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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Using Kuei-jin
    I always hesitated to use them when I STed for several reasons.

    I don't really grok Asian cultures, though I played in groups with players who do (including Asian Americans), and was always afraid of the KJ devolving into unintentional yellow-face, just out of my own ignorance of the culture. I also hesitated because they have such a different set of game mechanics that, although they vaguely resemble vampires, they might as well be a complete cross-over like Mages or Garou, with all the attendant problems of needing two whole extra tote bags full of books to run properly. It was...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Nagaraja Thread
    I'm not sure that the size of a bloodline determines whether it should be available for a PC. Usually, in story construction there's conservation of detail, the idea that you don't introduce elements into the story unless they either play an active role in the plot, or are an intentional red herring. So, if a world is described as having a monolithic and dominant 13 clans who steam-roll over every other minor bloodline, a reader should pretty much count on there being at least one character who experiences that relationship first-hand.

    The PC are not supposed to be statistically average...
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  • Question about Abombwe 2, Invoking the Predator

    What is the duration of Abombwe 2: "Invoking the Predator" from VtDA 20, page 189? Can anyone give me some examples of the buffs gained with this power beyond those listed? (claws that do lethal damage, and venom sacs) There are lots of examples for Abombwe 4, but 2 seems a little vague, and I'm unclear on the difference between the two powers.
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Nagaraja Thread
    Anything over 200 in a minor line seems way too high to me.

    The urban population of the world is ~3,900,000,000.

    Of that ~1,043,000,000 are in nations dominated by Kuei Jin, such as China (763M), Japan (119M), Korea (42M), and Indonesia (139M).

    Another ~380,000,000 of that urban population is in Sub-Saharan Africa, largely Laibon territory. This includes Nairobi (3.5M), Luanda (6.5M), Kinshasa (13.3M), and the grand-daddy of them all: Lagos, with a population of 16M. (Lagos is double the size of London.)

    That leaves ~1,423,000,000 people living...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Salvaging the Nictuku
    The saddest part is that the Nosferatu are deluding themselves. Their entire way of existing as vampires contributes to the problem, so rather than questioning their lifestyle they create the paranoid myth of Nicktuku.

    The dangers to Nosferatu could certainly include Ratkin, but could also include environmental hazards. The Nosferatu live in dark, narrow tunnels full of unseen dangers and have neither Auspex nor Protean. So, they blunder about in the dark as best they can. Stumbling into a deadfall shaft, being swept away in a flash flood, or getting crushed under a ceiling collapse...
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  • I played in an elder game set in Detroit immediately after a Camarilla reconquista. I played a Lasombra antitribu who had been a former head of internal security, and a caudillo dictator in South America for a brief period toward the end of the Infamous Decade. Lacking a clan structure and the usual feedback of a social set to help reign in his more extreme impulses, his Humanity was dropping fast. (Spending ten years undercover in pre-conquest Sabbat Detroit didn't help.)

    He followed all the rules of the Camarilla, technically, but had a Dark Secret. He very often had feeding "errors",...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Nagaraja Thread
    May I suggest reading through this:

    http://forum.theonyxpath.com/forum/m...eally-that-bad

    I would summarize it for you, but then.... sigh... I would have to think about this can of worms all over again.

    Just for me, if I were STing, and if I allowed a Nagaraja to begin with...which, umm, no...

    I would house-rule it as:

    For Nagaraja, blood and human flesh are two unrelated, but both necessary factors.

    Nagaraja, like...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Salvaging the Nictuku
    This is my favorite theory. I call it the Occam's Razor Scenario.
    • Vampires tend to lose Humanity over time. Those most segregated from human society or who see themselves as monsters lose it faster. Eventually they become murderous wights, but retain their disciplines. These wights often haunt familiar places and attack those they had social ties to.
    • Nosferatu segregate themselves from human society and see themselves as monsters. They have Obfuscate, but not Auspex, so it is quite easy to go about unseen in the warren.
    • When Nosferatu go wight, they usually stick around the warren and kill
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  • Canonically and mechanically, I get that Garou can have True Faith in something other than Gaia, but it always felt... wrong to me.

    Someone with TF builds their entire life, both daily behavior and personal beliefs, around their relationship with a higher power of some sort. The theory seems to be they are so very dedicated to their HP that that HP has, in turn, looked upon them, been pleased with what they saw, and interceded to assist their follower. Maybe they imbue them with stable powers, like some Imbued Hunters. Maybe they just answer their prayers when the follower is in trouble....
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  • A wandering vampire table? Okay.

