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Clanbook: Nosferatu (Vampire: The Masquerade) Paperback – 1 Apr 2000

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing (April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565042662
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565042667
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 0.8 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,576,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is hard to express how good this book is without spoiling it for anyone who reads the review. Everything from the 2nd edition version is there with nobs on. It evokes such a feeling of separateness that you can finally understand the Nosferatu and the trials and tribulations they face both in and outside of Kindred society. The sections are well presented and the artwork has improved drastically from the first version. All in all the other revised Clanbooks will have a difficult time beating this one. Are you ready to face the darkness beneath the city?
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I have to admit, I've never played in any roleplay from The World of Darkness series--but I have always been interested in doing a campaign run from the series ever since I played Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines. This is a great book for beginners who want to look further into the culture of vampires in WoD, and it’s especially good for GMs who want to build full-fledged NPCs and campaigns based on these so-called 'Sewer Rats'. It’s just the right kind of book for newbies and WoD veterans alike, and the best part is that the writer even considers nosferatu not just from European countries, but also nosferatu from South America and in north/south African countries!

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.
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As I said, even though it describes the book as "Like New", I would describe it as "Very Good", as there are a few scuff marks
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Product better than described, thank you ~Lu
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9224d678) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
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HASH(0x909d4e4c) out of 5 stars At last, a deeper look 28 Jun. 2000
By Donald E. Marshall - Published on Amazon.com
The new Nosferatu Clanbook takes a new and novel approach by not presenting Nosferatu as being the be-all and end-all clan of Vampires. Taking a slightly more realistic look at the clan, it better illustrates their strengths and weaknesses then many of the books which have preceded it. While I personally find much of the charm in the book is to be found "between the lines", this may grate on some readers who would prefer outright statements of fact rather then having to deduce information by what is said and what is not. The information on Nosferatu living spaces (sewers throughout the ages) and social structure was much needed, though admittedly dry. On the whole, the clanbook is a valuable commodity to a storyteller or role-players, but is likely to be of little interest to those simply looking for new disciplines and methods to make yet another combat monster.
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HASH(0x90adf1c8) out of 5 stars A improvement, but not a classic. 16 May 2000
By Christopher Derick Varn - Published on Amazon.com
It have MUCH more information than the first second edition clanbook, but it lacks the organic feel of the original. The new templates are great and the merit/flaws are really cool; however, some of the multiple perspective writing is a bit befuddling. All in all this is a good supplement for the white wolf line, but it's not perfect.
HASH(0x909aebb8) out of 5 stars Good but I'll miss the old one.... 23 May 2000
By Odilon - Published on Amazon.com
First, you have to understand that I liked the old Clanbook Nosferatu so much, I gave a copy to a gaming friend as a gift. Like the original, this is still a very good book. It contains lots of material necessary for working with Nosferatu characters in VAMPIRE THE MASQUERADE along with much useful new material. Not all changes were improvements, however.
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.
HASH(0x90c9c1bc) out of 5 stars Good read 6 Dec. 2013
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Great source material on this clan. This book gave an in depth view of this clan from it's beginnings to present day.
HASH(0x906c7054) out of 5 stars Good Stuff 12 Aug. 2009
By Dayne Shemick - Published on Amazon.com
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A ton of information on the Nosferatu. Great stuff for Players and Storytellers alike.
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