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Vampire: The Masquerade - Las Vegas is a browser-based slot machine game, using the setting of Vampire: The Masquerade. A January 27, 2016 press release announced that Foxium and White Wolf had struck a deal for Foxium to license the Vampire IP for a slot machine game [2]. In November 2017, they released Las Vegas, a 5x3 slot game themed around Vampire, featuring a vampire and his prey in a modern Las Vegas setting.

GameplayEdit

Play covers three separate modes: the default slots, Free Spins, and a Pick Me bonus.

Basic Slots Edit

Slots basic

Basic slots, with a 3x matching sequence of Giovanni symbols.

Play is on a 5x3 grid with various possible matching sequences, from a straight line to a W- or M-shape, and more. Thus you may win with multiple different matches per spin. Note that matches are read left-to-right: you can have four matching tiles in a line from columns B through E, but if there's no matching tile in column A, then it doesn't register as a match.

There are two basic exceptions to this gameplay: First, if three "Pick Me" bonus tiles appear on the board at once, it triggers the Pick Me bonus game. Second, if the Vampire and Prey images appear adjacent to one another, they randomly contribute one or two points of "Blood" or "Discipline" to the bars flanking the left and right sides of the screen. When either of those bars is full, it triggers the Free Spin game. When either of the two minigames are complete, the player is returned to the basic slot board.

The following payout values are used. The number of matching tiles in a sequence are listed along the top, with the numerical values being a multiplier on the value of the bet. For example: A $4 bet getting a multiplier of 10 means the player wins $40 on that match.

Tile x3 x4 x5 Notes
Tile wild 5 40 150 Wild (can stand in for any regular tile)
Tile blood 3.75 25 75 Blood bags
Tile crimescene 2.5 12.5 62.5 Crime scene
Tile newspaper 1.25 10 50 Newspaper clipping
Tile surveillance 1.25 7.5 40 Surveillance footage
Tile ventrue 1.25 6.25 25 Ventrue
Tile giovanni 0.5 2.5 12.5 Giovanni
Tile nosferatu 0.5 2.5 12.5 Nosferatu
Tile tremere 0.25 1.5 5 Tremere
Tile ravnos 0.25 1 5 Ravnos
Tile vampire -- -- -- Vampire, a 1x3 sized tile. Worth nothing if it appears partially, worth x1 bet if fully-visible. Appears a maximum of once per spin.
Tile prey -- -- -- Prey, a 1x3 sized tile. Worth nothing if it appears partially, worth x0.5 bet if fully-visible. Appears a maximum of once per spin.
Tile pickme -- -- -- Pick Me bonus. Worth nothing, but can fire the Pick Me bonus game.
FreeSpin Discipline

Adjacent Vampire and Prey tiles may briefly change to a 2x3 tile, showing the draining of blood or the using of a Discipline.

To the left of the board is a Blood gauge, and a Discipline gauge to the right. If the Vampire and Prey tiles both appear (if both appear, it's always in adjacent columns, with the Vampire to the left of the Prey), then the game will randomly assign either one or two points to either the Blood gauge or the Discipline gauge. The Blood gauge measures the number of Free Spins (between 5 and 16), while the Discipline gauge measures the multiplier (between x1 and x6). If either is filled, it fires the Free Spin game, using both those values.

Free Spin Edit

This game closely resembles the basic spin board. The special Vampire and Pick Me tiles do not appear. Prey appears only with a Dominate result.

As the game begins, a spinner appears, randomly selecting one of three Disciplines:

Symbol Discipline Effect
Spin dominate Dominate The Prey tile may land in the rightmost column. If it does, it will be duplicated over other columns up to 4 times before being replaced with Wild tiles, giving a maximum win state of 15 Wild tiles. The Prey tile always appears full-size if it appears.
Spin fortitude Fortitude Each spin, 1 to 6 random tiles will be replaced with Wild tiles.
Spin presence Presence 4 Wild symbols are placed in random positions, shifting to new random positions on each spin, such that each resulting board has no fewer than 4 Wild tiles.

Based on the values of the Blood and Discipline gauges from the basic game, and the Discipline selected, the game will proceed to play itself for the requisite number of spins. The vampire character is shown to the left of the board, "casting" the appropriate Discipline at the beginning of each new spin.

The payout table uses lower values than the basic game, which may or may not be made up for by the value of the score multiplier (Discipline gauge) when starting. Free Spin uses flat values rather than bet multipliers: a result of 1 on the chart below is equivalent to $1.

