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''Vampire: The Masquerade'' is the first [[Classic World of Darkness|World of Darkness]] game and the first [[Storyteller System]] game published by [[White Wolf]]. A major departure from the more power and heroics oriented games of the era, VTM is a game of personal horror. It is the parent and the most popular of all the World of Darkness games, and was the genesis of almost all the major ideas people associate with White Wolf.
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Vampire: The Masquerade is the first [[World of Darkness]] game and the first [[Storyteller System]] game published by [[White Wolf]]. A major departure from the more power and heroics oriented games of the era, VTM is a game of personal horror. It is the parent and the most popular of all the World of Darkness games, and was the genesis of almost all the major ideas people associate with White Wolf.
   
In ''Vampire: the Masquerade'', the players assume the role of [[Vampire (cWOD)|vampires]], immortal beings cursed with an unquenchable thirst for [[Blood (VTM)|blood]] and vulnerability to sunlight – creatures forever bound to their inner [[Beast (VTM)|Beast]] (the animal urges of hunger, fear and rage). It is a game of personal horror, as the characters are continually forced to walk a moral tightrope between their need to survive and the horrific means by which they ensure it.
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In Vampire: the Masquerade, the players assume the role of [[Vampire (WOD)|vampires]], immortal beings cursed with an unquenchable thirst for [[Blood (VTM)|blood]] and vulnerability to sunlight – creatures forever bound to their inner [[Beast (VTM)|Beast]] (the animal urges of hunger, fear and rage). It is a game of personal horror, as the characters are continually forced to walk a moral tightrope between their need to survive and the horrific means by which they ensure it.
   
=== The Vampires of the ''World of Darkness'' ===
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=== The Vampires of the World of Darkness ===
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Vampires are one of the three main supernatural races in the [[Classic World of Darkness|World of Darkness]] and the fundamental characters of ''Vampire: The Masquerade'' and its spinoff games like [[Vampire: The Dark Ages]] and [[Kindred of the East]]. The article above offers a closer look at vampires, with their physiology, their politics and their clan division.
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Vampires are one of the three main supernatural races in the [[World of Darkness]] and the fundamental characters of Vampire: The Masquerade and its spinoff games like [[Vampire: The Dark Ages]] and [[Kindred of the East]]. The article above offers a closer look at vampires, with their physiology, their politics and their clan division.
   
In ''Vampire: The Masquerade'', "[[Kindred (VTM)|Kindred]]" is the most common euphemism for a vampire. However, the term is mostly used by vampires who strive to maintain their [[Humanity (VTM)|Humanity]]. On the other hand, [[Sabbat]] vampires prefer the term '[[Cainite]]' to refer to themselves - as many of them believe that the vampiric curse originated with the biblical [[Caine|Cain]], after he murdered his brother, [[Abel]]. The term "[[kine]]" (i.e. "cattle") is the opposite of Kindred, and refers to [[Mortal (cWOD)|human]] population.
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In Vampire: The Masquerade, "[[Kindred (VTM)|Kindred]]" is the most common euphemism for a vampire. However, the term is mostly used by vampires who strive to maintain their [[Humanity (VTM)|Humanity]]. On the other hand, [[Sabbat]] vampires prefer the term '[[Cainite]]' to refer to themselves - as many of them believe that the vampiric curse originated with the biblical [[Caine|Cain]], after he murdered his brother, [[Abel]]. The term "[[kine]]" (i.e. "cattle") is the opposite of Kindred, and refers to [[Mortal (WOD)|human]] population.
   
