Miscellanea: Vigil and Requiem books

October 25, 2008 at 2:24 pm
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I spent the last week, including part of this week, out of town and working longer hours than usual, so of course my blogging suffers as a result. I didn’t slack off completely, though: I’ve been reading many of the books in my backlog!

I finished Gangrel: Savage and Macabre as well as Ventrue: Lords over the Damned. I’m part-way through Daeva: Kiss of the Succubus as well as Witch Finders.

Clanbooks

Gangrel seems like the strongest clanbook of the lot so far. Ventrue is also pretty solid. Daeva is hard to place. It started off quite good, but the Felix & Dracula parts started to drag a bit. I had a hard time making my way throught the Carmilla stuff, as well.

I have to reiterate that these books are gorgeous. It’s high-quality paper with full color art. I’m not what you’d call an expert in role-playing books, but I don’t think it’s very often that people go all-out like this. 

Witch Finders

Witch Finders is the first supplement for the latest yearly game, Hunter: the Vigil. As you might imagine, it’s a book about hunters who go after witches. Early on they define witches pretty broadly, so the label covers mages, psychics, or any other sort of human that wields supernatural power.

This book is pretty sizeable as compared to previous supplements for the yearly games, and there’s quite a bit in here. Like the core, it’s got a story between each of the chapters. The story itself is pretty solid. I like it.

So, because it’s such a big book, there’s a lot of material in here. The first chapter is ostensibly about the history of witches, and offers faux historical documents from various eras along with a couple of story hooks related to the subject matter. There’s a rundown of various compacts and conspiracies’ takes on witches (and a bit for unaffiliated, tier one hunters, as well), a few new compacts, a new conspiracy, some new Endowments and Tactics, and a new magic system for people that don’t have Mage: the Awakening or aren’t interested in using those rules. 

It’s a little hard for me to read about hunters killin’ mages, I’ll confess; mages aren’t your traditional monsters, and I find the idea of going all inquisition on a mage a bit disturbing for some reason. Chalk it up to my preference for Mage, if you like.

Of course it doesn’t have to be that way, and the relationship is somewhat more complex than that, though I notice that most of the conspiracies like the Lucifuge, Malleus Malificarum, and Knights of St. George are pretty hostile by default. The compacts tend to be more measured.

As much as I have a desire to play characters that directly conflict with my own affect and beliefs, playing a conspiracy hunting down random mages is something I have a bit of a hard time with. Chalk it up to my preference for Mage, or my inability to really get into the mindset of a Christian zealous enough to torture.

That said, I could definitely see using these kinds of hunters as antagonists, as kind of a tangible disincentive for vulgar displays of magic, as a political pawn, or any number of things. Having these fleshed out groups available to draw on is quite a remarkable resource, especially when you throw either competing groups into the mix, or groups that could act as allies. More than most other groups, I see a lot of room for intersection between mages and hunters, at least from the perspective of Mage.

Posting schedule

You’ll notice I’ve managed about one post a week, if that. Yeah. I’m a bad person. Not playing D&D has had a pretty big impact on how much time I spend thinking about it, and of course intermittent traveling has put a damper on my interest in doing much beyond vegging out.

I’m hoping to remedy my lack of gaming. A friend of mine is talking about DMing a 4th Edition game, starting at level 2. I’m already trying to think of characters (eladrin warlord comes to mind as one possibility).

I’d also like to resume & finish Er-Eret. Given that Evan is still quite busy all the time, I’m not sure how likely that is. I’d start a new game but that might end up being the last nail in the coffin for Er-Eret.

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