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Because of confirmation bias The act of Awakening is not described as a coherent, logically sound philosophical reasoning that leads the Mage to believe in his paradigm over ones of his peers. Awakening is enlightenment and as such imparts the Mage with an unyielding conviction that this one particular paradigm is right, wholly right and the only one right. ...


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Despite the many similarities, they are different games with different systems and settings. nWoD is a reimagined oWoD. The relationship between the two is much like that between 1970s Battlestar Galactica and 2000s Battlestar Galactica. Some core concepts have been kept, others have been significantly altered while reusing names, and some elements are ...


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Some ideas : The easiest thing to do is to misdirect your enemies by giving them the impression that the human is under the influence of an elder vampire of the city - someone they wouldn't dare to displease. You could ask that vampire for the favor of having your human attend to their needs publicly for a short while. This would achieve safety by ...


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If more info is needed / required with regards to the Quickstart rules, then there's: Chapter Eight: Rolling Dice Difficulties Actions: The various Types Failure Success Chapter Nine: Part I: Initiative & Movement Part II: Dramatic Feats Part III: Health & Injury Part IV: Combat Reworked to point to the various concepts. Avatar: p43-46 ...


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No, it never applied The weakness is still the same (see p59 of V20). So at first I thought that it would depend upon the type camera used. But the comment of T.J.L was a trigger to dig deeper: Cameras do not use reflections to take pictures. SLR cameras use mirrors to change the axis of the image coming in through the lens and direct it up to the ...


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Vampire The Masquerade 20th Anniversary is compatible with Revised Edition To a lesser extent, V20 is also compatible with second edition and first edition. This was the entire point of the 20th Anniversary editions; they consolidate many of the version differences down to a single book that most players will find useful no matter which edition they were ...


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Officially no One of the most popular versions says that werewolves have been created by Ennoia, the Gangrel Antideluvian (Source, history section), which explains why Gangrels and Garou share few common traits (shape change into animal form, control over animals and even they have a degree of non-aggression pact). So in other words werewolves would be some ...


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Well, there's the self-sacrificing way... Tip off as many vampire hunters as you can that some old, powerful Kindred are targeting a high-profile human. Of course, you won't be able to get near the human either, so any relationship will have to wait - possibly decades, while he ages and you remain unchanging, until the elders give up their designs or all ...


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I have run Mage the Ascension in a variety of games, Mage exclusively or in crossover with other WoD games. I've had some two Seekings in the past, and recently three more, therefore I believe I'm qualified to give an answer. Unfortunately there is no short version of it. Success and/or failure It is a viable idea to ask the player to wager their XP on a ...


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There's no in-canon reference for either, however I think there are strong points for Zapathasura to not be a wight. First, a breakdown of the history before Zapathasura awakened: Ravnos and Kuei-Jin were fighting it out for quite some time in India Ravnos were on the losing side and decided to use mass embracing as a tactic The fighting became bloodier, ...


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Your second option is correct. As per Mage: the Ascension Revised (p.151) and Mage: 20th Anniversary (p.543), the successes one gets on a Magickal effect translate into a number of levels of damage, modified by the Spheres used. The Base Damage for most Spheres is two lethal per success on the roll. (Forces adds an extra level; Mind is bashing; Entropy can'...


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In the English-language version of World of Darkness games, Freebie point costs are applied in set values. Vampire the Masquerade 20th Edition Freebie Points Trait Cost Attribute 5 per dot Ability 2 per dot Discipline 7 per dot Background 1 per dot Virtue 2 per dot Humanity/Path 2 per dot Willpower 1 per dot The table on 244 looks ...


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Both of these are core, player-facing rules: Spend temporary Willpower for one automatic success before a roll. Automatic Success when the dice pool size is greater than or equal to the difficulty and when the story isn't hinging on the outcome. This counts as a single success and isn't usually applicable for combat. You could conceivably choose a static ...


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Thankfully, this specific silliness is not directly covered in either V20 or Revised edition. Rules as Written, Kindred take bashing damage from firearms. Full stop. The system has never, and never will, provide enough flexibility to handle different ammo loads or types. It just cannot do it. There is not enough granularity in the damage system to allow ...


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Treat this as a discussion between the storyteller and the players rather than strive for any “objective” definition, because it's an inherently complex decision that often ends up being subjective in play. I recommend having a discussion with your players about exactly this—ideally during character creation but in your case before your next session. Go ...


