The World of Darkness is an urban-fantasy/horror game setting created by White Wolf Publishing, best known for its flagship game, Vampire: the Masquerade.

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Are Strength and Dexterity balanced in Vampire the Masquerade? If not, how can I fix it?

Since Revised edition, I have found that Dexterity is a very powerful trait and that Strength is not so important. Dexterity + Wits determine initiative, which is a big advantage in combat. ...
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Is destroying another vampire worthy of a Humanity roll in Vampire: the Masquerade?

What I mean is, in the Hierarchy of Sins against Humanity there are entries for "manslaughter", for "murder". However, one might argue that the Kindred are already dead. So, would you argue that ...
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How do attunement and consorts work?

In Wraith the Oblivion, I fail to fully understand a rule as basic as attunement and consorts. Consorts are defined as the people (or object) a Wraith attunes to. Attunement consists on expending ...
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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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How are enchanted more vulnerable to cantrips?

I have read on some Changeling books that accepting a gift from a changeling is dangerous, because enchanted mortals are more vulnerable to changeling's magic. I have read the same about drinking ...
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How does the mortal seeming of a Leanhaun sidhe age?

House Leanhaun sidhes have a strange curse. If they don't perform a Rhapsody each month, they age a year each week. This means a childling could reach adulthood in few months. Does this also affect ...
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How are Werewolf traits balanced?

I'm not a skilled Werewolf: the Apocalypse player. One thing that has always surprised me is that Gnosis, Willpower and Rage are calculated from Breed, Tribe and Auspice. But I don't know how it is ...
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Searching for a simple fantasy system similar to WoD

I am looking to run a game in a low magic not-so-epic fantasy setting. I intend to focus on personal quests and stories and character discovery and growth, which may be related to some big-scale ...
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Do specters gain angst using arcanoi?

The Wraith: the Oblivion supplement Dark Reflection: Spectres tells you how to play with spectres (evil wraiths). Spectres can use dark arcanoi and regular arcanoi. I understand that they fuel their ...
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Would Storytelling System (WoD's ruleset) work for a post-apocalypse setting?

Is the World of Darkness ruleset suited for some wasteland adventures or am I on thin ice? The scenario I have in mind is along the lines of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R setting, implementing the supernatural ...
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Does Flower of Death add to damage rolls?

I was reading the vampire v20 rule book for celerity and it is slightly unclear on how flower of death works. The rules for it's effect are as follows: Once the power is in effect, the vampire’s ...
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Do Wonders have to be physical objects?

I've been reading some of the flavor text in Genius: The Transgression, and I've noticed a good deal of it mentioning pre-Genius discoveries that are not physical inventions, i.e. a black-box ...
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How does a Devil Tiger succeed in Dharma rolls (also old World of Darkness general rules question)?

I've just started a new chronicle in Kindred of the East (Blood and Silk) and one of my players plays a Devil Tiger. Now I have problems with his Dharma rolls. Kindred of the East Rulebook states (p. ...
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Which court does Xi'an belong to?

Which court does Xi'an belong to? Is there a map of the Quincunx courts? I know there is a map in Blood and Silk, but the Quincunx didn't exist yet.
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What are the major changes made to Vampire: The Masquerade for its 20th Anniversary edition?

In October 2011, the 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was released to the general public. Although the majority of the work is derived from the game's second edition (1992) and its ...
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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: ...
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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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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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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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How much experience should a vampire of a given age have?

I'm creating a setting for a Kindred of the East chronicle and I'm not sure how many discipline points or virtues characters should have. There was an old trick in V:tM that consisted in giving an ...
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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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Where can I find out more about the Tlacique?

Okay, recently I was asked to join in on a Old World of Darkness game. I picked out a race that I was told about that sounded quite interesting. The only problem is that no one really knows anything ...
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Surviving in the sunlight? [duplicate]

I know in Requiem there are ways to be a vampire and walk during the day without being harmed. I was wondering if there is a way to do this in Old World of Darkness as well. Magic, tech, ...
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How many dice do I get when I spend willpower on a chance roll?

If your dice pool is ever reduced to zero or fewer dice, you can still make a "chance roll." A chance roll gives me one die. If I spend willpower on that roll, does it bump me up to four dice? ...
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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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What are the main factors to consider when a PC gains a major airport in V:tM?

Depending on the type of Vampire: the Masquerade campaign, PC's may experience unusual growth in resources. This should generally come with a (potentially complicated) system of pros and cons as well ...
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Does a Geist's Threshold restrict “flavor text” traits?

I don't know how much this matters, but does a Geist's Threshold limit what kind of effects death had on him that aren't directly tied to combat? For example, if a character died in a drunk motorcycle ...
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Question about Wonders

I've recently started looking into Genius: the Transgression, but I'm not positive I fully understand the limits of Wonders. Are the things you can make limited by the traits listed under the Axioms, ...
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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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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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What is the royal protocol, if any, in Changeling: The Lost?

I'm wondering how changelings are supposed to behave toward royalty. Of course, in real life the behavior of a queen to her subjects (and vice versa) is dependent on the queen, the particular ...
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How does nWoD's Secret History 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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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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Fleshcrafting in nWoD

I have had some people express interest in recreating the Tzimisce in my VtR game. I have far more experience with nWoD then old, and I have found no rules that attempt to tackle fleshcrafting, ...
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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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Effect of modern society's exposure to the improbable on Paradoxes

Having read and realized the importance of an article titled "The Improbable is the New Normal" (which, briefly, says that today's modern man, thanks to the net, is increasingly exposed to the ...
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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 are Vinculum ratings impacted when pack members die or otherwise skip a Vaulderie ritual?

In one of our Sabbat games, most of the members of our pack died. Some had high (8) and others extremely low (2) Vinculum ratings to/from the PCs. How would their death affect the Vinculum? Would it ...
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How would introducing some of the “Unearthed Players Guide” material at the beginning impact an Orpheus game?

I'm preparing to run the story in the Orpheus books and I was wondering what would be the impact of allowing the players to use some rules found in later books early on. The one that bugs me most ...
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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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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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Repercussions of breaking a Tremere Blood Contract while being dominated or otherwise made to talk/act against the terms

One of the characters in a campaign of mine has a signed a Blood Contract keeping him from talking about where he got a magic item or about any of the details surrounding it. The V20 Core book states ...
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Official self-references in the (new) World of Darkness setting?

Are there official self-references in the (new) World of Darkness setting (that is, "in-game")? Does White Wolf exist within their own universe? Are people playing Vampire: The Masquerade (or The ...
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How to learn World of Darkness canon if I'm not using the rules system?

I want to learn history of World of Darkness. I don't need the mechanical part of the gameplay, just the story part. I want to know all about of each setting(for now and for dark ages). Which books ...
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A fantasy system with similar dicerolling and levels of success as World of Darkness

The group I play with and I really like the fantasy setting of D&D 3.5. However, we find the rules a bit cumbersome, particularly in complex battles. We would still want the system to include ...
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In what way do characters regain Willpower through acting according to their nature in VTM/oWOD games?

I am currently running a game that has a Ravnos player in the coterie that uses his Chimerstry discipline and thus spends a lot of willpower. His nature is Monster, letting him regain willpower ...
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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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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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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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What alternative models exist for Vampire populations in WoD?

The official WoD sources say that a vampire requires between 50,000 and 100,000 people to support them, giving an upper limit of about 50,000 vampires in the entire world. I've always found this ...