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I've found recently a few official freebie starter kits to various old World of Darkness settings available here for example. While the general settings are the same to the one I know from (which i believe is 2nd edition), this ones have completely different, simplified mechanic based on D6 instead of D10 and greatly simplifying some rules to the point of absurd(i.e. if Arhoun Get gets on start +2 dices in attack!). What version is this?

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Yup — those are the Introductory Kits. \$\endgroup\$
    – Jadasc
    Sep 3, 2014 at 12:20

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All but "Geist the Sin-Eaters" belong to the classic World of Darkness.

I think that was in the revised era when White Wolf launched those starter kits. They are not a previous version of the rules. They are small games with very simple rules and the same setting of the core books.

The aim was to attract people to the game universes with a simpler set of rules and a summarized explanation of the setting. Expecting that, if the players like the game, they would jump to the serious full core games.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Like Magic's "Portal" sets. Eventually they all realised it was a silly idea. \$\endgroup\$
    – o0'.
    Sep 3, 2014 at 7:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Lohoris Actually, I have seen the free starter kits used by many modern RPGs. Even Mage 20 had one this year. Maybe the only difference is that the rules do not change so much. \$\endgroup\$
    – Flamma
    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:24
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Flamma and that's a vital difference. The "silly idea" I was talking about was the rule difference and such, if they are just a subset of the rules, that's fine and makes sense. \$\endgroup\$
    – o0'.
    Sep 3, 2014 at 8:32
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World of Darkness

There were multiple generations of Introductory Kits & Quickstarts: in or around 1997, which is smack dab 2nd Edition, and the early 2000s, which is Revised Edition, and the late 2010s, which is 20th-anniversary Edition. As examples:

Chronicles of Darkness

The first edition of Chronicles of darkness had its own Quickstart packs, starting shortly after the 2004 reboot as "new World of Darkness"

Since 2019, the 2nd Edition of Chronicles of Darkness started with its own Quickstarts, such as Hearts on Trial: Changeling The Lost 2nd Edition Jumpstart

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