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  • Zanos
    replied to Detecting the Vaulderie
    Might as well argue that the Camarilla is equally as free. Being executed by the Sheriff is just others reacting to your actions.

    The Sabbat being a hypocritical cult is acknowledged by the books themselves, considering they use violence to "encourage" people into participating in a ritual of emotional control, and that the entire sect is controlled by invisible Elders.
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  • Zanos
    replied to Vaulderie Immunity Scenario
    Remember OP, the Vaulderie is detectable. There's explicitly a Sabbat Inquistior ability that shows the bonds of the Vaulderie, and I believe Thaumaturgy has a few ways of detecting it as well. Refusing to participate in a Vaulderie can get you killed, so you can imagine how deep the hole you'll end up in will be if you get caught tricking people into thinking you're participating.

    This will give you an advantage, yes, but if you get caught you're toast.
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  • Road of Kings characters can pretty easily be inhuman Tyrants. The Road encourages respect, promises, obligations, oaths, and honor, but it runs on Conviction, not Conscience. It says nothing about respect for life, compassion, mercy, or kindness. I'd almost say that being on conviction it actually encourages that Scions be inhuman and evil. A Scion with high rating will go to enormous lengths to fulfill their promises, and to ensure that others in his domain know their proper place. Showing weakness in front of inferiors, or treating them like they're equal to you are actually in the hierarchy...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Critical Role by Night
    Not a huge fan. The show is okay, but a lot of people who get into the hobby assume that the show is how D&D is played. It's easy to ID such folks because they think a 20 on die has magical reality warping powers, and that you should make life and death decisions in a dungeon based on how hilarious the outcome will be.

    It's cool that it gets people into the hobby, but it's annoying to have to break people of their assumptions from watching a dramatization of play. And it's twice as annoying when people argue that you're playing wrong because you don't play how CR plays, despite...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Questions about Boon System
    I think one issue with "the nature of all boons is reported to a central crediting agency" is that vampires aren't going to be super on board with that concept. Boons are frequently granted due to things of an embarrassing nature or specifically leveraged to screw over other vampires or work against their interest, including those in power, such as the Prince and their lapdogs. I don't think any major facet of vampire society would be super cool with an organization directly under the thumb of the Prince having 100% knowledge of the exact background and fulfilment of all boons, as it...
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  • Zanos
    replied to DAV20 - Thickening Blood?
    "Sometimes the blood thickens over time" sounds like something a serial diablerist would say to "explain" how they had the power of a 6th gen when their sire was an 8th gen....
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  • Zanos
    replied to Humanity in a Sociopath
    I always take the lore descriptions of the Disciplines with a grain of salt. Thaumaturgy says it can do literally anything a Thaumaturge desires, Dominate says that a master can completely rewrite a victim's memories, etc. They read more like propaganda encouraging you to learn the discipline than unbiased facts; I always felt like they were written from an in-universe perspective of a user of that discipline.



    I suppose so, but mortals have no beast to keep in check and I don't think they have any kind of aura benefits/drawbacks, so I'm not sure of the purpose, unless...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Path of Conjuring Question
    Pretty much how most of these arguments go. Someone realizes that you can upset the status quo with some power, but forget that there are people who are very powerful who benefit tremendously from the status quo, and will push back against your efforts.

    Yeah you can conjure up some gold to pawn to cover rent, or even just counterfeit cash. But having gold isn't the same thing as having wealth. If you want to conjure tons of gold to sell to create a fortune, you're going to need to set up buyers for the amount of volume you're moving since most wealth is digital these days, and there...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Path of Conjuring Question
    More problems:

    Defense system is easily defeated by waving dummy in front of it until it runs out of ammunition,
    Defense system prevents allies from easily accessing egress
    Defense system can only protect narrow entryways
    Defense system has no capacity to react to unexpected scenarios

    Wildly spraying a doorway is not a useful method of defense other than temporary suppression. There's a reason the military trains for short, accurate bursts. Mines do everything this "invention" does, but better. Beware the Tremere I suppose, moderate inconvenience...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Path of Conjuring Question
    I'd much rather have a nitpick war, because you created a problem that doesn't exist and are very poorly deflecting the issues of your model example of a problem with path of conjuration. Which is actually funny to me because there are actual problems with how path of conjuration is written, but automatic turrets isn't one of them. A real problem with path of conjuration is that you can use it to conjure, say, a human sized mass of rapidly expanding nerve gas, or a human sized mass of chemical high explosives. Magic of the Smith is probably the most balanced power in there because it requires...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Path of Conjuring Question
    There's a million problems with your example.

