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Blood In, Blood Out (Vampire: The Requiem Novel #2)
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/15/2013 10:53:09
Blood In, Blood Out is the second part in the trilogy for Vampire the Requiem. It takes you out of Elysium and into the streets of Chicago, where it is even colder. A different type of law exists out there, one where civility isn’t found.

It still incorporates the same characters, but the main focus of the story is on a new character, Duce, and his struggle against the status quo of Chicago. Lucian Soulban is the writer for this book, and brings some interesting elements into the story. While his style differs slightly from Greg Stolz, it is easy to continue with the story where it stopped in the first book.

The book broke off slightly from the first book to focus on the new characters and problems that developed. Again, this book gives a great view of the ‘other side’ of the tracks in the World of Darkness. Not every coven is recognized by the Camarilla, and Chicago is a prime example of that. It tails the leader of the Carthians in the city, Duce, and how he is connected to Persephone, childe of Prince Maxwell. It also has a wonderful view on betrayal of covens, and how it comes about.

Some immediate problems I had with the book was I found myself not getting into the characters as much as the first book. The character that was supposed to have the reader relate too seemed a bit too distant for me. Even with the continuation of Persephone, the first books main character, it was hard for me to get into the story. I think the biggest problem was the first book left you with a cliffhanger that wasn’t even continued with the second book. The pacing of the book was another thing. It didn’t flow as well as the first book.

The language and alliterations in the book was also something to be desired. It makes many references to the Black Panthers and other organizations. This is not the problem, it’s the fact that it was littered throughout the book, and almost becoming preachy. While it is a great element to introduce this in a story, it almost seems like Lucian is putting the reader down for everything that has happened in the past. It made me feel like something you accidentally step in on the sidewalk, not a good feeling to take away from a book.

As a stand alone book, Lucian did a wonderful job keeping the life that was breathed into the existing characters when they were first introduced. The new characters in this book, Duce and his friend, took on a life of their own. They offer an outsiders view on Elysium politics and social order. The Carthians definitely have an outside view of the Invictus and Sanctified, and that comes out wonderfully in the novel. This is a great book, especially if you have read the first of the series (which I hope you have). This book is again, a great resource for anybody who is a storyteller. Take the time to appreciate the book as it is. Read it as a stand alone book, not as part of the series. Not only will you enjoy it more, you can take away more from the story as well.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Clanbook: Salubri
by clay c. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/12/2013 13:20:29
the book was pretty good gave me insight into how to play a Salubri though it added questions like who Salout really was the demon that the other clans labeled him or was the kind leader the Salubri looked up too. The book leaves that one mystery anyone it had some nice story in it and so i deas how to run character.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Clanbook: Assamite - Revised Edition
by Brian B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/12/2013 12:53:53
An exceptionally well written look at the Assamite Clan. Fantastic information throughout. The PDF has exceptional clarity and I was very pleased with the scan.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Proverbial Monsters
by Peter H. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/12/2013 12:05:48
Not a bad piece of work, the monsters are quite 1-Dimensional though and they are essentially focused on an old proverb, e.g. one which only attacks through broken mirrors. Some useful ideas however.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Fallen is Babylon
by Michael A. [Featured Reviewer] Date Added: 04/06/2013 08:54:01
Fallen is Babylon is the first Storyteller Adventure System (SAS) module I've ever run and I'm extremely impressed by it.

The SAS contains eight tightly designed scenes based around the infernal pacts of Dr. Rasoletti and others. As with other SAS products, Fallen is Babylon includes extensive background material, NPC character sheets, discussion of the scenes, and scene summaries and player handouts at the end.

What makes Fallen is Babylon such an impressive adventure is the efficient design - author Matt McFarland was able to create a complex and evocative plot with only two mortal and two infernal characters. The first half of the adventure requires almost no work for the storyteller - in my experience the SAS gave me every recommendation and description I needed. Towards the end, as the players come up with their own ideas and schemes, the SAS becomes a bit more open ended. Don't expect prewritten plot points to get in the way of your players.

Overall, Fallen is Babylon is great and worked perfectly as a four hour one-shot story.

