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The Cainite Conspiracies Anthology
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Stephen C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/21/2020 15:33:42

I did not find this book to be an enjoyable experience. For some reason, WW-based products have always made fantastic gaming books rich with plot and characters, yet that hasn't translated into compelling novels. I have read a number of them to get at metaplot details not covered in the books, but at best they've been passably entertaining. This short story collection is the same, with the added problem of numerous spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors. The reading experience was jarring for all the errors I encountered, and it didn't help that most of the stories just weren't that interesting or well-written. Justin Achili's short story was a nice, nasty little thing. The Salubri story made me very excited, until I made progress in it, and by the end I wish it hadn't been written at all. The Baali story was good, though. The others were bland at best. Would not recommend this collection.

[1 of 5 Stars!]
The Cainite Conspiracies Anthology
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Björn L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/26/2019 12:18:46

The following review was originally published in Mephisto 64 and translated from German (find orignal German review below).

The Cainite Conspiracies

The Cainite Conspiracies is an anthology of short stories from the world of Vampire: The Dark Ages. Not surprisingly, each clan gets its own short story, which illuminates the atmosphere of a clan, its secrets or even the intrigues and conflicts of the medieval nights with the help of a well-chosen character.

The stories are as different as the clans themselves, and the way the story is told also varies considerably. Thus some examples illustrate vividly the conflicts between the clans and the intrigues at the medieval courts, while others refer to great events in the past and in the future. In the case of the Assamites, there is even a tale of an event that has serious implications for the entire clan.

As different as the themes and the narrative styles are, as different is the quality of the stories from my point of view. Some of the short stories immediately captivate the reader and build up suspense, others don't really make a connection to the protagonist. The portrayal of the medieval world of vampires is also varied. Sometimes the setting seems comparatively generic, sometimes historical elements and places are deliberately included.

The Cainite Conspiracies manages to provide a pretty good insight into the world of vampires in the Middle Ages and is an entertaining reading, but not essential for the game.

(Deutsche Version)

The Cainite Conspiracies ist ein Anthologieband mit Kurzgeschichten aus der Welt von Vampire: The Dark Ages. Wenig überraschend bekommt hier jeder Clan seine eigene kurze Geschichte, die anhand eines ausgewählten Vertreters das Flair eines Clans, seine Geheimnisse oder auch nur die Intrigen und Konflikte der mittelalterlichen Nächte beleuchtet. Die Geschichten sind dabei so unterschiedlich wie die Clans selbst, und auch die Art der Erzählung variiert deutlich. So illustrieren einige Beispiele sehr schön die Konflikte zwischen den Clans und die Intrigen an den mittelalterlichen Höfen, während andere Geschichten Bezug auf große Ereignisse in der Vergangenheit und in der Zukunft nehmen. Im Falle der Assamiten wird sogar ein Ereignis erzählt, das schwere Auswirkungen für den gesamten Clan hat.

So unterschiedlich wie die Themen und die Erzählstile sind, so unterschiedlich ist aus meiner Sicht auch die Qualität der Geschichten. Einige der Kurzgeschichten ziehen den Leser sofort in den Bann und bauen Spannung auf, andere plätschern gefühlt ein wenig dahin und schaffen es auch nicht, einen wirklichen Bezug zum Protagonisten zu schaffen. Auch das Bild, das sie von der mittelalterlichen Welt der Vampire vermitteln, ist unterschiedlich. Mal wirkt das Setting vergleichsweise generisch, mal werden sehr gezielt historische Elemente und Orte mit einbezogen.

The Cainite Conspiracies schafft es einen ganz guten Einblick in die Welt der Vampire im Mittelalter zu geben und ist eine durchaus unterhaltsame, aber für das Spiel nicht notwendige Lektüre.

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