Vampire: The Masquerade Fifth Edition Core Book will be released along with the V:TM Anarch Sourcebook and V:TM Camarilla Sourcebook in a high-quality slipcase edition for collectors. A Deluxe Edition of the core book will be available, and a highly-collectible hand-bound edition of the core book by artisan El Artesano Del Rey will be available for online preorders only.
V:TM Fifth Edition Core Book will use the original Storyteller System engine, which has been simplified and streamlined for faster, easier play. Only two types of dice are used: regular resolution dice, and Hunger dice. The system focuses on rules that drive story and focus on the vampiric nature of the player characters. It will also include advanced rules that allow scenes to be resolved with a single die roll or freeform style with no dice used at all. The book will include rules for making player characters for the Brujah, Malkavian, Nosferatu, Toreador, Tremere, [Gangrel, Caitiff, - publisher update 4-24] and Ventrue Clans, as well as rules for Thin Blood vampires. More clans will be included in future releases.
V:TM Fifth Edition is developed, designed, and written by Kenneth Hite (Dracula Dossier, Trail of Cthulhu), Mark Rein-Hagen (creator of the original Vampire: The Masquerade), Matthew Dawkins (Beckett’s Jyhad Diary, V20 Dark Ages Companion), Juhana Peterson, Martin Ericsson, Karim Muammar, Mary Lee, Karl Bergstrom, Freja Gyldenstrom, Jennifer Smith, Tia Carolina, Jason Andrew, and Jason Carl. This list includes some additional designers not named when the team was initially revealed last summer (see "Alpha Version of ‘Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition").
The full color book will feature photography from Art Director Mary Lee, art from Tia Carolina, and a curated selection of classic Vampire art.
V:TM Camarilla Sourcebook outlines the global blood opera, where the Ivory Tower has begun to crack as the elder vampires begin to disappear. What was once the strongest faction of vampires is now devolving into the chaos of neo-feudal conspiracies as it fights back the Second Inquisition, attempting to maintain the Masquerade under the intense scrutiny of modern technology. Mark Rein-Hagen and Matthew Dawkins offer readers deeper insights on unlife.
V:TM Anarch Sourcebook reveals the current state of the Anarch Movement, which once shared an uneasy truce with the Camarilla. Now they are free, unfettered by their Elders. Juhana Pettersson offers readers essays on nocturnal survival and politics of the undead.
Additional products available as part of the preorder include the Official V5 Dice Set, V5 Storyteller Screen, and V5 Notebook.
Online preorders will launch at 12 PM CMT on Saturday, April 28, with different tier levels. Retail solicitations will be sent out by Impressions and Modiphius, who will be helping with distribution, on Wednesday night.
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White Wolf Publishing was purchased by Swedish company Paradox Interactive in 2015 and then split off as a sister company White Wolf Entertainment (see "New Editions of 'Vampire' and 'Werewolf' RPGs"). White Wolf released the logo for the new edition in December (see "White Wolf Unveils New 'Vampire' Logo").