An urban-fantasy/horror game setting created by White Wolf Publishing, best known for its flagship game, Vampire: the Masquerade.

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Differences between Hunter: the Reckoning and Hunter: the Vigil?

I don't understand the differences between the oWoD Hunter and nWoD Hunter. Most of the games I could see a fairly clear difference in mechanics and theme between them. I have not been able to find ...
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How Do I Assassinate a Vampire or Garou?

I'm playing a character in a Werewolf game and I'd like to play a sniper or soldier who specialises in Firearms. It seems from my limited understanding of the rules that it's quite hard to kill a ...
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Difference in Core Mechanics between Revised Edition and W20?

I've joined a long running group playing Werewolf but whereas I've got the 20th Anniversary PDF rulebook they're playing from the Revised Edition rulebooks and supplements. I'd like to discuss the ...
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How many Supernatural Creatures are there per 'X' population?

I don't have many of the White Wolf books so this is a mystery to me. In the 'standard' World of Darkness (revised edition if it matters) how many supernatural creatures are there likely to be per ...
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Loosh farming in the World of Darkness

So there is an allegedly real phenomenon called "loosh farming," wherein disembodied astral spirits harvest some kind of emotional energy from the emotions of humans on earth. Robert Monroe wrote ...
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Paradox from enchanted objects

I was wondering the way paradox should be handled with enchanted objects (like wonders or, prime enchanted objects or beings). Should the object generate paradox to the crafter at the moment of its ...
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Which Ananasi Book is Complete?

I've recently joined a group of people playing Werewolf the Apocalypse and I'd like to create an Ananasi character. However it seems to be difficult to work out which book is the right one to get. As ...
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Impact of Obtenebration on the (Pen)Umbra

Let's assume a Garou and a Lasombra meet each other in battle. The Lasombra uses an Obtenebration power like Arms of the Abyss and the Garou steps sideways into the Umbra. What would he see? My take ...
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Is there a way to make a human character that is kept alive by an unfinished task?

Is there a way to design a human character in World of Darkness who is unable to die permanently until he does (or finds out) something? Examples of this sort of story include The Deaths of Ian Stone, ...
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Can I dodge if I don't have the initiative?

It seems every World of Darkness game from the Revised edition allows defensive actions at any point of turn, even if you don't have initiative. I have read it in Vampire: the Masquerade, Mage: the ...
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Can a Vampire fall unconscious due to physical damage without entering torpor?

Just what the title ask. Can a Vampire fall unconscious due to physical damage (bashing, lethal or aggravated) without entering torpor, like being hit in the head? What are the rules for it?
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Where do you go when you die?

Following a bit this question. I know quite a bit V:TM, W:TA, M:TA and Mummy, but sadly I have almost no knowledge of the rest. What happens to the spirit/soul of oWOD creatures (including humans) ...
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What happens when you lose a Merit or Flaw's prerequisites?

I have a player who wants to take the following flaw, in VTM Revised edition. We are NOT playing V20. SOFT-HEARTED (l-pT. FLAW) You cannot stand to watch others suffer. You avoid any ...
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The curse of Sutekh and kinfolk

According to ancient curse, Silent Striders can't reach their Garou ancestors. At the same time, they tend to be haunted by wraiths from dark umbra - does it mean that such werewolf could have contact ...
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Can a Kindred Revenant breed with a Kuei-jin Dhamphyr?

I'm writing a story that has this background: Malkavian Methuselah Seer sees the Modern Nights and the fate of his sister who was embraced by the Ravnos clan and decides to mix up things up to alter ...
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Where do all those new Avatars come from?

In MtA there is a specific passage stating that all humans have Avatars, even if they are only sleeping. Once a person dies, their Avatar seeks out a new one to reincarnate into. However, I have ...
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Does the appearance of a vampire remain the same forever?

In Vampire the Masquerade, the book states that a vampire does not age and is clinically dead. The Child flaw also states the following: You were a small child (between five and 10 years old) at ...
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How can I Help a New GM Get Started?

My daughter wants to run a Changeling game. However, she's never tried to run a pen and paper RP, and is very nervous about it. What are some things I can do to help her get a good start? For more ...
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How does a young Garou choose a tribe?

I'm working on a character concept involving a Garou born to a Get of Fenris father and Silent Strider kinfolk, with backstory reaching to the Nazi Germany "scout" camps for German girls ("League of ...
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Can vampires enter Umbra?

It is specifically said in the rules that vampires have very little to do with Umbra, with the rare exception of Giovanni, who can summon wraiths for the Shadowlands and rare Kolduns who can summon ...
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Metis Silver Fang - is such thing even possible?

When it comes to treating metis born Garou, I know that from one side of the spectrum we have Children of Gaia/Bone Gnawers that treat them as equal, on the other: Fianna who see them as monsters and ...
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What happens when non-aggravated damage does not fit in the Health Chart?

Suppose my character is wounded (4 damage levels taken). Then, another attack hits for another 4 lethal damage levels. I record damage until Incapacited (3 levels), what I do with the remaining damage ...
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What kills a vampire?

I'm looking to find a definite list of distinct conditions that can result in Final Death for a vampire. I have managed to get a list of most obvious ways, but some of them seem to be house rules and ...
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what breaks using nWoD rules with classic WoD cosmology?

