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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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What possibilities are there to find out which clan a vampire belongs to?

In the old vampire (up to V20), the abiltiies of Auspex,... are a bit limited. I've got a few players that try to hide their clan. What options are there for others to find out what clan they truly ...
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How do I get access to the Space Mirrors?

It's well established in World of Darkness, that the technocracy has an array of space mirrors, not too dissimilar from Icarus from James Bond: Die Another Day. There is one very prominent use of this ...
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What power can hide a wraith from barghests' senses?

The introductory story to "Sea of Shadows" has this little tidbit: The Legionnaires were moving through the area, meticulously searching both sides of the street. A few of them had ...
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Two contradictory mechanics for XP discount for Guild instruction in Arcanoi

The 20th Anniversary edition of Wraith: the Oblivion has two different ways that the XP cost for learning arcanoi might be reduced, and these seem to conflict when it comes to their mechanics. The ...
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When it comes to rotes, are we limited in how many?

I'm new to Mage and we're doing a Mage 20th game. I'm wondering if we're limited in how many rotes we have in any way or any how, just to make sure I'm doing stuff right.
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Are there any mechanical differences between how tradition mages and technocratic mages use magick?

I haven't been able to find anything to indicate mechanical differences between the two(Though Technocrats seem to lean more heavily on gadget usage rather than spontaneous magic.) but I seem to ...
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Is it possible for animals to become revenants?

As far as I know, there are some cases where animals are ghouled for generations(Such as Nosferatu breeding pits) and I wanted to ask if it is possible for animals that have been ghouled for ...
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Of Lancing with a Motorcycle

Vampires can get scary old. In fact, in the society of the Camarilla, it is seen as somewhat noble to have been born before the age of industrialisation, and some of its leading cadre literally had ...
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What's the XP cost to learn an unknown 1-dot art in a known arcanoi?

The 20th Anniversary edition of Wraith: the Oblivion describes the mechanic for learning unknown arts at the same rating as a known art (e.g. learning an initiate art, when the common art is known) ...
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Can created creatures awaken?

In Mage The Ascension it is possible for technocrats to create androids via a mix of life and mind as per the rote AI (Artificial Intelligence): With this rote, a Technomage can create a full ...
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What is the Arcanum's official level of knowledge about Vampires?

In a pre-v5 settings, what is the official "level" of knowledge of Arcanum members about Vampires? Do they know about clans? About sects? About traditions? I found in Hunter: First Contact ...
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What spheres would be needed in order to create a layer of reality in a specific location that exists simultaneously with regular reality?

I have been reading Demon: The Fallen, and one of the concepts there that really piqued my interest was reality being multilayered with the same thing reflecting differently on different layers. For ...
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Why don't non-Changelings die when killed in the Dreaming, but get kicked out into the Umbra instead?

Inspired by this post: What happens when a Changeling dies in the Dreaming? So, yes, Changelings killed in the Dreaming (as opposed to just by chimerical damage in the mortal world) are killed for ...
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What combat implications has this proposed alternative initiative rundown?

Combat in the WoD is notoriously lengthy. The git rundown is about this: Roll initiative Sort high to low Combat Round Start Announce spending of rage for extra actions & handle "pre round&...
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Can people generate quintessence through prayer?

I have been thinking about various quintessence sources and I was thinking on how a mage could reliably generate quintessence on a weekly basis without a node. The idea I came up with was a pastorship....
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What happens to a spirit that crosses a portal from the umbra into the material world?

Say a mage with Spirit 4 creates a gateway between the Umbra and the Material World. What happens when a spirit in the Umbra crosses that gateway into the Material World? A relevant quote about ...
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Do 1s cancel successes on damage and soak rolls?

Mage - The Ascension - 20th Anniversary Edition, main book, page 393: Game-wise, every 1 you roll takes away one success from your roll. Think of this as “the rule of one.” If your 1s cancel out your ...
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Where do the symbols for the Spheres in Mage: the Ascension come from?

The Mage: the Ascension line has adopted symbols that represent each Sphere. My question is where they are from? Not in-world - I am interested what is the real world source of these. I would also ...
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How do you abort an action in M20 if there is no declaration phase?

In other editions of the old world of darkness games, there is a declaration phase during combat rounds, where every participant declares what he intends to do in the next turn, from lowest to highest ...
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The fate of "the Lord of the Ashtray"

Back in 2002, the Fans that made Orpheus held a contest to make a Samual Haight-themed campaign. The Lord of the Ashtray won. Through sheer luck, the web archive crawled the fans' website starting in ...
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Are backgrounds important after character creation?

I'm currently running a W:TA game using the 1st edition rulebook. Several of my characters have backgrounds. As we play, do those backgrounds increase, or do they only determine what the character has ...
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Is there a cost to learning new rites?

My character currently has 5 dots in the Rites background. This gives them 5 levels of rites, which they have already selected. Now they want to learn a new rite. What does it cost? Does it cost... ...
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How do I calculate damage?

