World of Darkness, The , p.n. 1. trademarked name for the proprietary "gothic-punk" gaming milieu designed and published by White Wolf Games, for use with its supernatural-based role-playing game systems and Mind's Eye Theater LARP systems. 2. name given to White Wolf's series of supernatural RPGs; includes Mage: The Ascension, Vampire: The Masquerade, Werewolf: The Apocalypse, Wraith: The Oblivion, Changeling: The Dreaming, Hunter: The Reckoning, and Demon: The Fallen. [GJ1]
Addendum: In 2003, White Wolf ended the World of Darkness, claiming that the stories were complete from their end and addressing the need to update things. Thus the WoD 2.0 was born (see nWoD). The new titles are Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, Mage: The Awakening, Prometheus: The Created, Changeling: The Lost, and Hunter: The Vigil. Fan response has been mixed.
Addendum 2: In 2011, White Wolf announced that it was printing a 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire. Subsequent announcements included a 20th Anniversary Edition of Werewolf as well, and by the end of 2011 it was announced that in a print-on-demand schedule, the entire "Classic" World of Darkness was going to be reprinted and have new books created. Subsequently, both versions of the WoD were licensed to Onyx Path Publishing in 2012 when White Wolf stopped printing table-top books.