What major problems will I run into if I ran an nWoD game with the classic WoD cosmology being the "true" cosmology? At this point, my major (only) concerns are the big three (Werewolf, Mage and ...
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Porting a WoD werewolf to Pathfinder

I've been playing WoD pen and paper for some time, but had to change my gaming group. Now I'm playing Pathfinder. Thanks to my GM I'm allowed to play a kind of WoD werewolf. We have a concept of a ...
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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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In Hunters Hunted II, how do you use Plan dice?

In Hunters Hunted II they introduced the mechanic of Plan Dice, which rewards vampire/witch hunters who build an elaborate plan to kill their prey. I understand how dice are gathered, but the uses ...
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What is the experience cost of learning a ritual?

As in the title. The game in question is Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition. For some reason I cannot find it anywhere in the book.
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How can I use AnyDice to check counting-success probabilities?

Sorry for asking a "do the work for me" type question, but I'm looking at the AnyDice documentation and appear to be missing something. I'm hoping to not just get the question answered, but learn how ...
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Why is the dice pool splitting handled the way it is?

In V20 the rules say that a character can split his dice pool as many times as he likes to try to fit a few actions in one turn at the expense of rolling only 1/2 for two, 1/3 for three actions etc. ...
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How to divide the Dice Pool reactively?

I have trouble understanding the reactive dodge mechanic in V20. The combat rules state clearly that the decision to split a dice pool should be done before the action takes place. But on the other ...
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What are the soak, armor, and health levels for vehicles in cWoD or V20?

I searched though the V20 PDF but couldn't find any advanced statistics (anything beyond maneuverability) for vehicles in V20. I'd like to have some armed players participate in a car chase and I'm ...
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What would be the minimum human population to sustain a single vampire indefinitely?

As per question in the title. I recognise that there are numerous criteria that would affect this, however, I am looking for a baseline estimate that could be modified as per specific vampire (his ...
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Is there a vampire/population ratio stated in the books?

I have always assumed that for an urban region (including the suburbs) the ratio between vampire and human population was about 1:10k and 1:50k for the biggest, capital cities. The rural region would ...
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Do ghouls get their master's clan flaw?

I am aware of the fact, that a ghoul does not get his master's clan flaw in full, as they are not Embraced and do not possess the Beast. However, some fluff suggests that in many cases subtle changes ...
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Is there a Simplified Combat for WoD 20th Anniversary?

I remember clearly that Player's Handbook for Vampire: the Masquerade introduced an alternative way of resolving combat without extensive bookkeeping. In 2nd edition it was a major drawback, somewhat ...
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What is a Domino effect?

During my time reading the assorted editions of Mage the Ascension I encountered two different concepts, both named Domino Effect. The Domino Effect v1 Is essentially a scheme employed by the ...
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Why is Magic so hard?

There is one aspect of Magick (yes, I'm using 2nd ed, but it applies equally to Revised and upcoming 20th Anniversary AFAIK) that I simply cannot grasp. Lack of dice during a throw. High success ...
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How to tackle heavy sphere redundancy?

Spheres in Mage: Ascension overlap each other and even the core rulebook mentions that sufficiently creative player can solve every problem using nearly any sphere (except some specific situation, ...
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Getting laid in the Dark Ages

In Dark Ages: Vampire only one method of hunting is provided: wander the streets, spot a villages, and attack him to steal his blood. There are no rules for seductive hunt. There may be two reasons ...
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How to balance Celerity against other powers in 20th Anniversary

First of all, I have not playtested the game yet, but I managed to notice that Vampire 20th Anniversary Disciplines roster has been wildly revised from any previous version. Seems like all the ...
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The Sea of Shadow before the 3rd Maelstrom

What would be the dangers of entering/falling or navigating the Sea of Shadows prior the 3rd Maelstom? Also, a vampire that could fall into the Sea of Shadows would suffer what kind of pain/damage ...
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Rules for Classic World of Darkness Abomination?

Were there ever rules published for Abominations? They were suburban legends, never meant to be, at least not as PCs, but I'm curious what mechanical and narrative elements defined them. I felt like ...
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How do I use AnyDice with Classic World of Darkness / 20th Anniversary?

How can I take advantage of AnyDice with 20th Anniversary rules? I'm new to AnyDice but very interested in using it. I would like a wrapper function that accepts the following params. the number of ...
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Werewolf: the Apocalypse auspice name etymologies

As part of his question about the etymologies of the auspice names in Werewolf: The Forsaken, @OpaCitiZen discusses the origins of "theurge": What I'm looking for: I remember, for example, that ...
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Trait maximums for Werewolves

What are the maximum dots for a Werewolf's traits? I know at least their physical attributes can increase past 5 with various forms, Gifts, and probably a few other things, but those are temporary. ...
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How does RPS probability impact game flow?

I've recently started playing By Night Studios' version of Vampire: the Masquerade, and I have a couple of questions concerning the RPS resolution system, and how it affects the flow of play. These ...
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Which Necromancy Path would make my Giovanni more effective in combat?

For a VtM session I'm taking part in – we're playing using the Vampire 20th Anniversary book – I have created an interesting young Giovanni necromancer. “Young” is a keyword here – my “powers” aren't ...
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What is the “whiskey flask” problem with Paradox?

So, I've just read @Jadasc's eye-opening (+1) answer to @Flamma's question Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from? (+1). At the end of his answer, Jadasc ...
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Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?

I remember the 90s when Mage players would tell Vampire players that a Mage can very easily transform a Vampire or Werewolf into lawn chairs, and that they could get quite a good collection. I didn't ...