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

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Was the Ravnos antediluvian a wight?

I am talking here about Zapathasura, the Ravnos antediluvian: Yes, he is that black thing. Not really beautiful. He woke up in 1999, and after a terrible rampage — during which he destroyed his ...
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Do damaging magic Effects deal automatic or rolled damage?

Both Vampire and Mage mention the usage of damage dice pools which are calculated based on the attack's successes and are afterwards rolled vs. Diff. 6 in order to determine actual caused damage. ...
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Official self-references in the World of Darkness setting?

Are there official self-references in either World of Darkness setting (that is, "in-game")? Does White Wolf exist within their own universe? Are people playing Vampire: The Masquerade (or The Requiem)...
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How can you convey that the majority of the world isn't supernatural?

In games that exist within a supernatural/urban fantasy/modern horror setting, usually only a very small percentage of the population is actually supernatural. Using World of Darkness as an example, ...
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What version of WoD is this?

I've found recently a few official freebie starter kits to various old World of Darkness settings available here for example. While the general settings are the same to the one I know from (which i ...
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Can you use a power lower than your number of dots?

This has been a point of arguement between me and another storyteller: Can a vampire starting with (e.g.) 4 dots in Domination use the lower level power (i.e. 2 dots Mesmerise)? To me it's pretty ...
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What are the differences between Vampire: The Masquerade first and second edition?

What are the differences between Vampire: The Masquerade first and second edition? I have both the second and the third edition, but have never played/read the first one.
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Can Descent demons sense Fallen demons and vice versa?

With the Demon Translation Guide out now there is the ability to combine both fallen and descent demons in hybrid settings. One question that popped up though is: Does Aetheric Resonance register ...
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Does telekinesis/psychokinesis add Strength dice to wielding weapons?

If you have a psychic with Telekinesis/Psychokinesis in oWoD, can you use the telekinetic Strength value for a damage roll on a melee weapon attack (assuming requisite attack/TK rolls succeed)? Would ...
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Can a demon use a vampire as a follower/worshipper/thrall or a vessel?

In the Demon the Fallen Core Rulebook whenever it talks about a demon's followers, worshippers, thralls, or vessel it always explicitly qualifies them as being mortals. Vampires are not mortals. ...
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How are the damage mechanics of VtM impacted statistically if vampires halve bashing damage rounded up instead of rounded down?

V20 Core, page 285: After the soak roll, any bashing damage applied to a vampire is halved (round down) — the Kindred’s corpselike bodies simply don’t bruise and break like the kine’s. How would ...
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Can a Mage find someone on a map?

Is it possible for a Mage to find someone on a map? If yes, which Spheres are required? (I think Connection and maybe Mind) Are some components required too (hair, blood...) or are just the name and ...
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What roll must be made to satisfy the Prey Exclusion flaw?

Prey Exclusion, V20 Core Rulebook page 485 (emphasis mine): You refuse to hunt a certain class of prey. You might refuse to feed on drug dealers, policemen, accountants, or rich people — if you ...
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How do I run a satisfying and successful seeking in the context of a chronicle?

In Mage: the Ascension, in order to raise one's Arete, a mage must undergo a seeking, something between a vision quest and a personally tailored one-on-one adventure. At the end of this side mission, ...
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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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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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Do vampires have a theory on the origins of werewolves?

Werewolf lore claims that vampires are manifestations of an entity they call the Wyrm, which obviously contradicts the Vampires' legend of being created by Caine. So do vampires have their own 'myth' ...
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Can Perfect Metamorphosis turn a Mage into another splat?

At 5 dots in Life mage can change himself into anything Overcoming the problems of imperfect Pattern-transformation, the mage can create a Pattern that carries the physical nature of a beast yet ...
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Can a Serpentis 3 vampire's scale fall off and keep existing after deactivating the power, as a clue?

In a scenario I am currently writing, I would like the players to follow the trail of some Followers of Set vampires that captured a Gangrel tribe leader. The starting point is the leader's ...
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How does a Kuei-Jin feed on someone's chi?

