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Authors: Justin Achilli, Rose Bailey, Matthew McFarland, and Eddy Webb.
20th Anniversary Development Team: Justin Achilli, Rose Bailey, Shane DeFreest, Rich Thomas, Aaron Voss, and Eddy Webb.
Foreword Contributors: Kelley Barnes, David "DJ Hive" Benoy, Matthew Burke, Shawn Carnes, Caterina "Lara" Casapieri, Ric Connely, Robert Crosby, Martin Elricsson, Talia Hanselman, Link Hughes, Chris Leland, David Martin, Lorenzo Melchor, Jon "Swede" Selin, Teemu Vilen, Dhaunae De Vir, Ian A. A. Watson, and Maja Zaccara
Editor and Indexer: Genevieve Podleski
Creative and Art Director: Rich Thomas
Layout and Typesetting: Ron Thompson with Craig Grant and matt milberger
Interior Art: Sam Arraya, John Bolton, Tim Bradstreet, John Cobb, Mike Danza, Guy Davis, Tony DiTerlizzi, Michael Gaydos, Rebecca Guay, Mark Jackson, Leif Jones, Paul Lee, Vince Locke, Greg Loudon, Larry MacDougall, Robert McNeill, Ken Meyer, Jr., Jesper Myfors, William O'Connor, Christopher Shy, Ron Spencer, Richard Thomas, Joshua Gabriel Timbrook Andrew Trabbold, John Van Fleet, and Kent Williams
Character Sheet: Chris "Mr. Gone" Leland
Community Developer: Shane DeFreest
Tim Bradstreet Photo Shoot
Photography: Meredith Gerber, Scott Harben, and Jamais Vu
Clothing: Peter at Shrine Clothing
Models: Rose Bailey, Shawn Carnes, Shane DeFreest, Martin Ericsson, Greg Fountain, Reynir Harðarson, Heidi Kirchgesner, Angela de Lune, Bianca Carter-Mallory, Stacey Mell, Angela Richter, Mike Tinney, Sasha Travis, and Dhaunae De Vir.
Ken Meyer, Jr. Photo Shoot
Photography: Meredith Gerber and Zarli Win
Models: Kristi Davis, Chase Ferguson, Lorenzo Melchor, Dhaunae De Vir, Shannon Withrow, and Matthew Ziegenfuss.
Special Thanks: Aaron Voss for his firearms update, Ian A. A. Watson for his fearless transcription skills, Dave Poole and the CCP Web Team for making the open development process possible, and the entire V20 community that tirelessly playtested during the open development process and gave us more feedback than we could have hoped for.
Based on the work of: Justin Achilli, Andrew Bates, Bruce Baugh, Chris Bjork, W. H. Bourne, Anne Sullivan Braidwood, Bill Bridges, Deird're Brooks, Dustin Browder, Steven C. Brown, Phil Brucato, Zach Bush, Michael Butler, Brian Campbell, Jackie Cassada, Sam Chupp, Ken Cliffe, Steve Crow, Richard E. Dansky, Graeme Davis, Joanne FitzRoy, Frank Frey, Sion Rodriguez y Gibson, John Goff, Michael A. Goodwin, Geoffrey C. Grabowski, Andrew Greenberg, Daniel Greenberg, Heather Grove, Ed Hall, Chris Hartford, Robert Hatch, Jesse Heinig, Kenneth Hite, Sean Jaffe, Steven Kenson, Ellen Kiley, James Kiley, Jacob Klünder, Alan I. Kravit, Danny Landers, Robin D. Laws, Michael B. Lee, Ian Lemke, Carrie Lewis, Ari Marmell, Regina McKinney, James Moore, Clayton A. Oliver, Ronni Radner, Nicky Rea, Jim Riley, Sarah Roark, Dean Shomshak, Ethan Skemp, Sven Skoog, Lucien Soulban, James Stewart, Richard Stratton, Cynthia Summers, Adam Tinworth, Janet Trautvette, Stewart Wieck, Travis Lamar Williams, and Fred Yelk.
Vampire: The Masquerade Creators: Mark Rein•Hagen with Steven C. Brown, Tom Dowd, Andrew Greenberg, Chris McDonough, Lisa Stevens, Josh Timbrook, and Stewart Wieck.
Eddy's Dedication: To Michelle. Without you, I would not have Vampire. Without Vampire, I would not have you.
Publisher: White Wolf
Imprint: White Wolf Game Studio
Published: October 21, 2011
Pages: 528
Year: 2011
Publication #: WW
Reference #: ISBN
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Price: $100
PDF: $29.99
Vampire: The Masquerade – 20th Anniversary Edition is a core rulebook for the Classic World of Darkness setting. It is not a new edition of Vampire: The Masquerade per se, but a compendium of the material presented in previous editions.


