[The following video probably NSFW]
Since a sequel to the original Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is on the horizon a full 16(!) years later, I figured I should review first game now that I’d completed a full playthrough. A dark vampire RPG game from 2004 that I’ve spoken about before, I really liked this one. Not everything about it worked for me, but overall, there are enough interesting concepts and well-executed ideas to be worthwhile.
One of the fascinating things about this game is that it shows a variety of different vampire cultures and perspectives on those cultures.
You’re first introduced to one kind of vampire society, the more archetypical hierarchical structure of the Camarilla. They have clans, they have rules, they have consequences for breaking those rules.
Then you’re quickly introduced to a group of vampires who just go wild. No restrictions and no hiding. As the Camarilla–and other groups of vampires–are all interested in keeping their existence low-key, this really doesn’t play well with a lot of other vampire cultures. Continue reading “A Less Static Take on Vampiric Culture in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines”