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As with the vampire-to-lawn-chair problem, it involved Matter magick in Mage 1e. One of the examples listed of "coincidental magick" for Matter was "transmuting bullets into air" with the coincidence of "the gun was never loaded." Now, earlier examples in the book of coincidental magick in the book suggested that to be coincidental magick, the coincidence ...


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In first edition Mage, vampires fell entirely under the sphere of Matter, and changing the shape of matter was available at fairly low levels. (This was referenced in Book of Shadows, the Player's Guide to Mage, in a subhead: "Turning Vampires into Lawn Chairs and Other Works of 'High' Magick" -- although it wasn't a rote.) The notion that a starting mage ...


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I do think you're being too cautious. One of the key elements of the Storytelling System is the Willpower economy. It's a "virtuous cycle." The difficulty of 8 means that, in order to succeed on important rolls, you'll want to spend Willpower — those three dice generally produce an additional success. With your Willpower rapidly depleting, the best way to ...


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As usual, there are several grades of response. In order of goodness: Option 1. Talk to him. Discuss this concern with him as a fellow adult, outside of game. Bring to his attention that he's behaving like a homicidal maniac rather than the character he claims he's playing (sounds like a good reason to deny him Willpower restoration in WoD, too). ...


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The most reliable way to reduce the damage caused by sunlight is through the use of the discipline of Fortitude. Fortitude allows you to soak aggravated damage, including that caused by sunlight. According to page 302 of the Vampire 20th Anniversary edition, the difficulty for soaking sunlight while "fully protected by heavy clothes, sunglasses, gloves, and ...


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Supernatural power comes from making mutually exclusive changes to the human soul. My view isn't explicitly stated anywhere, but I consider it supported by statements across the nWoD books. There are a few representative quotes from the core books I own at the bottom. To do anything majorly supernatural, you need to be more than human. A vampire's soul is ...


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My recommendation is to work from the other direction; instead of taking the mortal population and extrapolating how many vampires "should" be there, start with the number of vampires you want to have and decide how it is they survive on a fief that's overtaxed. Use the 50K-100K as a figure of stability; once you get twice as many Kindred in there, you've ...


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Use a very strong central theme and mood. Think of your campaign as if it was a TV series held together by these things, as well returning props, characters, places etc. Use a strong, universal antagonist, possibly an organization that has agents from all the various supernatural factions as well. Even better if your party are members / helpers of the same ...


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As a long-time V:tM and V:tR fan, I have always thought the 1:50k and 1:100k ratios were unimaginative, unrealistic (well, as unrealistic as a game involving vampires could be) and poorly thought out. In fact, I generally think any set ratio of vampires:humans is arbitrary and silly because ratios fail to take into account numerous real world factors. For ...


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On Abstract Damage under no circumstances should you be able to damage the armor wearer unless the attack is made at a not armored part of the body. Vampire, like many RPGs uses an abstract damage system. This means that a single attack/defense/damage/soak series of rolls represents a much more complex series of actions than a single strike and parry. ...


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Nothing unusual (which is good!) From The Gentleman Gamer interview with Mark Rein·Hagen and The Gentleman Gamer Interviews Justin Achilli, developer of Vampire: The Masquerade, it is clear that White Wolf have always used a really standard game design cycle: Create a prototype Play it, and let it fail Learn with the prototype failure Go back to step 1 ...


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I would say yes, killing another vampire calls for a degeneration roll and may lead to the loss of Humanity. Vampires (on the path of Humanity, which we're concerned with here) consider themselves, or at least try to consider themselves (at least partially) human - that is what's reflected by their Humanity score. If a vampire strictly and unquestionably ...


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This subject is explained in more detail in Tome of the Mysteries in the part of Chapter One called "Spell Aspect" (pp. 40-46) In particular, the crossover section explains the manner in which the powers of other supernatural types interact with Awakened magic. The reason given is that the power of the other templates — the Kindred, the Uratha, and the Lost ...


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The supernatural creatures are essentially following physical laws that normal people aren't aware of, or manipulating loopholes in those physical laws that normal people aren't aware of; there are a set of laws governing the universe that vampires/faeries/etc aren't breaking, they're simply manipulating them in unusual (as far as normal people are ...


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The in-game reason appears to be “It just doesn't work.” Vampire: the Requiem, page 168 Kindred Vitae, while potent, does have its limits. When the other supernatural creatures with whom the Damned occasionally cross paths come into play, certain realities of the World of Darkness supersede the mystic strength of the Blood. Werewolves and mages ...


