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A weekly review of the Vampire: The Masquerade releases over the last 25 years. Bob and Nathan review the Classic World of Darkness books for White Wolf Publishing's game, Vampire: the Masquerade, in chronological order. They combine their passion for the game with a dose of deep knowledge to help you decide which books to buy and which books to skip. VTM25 is the premiere Vampire: the Masquerade podcast!

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A weekly review of the Vampire: The Masquerade releases over the last 25 years. Bob and Nathan review the Classic World of Darkness books for White Wolf Publishing's game, Vampire: the Masquerade, in chronological order. They combine their passion for the game with a dose of deep knowledge to help you decide which books to buy and which books to skip. VTM25 is the premiere Vampire: the Masquerade podcast!

    Libellus Sanguinis 4 - Episode 151

    Libellus Sanguinis 4 - Episode 151

    Welcome back, Cainites! We’re Sliding back into the Dark Ages review cycle this week and looking at Libellus Sanguinis 4: Thieves in the Night.

    First, we address some of the feedback we received from our Chicago by Night review and give some nods to folks we forgot last week. This edition of Libelus Sanguinis gives a complete look at three more of the clans from Vampire: the Dark Ages. First, we explore the oft-reviled and mistrusted Ravnos. We are treated with a deeper explanation of the clan’s origins, dark compulsions, and unique discipline of Chimerstry. Next, we dig into the mud and muck to explore the horrific and twisted Nosferatu. Finally, we gaze into the fractured, demented history and origins of the Malkavian clan. Libellus Sanguinis 4: Thieves in the Night was written by Deird'Re M. Brooks, Joshua Mosqueira Asheim, and Lucien Soulban and published on Feb. 5th, 2001 by White Wolf publishing.

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    Chicago by Night 5th Edition - Episode 150

    Chicago by Night 5th Edition - Episode 150

    Welp, we’re back from holiday full of colds and cough drops to bring you a new review! We figured, in honor of 2020, the New Year, yada yada, and etc., we’d dive into a review of the upcoming Chicago by Night 5th edition coming soon from Onyx Path Publishing. The Chicago by Night project was launched on Kickstarter back on October 30th of 2018 and funded in 30 days. We are now poised to finally have physical copies in hand very soon, with (we assume) general sales of the book to begin shortly thereafter. After nearly a year sitting on this book, waiting to do a general front-to-back review, it’s time to dig in!

    Just to clarify, this is not the “5th Edition” of Chicago by Night. This is Chicago by Night for the 5th edition of Vampire: the Masquerade.

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    Teach Me How: NPC Characters - Episode 149

    Teach Me How: NPC Characters - Episode 149

    Welcome once again to our holiday special edition bonanza extravaganza! In this episode, we talk about creating and playing believable and unique NPC characters. Characterization for an entire game can be difficult and overwhelming, but also one of the most rewarding aspects of storytelling. There are TONS of resources out there for creating characters - both for gaming and for general fiction. Below are a bunch of Vampire: the Masquerade character resources that may help guide you in right direction: Who’s Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition is one of the early examples of character-specific sourcebooks for Vampire: the Masquerade. It contains 13 elders who’ve experienced the great jyhad through the ages. It is a great example of the early years of vampire characterization.

    Storytellers Handbook: Yeah, it’s old. Yeah, it’s also dated. However, it is still an excellent resource for the timeless art of storytelling and characterization, which is all THIS actually is.

    Encyclopaedia Vampirica is another book full of characters, concepts, and ideas specifically for vampire games.

    This is by no means and exhaustive list of books that’ll help you with NPC/SPC concepts and characterization. For sure, you should get out there and do some exploration on your own time!

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    Teach Me How: Feeding Scenes - Episode 148

    Teach Me How: Feeding Scenes - Episode 148

    In this episode of Teach Me How!, Nate and Bob talk about strategies and processes for running a meaningful feeding scene in Vampire: the Masquerade. While any of the ideas and concepts we speak about in this podcast can (and do) apply to V5, we don’t explicitly talk about the feeding styles found in the updated game. Sorry. At the time of this recording, we just didn’t have the depth of knowledge to talk about humors and predator styles. However, if you want to story-tell the ACT of feeding so that it impacts your game and players, this is the Teach Me How! for you.

    • 42 min
    New Moon Rising - Episode 9

    New Moon Rising - Episode 9

    Hey everyone! I come to you from our holiday break to bring you another episode of New Moon Rising! We will be back with our regular Dark Ages reviews (and maybe some special guests) on January 10th, 2020. In the meantime, we hope you like our Teach Me How episodes. Anyways, this is New Moon Rising - an actual-play podcast! In this episode, our intrepid anarchs await backup as they prepare for impending violence. The Nosferatu make themselves useful by giving some secrets - and keeping some others - from the gang. This session turns out to be a cold slap in the face for someone in the coterie. Where will the story go next?

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    Teach Me How! Elders - Episode 147

    Teach Me How! Elders - Episode 147

    Welcome the episode three of the “Teach Me How!” podcast. In this episode, Bob and Nate talk about HOW to play an elder. From inception to application, we give you strategies and books that you'll be able to utilize for portraying an elder. An elder, for the uninitiated, is any vampire who has seen three or more centuries of unlife in the Vampire: the Masquerade World of Darkness. These creatures tend to be cold and monstrous, as well as selfish and covetous. They are some of the more challenging characters to play in the World of Darkness game setting. Again, we wish to thank you over the holidays and we hope you enjoy these little hidden gems. You may notice some issue with the audio on these episodes. That’s because they are older than our current recordings. This episode was originally recorded April 15th, 2018. Here are some further references that may help you play an elder vampire in the World of Darkness: Elysium: The Elder Wars is the first and possibly only book dedicated to the idea, concept, and creation of the elder as a playable character. It’s an invaluable resource for anyone looking to play or run an elder chronicle, even though most of the actual rules and “crunch” are not applicable to a modern edition of the game. Counsel of Primogen is another exceptional resource for playing the political games of elder kindred. While this book is not specifically about elders, it remains a solid reference for those that play elder games. There are tons of other sourcebooks and novels that explore the machinations and melancholy of the elders. We also suggest reading books such as Prince’s Primer, The Beast Within, Book of the Kindred, and any edition of the Chicago by Night city book (there’s basically one for every version of the game.)

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