Vampire The Masquerade V5: A Guide to the Core, Anarch and Camarilla Books
Vampire The Masquerade V5 is the latest edition of the classic role-playing game of personal and political horror, where you play as one of the undead, hiding your true nature from the mortal world while struggling with your own beast within. V5 is a streamlined and modernized system that respects the legacy of the previous editions, but also introduces new rules and updates to reflect the current state of the World of Darkness.
If you are new to Vampire The Masquerade V5 or want to expand your collection, you might be wondering what books to get and what they contain. In this article, we will give you an overview of the three main books that form the core of V5: the Corebook, the Anarch book and the Camarilla book. We will also briefly mention some of the upcoming books that will add more content and options to your game.
The Corebook is the essential book for any Vampire The Masquerade V5 player or storyteller. It contains everything you need to create and play your own vampire character, as well as run a chronicle set in any city of your choice. The Corebook covers the following topics:
The history and lore of the Kindred, the hidden society of vampires that spans across the world.
The basic rules of V5, including how to create a character, how to use dice, how to resolve actions and conflicts, and how to manage your hunger and humanity.
The 13 clans of vampires, each with their own culture, abilities, weaknesses and agendas. The Corebook includes seven clans: Brujah, Gangrel, Malkavian, Nosferatu, Toreador, Tremere and Ventrue.
The three sects of vampires, each with their own ideology, politics and structure. The Corebook includes two sects: the Camarilla, the conservative and elitist faction that claims to uphold the Masquerade and protect vampire society from external threats; and the Anarchs, the rebellious and diverse faction that rejects the authority and traditions of the Camarilla and seeks freedom and autonomy for all vampires.
The disciplines, the supernatural powers that vampires can use to enhance their abilities or manipulate their environment. The Corebook includes 10 disciplines: Animalism, Auspex, Celerity, Dominate, Fortitude, Obfuscate, Potence, Presence, Protean and Thin-Blood Alchemy.
The loresheets, optional backgrounds that provide your character with connections, allies, enemies or secrets related to a specific aspect of vampire lore.
The tools and advice for storytellers, including how to create a chronicle, how to design a city, how to create NPCs and antagonists, how to run scenes and stories, how to use themes and moods, and how to handle sensitive topics.
The Anarch Book
The Anarch book is a supplement that expands on the Anarch sect and provides more options and information for players and storytellers who want to explore this faction. The Anarch book covers the following topics:
The history and culture of the Anarchs, from their origins in the medieval revolts against the elders to their current status as a global movement that challenges the status quo.
The factions and domains of the Anarchs, including how they are organized, what they believe in and what they fight for. The Anarch book includes examples of Anarch domains in Los Angeles, Berlin, Mexico City and Johannesburg.
The clans of the Anarchs, including two clans that are exclusive to this sect: the Banu Haqim (formerly known as Assamites), the warriors and assassins who seek redemption for their past sins; and the Ministry (formerly known as Followers of Set), the seducers and corruptors who offer liberation through temptation.
The coterie types of the Anarchs, including four new types that are specific to this sect: the Barons (the leaders of Anarch domains), the Nomads (the wanderers who travel across domains), the Rabble (the rebels who aa16f39245