 
===Vampiric Society===
 
===Vampiric Society===
Most vampires live in cities, which are run feudally by the [[Prince (VTM)|Princes]]; life in a city is one of constant political manipulation and paranoia, as the Cainites vie for food, territory and power. But while they must dwell in close contact with their source of sustenance, vampires largely fear the exposure to the [[Mortal (cWOD)|mortal world]], and since the [[Inquisition (cWOD)|Inquisition]] the majority of these creatures have lived under the [[Masquerade (VTM)|Masquerade]] – an enforced campaign to hide their supernatural existences from humanity.
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Most vampires live in cities, which are run feudally by the [[Prince (VTM)|Princes]]; life in a city is one of constant political manipulation and paranoia, as the Cainites vie for food, territory, and power. But while they must dwell in close contact with their source of sustenance, vampires largely fear the exposure to the [[Mortal (WOD)|mortal world]], and since the [[Inquisition (WOD)|Inquisition]] the majority of these creatures have lived under the [[Masquerade (VTM)|Masquerade]] – an enforced campaign to hide their supernatural existences from humanity.
   
In general, vampiric societies consist of two levels: [[sect (VTM)|sects]] and [[Clan (VTM)|clans]]. Characters within the ''Vampire'' setting are members of one of the clans or minor [[Bloodline (VTM)|bloodlines]] offered, and usually belong to factions associated with these or that reflect a general ideological stance the characters happen to share. For example, a [[Brujah]] may belong to the [[Camarilla (VTM)|Camarilla]], the [[Sabbat]], or the [[Anarchs]], but very few [[Tremere (VTM)|Tremere]] would be found among the Sabbat and even more rarely among the Anarchs.
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In general, vampiric societies consist of two levels: [[sect]]s and [[Clan (VTM)|clans]]. [[Character]]s within the Vampire setting are members of one of the clans or minor [[Bloodline (VTM)|bloodlines]] offered, and usually belong to factions associated with these or that reflect a general ideological stance the characters happen to share. For example, a [[Brujah]] may belong to the [[Camarilla (VTM)|Camarilla]], the [[Sabbat]], or the [[Anarchs]], but very few [[Tremere (VTM)|Tremere]] would be found among the Sabbat and even more rarely among the Anarchs.
   
Some clans and most of the minor bloodlines declare themselves independent from any sects. In addition, the [[Laibon]], known as the [[Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom]] by Western Vampires, are not so much a sect as a cultural group bound together loosely by a powerful spiritual bond to the land and the people of [[Africa (cWOD)|Africa]]. While the [[Kuei-jin]], also known as the [[Kindred of the East]], share some superficial similarity to the western vampires, but they are actually an entirely different variety of supernatural beings.
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Some clans and most of the minor bloodlines declare themselves independent from any sects. In addition, the [[Laibon]], known as the [[Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom]] by Western Vampires, are not so much a sect as a cultural group bound together loosely by a powerful spiritual bond to the land and the people of [[Africa (WOD)|Africa]]. While the [[Kuei-jin]], also known as the [[Kindred of the East]], share some superficial similarity to the western vampires, but they are actually an entirely different variety of supernatural beings.
   
 
==Game History==
 
==Game History==
 
[[Image:VampireAd.jpg|thumb|right|Original Vampire Ad, Dragon Magazine, April 1991]]
 
[[Image:VampireAd.jpg|thumb|right|Original Vampire Ad, Dragon Magazine, April 1991]]
Created by [[Mark Rein·Hagen]], ''Vampire: The Masquerade'' was the first of [[White Wolf Game Studio]]'s [[Classic World of Darkness]] live-action and role-playing games, based on the [[Storyteller System]] and centered around [[Vampire (cWOD)|vampires]] in a modern Gothic-Punk world.
 
   
The ''Revised Edition'', sometimes alternately referred to as the ''Third Edition'' by fans, was released in [[1998]] and explains, "the setting of ''Vampire'' is a composite of its populace and their despair". The title of the series comes from "[[Masquerade (VTM)|The Masquerade]]", referring to the [[Camarilla (VTM)|Camarilla]]'s attempts to hide vampirism from humans and their governments and mass media.
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Created by [[Mark Rein·Hagen]], Vampire: The Masquerade was the first of [[White Wolf Game Studio]]'s [[World of Darkness]] live-action and role-playing games, based on the [[Storyteller System]] and centered around [[Vampire (WOD)|vampires]] in a modern Gothic-Punk world.
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The [[Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition|Revised Edition]], sometimes alternately referred to as the Third Edition by fans, was released in [[1998]] and explains, "the setting of Vampire is a composite of its populace and their despair". The title of the series comes from "[[Masquerade (VTM)|The Masquerade]]", referring to the [[Camarilla (VTM)|Camarilla]]'s attempts to hide vampirism from humans and their governments and mass media.
   
