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  • I would imagine the Cappadocian Clan would be involved. They are one of the more overtly Christian Clans and The Cappadocians Fathers (from history, not Vampire) are major figures in Christianity, especially in that region. Cappadocia is where modern day Turkey is, at the time a center of Eastern Orthodox Christianity....
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  • This kind of scenario would be really unusual for the British in that extremely late time period. Is there a reason for it to be set in the 1870’s instead of, say, the 1770’s?

    Were the players captured randomly, like they were just doing their own thing and a group of soldiers came and captured them? This would also be extremely unlikely, especially in that time and by the British, but also for vampires to the the victims and not be able to fight back, escape, or at least have their nature revealed in some way.

    I would set this scenario much earlier and I’d try...
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  • Yeah, W:tA cosmology is a bit weird in that regard. If Gaia is beyond the Triat, if she represents the universe or reality itself, then there is no way that humans hurting the environment is in any way harmful to her - unless the planet Earth itself is the center of existence and that gets into Mage territory. If Gaia is merely a spirit of earth’s biome, then human activity could indeed threaten her but she would far far beneath the Triat and her destruction wouldn’t be particularly significant to the universe. Werewolf cosmology does seem quite geocentric to me....
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  • I think that is a temptation fit try to fit everything else into the Mage world cosmology because, in a very broad sense, it can superficially encompass just about any other cosmology. Superficially, meaning that the appearance of God or the Wyrm or whatever can appear within it, but they lose their cosmological important. Essentially, it's unfair to those other cosmologies (and their gaminess) that are forced into becoming just one among countless other myths that human minds make seem real. That may not matter to some, but I do think that we lose something of value in doing this.
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  • A room temperature person feels really cold. Ever have your wife put her cold feet on you in bed? That is pretty cold and it’s warmer than room temperature. I’m not saying that shaking hands with someone with really cold hands is going to instantly make you think of a vampire, but it will seem a bit weird. A thermal imaging device that can detect a person a few degrees warmer than normal should have no trouble detecting a vampire that is room temperature. though that is an easy fix, just rule that vampires are warm.

    Anyway, I can’t really get into the idea of broken Masquerade...
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  • Cosmology doesn't matter that much to a lot of games in practice. Werewolf may be an exception because you interact with spirits so much. So it's entirely possible to have a game where the truth behind the various myths is unknown and the focus is on the character's actions and the things they interact with. The games are out of balance and there are a few crossover rule concerns, but honestly those can be overcome with a few rule tweaks.

    The bigger issues for me are themes of the respective games and supernatural glut, especially politically.

    Let's say we have a corrupt...
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  • I'm fat too and I think that obesity could definitely be a flaw. That isn't a value judgement, it's just inconvenient. Actually, there probably doesn't need to be a new flaw, you could use existing ones depending on how aft somebody is and how it affects them. For somebody just a little bit overweight, there probably doesn't need to be any specific rules for it. For a hugely obese person, I can think of a few Flaws: Lame, Deformity, or Disfigured. They could also have the Merit Huge Size. Being very fat might make hunters less likely to think you're a vampire but it might also make you more memorable...
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  • I'm of the opinion that people don't really change much with the embrace. You might get a little bit thinner, but if you were fat before you'll be fat after. Your skin might get a little smoother, but if you had a bad complexion before then you keep it for eternity. Which is why ghouling someone before the embrace could be nice because then they could heal anything that can be healed. I wouldn't say that a ghoul could "heal" from being overweight, but they could heal acne scars.

    It's my opinion that in most cases, an embrace should be the result of years of planning. Not...
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  • It's better than vulgar magick, because that involves some sort of objective truth, which doesn't make sense really. In the case of Masquerade breeches, it comes down to how the authorities, most likely the prince or sheriff locally, decide to treat it. In theory, a prince could decide to kill a vampire in his city for almost anything and a Masquerade breech is just a good excuse. If the prince wants to spare you, then he can make you cover it up or can do so himself and ask for a boon in return. It all comes down to politics - who gains from punishing a Masquerade breech harshly, who gains from...
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  • I agree. As time has gone by and I've learned more about how corrupt some of the real world powerful institutions are, the more plausible the Masquerade seems. They don't even need to keep a lid on it perfectly. As long as people who claim vampires are real are seen as nuts and videos or whatever that leak are either quashed by the media or "exposed" as fraudulent....
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  • There are a few series I have been watching lately have that a WoD vibe to them:

    Penny Dreadful

    True Detective

    Carnivàle

    Carvinval Row
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  • Sergeant Brother
    started a topic Alternative Settings and V5

    Alternative Settings and V5

    Over the decades, my Vampire group and I very frequently used alternative V:tM settings. Tzimisce and/or Lasombra in the Camarilla, some Clans don't exist or some Bloodlines are Cans, etc. We used to get threads about that kind of stuff rarely often. Now that V5 is out, I see fewer threads on such topics and I find myself less able to get interested in V5 because it assumes a Revised canon which I seldom used.

    Is there anybody else who used non-canon settings and have you been able to adapt V5 or any of the fluff from it into your setting(s)?
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