Tile x3 x4 x5 Notes
Tile wild 0.5 0.75 1 Wild (can stand in for any regular tile)
Tile blood 0.25 0.5 0.75 Blood bags
Tile crimescene 0.2 0.5 0.75 Crime scene
Tile newspaper 0.2 0.5 0.75 Newspaper clipping
Tile surveillance 0.2 0.5 0.75 Surveillance footage
Tile ventrue 0.1 0.25 0.5 Ventrue
Tile giovanni 0.1 0.25 0.5 Giovanni
Tile nosferatu 0.1 0.25 0.5 Nosferatu
Tile tremere 0.1 0.25 0.5 Tremere
Tile ravnos 0.1 0.25 0.5 Ravnos

When all the free spins are complete, play returns back to the basic board.

Pick Me Edit

This bonus game consists of six rounds. Each round contains a segment of story, with the Vampire protagonist seeking out his chosen Prey at a casino, and the player is asked to pick one of five cards. Their pick is revealed when drawn. Four of the cards are the four Aces, while one is a skull.

Each of the cards contributes a dollar value, with the value varying based on the suit drawn. A player may only draw the skull twice before the game ends, with the Prey having escaped. The player receives winnings based directly on the value of the cards drawn. Otherwise, they succeed, and the Vampire's Hunger is sated. The player receives a bonus multiplier of up to x50 on the value of the cards drawn.

The story is shown below.

Plot Edit

The story begins via the Pick Me game above:

PickMe comic1

"I think I'll have something... fancy tonight."

The Vampire enters the Black Dog hotel.

PickMe comic2

"Vanity and desperation - two tastes that go great together."

The Vampire spots his Prey, a young woman planning to gamble for the evening.

PickMe comic3

"Are you going to play, or just stand there and watch?" "Think of me as your lucky charm."

The two flirt with each other while she gambles. The Vampire possibly uses Presence to help build rapport quickly.

PickMe comic4

"I can't believe my winnings! Here's to my very own rabbit's foot."

After doing quite well for herself, the young woman invites the vampire to share a drink.

PickMe comic5

"Look at all the lights! We keep this up, we can own the whole city."

The young woman takes the vampire to an upper floor, perhaps to her hotel room, to admire the view on the balcony. While there, they're caught on surveillance camera.

PickMe comic6

"Not before I cash in my chips!" "Augh, what are you?!"

The Vampire chooses this moment to strike, believing the two of them are alone.

PickMe comic7

During the Pick Me game, at this point the "Hunger Sated" message is displayed. In the upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition rules, Hunger can only be sated if the victim is killed.

The story continues by examining the tiles during the regular slots game. The blood bag tile suggests that, once her body was discovered, she may not have been completely dead, and her would-be rescuers tried to save her life. The crime scene tile shows a tech examining the purse the woman had earlier next to a pool of blood.

The newspaper clipping tile reads "HELL IN HOTEL: City is shocked. A bloody murder in 'Black Dog' Las Vegas hotel, under investigation." This confirms she was killed, but given the clipping is taped to a wall, it also indicates someone (probably outside the police) is interested in the crime (a hunter?). Given that the crime is still reported as "under investigation" it suggests the surveillance footage is either being covered up, or is in the possession of someone who knows what they're looking at. In any event, it's a Masquerade breach, and most likely bad news for the Vampire in question.

The surveillance video tile additionally indicates that the events depicted take place around 11:25:39 pm on March 23, 2017.

Background Information Edit

  • Given the three featured Disciplines used by the Vampire protagonist in the Free Slots game are Dominate, Fortitude, and Presence, odds are that he's a Ventrue, as those are the three in-clan Disciplines for the Ventrue.
  • Only five Clan symbols are featured via the tiles: Giovanni, Nosferatu, Ravnos, Tremere, and Ventrue. While Ventrue (the highest-scoring of the Clans in terms of payout) is obvious, the other choices and their relative values are less obvious. It may have simply been a matter of aesthetics on the part of the developers.
  • Although neither the Vampire nor the Prey characters are named in-game, one of the game's image files indicates that the prey's name is "Laura."
  • The Black Dog hotel is a nod to the Black Dog Game Factory and Black Dog imprint.
  • VTMLV VegasOverview
    The overview of Las Vegas seen in the background and on loading screens shows a large hotel at center-screen called the "Masquerade." The Pick Me game indicates that this background is the view seen from the balcony of the Black Dog. Ironically, the Vampire kills Laura while looking out over the Masquerade hotel.
  • Another hotel seen to the right of the image shows a large "WW" at the top, a reference to IP owners White Wolf.

References Edit

  1. Foxium Chooses Microgaming's Quickfire Platform
  2. Foxium Strikes IP Deal with White Wolf Publishing

External linksEdit

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MTAs: Mage: The Ascension - Refuge
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Onyx Path: Onyx Dice

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