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V20 Lore of the Clans
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/26/2015 20:44:22

Why you MUST buy this book:

  • Not just a nostalgia product;
  • Great (evocative) writing - seriously, just finished the Followers of Set chapter;
  • Breaks old clan stereotypes;
  • New archetypes;
  • Brings the Clans to the 21th Century;
  • New Merits;
  • Combination of Disciplines;
  • Great NPCs.


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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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The Xothic Legend Cycle
Publisher: Chaosium
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/27/2015 14:34:26

It's really comforting to know that Chaosium fiction is now in electronic format. The Xothic Legende Cycle it's a good starting collection for the neophyte, and a fundamental reading for anyone exploring the Mythos.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Guide to the Camarilla
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/19/2013 12:13:47

Do not get me wrong, Guide to the Camarilla is one of the best VtM titles, ever. Camarilla's "politics as usual" is well explored and explained, meaning you get the reasons why Kindred are a-holes. In that, it more than hits the spot.

The poor scanning, however, made me give it only two stars. Guide to the Camarilla deserves higher quality scanning, and its file should be updated.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Erciyes Fragments
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/04/2013 12:10:44

Great contents, but it really needs a better file. I can't even believe its really a OEF, especially when compared to Book of Nod and Revelations of the Dark Mother. DTRPG staff, please, update this book.



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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Clanbook: Cappadocian
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/18/2013 12:11:52

The only real bad thing about this book is its poorly scanning. Also, If you want more rituals and paths that's not a book for you.

However, it's great if all you need is to improve your campaign's mood and setting. Also, the history chapter really makes the Cappadocians (as a Clan) make sense.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Three Pillars
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 13:45:34

Not as essential as other DA tittles, but if you can, buy it. It was poorly scanned, but we can always hope DrivethruRPG staff will update it's file, right?

Three Pillars not only summarizes what you need to know about the Dark Medieval's society, it shows how it relates to Cainites. It covers the nobles, the clergy and the 99%.

TP It's useful enough, specially because it explores the inner workings of each group of people. It make you (player of storyteller) improve the story's verisimilitude. Even better, it shows how Cainites embraced from different ranks of society differ from each other, and how they interact with each rank.

Even if you know enough about medieval society, you can always enjoy the last chapter. It details Italy and its Cainites. It would be great to have Italy by Night, but this chapter is the next better thing. Why Italy? Italy is a "anomaly of the feudal system", with rich commoners entering the ranks of the urban upper classes and nobles engaging in the mercantile business. The conflicting groups within each of the Italian cities make the political arena unpredictable.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Iberia by Night
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 13:30:04

It would be nice to have more Vampire: the Dark Ages books with IbN's scanning. Is it really scanned? It looks like the original electronic file.

DrivethruRPG staff, if you're reading this review, make Iberia by Night the quality standard for you all Vampire: the Dark Ages products.

Now, Iberia by Night makes me think about all other great tittles that need better scanning. I'm talking about Dark Ages Europe, Transylvania by Night, House of Tremere, the Ashen books, the whole Libellus Sanguinis series, both the Capaddocian and Salubri clanbooks and others.

Why I'm talking about other titles? Well, because its hard to own only a single Dark Ages setting/story book. IbN details the Shadow Reconquista, something that affects Clan Lasombra as a whole, from Iberia to Outremer. Also, it affects most Christian and Muslim Cainites, even those cynical enough to use the wars of Reconquista for political gain. The Iberian cities (both Christian and Muslim) presented in IbN were, during the 12th and 13th centuries, the centers of dynamic societies that attracted people from both sides of the Mediterranean. I can say the same about local Cainites. The place has Cainite Knightly order, its own branch of the Cainite Heresy and many other examples of Iberia's local character. It brings something different from the archetypal middle ages. It's almost exotic, from the Anglo-Saxon/Northwestern European point of view. If you want to run a different thing, give it a try.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Cainite Heresy
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 13:10:39

Its not fair to release Cainite Heresy in such a poor scanned file. The text looks faded and blurred. It's just sad.

Anyway, you can buy it and wait for the updated file (I hope they update it).

5 stars book, but in terms of content only. It needs a better scanning.

Now to contents.

It not only covers the Heresy proper, but the heretic mindset and the phenomenon of heresy in the middle ages. It makes for a nice combo with Ashen Cults and Ashen Knight.

