Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition

WraithOblivion2ndLogo… it’s happening. Late 2014. Developed by Rich “Deadguy” Dansky.

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Ian started playing RPGs in 1992, played his first White Wolf game in about 1995, and started involving himself in the White Wolf community in 1999. With a number of the more popular fan sites under his belt and the occasional foray into freelancing, Ian is delighted to walk the Onyx Path with so many of the people who have become his friends and heroes over the years. 

  62 comments for “Wraith: The Oblivion 20th Anniversary Edition

  1. Michael Silva
    August 19, 2013 at 11:21 am

    Shut up and take my money!

    • Rob
      August 19, 2013 at 7:42 pm

      I think you mean, “Shut up and take my obolus!”

      • Kyle
        August 20, 2013 at 1:22 pm

        I thought the plural was Oboli. I only correct because I know I will be giving the plural to the team to buy whatever precious’ there are. To the point that if they have a weird be a character or what not, I want to do that. Goal to be able to throw at this right now is 1k. Just need to convince the wife this is ok lol

        http://whitewolf.wikia.com/wiki/Obolus

        • Romeo
          December 31, 2013 at 2:22 am

          I dont care just give me this!

        • gothmate
          January 10, 2014 at 9:29 pm

          Plural is Oboli. You’re right.
          “Take my last thirty friends turned on Oboli!! You may have their souls.”
          That would be a good sentense. :P

  2. Kyle
    August 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

    You’ve made me, so so happy. I will begin saving money now to do whatever the special book treatment is and get a second and possibly third copy.

  3. EndlessKng
    August 19, 2013 at 11:48 am

    And the crowd goes wild.

  4. August 19, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Eeeee.

  5. Jason
    August 19, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    … I love you guys so much it’s probably not legal.

  6. Marcelo
    August 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    Best news ever! Thanks guys!

  7. Melody
    August 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Take all the money!

  8. SteveH
    August 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    *Cue rampant salivation*

  9. Josh DIllard
    August 19, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    This is so fantastic!

    When can we start requesting stretch goals? Is now to early? How about now?

    (I want a Dark Ages: Wraith writeup so much it’s crazy…)

  10. black swan
    August 19, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Shut up and take my money indeed…

  11. Ed
    August 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I’ll go change my pants.

    • Megalos
      August 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

      hahaha I too friend!
      Wraith is sooo fucking shit!

  12. Tedthulhu
    August 19, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Developed by Rich “Deadguy” Dansky? That’s all you had to say…

  13. Yossarian
    August 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    O20? WO20? Woe20?

    …WR20?

  14. August 19, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    OOOHHHH…VERY BEAUTIFUL

  15. joseph
    August 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    oh this is great your going to be saving a copy for me I know that :) I cant wait.

  16. August 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    They did it. Those crazy dudes did it!

  17. Keleas
    August 19, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Where’s the Kickstarter so I can spend all my hard-earned money on it?

  18. SebastianF
    August 19, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    I totally vote for glow-in-the-dark Wraith logo for the special cover treatment! Consider my money spent….

    • Kyle
      August 20, 2013 at 1:24 pm

      I dunno…I kind of want an inlaid Obsidian pattern ;)

      That or just you know, pound it out of poor cowled souls. b^^b

      Really have not been this excited about ANYTHING gaming related in over a decade!

  19. Tyler
    August 20, 2013 at 1:51 am

    Is the Wraith 20 gonna have info on Orpheus? I loved that game and Wraith too.

  20. Mara
    August 20, 2013 at 5:25 am

    Not my favourite of the OWoD settings. Actually, I think it is the one that I have never tried anything with. I am just looking forward with anticipation to Changeling: the Dreaming 20th..that ones is going to have a real stained glass cover for the SUPER special edition, right? ;)

    • Quiet Storm
      September 19, 2013 at 3:43 am

      I’m going to buy this one, just to help inflate the purchase numbers so that Changeling 20 will be printed . . .

