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Are there official self-references in either World of Darkness setting (that is, "in-game")? Does White Wolf exist within their own universe? Are people playing Vampire: The Masquerade (or The Requiem) or any other WW game in the (o/n)WoD?

Obviously, as a Storyteller, anyone can bring such a self-reference and/or metareference into the game ("So you met this Storyteller at a Con who turned out to be a real Ravnos!", "I'm going to play a Guardian of the Veil who's always been an rpg geek and is now patrolling the net looking for breaches of secrecy on sites like RPG.SE and such") -- but I'm not looking for unofficial instances. Please, cite official mentions only, be they from rulebooks, comics, novels, computer games... whatever published officially by White Wolf. :)

(For bonus points, mention famous WoD "inspirers" as well, such as Anne Rice, for example. Again, official sources only.)

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The analog to White Wolf and the World of Darkness game lines in the classic World of Darkness setting is the Black Dog Game Factory. They were detailed fully in Subsidiaries: A Guide To Pentex, although there are earlier references in other books. The staffers described therein are parodies of the employees of White Wolf, and the entire sourcebook entry is a pastiche of the adventure games hobby circa the time it was published. (An updated version was included in the W20 version of Book of the Wyrm, and was published on the Onyx Path website.)

The games published by BDGF for their "romantic-rage" setting, the World of Shadow, are:

  • Revenant: The Ravishing (Earlier references have Zombie: The Putrescence instead.)
  • Lycanthrope: The Rapture
  • Warlock: The Pretension
  • Spectre: The Annihilation
  • Pixie: The Delusion
  • Human: The Protagonist
  • Fiend: The Pacting

As a further "meta" reference, White Wolf used the name "Black Dog" as a publishing imprint for works that could be considered more extreme or controversial than otherwise.

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Thanks, this is an excellent answer. It's weird I've missed this, especially since HoL, one of Black Dog's real world games is one of my favorite funny rpgs. :) – OpaCitiZen Sep 30 '12 at 17:57

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