 
[[Image:VampireTheMasquerade1eLogo.png|thumb|right|Vampire: The Masquerade First Edition]]
 
[[Image:VampireTheMasquerade1eLogo.png|thumb|right|Vampire: The Masquerade First Edition]]
In [[1992]], ''Vampire: The Masquerade'' won the Origins Award for ''Best Roleplaying Rules of 1991''. The game line was discontinued in [[2004]], and followed by revised rules and a new setting in ''[[Vampire: The Requiem]]''.
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In [[1992]], Vampire: The Masquerade won the Origins Award for ''Best Roleplaying Rules of 1991''. The game line was discontinued in [[2004]], and followed by revised rules and a new setting in [[Vampire: The Requiem]].
   
The game resumed limited publication in [[2011]] with ''[[Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition]]''. A new edition with significant system changes was announced in [[2017]] followed closely by an open alpha playtest. Following a secondary play test ,which was a revisit to [[Gary, Indiana (cWOD)|Gary]], ''[[Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition]]'' or ''V5'' came out in August of [[2018]].
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The game resumed limited publication in [[2011]] with [[Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition]]. A new edition with significant system changes was announced in [[2017]] followed closely by an open alpha playtest. Following a secondary play test ,which was a revisit to [[Gary, Indiana (WOD)|Gary, Indiana]], [[Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition]] or ''V5'' came out in August of [[2018]].
   
 
[[Image:VampireTheMasquerade2eLogo.png|thumb|right|[[Vampire: The Masquerade Second Edition]] logo]]
 
[[Image:VampireTheMasquerade2eLogo.png|thumb|right|[[Vampire: The Masquerade Second Edition]] logo]]
 
[[Image:VampireMasqueradeV20Logo.png|thumb|right|[[V20|Vampire 20th Anniversary]] logo]]
 
[[Image:VampireMasqueradeV20Logo.png|thumb|right|[[V20|Vampire 20th Anniversary]] logo]]
   
=== Tie-ins & Adaptations ===
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=== Tie-ins and Adaptations ===
Other role-playing game titles set in the [[Classic World of Darkness]] are:
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Other role-playing game titles set in the [[World of Darkness]] are:
 
* [[Werewolf: The Apocalypse]]
 
* [[Werewolf: The Apocalypse]]
 
* [[Mage: The Ascension]]
 
* [[Mage: The Ascension]]
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====Live Action RPG====
 
====Live Action RPG====
Under the title '''[[Mind's Eye Theatre (cWOD)|Mind's Eye Theatre: the Masquerade]]''' and later '''[[Laws of the Night]]''', White Wolf also provided a live action role-playing game in the same setting as ''Vampire: The Masquerade''.
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Under the title [[Mind's Eye Theatre (WOD)|Mind's Eye Theatre: the Masquerade]] and later [[Laws of the Night]], White Wolf also provided a live action role-playing game in the same setting as Vampire: The Masquerade.
   
 
====Card Game====
 
====Card Game====
The trading card game '''[[Vampire: The Eternal Struggle]]''' (originally named '''[[Jyhad (card game)|Jyhad]]''') is based on ''Vampire: The Masquerade''.
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The trading card game [[Vampire: The Eternal Struggle]] (originally named [[Jyhad (card game)|Jyhad]]) is based on Vampire: The Masquerade.
   
 
====TV shows====
 
====TV shows====
'''[[Kindred: The Embraced]]''', a television series based on ''Vampire'', was produced by {{w|Mike Trozzo}} and {{w|Spelling Television}}.
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''[[Kindred: The Embraced]]'', a television series based on ''Vampire'', was produced by {{w|Mike Trozzo}} and {{w|Spelling Television}}.
   
