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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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Does a Prince in Vampire: The Masquerade approve their own childer?

Does a Prince in Vampire: The Masquerade get to automatically make their own childer into neonates from fledgling status without having to go through a presentation process to someone else? I would ...
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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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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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What's the max number of discipline dots a vampire should have at a given age?

I'm currently putting together a VTM forum rpg over on zetaboards on the premise that some vampires did survive Gehenna and are trying to pick up the pieces with most of their kind having been wiped ...
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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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Can a Kindred Revenant breed with a Kuei-jin Dhamphyr?

I'm writing a story that has this background: Malkavian Methuselah Seer sees the Modern Nights and the fate of his sister, who was embraced by the Ravnos clan, and decides to mix up things up to alter ...
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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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Metis Silver Fang - is such thing even possible?

When it comes to treating metis born Garou, I know that from one side of the spectrum we have Children of Gaia/Bone Gnawers that treat them as equal, on the other: Fianna who see them as monsters and ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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Blood bonded through human victim

Consider a vampire draining blood from a human victim (she is hunting, for instance). If the human had previously received enough blood from another vampire (the human does not have to be a ghoul &...
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Can attributes be permanently increased via magic?

Is it possible for a mage or a sorcerer to permanently increase their attributes without using up experience points? If it is impossible, what can I tell my players other than "Sorry, but you need to ...
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Managing a technocrat group

Are there any rules in Mage: the Ascension regarding the management of a large technocrat organization like the crew of a large spaceship? Rules for managing a mage group also works.
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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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How does damage affect the dice pool?

I'm a new player to Vampire the Masquerade and I have been reading the 20th anniversary edition but I can't quite figure how damage is supposed to work. The book talks about how bashing, lethal and ...
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How is Composure defined?

In the V5 Playtest rules (pg 22, 24, and 38) a Composure stat is mentioned several times, but I can't find a description of the stat or its levels. The character sheet provided at the end of the ...
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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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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 (•••) Low Blow (•...
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Rite of Talisman Dedication, Containers & Pockets

A Werewolf game encountered a little problem coming from the wording of the "Rite of Talisman Dedication", that hasn't really changed since 2nd edition: Cut to the base effect, one can bind ...
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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 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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Why is the dice pool splitting handled the way it is? [closed]

In V20 the rules say that a character can split his dice pool as many times as he likes to try to fit a few actions in one turn at the expense of rolling only 1/2 for two, 1/3 for three actions etc. ...
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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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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 when stepping sideways?

Planning a 20A edition OWoD game and creating an ambush from some Garou. Simply put, the old "wait in the Penumbra and go jack-in-the-box when the enemy is in position" gag. So my question is what ...
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What breaks using nWoD rules with classic WoD cosmology?

What major problems will I run into if I ran an nWoD game with the classic WoD cosmology being the "true" cosmology? At this point, my major (only) concerns are the big three (Werewolf, Mage and ...
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Could a Virtual Adept create a virtual sanctum?

Borrowing from Jadasc's premises, I had a thought based on the following: Premises Magick cast within one own's Sanctum are always considered Coincidental, reducing the risk of Paradox. The Virtual ...
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Watching an obfuscated vampire from the umbra

I've been told that Werewolves can peek into Earth from the Umbra. Also, I was told that they can distinctly perceive magical and supernatural effects that are present in the area they're observing. ...
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Can vampires enter Umbra?

It is specifically said in the rules that vampires have very little to do with Umbra, with the rare exception of Giovanni, who can summon wraiths for the Shadowlands and rare Kolduns who can summon ...
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Impact of Obtenebration on the (Pen)Umbra

Let's assume a Garou and a Lasombra meet each other in battle. The Lasombra uses an Obtenebration power like Arms of the Abyss and the Garou steps sideways into the Umbra. What would he see? My take ...
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What are the most important features of Umbral Horizons?

In old World of Darkness Umbra is said to have several barriers that divide it into several parts. First one is The Gauntlet, which separates physical world from Penumbra. Two following ones, ...
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(How) Can two players of contrasting videre enter the same Umbral area?

While entering Umbra, most sourcebooks claim that characters videre, which is a set of general preconceptions about the universe, would govern which part of Umbra one would step into while traveling. ...
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Do damaging magic Effects deal automatic or rolled damage?

Both Vampire and Mage mention the usage of damage dice pools which are calculated based on the attack's successes and are afterwards rolled vs. Diff. 6 in order to determine actual caused damage. ...
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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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