newForumNewName wrote:Vampire: The Masquerade isn't a horror game. It's a gothic punk game. It sure can do horror, even personal horror, but that isn't the default.
It's set in a modern gothic-punk world, but as I pointed out before, the defining theme is "personal horror". You don't have to play it that way, but that's how it's marketed, and that's how the mechanics are designed - just as regular horror games often have some sort of "sanity" stat, so VtM has "humanity".
Having said that, the Vampire games I played (most of which were based on official storylines) had a lot in common with regular "horror". The Cathedral of Flesh, for example, or the story of Vasilisa and Baba Yaga, or the Last Supper (from the Giovanni Chronicles), or many of the Sabbat "games" - and if you start including crossover concepts such as Black Spiral Dancers, it gets even worse. Some of that stuff is really nasty, and well into "horror" territory.