So, since 2004 or something I've kinda been curious about Vampire, which at that time had just gotten re-booted or something into Vampire: The Requiem. I bought the rules, never did anything with 'em, paged through them last summer, got excited a little bit by a few of the ideas. But on further analysis it just seemed like the game system didn't really do a whole lot to deliver "gothic horror." Like, you had some super powers, and you had some blood-fuel, and you had a little humanity gauge that made you crazier as it went down, but that was essentially it. It was smooth and simple, but it didn't seem to force you into actual horror stories very well.
In the last month or two, Vampire: the Requiem has been overhauled / rebooted / redesigned as Vampire: Blood & Smoke Strix Chronicles Spooky Words. Word is that Vampire: New Spooky Words "actually does what Requiem was trying to do" or something along those lines.
Has anyone read it? Played it? What is the verdict among the discerning aesthetes of the Story Gaming sphere? I ask because I bought the dang VtR: Not So Spooky core books and don't feel like paying for an overhaul if it doesn't really do the trick.