Collecting White Wolf Roleplaying Games
Collecting White Wolf RPGs is no simple task, as this American gaming publisher has produced a staggering amount of titles since its formation in 1991. Their most influential work was Vampire: The Masquerade, which led to the creation of their World of Darkness line that lives on in releases such as Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, and Geist: The Sin-Eaters. But White Wolf publishes more than titles about the sullen supernatural; they also have titles centering around superheroes, high fantasy, science fiction, and even King Arthur.
White Wolf has also branched out into card games (Vampire: The Eternal Struggle, Rage, and Arcadia), video games, and original fiction. Fans of the WWE may even remember Gangrel, a vampire character created specifically for Vince McMahon’s wrestling empire by the fellows at White Wolf. But their bread and butter has always been gaming, and those intent on collecting White Wolf RPGs have an impressive array of valuable titles to choose from.
Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Requiem
No White Wolf RPG collection would be complete without titles from this popular line of vampiric RPG products. A hardcover copy of the Vampire: The Requiem rulebook goes for $41.99 on eBay, while titles such as Requiem for Rome, The Prince of the City, and The Danse Macabre also bring above-average prices.
But the real area of interest for those into collectible White Wolf products is the old Vampire: The Masquerade line. A 1998 limited edition rulebook in a slipcase is selling for $135 on eBay, while a 1992 hardcover edition is listed at $50.
Werewolf: The Apocalypse and Werewolf: The Forsaken
If you found yourself rooting for the Lycans in the Underworld film series, you may want to try collecting Werewolf: The Forsaken and its associated products. A copy of Werewolf the Forsaken: The Pure commands a $200 price tag, while The Rage sells for $42.79. And the older game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse is just as valuable, with the second edition rulebook going for $50, and a revised copy of the Silver Fangs Tribebook lists on eBay at $75.
Mage: The Ascension and Mage: The Awakening
Player-characters in Mage: The Awakening can command the forces of magic, and they’re frequently pitted against the servants of powerful beings who exist in a higher plane. The basic rulebook can be purchased on eBay for $34.22, while a supplement known as The Adamantine Arrow lists for $77.39. The original game was known as Mage: The Ascension, and a limited edition copy of the rules in a slipcase sells for $100 on eBay. Meanwhile, a supplement titled The Infinite Tapestry goes for $103.
Promethean: The Created
Created from the bodies of the dead, player-characters in the Frankenstein-inspired RPG Promethean: The Created struggle to find their human soul. The basic rules list for $33.30 on eBay. Supplements include Pandora’s Book, Strange Alchemies, and Magnum Opus.
Changeling: The Dreaming and Changeling: The Lost
A beautiful game for RPG collectors, Changeling: The Lost follows the adventures of mortals who were abducted by fairy beings, only to escape from captivity and try to reclaim their place in a world that’s greatly changed. The basic rulebook lists on eBay for $35. The original series, Changeling: The Dreaming, commands high prices for supplements such as Pooka, The Shadow Court, and Land of Eight Million Dreams.
Hunter the Reckoning and Hunter: The Vigil
Characters in Hunter: The Vigil study or battle supernatural beings. The supplement Spirit Slayers lists for $32 on eBay, while Witch Finders: Order of St. George sells for a similar price. The previous version of the game, Hunter: The Reckoning, fetches lower prices than many White Wolf products, and all those I found on eBay were less than $20.
Geist: The Sin-Eaters
Set in White Wolf’s World of Darkness (just like all the titles listed above), Geist: The Sin-Eaters follows the adventures of spirits who have returned to the mortal world and must constantly contend with the dead, for better or worse. A new copy of the core rules sells for between $70 and $100 online.
If you’re interested in collecting White Wolf RPGs, keep in mind that not all games involve supernatural beings. Case in point: Exalted, a high fantasy game that draws liberally from myths around the globe. You can find editions of this game for between $35 and $100 online.
Trinity, an ambitious sci-fi roleplaying game, was discontinued in 2001, although a D20 version saw the light of day in 2004. A pristine copy of the main rules sells for around $50 online, while supplements such as Aurora Australis and Hope Sacrifice Unity are also collectible.
White Wolf’s attempt at the superhero genre, Aberrant is set in a world where people with powers (known as “novas”) suddenly begin manifesting in the year 1998.
If mythological deities are your thing, be sure to collect White Wolf’s Scion, where players take on the role of mortal descendants of the gods.
Street Fighter - The Storytelling Game
Using the same system as the old World of Darkness games, this RPG allows players to take on the role of their favorite character from the Street Fighter franchise (I‘ve always been a fan of Guile, myself). The game has been out of print for years, and the core rules sell for anywhere from $49.99 to $59.99 on eBay.