<p>White Wolf takes us back to the Eighties in New Wave Requiem (WW25320). The decision to turn back the clock nearly twenty five years seems to be a brilliant one (Yes, I did say TWENTY FIVE years). Sob. Vampire: the Masquerade hit bookshelves in 1991, so readers never really got a feel for the Reagan Era of gaming. This appears to be their attempt at remedying that issue. This slim supplement weighs in at eighty-one pages; however, it wastes no space with ads (an oddity considering the waste the 1980s created). There are a few pages devoted solely to pieces of art, but these terrific characterizations demand forgiveness as they summon images of The Warriors and an evil Susanna Hoffs.
The text’s layout (down to the character sheet) plays with the same cold digital font used on alarm clocks, Doogie Howser, M. D. journal entries, and arcade games. As much as I wanted to hate this dominating font, I could not. It was the perfect fit to this book. Instead of the typical green or blue that the font should be, they wisely turned it blood red The cover art is another story; I loved it immediately. Erik Jone’s cover art depicts the sex, drugs, and money required to capture the “feel” of the 1980s; furthermore, the scantily dressed vamp reminds the reader that, despite being consumed by the infernal Trinity, blood is still king. It’s a great cover, probably the only one in recent years to pull me in on artistic merit alone. The interior artwork by John Christopher, Marco Nelor, and Frederico Piatti is sparse, which is to be expected with a release of this size. The art is well-placed, working to lead into chapters or show off one of the great NPCs.
While I found the lead-in artwork to be okay and somehow fitting, the character depictions are flat-out amazing. The icon associated with these pieces leads me to giving John Christopher credit for them. There are a few duplicates of a few characters within the books; however these full-page reproductions look like iron-on decals for ringer tees. Great, great stuff!
Yes, I loved this book. White Wolf rarely takes the step to bring the darkness of their world and let John Huges and Princess Diana run around within it. That is what I felt they did with this supplement however. I think the biggest reason a reader may dislike this book is if the Eighties just doesn’t do it for them. If so, I doubt they’ll pick up a book dedicated to it. Let me show you my scores:
Layout: 5 out of 5 Dice <br />
Artwork: 4 out of 5 Dice <br />
Writing: 4 out of 5 Dice <br />
Overall: 5 out of 5 Dice
Review by Todd Cash
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[5 of 5 Stars!]