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Introduction to Darkness

Darkness crosses the threshold, drawing you into an eternity of blood and depravity—a world of vampires and the night. For those who survive the Embrace, immortality awaits, filled with power, lust, and vast fortune. To survive as a creature of the night, you must find a balance between the human soul and the ravening Beast within, the blood lust and hunger that drives vampires further toward the edge of insanity. Once you have mastered your inner turmoil, you are cast into a world of cutthroat politics and vicious betrayals, where smiles can cut like knives and words can kill as certainly as gunfire. Can you thrive in the night?

Vampire: The Masquerade (VTM) is a roleplaying game, in which everyone cooperates to tell stories in a shared world. One player takes on the role of Storyteller, while the others create characters to portray in that world—vampires, living secretly within modern society. Players gather at games and act as their characters in a theatrical, play-like setting. The Storyteller describes the setting and controls the actions of any non-player characters.

Vampires are immortal beings, plucked from mortal culture and thrust into a supernatural world. They are dangerous predators, surviving by feeding on the blood of others. Vampires have many advantages over mortals—they’re stronger, faster, deadlier, and often more alluring.

Need a quick into to start playing VTM? The free Mind’s Eye Theatre: Vampire The Masquerade Quick-Start Guide can get you going. Here, new players and returning fans can explore a simplified version of the game, intended to explain the core rules as simply and cohesively as possible, so that players can leap in and play. This booklet leads players through the creation of a vampire of moderate generation (an Ancilla) from one of two proud vampire clans: the Brujah or the Ventrue. You will need a character sheet (located at the back of the booklet), a pencil and some paper for notes, and your imagination. Get your free download here.

If you want the details of everything VTM, check out our core rulebook. The complete rulebook contains more options for characters, including a greater selection of clans, backgrounds, and powers.