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Searching using Correspondence is fine and it is what will be usually used. However mages have a lot of different ways to locate someone on map: Correspondence to actually search. It's mage's task to "see" the person in all the area he's sensing. Having some kind of connection to the person: Life, Mind or even Prime + some (usually lower than above) ...


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The roll is a standard degeneration roll (a roll without the ability to spend willpower for a success), with a modified difficulty. Flaws often change the details of a standard roll to fit the context of the situation, and this is no different. You are excluding prey on your own; the moral basis of your path does not dictate that you exclude prey. It is ...


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You can, but it'll take some work on your part and that of your fellow players. There are many wraith powers (called Arcanoi) that allow wraiths to interact with people in the living world: Embody: Most direct, it allows you to be heard and seen across the Shroud and at high levels even become manifest and solid. Puppetry: Next most direct, this lets you ...


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A botched spell is "blown" and generates Paradox. I have taken the time to look at some resources and you are right. Nowhere in the Corebook, Storyteller's companion, Book of Shadows or Book of Madness (assuming pre-Revised edition) does it say that anything other than Paradox happens. As written, it's just Paradox being gained and possibly a backlash ...


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Lots of stuff happened in 1999 in the Classic World of Darkness. (Here's a link to the timeline.) We're specifically concerned with July 4th. The Technocracy implement Operation Ragnarok.They use neutron missiles and four reflecting orbital mirrors to reduce the Ravnos Antediluvian to dust. Simultaneously, Technocrat Xerxes Jones detonates a nuclear ...


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As of Mage 20th Anniversary Edition—which should probably supersede the pre-Revised Guide to the Technocracy—the double cost only exists for Enhancements but not Wonders (Devices/Fetishes/Talismans). There's only a throwaway line as to why. Thanks to its powerful effects and unusual properties, the Enhancements Trait is more expensive than usual. This ...


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If we go by the wordings then I would say: "No". There are two ways in which a demon can collect Faith from a mortal. Faith can be reaped from a human by forcing him to acknowledge the existence of the demon deep within his soul. A willing mortal can also offer Faith in return for promises of wealth, influence or power. on page 249 of the demon ...


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The answer is actually in the text you quoted. There's a portion that says. ...two Verbenae, for example, who hate each other’s guts but who employ the same paradigms and tools would both be considered coincidental within the same sanctum. If two Verbena can share the same space, two Virtual Adepts would be able to as well. The particular Spheres that ...


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Yes, this is possible. All old WoD games are based of the same ruleset. Using multiple books is somewhat of a challenge because normally, all factions dislike and/or hate each other. The power level also varies. Maybe power level is not the correct word, I'd say the "squishyness". You cannot assume one books character will withstand as much punishment as ...


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That change does make it almost 50% more likely a random hit from an "average" person will cause at least one box of damage. If your chronicle is a low-combat campaign where most attackers will be using fists, improvised/"street" weapons (like chains, bats, and tire irons), and small-caliber firearms, this makes combat significantly more lethal for the ...


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They're not. To address the question in the title: neither in Mage 2nd Edition, Mage Revised, Guide to the Technocracy, nor Mage: 20th Anniversary Edition does the background Talisman (or Wonder, or Device) cost double to acquire. As a result, the reference you're quoting in GttT was likely an error at the time that was corrected in the most recent edition, ...


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Paradox Happens When a mage uses magic in a way that defies the consensus reality, paradox is generated. Depending on various factors (vulgarity, witnesses, etc.) the amount of paradox varies. Out in the world, so to speak, the consensus reality is science is real, magic is not. Thus, paradox is a significant obstacle for a mage. A Verbena Chantry exists ...


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Remember that in the standard setting of Mage, all non-Technocracy paradigms are interlopers pushed forward by an Awakened will as manifest through an avatar. Your Paradigm isn't just the way you think the world works; it's the way you believe the world should work. The Verbena believe in a world where blood and sacrifice can change the world, where wanting ...


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I've typically tried to make renown tracking part of the game. Packs generally nominate one member (usually the galliard) who is in charge of bragging about their accomplishments to the elders at a moot. If they've screwed up or offended someone in the sept, they can expect to have to defend themselves against negative renown as well. Gives the social ...


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I played a detective in an OWoD game who could follow crime scenes back in Time until the perp was found (then track the perp on the map to find where they are currently). It was a few years ago, but I am recalling I used Mind, and Time to view the crime scene at the time of the crime to see the victim/create a mental connection with him. I would then ...



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