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  • I've been thinking about this for the past few weeks. I like some of V5's Humanity system, but don't want to port it fully into V20. I'm hoping to simplify the system, while retaining some of the flexibility of V5. This is my current rough draft.

    Humanity

    Vampires devolve over time, eventually turning into mindless, inhuman monsters. This process is tracked using Humanity, which measures how emotionally stable, moral, and human seeming a vampire is.
    • Humanity is a tracker stat, with both permanent and temporary values, mechanically similar to willpower, rated from 1-10.
    • The
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Why i like V5
    There's so much good stuff in V5, it's too soon to consider a V6. That said, I would be happy to see a cleaned-up re-release of V5.

    Some rules issues arose shortly after the game dropped, such as combat rules for multi-lateral combats. Other issues were confusing due to poor writing or omissions, like how Predator Types work for Thin-bloods, and the "Weight of a Feather vs a train" question.

    Then there is the layout and organization. Much of the illustration is lovely, if not to everyone's taste. However, in many instances, the placement of the art unnecessarily...
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  • CTPhipps

    Lots of cogent ideas there. How do you present the different versions to the players, in game? Or, is it out-of-character exposition presented informally away from the table?

    Meanwhile, I've been meaning to read some of your books. I am almost caught up on my other reading. (Well, as much as I ever am.) Where would be a good place to start? Is there a particular order you suggest?
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  • HPL's universe didn't have God, at least not in the traditional sense of an omnipotent, omniscient, benevolent infinite-being who created, sustains, and intervenes in the universe.

    Not to get too theological, but a God who is in any sense infinite would need to be infinite in all Their qualities. A good God would need to be infinitely good. By definition, if God created the universe They created everything within the universe, including the Great Old Ones. Being infinitely omniscient, God would have actively and consciously chosen to set in motion the events which proceed from the...
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  • The obvious path with the Tremere is the dawning horror that they are, in fact, a bloodline of the Tzimisce and, therefore, progeny of a cursed heritage. Alienage was a big... and problematic... theme in HPL's fiction. Have the pcs discover the whole "Tzimisce are nothing but extensions of the Eldest's body and will" lore, then have them realize they themselves are also part of the collective. Ticks a lot of HPL boxes.

    The less obvious way to play it is with Malkav. The Tremere have Auspex, and a habit of looking into things better left undiscovered. If you assume that Madness...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Samples of play for V5
    This series gives a good example of play with an inexperienced group. It starts immediately after V5 was released. Both the ST and players were trying to figure things out. There are even a few points when they, as a group, exclaim, "Wow, this game is awesome, but it's so confusing. I can't find the page for anything."

    It's not the most polished game-play. (Somebody should explain to the ST that there are social skills other than Performance.) Sometimes, though, watching an inexperienced group muddle through the rules can be more instructive than watching a more technically...
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  • The inherent viewpoint of V5 ("we're a bunch of newbies who may not even really understand how all this vampire-stuff works, though it is clearly worse than just being human. Oh, and the elders are either dead or fled") might fit strangely in NYC. Even Chicago might be a little too polished for the new tone. They both have a "dee-luxe apartment in the sky" feel, when V5 is more about muddling through.

    Are Chicago and NYC the only options on the table? Some next tier cities might work well. I'm thinking Philadelphia, Baltimore, or Pittsburgh? Or, maybe, outlying...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Why i like V5
    In no particular order:
    • Clarity on the mechanics of the Gangrel weakness. No more cat-dogs. Yay!
    • More easily customized Humanity system.
    • Level 1 of in-clan disciplines finally cost less than level 1 of out-of-clan.
    • Sorting physical, social, and mental skills on the character sheet makes sense.
    • Appearance was always an awkward Attribute. I like it as a merit. IRL, most people look "meh".
    • Blood pumping all Attributes is good. Weirdly, it almost makes me wish Appearance was an Attribute again. (I never claimed to be consistent.)
    • Blush of Life lasting all night for all effects
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  • I don't think it's unthinkable for Anarchs to follow Roads or Paths. I just think it would be less likely than a Camarilla kindred or, especially, a Sabbat vampire. This is for a few inter-related reasons.

    Switching off of Humanity takes time, usually measured in decades rather than months or years. Anarchs tend to be on the young side, and haven't had time to make the switch.

    The extended period of instruction likely requires a stable learning environment. It's hard to find time to debate the minutiae of vampire philosophy when you are being chased from city to city...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to These new Lasombras
    The problem, at the base of it, isn't that they lose knowledge of how to use phones. The problem is contradictory motifs.

    The Lasombra become a clan whose flaw is that they are bad at technology. However, the most rational player response to the mechanic for this is to buy up their Technology score as high as possible.

    This leaves us with contradictory motifs: a clan that is bad with gadgets, which is also a clan full of people good at using gadgets.

