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World of Darkness, and in particular its Vampire: The Masquerade parts, are well known across the world and I've seen the vampire lore it established “borrowed” quite liberally over the years. Perhaps this is the reason that White Wolf Entertainment has partnered with DriveThruRPG to open the Storytellers Vault – a digital marketplace where people can create their own tabletop RPG supplements and fiction set in the vampire-populated parts of the World of Darkness. White Wolf gets half, and you get to rip off their Malkavians with a clear conscience. A win-win for everyone.
Unlicensed fiction aside, the juiciest part of this whole deal is the fact that people are now able to create their own RPG supplements using any of the available four editions of Vampire: The Masquerade. Going through the Storytellers Vault website, it's clear that at the moment you can only create tabletop supplements but the general ambiguous wording of some FAQ entries makes it seem like this could change in the future. Here's hoping that at some point the Storytellers Vault evolves into something that brings us an influx of Vampire CRPGs.
If any of the above piqued your curiosity, check out this press release we've received:
STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN (August 11, 2017) - White Wolf Entertainment, creator of the World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade are partnering with DriveThurRPG to allow independent content creators to publish material set in the World of Darkness using the Storytellers Vault.
For over a quarter century, fans of the World of Darkness have aspired to bring their own unique World of Darkness creations to the masses, and now they can as part of the Storytellers Vault, White Wolf’s new creator content program. Beginning with Vampire: The Masquerade, aspiring writers, artists, and game designers can publish their non-canonical table top RPG supplements and fiction stories worldwide in the language of their choosing, and making half of the revenue as their royalty. To assist content creators making the best possible products, Storytellers Vault offers a considerable variety of graphical layout tools including pre-made design templates, and art-packs to choose from.
“World of Darkness fans have always shared their stories with the world, and now is the time we help them to do that in an even greater scale” says CEO Tobias Sjögren. “The magic of the Storytellers Vault is supporting fans that love and want to create content from all eras of our games, we can’t wait to see what they produce and how everyone enjoys it!”
The Storytellers Vault features:
- Self-publish service for table top RPG material set using any of the four previously published editions of Vampire: The Masquerade
- Content creators themselves set the price for the material they publish and receive 50% of the revenue
- Access to over 15 templates and art packs produced helps content creators make their work look as professional as the official products from any set era
- Publishing in any language supporting the vast global World of Darkness community
- Additional content supporting other game lines and historical settings in the White Wolf catalogue will be progressively unlocked beginning in October 2017