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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How can I have a mixed game of nWoD without having a thematic mess?

I'm planning on starting a full-on mixed nWoD game, but I don't know how to avoid having it feel like a fantasy kitchen sink, since that can easily destroy the feel of a game. What are scenarios or ...
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What alternative models exist for Vampire populations in WoD?

The official WoD sources say that a vampire requires between 50,000 and 100,000 people to support them, giving an upper limit of about 50,000 vampires in the entire world. I've always found this ...
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Preventing Post-cognition from becoming Post-Omniscience?

I had a nWoD Mage game a while back with a time mage who had selected Postcognition as a rote. In the book, the spell is a covert, and so provides no paradox. The mages quickly discovered that as long ...
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In-game reason for no multiple supernatural templates in nWoD

Is there an in-game reason for the exclusivity of supernatural templates in the new World of Darkness? (Why can't a werewolf or a vampire awaken and be a mage as well, for example?) If there is, where ...
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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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How can/should I convince my players to use magic other than Rotes?

The last time I ran a game with Mages in it, they were obsessed with only using rotes, leafing through the book to see how they could combine their magic to cast Rotes. They never once even considered ...
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Does killing an enemy in combat count against morality in World of Darkness?

Page 91 of the World of Darkness rulebook: Morality 4: Impassioned crime (manslaughter). (Roll three dice.) Does this mean that if the party gets in a fight with someone and end up killing the ...
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Getting laid in the Dark Ages

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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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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How to houserule merits?

Merits as a system does not seem to be well balanced. Some merits (such as resources 1) seem like they should be mandatory (or a flaw to not have them). Other merits such as housing ones (haven, ...
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Causes of “impossible” things in the World of Darkness universe?

In Mage: the Awakening, casting obviously vulgar magic that can't be explained mundanely causes paradox. This sort of damages the universe and can cascade into more impossible things happening, like ...
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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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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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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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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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Could Virtues and Vices break my WoD game?

I'm currently running a short World of Darkness mortals campaign using only the core systems rulebook. I soon house-ruled that we weren't going to have Virtues and Vices for our campaign because they ...
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Should Merits be given as rewards when the accomplishments match?

As a storyteller, are merits acquired only through experience after character creation, or do you reward your players with them for accomplishing their goals? Suppose a situation like the following ...
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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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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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Rules for gradual transformation from mortal to template in nWoD?

Are there official / good unofficial rules for the new World of Darkness that would support gradually playing through, over the course of a few stories, the transformation of a PC from mortal to a ...
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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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Depictions of 19th c Vienna for a chronicle

I would like to create a Vampire: the Requiem chronicle set in 19th century Vienna. Are there any good films or books depicting Vienna in this period that I could use to create appropriate scenery and ...
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How much information exists about the former Prince of Chicago?

Maxwell Clark is the current Prince of Chicago after the previous Prince mysteriously vanished from the city. The former matron of Chicago is mentioned in the nWoD book, but nothing really about her ...
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Is a stake in the heart really this difficult?

From the rules errata: To stake an opponent, an attacker must target the heart. Wielded in hand, a stake calls for a Strength + Weaponry roll. Fired from some kind of projection device or ...
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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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Using NWoD as general game system

I am planning on using the standard new World of Darkness corebook as a baseline for running a Middle Earth game. Nobody in my game group is happy with MERP or the newer Decipher system. What do ...
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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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CoC's Sanity-like rules for the nWoD?

Is there a good adaptation of Call of Cthulhu's Sanity rules to the Storytelling system of the new World of Darkness (possibly replacing Morality)? (Edited the title to make it more precise.)
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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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Creating a group plot arc in Changeling: The Lost

I'm very enamored of White Wolf's Changeling: The Lost for a wide variety of reasons. First and foremost, I love the dramatic character hooks the setting provides - just coming up with variations on ...
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What's the exact sequence of events for an Embrace in Vampire: the Requiem?

I've been digging around in the Requiem book and so far it looks like there's no single entry explaining how the Embrace works. The bit about draining and feeding vitae is in one part of the book, the ...
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How does nWoD's Secret History (The God Machine) chapter relate to the other core books?

Chapter 1: The Secret History (Unrecorded History: Voice of the Angel) of the new World of Darkness core book tells a story about a god-machine, angels, ancients, their children and whatnot. How ...
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Discipline for a bloodline using tattoos

I would like to create a Gangrel bloodline for Vampire: the Requiem, that would embrace using tattoos. I have created a weakness, which was and now I would like to create a separate discipline. I am ...
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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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Which Mage: The Awakening sourcebook (if any) has info on mages' daily, non-adventuring lives?

I've always wondered what mages in Mage: The Awakening do when they are not "adventuring". What's Jane/John Mage Doe's typical day like? Does an average mage have a day job (to earn money to stay ...
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Does telekinesis do Bashing or Lethal?

I'm trying to figure out what type of damage a direct physical assault with telekinesis would result in. (From NWoD) From pg. 212 of World of Darkness: Alternately, the ghost can make a direct ...
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Mage population density in Mage: The Awakening

What's the official stance on mage population density in Mage: The Awakening? Also, what are the best unofficial alternatives (and where can we read about them)?
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Afterlife according to the paradigm of the new World of Darkness?

Which books of the new World of Darkness rpg have info on what happens to (the soul of) a person after/upon their death? (Please provide page numbers or at least chapter titles, if possible... or a ...
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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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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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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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Human ignorance kept up in the nWoD

Is there an official sourcebook for the new World of Darkness (not any of the core rulebooks) that elaborates on how humanity remains / is kept ignorant of all the supernatural phenomena that ...
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NWOD : stats for animals and edge-cases for transformations in Changeling

Well, I tried playing with the title to make it as suggestive as "The Beast-buffing", but since this question may have a wider scope let's keep it straight. As I was saying in the other question, I ...
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Which Mage: The Awakening sourcebooks are essential?

Which Mage: The Awakening (and perhaps nWoD) sourcebooks do you consider essential for running a Mage campaign (besides the core rulebook, of course), and why? Edit: Please refrain from recommending ...
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How can Blood Potency 0 creatures heal Aggravated Damage?

In Night Horrors: The Wicked Dead, there is the description of Blood Potency 0 effects. Quoting one of the items on page 11: Creatures with Blood Potency 0 can spend 1 vitae per turn, and can ...
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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 ...