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Wraith: The Oblivion Rulebook

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Design: Mark Rein•Hagen, Sam Chupp, Jennifer Heartshorn
Authors: Steven C. Brown, Phil Brucato, Sam Chupp, Brian Campbell, Jackie Cassauo, Graeme Davis, Dan Greenberg, Mark Rein•Hagen, Jennifer Heartshorn, Robert Hatch, Harry Heckel, Ian Lemke, Ken Rolston, Kathleen Ryan, Teeuwyn Woodruff
Storyteller Game System: Mark Rein•Hagen
Developer: Jennifer Heartshorn, Sam Chupp
Design and Development Contributors: Phil Brucato, Brian Campbell, Ian Lemke, Ray Winninger (see notes)
Other Contributors: Nicholas Demidoff, Troels Chr. Jacobsen, Michael G. Schmidt, Palle Schmidt, Martin S. Winther
Editor: Robert Hatch, Brian Campbell
Art Director: Richard Thomas
Artists: Tom Berg, John Cobb, Anthony Hightower, Larry MacDougall, Anson Maddox, Robert McNeill, Ken Meyer, Jr., E. Allen Smith, Richard Thomas, Joshua Gabriel Timbrook, Drew Tucker
Layout and Typesetting: Aileen E. Miles
Cover Design: Henry Higgenbotham, Larry Snelly
Wraith Logo: Chris McDonough
Playtesters: The Damned Playtest Group: Alexander M. Feely, Doug DeJulio, Tod Beardsley, Cynthia K. Neelan, Jeremy York, Debra Harrison Dark Spectre Playtest Group: Timothy Toner, Lisa Hoff, John Buscher, Cassidy Bowman, Scott Nash, Christian Panas, P. David Gill Danish Playtesters: Paul Hartvigson, Peter C. G. Jensen, Rasmus Rasmussen, Carsten Schaumburg, Asta Wellejus Other Playtesters: Mitchell Gross, Heather Pritchett, Beth Bostic, Tony Dills, Jim Gantt, Sherri Gantt, Carla Hollar, Nicky Rea, Susan Adams, Chuck Carroll, Bill Gilsdorf, Joe Masdon, Seretha Masdon, Sherrie Miller, John Richardson, Ian Lemke, Brian Campbell, Jennifer Heartshorn, Sam Chupp, Mark Rein•Hagen, Bill Bridges, Phil Brucato, Robert Hatch, Mike Tinney, Kathleen Ryan, Aileen E. Miles, and the DeMontfort University Games Club
Publisher: White Wolf Publishing, Inc
Imprint: White Wolf Game Studio
Published: 1994
Pages: 271
Year: 1994
Publication #: WW 06000
Reference #: 1-56504-133-X
Price: $25.00


From the back of the book:

A Storytelling Game of Death and Damnation
With each passing day, Oblivion encroaches further. With every soul that surrenders to Shadow, the end draws ever nearer.
The world is not as we know it. Decay's sweet stench now clings to all we hold dear. It is called the Shadowlands.
In death there is nowhere to hide, nowhere to run from the hate and fear, pain and bitterness, the Shadow within.
Hope is fragile, and few have the courage, the Passion, to face Death and say, "I do not go gentle into that good night."'


Book One:Edit

Chapter One: IntroductionEdit

A general introduction to roleplaying, a summary of Wraith and its themes and moods, and a lexicon of Wraith terminology.

Chapter Two: SettingEdit

Information on the Gothic-Punk attitude in Wraith, a breakdown of the Underworld from Necropolis to nihil, a Revision of the Imperial History of Stygia written by Herodotus, the physiology and metaphysics of the dead, the wraithly social structure, and the main factions of Wraith: the Hierarchy, the Heretics, and the Renegades.

Chapter Three: StorytellingEdit

A guide to storytelling Wraith, including common themes and ideas for campaigns, how to create chronicles and antagonists, and tips for creating conflict and keeping the story rolling along.

Book Two:Edit

Chapter Four: RulesEdit

The basic rules of Wraith, including actions, dice rolls, and game terms.

Chapter Five: CharacterEdit

Step-by-step instructions on how to create your very own wraith.

Chapter Six: TraitsEdit

The traits needed for Chapter Five, including Nature and Demeanor, Attributes, Abilities, and Backgrounds, tips on creating Passions and Fetters, and the complete list of thirteen Great Arcanoi.

Book ThreeEdit

Chapter Seven: ShadowEdit

Creating and playing a wraith's Shadow in a chronicle, as well as additional information on Angst and Harrowings.

Chapter Eight: SystemsEdit

Details on game play, including gaining and spending experience points, healing injuries and how a wraith can be hurt, information on Transcendence, and the effects of the Shroud.

Chapter Nine: DramaEdit

This chapter discusses the timing of scenes and turns, taking actions, the dramatic systems, and combat and weaponry.


Information on the antagonists of Wraith, such as Spectres, gifted mortals, and other supernatural creatures, as well as a list of Artifacts, important dates for wraiths, and a sample setting, Atlanta's Little Five Points.

Background InformationEdit

Errata for this book is included on the final page of Midnight Express. Among other changes that were made were to correct the spelling for writer Jackie Cassada's name and add a left-out credit for design contribution for Ray Winninger.

According to information in the Last Words section of the book, one of the first games Mark Rein•Hagen worked on for White Wolf, pre-dating even Vampire: The Masquerade, was a game called Inferno, where players were recently deceased spirits who were cast into hell. A series of unfortunate, almost deadly events during playtesting caused Inferno to be shelved. Much later, during the development of Ghost (Wraith's predecessor), some of the concepts used in Inferno were used pulled out and used. Problems began to surface again, and Wraith developed something of a "cursed" reputation. Appropriately enough, Wraith would be the first game in the Classic World of Darkness to come to an end, brought down by poor sales.

Memorable QuotesEdit



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