    A prime example of this in earlier editions were the Ventrue. Their flaw of a highly selective palate worked...
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  • Okay, so midwestern, middle-American. Classically American. Names from the 1930s could seem a little cornball or silly today. I'm thinking a prairie gothic vibe. Bonnie and Clyde. Charles Starkweather. The Beast of Bray Road. An empty Main Street, with one streetlight swaying in the dusty wind. Wooden clapboard churches with cannibal cults in the basement. Hmmm...



    Okay, so... this fits well with the prairie gothic. Cowboy swagger, tempered by Midwestern politeness and work ethic. Caine, Death and the Soul, and Honorable Accord all fit well here. They tend to be calm,...
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  • Is there more information available than just name, rank, and serial number... err, name, clan, and path?

    Where is the pack based? Are they settled or nomadic? Do they pose as socialites and captains of industry, or as a band of homeless drifters? When were they formed, and what is their cultural milieu? Do they have a specific area of responsibility or expertise?

    I've thrown together a few examples of packs, based on V5's coterie types. Notice how the pack names are descriptive, either of the cultural motifs of the pack, or of the opinion others hold of the pack. I find
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Ventrue : The Song
    Maybe a little too on the nose, but...

    Your toast, I can return it to you,
    Señores, Señores, because with soldiers
    yes, toreros can get along;
    For the pleasures, for the pleasure
    they fight!

    The circus is full, it is a celebrating day!
    The circus is full from top to ground;
    The crowd goes mad,
    the crowd is arguing
    with great deal!
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  • Well, unexplained retcons in which elders always had a limit, but no one realized it, is a little ham-handed.

    From a vampire metaphysics standpoint, it could be that each antedeluvian has a finite amount of mystic energy to empower their clan. As more and more humans are embraced, the supply starts running low. Kind of like Peak Oil, but with vitae.

    Other effects? Well, over-embracing is allowed to continue until the sleeping ancients themselves (of the 3rd and 4th gens) start feeling weakened, they might just awaken and reclaim some of their mojo.

    The Path...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Ventrue : The Song
    OMG. The creator of that video totally needs to buy the Broadway production rights for the WoD ip.

    They wouldn't even have to change the name much. Vampire: the Masquerade! already sounds like a musical.

    I'm seeing Patti Lupone as Meerlinda, playing opposite Andrew Garfield as Lodin, in supporting roles. Special appearances by Sutton Foster and Andy Karl in the end of act-one number, "I Never Knew"... a dueling duet (with back-up from the company) laying out Helena and Menele's codependent relationship, and how it can poison an entire city.

    The...
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  • Legendre

    Except, if you want the players to have that delicious "a-ha!" moment where they realize the mall is a pentacle... which is just lines drawn between the five vertices of a pentagon... it needs to actually have five obvious, landmark points equally spaced and arranged at the correct angles to make the shape.

    Or, it could just be that in the WoD the mall has five anchor stores, and each holds a vertex of the pentagon. There's already an odd-ball JC Penney sticking out, just add a Belk's, say the mall was built with five anchors, and you've got the right...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to V5 Tzimisce
    Growls

    I skipped over a lot of fluff description for space purposes. (I know, I know, everyone roll their eyes that I edited this down, but I did.)

    Vicissitude has traditionally been described as a very gruesome discipline. The user thrusts their hands into another person and rearranges flesh and bone as desired.

    This is a traumatic experience for nearly anyone. Surgeons and soldiers spend a good chunk of their training developing a professional distance from the bodies they interact with. More than a few people who aspire to these professions find themselves...
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  • As far as what horror might lurk under the mall, I have some ideas:

    All Hail, the Almighty Dollah! The native people of the area (the Ionie, Tawakonies, and Caddo) held sacred trade festivals (similar to northwest potlatches) on the site of the mall. White settlers brought a succession of businesses to the site over the years. First they built a trading post, then a slave market, a general store, a hide-out for a train-robbing gang, an agricultural purchasing agent, a bank depository, a strip mall, and, finally, the first indoor, air-conditioned mall in the US. Until 2004, the mall...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Fabrizio Ulfila
    It's also possible Ulfilla was doing an awesome job of monitoring the Society of Leopold. He would need to have allowed it to continue at a low simmer for two reasons. First, just stepping in and killing all their members would cause the Vatican to pour more resources into the project. Second, if he removed the threat entirely, he was out of a job.

    If the secular agencies began tracking and hunting vampires in parallel with the SoL, with no knowledge of one another, then the SI could get itself off the ground without interference from Ulfilla.

    The thing with Ventrue is...
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  • Grumpy RPG Reviews

    It's always awesome to use local details in a game. It's the familiarity of the setting that makes the horror impactful.

    One small snag, though. You don't get an equilateral pentagram by adding two more points to a triangle. Eq. triangles have internal angles of 60°. Eq. pentagrams have internal angles of 108°. So, you can't turn one into the other just by adding two more points. I suppose, if you added three points to create a new triangle superimposed over the first, set at an angle, you could make a hexagon.
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