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  • Let's have another Night Horror preview!

    The Nowhere Men are entirely new to Vampire, not being based on any first edition material. I'll let the write up below explain their niche, but first I wanted to talk a little about why I like them so much. The Nowhere Men don't have mechanics. They don't have traits or Dread Powers; they just work when you (the Storyteller) need them to. Okay, they have one mechanic, which is the Condition they place to track their victims, but even that's mostly a narrative tool. The Nowhere Men aren't meant to be something STs use to vex their players:...
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  • A fine Friday to you all!

    The following is one of our five sample Necropoli. While about half the Warrens chapter is taken up with background and systems, the rest is dedicated to these example domains. Second Chances did 4/5 of them, and he did a fantastic job as usual. The following is from Lethbridge, Alberta, in a continuing effort by he and I to Canadianize the Chronicles of Darkness as much as possible, eh?

    The Coal Shafts: Sik-ooh-kotok (Lethbridge), Canada

    Deep in the Albertan south, Sik-ooh-kotok has always been a bastion for the Nosferatu. The Coal...
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  • Totally happy to answer questions!

    Theme-wise, my major note to the bloodline writers was to emphasize the horror. Some of the early drafts (and this included my own) were a tad too generic; they were good bloodlines, but not necessarily great Nosferatu bloodlines. The Gethsemeni, for instance, had a lot more emphasis on breaching the Masquerade in their first draft, whereas the final version focuses on the holy horror of being a prophet touched by the indefinable hand of God. All the bloodlines evince a different kind of scary: the unknown, knowing too much, being a cog in a machine,...
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  • An excellent choice. Includes my favourite plot hook in the book!...
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  • TOO LATE.

    (I'll do a Necropolis tomorrow. Let's make it author's choice: The Coal Shafts, The Lost Necropolis, Popobawa's Roost, or the Rusted Graveyard? I GUESS we could do Mike's too, but who cares about that guy???)...
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  • Well, I'm never one to fly in the face of popular opinion.

    The Noctuku as a concept go all the way back to Vampire: The Masquerade. In VTM, they were the Nictuku, proto-Nosferatu who hunted their clanmates on behalf of their antediluvian master. In Requiem, they became a bloodline of Nosferatu cannibals, forced to exist on the outskirts of the All Night Society.

    Our take on the Noctuku had a lot of ink spilled over them. I noted above that we were originally just going to continue with the bloodline interpretation, albeit a corrupted one with some special mechanics. However,...
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  • Time for a preview!

    Here's our last ghoul family: The Chaménos. Another new one to the setting, the Unwanted straddle a strange line between social and genetic ghoul family (see Half-Damned). They appear spontaneously in Nosferatu subcultures around the world, all with the same weakness and strength...

    Chaménos: The Ones Who Were Thrown Away

    "Save your pity. I have purpose; you have nothing."

    Where we came from

    In every culture across the globe, children are precious gifts, shining lights representing the future of their...
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  • Oh, and here's something I put together for fun while I was doing layout: A bloodline playlist! It's in book order, so you don't have to guess which is which:

    https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0d...QjmIBZswCfEEgA
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  • Happy...Tuesday! Yeah! Let's have another ghoul preview.

    The Gravenors first appeared in first edition's Ghouls. Ghouls is a book I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with: It's got a lot of great material, but it's also pretty puerile at times. It's from 2005, and it exudes early installment weirdness. That said, the Gravenors as-presented in Ghouls aren't too different from the ones in Better Feared, but I've shifted their creepiness from "isolated inbred hicks" (and all the baggage that came with that) to "doomsayer occult detectives", which I feel opens...
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  • It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you... >_>...
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  • Happy Monday! Time for another preview/excerpt.

    Since we've run out of bloodlines, let's do some ghoul families. Along with an update of the Gravenors from Ghouls, the Kobayashi are one of two new families in Better Feared, and they're probably my favourite of the pair. They have a really fun concept that invites both espionage thrillers and family dramas, and they're designed so you can plug them into the Tokyo setting from the core (though they would work in any venue).

    Kobayashi: The Ones Who Take Your Place

    "I can be whoever you need me to be.&q...
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  • And now, our final bloodline preview!

    The Candymen are probably the bloodline that changed the least in second drafts and development. Their bane was the only really big alteration: originally they could only feed from characters with low Integrity, or those who had experienced a recent breaking point. That wasn't a bad concept, but it required the ST to keep track of NPC traits that almost never matter, and because Integrity isn't tied to ethics, it didn't really fit with the bloodline's amoral outlook. Their final bane resembles the Ventrue weakness from Vampire: The Masquerade,...
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  • Happy Saturday! Have a preview!

    The Keepers of the Dark are the third of our four new bloodlines. The Keepers ward the world against chthonic gods (or so they say), and wage an eternal cold war with the Lygos over control of the depths.

    The Keepers and the Lygos were developed in tandem by their mutual authors. Both writers had similar ideas about Nosferatu and primordial gods, and they decided it would be more interesting to present two sides of the coin on that concept.

    Keepers of the Dark

    "You shouldn't have come down here. I hope you're
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  • Also, because I don't get to show these off as much as I'd like, our logo artist did a fantastic job on the Von Schreck symbol:

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  • They're a super fun concept, and I think the author walked the line between campy and genuinely terrifying really well. They probably have my favourite bloodline origin in the book ("Once upon a midnight darkly time in Hollywood...")

    To pull back the curtain a tad, the Von Schrecks are the ones who changed the most of the new bloodlines over the course of development. The basic idea was there from the start, but they weren't initially a fake (found?) family, and their powers were more about doing horror film tropes with Nightmare than the haunted movie powers they have in...
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  • I'll let the writer know! The Chamenos are probably my favourite of the three ghoul families; they really exemplify the themes of the book.

    And now, a Friday excerpt. This time, let's visit the Von Schreck Family, purveyors of thrills, chills, and (allegedly) snuff films.

    Von Schreck Family: The Ones Who Make You Scream

    "Great, great, but this time, scream from the diaphragm. Action!"


    Scary movies have a life of their own. If you ask historians, most will tell you the first horror film was Le Manoir du Diable (The House of the Devi...
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  • What's that you say? A preview? Why not!

    The Acteius are one of four new lineages in the book. However, their name HAS appeared in an official source! They're one of the bloodlines mentioned but never expanded on in Vampire: The Requiem (the very first one). I did a little research on the name, and while there were a few angles I could have come at them from, this one was what interested me most.

    Acteius: The Ones You Can't Stop

    "The hammer's not just for nails."


    The Kindred look down on the Nosferatu. Safe in timeless perfection, the...
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  • In addition to what saibot said, Scratch has a whole backstory described in Secrets of the Covenants. And settings aren’t really exclusive to editions, I’d contend....
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  • Glad you enjoy it!

    The Keepers are all about defense and opposition, less about fighting their enemies directly. They just make sure to survive long enough to bring the other guy down. They’re also (not so secretly) the Lygos’ eternal foes, and it makes sense for them to have opposing physical Disciplines....
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  • Thank you so much! That duality was a theme I wanted to hit hard in this one. The dirty cycle of being a Nosferatu is such a fun concept to play with, and I think all the writers nailed it.

    And I'll pass on your praise about the antagonists to their author. He spilled a lot of ink over them, and I think they worked out wonderfully. I'm especially fond of the Fear Eaters, because they're not the kind of antagonist you see much in Vampire....
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