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How to Collecting Vampire: The Masquerade

Collecting Vampire: The Masquerade is a hobby unto itself. To complete this set, you would have to buy approaching 100 books, counting novels. Vampire: The Masquerade not only has RPG supplements out the wazoo. The game has inspired novels, LARPs, video games, tv shows, even merchandise like “vampire tradition pins”. Borrowing ideas from Anne Rice novels and loaning ideas to the True Blood and Twilight series of the world, Vampire: The Masquerade may have had a bigger impact on the pop culture than any other roleplaying game I can name–all respect to Dungeons & Dragons.

Vampire: The Masquerade Collecting

When Vampire: The Masquerade came out in 1991, it made an immediate sensation. The game won the 1991 rulebook of the year by most major RPG organizations, then went on to collect award after award over the next ten years. The Vampire roleplaying game was one of those essential parts of the 90s, like grunge music and Quentin Tarantino movies. Given that the game was popular from the get-go and is only 20 years old, you might think Vampire books aren’t worth a lot on the online market these days, but some of them are worth quite a lot. Their popularity remains high to this day.

Vampire: The Masquerade Limited Edition (1998)

White Wolf sensed it would be so fairly early on. Only six or seven years into their remarkable run, White Wolf put out a limited edition version of the game that is among their most collectible books now. The 1998 limited edition of the Vampire rulebook is up for sell around $135 online these days, while the original 1992 rulebook for Vampire: The Masquerade is offered for around $50. You can find the accompanying Storyteller Handbook Limited Edition for around $80, while rare sourcebooks like The Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom goes for around $75.

Below are some other of the more expensive Vampire first edition books I saw listed the last time I looked. Keep in mind these are not my suggested prices; I’m simply reporting what I’ve seen them priced at.

  • Vampire The Masquerade: Chaining the Beast ($40)
  • Blood Sacrifice: Thaumaturgy Companion ($40)
  • Clanbook: Gangrel ($43)
  • Clanbook: Malkavian ($46)
  • Storytellers Screen & Companion ($48)

Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Edition

If you want the latest collectors edition of Vampire 1st Ed, you can pick up a brand new product. In September of 2011, a 20th edition of Vampire: The Masquerade will come out and (according to a press release) the only people who’ll be able to procure a copy are attendees to the “Grand Masquerade 20th Anniversary Convention, September 15th through 18th in New Orleans, Louisiana”. The price tag for this 400+ page book has yet to be revealed.

Vampire The Masquerade Storytellers, Players Books

Like many of White Wolf’s product lines, the Vampire series is full of additional storyteller books and player guides. Since powerful groups like the Camarilla (the Traditions) and the Sabbat (an antagonistic vampire group) are continent-spanning secret societies, you’ll need a guide to their networks if they become a big part of your game (the Camarilla almost has to be, on some level). I have to admit I’ve always preferred my RPG material fairly straightforward, so White Wolf’s fiction excerpts have always tended to annoy me, there’s no doubt the indirect method of setting creation is evocative. The art of Vampire I’ve always loved. Here’s a checklist of guides, companions, and handbooks that might help you learn the framework of the series.

  • Vampire: The Masquerade RPG
  • The Kindred Most Wanted
  • Guide to the Camarilla
  • Guide to the Sabbat
  • Player’s Guide to the Sabbat
  • Storytellers Handbook to the Sabbat
  • Vampire Storytellers Handbook
  • Vampire Storytellers Companion
  • Vampire Players Guide
  • Vampire Translation Guide
  • Vampire Players Guide
  • Guide to the Anarchs

Vampire: The Masquerade Clanbooks

The first edition of Vampire had a lot of different undead clans, and each one got its own treatment. With the Masquerade, you had the bestial vampires, the monstrous vampires, the anarchists, the underworld figures, the corporate types. While the proliferation of vampires seemed to make the world rife with the undead–enough so you always wondered if there was anyone actually alive in the cities–the Masquerade gave you and your group plenty of options for gaming.

  • Clanbook: Ventrue
  • Clanbook: Toreador
  • Clanbook: Ravnos
  • Clanbook: Brujah
  • Clanbook: Tremere
  • Clanbook: Malkavian
  • Clanbook: Nosferatu
  • Clanbook: Tzimisce
  • Clanbook: Assamite
  • Clanbook: Lasombra
  • Clanbook: Giovanni
  • Clanbook: Setites

I’m pretty sure the Setites book is also listed as Followers of Set, but these might be two different books. I never played a Setite or owned this clanbook, so don’t quote me on that. And yes, even players joked about not knowing how to pronounce “Tzimisce”.

Vampire: The Masquerade Sourcebooks

This may not be all of the Masquerade sourcebooks, but it’s geting close to the full list. Some of these titles kind of came and went, while others (Kindred of the East, Book of Nod) were very famous at the time–or at least they were always prominent in the game stores I visited. The Tim Bradstreet book is a book of art, while there was also a book simply called The Art of Vampire you can still pick up online.

