Chicago By Night is a bit of an extravagance, to be sure. But that’s what birthday money is for, right? Extravagances. Besides, Ken Hite did the latest Vampire: the Masquerade edition, and every little bit helps.
PS: I’m not expecting the new V:tM Bloodlines game any time soon, either. I’m also not expecting anything spectacular from it when it arrives, for that matter. I know how this stuff goes.
I’ve had my eye on the Vampire the Masquerade: Fall of London RPG supplement for some time; and today was the intersection of desire, reduced price, and sufficient cash in my personal account to buy it. So why not? Really and truly, why not?
Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2 looks good, although that guy at the start is precisely the sort of person that my Humanity 10 Toreador would stake on sight and then claim she was just cynically enforcing the Masquerade. I’m just a big ol’ softy, me*. Seven months to go before I can play it…
*Unless you’re Society of Leopold. I was catching myself getting very intense when it came to those SOBs and their crossbows.
I didn’t realize it at the time — for some reason, I missed all the Origins awards stuff this year — but I found out about it when Ken Hite put up the speech that he would have made, if only he hadn’t been having a steak dinner offsite at the time. Or thought that he was going to win. I have a copy of Vampire: the Masquerade 5e myself, and: it is gorgeous, in every sense of the term. The art and the setting both. The triple book slipcase set is rather dear, of course — which is why I pre-ordered it; that price was never going to go down.
By all means, check it out: and congratulations to Ken and the rest of the team. The award’s very deserved.
I admit to surprise: I hadn’t realized that Paradox already had the DLC for Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines 2 lined up and everything. It would seem that the company is pretty good about keeping secrets, because I never heard a word about this sequel until today. And I would have absolutely started looking for news about it if I had been given even a hint.
Anyway: coming out in March 2020. Just in time for my fiftieth birthday! Yay! …And, yay.
The original Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines was released 15 years ago. On top of an absolute mouthful of a title, it was one of the best RPGs of its time, a memorable, heady mix of vampires and Los Angeles crime. It was also the epitome of a cult classic, which is to say it reviewed well but sold poorly. So it’s both a massive surprise and a welcome one that Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines 2, a full-fat, also-a-mouthful sequel, was announced at GDC last night. It’s real, folks, and it’s scheduled to release in early 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Bloodlines 2 will take the series to a new city, Seattle, and expand upon the vampire society that made the first game great. You play as a young vampire who was forcibly turned as part of a taboo “Mass Embrace,” and who must now learn to navigate a bloody political landscape.
I never dared hope for a sequel. I was almost afraid of one. But this… this is awesome. While… :checking: …yup, still almost afraid of it. What if it’s not as good?
This is the one Ken Hite edited. And it is, to use a word, lush.
Fifth edition, three-volume set of Vampire: The Masquerade, comes from Modiphius Entertainment. I look forward to perusing it further. Now if they’d only do an updated Mage: the Ascension*…
*I would absolutely play in a reverse M:tA campaign where I was a Void Engineer trying to cure the excesses of both my own side and that of the Nine Traditions. I’d also like a pony and eternal youth, so that I could actually have time to play in such a campaign, and a way to get there.