In W:TA how do I calculate the damage from an attack? As an example, consider Lina. Her stats in homid form are: Strength (1), Dexterity (2), Melee (3). She uses a pool cue (using the stats from a ...
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Where do I find charms for Wyrm elementals?

The wyrm elementals in Book of the Wyrm for Werewolf: The Apocalypse have charms that I can't find descriptions for. For example, the Toxin elemental (pg. 100) has the charms Visceral Agony and Body ...
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How can we make a young lower generation vampire?

Is there anyway of making a young lower generation vampire? What I understood from the rulebook is that the childe of a kindred would have one higher number generation. On the other hand, the ...
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What's the difficulty to detect Were-beings with Shintao/Kenning?

The Wording for Shentao and Kenning is a little ambiguous and I need a little help here: Shentao Much like Kenning, which it replaces, Shentao represents the innate magical sense common to the Shinma....
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How can I read the Old World of Darkness metaplot?

World of Darkness has an extensive, long running over-arching narrative. This metaplot isn't encapsulated in chronicle books or easily digestible summaries. I imagine players would have been exposed ...
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Are there any spirits dealing with oaths in world of darkness

I want the spirit to function as a kolyarut to enforce a contract since I don't have entropy 5 there is always homebrew but I want to know if one already exists
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How does a Hold or Clinch maneuver interact with the blind fighting rules in Vampire: The Masquerade v20?

Say two kindred are clinching one another, or one performs a Hold maneuver on another, in blind fighting conditions (in pitch darkness for example). Let's say one of them is Gangrel with Eyes of the ...
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Can World of Darkness vampires drink water?

Vampires in "Vampire: the Masquerade" can't eat normal food. Not only do they not get any nourishment out of it, it tastes foul to them and if they swallow it they'll immediately vomit (...
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How can a mage gain quintessence besides gathering at a node?

In M20 there doesn't appear to be many given methods for recharging quintessence beyond finding a wellspring or finding some tass. (Unless you are at prime 5 in which case you can just make nodes ...
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Detecting Magick use by using the Prime Sphere

I have a Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition game running and one of the players played a game of Mage the Ascension Second Edition before that with a different Storyteller. In that ...
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In Werewolf W20, how does dice splitting work with no-roll Gift activation?

If I have a Gift that says, "spend a point of Gnosis: stuff happens", can I use this Gift while performing a normal action in the same turn ? If so, how would dice splitting work in this ...
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At which point does growing plants require quintessence?

In Mage: the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition, you need quintessence to create things from nothing. With the life sphere 3 dots (+ prime 2 dots), you can create simple life (including plants) with a ...
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How do you pronounce "chasse"?

My group just started a new chronicle and we're trying to figure out how to say "chasse" out loud. Chasse This Trait describes how well stocked, vulnerable, and rich the domain is as a ...
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What happens when a Changeling dies in the Dreaming?

In Changeling: The Dreaming 20th Anniversary, I find two seemingly contradictory texts. On page 291, speaking of chimerical death: Those who suffer a chimerical death while in the Dreaming ...
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Is there a full-text version of the Litany?

The quick and dirty "precepts" are readily available in many different sources; but I've looked everywhere I can think of, all the way back to 1st edition material, and cannot find the full ...
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Calculating Modified V5 Dice Probabilities with AnyDice

My game uses 5th edition rules with a house rule where 1s subtract successes and 10s count as two successes. 2s through 5s count as no successes and 6s through 9s count as single successes as normal. ...
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How to count the number of successes in a very large dice pool more easily?

What is a good way to roll a large number of dice and count how many of them "succeed" (i.e. meet or exceed a set target number)? I'm playing a game called Aberrant that uses the Storyteller ...
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Does increasing the dice pool make messy criticals more likely?

I just read the mechanics for dice rolling in Vampire: the Masquerade 5th edition and something is bothering me. It seems to me that the larger your dicepool is, the more likely it is to get a messy ...
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Generation vs Blood Potency question

My players and I were wondering about an aspect of Generation vs. Blood Potency. It states on page 149 that character with a Generation of 10 gets a blood potency of 2. We were wondering if the +1 ...
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How can fallen interact with vampires?

I will be running a Demon The Fallen game where the players will be facing off against an earthbound with infernalist vampire servants. So I am semi expecting my players to seek out local vampires to ...
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Can you get a Blood Bond by feeding off another Kindred's ghoul?

A ghoul is a human that feeds on Kindred Blood, and can have Kindred blood in their system. So it follows that another Kindred feeding from a ghoul could risk becoming blood bonded to the ghoul's ...
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How should players purchase supernatural backgrounds when using a Prelude?

Hunter: The Reckoning has a concept of of a "prelude". A prelude is essentially a one-shot or one-session adventure which tells the story of how a normal, mundane human became called to the ...
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What do the symbols in the header of Hunter-Net Mean?

Hunter-Net is the messageboard/list serv archive that the Imbued use in Hunter: The Reckoning. The header to the site looks like this: What do the symbols (hunter code) in the header mean? The symbol ...
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