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World of Darkness: Mafia
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/30/2013 02:45:34
A solid and well researched piece of work. I only wish the hierarchy of La Cosa Nostra was illustrated in a chart, as it is on certain websites and other literature. This missing element prevent me from giving this product a five star rating, which it otherwise deserves. The rest of the book is insightful and authentic. Anyone who wishes to know the origins of the Mafia will find it here, as well as any answers to who is who and what does what in the organization.

This sourcebook ties in very well with WOD. The first person narrator gives an interesting personality to the text.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Laws of the Night: Anarch Guide
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/27/2013 16:23:38
The end of government as we know it can be well envisioned in this book. Of all the sects of Vampire society, the Anarchs come the closest to resembling human beings at the lowliest and highest levels alike. The aim of their goals, their biggest hopes and fears are all included. Their origins and current standing are expertly covered. Anyone who wants quick, on-hand facts about the Anarchs would find a lot of useful material about organization, method, disciplines, friends and allies in this guidebook.

Once again Mind's Eye Theatre creates another informative piece of literature. Not to be missed.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Guide to the Camarilla
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/27/2013 06:47:07
The quality of the scan could have been much better. The alignment of the pages is acceptable, but shows a marked disinterest in presentation, which, in the last pages of the book becomes even more profound. Compared to other products that have been scanned in, this book is disappointing from a professional standpoint. Also, the scan-lines in the images make them seem somewhat haphazardly included.

The content of the book is well recorded, nonetheless. All the text is well intact and can be read at high magnification without blurring. The misalignment of the text can be viewed as a very old-fashioned way of presenting manuscripts, which is still used by RPG developers today. The passages are clear and no information is missing from the volume. It is all included and some of the more hand drawn art is actually well preserved and as impressive as the original hard cover ones.

Since the majority of PDF's of VTM on this sight are high quality Original Electronic documents, I feel that an exception can be made in the case of Guide to the Camarilla. It could have been one too, but the original one was damaged and White Wolf had to compensate by scanning in a copy of the actual book. They could have done a better job, but the one they did was satisfactory. I only own the scanned image PDF file, but I do imagine that a print copy of it, thanks in part to the larger paper used, would look alright. It wouldn't be as perfectly aligned as a properly designed book, but it would still be clear and appeal to both the mind and the eye.

Don't let the average quality of the file get you down. Modern printing methods and enough concern to make the book a digital product was put into this book. The content does outweigh the faults.

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[4 of 5 Stars!]
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Clanbook: Toreador - Revised Edition
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2013 15:01:43
Groundbreaking and enlightening are the best words to describe this installment of the series. Upon initial inspection, Clan Toreador appears to be a decadent clan of sybarites that leech off human arts, lacking in intelligent judgement. This book redeems the Toreador in my eyes. It fleshes them out and gives them a much greater personality and depth than the Core Rule Books of all editions. The goals of the Toreador become much more tangible once you read about them in this volume, so it is highly recommended that you purchase Clanbook: Toreador. There is more to this seemingly hollow clan than meets the eye.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Clanbook: Ventrue - Revised Edition
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2013 14:55:15
Brilliant in every respect. The history of clan Ventrue is very thoroughly told, in such a way that links to human history very intuitively. The nature of the clan is well described and its organization is explained magnificently. The traits and abilities add fresh and well conceived new options for Ventrue Vampires to choose from.

An ideal writing aid for those want to specifically use this clan in their works of fiction.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Ordo Dracul
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2013 12:27:31
A well planned piece of work, Ordo Dracul brings into focus one of the men who made the Vampire a success in the first place, Count Dracula. It was always widely assumed that he was a loner, a hermit, isolationist, or any other of the secluded types, but now, this book casts him in a very different light. The notion that he has followers is evocative and a fitting tribute to his name. The history, various titles and how the Covenant relates to other kindred is enterprisingly documented. There are many layers to the followers of Count Dracula and the various clan members who follow the edicts of his organization. Each one perceive each other differently, but well enough to follow the common goal of the covenant.

From the front cover to the very end, the art is explicit and terrifying in places, but superbly designed. The digital quality of this title is nigh on perfect and fans of Vampire could make great monuments of the various images contained within this volume.

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Vampire: The Requiem
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/25/2013 12:20:49
The art of the front and inlay covers, as well as various digital pieces throughout have suffered from overt compression, as one of my fellow reviewers has mentioned. This is a pity, because the drawings and graphics of White Wolf have always been very appealing and the ones in this volume are inventively designed. White Wolf should have used the weaker compression method that they used for their future products.

However, the text and original artwork survives and makes the Requiem worth these unfortunate glitches. The information contained in this remake of Vampire reinvents the wheel impressively. The five clans and five covenants add new ideas, as well as reinstate original ones with great flare for the dramatic and intrigue. The Masquerade was more complex and much time is needed to absorb its many concepts, but the Requiem admirably takes the best it had to offer, reduce the overall content and added new organizations and names, to very pleasing effect.