    Note that some of the numbers are the result of the behavior of the groups involved, rather than actual population. Kiasyd and Nosferatu may not be especially rare, but will rarely be run into as a random encounter. Likewise, Blood Brothers, particularly demented Malkavians, and Vozhd tend to be assets held back until full warfare conditions, and may not be given the freedom to roam the city otherwise.

    Also, this chart assumes the PCs are members of another sect, in a time of moderate war footing, neither a completely pacified city, nor...
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    Last edited by Nosimplehiway; 03-22-2017, 04:36 PM.

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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Seeking Path Advice
    Make sure to post how things turned out. I'm kind of psyched about your PC's story, actually.
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    Did you know there was a gardening product called "Dried Blood"? It's like Kool-Aid for vamps, I guess. Anyway...

    Hunters in my games always tended to be strictly small-time start-ups. It's a very high risk occupation, and turn-over is atrocious. OTOH, any small group of suicidal hunters can usually take out a vamp or three. Daytime bombings work well. Plus, I usually set my games here in the States, where legally you pretty much buy your tanks and TOW missiles at Walmart. Though even...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Salvaging the Nictuku
    I am hard pressed to even prioritize the worst parts of the Total Trainwreck that is Niktuku in DAV20, an otherwise excellent book.

    So, let's just go in order:

    1. The quote, "...stay away and maybe I won't hunt you down and kill you." Seems kind of transactionally reasonable for what's supposed to be a cannibalistic monster. "Umm, okay, we'll stay away. We're safe! Yay, we won!"

    2. a. The back story is a little murky, and not in a good mysterious way. Okay, try to follow along. The Nosferatu are all evil because of a crime they committed....
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Seeking Path Advice
    Okay, there are some really good ideas in there. I like the "unwillingly loyal soldier who is nonetheless abandoned" theme. Very 19th century Gothic.

    It sounds like your gut is steering you away from Metamorphosis. Probably for the best. How much of the game do you want to spend telling the ST, "Okay, I retreat to my haven for six months and try to design a better glabella. I want a brow ridge, but am afraid from a distance it'll look like uni-brow. What do I roll?"

    You also hesitate on Scorched Heart. If your soldier were world weary and broken, having...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Seeking Path Advice
    One question I have that might help you pick a Path or Road: what is this character's concept?

    Honorable Accord sublimates the Beast beneath rules and social obligations, defining the non-Beast part of you by your relations with others. Oh, and a heavy dose of reaction formation. So, the character becomes dependent on some social structure, but what social structure in vampire society can you trust to guide you altruistically? (Also, this one has always felt more Old Clan to me...)

    Scorched Heart feels at first glance like an intellectualizing reaction to the stress of...
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  • This is the WoD. There's such thing as a normal human outside of preludes. :-)
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Issue: Nameless flaw
    You're human, which is no secret to your players. Just 'fess up and bring them into the process.

    As an ST, don't be afraid to just pull the player aside and say, "Hey, I'm sorry, but I didn't read the flaw carefully enough when you took it. I have no idea what this thing is! Would you mind taking a different flaw, or maybe work with me to figure out how to run Nameless in this chronicle?"

    For all you know, the player may have thought he was buying a really debilitating flaw, like an Always On Obfuscate or Arcane. This might sound strategically awesome, but if...
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  • There's also an issue of definition.

    There may be many vampires who on their embrace become "mechanically" a bloodline, like a Giovanni who is surprisingly good at Fortitude, but not so hot at Necromancy; or a Malkavian who could have only had Depression as their derangement. Their childer might be bound by theses traits as well, but would anyone realize it? How many childer would they have to sire before anyone noticed a pattern?

    Among the Ventrue there are lineages whose only variance is a shared choice of prey, a tendency toward certain personality traits,...
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  • This is all assuming they only harvest "naturally occurring" wraiths. Couldn't they "manufacture" wraiths?

    Giovanni with Dominate have a handy means to test mortals for high Willpower. (The difficulty for the first few powers equals current WP.) If they find a mortal resistant to Dominate (diff > 5), abduct the mortal, torture them, kill them and see what they get. Sure, many wouldn't become a wraith, but a good number would. If nothing else the Giovanni circumvents their clan curse to get a good meal. The local necropoli wouldn't know about these brand new...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to Issue: Nameless flaw
    Another possible explanation would be a period of torpor. If the PC was embraced, the sire was destroyed and then the PC entered torpor for a century, who would recognize him now? The weird part is that people *do* recognize you, as in "friends and kin". In the DA era that was pretty much the only ID anyone had anyway - personal testimony. I suppose there might be a baptismal record, but even that requires members of your parish to attest that the name goes with the face.

    I vaguely recall a one or two point flaw like this from an early edition of Mage, in which you had no...
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