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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the rules for combining multiple Fighting Styles?

As I recall they stack, and their penalties and bonuses don't stack, but you take the worst. So if you had a drawback -2 to defence and -3 to defence, then you take -3. And if you are taking -2 and ...
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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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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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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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Should Merits be given as rewards when the accomplishments match?

As a storyteller, are merits acquired only through experience after character creation, or do you reward your players with them for accomplishing their goals? Suppose a situation like the following ...
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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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How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?

Chapter 1: The Secret History (Unrecorded History: Voice of the Angel) of the new World of Darkness core book tells a story about a god-machine, angels, ancients, their children and whatnot. How ...
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System for tracking hunger in a World of Darkness game

I'm GM-ing a WoD setting where the players have a very limited food supply(if any) are there any good methods for making sure that they have to eat to survive and applying penalties if they don't?
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Writing a VtR Chronicle

I'm new to Vampire: the Requiem and I would like to write my own chronicle but I don't know where to start. Where can I get inspiration and how can I structure the campaign/chronicle so it's cohesive ...
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Preventing Post-cognition from becoming Post-Omniscience?

I had a nWoD Mage game a while back with a time mage who had selected Postcognition as a rote. In the book, the spell is a covert, and so provides no paradox. The mages quickly discovered that as long ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Balancing a mixed game in nWoD

Jadasc raised a great point here. There are few problems that can challenge a mage that won't completely outclass a vampire, unless the vampires are extraordinarily experienced or well connected ...
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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/should I convince my players to use magic other than Rotes?

The last time I ran a game with Mages in it, they were obsessed with only using rotes, leafing through the book to see how they could combine their magic to cast Rotes. They never once even considered ...
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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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Are Embraced Ghouls blood bonded to their Sires?

A vampire wants to embrace a ghoul (which is, of course, blood-bonded to the vampire). Once the embrace takes place, what happens? The new childe is still fully blood-bonded to his new sire? The ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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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 ...