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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How can I have a mixed game of nWoD without having a thematic mess?

I'm planning on starting a full-on mixed nWoD game, but I don't know how to avoid having it feel like a fantasy kitchen sink, since that can easily destroy the feel of a game. What are scenarios or ...
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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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In-game reason for no multiple supernatural templates in nWoD

Is there an in-game reason for the exclusivity of supernatural templates in the new World of Darkness? (Why can't a werewolf or a vampire awaken and be a mage as well, for example?) If there is, where ...
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Do I have an intuitive knowledge of Auras?

In both OWoD and NWoD there are supernatural powers which allow you to see peoples' 'auras', represented as patterns of 'colour'. Is the knowledge of what each colour means innate, or is it something ...
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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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Does killing an enemy in combat count against morality in World of Darkness?

Page 91 of the World of Darkness rulebook: Morality 4: Impassioned crime (manslaughter). (Roll three dice.) Does this mean that if the party gets in a fight with someone and end up killing the ...
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How to houserule merits?

Merits as a system does not seem to be well balanced. Some merits (such as resources 1) seem like they should be mandatory (or a flaw to not have them). Other merits such as housing ones (haven, ...
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How can I improve the social / mental combat system in Vampire: Requiem?

The Storytelling System has balanced traits, with power, finesse, and resistance attributes and skills for the physical, social and mental traits. Still, until recently only physical combat was ...
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Could Virtues and Vices break my WoD game?

I'm currently running a short World of Darkness mortals campaign using only the core systems rulebook. I soon house-ruled that we weren't going to have Virtues and Vices for our campaign because they ...
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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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Rules for gradual transformation from mortal to template in nWoD?

Are there official / good unofficial rules for the new World of Darkness that would support gradually playing through, over the course of a few stories, the transformation of a PC from mortal to a ...
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How much information exists about the former Prince of Chicago?

Maxwell Clark is the current Prince of Chicago after the previous Prince mysteriously vanished from the city. The former matron of Chicago is mentioned in the nWoD book, but nothing really about her ...
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Did piracy problems bring down White Wolf?

A common meme running around in my gaming table is that White Wolf is being terribly changed by piracy. The thesis is: Too many people pirate, therefore WW is not profitable, therefore they are no ...
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Using NWoD as general game system

I am planning on using the standard new World of Darkness corebook as a baseline for running a Middle Earth game. Nobody in my game group is happy with MERP or the newer Decipher system. What do ...
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CoC's Sanity-like rules for the nWoD?

Is there a good adaptation of Call of Cthulhu's Sanity rules to the Storytelling system of the new World of Darkness (possibly replacing Morality)? (Edited the title to make it more precise.)
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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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What's the probability curve of the D10 Storytelling System?

Recently a friend commented that he thought the dice pool in the d10 Storytelling System actually gave mediocre results, and that by increasing the number of dice thrown you were actually decreasing ...
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Human ignorance kept up in the nWoD

Is there an official sourcebook for the new World of Darkness (not any of the core rulebooks) that elaborates on how humanity remains / is kept ignorant of all the supernatural phenomena that ...
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Does telekinesis do Bashing or Lethal?

I'm trying to figure out what type of damage a direct physical assault with telekinesis would result in. (From NWoD) From pg. 212 of World of Darkness: Alternately, the ghost can make a direct ...
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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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Mage population density in Mage: The Awakening

What's the official stance on mage population density in Mage: The Awakening? Also, what are the best unofficial alternatives (and where can we read about them)?
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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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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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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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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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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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PC characteristics overruling player intent

This question could be generalized (and thus it would probably reach more people) but is easier to consider in a given system, so I'll stick with nWoD's Storytelling. Is there a good official or ...
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What about Arete / Masteries and Dark Heroes?

I just received World of Darkness: Mirrors, and I'm quite interested in house rules describing dark heroes (usually über humans in a fantasy setting). Problem is: I just don't understand how the Dark ...
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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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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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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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So, a mage of the Pentacle and a Seer of the Throne walk into a bar

So, a mage of the Pentacle and a Seer of the Throne meet in a bar. I know this is very subjective and depends on a lot of in-game and character factors. Let's just assume that we're talking about ...
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Who are the movers and shakers in any larger city in Vampire: the Requiem?

I'm making a list of influential vampire NPCs that will exist in any but the smallest of cities. I do this because I wish to start a sandbox campaign in Vampire, and as such, the players will need to ...
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Can the New World of Darkness be played with kids (11+)?

I used to play WoD many years ago (before the revised editions and the gehenna/apocalypse/etc). Now I want to get back playing WoD with my daughter and my little siblings (11-14)... They are fine ...
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Preserving your Humanity with different vampiric concepts in VtRequiem

There is a very clear rule about when the player needs to roll a humanity roll. If you kill someone in the heat of passion, your humanity drops as low as 3, if you kill as a planned murder, your ...
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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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Are there dragon stats in any published OWOD or NWOD books?

I play in a World of Darkness game, and I have seen two different powers that allow someone turn into mythic creatures, such as dragons. I have never found stats on a dragon though in any WOD books. ...
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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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Using the plot point system of Cortex in other systems

I've recently played in a Serenity Cortex game, and discovered the joy that is plot points. Now, for those who aren't familiar with the system, plot points are an expendable resource given for good ...
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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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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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How can I understand spirits and the shadow world better?

I don't get spirits and the shadow world, not at like a mechanics level, but at like a conceptual level. I don't understand how the shadow world overlaps ours? how the Uratha are able to interact? ...
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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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Which NWoD books deal with mortal and kinfolk NPCs in the criminal, law, or political arenas?

I'm running a Werewolf game and, after the pack managed to root out a Bale Hound and make the only other Rahu in the local area stand down, it seems like they want to take the time to handle mortal ...
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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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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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Mitigating conflict in a 'mixed' nWoD game

The last (and only) time I ran a mixed game (containing Changeling, Mage and Vampire characters) for nWoD. I explained at length that nWoD started with a clean sheet and no one 'instinctively' hated ...
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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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Does the +2 (or+4) for Striking Looks apply to an Awe roll?

When making a roll on Majesty to Awe people, is a Vampire permitted to make use of the +2 (or +4) social bonus for the merit of being exceptionally attractive?
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How can I do conversions from OD&D to nWoD?

I'm running a Changeling: the Lost game and I'm going to be running an OD&D (clone) module soon (Death•Frost•Doom) and I was wondering if anyone had tips on converting the crunchy bits to nWoD. ...