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Possessed
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/18/2013 13:52:36
A few more illustrations of what the Formori look like would have made this product better finished, but it's highly engrossing. What the Formori are, their forms, how they fall prey to the banes that possess them and their powers, are all covered in this volume. You'll learn the true nature of the Formori and what they do following their possession. Each of the three forms are well explored and will make for useful material in the right hands.

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Starter Kit: Werewolf the Forsaken [BUNDLE]
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/18/2013 13:34:54
The products contained within this bundle are all grade A, although the hazy resolution of the front and back covers of the Forsaken Core rulebook spoil the appearance of the book. It could have been high resolution, instead of being highly compressed to fit download requirements. This is a very unfortunate result. However, the book is well presented. The rest of the illustrations and the text are impressive. The maps of Colorado could have been better defined, they have also suffered due to the construction method used, but otherwise, the core rulebook of the Forsaken will arm you with all the tools you need to make your start in the world of writing. The conventions, tribes and the spirit world are all expertly mapped out. The samples for each tribe offer very telling members who will help you decide how to use them and the spirit world comes alive in this book.

The sample characters are inventive and have their places in many fine chronicles of the forsaken. They are well described and the illustrations of them are well made. Get this bundle to build your basic foundation for your Forsaken stories.

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Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand
by Darryl J. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/16/2013 13:01:06
Ok this book is bit on the crazy side. Pushing the content of what a Vampire game was. However it introduced many new concepts that are a canonical pieces of the World of Darkness.

A new faction - The Tal'mahe'Ra - and how they have been manipulating, from behind the scenes, for centuries.
A strong tie-in to Wraith, with the detailing of the city of Enoch. The Tal'mahe'Ra fortress in the Shadowlands.
3 new Bloodlines - Nagajara, True Brujah, and the Old Clan Tzimisce - and their new disciplines.
A new Thaumatury path - Biothaumaturgic Experimentation - and many rituals.
3 new Paths - Path of the Scorched Heart, Path of Self-Focus, and Path of Lilith.
Many Abilities, Backgrounds, Merits and Flaws.
The fleshing out of Revenants. Which includes introducing 3 new Families - the Enrathi, the Marijava, & the Rafastio. Finally some families which are from somewhere other than Eastern Europe.

An interesting read, although a bit behind now that V20 is out, but good overall.

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Vampire: The Requiem
by Joey N. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/15/2013 22:06:58
This book is a fantastic example of White Wolf's amazing writing and artwork. I always look forward to bringing this one out.

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Hunter: The Vigil Quickstart (The Hunt)
by William C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/15/2013 12:23:46
Hunter the Vigil Quickstart is a great way for you, your GM, or your players to dip toes into the nWoD. The primary reason I like it is, while I can come with action scenes and crazy skill check encounters I always struggle with the investigation and social aspect of games. This quickstarter a wonderful teaching guild on how a well rounded game looks in the Storyteller system.

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Clanbook: Nosferatu - Revised Edition
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/11/2013 13:50:20
The underground society of Clan Nosferatu is brought to light. Everything about them is unearthed, from their past, how they became what they were to the current practices of their society. Buy this book if you want to see what lurks in their havens, how it works and why the Nosferatu choose the subterranean world instead of the one above ground.

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Clanbook: Followers of Set - Revised Edition
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/11/2013 13:45:12
Sinister, subtle and utterly depraved, the Followers of Set gain new ground in this book. How they came to be, their worship of their God, come across as believable and compelling. For the destitute, and, or, the deprived, this clan makes for a cunning ally and a deadly enemy to the unwary mortals who stand in their way. Ancient drives and aims are well described, giving an informative account of the Independent Clans most insidious lot.

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Clanbook: Gangrel - Revised Edition
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/11/2013 13:41:47
The bestial, primal side of the Vampire is expertly exposed. The artwork casts them in an impressive light and their history is covered in admirable detail. The relations with other clans and why they split from the Camarilla are well explained. The wild vampires are given full treatment that portrays them both literally and artistically with the kind of attention to detail that will tell and show all about them.

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Clanbook: Giovanni - Revised Edition
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/11/2013 13:34:57
How Vampires can deal with and control the spirits is neatly explained in this supplement. The Giovanni come alive with great flare for the dramatic and even the profane. A very well written book that incorporates the Italian spirit into the Kindred with admirable authenticity. Would be embraced of Italy, the Giovanni are a force to be reckoned with. Their disciplines are unique and horizon expanding. Learn from them and you will know life beyond death.

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Ghouls
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/05/2013 16:04:46
The deeper, darker depths of human psychology and craving can be found in this book. The ghoul is a subtle metaphor for the voracious side of humanity that is hidden, but still as much a part of it as the positive one is. A highly reliable supplement for beginnings, who need only purchase the Requiem, a covenant book and one of the clan books to form a solid foundation. Take care to read the proverbs and quotes. They tap into the most profound beliefs and feelings of human beings, using the most inventive of people from this world.

