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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Is there a “lite” version of nWoD's Storytelling system with no padding?

Has anyone developed a "lite" version of nWoD's Storytelling system? (One of the main criticisms the game received, as far as I know, was that the core book had too much "padding" -- rules included ...
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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 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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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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Does the +2 (or+4) for Striking Looks apply to an Awe roll?

When making a roll on Majesty to Awe people, is a Vampire permitted to make use of the +2 (or +4) social bonus for the merit of being exceptionally attractive?
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Which rote spell would a Mage detect an Azlu with?

Which rote spell (from the Mage: The Awakening line) would be the most effective and "cost effective" (easiest to learn and cast etc) to reveal an Azlu Crawler (from Werewolf: The Forsaken core and ...
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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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Does faking life help to brighten one's aura?

In the description of Aura Perception [Auspex 2] it is mentioned that the Aura of a Kindred looks pale in comparison to one of a mortal. Would faking life help in "masking" that fact? Or is it ...
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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 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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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 can I buff my Beast?

I'm currently playing an adventure with four other people where we play Changeling The Lost (NWOD). I created a Beast (Runnerswift) which has been so far underwhelming to play. i blame myself for not ...
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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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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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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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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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Scrolls in Mage the Awakening that perhaps even Sleepers may use?

Does Mage: The Awakening have official rules for scrolls (containing spells, of course, in the "old school" sense. :)) that perhaps even Sleepers can use? If so, please provide the book title and page ...
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Where is the list of banality ratings for “Changeling: the Dreaming”?

One of the rulebooks for Changeling: the Dreaming (a game in the old World of Darkness setting) has a list of banality ratings for the other WoD races, both supernatural and non-supernatural. Which ...
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Can I start with multiple dots in a merit?

I'm fairly certain starting merits aren't bought sequentially: Merit dots must be purchased sequentially with experience points. You have to buy • and then •• before your character can have ••• or ...
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Is there any way to tell if a changeling is using Skinmask?

Skinmask (Contracts of Mirror ••) alters the appearance of a changeling. Supposing a changeling uses the catch to alter her entire body, and given that the contract "affects both Mask and fae mien" ...
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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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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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Do the main gauche and Fighting Style: Two Weapons combine defensively?

Using the MET core rules, do the defense bonuses for using a Main Gauche and Fighting Style: Two Weapons stack? i.e. If I have a character with a main-gauche and one dot of FS:TW, does he get two dots ...
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Is there an equivalent of Proton Packs for Hunter: The Vigil?

I'm trying to develop a character loosely based off of Egon Spengler for a new H:tV game I'm planning on taking part in an I was curious if I could stat up a proton pack from the movies? The closest ...
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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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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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Index of generic NPCs in New World of Darkness?

Is there an index of the generic NPCs published in the various nWoD books? Notes: The more comprehensive the index, the better. I'd prefer an online index, but if there's one to be found in the ...
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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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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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Explaining the Wall Run merit from the Parkour merit tree

I am trying to understand the third rank in the Parkour merit tree, "Wall Run" (Tribes Of The Moon -- Page 98) First of all it is important to put the normal rules of climbing here first: ...
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Removing Conditions without resolution

So, I am rereading the God Machine Rules Update. An issue I saw the last time I played with it was that there doesn't seem to be a mechanic for removing conditions without resolving them. Lets say a ...
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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 kind of stories could I use for this pack of Uratha?

I'll admit that most of this is trying to plan while working at a call center, but I'm coming up blank. My blog, Gamerwritings.blogspot.com goes into detail about the campaign thus far, but here's ...
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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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Average mage power level in Mage: The Awakening

What's the average power level ("rank", p.55 MtAw) of mages in Mage: The Awakening?
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Seers of the Throne details

Which Mage: The Awakening sourcebook has the most thorough info on the Seers of the Throne (perhaps allowing players to play SotT members)?
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What do asset skills actually do, in Hunter: the Vigil?

Professional Training (Hunter: The Vigil) gives you asset skills. At character creation you get some number additional specialities. Do they have any other use? I've not combed every paragraph in the ...
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Does 'Good time management' only apply to certain rolls?

The Good Time Management merit (from God-Machine Chronicles Rules Update) lets me reduce the time between rolls in an extended action by half. Is there any limit on this? Does it apply to contested ...
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Skill to represent understanding dead languages, not necessarily speaking them

A character I'm creating is going to be an expert in ancient and dead languages, hopefully quite a few. Is a linguistics speciality in Academics enough (so he can decode/translate ancient Sumerian ...
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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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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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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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Genius: The Transgression house rules

I gather that work on the Genius: The Transgression fansplat has ceased, since there haven't been updates in 2 years on the official site. However, I'm having trouble with some of the gameplay and ...
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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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Upgrading Null Mysteriis to be on par with third tier Hunter organizations

I'm stating up a character for a Third Tier campaign of Hunter: the Vigil, and my eyes have fallen on Null Mysteriis as the perfect group for my character to align with. The issue with this being ...
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Can etheric rounds be made for any weapon?

Etheric rounds state they come specifically for set weapons (flamethrowers are weapons, so we're good so far). But they also specifically state that they are bullets. Which is a shame as ...
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Extended actions rules, retry at bonus?

The rules from page 188 of the God Machine Rules Update read: Near Misses So what happens if a character accumulates most of the successes required for the extended action but has to ...
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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 ...