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As a "mathy" person, Entropy is my favorite Sphere. Entropy, at its core, is the manipulation of probability. By increasing or decreasing the likelihood of an event occurring, the mage can twist reality into getting what they want. And because you're just changing chance, from the outside, you're just incredibly lucky, and so most effects will be ...


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That rote is working as intended. If you can secure the room, maintain your focus, get the proper amount of "temporal sympathy" — the modifiers for sympathy are in effect, as detailed under the Space arcanum and made explicit in the rote — and penetrate any magical protections placed on the time of the event, then yes. They can search through time until they ...


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One great resource for the criminal and law aspects of your question is Tales From the 13th Precinct, a sourcebook from the core World of Darkness line that approaches the setting from a law-enforcement perspective. It not only prepares you to make characters on both sides of the law that can encounter the supernatural world, but it adds a few new merits and ...


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The letter of the law: He spoke of what should not have been spoken. All bad effects are in action. The spirit of the law: Nothing happens since it was not a free will action. Trying to lawyer me?... The person who broke the contract of their own free will is the one using Dominate. While not a signatory, they have put themselves under the ritual's ...


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Real world: Safe donation rate is considered 1 pint per 56 days; 4 pints at once is fatal (without immediate treatment). Thinking back to my WoD playing days... 10 blood points is fatal for mortals, so call it 3 per pint? Given that a vampire doing nothing spectacular burns 1 BP per night. So he needs 56/3 (roughly 19) donors of 1 pint each for a minimum ...


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If you don't mind getting another book, the recent World of Darkness: Mirrors has rules for just this sort of thing, including systems for fantasy folk, heroic skills, and magic. As for "has anyone done something similar," noted game author and designer John Snead has. You can find his ideas here.


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I'd say yes, they do have to roll Morality, even if they killed an enemy in self defense. Even if there's no other way out (the character is cornered and being shot at), taking a life takes its toll on their psyche. However, the Storyteller may choose to consider various mitigating circumstances and award bonuses for the roll etc accordingly. You may want ...


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Certainly, both iterations of the WoD ruleset (Storyteller for the old WoD and Storytelling for the new WoD) would work extremely well with a post-apocalyptic setting. After all, the (n)WoD is a darker, more desolate and more gothic version of our real world, which, in turn, already - and unfortunately - has several areas and periods that can be considered ...


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I don't have the books with me so I can not verify this, but I have always played that a simple perception roll can reveal the presence of a werewolf, or indeed a wolf-blooded character. The idea being that a werewolf smells different than a human, and werewolves have an incredible bestial instinct and sense of smell (combined with their primal urge) they ...


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Disclaimer: not sure, but I'll find this funny ^^ On TVTropes under the Table Top section examples we find this In Mage: The Ascension this is a popular method of stopping a bullet, since it is entirely coincidental if done properly (and thus incurs no Paradox) - as long as an observer cannot be fully certain the mage didn't have a Bible or ...


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I think we may consider the 1:50k ratio a "current" one that describes the 20th and 21st centuries. Like most societies, vampires' one has gone through changes (let's not dwell on the speed of these changes now), adapting to its environment. Consider how the jump in human population (and the human tech level) has made humanity more and more dangerous to ...


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Some 1870-1900 travel guides with bits about Vienna in the period: The illustrated English guide through Vienna and its environs (1873) A handy illustrated guide to Vienna (1906) A Satchel guide for the vacation tourist in Europe (1873) Notes from the Journal of a Tourist: Italy, Spain, central and northern Europe (1890), fist hand account of the Vienna ...


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Let Them Be. There are practical reasons why mages and players might choose to rely on rotes. Improvised spells not only have a smaller die pool (Gnosis + Arcanum vs Attribute + Skill + Arcanum), but they have a mandatory cost of 1 mana if not in your ruling arcana. If your troupe is more interested in collecting codified effects rather than doing ...


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One important thing to note is what the merits actually give the character compared to one without the merit. Resources zero does not mean homeless (although it can). Resources represents 'extra money' WoD: Core pg 115 All characters are assumed to have a job or a source of income (trust fund, parents) that is sufficient to cover their basic ...


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There's no book, or collection of books, that comprises the whole of the background story for the World of Darkness. Part of what made the game so successful is the way that it spread the story in bits and pieces throughout all the books, giving collectors and fans the "metaplot" in a serialized way that kept them buying material. However, one good place to ...



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