They stalk in the shadows, moving gracefully and unseen among their prey. They are the blood-drinking fiends of whispered legends - Kindred, Cainites, the Damned. Above all, they are vampires. Their eternal struggle, waged since the nights of Jericho and Babylon, plays itself out among the skyscrapers and mightclubs of the modern world. But the vampires' grand Masquerade is imperiled, and the night of Gehena draws ever closer.
Until The End of All Things
This new edition of Vampire:The Masquerade is an updated, revised version of the popular classic. In this mammoth volume can be found all 13 clans, all major Discplines, and a host of brand-new information on both the Kindred and the...things...that hunt them. This book compiles everything you need to know about the Kindred and the World of Darkness for the new millenium. Plus, the new edition provides all-new information on the changes that affect the clans, and on the begining of the end of the Camarilla. FInally, the first of the Storyteller rulebooks is the best again.
Click here to see White Wolf's press release regarding the Revised edition.
from followup questions, Justin had this to say:
Let me clarify/reveal a bit:
Vampire: The Masquerade is the only book necessary to play the game. In
the first quarter of '99, companion volumes for the Camarilla and Sabbat
will be available for those who desire greater setting depth.
Those of you who enjoy the game will see expansion, revision and new
utility from these companions including refined mechanics and story
advancements. Those of you who hate the game will maintain that we're
just desperate to gouge another buck from our market, and that I am the
Great Satan for simply suggesting the thing ;)
Vampire: The Masquerade is the only book necessary to play the game. In the first quarter of '99, companion volumes for the Camarilla and Sabbat will be available for those who desire greater setting depth.
Those of you who enjoy the game will see expansion, revision and new utility from these companions including refined mechanics and story advancements. Those of you who hate the game will maintain that we're just desperate to gouge another buck from our market, and that I am the Great Satan for simply suggesting the thing ;)
According to various sources, including AOL Chat sessions, an article in Inquest, and a post by developer Justin Achilli, some of the changes in the Revised Edition will include:
San Diego Comic Con 1998. 94* outside, and standing in line for my Professional badge. They were actually on time, so i was told. This year was my first for this particular Convention. We were let in at 10am, the air conditioning just right. It only took me about 45 minutes to locate, (or stumble upon) what was the tiny exibitor's stand with the words "White Wolf" above. I approached it, immediately seeing Justin Achillies. He was bald, or close to it. There, on the table sat the eagerly awaited Revised Vampire the Masquerade. It wasn't in the published form, rather a script-like state. A guy was shmoozing with Justin as he flipped through the new edition. I stood around, waiting to look through it. Minutes later, he handed it to me, and i flipped through it, page by page.
As i looked through it, i questioned Justin on a few of the rumors, or statements that have been passed around. I got to the Discipline section, and blinked. It was changed. Almost every discipline has been altered in some form or another. So, i asked the bald one. "So, how many disc's have you really changed?"
"Most of them have gone through some sort of rewording, revamping or in some cases, complete overhauls. Necromancy has changed, as you can see... (It was. It was like reading Thaum. Rits and all.) "Serpentis, as well." He added.
"Yeah, i noticed that Mummy was changed. Why the different powers?"
"Well, we weren't pleased with how the Setites were being portrayed.
"You mean, so corrupting and such?
"Yes. What is corrupting, anyway? I mean, especially with Kindred. We
decided to make them more...enigmatic. More ancient lore characters. "
"Interesting. Any more books coming out that will compliment this? I mean, i noticed that the Discipline powers listed, are only up to 5 dots.
"Yes, again. ::smiles:: We are releasing a Camarilla book shortly after the new VTM, sometime in about December or January."
"That will have more information on disciplines and such? What about combat, Dansky mentioned in his info release to Inquest magazine that the combat has been amended? Whats that mean ? (As i sifted through to find the combat section to no avail)
"We redid that from the ground up. We added another type of damage, and made things a little easier and more clear to understand. (This i got a little confused on, so it wasn't exactly what he said.) There's now a banter type of damage. Fists, kicks, and such. Bruise type damage in other words. Then there's weapon damage, i.e. Guns, and melee weapons. Finally, you have your typical Agged damage. "
"Any new Clanbook's?"
"Well, its funny you should ask that. I have been wanting to redo the
first few...make them measure up to all the others. I may try to get it
done similiar to the Libellus Sanguinus' from the Dark Ages set.
Gangrel, Malkie and Brujah. With changes of course. The problem with it
is, i am hesitant because it will seem like we are just trying to rake
in the money with added books after all this, which is not the case.
"You don't think people are going to think that already? I mean, come on. man...First the VTM, then a Camarilla book, AND a Sabbat book?
"::chuckles:: Well, it will appear that way, but we are hoping they will like the new versions. They are worth it. We've had lots of fun putting them together, and it is much better than the originals.
"Well, i don't want to waste anymore of your time But, what about the Black Hand? I have also heard rumors that because you guys put that out so fast, its only backfired on you, and the best thing is to get rid of it...?
"heheheh, well it goes a little like this. It will come out in some kind of book form later, but yes, we do want to get rid of it. It was a mistake. You know the Shadowlands, right?"