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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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The curse of Sutekh and kinfolk

According to ancient curse, Silent Striders can't reach their Garou ancestors. At the same time, they tend to be haunted by wraiths from dark umbra - does it mean that such werewolf could have contact ...
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What happens when you lose a Merit or Flaw's prerequisites?

I have a player who wants to take the following flaw, in VTM Revised edition. We are NOT playing V20. SOFT-HEARTED (l-pT. FLAW) You cannot stand to watch others suffer. You avoid any situation ...
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Where do all those new Avatars come from?

In MtA there is a specific passage stating that all humans have Avatars, even if they are only sleeping. Once a person dies, their Avatar seeks out a new one to reincarnate into. However, I have ...
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Can a Sire be blood bound to his child?

I remember that the most important exception in Blood Bond relationship is that Sires cannot be bound to their childer. I have in mind that some Elders create childer only to feed from them, because ...
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How can I Help a New GM Get Started?

My daughter wants to run a Changeling game. However, she's never tried to run a pen and paper RP, and is very nervous about it. What are some things I can do to help her get a good start? For more ...
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What are the soak, armor, and health levels for vehicles in cWoD or V20?

I searched though the V20 PDF but couldn't find any advanced statistics (anything beyond maneuverability) for vehicles in V20. I'd like to have some armed players participate in a car chase and I'm ...
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What content and format does a MET: VTM character submission need? [closed]

I'm about to start playing a Mind's Eye Theatre Vampire the Masquerade game using the rules from the "Blood & Betrayal: Secrets of the Grey Ghost" preview packet, and I need some help to create my ...
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How does Lure of Flames work?

I've been reading the Lure of Flames rules in the V20 version of Vampire the Masquerade and they seem unclear to me. Fire conjured by The Lure of Flames must be released for it to have any effect....
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How do Caern Powers work?

Yet another Werewolf: Wildwest question. On page 194 of the WW:WW core book, there is a lovely table of Caern Types and associated powers. Examples of some powers are Rage points, Will points, ...
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In Hunters Hunted II, how do you use Plan dice?

In Hunters Hunted II they introduced the mechanic of Plan Dice, which rewards vampire/witch hunters who build an elaborate plan to kill their prey. I understand how dice are gathered, but the uses ...
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Porting a WoD werewolf to Pathfinder

I've been playing WoD pen and paper for some time, but had to change my gaming group. Now I'm playing Pathfinder. Thanks to my GM I'm allowed to play a kind of WoD werewolf. We have a concept of a ...
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What is the experience cost of learning a ritual?

As in the title. The game in question is Vampire: the Masquerade 20th Anniversary edition. For some reason I cannot find it anywhere in the book.
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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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How to divide the Dice Pool reactively?

I have trouble understanding the reactive dodge mechanic in V20. The combat rules state clearly that the decision to split a dice pool should be done before the action takes place. But on the other ...
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How can I use AnyDice to check counting-success probabilities?

Sorry for asking a "do the work for me" type question, but I'm looking at the AnyDice documentation and appear to be missing something. I'm hoping to not just get the question answered, but learn how ...
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Is there a Simplified Combat for WoD 20th Anniversary?

I remember clearly that Player's Handbook for Vampire: the Masquerade introduced an alternative way of resolving combat without extensive bookkeeping. In 2nd edition it was a major drawback, somewhat ...
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What is a Domino effect?

During my time reading the assorted editions of Mage the Ascension I encountered two different concepts, both named Domino Effect. The Domino Effect v1 Is essentially a scheme employed by the ...
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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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The Sea of Shadow before the 3rd Maelstrom

What would be the dangers of entering/falling or navigating the Sea of Shadows prior the 3rd Maelstom? Also, a vampire that could fall into the Sea of Shadows would suffer what kind of pain/damage (...
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How to balance Celerity against other powers in 20th Anniversary

First of all, I have not playtested the game yet, but I managed to notice that Vampire 20th Anniversary Disciplines roster has been wildly revised from any previous version. Seems like all the ...
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Werewolf: the Apocalypse auspice name etymologies

As part of his question about the etymologies of the auspice names in Werewolf: The Forsaken, @OpaCitiZen discusses the origins of "theurge": What I'm looking for: I remember, for example, that the ...
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How does RPS probability impact game flow?

I've recently started playing By Night Studios' version of Vampire: the Masquerade, and I have a couple of questions concerning the RPS resolution system, and how it affects the flow of play. These ...
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Which Necromancy Path would make my Giovanni more effective in combat?

For a VtM session I'm taking part in – we're playing using the Vampire 20th Anniversary book – I have created an interesting young Giovanni necromancer. “Young” is a keyword here – my “powers” aren't ...
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Where do items created with the Path of Conjuring appear?

The rules concerning the items are simple, but the way the items are created is not clear (this is from the 20th Anniversary edition). The vampire can create a simple form (in the case I'm ...
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How was Changeling played with cards?

AFAIK, Changeling 1st edition was played with cards, at least some parts of the game. That was removed from 2nd edition. I think it wasn't very successful, but I'm still very curious about that. ...
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Broad jumps with Hopscotch in Changeling: the Dreaming

my question is about WayFare 1, Hopscotch. Description says: Leap trods in a single bound! With this cantrip, the changeling can make herself or others venture (seemingly) impossible leaps, ...
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Are Paradox effects optional or cumulative?