  • Book of Nod
  • Blood Magic: Secrets of Thaumaturgy
  • Midnight Siege
  • Ghouls: Fatal Attraction
  • State of Grace
  • Archons and Templars
  • Elysium
  • Shadow War
  • Dark Colony
  • Lair of the Hidden
  • The Hunters Hidden
  • Sins of the Blood
  • Succubus Club: Dead Man’s Party
  • Time of Thin Blood
  • Caine’s Chosen: The Black Hand
  • Ashes to Ashes
  • Tim Bradstreet Vampire Portfolio
  • Nights of Prophecy
  • Gehenna
  • Chaining the Beast
  • Vampire Diary: The Embrace
  • Book of the Kindred
  • Who’s Who Among Vampires: Children of the Inquisition
  • Prince of the City
  • Children of the Night
  • The Inquisition
  • Blood Bond
  • Dirty Secrets of the Black Hand
  • Anarch Cookbook
  • Bloody Hearts: Diablerie: Britain
  • Counsel of Primogen
  • Sins of the Blood
  • Alien Hunger
  • Kindred of the East
  • Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom
  • Revelations of the Dark Mother
  • Havens of the Damned
  • The Red Sign
  • Encyclopedia Vampirica
  • Victorian Age Vampire
  • Blood Sacrifice: The Thaumaturgy Companion

Vampire The Masquerade by Night Series

The city a vampire lived in was an important part of the story, because a vampire chronicle was built around a city, it prince, and the informal court of vampires living in his domain. While each member of the group might be from a different clan, the city was the common bond they had and was the world they knew. All vampire understood there was a wider world of vampire lords, organizations, and lineages out there, but the city was all. So these “city by night” books were important to have–one of them, at least.

  • Los Angeles by Night
  • New Orleans by Night
  • D.C. by Night
  • Chicago by Night
  • New York by Night
  • Cairo by Night
  • Montreal by Night
  • Berlin by Night
  • Constantinople by Night
  • Mexico by Night
  • Victorian Age Vampire: London by Night
  • Dark Alliance: Vancouver
  • Cities of Darkness Volume I
  • Cities of Darkness Volume 2

Vampire: The Masquerade Chronicles

The Vampire Chronicles books sound like novels or short stories compilations, but they are actually setting books. If you want to deal with Dracula’s legacy, you could play in the Transylvania Chronicles. Clan Giovanni is a mysterious group that is neither Camarilla nor Sabbat, who ensconce themselves in Italian imagery, only embrace each other, and seem to obsess over necromancy. Their bite deals more damage, so they tend to kill humans when they feed. Playing a campaign among the Giovanni is a way to step outside the normal confines of Vampire: The Masquerade.

  • The Ventrue Chronicle
  • Giovanni Chronicles I: The Last Supper
  • The Giovanni Chronicles II: Blood and Fire
  • Giovanni Chronicles III: The Sun Has Set
  • Giovanni Chronicles IV: Nuova Malattia
  • The Giovanni Chronicles Epilogue: Nuova Malattia
  • Transylvania Chronicles I: Dark Tides Rising
  • Transylvania Chronicles II: Son of the Dragon
  • Transylvania Chronicles III: III Omens
  • Transylvania Chronicles IV: The Dragon Ascendant

Vampire: The Masquerade Novels

The Predator & Prey series of novels take place in and around Michigan. The stories involve more elements of the World of Darkness than just the Vampire clans, as werewolves, human mages, and the nefarious Technocracy (the boogie men of Mage: The Ascension) all get involved.

The clan novels are a loosely interconnected series of novels which focus on each of the traditions, helping to fill in the World of Darkness and giving players and (especially) storytellers an idea what a Vampire game can and should look like. There are other novels out there, but since this is about collecting roleplaying game books and not novels, I only wanted to call your attention to the existence of these books, so Vampire: The Masquerade collectors who want a complete Masquerade collection know that these are out there. You’ll also find a Vampire television series from the mid-1990s.

  • Predator & Prey Book 1: Vampire
  • Predator & Prey Book 2: Judge
  • Predator & Prey Book 3: Werewolf
  • Predator & Prey Book 4: Jury
  • Predator & Prey Book 5: Mage
  • Predator & Prey Book 6: Executioner
  • Clan Novel 1: Toreador
  • Clan Novel 2: Tzimisce
  • Clan Novel 3: Gangrel
  • Clan Novel 4: Setite
  • Clan Novel 5: Ventrue
  • Clan Novel 6: Lasombra
  • Clan Novel 7: Assamite
  • Clan Novel 8: Ravnos
  • Clan Novel 9: Malvakian
  • Clan Novel 10: Giovanni
  • Clan Novel 11: Brujah
  • Clan Novel 12: Tremere
  • Clan Novel 13: Nosferatu

Collecting Vampire RPG Books

In all, there have been three editions of Vampire: The Masquerade, but the game line was discontinued in 2004. Since then, White Wolf released Vampire: The Requiem, which significantly reduces the number of vampire clans, while only keeping one or two from the first book. As the years have passed, more traditions have been introduced or reintroduced, but Vampire: The Requiem is a different game and not a sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade.

Vampire: The Requiem Is NOT a Sequel to Vampire: The Masquerade

Masquerade is considered Old World of Darkness or “oWod”, while Requiem is considered New World of Darkness or “nWod”. Requiem has been a successful and popular game line, as well, so once you have finished collecting Vampire: The Masquerade, you might consider starting on your Vampire: The Requiem collection.

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