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Questions tagged [world-of-darkness]

For questions about games branded “World of Darkness”, including the original “old WoD” or “classic WoD” and the “WoD” reboot by WW/Paradox Interactive/Modiphius. Not for nWoD/CoD questions. See full description for details.

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Does following Sacred Hospitality cause stains on any Paths of Enlightenment?

A lot of the Tzimisce place a lot of stock on "Sacred Hospitality" and behaviour according to that. Breaking it being something that can be potentially quite serious, depending on where you are and ...
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What are the potential side effects on a Kindred from drinking fae blood?

This is probably a silly question, but I'm really curious and don't have access to the Dark Ages book which I heard has the answer to there apparently being various listed side-effects. All I know, ...
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Is siring a Maeghar allowed?

The fae-blooded kindred known as "Maeghar", are described to mostly be solitary wonderers that avoid people, with no set affiliation to anybody - the exception seemingly being the Kiasyd Lasombra ...
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Are there any canon ways for supernatural beings to “enchant” themselves?

I noticed it being said on the wiki, that some non-fae supernatural beings can enchant themselves through their own abilities, to be able to see and interact with the Dreaming, without any need for ...
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Can kindred dye their hair?

I know that kindred can't change their hair's length without ritual, as well as how even some cosmetic surface things like tattoos requite rituals to remain permanent as well, but is there anything on ...
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Could an Ananasi actively try to care/have empathy?

Ananasi by default, after their First Change do not care about or possess empathy towards other people, becoming very emotionless and just seeing others as potential pawns and meat. But could an ...
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How does unweaving work?

I only have the basic rulebook and the How do you do that sourcebook, and I'm playing Mage the Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition. Yesterday I had a player hit with a Life/Correspondence effect that ...
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Vampire the Masquerade Discipline vs Werewolf Fetish

Recently, in a mixed WoD 20th Anniversary game, we came upon an unexpected problem. Phoebe's Veil - a level 3 Fetish, Gnosis 7 vs. Vampire Auspex While the Veil says, "Neither mundane creatures ...
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Would a vampire “Kingpin” be tolerated by the Camarilla?

I'll use a specific example for this question, just in case a it helps and the question might be too general on its own: If a vampire in Las Vegas were to try assert themselves and establish their ...
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Which clans are most likely to embrace/sire a librarian?

My Vampire the Masquerade (5e) character was a librarian in their human life, before they were sired. I want to explore their backstory more but I couldn’t think of any reasons. By lore, are their ...
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Would a trans revenant be able to go through with a medical transition?

As the title suggests, I'm wondering if a revenant who is transgender would be able to go through with a medical transition if they had the opportunity and wanted to? I would have thought so, but I ...
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What's the equivalent age of a Metis' homid-form after their First Change?

With garou/fera, homid-born tend to have their First Change during adolescence or just after and the animal-born tend to have it as an adult. So obviously, homid-born would appear the age they are ...
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Wonder item: Pipe of Pied Piper of Hamelin

I am about to start a new Mage 20 campaign. I have never done a campaign of Mage before and while I have been storyteller of Vampire for a few years I am a bit doubtful on how to calculate the spheres ...
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Are Humanity, Paths and Morality Deontological or Utilitarian?

Over the decades, I've run several times into disagreements about whether or not some circumstance excuses a sin on the hierarchy, or whether inaction leading to a a sin-like event occurring ...
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Could a Tremere get away with this for this long?

Trying to think of NPC concepts and when doing so, came across a question, although first I'll provide some quick context to hopefully make my issue clear: These NPCs are a mother and daughter family ...
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Is VtM 5e supposed to be compatible with old or new World of Darkness games?

Sorry, I'm just trying to get clarification on something, as I've not had much luck at all in looking! With Vampire Masquerade 5e, in terms of other additions in the franchise, does anyone know if it'...
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What happens when I fail the dice roll for spellcasting?

I am reading Mage 20 Aniversary edition and I am a little bit confused in what happens when you fail the dice roll for spellcasting (not enough successes as needed for the effect). Let's say I want ...
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Do I need to pay experience for merits and background?

In Mage: The Ascension, if I create a wonder or complete a task for someone who will pay me fifty thousand dollars while I have zero dots in resources, do I need to spend experience in order to ...
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Where can I find the rules to play a craftmason?

I was looking for a character sheet for Mage Dark Ages, and I saw that there was also a character sheet for playing as a craftmason. The idea of playing as a technocrat back when the Technocracy was ...
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How to Even Begin Understanding the Underworld's Geography/Cosmology?

Each time I get curious about WtO and try reading about parts of its setting, I hit a lot of crosslinks but am having trouble envisioning the basic zoomed-out geography and how they all relate to each ...
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Can Vampires learn Gifts?

This is more an idle curiosity than a question I'm wondering about to actively use in a game. Reading on the path of enlightenment that Abominations are put onto, one of the Sins was listed as: ...
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What was the 13th Vampire clan before the Tremere appeared?

Vampire the Masquerade says there are 13 clans of Vampires, each descended from one of the 13 Antediluvians. VTM5e backstory says that vampires appeared about 6,000 to 10,000 years ago, and all 13 ...
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How do all the World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness RPGs connect?

I just got my kick-starter copy of Changeling the Lost 2nd Ed and are starting to dip my toe back into the World of Darkness after a long absent. And I found out that it is confusing as hell trying to ...
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Storyteller vs Storytelling system comparison

In some answers I saw in the last year that were focussing on the Storyteller system of WoD, someone answered with the Storytelling system of the CoD in mind, usually noticeable by referencing to the ...
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Does a mage need Spirit sphere along with Forces sphere to create sunlight against a vampire?