 
====Video Games====
 
====Video Games====
 
Two video games based upon the Vampire milieu have been produced, both published by {{w|Activision}}:
 
Two video games based upon the Vampire milieu have been produced, both published by {{w|Activision}}:
   
* '''[[Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption]]''' was developed by {{w|Nihilistic Software}} and published in [[2000]].
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* ''[[Vampire: The Masquerade - Redemption]]'' was developed by {{w|Nihilistic Software}} and published in [[2000]].
* '''[[Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines]]''', published in [[2004]], was developed by {{w|Troika Games}} using {{w|Half-Life 2}}'s {{w|Source Engine}}.
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* ''[[Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines]]'', published in [[2004]], was developed by {{w|Troika Games}} using {{w|Half-Life 2}}'s {{w|Source Engine}}.
   
 
====Soundtracks====
 
====Soundtracks====
A compilation album, called '''[[Music from the Succubus Club]]''', was released by [http://www.dancing-ferret.com/ Dancing Ferret Discs] to serve as a soundtrack for the ''Vampire'' role-playing game.
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A compilation album, called ''[[Music from the Succubus Club]]'', was released by [http://www.dancing-ferret.com/ Dancing Ferret Discs] to serve as a soundtrack for the Vampire role-playing game.
   
===''Masquerade'' & ''Requiem''===
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===Masquerade and Requiem===
 
{{main|Differences Between Vampire: the Masquerade and Vampire: the Requiem}}
 
{{main|Differences Between Vampire: the Masquerade and Vampire: the Requiem}}
In August 2004, the games set in the [[Classic World of Darkness]] were replaced by the [[Chronicles of Darkness|"New" World of Darkness]], and ''Vampire: The Masquerade'' was replaced with ''[[Vampire: The Requiem]]''. Although ''Requiem'' is an entirely new game, rather than a continuation of the classic, it uses many elements of the classic game, including certain clans and disciplines. The article above summarizes those revisions.
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In August 2004, the games set in the [[World of Darkness]] were replaced by the [[Chronicles of Darkness|"New" World of Darkness]], and Vampire: The Masquerade was replaced with [[Vampire: The Requiem]]. Although Requiem is an entirely new game, rather than a continuation of the original, it uses many elements of the original game, including certain clans and disciplines. The article above summarizes those revisions.
   
 
== Vampire: The Masquerade Books ==
 
== Vampire: The Masquerade Books ==
 
{{main|Vampire: The Masquerade books}}
 
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Vampire: The Masquerade is a tabletop role-playing game (tabletop RPG) created by Mark Rein-Hagen and released in 1991 by White Wolf Publishing as the first of several Storyteller System games for its World of Darkness setting line.

Overview

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Vampire: The Masquerade is the first World of Darkness game and the first Storyteller System game published by White Wolf. A major departure from the more power and heroics oriented games of the era, VTM is a game of personal horror. It is the parent and the most popular of all the World of Darkness games, and was the genesis of almost all the major ideas people associate with White Wolf.

In Vampire: the Masquerade, the players assume the role of vampires, immortal beings cursed with an unquenchable thirst for blood and vulnerability to sunlight – creatures forever bound to their inner Beast (the animal urges of hunger, fear and rage). It is a game of personal horror, as the characters are continually forced to walk a moral tightrope between their need to survive and the horrific means by which they ensure it.

The Vampires of the World of Darkness

Main article: Vampire (WOD)

Vampires are one of the three main supernatural races in the World of Darkness and the fundamental characters of Vampire: The Masquerade and its spinoff games like Vampire: The Dark Ages and Kindred of the East. The article above offers a closer look at vampires, with their physiology, their politics and their clan division.

In Vampire: The Masquerade, "Kindred" is the most common euphemism for a vampire. However, the term is mostly used by vampires who strive to maintain their Humanity. On the other hand, Sabbat vampires prefer the term 'Cainite' to refer to themselves - as many of them believe that the vampiric curse originated with the biblical Cain, after he murdered his brother, Abel. The term "kine" (i.e. "cattle") is the opposite of Kindred, and refers to human population.

