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  • Homebrew Level One Discipline Powers for V5

    Let's homebrew and brainstorm some new level one discipline powers for the existing disciplines in the V5 corebook.

    A few of my ideas:

    Animalism 1: Territoriality (Cost: One Rouse Check, Duration: Indefinite, or until ownership is lost) The user marks ownership of a Domain or Haven they have purchased with character points by smearing their blood over the area. The most feral vampires may cavort in a howling revel, while more restrained sorts might lead a solemn procession of their Retainers and Allies. All such displays must be blatant and decidedly not masquerade-friendly....
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  • The Willpower cost limits the crowd size nicely, and implies that the user is somewhat caught up in their own effect. Making oneself so terrifying you scare yourself is perhaps the most literal example of VtM being a game of personal horror.

    I would allow a player to take this in a game I run, and would look forward to their using it.
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  • I agree with jamiemalk, but would add that there are situational modifiers, as well. Just walking up behind a person and killing them is a sin regardless of whether the victim is a human or a vampire.

    That said, there are factors that may mitigate the sin. I would suggest a quick look through this article for a rundown of issues surrounding legal (and by extension moral) culpability for homicide.

    A few notes as it applies to VtM:

    When looking it over, remember the tremendous power imbalances that exist in VtM, and how that impacts self-defense. With rare...
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  • Frenzies are not picky in their targets, and the Ventrue Beast is kind of built around consumption.

    I would rule they attack the nearest source of blood, regardless of type. If it's wrong, they vomit it up. Then attack the next nearest available source of blood, which is now... (shudder)

    Frenzies are never pretty....
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  • I like this a great deal. It's nice to see Nosferatu get social abilities with attack applications, besides sending pigeons to poop on someone. Plus, there is at least one clan with Obfuscate that this power is perfect for: the Malkavians. Turn on a power and do mental damage? That just screams (and shrieks and bellows and howls) Malkavian.

    I do have a few questions, though.

    This power seems quite, well, powerful. I know it's a 3/3 amalgam, but still... is the area of effect simply anyone who witnesses the power used? How big of a crowd? I mean, if a user ran onstage...
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  • Thanks.

    I'd be more proud if I knew what my conclusion was. Looks kind of mezza-mezza to me. I can see why about half-ish made one choice and half-ish the other.
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  • No endless night?... Maybe yes, maybe no.

    There are still some Giovanni left in their urheimat of Venice. Also, Beckett's Jyhad Diary outlined a plan whereby most of the sub-families of the Giovanni would spread out as supposed rivals of the main clan to pursue aims which seem at cross-purposes, but ultimately fit together to achieve the clan's goals. (If I read it correctly, anyway, I kind of glaze-over when necromancers of any sort come onstage, tbh.) If there are a bunch of vampires and ghouls not named Giovanni out gathering souls, and a few very potent Necromancers preparing...
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  • When in doubt, I make lists.

    Reasons Lasombra are better off in the Camarilla:
    1. The Ancients who want to eat them are in Iraq? Suddenly, Chicago seems nice. Mmmm... deep dish!
    2. The Sabbat rank and file has always been a little too "Three Stooges with Chainsaws" for Lasombra taste.
    3. Lasombra are certain they can beat the Ventrue at their own game, and the Cam table has bigger antes than the Sabbat.
    4. Yes, "antes" is a pun for both poker bets and Antedeluvians. Where better to track the Ancients than among their unwitting pawns?
    5. If you're content at Status
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  • V5, p. 63.



    If you're a Giovanni, I guess the upside is that doing your Christmas cards just got a lot easier....
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  • Oh, God, yes. A platypus! Mammals, but only barely. They have electro-reception, the females lay eggs, and the males are venomous. Their eyes have a double-cones, like hagfish. Their sex determination genes are similar to birds. They're born with teeth, but lose them later. The whole species is like someone cut up a copy of Hero System rules and just pasted them back together at random.

    Back on topic...

    Yeah, the details of the Toreador feud are not real flattering for the Gangrel. Look at this way, at least the Toreador acknowledged you exist. In the Camarilla, that's half...
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  • A dice mechanic system is a tool, nothing less, nothing more. And I just need the right tool for the job at hand.

