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Werewolf Poker Deck: The Wild West
Publisher: White Wolf
by Arthur D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/23/2018 06:43:31

Today I received my Werewolf: the Wild West Poker Deck from DriveThruRPG.com. The original cards from 1997 were over-sized poker-deck cards designed to promote the (then) upcoming Werewolf: the Wild West tabletop RPG.

I had the original set, but they were ruined by water damage and I had to throw them away years ago.

Fortunately, White Wolf has re-released the cards through DTRPG, so I decided to check them out.

Physically speaking, the cards and box are pretty standard to any other playing cards (though the box is designed with a sort of extra flap of cardboard inside that keeps the deck a bit more secure within it. As the original cards were the same ratio, there's no strangeness to the images (Though due to the packaging differences, the box has some differences.) The deck not only includes the usual (52 cards, with two jokers), but also rules on playing a few variations of poker, and the promo card announcing the upcoming W:tWW as well. It's a bit amusing seeing the promotion for "Werewolf: the Wild West, available in June 1997.." Also, the box artwork is recreated (as best as they can) with the original artwork, meaning that the back contains the original UPC, ISBN, Stock #, and even the White Wolf Game Studio logo with the 7735 Park North Blvd address. XD

My only real issue is that the artwork seems a bit muddy/faded/blurry. This could be from the scanning/transfer process, or this is just how the original files looked and represent how they looked originally too.

I'd love to see an "updated" version of the deck with some contemporary artwork done up, as well as not having the "Werewolf: the Wild West Poker Deck" on the backs... heck, even just removing "Poker Deck" would be nice... but as this is a recreation of the original product, it's likely more for those seeking to reclaim something they once had, rather than a product for folks new to the scene.

Over-all, it's decent and I hope that at some point they can find a way of printing cards on tarrot-card dimensions so that we can get a re-issue of the Mage: The Ascension Tarrot deck made too.



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V20 Companion
Publisher: Onyx Path Publishing
by Arthur D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/24/2012 01:46:11

The V20 Companion is ... a companion book to the V20 core book. It has its shortcomings, but it also has some interesting content that could be quite useful, depending on the ST, the game, and your own purposes.

Looking for details on Titles and Boons for the Cam, Sabbat, Anarchs and more? Congrats! half of the content of the book is just for you.

Looking for a page spread and info for the Caitiff? It's right there.

Looking for how Kindred utilize today's technology? ... YouTube, Social Networks, and the likes? There's (arguably the best update to the V:tM setting) a nice chapter for you.

How about some setting locations all around the world? A bunch of pages with about 4 paragraphs for each, describing places of importance/interest to Kindred.

Included in the page count (aside from pages of contributors, cover page, legal info, and artwork) is an Appendix that includes some un-used/un-finished material that shows some of the ideas that were unfinished, or deemed unworthy of the V20 Companion, but still presented in their most raw forms nonetheless.

In all, if any of these things sound like they would complete your understanding/interest in V20, then this book might be for you. But if none of this sounds specifically important to you, then you might be disappointed.

Because of its limited usability, its somewhat awkward content, but because it does also contain information missing from the V20 core book, I would say that this book does have its audience. Whether or not it's for you?...

NOTE: this book contains illustrations with nudity.



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