Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition now available at DriveThruRPG

Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition I was actually a bit surprised when I noticed that the 20th Anniversary Edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was already available for purchase on DriveThruRPG. I haven’t actually expected it before late October. There will also be a print-on-demand version over DriveThruRPG later this year, so if you want to get this, you may want to wait a bit longer.

So what’s the big deal with V20? It contains all thirteen Clans, Clan variants and bloodlines from the oWoD, the rules have been slightly updated and there are rules for characters from Neonate to Methusaleh. All disciplines from level one through nine are included and the setting has been updated to reflect the modern times.

While I own all the nWoD core books, I have to admit I still prefer the oWoD setting. Back in the day I’ve played everything from a Caitiff vampire to a Stargazer Philodox in Werewolf. Both Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse are games I would love to play (or run) again. As far as I know White Wolf plans to rerelease Mage and Werewolf in anniversary editions, too, so perhaps I might get my chance.

The price of $29.99 is a bit above what I usually pay for PDFs and I wouldn’t mind getting the POD version, so I might wait until the holiday season before getting my copy, but from what I’ve read so far the 529-paged PDF is worth every penny.

Michael Wolf is a German games designer and enthusiast best known for his English language role-playing games blog, Stargazer's World, and for creating the free rules-light medieval fantasy adventure game Warrior, Rogue & Mage. He has also worked as an English translator on the German-language Dungeonslayers role-playing game and was part of its editorial team. In addition to his work on Warrior, Rogue & Mage and Dungeonslayers, he has created several self-published games and also performed layout services and published other independent role-playing games such as A Wanderer's Romance, Badass, and the Wyrm System derivative Resolute, Adventurer & Genius, all released through his imprint Stargazer Games. Professionally, he works as a video technician and information technologies specialist. Stargazer's World was started by Michael in August 2008.

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