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How can I limit my players' options in character creation when the reason why is a spoiler?

My vote is for the broad-strokes banhammer. In short, don't make a big deal of it and people mostly won't notice. Just because something exists in the world does not mean it should be an option for ...
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Why keep your own Paradigm as a Mage?

Because of confirmation bias The act of Awakening is not described as a coherent, logically sound philosophical reasoning that leads the Mage to believe in his paradigm over ones of his peers. ...
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Where do the Bête stand on LGBT issues?

First of all, a little look into the core book: Animal Attraction The good old animal attraction does care for sexual orientation since W20, did you know that? A male Bête could sway a gay man just as ...
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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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Is there any canon lore reason why urban werewolves haven't destroyed vampires (or vice versa)?

Vampire Elders are more powerful than the most powerful Werewolves. While PC werewolves are much more powerful than PC vampires, the upper end of their power scales are very different - even before ...
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Is there any canon lore reason why urban werewolves haven't destroyed vampires (or vice versa)?

The werewolves are likely to win almost every battle, but the vampires would likely win any full scale war. Overall they aren't likely to care too much about each other. The vampires have every ...
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Can we ignore or keep playing after the Apocalypse and keep canon?

Mage: The Ascension 20th Anniversary Edition. The sourcebook explicitly tells that there is no "fixed" canon history, you can play as you want to (the Avatar Storm didn't happen etc.), but it does ...
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How do I handle a character bent on diablerie of an Antediluvian?

Why do you have to "handle" this? The player has agency. You can give him information that says that facing an antediluvian is a bad idea. You can telegraph all kinds of ways that should the ...
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Why do the antediluvians want to consume their spawn?

Because they can't eat anything else. A vampire's (effective) generation has a significant effect on their power level in a variety of ways. This includes the maximum amount of vitae they can hold, ...
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How can I handle a player who seems to utilize skills their characters don't have?

The leadership scenario is sometimes inevitable depending on the players you have. It's natural for more experienced players to fall into a leadership role because they have more experience and newer ...
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Where do the symbols for the Spheres in Mage: the Ascension come from?

As Guybrush McKenzie’s fine answer notes, Wikipedia claims these are alchemical symbols depicted in Symbols, Signs, and Signets by Ernst Lehrer, 1950. However, I haven’t been able to find a copy of ...
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What factors led to the poor reception and early cancellation of Wraith: The Oblivion?

Wraith was challenging to run, and didn’t offer the same social rewards as Vampire, Werewolf, or Mage. As an "oldbie" of the era, Wraith was my jam. I remember going and acquiring it the day ...
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What happens if a character's declared action becomes impossible?

The action is wasted, at least as it was intended The major basis for that statement is that combat rounds in V:tM are three-second slices of time with simultaneous actions. The initiative order is ...
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Can a Camarilla Character take a Sabbat nature?

There is no such thing as Camarilla or Sabbat Nature. Or, to be really formal, there is no such thing as Camarilla or Sabbat archetype (which can be then used as one's Nature or Demeanor). In fact, ...
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Is there any canon lore reason why urban werewolves haven't destroyed vampires (or vice versa)?

Numbers, for one thing. There's about a tenth as many werewolves as there are vampires, and those are divided among thirteen tribes. (One estimate sets the number of Glass Walkers and Bone Gnawers ...
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How to protect my human from vampires

Some ideas : The easiest thing to do is to misdirect your enemies by giving them the impression that the human is under the influence of an elder vampire of the city - someone they wouldn't dare to ...
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Restoring a Vampire to mortal life

Maybe. Rumours speak of a sacred few who have escaped the Curse of Caine and become mortal again. Such stories of Redemption have existed for centuries, as have tales of eternal Damnation. If ...
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How can I entice my tactical players to embrace cinematic combat?

Stunt Dice This comes from Exalted. Give them a bonus of +1 to +3 dice when they're: Trying things that they haven't done before Describing their actions with flair and flavor Do not give the bonus ...
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How do I handle a character bent on diablerie of an Antediluvian?

You don't. You do want to wake Ravnos? Welcome to the end times! If the player wakes Ravnos, then the following happens canonically, and I strongly suggest you grab the books Gehenna, and maybe ...
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What are the main changes from Vampire: the Masquerade V20 to V5?

The main system changes Vitae is no longer tracked through a blood pool. Instead, up to five dice in every test pool are replaced with contrasting-color "hunger dice"; the more of these ...
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Would a nuclear weapon be morbidly efficient against an Antediluvian?

If you've got a risen Antediluvian in your game, what you've got is a Gehenna chronicle, one where the end of the world of vampires is nigh. Time of Judgment: Gehenna has some things to say about the ...
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How to play Appearance straight and right?

What is Appearance? Appearance is a long-troubled stat, which in WoD 20th Anniversary and at the tables of many reasonable GMs has been interpreted as "ability to give a good impression based on ...
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How to make in-game planning more fruitful and fun?

There are entire games designed to address "the planning problem" you have encountered. Several of them have a solution in common, and that's what I'm going to present to you now: Flashbacks This is ...
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Would UV Rounds and Silver Nitrate Rounds be effective on vampires/werewolves?

In the classic WoD, both of these is most certainly a NO: The quick talk: Werewolf made clear that only pure, metalic silver does aggravated damage. Silver Alloys? Nope. Silver salts? No. And then ...
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Where do the Bête stand on LGBT issues?

Per this blog post, the 2016 Mind's Eye Theater W:tA book from By Night Studios appears to present a female trans Black Fury who is accepted as female by her tribe. Verity Argyris is introduced as a ...
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Can you raise a discipline to 5 at character creation?

Each character starts with 3 dots worth of Disciplines, so if you put all three into the same dot, and then spend 14 of your 15 Freebie points on the same Discipline, you could very well do so. There ...
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Does a Prince in Vampire: The Masquerade approve their own childer?

Yes. The third and fourth traditions are absolutely bent in favor of Princes. That's the way that the founders of the Camarilla wrote them. It is certainly good practice to foster your childer before ...
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Does having a bigger die pool mean you botch more often?

That's a quirk of 1E mechanics regarding botches. In earlier versions, a botch was defined as "more 1s rolled than successes." The current rule, "no successes and at least one 1," makes the problem go ...
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Why does Vampire: The Masquerade have clans that are made or supposed to be unplayable?

I can't speak to ST decisions, as every ST is allowed to determine for themselves what would and wouldn't work for their own game. That's entirely their prerogative. STs aside, given Vampire's 20th ...
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About the Cosmology of Mage the Ascension

That image you're using is one I created for the Unofficial White Wolf Wiki. I founded the Wiki, work for the current publishers of Mage, and 2001's Guide to the Traditions was my first RPG credit. I'...
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