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I've been trying to write a review of the new vampire book for about six months now, and I haven't been able to do so without it turning into a really long list of changes, which isn't what I want to do. But I think I've got it now.

On first examination, the game seems pretty similar to the last live version, which was itself based on the OWoD tabletop. However, this is quite deceptive - the changes are major. Again, not wanting to do a list, the main thing to understand is the thrust of the design.

Simulationism has not been a consideration at all. The mechanics don't reflect the game world as described.
Storyism has always been a WoD pretention, but as with (and even moreso than) previous WoD games the mechanics are not designed to support it - in fact, the nature of the Humanity mechanics works to *reduce* drama and story points.
Gamism, then, is the thrust of the mechanics. And that's okay - a balanced gamist game to make a PvP arena is actually a good idea! But note, if you wanted to tell stories about characters struggling with their internal demons, this ruleset will hinder you. And if you wanted to run a campaign about the tyranny of elders, this ruleset will probably be a bad choice, because it made elders playable which means only the same power as non-elders.

Okay. But supposing you wanted to run a somewhat-more-egalitarian-than-setting-indicates salon larp chronicle, featuring PvP as its primary attraction? Well then, this is the best official WoD ruleset for it. Probably. However, even in that context, it's big and clunky, the book is too big, the Storytelling advice doesn't fit rules, and overall it's a mess.

Actually, "overall it's a mess" is probably the summary of the review. Main source of mess: mechanics like these don't belong in a game with a "storyteller". They belong in a game with a "referee".

Still, a better love story than twilight.

Date: 2015-09-12 12:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] emmajnation.livejournal.com
Isn't almost anything a better love story than Twiglet?!



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