What I have so far as the most necessary books to the game that don't laden it with metaplot, based upon what I can gather:
Books of the Wyld, Weaver and Wyrm
Guardians of the Caerns
Hammer and Klaive
All of the Tribe Books
POSSIBLY Changing Breeds and the individual Changing Breed books
Can anyone help out here? Any suggestions for running a chronicle that sticks to the lore, but moves away from the metaplot? Or am I better off investing in the Werewolf Translation Guide and converting my ideas to the nWoD mechanics I already use?