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

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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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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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How can I bypass an elder vampire's Fortitude?

I am fighting a 6th Gen with Fortitude 4. I am a 13th Gen with one discipline at rank 5 (Thaumaturgy) Blood path. I have some good stats for my occult and intelligence, but the problem is the ...
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Can you raise a discipline to 5 at character creation?

In VTM a player is given 15 freebie points and the disciplines only cost 7, this seems to mean that you can raise a discipline to 5 dots from character creation which seems grossly overpowered, is ...
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Can a Sire be blood bound to his child?

I remember that the most important exception in Blood Bond relationship is that Sires cannot be bound to their childer. I have in mind that some Elders create childer only to feed from them, because ...
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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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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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Abandoned at embrace

So I'm about to run a one-player Vampire: Dark Ages chronicle set in Poland. I want to have the player's character abandoned after embrace, as I want to keep the cast of characters small. Is clan ...
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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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Cainites seeing, fire and Rötschreck

First of all, I don't have the book(s) on me atm, so my question may prove imprecise. Should it be so, I'll try and fix it asap. As far as I can remember, not all Cainites (vampires) have some kind ...
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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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Is everything a Malkavian sees or does automatically added to the Malkavian Madness Network?

I've been reading up on the Malkavian and their Madness Network, but it isn't entirely clear to me exactly what gets "uploaded" into it and what does not. Is it recording 24/7, or does the Malkavian ...
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What's Dread Gaze range in Vampire?

Last session in a Dark Ages game I wanted to scare a hunter with my dread gaze (Presence level 2). But the Storyteller told me that I wasn't close enough. We were in a quite big room, but he told me ...
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What happened in 1999?

So, I realize that asking "what is the truth" in a Mage (Revised) game completely defeats the purpose :P. But still — in broad terms, what happened in 1999? What source books should I be looking in? ...
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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 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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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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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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How was Changeling played with cards?

AFAIK, Changeling 1st edition was played with cards, at least some parts of the game. That was removed from 2nd edition. I think it wasn't very successful, but I'm still very curious about that. ...
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What's an appropriate banality rating for the Fallen?

In the old World of Darkness game Changeling: the Dreaming, no specific banality rating is given for demons (as in Demon: the Fallen)? What is an appropriate rating, and how is that rating justified ...
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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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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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Can ghosts, wraiths, or other ghostly beings perceive hard-to-spot beings and objects?

Vampire: Masquerade has ghosts and necromancers, which is awesome... ...but I'm lacking information about how can ghosts or other Shadowland inhabitants perceive the real world - especially when it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use older stories of Vampire: The Masquerade with the 20th edition?

I have been interested in Vampire for a few years but have just finally found some friends that would be willing to play such a game and came across older books for the game. As I have never played a ...
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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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How did Baba Yaga not become a Wight with a Humanity of 0?

I found Baba Yaga's character sheet on White Wolf Wikia. It says that she has Humanity of 0, and does not list her being on any Path of Enlightment. According to the rules, she would become a Wight in ...
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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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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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Are Paradox effects optional or cumulative?

I've read Mage the Ascension rules like ten times, and still have problems with Paradox, specially in the Backlash. In revised edition, each time you gain Paradox, you roll the Paradox pool, and for ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What happens when a mage rolls a botch during magick?

I have searched the rule book (1995) but did not found a concrete information - does he/she only gain paradox?
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What's an appropriate banality rating for the Imbued?

In the old World of Darkness game Changeling: the Dreaming, no specific banality rating is given for hunters (as in Hunter: the Reckoning). Is there a more appropriate rating than the standard human ...
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What is a typical Renown reward per game?

For years I played Werewolf the Apocalypse, but we never bothered to track Renown, because it was complex and a bit confusing. There's three and a half pages of example rewards and penalties, but ...
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How can I incorporate Koldunic Sorcery in Vampire: The Requiem?

I'm looking for a method to use the Masquerade blood magic, Koldunic Sorcery, in my Requiem game. I've taken a look on the Translation Guide, but there's no mention of it there, so I'm stumped. In ...
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How do automatic successes in Old World Of Darkness deal with fails and botches?

Let's say, I have the discipline of Potence on level 3. I have 3 automatic successes (I either spent blood or have them by default, depending on the edition). I roll Strength 4 against the difficulty ...
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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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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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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 (...