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How does a low-accuracy, high-damage action work in World of Darkness's dice system?

I used to play D20 and D100-based games a lot. Recently I'm designing a game for modern audiences who were not familiar with the D20 dice stuff at all and was thinking of a modified version of World ...
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Does magic that quickens healing help with damage dealt by Heart's blood

Heart's Blood rote reads as such. An initiate of Prime can easily sense the flow of Quintessence through his own body — his life energy. This energy flows from the Tellurian, through the Life Pattern ...
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Does the lore say whether Glass Walkers and drones ever collaborate?

As the question sounds, of the tribes the Glass Walkers have an unconventional relationship with the Weaver - so I wondered if it is mentioned in the lore if they have the usual default attitude to ...
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How would a Garou missing an arm affect its stats?

This question is about 20th Anniversary edition if it helps. Whether from losing it in battle, or a metis born with one arm - I was hoping to ask if there’s anything explicit anywhere on how this ...
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Where are the W20 rules for creating, etc. Den-Realms?

I have searched these books in PDF form: Werewolf - The Apocalypse (zero hits for "den-realm") Changing Breeds (25 hits for "den-realm", none dealing with this topic; "...
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How to pitch Wraith in a responsible fashion without risking traumatizing people?

Sometime around 2000, I was introduced to Wraith in the worst fashion ever, and it destroyed any interest in me ever reading the rule portions but I learned to love the worldbuilding of it. In essence,...
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On the Nature of the Barrier between Russia and China

Hengeyokai, Shapeshifters of the East, page 43 contains this paragraph, right before the Tapestry: A list of all the physical locations of interest in the Mirror Lands would take several exhaustive ...
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Searching for an Obfuscated vampire that just disappeared would break the obfuscation?

Unseen Presence, the level 2 power for Obfuscate states (emphasis mine): The vampire remains ignored indefinitely unless someone deliberately seeks him out or he inadvertently reveals himself. So ...
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How strong are elite mortal troops in Vampire: the Masquerade?

In Vampire: the Masquerade (5e), how strong would be a mortal NPC who specializes in combat? Think "spec ops" who are ready to fight vampires but without true faith or other mystical ...
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How are Ajaba Metis being "hermaphrodites"?

I have not played W:TA before (but have been playing other systems since ~2009, mostly DnD variants and DSA 5). I will not have access to source books before session 1, where the group will create ...
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Can players create custom totems?

Is it possible to create a custom totem? Or should the pack just choose a existing totem from the books and then spend points in Totem Background to improve it? If the players can create a custom ...
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Without Avatar, can I spend Quintessence in any way to cast spells?

I'm reading Mage: The Ascension (I believe it's second edition). The description of the Avatar background says that "the rank of Avatar also represents the limit of Quintessence points that a ...
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Why do we need to halve superficial damage? [closed]

Why was this rule created with dividing superficial damage in half? I mean it's very confusing, why couldn't the number of hit points be multiplied by 2? Do I have to ask players to remember to divide ...
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How many gods are there in oWoD? [closed]

I'm looking for a comprehensive listL I know there is THE God, who made Angels, kicked some of them out of heaven thus making Fallen and left, bored with the state of things. There are Egyptian Gods, ...
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Where do I learn more about Jonas Albrecht?

W20 starts with a glorious little comic, in which a white-haired guy called Albrecht with a huge Klaive rescues a cub. Then in the Character Generation example, we learn Jonas Albrecht's setup for ...
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Are there any mechanics for learning the true name of a fallen?

In World Of Darkness each Demon possesses a true name and knowing their true name allows you to exercise control over them. There is a mention of being able to study a fallens mannerism, actions and ...
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Are merits unique to the splat they are provided in?

I am aware that some merits are by their nature tied to their splats, examples of this would be merits such as 'Prestigious Sire' and 'Avatar companion' but merits such as 'Concentration' that reads ...
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Does the level 4 Serpentis power include the level 2 and 3 powers?

In the context of Vampire: The Dark Ages 20th Anniversary edition. The level 4 Serpentis power allows the vampire to transform into a hideous snake-creature. Does this also include the Typhonic Maw ...
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How did the frequent blood hunts further Queen Anne's ambitions before the Fall of London?

I'm somewhat conflicted about the frequent blood hunts (WOD: A World of Darkness Second Edition, p. 57) because the stricter grip on the city signals weakness (WOD: A World of Darkness Second Edition, ...
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Passing through solid objects

What Spheres are required to emulate Kitty Pride powers from X-Men (Marvel) or Flash ability to "vibrate through" from Justice League (DC)? Context: my virtual adept is built to be a perfect ...
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What level of supplemental Sphere is required for the effect?

Mage the Ascension 20th Anniversary Rulebook has a lot of inconsistency when it comes to required Sphere Levels in Sphere effect descriptions. Sometimes it's: add Mind X to that Effect ...which is ...
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Required spheres for a Mages to survive a point blank nuclear blast

The story teller and I had a disagreement on how or if a mage could survive a nuclear explosion at ground zero. They can see a countdown and know when the detonation will occur. They have 10 minutes. ...
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Are there any known methods for a Mage to strengthen their avatar?

I remember the person who introduced me to Mage The Ascension mentioning "It is a symbiotic relationship between the mage and the avatar. As the mage grows in strength, so does the avatar." ...
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How do you LARP highly observant characters?

I'm designing a character for a World of Darkness parlour LARP who's supposed to be highly perceptive and observant. (A tad beyond human capability, at character creation.) What are your strategies ...
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Status equivalent for mortals?

I know some book had an equivalent for mortals, but I honestly don't remember which one. Thus what rank one could be with 5 being a king or so (didn't find it when skimming through my books nor the ...
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How does Mage travel between different realms?

