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How do all the World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness RPGs connect?

Connections and Lack Thereof World of Darkness (Classic) and Chronicles of Darkness (formerly unofficially known as 'new' World of Darkness) are a spiritual predecessor/successor pair, not part of the ...
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Are Old and New World of Darkness the same or different worlds?

Despite the many similarities, they are different games with different systems and settings. nWoD is a reimagined oWoD. The relationship between the two is much like that between 1970s Battlestar ...
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Is it legal to start a character with a level 4 or 5 fighting style without spending exp?

You can start with 5 dots of any given Merit at character creation. However, as per your quoted rules, you have to spend two dots to acquire a 5-dot rating, which would mean spending six of your ...
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Storyteller vs Storytelling system comparison

Fixed Target Number on Dice Storyteller uses variable Difficulties (target numbers) that vary by circumstances. In Storytelling, the target number you need to roll for a die to be counted as a success ...
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Can you roll a dice pool or multiple dice rolls with only one die?

There is no change in the probability of rolling 5 dice once, or 1 die five times (or any other combination). Attention: If your game allows you to "split the dice pool," make sure that the player ...
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How do all the World of Darkness and Chronicles of Darkness RPGs connect?

Between WoD and CoD: Not at all WoD and CoD are not connected in any canon way. CoD is merely a spiritual successor of the WoD in many regards and at times shares names - which lead to some of the ...
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Buying Automatic Successes In World of Darkness

Both of these are core, player-facing rules: Spend temporary Willpower for one automatic success before a roll. Automatic Success when the dice pool size is greater than or equal to the difficulty ...
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Should I let the player change her mind after telling her the modifiers?

There is no RAW answer. Looking in the 2nd Ed core, 68-73, it describes forming and rolling dicepools, but it never specifies when players can back out - eg, "just before the dice hit the table", ...
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What/where are all of the minor templates in Chronicles of Darkness?

I'm going to repeat some in the interest of having a complete list. Paraphrasing the definition introduced in Second Sight, a lesser/minor template has 3 facets: 1) still mortal 2) has powers 3) able ...
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The Other as a changed form of the Beast

The concept of "the Other" as a replacement for the Beast appears in the Vampire: The Requiem Chronicler's Guide, published in 2006. Details for this variant appear on pages 59-65, but it's ...
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The first story arc got too high powered, too fast. Help!

It sounds like you have already had a discussion with them about this, which is good and healthy: They all swear they're fine with the pacing, but I - as the ST - am not, completely. Are you ...
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Is it legal to start a character with a level 4 or 5 fighting style without spending exp?

Yes, you can start with a level 5 fighting style (or level 5 anything else, basically). You spend one dot per level in character creation, not one dot per level per level. The rules quote you have ...
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Is the Chronicles of Darkness line suitable for play with a Story Teller and two players?

Yes, I play Mage The Awakening (one of the core lines in the Chronicles of Darkness) with only one player on a regular basis and while I have never maintained a long term game with exactly two I have ...
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How to Prevent Player Apathy Despite Cosmic Retcons?

In practice, it is rarely a problem. I have never encountered this as a problem either as a storyteller or a player. The players focus on the problems presented to their character and rarely worry ...
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Why don't changelings reveal themselves?

The out-of-character answer is that changelings are hidden because the Chronicles of Darkness setting has to maintain the premise of being our world but with secret monsters. You're always welcome to ...
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How to make Mage: the Awakening feel more superheroic

Don't be grimdark and angsty at the players. Create a storyline with some detail to it, and work through it, giving them things to do other than introspection. Give the villains motives that make ...
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Buying Automatic Successes In World of Darkness

For New World of Darkness/Chronicles of Darkness, the difficulty is always 8 (unlike (Old) World of Darkness, it doesn't change). Based on probability, three dice = one success, as well as one ...
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Stabilizing someone who's bleeding out

Stabilization rules seem to just not exist in the CofD/2e core book. But the description of what stops bleeding out matches the phrasing from 1e: Each minute thereafter in which your character ...
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What prevents the mass production of fetishes?

Fetishes by description in the setting of W:TF are actually fairly common -- they are by no means ubiquitous but we can extrapolate from what little text is directly on the topic of these pieces of ...
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How to revert a dramatic failure on "Rite of slaying the truth"?

(First of all, sorry because I'm not english, I don't play in english and I own only italian-translated manuals, so I could make some mistakes with in-game terms - and with grammar) You have a point: ...
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Should breaking points repeat?

There is precedent, but no standing mandate. (For the record, I'm going to be referring to the Chronicles of Darkness(2e) core rulebook) Page 74 lists breaking point modifiers. "The Storyteller can ...
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What/where are all of the minor templates in Chronicles of Darkness?

Inferno has the Possessed, which are pretty much what they sound like. A demon has bonded itself permanently to them, giving them infernal powers (Vestments) and immortality, with the demon tending to ...
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What happens to a mortal's photos/videos after they are embraced?

Nothing Let's look at the problem in this way: What is a photo? A photography or piece of film (analog or digital) or even a painted artwork is a snippet of the moment, burned into a medium forever. ...
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How to Prevent Player Apathy Despite Cosmic Retcons?

Reframing the question First, you might point out this is similar to the world you live in right now. A rogue state might set off a nuclear bomb. A terrorist group might harvest Ebola and spread it ...
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What is the name of the system Chronicles of Darkness 2e uses?

Per this wiki entry, CoD 2e's revisions are known as the Revised Storytelling System (not to be confused with the Revised Storyteller System). It is even how Onyx Path refer to it in the announcement ...
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Does Space armour soak explosion damage?

If you have the ability to "hit the deck" and have the explosion pass overhead or go off nearby, then sure. But if you're unable to justifiably evade, dodge, dive for cover, or otherwise escape? Then ...
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Does a Legacies's Primary Arcanum become a the Ruling Arcanum for the joining mage?

It is correct. The rule is found in the Mage the Awakening corebook, page 345, fifth bullet point under "Advantages of Attainments" Some legacies have attainments that utilise a primary ...
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Dramatic failure vs success

In the roll you've described, you'd end up with two successes, from the 8 and the 9 you rolled. The 1 has no effect, because you garnered successes on your roll. The only time that you get a dramatic ...
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Cross-training magic between supernatural types

There's a high level gift, the Irraka Milestone Gift, actually, that lets the werewolf copy a supernatural power once they've seen it. This can be anything up to and including Mastery level Awakened ...
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Can Cloak of the Night be used in combat?

You can become invisible during combat, but using Cloak of Night is an Instant action that's not reflexive. If you are rolling to vanish from sight, that's what you're doing for your round that combat;...
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