Guide to the Sabbat Hardcover – Mar 1999
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The grotesque lords of humanity? The pitiful wretches of eternal hell? We are vampires, and that is enough. I am a vampire, and that is far more than enough. I am that which must be feared, worshipped and adored. The world is mine -- now and forever. No one holds command over me. No man. No god. No prince. What is a claim of age for ones who are immortal? What is a claim of power for ones who defy death? Call your damnable hunt. We shall see whom I drag screaming to hell with me. The Guide to the Sabbat examines the Sabbat exhaustively from the antitribu, or "anti-clans, " that populate its ranks, to the terrifying Disciplines they use, to their methods of waging war on the Camarilla and Antediluvians alike. This book also explores the Sabbat's progress in its war effort, chronicling the Cainites' inexorable spread across the East Coast and back to their usurped territories in the Old World.
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Just about everything about the Sabbat is discussed in depth, like initiation, ritae and war tactics. Factions in the Sabbat are covered as well as individual political positions. A specifically-Sabbat method of character creation is presented and Sabbat-appropriate Abilities and derangements are also present. Many Sabbat character templates are listed, which are all extremely helpful (and pretty interesting). There are advanced Discipline entries, usually for ranks 6-9, as well as types of Disciplines not featured in the core rulebook.
New shades of vampirism are presented here (though due to their awkwardness / susceptibility to abuse, not all are recommended as being playable): the twisted Blood Brothers, the ominous Harbingers of Skulls, the bizarre Kiasyd and the vengeful Salubri antitribu, as well as the gruff Panders, the Sabbat's own brand of Caitiff (who seem to have more status in their sect than the Camarilla Caitiff have in their own). Also, there are all the Camarilla clans' antitribu - excluding the Tremere antitribu (who do get a mention, however), for pretty permanent reasons.Read more ›
The books intro "Smart Moneys on Vegas" is very nice and is probubly my favorite opening fiction. It captures the mood of the Sabbat and keeps you moving through the introducion area that explains the Sabbat structure and internal strife.
The book moves to the numerous Anti-Tribes of the Sabbat and even special bloodlines that previous reviewers mentioned. One that didn't fit in to me though was a group called the Kiasyd, they are like Faeries but Vampires also... I don't see where they fit into the Sabbat or any sect for that matter.
The discipline section was medicore. Nothing to new, or ground breaking. Especially considering the neutral disciplines like Auspex are in Guide to the Camarilla. The path section is rather interesting, especially since it drills in that many sabbat aren't on paths and stick to humanity, most people can't take pathes dangers.
The section detailing Sabbat tactics for taking cities is amazing and a story based around a siege would be amazing. The tactics are varied especially due to Sabbat disciplines and considering that they already are good at fighting makes me wonder how the Sabbat could ever lose.
This book was very good all in all but my one complaint is that it really doesn't say much about what a Sabbat city really does when it isn't crusading? They weed each other out? Well, this book is still worth the price. It's information is invaluable.
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This book goes in-depth about the Sabbat. Only vaguely covered in the main Vampire book, this gives great insight to what is normally perceived to be a group of thugs, but if that... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by James W. White
The Sabbat are many things, mysterious and everpresent, violent and oppressive, exotic and different. Read morePublished on Aug. 18 2001 by Paul Clarke
This book has plenty of information that would normaly be excluded from the average ST's game. There is so much detail and history information that a ST could easily make a... Read morePublished on June 21 2001
When I read this book I had no intention of running a Sabbat campaign. But as we speek I amin the middle of running one. Read morePublished on Jan. 5 2001 by Bruce Ramsay
The Sabbat get an update out of the cliched manaic with a chainsaw in one hand and torch in the other and finally become a full blown sect. Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2000 by Marcus A. Vitchell
After reading the sabbat book,a lot of things were cleared up. A definite buy for storytellers. The book also provides info on alot of new bloodlines and stats for antitribu clan... Read morePublished on May 16 2000 by Justin Burke
It is a common and persistent misconception that Vampire characters and chronicles should be Camarilla by default. Read morePublished on April 3 2000 by Matthew Murphy
A fine book from what I've read so far: up to the WW standard.
I'm a 2nd edition player and have been out of the loop for a while: What I thought I was getting was a complete... Read more