      And then, I may buy two copies of that. ;)

      • Quiet Storm
        September 19, 2013 at 3:48 am

        Oh, and I’ll be buying Wraith 20, because I want it, too . . . gotta get `um all :D

  21. Vict0r
    August 20, 2013 at 7:09 am

    Made my day, I’ve got one year to yearn, but it will be worth it.
    Thanks a lot for this.

  22. V_O
    August 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    First Classic World of Darkness 20th anniversary deluxe edition book to be printed in black and white? Just because of the setting ;)

    Anyway, I’m really happy Wraith is getting the 20th ed. treatment.

    • Kyle
      August 20, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      You know, Black and White would not upset me because that was part of the feel of Wraith to me. Just think, instead of Color, maybe we could get something else?

      I hope to see all of the Arcanoi that were printed in the book, as well as content around shadow play in a more players/gm friendly format (the shadow scared away my players a lot so I had to houserule).

      Oh and Ferrymen! oh man…I love this setting too much

    • IanW
      August 20, 2013 at 5:38 pm

      I’d rather we go colour.

      Why?

      Comparison shots of the vibrant Skinlands versus the muted washed out tones of the Shadowlands. A landscape of the Shadowlands, with a bloated red sun casting its baleful glare over hollowed-out buildings. The sickly green glowing eyes of Intimation.

      There are many possibilities.

      • Kyle
        August 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        oooooooo I hadn’t thought of that Ian. That is a very good counterpoint for color. I retract my thought above.

      • V_O
        August 22, 2013 at 2:11 am

        Sounds cool, Ian!

      • Mike
        August 22, 2013 at 8:02 pm

        I love this idea. Muted or subdued use of colors….I could just see an illustration of an intrepid Wraith, flush with the vibrant hues of his passions braving a Byway through the Tempest as dreary, gray anvil clouds loom in the horizon. Awesome sauce.

  23. Teejinx
    August 20, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I just died and went to Stygia. :D

  24. TiwazTyrsfist
    August 20, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Yay! The return of everyone’s favorite soul-forged Ashtray!

  25. Mike
    August 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

    AaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaHHhhhhhh! Hurry up and be 2014 already!

  26. Walter
    August 21, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    Ever since V20 first appeared I’ve been hoping and praying for Wraith20 to eventually arrive. My friend sent me this link on Monday and I’ve been on cloud 9 since then. And the fact that Rich Dansky is coming back on board to develop is absolutely fantastic. I will definitely be throwing as much money as I possibly can at this kickstarter to make sure it’s the best that it can possibly be.

  27. Mike
    August 21, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Yeah…I’m normally content with PDFs but I think I’m going top tier with this one.

  28. Chris C
    August 22, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    I’ve got a bunch of the oWoD books but I’m new to the 20th Anniversary format.

    I guess my question would be…

    Are these the old books just in a new release and with a facelift…or are these rewrites and new material?

    (Nothing wrong with either, I’m just curious which it is.)

    Loved the Wraith books…even though I never got to play.

    Wraith: The Great War was my favorite of the non-modern setting books.

    • IanW
      August 22, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      While each X20 contains material from other previously-published books (V20′s count was over a dozen other books), the 20th anniversary books themselves are wholly new. The setting is updated to the modern day, and providing a balance of different editions in both look and feel to smack you right in the nostalgia gland while presenting to you the ultimate rulebook for your preferred game.

      • Chris C
        August 22, 2013 at 9:22 pm

        Thanks Ian!

        Just what I needed to know!

      • Discobutcher
        August 23, 2013 at 4:52 am

        Hi !
        So the most important questions are – what is left of the shadowlands after the sixth maelstrom (so is there any place to actually play ;-) ) and if you’re going to include the plot of Orpheus – and probably if you mention the “land in the west” from Mummy the ressurection..
        I’m currently the GM of an Orpheus chronicle with nWoD rules (see Mr. Gone’s site for the rules).

        So much anticipation …

        • IanW
          August 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

          With our other 20th anniversary offerings, the setting has been moved to somewhere around the cusp of 2e and Revised. The end of the world is still coming, but it’s not an immediate concern. I imagine our treatment of Wraith20 will similarly be pre-Maelstrom.

