Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG bundle offer - Vampire 20th Anniversary

This is another package I'll probably look at, but probably won't play because I got "monstered out" a good few years ago and rarely feel like running a horror game. It's the 20th anniversary relaunch of Vampire: The Masquerade:

"Vampire: the Masquerade is a transformative classic of roleplaying. Originally published in 1991, Vampire launched the Classic World of Darkness setting that eventually encompassed hundreds of titles. In 2011, to mark two decades since Vampire's debut, Onyx Path Publishing produced a massive 529-page full-color 20th Anniversary Edition -- the first Classic World of Darkness book and Vampire: The Masquerade book to be released since the cancellation of those lines in 2004. Targeting longtime players familiar with the original game, V20 assumes broad knowledge of the "metaplot" that drove the cWoD line, but tweaks the original events to improve their usefulness. In this edition, Gehenna hasn't happened (yet) and the metaplot belongs to the players. The presentation is setting-agnostic, allowing individual Storytellers to choose which metaplot events have occurred and which haven't: the Assamite schism, Gangrel leaving the Camarilla, etc. V20 cleans up the original Vampire rules and brings the 1990s Goth-Punk setting up to date.

The 20th Anniversary Edition's phenomenal success prompted Onyx Path to run Kickstarter campaigns for several V20 supplements -- including a Companion, Children of the Revolution, Hunters Hunted II, and Anarchs Unbound -- and initiate similar Anniversary editions for the rest of the Classic World of Darkness line.

This collection -- a follow-up to our successful February 2015 Vampire: The Masquerade Bundle featuring the Second Edition rules -- presents the complete core V20 rulebook and many of the Kickstarter-funded supplements. It's everything you need for a complete V20 campaign of personal horror in our horrific modern time.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, the RPG Creators Relief Fund.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$110. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $49) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the complete V20 core rulebook (retail value $30), the V20 Storyteller's Screen (retail $2) and Companion (retail $10), and the adventure Dust to Dust (retail $7).
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $61:
  • Anarchs Unbound (retail $15): A revisitation of the old Anarch Cookbook that makes these revolutionaries capable and terrifying.
  • Dread Names, Red List (retail $15): The throughly updated Kindred Most Wanted Red List of the Camarilla's deadliest enemies.
  • Children of the Revolution (retail $15): Biographies of 18 Kindred who were Embraced in difficult times.
  • The Hunters Hunted II (retail $16): Revised and updated for V20, this seminal World of Darkness book looks at the mortals around the world who hunt or study the Kindred.
At least one more title will be added after launch. When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the bundle automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early."

I'll probably take a look at this to see how they've updated things, but as mentioned I probably won't be using it. If you're a Vampire fan it's probably a must buy, except that I suspect that anyone still playing Vampire at this stage is heavily committed to the original setting and may not want to update. It sounds like it might be a little impenetrable to newcomers. But you're getting a LOT for your money, I think it's probably worth it. As usual YMMV.
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