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The Testament of Longinus $7.99
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The Testament of Longinus
Publisher: White Wolf
by Jose B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/29/2011 08:33:54
Written in the style of an 'in-character' prop, this book covers what Rites of the Dragon does for the Ordo Dracul: a bliblical treatise on the mythology (or some would call 'truth') of how vampires were created by St. Longinus, founder of the Lancea Sanctum. My only wish is to know when this book will be available for print purchase, because I would love to use it as a prop in my games. Hopefully very soon.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
The Testament of Longinus
Publisher: White Wolf
by Scott M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/02/2010 14:07:09
A fun little addition to the line - non-existent in a mechanical sense, but an intriguing read, nevertheless. Further, and given the weight with which the myth of Longinus carries in 'Requiem' (whether you happen to be a follower or not), it is an impressive bit of colour to have the Testament on hand to quote from or deningrate as needs be. For the negligble cost, the value of having this around is undeniable.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Testament of Longinus
Publisher: White Wolf
by Frank M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 11/18/2009 22:05:26
This was an unexpected pleasure.

The Testament of Longinus evokes memories of religious texts I've read (by choice or not). There's That One Really Boring Book, and That Book Written On Psychedelic Mushrooms. The text repeats itself, contradicts itself, and changes tense and person for a chapter before reverting back ... not unlike many real texts.

Another nice touch is the use of footnotes by the supposed editors and translators. Not only do the footnotes add authenticity, the editors argue different interpretations IN THE FOOTNOTES, almost as if speaking to each other. Appendices by each elaborate his or her respective approach: one points out inaccuracies and contradictions as if to deconstruct it, another touts his theory of up to eight different authors, and a third defends his faith against the arguments of the other two.

This book adds depth to the Lancea Sanctum, provides a prop for a V:tM game when printed, AND is an amusing, if dark and morbid, read.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
The Testament of Longinus
Publisher: White Wolf
by Flames R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 08/24/2009 09:06:11
A Flames Rising Review:

Most players enjoy something tangible given to them in a game. It can be as simple as dice, poker chips, and a character sheet; nevertheless, the experience deepens when newspaper articles, photos, and varied memorabilia are also handed out. People are bound by their senses.

The more senses used during a game greatly intensifies the overall experience. Attack them all. While the Testament of Longinus won’t smell like a centuries old text, it’s still a masterfully fun little addition to the World of Darkness (and you can always check-out an old book from the library to relate that old smell for your players). This psudo-document follows the story of a self-described “antichrist” as he moves from criminal to vampire to . . . something more.

I normally go over a game’s layout first, but I’ll tackle artwork first today. The reason is simple. The nature of this product permits it to have no artwork. While it is true that some holy texts do have classically rendered art plates within them, most don’t. The “no artwork” decision works perfectly for this little manifesto. I italicize that statement because the cover is still a piece of fantastic art. Its design reflects the soft aged leather of a forgotten book, obviously using the Bible as inspiration. I hope White Wolf offers a print run of this tidy little beast as most self-printing jobs will not do it justice. After all, this is billed as an “in-game prop.”

One deeply amusing thing about reading this book is the journal portion of the book. In it, the writers critique the pseudo-religious text, bickering about the changes in authors and so forth. The writers did a fantastic job sounding like different authors, spanning across hundreds of years. In a sense, the journal portion of the book offers a rich review of the testament portion.

Fun, fun stuff.

The material in the book can quickly put characters on a quest for the mystical Longinus. He’s another Caine, Christ, or Boogeyman. His story and accomplishments are envied by too many factions for this book not to have impact in most Vampire or even Hunter games. With the correct angle, it could even be brought into a fully different system. Who is to say a Delta Green cell wouldn’t want to find and destroy such a sanity-splitting tome?

All in all, I think this book is a great addition.

Review by Todd Cash

Read the Full Review at FlamesRising.com: http://www.flamesrising.com/testament-longinus-review

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