  29. Feral Gangrel
    August 26, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Is now too soon to give you money?

  30. August 27, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I remember as a teen visiting my local, now defunct game shop City of Atlantis and all these gothy, black lipstick and Marilyn Manson t-shirt wearing gamers talking about their Vampires or Werewolves and what-have-you’s with fangs and claws, oh my (some of these guys were my friends; gasp). And here I was, this pudgy, overweight teen who wore polo’s and jeans, trying desperately in my own angsty way to simply not stand out in any meaningful way what-so-ever. City’s hosting this all night gaming event and I notice there’s this softcover book in the White Wolf section, with its cold cold iron chains and this glow-in-the-dark emblem and my Goth friends warn me, “Oh, that game is boring; stay away.” What they couldn’t understand is that this understated, black and white, and softcover book was calling me. It whispered to me when I snuck outside to smoke cigarettes in the dark, snowy Indiana cold and then, I purchased it and my goth friends giggled,” I can’t believe you bought that? There’s nothing cool in there.” I read the book like I’ve never read any gaming book and I so desperately wanted to run it, or just perhaps play it under a good Storyteller. I even bought a few of the supplements. But alas, it is the one game I own and have never played. Fast forward to my later adult life; college graduate, dead end job, back living with my parent, my only hope for the future is the possible toying with the idea of Graduate school. But, I’m blessed with a couple of gamer friends and we’re more mature, taking more gaming risks and I’m building a possible campaign idea out of Geist the Sin-Eaters and another friend is flirting with either FATE or Vampire the Requiem; maybe both. And then, I read this little one line post about Wraith 20th anniversary. You made my 30′s Mr. IanW, sir. I will be contributing to the Kickstarter. Thank you.

  31. JSun
    September 11, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I ran a LARP Wraith game for many years. Hands down, the best RPG ever. Wraith was so skillfully detailed and so playable and so creative. With all the X20 games coming out, I never though I’d see this. I am SO thrilled. Please tell me they will flesh out the other 7 Guilds that never got Guildbooks. Please please please please….

  32. Aeoris
    September 19, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    So excited. Am actually running a Wraith game right now. Sign me up:)

  33. Avernus
    October 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    How do you get around the over-the-top bleakness of the setting? I’m not talking about the being dead part or even the Shadow (both of those things are manageable despite the bad rap), but the fact that the people and institutions look like they came from Warhammer 40K. Pretty much everyone will try to enslave, sell and soulforge you at the first opportunity, you can be executed for simply knowing half the arcanoi in the game (and you carry obvious tell-tales), and pretty much “your afterlifespan is measured in minutes.” Assuming the troupe ignores or severely downplays that, there’s a sharp divide in the game’s already indistinct focus: is the game about a ghost dealing with the living, or about a ghost dealing with the bizarre afterlife? There’s no real connection between the two and you will be executed for trying to associate with the living.

    The game has a very, very good idea at its core, but the execution is far too extreme and loses sight of the original point. You’re dead, so obviously trying to deal with the living with be fraught will problems, but it’s absurdly cruel to create a horrible, malevolent afterlife society that actively discourages you from pursuing your unfinished business.

    On top of that, I sometimes got the impression from discussions that players were often more interested in playing the afterlife bureaucracy or surfing the the river Styx than actually dealing with the wraith’s unfinished business, so I’m not sure if anyone else shares my view.

  34. Eric
    November 18, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I hope this is true! I’m actually planning on starting a W:TO chronicle in the Fall of 2014, so the the timing for this would be perfect. :)

  35. Yandros
    November 25, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    I am so happy about this! I am currently participating in a Wraith game and absolutely LOVE it! This is hands down my favorite WOD setting.

    I too would love to see the other guild books released!

    Would also like to see some beautiful artwork and further images/emblems for things like Oboli, different ranks in the Hierarchy, etc.

    Cheers!

  36. Ben Wenham
    January 6, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Squee!!!

  37. Anthony Kuchta
    March 8, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Take my Oboli! Im so hyped right now.

  38. March 31, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    I never, ever thought in a million years that I’d see this game reprinted. My copy sits right next to Kindred of the East (another awesome book).

    V20 is amazing. I will definitely be kickstarting this one.

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