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Could Vampires use touchscreen devices (iPhone, etc)?

While I'm not a NWoD player -- the simulationist answer is "no, it will work without it" because you do not need to generate a whit of electricity in order to use either of the two common touchscreen ...
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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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What can I afford without any Resources in the New World of Darkness?

Drawing from the indexes on WoD Canon Wiki and digging around my books. Having Resource dots is almost essential for a nWoD characters. Choosing not to spend some of your starting 7 Merit dots or 2XP ...
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Could Vampires use touchscreen devices (iPhone, etc)?

Vampires should have no problem using touchscreen devices, though they may not be used to them. Think how long it took your parents, or possibly grandparents, to start using computers. Multiply that ...
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How can you convey that the majority of the world isn't supernatural?

Don't show more than you have to Unless you have a very good reason not to, keep appearances of the various supernatural creatures very rare. For example, in a VtM game you have, by default, an ...
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How can I implement Cinematic Fencing (à la “The Princess Bride”)?

The Tools are There The Princess Bride scene is so good because it includes good banter, stylish moves, and good storytelling. You can capture those with the RAW system. The attack/defense rolls in ...
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Could Vampires use touchscreen devices (iPhone, etc)?

You will be able to use an iPhone or similar touch screen device without spending a blood point, as long as the Vampire's finger is moist, not completely dried out. The technology used by iPhones and ...
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Does the taint in my aura from Diablerie ever fade?

From page 159 of the Vampire: the Requiem core rules: Finally, the act of Amaranth stains the diablerist’s own soul upon its commission. The character’s aura acquires black veins that reveal her ...
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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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How can I portray the Spring Court as more than a lust-crazed rabble?

Understanding Desire One way is to use the nobility, not as an example of going after what you desire, but understanding the desires of others. A true spring noble not only knows how to reach for ...
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Does Blood and Smoke invalidate previous Vampire books?

In short: It basically does. But there are exceptions, including Damnation City. God Machine Rules Update The God Machine Rules Update (the Appendix of the God Machine Chronicles) invalidated large ...
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How can I learn how to lay out an "evidence scene"?

The GUMSHOE system (used in Trail of Cthulhu and some other games) is a whole game system designed to keep things going during investigation games. Investigation is generally hard to play in some ...
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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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Should availability be altered for non-US settings?

The simplest way is to rely on your gut instincts and your knowledge of the country in question, make a quick judgement that sustains suspension of disbelief and doesn't bog down the flow of the game. ...
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How do you keep track of the Moon?

One solution we used was to pick the date our campaign was set in and use a moon phase website (e.g., stardate.org) to keep track of what the phase was for any given day. As time passed in game, we ...
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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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Werewolf: The Forsaken auspice names etymology

They're the Apocalypse auspice names run backward using Grimm's Law. Developer Ethan Skemp says the following about the Uratha First Tongue: The root of most First Tongue stuff is Sumerian, then run ...
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Bringing the Team together

There are a couple of the classic "Campaign Archetypes" (a topic for an essay?) that I think may work. First is: The Deadly Peril Something is out to get the PCs, something bigger than them. You ...
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Are there dragon stats in any published OWOD or NWOD books?

The Bygone Bestiary, for Mage: The Crusade, Mage: The Ascension, Changeling: The Dreaming and Vampire: Dark Ages has stats for Dragons and other mythical beasts. As @BrianS found, Dark Ages: Mage ...
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How to reveal plot hooks & other information when NPCs' survival depends on secrecy?

All of these factions are trying to stay secret, that doesn't mean they leave no marks upon the world or cannot be interacted with by outside factions like the PCs. Know What's Going On First, it's ...
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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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Who is the Compiler?

"V.T." is Vincent Temple, who's also featured in the Daeva clanbook. He's an investigator into the nature of elders in torpor, and he is the compiler—but only of the Ventrue clanbook. The rest of the ...
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What breaks using nWoD rules with classic WoD cosmology?

I think the only problem you can find is that you may lack of mechanics to specific setting elements. For instance, you have Ventrue in both books, but AFAIK you don't have Tremere in NWOD. There are ...
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Differences between Hunter: the Reckoning and Hunter: the Vigil?

The Imbued (the protagonists of Hunter: the Reckoning) are universally empowered by an otherworldly source to accomplish literally miraculous deeds. They have the ability to pierce supernatural ...
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How does armor work in nWoD?

You read the rules right, Armor in the nWoD (at least in 1e, which I am familiar with) works exactly the same as Defense, but with one key difference: it is not Defence. I know that statement seems ...
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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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Are there any mechanical effects of being at zero Willpower?

I looked through the Core Rulebook and did not find any mechanical effects related to having zero temporary Willpower. I think that not being able to use Willpower for any of its game effects (extra ...
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I have an Electrified Baton, what damage does it do?

The book Armory has official rules for stun batons, a paragraph under Stun guns, on p. 36. The entry describes how stun guns work (short: the electricity doesn't cause damage, it knocks the target ...
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