    I don't mind several handsful of dice in a game, obviously, or I wouldn't be a VtM fan. It's awesome in nuanced games that live in that perpetual grey area of fortuitous losses and pyrrhic victories. It works for games where I want degrees of success, and games where the results are like that lyric from the Buffy musical: "The battle's done, and we kind of won. So we sound our victory cheer, but where do we go from here?"

    For some games, though,...
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  • They only have three auspices. The "Two Cliffs of Gaia": dove and pigeon, and the "Sky Rats", who are possibly the most dangerous group in the World of Darkness.

    Doves -born when the sky is clear- are calm, urbane, patient, serenely mystical, and diplomatic, but rather manipulative and lazy. They cultivate relations with the rest of the Fera, making peace among warring packs, and teaching humans to be fearless in their pursuit of alternative spiritualities.

    Pigeons -born when the sky is obscured by clouds or haze - are loud, tough, demanding, adaptable,...
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  • According to this...



    To which the interviewer responds with my exact thoughts.



    I could go on to handicap what this clan might be, but, honestly, I'm suffering from anticipation fatigue....
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  • More seriously back on topic for the original poster:

    I would avoid making the activation of the elder's clan weakness a central piece of the plan. They can overcome their weakness pretty easily. I'm no expert on the LARP rules, but doesn't the trance end if they are injured? So, if you plan to attack you need to destroy them in a single turn. Otherwise, they snap out of it and then it becomes you versus Celerity, and Presence 2 or 5. That likely won't end well for you.

    Shame you don't have Obfuscate 3. You could disguise yourself as three different, very beautiful people...
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  • SalamanDer

    Werepigeon: the Messaging

    (I call dibs for doing an STV book!)
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  • Well, the Assamite schismatics are making a good go of it. For that matter, the Tremere aren't completely unfamiliar with eating their way to the top.



    If you mean just generally very old Keepers, the Lasombra antitribu (by definition) weren't whole-heartedly on board with that. If you mean destroying their Antedeluvian? Well, the Founders of the Camarilla tell us the Antedeluvians are either allegorical figures or were destroyed millennia ago, and why would they lie? So, habeas corpus.



    Oh, I don't know about that. Pursuing the perfection of...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    replied to V5 Questions Thread
    It is not precisely explained. I expect it might be explained later, perhaps in the Anarchs book.

    It may be a little early for me to have headcanon, but I saw Thinblood Alchemy as developing naturally from the system of YAWYE. Thinblood may realize that feeding from sad people instills Obfuscate, and Animal blood gives Animalism. It's not that big a leap to think stranger mixtures can give stranger powers. For example, drinking a mixture of the blood of a comatose person, chamomile tea, and a poppy seed kolach may give you the power to put someone to sleep....
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  • May I suggest the following addendum to VtM style-sheets?

    I would argue there is no plural for Lasombra in English. "Lasombra" is an uncountable/mass noun, like "aggression", "darkness", or "rulership".

    "Uncountable nouns are for the things that we cannot count with numbers. They may be the names for abstract ideas or qualities or for physical objects that are too small or too amorphous to be counted (liquids, powders, gases, etc.). Uncountable nouns are used with a singular verb. They usually do not have a plural form."-...
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  • Is this V5 or V20?

    Clan Tremere have different clan organizations (multi-level marketing becomes scattered survivors), clan weaknesses (easily bound becomes unable to bond others), and disciplines (V5 Thaumaturgy is quite different from V20) depending on the edition. Come to think of it, are they even technically the same clan?
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  • ChewyGranola

    My main issue with the Polygon review isn't that the reviewer wasn't well-disposed to vampires and the personal horror genre.

    On the one hand, a professional reviewer - which I assume Charlie Hall is, given that his1 writing on a technical level is well done - should be capable of putting personal taste aside.2

    On the other hand, there's value in a product review from the viewpoint of someone who isn't the game's target audience. Such a review ideally examines if the product has broad appeal. Hall readily admits his discomfort with the genre....
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