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

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How does Lure of Flames work?

I've been reading the Lure of Flames rules in the V20 version of Vampire the Masquerade and they seem unclear to me. Fire conjured by The Lure of Flames must be released for it to have any ...
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How do Caern Powers work?

Yet another Werewolf: Wildwest question. On page 194 of the WW:WW core book, there is a lovely table of Caern Types and associated powers. Examples of some powers are Rage points, Will points, ...
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What are the major differences between Vampire: the Requiem and Vampire: the Masquerade?

As the title states, I would like to know the biggest changes between the two systems, both mechanic-wise and story-wise. Why should I choose one over the other? (And please, don't use "Vampire: the ...
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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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Vampire Discipline to disbelieve in sunlight, stakes, etc?

I had a character around 2001 that I was working on for a game that fell apart, and while reading through some book I came upon a very high-power ability that allowed a Vampire to disbelieve in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Game design process to create a White-Wolf-like setting?

I have noticed that there seems to be a pattern at work in most oWod/WoD products, which when followed results in settings with the following properties: Each new PC starts with many possible ...
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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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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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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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Getting laid in the Dark Ages [closed]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where do items created with the Path of Conjuring appear?

The rules concerning the items are simple, but the way the items are created is not clear (this is from the 20th Anniversary edition). The vampire can create a simple form (in the case I'm ...
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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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Broad jumps with Hopscotch in Changeling: the Dreaming

my question is about WayFare 1, Hopscotch. Description says: Leap trods in a single bound! With this cantrip, the changeling can make herself or others venture (seemingly) impossible leaps, ...
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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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Watching an obfuscated vampire from the umbra

I've been told that Werewolves can peek into Earth from the Umbra. Also, I was told that they can distinctly perceive magical and supernatural effects that are present in the area they're observing. ...
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How does Rapacity and Emoting work?

Of all the rules of Dark Reflection: Spectres, the ones concerning Rapacity and Emoting are the most confusing and the least convincing. Being is the equivalent of Willpower for a Spectre and it's ...
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How do the Garou detect each other?

This is another Werewolf: Wild West question. The Garou litany states ‘The veil shall not be lifted’, so a Werewolf will avoid revealing their true nature whilst in human society. If the player ...
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Running Mage the Ascension with new players who are intrested in the Entropy Sphere

So as the title says i am running a Mage: the Ascension game and some of my players have taken entropy as their sphere and most of my players are new to Mage. Entropy has always been one of those ...
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What are interesting ways to handle seekings?

First of all, I apologize for my English, and overall, for any technical word I may misstep, as I usually role-play in Spanish. Any Mage: The Ascension players or storytellers? I was looking for some ...
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What effects could combine the spheres of Mind and Forces?

So, I'm having difficulty with an Order of Hermes character that likes using Mind magick. My specialty sphere is Forces, and I'm having a tough time combining the two to create magical effects. (My ...
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Can a Wraith perceive the Shadowlands when emboding or skinriding?

If a Wraith uses the arts of Embody or Puppetry, can he still perceive the Shadowlands even if they are at the other side of the Shroud? A skinriding Wraith can't see what it wants, but only what the ...
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What happen to a Wraith's belongings when it falls into a Harrowing?

If a Wraith is reduced to zero temporal corpus dots, or if a fetter is destroyed, the corpus is temporally destroyed, and the bare soul is descended to the Labyrinth to confront a Harrowing. What ...
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Can temporary character banality be lower than permanent?

In Changeling the Dreaming, can a Changeling's temporary Banality be lower than its permanent? Or does it always starts from the permanent one?
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which version of Werewolf do you prefer and why? [closed]

I've been running Werewolf the Apocalypse for just over a decade and decided about two years ago to start a Werewolf the Forsaken chronicle that still plays regularly to this day. Some of my players ...
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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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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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How do you handle multiple actions that do not require dice-pools?

This specifically relates to Werewolf: Wild West, but I’m aware that most WoD uses similar rules. Aside from spending Rage points, the main way to perform multiple actions in Werewolf is to ‘split’ ...
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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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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 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 ...