Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Vampire: the Masquerade Anniversary

The teleological path is twisted and incestuous.

Getting back to my World of Darkness roots, Vampire: the Masquerade turns 20 years old this year, and White Wolf is releasing a new book in recognition.  They are selling said book for $99.99.

As with all things internet, some people are excited about this, some people are outraged, and some people have noted that White Wolf has been focusing on old World of Darkness a lot lately (in addition to the anniversary book, the upcoming White Wolf MMO will also focus on Vampire: the Masquerade).  This leads to speculation that parent company CCP Games has no idea what it's doing, or that the new World of Darkness hasn't been doing well — or more properly, that its core lines (Vampire, Werewolf, and Mage) haven't been doing well (Changeling continues to be highly-touted among fans, while the others still prompt nerd rage in the proper circles).

Then again, that's an ongoing thread.  People claim that the industry is dying, and that there's little money in it.  In fact, most publishers have moved to a pdf/print-on-demand model, with only Wizards of the Coast having enough money to still make print runs (they're owned by Hasbro, in case that gives you a clue).  However, as has been noted, this year's GenCon showed record attendance, so it's not all doom and gloom in the RPG industry.

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