The New World of Darkness games: a series of urban fantasy and horror games released by White Wolf starting in 2004. Games using the God-Machine Rules Update should be using the [tag:nwod-god-machine] tag instead.

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Difficulty for non jury rigged traps

This is a follow up to this question after reading the rules I realized they don't quite fit all of my use cases, so being a novice GM, I'm hoping the community can help me come up with some advanced ...
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“Slow” traps in the world of darkness

This is a follow up to this question after reading the rules I realized they don't quite fit all of my use cases, so being a novice GM, I'm hoping the community can help me come up with some advanced ...
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Traps in the World of Darkness

I intend to place my characters in a trapped "dungeon" (I'm stealing the concept from the movie Cube as a God Machine experiment, and team building exercise), however I am unable to locate rules for ...
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What do Professions do for a Hunter?

I've been reading about Professions in the Hunter book, and I don't get it? what do these really do for them? are they the fundamental equivalents of a "Clan" (in vampire)? does it give any convey ...
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Bringing the Team together

Here is the Team Concept: All characters are currently mortal but they'll be transitioning soon, so I've noted what they want to change into. How do I get them to work together? My original approach ...
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I have an Electrified Baton, what damage does it do?

I have an electrified baton. Normally a baton only gives +3 bashing damage to attacks, but with it being electrified with the same amount of juice equal to a protective fence (per "The World of ...
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Spec-ing supernatural NPCs

I'm a fairly new ST, though I've tried my hand at it before. I think I'm doing better this time but I'm realizing that I'm having trouble spec-ing NPCs. I'm not sure how strong to make them in ...
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When do mortals get a chance to sense a vampire's nature?

Under what circumstances do ordinary mortals get a roll to notice that a vampire is not just "odd" but actually inhuman? When is it automatic? Aside from, say, being found standing over a body with ...
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Highlander in the World of Darkness using Geist

I'm a big fan of Highlander, and somehow the idea of immortals who run around cutting off each others heads seems to fit in the strange World of Darkness. I was thinking about it, and it occurred to ...
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Contracts for changing someone else into a creature?

Are there any contracts that allow you to temporarily change another person into a creature, like a bird or dog?
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Which book describes the origins of the Fae?

I've been told that in one of the Changeling: The Lost expansion books it describes a possible origin of the Fae as actually having been changelings themselves, that lost too much clarity. Which book ...
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Magical Tool Bonuses

As a mage, I have a number of magical tools that I have dedicated to specific Arcana. My GM and I are wondering what if, any bonuses, may apply? I am on the softer side, thinking that the bonus if ...
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Can experiences in-game give Merits? Can Merits be used to purchase others?

As a player who is looking to actually branch off into GM'ing, my group and I ran into this conundrum recently: a technomancer of ours hacked into a corporations database at their security center. Per ...
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In which books can I read about the supernal realms?

Which books contain the best details on the supernal realms (Arcadia and such)? The Mage core book is light on these kinds of details, but someone told me that one of the expansions gets pretty depthy ...
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Does Blood and Smoke invalidate previous Vampire books?

After reading the God Machine Update I realized that it invalidated a large portion of the core book and Armory and Armory Reloaded. I am about to start a new chronicle and am considering getting ...
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Minimum cost for a ghoul retainer?

I gather the best way to get a ghoul is the buy them via the retainer merit. Is there a minimum number of dots required? I ask because they start with disciplines and more abilities than a normal ...
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Does the taint in my aura from Diablerie ever fade?

If my character has committed diablerie in his past, does the taint in his aura, visible to auspex users, last forever? Can it be cleansed?
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Rules for running a cult

I would like to run rules for a cult but do not have any rules to base it on. Is there some supplemental information in the WoD universe to help with this? The quick and dirty is that there are 6 ...
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Werewolf: The Forsaken auspice names etymology

Rahu, Cahalith, Elodoth, Ithaeur, Irraka. Where do these names - of the five auspices found in Werewolf: The Forsaken - come from, IRL? What real world words, terms, languages do they originate in, ...
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Mage the Awakening: magic map creation arcana involved

Let's say a player wants to create a map to locate nearby vampires and give it to his mates in order to better protect themselves. I think that Space, Death and Matter are involved: Space to locate ...
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How do I purchase the Gift merit for different tiers of mystery?

The rules state, from Hunter: the Vigil - Witch Finders on the Gifted merit The character may select one spell with a dot rating equal to the Gifted Merit rating from the Mysteries section as a ...
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How can I portray the Spring Court as more than a lust-crazed rabble?

The Spring Court in Changeling: the Lost is part of the Seasonal Court system, as described in the core rulebook. Their driving emotion is Desire, ranging from gluttony to greed to adrenaline junkies ...
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Does the Relic merit preclude needing the Resources to afford it?

Say I bought a one-dot Relic with the Relic merit. Is there any limit set on what the item is? Could the item be very expensive? Or very powerful in its own right (high-powered gun)?
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What can I afford without any Resources in the New World of Darkness?

There seem to be vanishingly few items listed in the main book that have no requirement for resources. Is there a guide elsewhere as to what can be afforded when you have no resources?
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Better Rules for Breaking In with MET:VTR

My understanding of breaking into a secured area in NWOD is that it is an extended test using Dexterity + Larceny + Equipment vs a set number of successes (5, 10, or 15) required depending on the ...
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Are mortals from after the God-Machine rules update more powerful than before?

