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

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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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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 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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Can a vampire survive sunlight exposure?

In Vampire: The Masquerade is there a reliable way for a vampire to avoid being damaged / killed by exposure to sunlight? Anything would go, be it a Discipline power, a technology device or anything ...
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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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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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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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Difference in Core Mechanics between Revised Edition and W20?

I've joined a long running group playing Werewolf but whereas I've got the 20th Anniversary PDF rulebook they're playing from the Revised Edition rulebooks and supplements. I'd like to discuss the ...
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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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Do I have an intuitive knowledge of Auras?

In both OWoD and NWoD there are supernatural powers which allow you to see peoples' 'auras', represented as patterns of 'colour'. Is the knowledge of what each colour means innate, or is it something ...
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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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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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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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What point value would “Cannot enter a dwelling uninvited” have as a Flaw?

The "Cursed" flaw allows for a wide variety of traditional weaknesses to be simulated in Vampire. Under the guidelines for this flaw (VRev, 301), how many points would you give for the inability to ...
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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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Do Lasombra show up in cameras?

In Vampire the Masquerade, a member of the Lasombra Clan does not have a reflection. In previous versions of V:tM, this also lead to them not showing up in cameras, if I recall correctly. Does the no-...
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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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How can I deal with a “goof-ball” player in my WoD group?

I am a storyteller in a World of Darkness group, and I'm about to start designing a new scenario. However one of my players (let's call him Eric) is worrying me. Eric usually goes the goofball route ...
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How Do I Assassinate a Vampire or Garou?

I'm playing a character in a Werewolf game and I'd like to play a sniper or soldier who specialises in Firearms. It seems from my limited understanding of the rules that it's quite hard to kill a ...
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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 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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What would be the minimum human population to sustain a single vampire indefinitely?

As per question in the title. I recognise that there are numerous criteria that would affect this, however, I am looking for a baseline estimate that could be modified as per specific vampire (his ...
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How to protect my human from vampires

I am a vampire in a slightly customised oWod and due to my still-strong ties to the mortal world I'm facing a slightly awkward problem. There's this human I like who recently caught the interest of ...
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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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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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What is the minimum essential reading for a new Mage: Ascension player?

Mage Ascension 20th Anniversary rulebook is a huge, 700 page doorstop and it's filled to the brim with rules, descriptions and more or less poetic game aids. It is my perception that even for GMing ...
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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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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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Why keep your own Paradigm as a Mage?

Let me prefix my question by saying that I absolutely adore M:TA. I love the idea to death, and the philosophical implications are wild and good for a lot of discussions. However, I see problems with ...
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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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Does the appearance of a vampire remain the same forever?

In Vampire the Masquerade, the book states that a vampire does not age and is clinically dead. The Child flaw also states the following: You were a small child (between five and 10 years old) at ...
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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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How do you leave the Hedge?

How do you get out of the Hedge? To quote the core rule book: To escape the Hedge, a changeling either needs to find an active (not necessarily open) gateway, or find a suitable door, ...
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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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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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Are Old and New World of Darkness the same or different worlds?

My question is that I know that there is an old and a new WoD. Old WoD ended with the apocalypse. And there is the new WoD, which as far as I known does not contain references to an apocalypse. Does ...
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What happens when you lose a Merit or Flaw's prerequisites?

I have a player who wants to take the following flaw, in VTM Revised edition. We are NOT playing V20. SOFT-HEARTED (l-pT. FLAW) You cannot stand to watch others suffer. You avoid any ...
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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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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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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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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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How to objectively set a mid-point between HOP and HAP?

In order to determine whether an effect is vulgar or coincidental the HAP/HOP/HYP axis was defined. To my liking, both extremes of the axis are a bit... well, extreme. In the answer linked above, ...
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Can a wraith be used in Game with vampires and werewolves?

A friend of mine wants to run a game in the old world of darkness. The world is a combined world of Vampire, Werewolf and Mage books. He is allowing anything but mummies (for some reason)...and ...
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Paradox from enchanted objects

I was wondering the way paradox should be handled with enchanted objects (like wonders or, prime enchanted objects or beings). Should the object generate paradox to the crafter at the moment of its ...
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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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Metaplot of Vampire: The Masquerade V20

The 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade is, with respect to the rules, almost the same as the (revised) second edition of the game (see the answer here: What are the major changes made ...
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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's the max number of discipline dots a vampire should have at a given age?

I'm currently putting together a VTM forum rpg over on zetaboards on the premise that some vampires did survive Gehenna and are trying to pick up the pieces with most of their kind having been wiped ...
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Is there a use for 'Replenishment of the Flesh'?

In the W20 Changing Breeds book, on page 66, there's this Anansi gift: Replenishment of the Flesh (Level Two) — The Ananasi may summon spiders and insects to join with her flesh, healing her. ...