This book is an absolute must buy for any VTM fan if you don't own it already!
Everything is here! All 13 clans, all the bloodlines, all the disciplines, as well as anything else you would need (or want!) to start your new Vampire the Masquerade Chronicles in the World of Darkness! It clears up a ton of issues and potential for silliness in previous editions of the game and the experience is a lot better for it! It plays like everything you could possibly want and love from VTM and, in my opinion, is by far the best edition of the game.
Newcomers, if you really dig the lore of the setting and want the maximum amount of options for stories to tell and characters to create, start here! V5 definitely has some fantastic aspects to it in a lot of ways (including a number of new mechanics and changes to gameplay) and from a certain perspective is the better choice for people new to VTM , but it has a huge amount of content still to be released which severely limits my ability to give it my recommendation. Meanwhile, V20 has everything you could want for years-worth of exciting chronicles all wrapped up in a single buy!
Furthermore, this edition has several sourcebooks that further expand upon the already very substantial offering presented in this book! In particular, I recommend V20: Lore of the Clans, V20: Lore of the Bloodlines, and V20: Rites of the Blood as some of the best buys among their number! They give tremendous amounts of additional background information, mechanics, and new powers that, while completely unnecessary to get maximum enjoyment out of this game, definitely make the experience even better!
The PDF is excellent and has a bunch of hyperlinks to quickly find things in the document.
However, I cannot speak for the experiences of others, but my Premium Hardback arrived with significant binding damage. (One of the cover hinges detached from the book and as a result the cover is only held on by the hinge on the front side) This damage isn't un-repairable by any stretch of the imagination, but I was severely dissapointed after paying a premium price that I received a product that was this badly damaged and this, to be honest, discourages me from buying physical books with large page counts like this from DriveThruRPG in the future. However, it must be said that DriveThruRPG has some of the best customer support in the business and, if you experience issues like this, do not hesitate to contact them, they will make it right however they can, generally by sending you a new copy of the book if it proves unusable or giving you store credit equivalent to the price of your order plus shipping!
PDF : 5/5 - I cannot recommend this highly enough!
Premium Hardback : 3/5 - Be wary when you buy this option, I really hope my experience was just a fluke and that this is not the quality we can generally expect from DriveThruRPG! For ~ $86 (PLUS SHIPPING) this level of quality is unacceptable. It bears mentioning that their customer service is excellent and will go to great lengths to help the customer if an issue like this arises!
[5 of 5 Stars!]