I've read Mage the Ascension rules like ten times, and still have problems with Paradox, specially in the Backlash. In revised edition, each time you gain Paradox, you roll the Paradox pool, and for ...
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How does Rapacity and Emoting work?

Of all the rules of Dark Reflection: Spectres, the ones concerning Rapacity and Emoting are the most confusing and the least convincing. Being is the equivalent of Willpower for a Spectre and it's ...
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How do the Garou detect each other?

This is another Werewolf: Wild West question. The Garou litany states ‘The veil shall not be lifted’, so a Werewolf will avoid revealing their true nature whilst in human society. If the player ...
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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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Can a Wraith perceive the Shadowlands when emboding or skinriding?

If a Wraith uses the arts of Embody or Puppetry, can he still perceive the Shadowlands even if they are at the other side of the Shroud? A skinriding Wraith can't see what it wants, but only what the ...
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What happen to a Wraith's belongings when it falls into a Harrowing?

If a Wraith is reduced to zero temporal corpus dots, or if a fetter is destroyed, the corpus is temporally destroyed, and the bare soul is descended to the Labyrinth to confront a Harrowing. What ...
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Can temporary character banality be lower than permanent?

In Changeling the Dreaming, can a Changeling's temporary Banality be lower than its permanent? Or does it always starts from the permanent one?
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Abandoned at embrace

So I'm about to run a one-player Vampire: Dark Ages chronicle set in Poland. I want to have the player's character abandoned after embrace, as I want to keep the cast of characters small. Is clan ...
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Can ghosts, wraiths, or other ghostly beings perceive hard-to-spot beings and objects?

Vampire: Masquerade has ghosts and necromancers, which is awesome... ...but I'm lacking information about how can ghosts or other Shadowland inhabitants perceive the real world - especially when it ...
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How do attunement and consorts work?

In Wraith the Oblivion, I fail to fully understand a rule as basic as attunement and consorts. Consorts are defined as the people (or object) a Wraith attunes to. Attunement consists on expending ...
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How are enchanted more vulnerable to cantrips?

I have read on some Changeling books that accepting a gift from a changeling is dangerous, because enchanted mortals are more vulnerable to changeling's magic. I have read the same about drinking ...
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How does the mortal seeming of a Leanhaun sidhe age?

House Leanhaun sidhes have a strange curse. If they don't perform a Rhapsody each month, they age a year each week. This means a childling could reach adulthood in few months. Does this also affect ...
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How are Werewolf traits balanced?

I'm not a skilled Werewolf: the Apocalypse player. One thing that has always surprised me is that Gnosis, Willpower and Rage are calculated from Breed, Tribe and Auspice. But I don't know how it is ...
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Searching for a simple fantasy system similar to WoD [closed]

I am looking to run a game in a low magic not-so-epic fantasy setting. I intend to focus on personal quests and stories and character discovery and growth, which may be related to some big-scale ...
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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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Would Storytelling System (WoD's ruleset) work for a post-apocalypse setting?

Is the World of Darkness ruleset suited for some wasteland adventures or am I on thin ice? The scenario I have in mind is along the lines of the S.T.A.L.K.E.R setting, implementing the supernatural ...
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Does Flower of Death add to damage rolls?

I was reading the vampire v20 rule book for celerity and it is slightly unclear on how flower of death works. The rules for it's effect are as follows: Once the power is in effect, the vampire’s ...
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How does a Devil Tiger succeed in Dharma rolls (also old World of Darkness general rules question)?

I've just started a new chronicle in Kindred of the East (Blood and Silk) and one of my players plays a Devil Tiger. Now I have problems with his Dharma rolls. Kindred of the East Rulebook states (p. ...
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Which court does Xi'an belong to?

Which court does Xi'an belong to? Is there a map of the Quincunx courts? I know there is a map in Blood and Silk, but the Quincunx didn't exist yet.
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Where can I find out more about the Tlacique?

Okay, recently I was asked to join in on a Old World of Darkness game. I picked out a race that I was told about that sounded quite interesting. The only problem is that no one really knows anything ...
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Surviving in the sunlight? [duplicate]

I know in Requiem there are ways to be a vampire and walk during the day without being harmed. I was wondering if there is a way to do this in Old World of Darkness as well. Magic, tech, miscellaneous,...
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How are Vinculum ratings impacted when pack members die or otherwise skip a Vaulderie ritual?

In one of our Sabbat games, most of the members of our pack died. Some had high (8) and others extremely low (2) Vinculum ratings to/from the PCs. How would their death affect the Vinculum? Would it ...
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How would introducing some of the "Unearthed Players Guide" material at the beginning impact an Orpheus game?

I'm preparing to run the story in the Orpheus books and I was wondering what would be the impact of allowing the players to use some rules found in later books early on. The one that bugs me most ...
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How to learn World of Darkness canon if I'm not using the rules system?

I want to learn history of World of Darkness. I don't need the mechanical part of the gameplay, just the story part. I want to know all about of each setting(for now and for dark ages). Which books ...

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