If you'd like more World of Darkness discussion, check out our website at http://darker-days.org

If you'd like to see an actual play of Fallen is Babylon, check it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I4aX5PbZ1F0

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Wraith the Oblivion (2nd Edition)
by Robert B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/05/2013 19:13:21
The book is fantastic. It's the only core cWoD game I never bought as I could never find a physical copy back in the day! However, the quality of the scan is poor. The pages are crooked and blurry. Quite disappointing.

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[3 of 5 Stars!]
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Vampire: The Requiem Demo Full
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/05/2013 14:24:14
A well printed, clear and informative introduction to the Vampire. It presents the most important facts, the background and organization of the Vampire clans most effectively. If you are serious about writing in this genre and need to save, read the introductory guide to prepare you for what lies ahead.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Werewolf the Apocalypse - Free Introductory Kit
by Paul H. D. B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/05/2013 14:21:19
A useful synopsis of the landmark RPG. It contains essential information about history and the werewolves of the 1st edition of the werewolf in a very neat package. For writers who cannot yet afford the full core rule book, I would strongly recommend it to them. It has all the material to base a story on and may give them enough incentive to buy the full product and its fellow supplements.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Erciyes Fragments
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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Mummy
by Andrés M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/29/2013 15:40:15
This book is very old school, it was published before Werewolf: The Apocalypse.
But old doesn't mean there is no use for this supplement! On the contrary there is useful information for the Storyteller for her to catch up with the mood and theme of Mummies.
It also has a short story with interesting plot devices that can be used in any other game.
To fully use this book you will need a core rulebook from the main game lines (Vampire, Werewolf, Mage).

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Vampire: The Masquerade - Revised Edition
by Ruslan K. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/29/2013 14:36:03
Overall I have been very disappointed as compared to the werewolf book this PDF is pretty poor , Quality of scan seems worse and main criticism being a lack of interactive table of contents that the werewolf books seem to have and vampire is missing making navigating it really awkward.

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[1 of 5 Stars!]
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Lords Over the Damned: Ventrue
by Jose B. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/29/2013 12:57:17
LotD, the Ventrue Clanbook is a well written, fascinating and full color foray into the lives of the Lords of the Night. This clanbook is in full, breathtaking color and really has set the standard for splat books in any role playing table-top game. The book is written in the manner of personal missives, journals and documents primarily in the first person narrative. The book details history, as well as character concepts, to help a player tailor her Ventrue. The book also includes a very informative rules section that provides added merits and powers that a player can purchase with ST approval. Overall, this books stunning, very well written and incredibly informative on all things Ventrue.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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World of Darkness: Reliquary
by Andrés M. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/27/2013 12:22:20
You may think this book is filled up with creepy ancient stuff to throw at the players. You may think this this is a shopping list for equip your badass character. It is not.

This is a really good book, inside you will find what makes an item gain the status of a "relic". How to use such items as plot devices for your chronicle. It is well explained why such a special item, sometimes unique sometimes not, may become important for the characters.

I really like that the book is not a shopping list. There is several ideas of how to use relics in your chronicle or perhaps as a character's backstory. It does have a small list of special relics, some of them very unique, like the Antikythera mechanism, other are more "mundane" but specials nonetheless. Some of them blessed, some of them cursed.

Also there are rules for creating your own relic for your stories. And last but not least a collection of scenes where the focus is on the relics.
If you want to mash up the World of Darkness and the mysticism of Indiana Jones, this is the way to go. In summary a very good sourcebook for storytellers and avid players alike.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Ready-Made Player Characters (Mage: The Awakening)
by Yannick G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/22/2013 12:12:51
This book shows 5 interesting ready to play pc and give a sense of their progression when they advanced with xp. This cabal has some strong interactions between the various pcs and can be thrown easily into other cabals with some little tweaks of course. It's a bit refreshing also to see them follow the archetypes of their paths instead of trying to be too original.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Werewolf: The Apocalypse 20th Anniversary Edition Kickstarter PDF
by Dustin D. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 03/15/2013 17:46:35
One of my favorite rpgs and still going strong. Content and art is fucking amazing. You can get a game going with just this core book alone, including some historical settings and the Changing Breeds. The intro comic is incredible. I can't say enough how awesome Werewolf the Apocalypse 20th Anniversary is.

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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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