From the White Wolf catalog:

Vampire: The Masquerade exploded into hobby games in 1991 and inspired a generation of fans of which the game industry had never seen before or since. The cultural significance Vampire left on not just the gaming world but on modern vampire-related pop culture can be seen and felt at virtually every turn and in every medium today. Vampire: The Masquerade - 20th Anniversary Edition brings the entire Classic World of Darkness experience full circle and will serve as the perfect anniversary milestone to celebrate two decades of gaming after dark. This is the original Masquerade in all its glory, and our way of saying thank you and welcome home.

  • All thirteen original Clans, Clan variants and bloodlines, with their signature Disciplines
  • Classic rules updated from Vampire's Revised Edition
  • Character creation and advancement from Neonate to Methuselah
  • All the Disciplines from level one through nine
  • Updated setting to the modern nights
  • New full color original art by Tim Bradstreet and other classic Masquerade artists


This book is divided into several chapters, each of which is designed to explore and explain a specific area of the game. Remember, though, that in a storytelling game, the most important “chapter” is your imagination. Never let anything in this book be a substitute for your own creativity.

Chapter One: A World of Darkness Edit

Describes the Kindred and the world in which they hunt.

Chapter Two: Sects and Clans Edit

Describes the 13 great “Clans” of Kindred and the organizations to which they hold allegiance.

Chapter Three: Character and Traits Edit

Gives stepby-step instructions for creating vampire characters as well as a description of the Traits that make them up.

Chapter Four: Disciplines Edit

Delineates the wide variety of mystical powers of the undead.

Chapter Five: Rules Edit

Provides the basic means of resolving the characters’ various actions.

Chapter Six: Systems and Drama Edit

Describes a plethora of ways to simulate everything from gentle seduction to brutal combat.

Chapter Seven: Morality Edit

Describes Humanity and the various Paths of Enlightenment that more alien and inhuman vampires adhere to.

Chapter Eight: Storytelling Edit

Tells Storytellers how to build entertaining stories in which to involve the characters.

Chapter Nine: The Others Edit

Gives notes on the Kindred’s (few) friends and (many) enemies.

Chapter Ten: Bloodlines Edit

Details a wide range of minor bloodlines, Clan variations, and some of the strains of vampire thought lost to the mists of time.

Appendix Edit

Provides addenda and miscellaneous rules.

Background InformationEdit

  • Everyone who had preordered either version of Vampire: The Masquerade 20th Anniversary Edition received a free PDF copy of the book (marble cover above), starting September 23, 2011. Several typos within the book and on the character sheet were fixed for the PDF. The PDF became available for general release on September 29, 2011.
  • This is the first Classic World of Darkness book and Vampire: The Masquerade book to be released since the cancellation of those lines in 2004 (not including 2011's April Fools joke). It assumes Gehenna hasn't happened (yet), and places the metaplot in the hands of the players. The presentation is setting-agnostic, allowing individual Storytellers to choose which metaplot events (Assamite schism, Gangrel leaving the Camarilla, etc.) have occurred and which haven't.
  • The spine of the book bears the Roman numerals XX for 20, which is also a subtle reference to the notorious Page XX of previous editions.
  • Tony DiTerlizzi was left out of the credits initially for a piece of his in the Antagonist section. This piece is from the same section of VTM: Vampire: The Masquerade Revised Edition , for which he was likewise uncredited; Tony's piece was misattributed to Vince Locke. This may make the longest time (13 years) between a piece's first appearance and its eventual proper credit, which appears in the V20 PDF.

Memorable QuotesEdit

No one holds command over me. No man. No god. No Prince. What is a claim of age for ones who are immortal? What is a claim of power for ones who deny death? Call your damnable hunt. We shall see who I drag screaming to hell with me.
  — Günter Dörn, Das Ungeheuer Darin
The Children of Seth will always hate us again and again, for we are their predators. We are their Masters and they know this, deep in their soul.
  — The Book of Nod
All the Kindred hid from one another and from the humans that surrounded them. In hiding we remain today, for the Jyhad continues still.
  — The Book of Nod
When first I tasted the fruit of the Trees, felt the seeds of Life and Knowledge burn within me, I swore that day that I would not turn back...
  — From the Oath of Lilith
When my energies first surged through me, I discovered how to move like lightning, how to borrow the strength of the earth, how to be as stone. These were like breathing once was to me.
  — The Book of Nod
For surely it is better to rule in the darkness than to humble myself falsely in the light.
  — The Erciyes Fragments
Mortals thought they were fighting their own wars, but it is for us that they spilt their blood.
  — The Book of Nod
Rape me into ashes if you will. I can take it.
  — Rachel Dolium, Revelations of the Dark Mother
I gave a cry of anguish at this terrible curse and tore at my flesh. I wept blood. I caught the tears in a cup and drank them.
  — The Book of Nod
There will come a time, in the last days, when the Moon-Beasts will grow uneasy... and so they will find us and they will kill us.
  — The Book of Nod
I learned from them to take the blackness from the blood, the wounds from the flesh, the evil from the world. And though I may die, you, my childer will live on.
  — The Book of Nod
Friends, friends... I thought we were committed to science, not mythology.
  — Albertus Magnus, Encyclopaedia Vampirica


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