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Werewolf: The Forsaken
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/05/2013 15:58:43
Werewolf The Apocalypse was a complex RPG that was of the innovator of all that came after it. Every entity, from the Vampire to the faery owe their existence to the ideas that were put to paper back in 1992. The Forsaken is a similar, yet different animal. The concepts of the genre are more or less the same, but they are more condensed. The auspices, fetishes, totems, tribes and packs have survived the transition into this remake very well, while doing away with the breeds, the lost tribes changing breeds and reducing the overall number of tribes, to make the diversity of the werewolves in this universe less prolific and more to the point. The style of writing is as potent as the one used in the predecessor's and for people who want less to assimilate and more straightforward material, Werewolf the Forsaken is ideal.

In terms of content, the Tribes of the Moon can be considered an off-shoot of the Garou Nation. They are less prolific in their organization, but fascinating in their mindsets. Warriors, reformists, territorial guardians, domineering alphas, students of metaphysics, the Uratha have as much to offer as their Garou counterparts. I see the Forsaken line to be something of a case study in the various ways an RPG can be reinvented.

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Nightmare on Hill Manor
by Petrina C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 11/03/2013 21:03:12
I incorporated this SAS into my current campaign. My players had two previous sessions based on a plot of my own making and it had focused heavily on social/investigation aspects, with only a little physical. The plot of this story fit well with the beginnings of our campaign, so I fit it in as an opportunity to practice combat. Adapting it to fit was no problem and it is flexible enough to allow for that kind of thing.
However, there is a LOT of detail missing from this story. The story teller has to fill in a LOT of material, by way of description... of every apartment and each of the residents and the spooky encounters etc. It's not a scenario that you can just pick up and go. The general plot is there. There are some good descriptions of spooky "moments" or tableaus. But the storyteller has a lot of work to do by way of making this place and the various encounters come to life. Unless you are exceptionally good at improv, you need to put in the prep time.
Even with all my prep... incorporating NPCs they'd met elsewhere, picking up threads of their backstories to create character-specific events, etc... my players complained that it was far too combat heavy and didn't have enough storytelling. Now, this may just be a personal preference thing but I have to agree with them. There are a lot of skills that simply never get used or are used in only a cursory way (social and mental). My group didn't like that.
Additionally, I don't know if this was simply a function of my characters not having equivalent stats as the pre-gen characters... but they were completely out-classed by the boss. We were on the verge of a party-wipe when a character rolled a hail mary and was miraculously successful. I used some creative license to make it work, because otherwise they were doomed to fail.
So, overall:
- flexible enough to be stand-alone or to be adapted and incorporated into an existing campaign
- good plot that makes enough sense that the characters don't see gaping holes in the narrative
- the boss-fight might be a little tough for newbies
- the whole thing is VERY combat heavy... it felt at times more like a dungeon crawl than a WoD narrative
- it is nowhere near ready-to-play. There's quite a lot of planning and prep-work required by the storyteller in order to make it good. Even with prep, requires a lot of improv of descriptions and encounters.
At the end of the day, I would still recommend it. It's a solid storyline for mortal characters, and if your group likes combat they will love this story.

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Vampire: The Masquerade - Revised Edition
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/27/2013 09:34:47
I don't know why the quality issues of this product were raised. At times, the pages are somewhat slanted, but the text of the book is legible and the artwork is fully intact. At times, yes, the text is somewhat blurred, but this only occurs on the pages where watermark images are set against the background and the words can still be read if you concentrate just a little more. The lack of bookmarks is unfortunate, as they would have made navigation throughout the document easier. A scan of the book with modern equipment and filtering could have eliminated some of the blurs and made certain parts a little smoother, I must admit, but otherwise, the book is well recreated. Readers are advised to zoom in to 150% in order to see the text properly.

In fact, the (3rd) revised edition is in parts better than the 20th anniversary edition. The descriptions of the titles are a little more comprehensive and less condensed than the ones in 20th. At times, I thought the book were too thin. The missing names was a little annoying, given the immense volume of 20th. The 3rd edition, on the other hand fleshes out everyone and everything very extensively. All the parts are well formed and come together to make a very complete whole.

View this book with a reputable reader, such as Foxit and on a big screen, so the document can be given a wide berth and for the most part, you won't be disappointed with this product. You might actually find more to like about it than the current edition, which, by all rights is a fine book, but unfinished in places, which the revised edition would fill in.

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A Hunger Like Fire (Vampire: The Requiem Novel #1)
by Devon K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/19/2013 12:42:03
This was a fun book to read. It provided me a look into the world of the Requiem, something I've craved as I love the game, but have never had an opportunity to play it. The politics were interesting if at times a little difficult to follow. My only complaint is that the book doesn't follow a coterie, so it doesn't serve as a How-To when it comes to playing Vampire: the Requiem. It does, however, inspire a ton of story ideas.

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Nightmare on Hill Manor
by Nathaniel R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/18/2013 12:22:09
This product is perfect in format and legibility. I am very happy with it.

The adventure is interesting and genre-appropriate.

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