Collecting classic World of Darkness, part 6a: Werewolf merchandise

Following the classic age/popularity curve, Werewolf is second for most merchandise, behind Vampire but ahead of Mage.  It doesn’t have as many weird one-off items (such as the Vampire license plate) but is still fairly well represented in the general categories. (One reason for this is that there were fewer licensed items produced by other companies.)  I’ll follow the same format as I did for Vampire; promotional materials and posters will be covered in a separate article.

Dice. The official WtA dice were brown/rust colored, released in a set with 9 regular dice and one Auspice die, with phases of the moon. They came in a box and included a brown dice pouch with the claw mark symbol in white. These don’t show up very often and run expensive when they do.

A set of reproduction WtA dice was available for a while.  The colors were a bit duller than the original, and the Auspice die wasn’t included; if you want to make sure you have an original set, look for the Auspice die and the dice bag.

Miniatures.  Ral Partha released a series of Werewolf miniatures, consisting of some of the tribes in various forms and some Wyrm creatures/antagonists. (Unlike the Vampire minis, these make some sort of sense in play, as Werewolf is more combat-oriented and had systems for map-and-mini play.)

Collectible card game. The Rage CCG was released by White Wolf starting in 1995; two editions of the core set and four expansions were released.  The license was picked up by Five Rings Publishing Group, who released a new set under their ill-fated “Rolling Thunder” program, with a set of regular mini-expansions rather than a few larger sets.  This edition wasn’t compatible with the White Wolf version, and was cancelled after six mini-episodes and one larger one.  Support continued online, with virtual card sets and rules updates.

If you are looking to buy cards, you should be prepared to pay the most for foil cards and cards from the “War of the Amazon” set, which was underproduced.  The “Umbra” expansion was massively overproduced and should be available at giveaway prices; even the foils don’t go for much.  The FRPG sets aren’t as popular as White Wolf’s.

Novels. There were a good number of these, though again not as many as Vampire had.  Their Tribe Novels covered two tribes per book rather than the single focus of VtM’s Clan Novels.  Except for the W20-oriented fiction, these are listed on White Wolf’s checklist.

(Note that one fiction collection, Drums Around the Fire, had the RPG’s trade dress and was trade paperback size, so it’s sometimes mistaken for a game book and included in RPG lots.  There were also two Rage strategy guides that have a similar issue.)

Comics. Moonstone released some WtA comics, and there’s at least one collected edition.  The comics aren’t rare, no matter what eBay sellers might claim; the collected edition is less common.

Book cover. There was a Dragonskin vinyl bookcover released by Chessex, with a werewolf image in silver ink.  Chessex also released a binder for Rage that apparently included some promo cards.

T-shirts. Fewer of these were released than Vampire shirts; the shirts were for the general game line (or Rage) and not individual tribes.  One of the shirts has the same image as the Dragonskin. (These are hard to research because there are a lot of unrelated werewolf shirts out there.) They don’t come up on eBay very often.

Jewelry. Rather than pins, Werewolf had necklaces, “bone chips” on leather cords with the sigil of a tribe or Changing Breed.  The TONS O’SPLATS factor comes in here, as there are twenty-two necklaces, covering the thirteen core tribes and nine Changing Breeds. (The Kitsune and, oddly, the Black Spiral Dancers are left out.) There are two WtA pins, one with four claw marks on a circle and one with four claw marks standing alone.

The White Wolf catalog I have also lists tribe pendants and brooches/pins (including the BSDs this time) as well as pendants and brooches for Rites and a sterling silver klaive.  These turn up very rarely online, if at all.

Coffee mug. This is the only WtA drinking vessel that I know of; it’s red with white marbling and the WtA logo.

High-end collectible. There’s only one of these, a replica Klaive (huge knife/sword).  These run into the hundreds when they turn up.  (There’s also overlap with the sword/weapon collectors’ market, so if you want one it may pay to look outside the usual RPG channels.) (The RPGnet thread linked above has a picture of a sheath, but the available evidence seems to be that it’s not an official part of the product.)

Temporary tattoos: These were sold in packets for each tribe, including the BSDs.  They don’t turn up that often but don’t run to much when they do. (By their nature it’s hard to predict the availability of items that were designed to be consumable.)

Candle? A scented candle was listed for WtA in White Wolf’s catalog.  I’m having trouble confirming the existence of these to my full satisfaction, but I have found a couple of game dealers who list it on their sites.

Apocrypha: As with VtM, I can’t confirm the existence of the Tribe Stickers that were listed in WW’s catalog.

Vaporware: A WtA PC game was advertised in some of their books but was never released.  Other vaporware includes action figures and a WW-produced graphic novel.

I think that hits the main categories.  Next up: Mage!  Until next time, the Woggle-Bug says “Only one of us is going to walk out of here–under his own steam–and it won’t be me!”

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