Clanbook: Nosferatu (Vampire: The Masquerade) Paperback – 1 Apr 2000
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Plus, the best part about this book is that it knows the reason why fans are drawn to the nosferatu: you’re not gonna find any 'Anne Rice' vampire types among their clan. Every single ‘character’ the book suggests are all dynamic and twisted in their own way (and in some ways, more humane and tragic than any typical vampire you see in Hollywood). The author did a great job in showing the truly outcasted, the nosferatus that were taken from seedy underbellies of society, and the vampires deliberately cursed with ugliness. Of course, you'll still be able to find some nerdy intellectual Nossies in this book--so it gives a depth on how some vampires get recruited into the Sewers.
(Oh, and speaking of sewers! The author holds back no punches in laying out creepy and hair-raising urban legends for the WoD series. You can even consider putting sewer alligators in your story, or even CHUDS and criminal hideouts within the sewers!)
The book also does a great job in letting the reader come up with his/her POV. There’s no narrative that does any ‘hand-holding’ to the reader.Read more ›
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One thing that's missing is the way the art and layout of the original book captured the experience of visiting the Nosferatus' subterranean world. This book seems to have all new artwork and it is definitely top of the line but now the visual theme seems to emphasize more the grotesque horror of the Nos themselves rather than their environment. The humor seems to be mostly gone, too, and efforts to replace it just don't measure up. The new fiction, seems to be the same story as in the original but from the victim's point of view- which softens its impact somewhat.
In place of that, there's a lot of text spent on giving the points of view of different political factions within the clan. Unfortunately, parts of this are so long-winded that I got bored and skipped what turned out to be the important part. Editing problems aside, the new details in this book about Nos society- the work on the autarkis Nos, for example- are generally good. Merits and Flaws are included as in the original version- really helpful, I think, in custom tailoring your Nos character's deformities.
Missing is something that I would really expect in an update of this series: better intergration of material about the Sabbat. But here in the Nos opinions of other clans they are still just lumped together as "Sabbat". Also, all the character templates (all or mostly new) seem to be for characters with Humanity rather than Paths of Enlightenment.
That said, a definite improvement here is the new "Famous Nosferatu" section. This selection of important clan members does a much better job of integrating with existing material- here VAMPIRE: THE DARK AGES and the CLAN NOVEL series- than the old one. Also now included are MINDS EYE THEATER stats.