" to "tablets." It touches on things that have changed since the mid-2000s in the EU, nods to events that have had an impact on world culture, and makes some rules a bit more clear with regards to what the average skill rating would be in a world where nearly everyone has some form of connectivity to a global information network or a support structure that enables rapid response to their personal crises.

It's merely a touch-up to keep the World of Darkness relevant without Storytellers having to account for things like electric cars,...See more
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Rhys M May 11, 2021 10:30 am UTC
Is the binding any better for this book? I had two copies since around 2012 and the books are not in good shape.
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richard D May 17, 2021 5:37 pm UTC
u could try getting em professionally rebound
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Pierre B June 14, 2021 4:48 pm UTC
Just got my Premium color book today. It's a single binding and I'm unhappy about it.
Anyone that purchases a hardcover book expects the book to be double-bind.
That's the kind of thing I'm expecting from something printed in China, not from something printed in the US.
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Dylan B June 30, 2021 1:29 pm UTC
That's unfortunate, I was going to take advantage of the sale, but 65 bucks is still way too much for a single bound hardcover book. Thank you for letting us know.
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Rolf B April 23, 2021 4:13 am UTC
Would LOVE this in softcover. Please make it happen!
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Kevin O September 09, 2021 5:49 pm UTC
God I know right? I don't like hardback for RPG books. They never last as long as the paperback.
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Brian L January 10, 2022 9:21 pm UTC
They used to have it in softcover format, so I'm surprised that it's not here as I'm about to purchase another print-on-demand copy.

My personal book is B&W softcover with some obvious formatting errors due to being early in the refinement and editing process at the time of purchase, but it's held up for a few years with heavy use. I have no qualms with dropping it onto the floor or stuffing it into a backpack with other books because it's sturdy yet flexible.

We should all keep asking until the softcover option comes back; it's simply the best! :D
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Alex L April 10, 2021 9:14 pm UTC
Nearly a decade since my purchase and still getting a lot of use out of my hardcopy. A vastly superior game to V5, which we briefly tried.
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Kevin O February 14, 2021 1:41 am UTC
When are the options for cheaper prints coming back? No one in my group will touch V5.
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Jose B January 21, 2021 3:17 pm UTC
Is this pod still being printed in 1 volume? I own it but its falling apart; Im now playing V5 but want to know if there is still problems with the binding of this edition.
btw, V5 is vastly superior in mechanics to V20; I use V20 now mostly as reference material.
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Shawn J November 08, 2020 7:04 pm UTC
Please make softcover available
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