The covenants are a thoughtful invention and help better unify the Vampire Clans. A reduction in the number of clans and bloodlines leads to a slightly narrower focus, which allows readers and writers alike to let the information soak in a little better. The writers preserve the Gothic mysticism and personality of the vampire well and introduce thoughtful new features, such as the Ordo Dracul, created by the legendary Count Dracula and maps of two select venues to place a Vampire chronicle.

Anything done with the intent of bettering a genre, and, or presenting new forms and ways for a society, group, or even an individual is a noteworthy deed. The Requiem writers did both and give the Vampire a new lease on life. Buy this book if you wish to explore new ways the Vampire takes to further his existence and those of his fellow kindred.

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Manual of Exalted Power: Lunars
by Charles C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/23/2013 20:59:08
The book does suffer from White Wolf's continuing indexing failures, but it is a must for running a game where you intend any Lunar interaction for your group, or if you want to run a Lunar game. Some of the Lunar rules are a bit cumbersome, but considering the nature of the Lunars it's not surprising. A good Index of the Charms especially the Gift and Fury Charms would much improve the book's use.

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Havens of the Damned
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/19/2013 13:28:06
Where the vampires dwell and who decides where to live is unveiled nicely in this volume. From the mystic, Gothic houses to the most urban of settings, Havens of the Damned adorably details what places Vampires chose to call home. Each one is given its own section and is very authentic. The artwork of this book is certainly quite evocative and will give you a very enticing first impression of what a vampire´s den looks like. If you want to use one of the templates offered in this supplement, or use what you find in it to develop your own, Havens of the Damned is a must.

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Laws of the Night (Revised)
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/19/2013 13:24:05
Clear and concise, Laws of the Night redelivers the most useful information about Vampire the Masquerade. The clans are fantastically details in the simplest and most straightforward of ways. No elaborate explanations of anything are given. It might seem a little minimalist to the unobservant, but when you read this book in depth, you will quickly realize that it contains the best of the Masquerade synthesized into a smaller volume, keeping the most important details and actually making them easier to understand. At times White Wolf's writers overdeveloped certain ideas, making them seem a little too dense or overtly elaborate, but Laws of the Night cuts them down to perfect size. Buy this book if you want a quick, yet complete reference to Vampire. For people like me, who are currently in the process of reading V20, Laws of the Night will serve as a fine future reminder and refresher of what was discovered before.

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Counsel of Primogen
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/19/2013 13:16:37
Counsel of Primogen excellently develops the concept of the vampires that guide and influence their princes. The titles, internal chemistry of the Primogen, the inner mechanics of each of the different kinds of Primogen, how they relate to their princes and the rest of Vampire society, is expertly revealed. Writers who wish to create stories involving the Camarilla are strongly advised to read this source book. It will highlight how the Vampires relate to each other on the highest levels and explain how their politics work in their various ways. First, read Guide to the Camarilla and then pick up a copy of this book. You will have a well rounded knowledge base to start your stories with.

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Proverbial Monsters
by Christopher H. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 09/19/2013 05:42:27
Proverbial Monster is a short and sweet collection of interesting scenarios and antagonists for the World of Darkness, perhaps best used in Changeling and Mortals games. It gives an interesting air of folklore to the games and helps spark the imagination to go back and look at certain sayings and customs in society and cultures and see how they may have roots in the supernatural.

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Predators
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/10/2013 05:54:56
A continuation of the information on the shadow world from the Core Rule Book, Predators offers aspiring authors the kind of creatures that make worthy foes for the Forsaken to tackle, or allies of the Pure to make. The spirit creatures included in this book are diverse and well thought of. They make admirable use of the imagination and the way werewolves relate to them is well documented. Aside from the Pure, Tribes of the Moon, Signs of the Moon and Territories, Predators helps complete the overall picture of the World of Darkness's Shadow World. It will give you the means to create your own protagonists, and, or, antagonists for your pieces of writing, big and small.

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Territories
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/06/2013 02:37:00
A smaller, but nonetheless necessary addition to the Forsaken library. The examples of territory, totem and pack are well described and, with the right authors, could be a central component of any Forsaken narrative. As always, diversity of ideas plays a strong role in the execution of this book. Buy it if you want to better develop the surroundings and inhabitants for your works of fictions.

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Caine's Chosen: The Black Hand
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 08/26/2013 13:32:10
Indeed, the Black Hand is well described, its organization is explained in efficient detail, its sphere of operations is well covered. I do agree, however, that examples of campaigns and characters would have greatly enhanced the quality of this book. There is much to be gleamed about the Black Hand from this title, but a sample of what it is like to be a member of a tribe a pack, an organization, is a method that the writer's of White Wolf did not employ in this particular installment and it leaves the book somewhat unfinished.

However, it is a solid addition to the line and no Sabbat worshiper should be without it. They can learn much from reading Caine's Chosen.

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