Playtest Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition right now
White Wolf has released a ‘pre-alpha’ version its Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition rules for free online, offering a scenario and asking for feedback from the playerbase.
The playtest files can be downloaded from the White Wolf website. They include both a substantial rulebook and an adventure named The Night After, set in the dark streets of Berlin.
The company notes that the rules “aren’t even close to final” and are designed to work in tandem with the scenario so may not function well if used in home-brewed settings.
“We recommend strongly that you play the scenario and not just read the rules document,” it says. “Actual play is the best way to experience and understand new rules concepts. In fact we suggest that you play it more than once, making different decisions each time to experience the full scope of the rules.”
Vampire: The Masquerade sees the players assume the role of vampires roaming the streets of a fictionalised, gothic version of the real world. It has remained popular for more than 25 years, seeing success on the tabletop as well as a videogame and live action roleplay (LARP) system.
The 5th edition of the game is slated for release in 2018.