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What is the “whiskey flask” problem with Paradox?

So, I've just read @Jadasc's eye-opening (+1) answer to @Flamma's question Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from? (+1). At the end of his answer, Jadasc ...
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What are the major changes made to Vampire: The Masquerade for its 20th Anniversary edition?

In October 2011, the 20th Anniversary edition of Vampire: The Masquerade was released to the general public. Although the majority of the work is derived from the game's second edition (1992) and its ...
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Where does the Transform Vampires/Werewolves into lawn furniture rote come from?

I remember the 90s when Mage players would tell Vampire players that a Mage can very easily transform a Vampire or Werewolf into lawn chairs, and that they could get quite a good collection. I didn't ...
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How can I make an overbearing government's unwelcome attention convincing without it dominating screen time?

My players are newly awakened mages (Mage: the Ascension 2nd edition) living in a near future in a metropolis in the European Union which is developing into a surveillance and military state union—a ...
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Is there any canon reason why urban werewolves haven't destroyed vampires (or vice versa)?

Werewolf:TA has a couple of tribes of urban werewolves: the Glass Walkers and the Bone Gnawers. Plus those members of the Black Spiral Dancers who hang about in Pentex boardrooms or areas of urban ...
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Can a vampire survive sunlight exposure?

In Vampire: The Masquerade is there a reliable way for a vampire to avoid being damaged / killed by exposure to sunlight? Anything would go, be it a Discipline power, a technology device or anything ...
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What are the major differences between Vampire: the Requiem and Vampire: the Masquerade?

As the title states, I would like to know the biggest changes between the two systems, both mechanic-wise and story-wise. Why should I choose one over the other? (And please, don't use "Vampire: the ...
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How do I calculate my probability of success in Vampire the Masquerade?

How can I calculate my chance of success given my ability + skill vs a difficulty? How is this complicated when the difficulty is rolled as well?
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Why is Magic so hard?

There is one aspect of Magick (yes, I'm using 2nd ed, but it applies equally to Revised and upcoming 20th Anniversary AFAIK) that I simply cannot grasp. Lack of dice during a throw. High success ...
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Are Strength and Dexterity balanced in Vampire the Masquerade? If not, how can I fix it?

Since Revised edition, I have found that Dexterity is a very powerful trait and that Strength is not so important. Dexterity + Wits determine initiative, which is a big advantage in combat. Dexterity ...
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What are the main factors to consider when a PC gains a major airport in V:tM?

Depending on the type of Vampire: the Masquerade campaign, PC's may experience unusual growth in resources. This should generally come with a (potentially complicated) system of pros and cons as well ...
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What would be the minimum human population to sustain a single vampire indefinitely?

As per question in the title. I recognise that there are numerous criteria that would affect this, however, I am looking for a baseline estimate that could be modified as per specific vampire (his ...
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Is destroying another vampire worthy of a Humanity roll in Vampire: the Masquerade?

What I mean is, in the Hierarchy of Sins against Humanity there are entries for "manslaughter", for "murder". However, one might argue that the Kindred are already dead. So, would you argue that ...
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Do I have an intuitive knowledge of Auras?

In both OWoD and NWoD there are supernatural powers which allow you to see peoples' 'auras', represented as patterns of 'colour'. Is the knowledge of what each colour means innate, or is it something ...
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Getting laid in the Dark Ages [closed]

In Dark Ages: Vampire only one method of hunting is provided: wander the streets, spot a villages, and attack him to steal his blood. There are no rules for seductive hunt. There may be two reasons ...
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Was the Ravnos antediluvian a wight?

I am talking here about Zapathasura, the Ravnos antediluvian: Yes, he is that black thing. Not really beautiful. He woke up in 1999, and after a terrible rampage — during which he destroyed his own ...
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Difference in Core Mechanics between Revised Edition and W20?

I've joined a long running group playing Werewolf but whereas I've got the 20th Anniversary PDF rulebook they're playing from the Revised Edition rulebooks and supplements. I'd like to discuss the ...
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How can I deal with a “goof-ball” player in my WoD group?

I am a storyteller in a World of Darkness group, and I'm about to start designing a new scenario. However one of my players (let's call him Eric) is worrying me. Eric usually goes the goofball route ...
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Does the appearance of a vampire remain the same forever?

In Vampire the Masquerade, the book states that a vampire does not age and is clinically dead. The Child flaw also states the following: You were a small child (between five and 10 years old) at ...
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What effects could combine the spheres of Mind and Forces?

So, I'm having difficulty with an Order of Hermes character that likes using Mind magick. My specialty sphere is Forces, and I'm having a tough time combining the two to create magical effects. (My ...
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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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What is the minimum essential reading for a new Mage: The Ascension player?

Mage Ascension 20th Anniversary rulebook is a huge, 700 page doorstop and it's filled to the brim with rules, descriptions and more or less poetic game aids. It is my perception that even for GMing ...
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What is the benefit Kitsune have over other Fera when learning Gifts not on their lists?

There's a rules change from the Werewolf: The Apocalypse sourcebook Hengeyokai to the 20th anniversary edition of Werewolf (reference d as W20) that was presented in the supplement Changing Breeds (...
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What does a red left eye mean?

In the "When Will You Rage?" anthology (classic WoD fiction), background characters are referred to as having a red left eye. I also seem to remember this particular bit being brought up in other ...
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Why keep your own Paradigm as a Mage?

