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Hello!

I've been a fan of Vampire for about five years now, and I stumbled onto this forum by chance and thought I might give it a go. I'm a graduate student in Medieval History living in the UK ( originally from the US). I mostly play Dark Ages, as most of you would probably expect, so you'll probably spot me over there most of the time. Anyway, I look forward to getting to know you all.

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Welcome to the forum! Make yourself at home - we're still getting up to speed and letting people know we're still around.

Please let others know about us. We could do with getting more people in, not to mention bringing back old hands.

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15 hours ago, Libra said:

Welcome to the forum! Make yourself at home - we're still getting up to speed and letting people know we're still around.

Please let others know about us. We could do with getting more people in, not to mention bringing back old hands.

Thanks, glad to be hear. I haven't got all that many friends who are into WoD, but I'll put the word out and try and recruit a few people. 

 

13 hours ago, Infernal Teddy said:

Welcome aboard! Where in the UK are you from? What's your favorite Dark Ages Splat? And your favorite regional DA Sourcebook? ;)

Well, I lived in London while I was working on my Bachelor's, but now I'm up in Saint Andrews. But I was born and raised in the US. 

My favorite books? Well, that's a tough one. I'll preface this by saying that when it comes to actual history, none of the DA books from any of the ranges have ever been very good (but some are much worse than others; I'm looking at you, Jerusalem by Night!). However, since Vampires and Werewolves aren't real, I guess I shouldn't go too hard on them. 

My favorite splat would have to be the Cappadocian Clanbook. Seeing as they were the least established of the Dark Ages clans, they definitely needed special attention the most. The coverage they received before Revised in the High Clan book was too skimpy. I also felt like the expansions to the Mortis discipline in the Clanbook were much-needed. Still, it's not a perfect book by any means. I also want to give an honorable mention to Liege, Lord, and Lackey. While the mechanics were mediocre, it was good food for thought regarding mortal-supernatural relationships in a Dark Ages game. Sadly, the history in it was bad enough to have a negative impact on the book. Shouldn't a book trying to give players a guide to medieval social relationships and responsibilities get those right? But again, I shouldn't go too hard on them. That book came out in 1997, before a lot of the shifts in the scholarship of medieval society had become available to the general public. But that does make it a dangerous book to use twenty years later if one is keen on historical accuracy in Dark Ages games. 

My favorite regional book is much a much easier choice. Dark Ages: British Isles was well-written, decently researched, comprehensive, and and nicely tied together Vampire, Werewolf, Fae, and Hunter/Inquisitor. 

What about you, Infernal Teddy? Which ones did you like best?

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My favorite Clan in Dark Ages are probably the Cappas and the Tzimisce. Byond Vampire I'd go with Dark Ages: Mage. And I'd call Constantinople by Night my favorite regional book for Dark Ages - not a big fan of the whole "War of Princes" thing, I prefer the Long Night myself ;)

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I'm definitely a Cappa guy myself. They're like Tremere, but with more potential for characters and without all of the baggage.

I always wanted to give the other Dark Ages lines a try. I've read many of the core and splatbooks, but never been able to find a group. 

I think the Long Night and the War of Princes are each suited to different kinds of campaigns, but in broad strokes I agree with you. Most of my Dark Age Vampire games have been set in the late 1160s/early 1170s. There's enough mortal political instability (Henry the Young King's revolt, Barbarossa in Italy and the , Nur ad-Din's conquests) to give the players interesting opportunities to advance their personal agendas while still being set in the Long Night.

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Mind you, I've always wanted to run "the" big Dark Ages Campaign, starting in Constantinople, and running through all the adventures, the Transylvania Chronicles and the Giovanni Chonicles up to the modern nights...

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