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New Vampire: The Masquerade RPG books focus on Kindred histories and enemies

Nod if you’re in.

Two new books for the horror roleplaying game Vampire: The Masquerade 5E are set to be released later this year.

One of these upcoming RPG releases is called The Book of Nod and focuses on the mythology and history surrounding the vampire clans found within the game. A collection of mythic texts that are presented in the style of an epic poem, The Book of Nod follows the legacy of the undead from their very beginning - during the time of Caine - and provides games masters and players with props and lore that they can use to create storylines and campaigns, as well as influence their character creation and in-game decisions.

The other brand new book set to be released for Vampire: The Masquerade is called The Second Inquisition Sourcebook. Covering the capabilities and lore behind the Secret Church which seeks to vanquish the presence of the damned, The Second Inquisition Sourcebook contains information that GMs can use to create antagonists from the hidden organisation. As well as an overview of the Society of St Leopold and the American First Light Black Program - two societies that have attempted to drive people against the Kindred - the book also holds information on eldritch artifacts and coterie tactics that can be used against the hidden organisations.

Vampire: The Masquerade is a roleplaying game set in the World of Darkness - a universe that also features Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Mage: The Ascension - that sees players becoming children of the night from a variety of different clans, each with their own unique history and abilities. The co-publishers behind the RPG are Paradox Entertainment, which is best known for releasing video games such as Stellaris and Cities: Skylines, and Renegade Game Studios - the company responsible for several other roleplaying games such as Kids on Bikes and Overlight.

The announcement follows the reveal of another new sourcebook for Vampire: The Masquerade called Sabbat: The Black Hand, which will contain content on an “infamous faction” called The Sabbat - a society who are loyal to Caine, the first and most powerful vampire - and the various ways that player characters can interact with them. Sabbat: The Black Hand will be released sometime later in 2021.

Whilst The Second Inquisition is listed as being released this October, at a retail price of $45 (£31), The Book of Nod is yet to be given a firm release date but will be priced at $50 (£35).

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