    First of all, automated sentry guns, the real ones that is, are highly classified military technology. So you're looking at a high difficulty Knowledge roll to even put this thing together. Secondly it takes 5 blood points to use magic of the smith, so most Tremere are going to be spending 5 turns and half their blood pool to summon these miniguns. Thirdly, bullets, even heavy machine gun bullets, don't do that much damage to kindred(see M20 for stats). Fourthly, technology tends to be extremely unreliable around supernatural threats....
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  • Zanos
    replied to Path of Conjuring Question
    You might want to hang out on the Requiem forums instead of venturing into other games forums just to complain about them, then.

    And that's a gross exaggeration of how belief shaping reality works in Planescape. People would have to, in general, hold a deeply seated belief that a single weapon could upend the universe, which violates deep subconscious beliefs about reality.

    Not that the description of the Path is anything like that. It specifies single, existent, uniform materials with no moving parts.


    Magical items don't really exist in Vampire,...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Path of Conjuring Question
    I don't see why you couldn't summon a pure liquid, but I hope you have some kind of container otherwise it's just going to splash everywhere. Rope is fine too, it doesn't have any moving parts so as long as it's a single material you're fine.


    Path of Conjuring 4 lets you dismiss Conjurings. If you know anything about Tremere infighting, that's enough of a reason for Tremere to want regular pants that can't be vanished in the middle of Elysium or Chantry meetings....
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  • Zanos
    replied to Shroud of Absence vs Auspex
    I don't think I've ever met an ST pedantic enough to require another XP expenditure so that a power actually works as advertised. You shouldn't in general try to analyze powers with physics, because they specifically break them. Otherwise you end up with dumb un-cinematic stuff like "you try to use potence 5 to stop the roof from falling, but the ground you're standing on is now holding up its entire weight on just your feet and instantly breaks" or "you punch him with potence 5, but since you don't have fortitude 5 your entire arm shatters."...
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  • Zanos
    replied to Shroud of Absence vs Auspex
    I mean on a meta level. I don't think people should be able to just slap out combination disciplines powers freely IC, but if a ST or actual book writer wants to have a new, in theme power I don't think they should be limited to creating entirely new clans and bloodlines. Elders powerful enough to invent new powers and inceptors are incredibly rare in modern nights.

    I actually consider it more of a problem with a clan is written to justify a power that could have easily been something else....
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  • Zanos
    replied to Shroud of Absence vs Auspex
    It doesn't say it specifically overrides the general mechanism for Obfuscate vs Auspex, so I would allow higher Auspex to work on it normally.

    I generally favor defenders in such contests as a general rule, since vampire is a system where not being able to perceive your opponent is tantamount to instant death. It's very easy to one round somebody, and generally fairly easy to continuously sabotage their (un)life if they can't perceive you.


    I disagree. Combination disciples are the only way that game provides to expand in-theme powers without creating entirely...
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    Last edited by Zanos; 10-23-2017, 10:54 PM.

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  • Zanos
    replied to Wording in Marduk's Throat.
    Well, vampires are selfish, so one Thaumaturgy 5 Nosferatu, already a tremendous rarity if one exists at all, who's also selfless enough to share generation boosting magic, pretty much the ultimate power, with the rest of his clan, and the rest of his clan trust him enough to shove magic blood potions down their throats. And they manage to get their hands on a 4th gen.

    Seems unlikely to me....
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  • Zanos
    replied to Wording in Marduk's Throat.
    I think the limit on this ritual and why Assamites don't just up everyone to 5th generation or whatever is because of their religious beliefs. Becoming closer to Haqim is a holy sacrament, and only those who've proved himself worthy of his glory would even consider undertaking this ritual, and the clan's leadership must also believe that he is worthy. Mechanically though the ritual is busted as absolute hell, considering that anyone that didn't have religious compunctions about using it, and we know Thaumaturgy rituals are translatable, could capture a single vampire and raise everyone he knows...
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