From what I understand, the fact that the sun burns vampires comes from the religious significance of the sun, as intense light does not actually damage vampires beyond sending them into a frenzy. So ...
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Which of the 21 fictional companies listed as owned by Pentex in Book of the Wyrm are references to real companies?

The Werewolf supplement Book of the Wyrm describes the Pentex Corporation and other Wyrm-tainted stuff. Pages 37-39 list 21 fictional corporations owned by Pentex. A couple of these were instantly ...
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Can your ghoul retainer also serve as a regular source of blood?

While this might seem like a yes/no question, I believe that it isn't. It's a question about rule interpretation and the consequences of that interpretation. Why I see this as an issue In previous ...
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What's the dice penalty if you attack AND defend against multiple opponents?

On page 125 of the core rules (Basic Conflict section) there is an example of Katarina defending against 3 attackers. She uses her regular dice pool to defend against the first, is at -1 die to defend ...
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How does surprise work in Vampire combat?

Making this a separate question from this VTM question which was too broad One side in a fight has achieved Surprise (p300). Call them Janet & John. The rules say that they make the surprise ...
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How many Hunger dice apply to a split dice pool?

Making this a separate question from this VTM question which was too broad How many Hunger dice do you use when you've split your dice pool to get multiple actions? For instance, Juana has a dice ...
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What are the divisions within the Salubri bloodline and how did they come to be?

Back when I was a more active participant of the World of Darkness games, I knew the Salubri as hardcore healers. At some point I encountered descriptions of them as a bloodline of warriors with very ...
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How could low-generation vampires have survived without childer?

The accepted answer to this question says that antediluvians (and perhaps other low-generation vampires) require the blood of other kin to survive. In fact, if their generation is low enough they may ...
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Have the “celestial beings” from Hunter: the Reckoning been confirmed/denied as angels in fluff?

In the Classic World of Darkness' game line Hunter: the Reckoning the player characters are usually visited by some angelic looking beings. Or they get messages from them or otherwise communicate. At ...
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Is Count Dracula's fighting style too powerful?

Found in the future White Wolf PDF for Count F****** Dracula is the following fighting style: Legacy Fighting Style: Dirty Fighting (• to ••••• ) Prerequisites: Strength (•••), Brawl (•••) ...
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Consequences of allowing more than one Lore Sheet

It is my understanding that the core rules intention is that every PC have one and only one lore sheet. What is the consequences of allowing a player to access more than one lore sheet? The things ...
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How does a vampire with “Methuselah’s Thirst” get full?

The Feeding flaw “Methuselah’s Thirst” on page 181 says “Your hunger can only be fully slaked by the blood of supernatural creatures...otherwise, it remains constantly at a minimum of 1.” Does this ...
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Why do the antediluvians want to consume their spawn?

I'm currently involved in my first World of Darkness game. While reading the clanbook for my clan (Nosferatu) I understand that there is a pervasive fear of the clan's antediluvian founder arising and ...
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Can I willingly fail a Virtue roll?

In Vampire The Masquerade, can I decide to willingly fail a Virtue roll? If I feel that, in the situation calling for the roll, my character wouldn't control themselves, can I just leave my dices ...
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How do I handle a character bent on diablerie of an Antediluvian?

I’m running a campaign and a character decided to change his goal from getting gun heels that are possessed by a demon (Bayonetta) to becoming third generation through diablerie. He’s made a deal with ...
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Mass combat rules for World of Darkness

I have been running a game of Dark Ages: Mage. Due to certain events, there is going to be a battle between two armies. How is the result of such a fight decided, according to RAW?
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How much memory can a Mesmerized subject draw upon?

It's been established that in this edition, you can't Mesmerize someone into recalling things for you; if you say, "Tell me your mother's maiden name," what you get is "Your mother's maiden name." But ...
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How to make the game exciting for someone playing a child character?

I will be running a game of Dark Ages: Mage for a friend. She says that she has trouble associating herself with a character when the character is immediately thrown into the adventure. After some ...
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Vampire V5 Old Tremere [closed]

Vampire 5th changed a lot about clan flaws and even more about the Tremere. Now, since we want to play the new system in the Dark Ages as well, I'll definitely need to have an alternative flaw for ...
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Can I use older source books for Vampire the Masquerade 5th edition?

I have been interested in Vampire the Masquerade for quite a while, having first come into interest about it in a small D&D discord group. I've collected many books over a small amount of time ...
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WoD in anydice: rolling for minimum number of successes

We all know how to roll dice in WoD in anydice, but I stand in front of a different yet related problem: There are some gifts (for example eye pluck for Corax) [and other powers] that demand a ...
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How to arrange the Werewolf Auspices to the days of a lunar month?

There are 5 Werewolf auspices, each with a "phase": Ragabash, New Moon Theurge, Crescent Moon Philodox, Half Moon Galliard, Gibbous Moon Ahroun, Full Moon How can I sort a full moon phase to each ...
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Kitsune Eji and the Cunning Renown

I am in a long-running game set in the African Ahadi. My character is a Kitsune Eji. Now, in the time we played, we have gathered renown mainly in the Honor and the Glory areas. Cunning isn't really ...
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What happens to shapeshifters born to a different species of animal?

We know that different races of Fera can share kin; in fact, I'll base the rest of the question on the Zhong Lung merit Same-Bito Kin: this allows you to play a Mokolé who is also Kin to Rokea. ...
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Are the Disciplines permanent when you do diablerie and you win in revised edition version?

I have a Malkavian that committed diablerie on a Tzimisce, and gained Vicissitude. Now due to the fact that I gained Appearance and I'm improving that power, my storyteller wants to nerf me for having ...
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Where do I put my focus on my character sheet?

I'm making my first character for a World of Darkness (20th anniversary) campaign and right after backgrounds, I've gotten to a step where it says "Define Focus (paradigm, practice, instruments)" ...