I'm interested in strictly mechanical procedure on how to "planar travel" pretty much everywhere across Tellurian. What spheres and on what level are needed to travel? If those differ ...
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What happens when a Co-Location copy is harmed or dies?

I want to start using the Correspondence 4 effect to Co-Locate myself. As described in rulebook, it also requires Mind 1 for basic effect (each copy doing the same thing) or Mind 1 + Life 2 for ...
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What is the vampires' take on demons?

In medieval times as far as I remember demons were seen as enemies (earthbound mostly). In modern nights does that still hold true? Are they seen as enemies to be hunted on sight still or not? And ...
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Do demons show up in auspex and how?

If a vampire uses auspex on a demon (within a human host), does it show up on auspex? And if so, beginning with which level of auspex and what are the indicators? (I was sure there was a color ...
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Need some help with spell and ritual rules (taking time to cast, cast retry...)

I'm using the M20 version of Mage, but I find that it sometimes lacks some examples. And I have a doubt about my understanding of two rule points in particular: taking several rounds to cast a spell, ...
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Is there a Vampire: The Masquerade character builder? [closed]

I've been considering DMing some Masquerade. In my DnD group, we're big fans of the dnd4 builder. I'm wondering if there's such a tool going around and/or online. At this particular point, I'm not ...
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When turning Alucard, from Hellsing Ultimate, into a Vampire what is the best build?

In this case I'm wanting to turn Alucard, from Hellsing Ultimate, into a Vampire in Vampire the Masquerade and/or Vampire: The Dark Ages using the V20 rules. Or 20th Annivesary rules. No fifth edition ...
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I'm trying to turn Nezuko (from Demon Slayer) into a Vampire in a Dark Ages setting. What would be the best build for such an NPC?

So I'm trying to turn Nezuko, from Demon Slayer, into a Vampire in a setting in the Dark Ages. She's basically Nezuko but transplanted to another setting. I'm currently using "Vampire the ...
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What are the various clans of Vampire the Masquerade 20th edition - Dark Ages?

I only am using V20 Dark ages and I was just hoping that someone could give me a paragraph of information for each of the clans so that I can get a great idea of what each one is.
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What systems would need to be in place for a 610-year-old Toreador Vampire to maintain a humanity rating of 8 for so long? [closed]

I'm trying to make a female vampire who's, 610 years old and Toreador have such a high humanity rating. I'm kind of not sure what are some recommendations onto how she has been able to maintain such a ...
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What does having a humanity rating of 6 mean for a 380 year old Toreador Vampire? What about a Humanity of 7 for a 150 year old Toreador Vampire? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of playing a Vampire of the Masquerade game and I'm very much thinking of having the two main NPCs that the players interact with be of the Toreador Clan. In this case the first one is a ...
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What does having a Humanity rating of 7 mean for a 150 Year old Vampire?

I have no idea about Vampire the Masquerade but I'm kind of curious to know about the humanity system and whether this is special or not. And like how does the humanity system work?
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Does using magick to reversing aging accrue permanent paradox?

Reversing aging is a vulgar effect(Page 509 MtA 20th Anniversary Edition) and it has a permanent effect. Considering both of these is similar to using enhancement to get an attribute past five dots, ...
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How could I lower the rate of critical successes?

I'm trying to create my own RPG, to play with friends. To be honest, I never played published RPGs before, only home-brewed ones, but I don't feel like spending money on a thing that I may never use, ...
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Specialized explosives stats in WoD games

Like the title, I'm looking for stats of specialized explosives weaponry in oWoD games (any splat, since weapon stats are consistent across splats, and if there are no sources for that in oWoD sources,...
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What are prerequisites for casting a buff spell with on/off functionality?

As in title: I would like to cast a long duration spell (let's say a simple "luck" buff using Entropy Sphere or a simple illusion changing my appearance using Forces Sphere) with at-will on/...
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Are there any records of a child born from Mages possessing strange quirks or mystical powers?

To clarify. I am aware that being a Mage is not genetic and biologically speaking Mages are no different from humans(At least they aren't unless they modified their bodies. ) but Mages inflict their ...
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Do you have to finish a ritual in one sitting?

I encountered this issue while looking for ways to be able to cast spells requiring many successes in just one turn (in danger basically, not necessarily combat). While the most common ways are: ...
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How to play Son of Ether without turning it into a comic relief?

According to the White Wolf Wiki: Key to the Sons' paradigm is Science (the word is always capitalised to distinguish it from the science of sleepers). Exotic theories of orgone fields, ...
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Does Instruction ability give characters a chance to improve their abilities without spending experience?

I recently found out about the Instruction Ability that reads as: This talent represents a character’s knack for imparting information. Possessed by teachers, sect leaders or others in educative ...
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Fighting off the Nightmare

It happened. In our latest venture, we were in the Deep Dreaming and had to Unleash our Arts.1 Obviously, this incurred a few points of Nightmare.2 Now, those points are burning like evil eyes in the ...
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What does it mean to not have points in avatar?

I'm preparing my first Mage 20th anniversary campaign, and from what I understand, not putting any point in the Avatar background sucks. But I can't figure out how to explain it to my players if one ...
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Into the Deep Dreaming!

The Deep Dreaming 1 is a place that amps up a Kithain's birthright to 11. They become the most powerful and dreaming version of themselves. For example, even the ugliest Sidhe is actually quite ...
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How to award Kitsune Renown?

Let me preface my rant by saying this: Our current game is so alternate history and lore that it might as well be considered full homebrew. That said we are using Dark Ages 20th core books where ...
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Spying Animal Kithain in Animal Form

Pooka and Selkies have a Birthright that allows them to turn into mundane animals. Be they hares or cats or whatever for the Pooka or Seals or Sea Lions for the Selkies (though, technically also ...
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