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V20 Lore of the Clans $19.99 $13.79
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V20 Lore of the Clans
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Joseph P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/05/2016 16:04:14

I'd say, hands down the best of the V20 line so far, and I honestly can not wait until Lore of the Bloodlines, (which I wanted even more) to finally come out.

A consistent complaint I've had about the V20 line was that it didn't feel like Vampire the Masquerade as much as someone's rewriting the game to get their home campaign ideas, (some of which are just bad) into canon, or something along those lines, even if it meant removing things from past editions. The V20 lines has also lost that defining spark that made me fall in love with Vampire the Masquerade, and in truth tends to make reading those books somewhat dull, (Ghouls, Black Hand, I'm looking at you). While this is all still somewhat true here, it's very clearly to a lesser extent all around.

Instead, Lore reminds me a lot of both versions of the old Clan Books, except all in one place. When I first started off reading it, chapter by chapter, I actually told someone "It felt like reading an old VtM book, once again", and I meant it. After I'd gotten into it more and more, I started havign some doubts, some are just better than others, though to be fair, this has always been the case, and some degree of personal bias may also come into play, making it difficult to tell if which I honestly liked or not, but I didn't walk away disliking the take or "reimagining" they had gone with this time.

I've never been a fan of the Assamites or Tremere, and still really am not, but both are very good chapters here, and I really like the idea that most of the Tremere chapter is taken from the out of game stance of "yah, we know it doesn't make sense but it's a Clan, they did survive, and here they are" and the unreliable narrator works perfectly.

Each chapter is filled with options, ideas, mechanics, and the like, though it's NOT restricted to just that Clan, which is a big plus.

Unlike the V20 main book, this one has time to go into some more detail rather than just present options, and they use that space well. I highly recommend this book, and if anything else in the V20 line is closer to this than the direction they have been going, I'm more excited. Especially if Lore of the Bloodlines is even close to this.



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[4 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Lore of the Clans
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Lucas v. D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/01/2016 08:56:23

First of all I want to say this book is exactly what I expected from it: More lore of the 13 clans. The setting is very important in WoD and as a storyteller this is a perfect supplement to get a better grasp on the tentions between the clans (something I use in almost every gamesession). The chapters are written from a in clan perspective what gives a immersed feeling when reading. Ill definitly let my players read their own clan chapter.

Furthermore I think the short explaination in the end for the Antitribu is very usefull if you have limited knowledge about the sabbat. The extra clan disiplines and merits/flaws are cool, but (for me at least) you should buy this for the stories, lore and cool fluff.

My final verdict: A must have for storytellers



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Lore of the Clans
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/27/2016 09:37:42

If you have been playing Vampire: The Masquerade for any time, you probably have a stack of clan 'splatbooks' giving you the low-down on the various clans of vampires (especially if you are an experimental role-player and don't stick to identical characters all the time). Here notes on all thirteen clans have been gathered together into a single sourcebook containing a wealth of vampire history, tradition and outright lies, all ready for you to delve into.

Each chapter addresses the nature and traditions of a single clan from the standpoint of a vampire who is a member of that clan. How truthful are they? Well, about as truthful as any vampire is, and most of them make politicians look vaguely honest. Starting with the history of the clan, the chapter also contains information about how the clan operates tonight, and provides a range of new powers, merits, flaws, and other rules information which can be used to customise a typical clan member as you please.

The approach is vaguely scholarly, and proves quite an entertaining read. Most could be gathered by a curious vampire of any clan who is prepared to research and talk to members of other clans - after all, any vampire has a lot of nights to fill and needs a good hobby! Of course, for older vampires it's not history, it is something through which they existed although memories may not be as sharp, or may be coloured by later events and opinions. Only the Storyteller knows for certain what is fact and what is fiction in his own campaign... and he may not be telling!

With appendices covering the Caitiff and the Antitribu and a selection of notable vampires, this work provides a fascinating insight to vampire society and is well worth reading, especially if you enjoy all the details that take this game to a high level of absorbing role-playing and storytelling.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Lore of the Clans
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Zachary T. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/04/2016 12:33:27

Loving this book so, so hard. Covers clans' (the 13, plus Caitiff and some antitribu--others are mentioned but more in relation to others, alas none of Saulot's get) beginning stories, histories, some alternate bloodlines and factions, merits/flaws, upper-level disciplines, and combination disciplines. Honestly, though, I've just been reading it almost like a novel. A lot of insight into the clans and a bit of their correlations between each other and even a little into relations with other supernaturals where it's relevant.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Lore of the Clans
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Rodrigo C G R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/26/2015 20:44:22

Why you MUST buy this book:

  • Not just a nostalgia product;
  • Great (evocative) writing - seriously, just finished the Followers of Set chapter;
  • Breaks old clan stereotypes;
  • New archetypes;
  • Brings the Clans to the 21th Century;
  • New Merits;
  • Combination of Disciplines;
  • Great NPCs.


Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
V20 Lore of the Clans
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Jason R. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/31/2015 15:29:21

This is a big book packed with information on the Clan, it is a must have.



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