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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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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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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Are clauses in Changeling contracts cumulative?

When I created my Changeling: The Lost character, I purchased the individual clauses of my contracts separately. For example, I purchased Darkness • and Darkness •• with three dots of contracts. My ...
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Can I use old Masquerade supplemental material in Vampire: the Requiem?

So I just started a nWoD Requiem game with the Mind's Eye Society and know nothing about what books can and cannot be used. I found a few things that I like in the Masquerade Gangrel handbook. There ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to convert AD&D 2e (Planescape) PCs to nWoD Hunters (modern) mid-campaign

In my longest-running group, our old nWoD Storyteller (GM) is returning to town for a few days and we have decided to include him in our regular AD&D 2e game. I need to convert our 2e characters ...
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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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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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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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How can I make an exceptionally savage Gangrel?

My character is a two century year old vampire that has a vampire blood addiction, but being a vampire blood addicted, former weapon of vampires hunters isn't savage and fierce enough – I'm looking ...
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How should I interpret “rival” when playing out the Envy vice?

I'm having a tricky time knowing where to go with the technical side of the Envy vice. It's kind of a unique vice in that I have to damage "a rival" rather than, as with other vices, my wellbeing, my ...
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Genius: The Transgression house rules

I gather that work on the Genius: The Transgression fansplat has ceased, since there haven't been updates in 2 years on the official site. However, I'm having trouble with some of the gameplay and ...
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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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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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Where can I find Invictus Oaths?

I have been searching the Internet for Invictus Oaths, and believe that I am running into a bunch of jacked up homebrew ones. Is there anyway that someone could give me a list or a good book to read ...
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Can vows and oaths be mixed in a single Changeling pledge?

Suppose two changelings want to create a pledge. Changeling A has an open vow slot, but Changeling B has no remaining slots for a vow. Can A make a vow for the pledge while B makes an oath for the ...
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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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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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Average mage power level in Mage: The Awakening

What's the average power level ("rank", p.55 MtAw) of mages in Mage: The Awakening?
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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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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 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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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 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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alternate morality systems in nWOD

I am looking for systems of morality in the rules, to replace the standard humanity I've found one in DANSE MACABRE (creating NPCs called anchors) and one in HUNTER THE VIGIL (replacing the sins in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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Where are the rules for “magic” pools?

Encountered a problem in a game the other night, no one had written down their "magic" pool. I looked under quick character creation sections, and may have skimmed over it, but couldn't find it. By ...
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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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Approval levels for retainers and allies in NWOD venues

1.) Does anyone know what kind of level of approval a person would need to have a vampire as their retainer? 2.) Does anyone know what kind of level of approval a person would need to have a Vampire ...