Does a Kuei-Jin drink someone's chi from their blood like a western vampire, or are there other methods?
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Can a vampire use mental disciplines while staked?

If my info is correct, impaling a vampire's heart in oWoD paralyzes it until the stake (or whatever) is removed. Could he still use mental disciplines such as Auspex or Dominate?
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What is the blood point cost of using Obfuscate in V20?

I was reading through Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition, and while reading up on Obfuscate I couldn't find a mention of a blood cost at all, except for on the level 3 power Mask the ...
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What is the advantage of wielding two swords as an ambidextrous combatant vs. wielding a single sword?

In Vampire: The Masquerade, one of my NPCs was a dual-sword-wielding Assamite with the ambidextrous merit. In the rules, I did not find specifics about dual-wielding in melee other than a short ...
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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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Do the combat systems of the 20th Anniversary oWOD more or less work the same?

Discounting obvious differences due to the nature of the books and the supernaturals within them, does the core of the combat system work the same? I know it's not recommended for oWOD, but if I were ...
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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 ...
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What is affected by different levels of Changeling: the Dreaming's Nature Realm?

The descriptions of what each dot of Nature encompasses seem contradictory or nonsensical in places. I'd appreciate clarification. From Changeling: the Dreaming, Second Edition, pg. 188: · ...
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(How) Can two players of contrasting videre enter the same Umbral area?

While entering Umbra, most sourcebooks claim that characters videre, which is a set of general preconceptions about the universe, would govern which part of Umbra one would step into while traveling. ...
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What are the most important features of Umbral Horizons?

In old World of Darkness Umbra is said to have several barriers that divide it into several parts. First one is The Gauntlet, which separates physical world from Penumbra. Two following ones, ...
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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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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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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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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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Was Chodana ever expressed?

Euthanatos in Mage: Ascension are death-mages who think that it is their duty to give Good Death to those whom they deem corrupted beyond repair. They have an elaborate set of traditions, rules and ...
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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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What happens to ritual components when a ritual is cast?

In Vampire the Masquerade, what happens to ritual components when the ritual is cast? Do they disappear, are they spent, or can they be used indefinitely?
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Can a mage use multiple Foci to decrease the difficulty of an Arete roll?

As the title says, would a mage (according to the latest Revised edition) be able to use multiple applicable Foci for his Tradition/Sphere when casting an Effect in order to decrease the difficulty? ...
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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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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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Should armor have invulnerability to some objects in Vampire: the Masquerade?

I am currently working on my first Dark Ages: Vampire game, set in the old Vampire: the Masquerade setting. The armor rules get me so frustrated. How can you hurt your opponent and give him lethal ...
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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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Do other vampires feel pleasure for being bitten (kissed)?

So, the vampire's kiss induces some sort of pleasure (some would say, the most amazing kind). Is there any statement that talks about if it works in supernatural beings (such as vampires themselves, ...
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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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Use permanent or temporary willpower for gifts?

In Werewolf the Apocalypse, 20th Anniversary edition, there is a gift called Jam Weapon. It states: The Garou shouts an ancient word of power and grace and spends a Gnosis point. The player rolls ...
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Using nWoD dice system in V20

I am an old cWod player who just bought Vampire V20. I was surprised to see that V20 kept the old dice system instead of using the new one. As a reminder : In oWoD, the Storyteller sets the ...
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Can diablerie be performed on a vampire who has just met their Final Death?

I'm currently playing a Sabbat vampire following the Path of Blood in a VtM game. In our most recent session, I encountered and fought two Camarilla alastors who were hunting me for committing ...
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What are the risks when a character drinks blood?

I have the 20th anniversary edition of the Masquerade. The book clearly states at some point that when a vampire drinks blood, and even it's from a willing human that the vampire does not want to ...
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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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How do I calculate my probability of success in Vampire the Masquerade?

How can I calculate my chance of success given my ability + skill vs a difficulty? How is this complicated when the difficulty is rolled as well?
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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. ...