What is colloquially being termed nWoD 2.0 makes a few changes to the rules system, some systematic some not. For instance, buying points in traits is now linear not arithmetic. As well as this ...
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Reconciling Conditions with Flaws?

The God Machine chronicle rules update introduces the idea of conditions in place of various rules, one of which is flaws. The leading text in that chapter explains how to replace flaws with ...
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If I don't spend all of my starting XP 'before play starts,' does it get wiped out?

In a previous question, an answer quotes the rules on starting XP. It states that it can be spent before play starts. Taken literally, which may not be the intention, it means I cannot spend this XP ...
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Should availability be altered for non-US settings?

Certain items are more or less restricted in different countries. Some are more expensive (software in Australia etc.) And some are in less demand so less available. What is the best and/or simplest ...
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Is XP spent at character creation treated the same as • spending?

Say, as a crude example (I don't fact-check points costs atm on my phone) I have a character who buys: Giant •••• Encyclopedic knowledge •• Fleet of foot • And as he has some starting XP he decides ...
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How to represent 'instant expert' in nWoD?

I'm statting up a very smart character for a hunter game (Int ••••) and would like to represent his ability to look over some theoretical work (briefly) and become an 'instant expert'. I've noticed ...
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How do free contacts from Professional Training work?

The wording of the merit in Hunter: the Vigil is ambiguous (along with the example. In game terms, the character is considered to have the Contacts Merit (see p. 114 of the World of Darkness ...
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What do asset skills actually do, in Hunter: the Vigil?

Professional Training (Hunter: The Vigil) gives you asset skills. At character creation you get some number additional specialities. Do they have any other use? I've not combed every paragraph in the ...
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Can I start with multiple dots in a merit?

I'm fairly certain starting merits aren't bought sequentially: Merit dots must be purchased sequentially with experience points. You have to buy • and then •• before your character can have ••• or ...
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Upgrading Null Mysteriis to be on par with third tier Hunter organizations

I'm stating up a character for a Third Tier campaign of Hunter: the Vigil, and my eyes have fallen on Null Mysteriis as the perfect group for my character to align with. The issue with this being ...
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Skill to represent understanding dead languages, not necessarily speaking them

A character I'm creating is going to be an expert in ancient and dead languages, hopefully quite a few. Is a linguistics speciality in Academics enough (so he can decode/translate ancient Sumerian ...
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Can etheric rounds be made for any weapon?

Etheric rounds state they come specifically for set weapons (flamethrowers are weapons, so we're good so far). But they also specifically state that they are bullets. Which is a shame as ...
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Is there an equivalent of Proton Packs for Hunter: The Vigil?

I'm trying to develop a character loosely based off of Egon Spengler for a new H:tV game I'm planning on taking part in an I was curious if I could stat up a proton pack from the movies? The closest ...
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Does faking life help to brighten one's aura?

In the description of Aura Perception [Auspex 2] it is mentioned that the Aura of a Kindred looks pale in comparison to one of a mortal. Would faking life help in "masking" that fact? Or is it ...
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Are there any mechanical effects of being at zero Willpower?

In the World of Darkness core book, they state the following about being at zero Willpower: Characters with no Willpower points left are exhausted — physically, mentally and emotionally. They've ...
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Extra Successes with weapons

Since my native tongue is not English I just wanted something cleared for myself. In the New World of Darkness Core Rulebook there is a text that does not quite make sense to me: Extra Successes: ...
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Who is the Compiler?

In many of the Vampire: the Requiem sourcebooks, there are mentions of someone known as "the compiler". Since I don't own every book, I wanted to know if you all might know more than me about this ...
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How can I help my players get into a vengeful mindset?

I've often attempted to run Hunter: the Vigil (part of the New World of Darkness gameline) for my players. Unfortunately I frequently run into the same problem; namely, when I set up villains with the ...
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What does this kind of prereq mean?

In World of Darkness, many of the physical merits have prerequisites. I've seen them stated in these three forms: Dex 3, Str 3 (the most common form) Dex 3 and Str 3 Dex 3 or Str 3 The second and ...
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Are there ways to avoid a token's drawback?

In Changeling: The Lost, tokens have costs that must be paid on each use ("drawbacks"). The core book says that these drawbacks will always be present: Every token comes with a drawback, a small ...
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Is there an equivalent in the World of Darkness to Pathfinder's 'Aid Another' action?

Pathfinder has the Aid Another action. It allows non-combat-oriented characters to provide a small bonus to others in their party if they succeed in a very easy attack. Does the New World of ...
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Is this fix to the Autumn Mantle roughly equivalent to the other Seasonal mantles?

My group and I firmly consider the Autumn Court's Mantle (see Changeling: the Lost) to be both sub-par and insulting in its mechanical implementation, especially considering that Autumn, as the Court ...
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Can Fleeting Spring 5 force a changeling to break her Motley Pledge?

A successful invocation of a Contract of Fleeting Spring (•••••) (aka. Waking the Inner Faerie) means the target feels the immediate impulse to try to achieve one of his greatest desires. He ...
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How does Extended and Sympathetic casting in Mage: the Awakening function?

I clearly understand how instant sympathetic casting functions, as sympathetic penalties apply in the same way that penalties are applied for changing the secondary Factors of the spell ...
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How can I hint to Changeling players that they should use their kenning?

The rulebook begins its description of kenning by suggesting that players can "spot the signs of supernatural phenomena," but then goes on to say pretty clearly that it's not an "always-on" ability: ...