Let me prefix my question by saying that I absolutely adore M:TA. I love the idea to death, and the philosophical implications are wild and good for a lot of discussions. However, I see problems with ...
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What point value would “Cannot enter a dwelling uninvited” have as a Flaw?

The "Cursed" flaw allows for a wide variety of traditional weaknesses to be simulated in Vampire. Under the guidelines for this flaw (VRev, 301), how many points would you give for the inability to ...
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Vampire Discipline to disbelieve in sunlight, stakes, etc?

I had a character around 2001 that I was working on for a game that fell apart, and while reading through some book I came upon a very high-power ability that allowed a Vampire to disbelieve in ...
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Cainites seeing, fire and Rötschreck

First of all, I don't have the book(s) on me atm, so my question may prove imprecise. Should it be so, I'll try and fix it asap. As far as I can remember, not all Cainites (vampires) have some kind ...
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Repercussions of breaking a Tremere Blood Contract while being dominated or otherwise made to talk/act against the terms

One of the characters in a campaign of mine has a signed a Blood Contract keeping him from talking about where he got a magic item or about any of the details surrounding it. The V20 Core book states ...
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How can you convey that the majority of the world isn't supernatural?

In games that exist within a supernatural/urban fantasy/modern horror setting, usually only a very small percentage of the population is actually supernatural. Using World of Darkness as an example, ...
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Running Mage the Ascension with new players who are intrested in the Entropy Sphere

I am running a Mage: the Ascension game with mostly new players. Some of them have taken Entropy as their sphere of choice. I have always had trouble explaining how Entropy can be used with other ...
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Is there a vampire/population ratio stated in the books?

I have always assumed that for an urban region (including the suburbs) the ratio between vampire and human population was about 1:10k and 1:50k for the biggest, capital cities. The rural region would ...
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Can a vampire use mental disciplines while staked?

If my info is correct, impaling a vampire's heart in oWoD paralyzes it until the stake (or whatever) is removed. Could he still use mental disciplines such as Auspex or Dominate?
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What are the differences between Vampire: The Masquerade first and second edition?

What are the differences between Vampire: The Masquerade first and second edition? I have both the second and the third edition, but have never played/read the first one.
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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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How Do I Assassinate a Vampire or Garou?

I'm playing a character in a Werewolf game and I'd like to play a sniper or soldier who specialises in Firearms. It seems from my limited understanding of the rules that it's quite hard to kill a ...
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How to protect my human from vampires

I am a vampire in a slightly customised oWod and due to my still-strong ties to the mortal world I'm facing a slightly awkward problem. There's this human I like who recently caught the interest of ...
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Game design process to create a White-Wolf-like setting?

I have noticed that there seems to be a pattern at work in most oWod/WoD products, which when followed results in settings with the following properties: Each new PC starts with many possible ...
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Restoring a Vampire to mortal life

I'm running a campaign in Dark Ages 2nd edition and I would like to know if there is any vampiric or mage power that can restore a vampire to mortal life. My chronicle is set in Transylvania in the ...
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About the Cosmology of Mage the Ascension

I've been trying to make sense of the Tapestry's structure in Mage the Ascension as described in the 20th anniversary edition, but there some points I'm not sure I understood correctly. So, if I get ...
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Do Lasombra show up in cameras?

In Vampire the Masquerade, a member of the Lasombra Clan does not have a reflection. In previous versions of V:tM, this also lead to them not showing up in cameras, if I recall correctly. Does the no-...
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Do specters gain angst using arcanoi?

The Wraith: the Oblivion supplement Dark Reflection: Spectres tells you how to play with spectres (evil wraiths). Spectres can use dark arcanoi and regular arcanoi. I understand that they fuel their ...
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Can the vampire's Kiss interrupt a frenzying vampire?

So in VTM:20th edition Page 269 states with regards to a vampire using the kiss: Once the Kindred breaks her vessel’s skin with her fangs, that vessel no longer resists the vampire (if he did ...
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What reason have the designers said for why they spelled “Rötschreck” with an Umlaut? [closed]

In German language the word rot (meaning "Red") is spelled without an Umlaut, so would the word Rotschreck be if composed in German, meaning "red fear", composed of rot and der Schreck, "fear". Why ...
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Can we ignore or keep playing after the Apocalypse and keep canon?

Per Mage: The Ascension, Consensus completely stabilizes during the Apocalypse, forever taking away the ability to cast magic on Earth. I believe it officially happened in 2006; I might be wrong about ...
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Any canon Camarilla-aligned Tzimisce characters?

There are many examples of Lasombra antitribu. But are there Tzimisce antitribu? I am interested only in canonical characters, preferably those with character sheets. I know that it is mentioned as ...
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How to play Appearance straight and right?

There is a very basic structure that all the old and classic World of Darkness, drawing through all the editions and books. However, I never have seen this part played straight and in fact, I have ...
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How many Supernatural Creatures are there per 'X' population?

I don't have many of the White Wolf books so this is a mystery to me. In the 'standard' World of Darkness (revised edition if it matters) how many supernatural creatures are there likely to be per ...
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Can you play as an effective Human/Kine character in Vampire the Masquerade?

Is it possible to play a human in VtM (any edition)? Or would they be woefully under-powered and out of their depth? I was interested in playing as a mercenary vampire-hunter (who is hired by vampires ...
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What is the collective noun for a group of ghouls?

I have several ghoul characters and I was wondering if a group of ghouls is called anything specifically. A group of Kindred is a coterie, a group of Sabbat is a pack, a group of mortals that are fed ...

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