About the Cainite Heresy... if you want them as antagonists or characters (for mature roleplaying, of course), buy this book. What makes the Heresy such a adversary? It is insidious and omnipresent, and it's a enemy much more interesting than mere devil worshipers. How can you say the Heretics are wrong? It's a matter of faith. That's their greatest strength, since they lack nothing in faith.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Fountains of Bright Crimson
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 13:06:59

My advice is to buy it now and wait for the updated file. Yes, it is poorly scanned, with blurred text (like its gray, not black), but the contents are great.

Act I is called the "Trouble with Tremere", what else can I say (if you own House of Tremere you know I'm talking about)? It also involves one of the Clan Founders (yeah, shut up and take my money kind of stuff).

It's a standalone story, but it brings numerous hooks and plot devices, elements you can use for years of storytelling. If you also own Jerusalem by Night and Veil of Night (and maybe Dark Ages Europe) you can also run any kind of Middle-Eastern story from 1197 to 1230.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Jerusalem by Night
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 13:04:47

Poorly scanned, a pitty. The text is blurred and faded. Some pages are not straight.

My advice? Buy it now and wait for the updated file.

When we talk about Masquerade (Revised) setting books, like Mexico City by Night or New York by Night, we know we're dealing with material that can always be transplanted, adapted and used according the the storyteller's need. I can say the same about Jerusalem by Night. Any Dark Ages chronicle can benefit from Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is Dark Age's spiritual core, and as a spiritual center, its seen as the world's geographical center. Any Christian or Muslim Cainite should think about Jerusalem from time to time, or even attempt peregrination once. The conflicts between crusaders and the local powers also make for great social and political chronicles (and martial chronicles, obviously



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Bitter Crusade
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 13:00:50

Great book, but poorly scanned (the text acquired a grayish quality).

Give it a try anyway, specially because Drivethru folks will (eventually) update the file.

There some books I consider essential to understand the Dark Ages line, and Bitter Crusade is one of the (the others being Constantinople by Night, Transylvania by Night and Under the Black Cross).

Bitter Crusade update the setting, explaining why (and how) everything changed after 1204, and why the War of Princes gained so much momentum. It covers three years of plotting and treachery, scenarios that can be used as a trilogy or as standalone stories. Also, it brings a healthy amount of information on Italy and Italian Cainites (if you want more, buy Three Pillars).



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Transylvania by Night
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 12:21:43

5 stars book, but in terms of content only. It needs a better scanning. There are good scanned files and bad scanned files, and Transylvania fits in the later.

The text looks faded and blurred. It's just sad. Anyway, you can buy it and wait for the updated file (I hope they update it).

Now to contents.

What can I say? Great book! It not only covers Transylvania, but also Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Kievan Rus.

The events in Transylvania dictate the pace of most of Dark Ages' metaplot, and even if you do not use the official storyline, its filled with great storyteller characters and plot seeds.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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House of Tremere
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/11/2013 12:14:54

5 stars book, but only in terms of content. I needs a better file, scanned or otherwise. There are good scanned files and bad scanned files, and unhappily House of Tremere could have been done better. Now that I have it, I'll have wait for the upgraded file.

The text looks faded and blurred, that's the worst about it.

Now to its contents.

Like most of Dark Ages line, House of Tremere is a great addition to any collection. Some can even argue a book on Ceoris it's not really useful, but think about it, HoT covers the internal dog eat dog politics of the Tremere, the movers and shakers that will affect the Clan as a whole. Also, Tremere are a new clan, with only a few members, and the events happening in Ceoris can (and will) affect any characters, wherever she is.



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The Kindred Most Wanted (WW2230)
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/04/2013 14:40:33

Classic product, with interesting characters, but also a poorly scanned file, and that's why I'll give it only two stars.



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[2 of 5 Stars!]
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Nights of Prophecy
Publisher: White Wolf
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/28/2012 12:28:59

The Good:

  1. It's not a scanned file, but a OEF file.

  2. If you plan on using Masquerade's metaplot, buy it. However, the best thing about this book is not using the metaplot's events per si, but making their consequences influence your current plot.

  3. It opens with the metaplot's summary. It's superficial, but enough, considering the page count.

The Bad:

  1. There's much more going on beyond the destruction of Baba Yaga, the Cathayan offensive or the discovery of a new passage of the BoN in Montreal. The book is a collection of different stories, and not a comprehensive look at the metaplot.

  2. It would be nice to have more about of the Last Nights' movers and shakers, like those in the by Night series and in Children of the Night. I mean, how about stating how each plot could draw the attention of the Camarilla's luminaries and Sabbat's leaders?


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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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