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Vampire Daeva Kiss of the Succubus*OP (Vampire: The Requiem (White Wolf)) Paperback – May 28, 2008

3.3 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Series: Vampire: The Requiem (White Wolf)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing (May 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588463524
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588463524
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By R. Spottiswood on May 31, 2008
Format: Paperback
There is an old saying about storytelling, "show, don't tell". This Clan Book is all about showing instead of telling. (Come to think of it, the saying applies to the Daeva themselves, too.) It is almost entirely a collection of autobiographical stories either by a Daeva, or about a Daeva. The variety is incredible. It starts off with an account of a mortal's mutual obsession with a Daeva, and also features cartoons and a movie script.

The themes of this clan come through crystal clear in this book,as Ventrue did not manage to do. The major theme is love. Are the Daeva capable of inspiring and feeling true love, or are they dead hearts manipulating human erotic programming? Does the past matter, or is the present all there is? It's basically a hundred pages of Daeva showing the choices they make, and how these shape their Requiems. The writing is generally excellent, although the movie script is deliberately written in an over-blown style that almost overshadows what it shows.

The artwork also works to show the Daeva off. On the White Wolf forums, their Q&A about this book explicitly states that the artwork was intended to treat the Daeva as sex objects. It works. We view them as sex objects ... and they view us as blood banks. Both may get what they want, but we end up dead as a result. That's what the art shows even before you get to the text.

Technically, the only books you need to read to follow this are the corebooks. Obviously, you will get much more from it the more Vampire books you have read. However, there are so many ties to the Ventrue Clan Book that I think you would have to read it in addition to this for this to have full value. This book also seems to tie in with the upcoming Hunter: the Vigil, too.
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I'm starting to think that a lot of people have misconceptions of what the clan books are all about. They aren't rule books, they are a collection of writings and short stories that are all 'in character', even the index is written in character on this book.

As a source book the game fails. It only contains a few pages comparatively that actually pertains to game play. From rules to bloodlines to new disciplines and devotions. But these rules are just the icing on the cake. The appendix to the real valuable information.

This book is about the Daeva clan. Not in game rules. Not supplementary game play mechanics. But about the vampires of this clan. The writings in this book, the short stories, the collections of past history, are of the highest caliber of Pen & Paper 'fluff' as some would call it, I have ever seen.

What this book does is give an incredibly powerful and intimate view of the clans history, their current struggles and daily life. It's less a book the games ST would need for rules, and much more about how the Daeva 'live' and how they spend their nights. The information within can be invaluable to any player wishing to flesh out their Daeva character or getting some insight on the mood and feel of the Daeva clan.

Everyone knows, (or should know), that Mood and Theme are amongst the most important mechanics in any World of Darkness game. The Daeva 'clan book' exudes more Mood and sets such a dark and horrifying Theme I've ever seen in any World of Darkness book I own. The writing is simply amazing and can help you 'feel' your Daeva on a level you could never imagine.

When I first picked this up I had seen mixed reviews, and just simply after the first story, entitled Kevin, drew me into the world of the Daeva and wouldn't let me go.
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I'm a fan of the new color and layout of Requiem clan books, and the art work in this one is particularly enjoyable. There's even a few short comic strips. The Daeva unlifestyle definitely makes for pretty good reading too. In comparison to other clan books though, the appendix on this one is way too short. The Merits and Devotions are cool enough if you're into Daeva, but I found this section woefully lacking in crunch. That said, there is a storyteller section on dealing with Vice, and sex in particular, that's definitely worth a read if it's going to be a reasonably important element in your game. That said, other storytelling supplements address the same topic, so I'm tempted to give this book a 3-star review. It's definitely better than the Ventrue book though, so I won't take it that far.

Not my favorite by any means, but still pretty good as a story (not rules) supplement.
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As the headline suggests' this book is a great read, with good ideas for Daeva characters. It features two made ready characters which are great because their stats are ready made for the two basic "Deava" types you run across (the lover/the fighter) which are useful for new players and Storytellers. It also comes with some really neat merits and devotions which are probably it's saving grace. Its downfall is its single bloodine, granted the bloodline is really cool but there's only one which is a real reminder that you have to buy more books to get more out of this, I guess I'm saying the noticeable marketing is disappointing.
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