The first thing you need when starting your cWoD collection is a list of items to work from. If you’ve looked around the net, you’ve probably found a document White Wolf released around the Time of Darkness, called The Comprehensive World of Darkness. It’s certainly a useful starting point, but it has a few issues.
First, there were some books that were announced but never released. WW intended to continue the Dark Ages line past the end of the rest of the games, but there was insufficient interest at retail and the plans were canceled. The checklist includes four Dark Ages books that were never released, plus a Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade book that was later released as a pdf.Second, it doesn’t always separate the spinoff game lines. Dark Ages gets its own section, but Werewolf; The Wild West and Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade are mixed in with their parent games. Third, since new cWoD product started coming out, it’s no longer comprehensive. This isn’t anyone’s fault, but as long as new material is coming out a living, dynamic document is required. Rather than tell you what items to cross off and add to your checklist, I’ve created my own, which you can find here. It’s a work in progress; I intend to eventually list every element that was included in a product so you can find out whether you’re missing something. (For example, some Werewolf books had bound-in maps that aren’t always present in used copies.) I’ll also make it clear which formats each item exists in. For the time being, italicized items indicate elements of a product (generally along the lines of “book and screen” or “two books and slipcase”). Items without a product code or ISBN are generally post-Time of Judgment products that were released as PDFs and possibly limited edition versions. I’ll fill in the details and expand this in later entries. Until next time, the Woggle-Bug says “Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow.”