Vampiric Society

Most vampires live in cities, which are run feudally by the Princes; life in a city is one of constant political manipulation and paranoia, as the Cainites vie for food, territory, and power. But while they must dwell in close contact with their source of sustenance, vampires largely fear the exposure to the mortal world, and since the Inquisition the majority of these creatures have lived under the Masquerade – an enforced campaign to hide their supernatural existences from humanity.

In general, vampiric societies consist of two levels: sects and clans. Characters within the Vampire setting are members of one of the clans or minor bloodlines offered, and usually belong to factions associated with these or that reflect a general ideological stance the characters happen to share. For example, a Brujah may belong to the Camarilla, the Sabbat, or the Anarchs, but very few Tremere would be found among the Sabbat and even more rarely among the Anarchs.

Some clans and most of the minor bloodlines declare themselves independent from any sects. In addition, the Laibon, known as the Kindred of the Ebony Kingdom by Western Vampires, are not so much a sect as a cultural group bound together loosely by a powerful spiritual bond to the land and the people of Africa. While the Kuei-jin, also known as the Kindred of the East, share some superficial similarity to the western vampires, but they are actually an entirely different variety of supernatural beings.

Game History

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Original Vampire Ad, Dragon Magazine, April 1991

Created by Mark Rein·Hagen, Vampire: The Masquerade was the first of White Wolf Game Studio's World of Darkness live-action and role-playing games, based on the Storyteller System and centered around vampires in a modern Gothic-Punk world.

The Revised Edition, sometimes alternately referred to as the Third Edition by fans, was released in 1998 and explains, "the setting of Vampire is a composite of its populace and their despair". The title of the series comes from "The Masquerade", referring to the Camarilla's attempts to hide vampirism from humans and their governments and mass media.

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Vampire: The Masquerade First Edition

In 1992, Vampire: The Masquerade won the Origins Award for Best Roleplaying Rules of 1991. The game line was discontinued in 2004, and followed by revised rules and a new setting in Vampire: The Requiem.

The game resumed limited publication in 2011 with Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition. A new edition with significant system changes was announced in 2017 followed closely by an open alpha playtest. Following a secondary play test ,which was a revisit to Gary, Indiana, Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition or V5 came out in August of 2018.

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Vampire: The Masquerade Second Edition logo

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Vampire 20th Anniversary logo

Tie-ins and Adaptations

Other role-playing game titles set in the World of Darkness are:

Live Action RPG

Under the title Mind's Eye Theatre: the Masquerade and later Laws of the Night, White Wolf also provided a live action role-playing game in the same setting as Vampire: The Masquerade.

Card Game

The trading card game Vampire: The Eternal Struggle (originally named Jyhad) is based on Vampire: The Masquerade.

TV shows

Kindred: The Embraced, a television series based on Vampire, was produced by Mike Trozzo and Spelling Television.

Video Games

Two video games based upon the Vampire milieu have been produced, both published by Activision:

Soundtracks

A compilation album, called Music from the Succubus Club, was released by Dancing Ferret Discs to serve as a soundtrack for the Vampire role-playing game.

Masquerade and Requiem

Main article: Differences Between Vampire: the Masquerade and Vampire: the Requiem

In August 2004, the games set in the World of Darkness were replaced by the "New" World of Darkness, and Vampire: The Masquerade was replaced with Vampire: The Requiem. Although Requiem is an entirely new game, rather than a continuation of the original, it uses many elements of the original game, including certain clans and disciplines. The article above summarizes those revisions.

Vampire: The Masquerade Books

Main article: Vampire: The Masquerade books


Vampire: The Masquerade clans

Banu Haqim (Assamites) · Brujah · Gangrel · Hecata (Cappadocians, Giovanni) · Lasombra · Malkavian · Ministry (Followers of Set) · Nosferatu · Ravnos · Salubri · Toreador · Tremere · Tzimisce · Ventrue

Vampire: The Masquerade Sects
Open Anarch MovementAshirraCamarillaIndependent AllianceIndependent ClansSabbat
Hidden InconnuLost Tribe (Black Hand) • Tal'Mahe'Ra
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