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  • I largely agree. When I watched the Gentleman's video series, I got a hugely more positive impression of the new setting than I'd got from reading the core book alone. It was like looking at one of those trick drawings which can seem like two things at once.

    My point being that much of V5 is very well done. There's a huge amount about it to like. Under a creative team that doesn't try to force-feed angst to the players and allows them space to evolve (or continue) their own play styles, it has a lot of potential. If Paradox can just gently reign in the One True Wayist tone that crept...
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  • This would have to happen on the day my Hotmail goes kaput. Has anyone had any emails regarding the revised shipping schedule? The print versions were at the top of my Christmas "want" list, but it seems doubtful that they'll arrive on time, now...
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  • Lucinde said that he was "beaten, shot, and stabbed horribly". By whom? Not Theo, he was busy blowing away Jan in that moment.

    Premeditation is implied. The first impulse of most Kindred, when Dragonsbreath rounds start going off, would be to make like shepherds and get the flock outta there, not stick around and join the fun. That there was apparently a mob ready and waiting to descend on Hardestadt when the moment came - more knives in Caesar's back, to quote Lord Camden, aka the Gentleman - implies that at least some of the Directorate were involved, perhaps as part of...
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  • JezMiller
    replied to V5 Camarilla, Chechnya
    Someone's giving me the book for Christmas, so I've been taking River Song's advice and avoiding spoilers, but I quickly skim-read the chapter. A secular vampire analogue of ISIL in Chechnya strikes me as a very silly idea, given the metaplot changes. The Russian Federation is ruled by a power-hungry and utterly ruthless ex-KGB operative whose WoD counterpart is almost certainly directing the Russian component of the Second Inquisition personally. It beggars belief that he'd allow a conspiracy of undead to operate unmolested in his territory, and some of the tactics cited - feeding halls in fixed...
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  • I'm hoping to do a V5 version of the modern-day Fief of Winchester (in England) - Winchester, Salisbury, Southampton and Portsmouth, possibly Basingstoke as well - once I finally get done with the medieval setting
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  • Indeed I have, despite the intervention of illness, overtime and a Dr. Who convention. I'm not even close to finished for the aforementioned reasons, but I have a couple of observations already:-

    (1) You should seriously consider putting this on the Storyteller's Vault. It's excellently written and highly entertaining

    (2) This, to me, strongly evokes the "vibe" of the first and second editions and the early fiction publications like the Beast Within anthology. It has a diverse range of characters who are representative of their clans while nonetheless coming...
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  • So the Beckoning isn't irreversible or irresistible? Which implies that either
    • The Antediluvians aren't as all-powerful as generally supposed or
    • The Antediluvians aren't responsible for the Beckoning or
    • They've decided that some of the Kindred they've been hoovering up are more of a liability than an asset
    Interesting...
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  • A most imaginative metaphor, but no. I merely suspected, correctly, that you would become even more abusive and offensive if I continued. (Ironically, in this context). Even if I'd had anything further to say, continuing appeared futile until such time as you learned some manners....
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  • If negatively contextualized. Stick the word "dirty" or "thieving" in front of it, and it bullies and belittles Roma. Stick the word "violins" after it, and it doesn't. That web site doesn't belittle or demean anyone.



    Outside of the context of this specific discussion, I found that observation interesting. Taking a step back, a common understanding that certain sounds have certain meanings is the definition of what a language is. Common understanding of the meaning of a word cannot, by definition, be lacking, because it's common understanding...
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  • But this is where we came in. It isn't a slur, or a "bullying" word. Not according to the dictionary. Not according to common understanding. Not according to the British statute book. You even see it used, for pity's sake, on web pages giving advice on racial discrimination:-

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/la...iscrimination/

    And as PMark pointed out, many of those who use it to refer to themselves aren't "reclaiming a slur". They're simply using a non-pejorative word...
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