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Vampire: The Masquerade - Rivals is a new expandable card game based on the RPG

Sink your fangs into these decks.

Stalk through the streets of San Francisco to eliminate opposing clans in Rivals, a new expandable card game set in the world of Vampire: The Masquerade.

Part of the World of Darkness universe, Vampire: The Masquerade is a tabletop roleplaying series in which players assume the role of creatures of the night from various warring clans. Set in modern-day LA and North America, the fifth and most recent edition of Vampire: The Masquerade includes options to create characters from a variety of clans - such as the ambitious Ventrue, charismatic Toreador and terrifying Nosferatu - who can explore the dangerous underbelly of the US and maintain the all important ‘masquerade’ that protects vampire-kind.

The upcoming Vampire: The Masquerade - Rivals is an all-new entry in the series and sees players vying for control over the city of San Francisco. With the option to play as one of four possible clans - Brujah, Malkavian, Toreador and Ventrue - Rivals pits players against one another in a battle of wits and survival.

At the beginning of the game, each player is randomly assigned a rival that they can attempt to defeat by removing all their agenda, the main resource in the game, or achieving one of several possible win conditions. Other victory conditions include obtaining 13 agenda before anyone else or reducing your rival’s entire coterie of vampires to zero.

By using the various attacks, abilities and schemes of their clan coterie, players can gradually enact their strategies and protect themselves against the opposing players. Players can also recruit mortal thralls to do their bidding and gain further hold over the populace of San Francisco.

Rivals will be published by Renegade Game Studios, the company behind deckbuilding series Clank!, as well as two-player board game Fox in the Forest and Bargain Quest - which received a favourable review from Sara for its engaging cardplay.

The announcement of Rivals follows the news that the fifth edition of collectible card game Vampire: The Eternal Struggle has been delayed until sometime this September. A revival of the 1990s CCG designed by the creator of Magic: The Gathering, Richard Garfield, The Eternal Struggle sees players attempting to gradually eliminate all the other players at the table until they are the last vampire remaining.

Vampire: The Masquerade - Rivals Expandable Card Game will launch on Kickstarter sometime this August. An online demo of the game will be available on Tabletopia during Gen Con Online, taking place between July 30th and August 2nd.

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Alex Meehan

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After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.

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