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  • That's hardly a new thing, parts of the medieval setting have been dragged into the modern setting ever since Revised (Cappadocians, Warrior Salubri, and so on). I'm just not a fan of the approach....
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  • I must be the only person in the world who doesn't particularly care for the trend of turning Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Dark Ages into one unified metanarrative that spans all of recorded history. Vampire: The Dark Ages wasn't written to explain the past of Vampire: The Masquerade -- it was conceived as its own game line, with rules tweaked and sometimes rewritten to fit the tone and mood of Gothic, Dark Medieval horror.

    There was no outline for how the Roads would eventually turn into Humanity and Paths of Enlightenment, because that wasn't important knowledge for...
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  • Black Fox's entire post was gold, but this bit especially so....
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  • Tzimisce is not unpronounceable at all (the Tsimiski of modern Greek is simply the modernized spelling of the medieval Tzimiskes).

    Ravnos means 'heaven' or 'sky' in some Romani languages, according to several sources. A funny coincidence, that.

    Giovanni is a perfectly valid surname in the real world. It mostly applies to people of Italian-American and similar ancestry, but that's beside the point, since the argument is hardly ever that it's not period accurate for medieval Venetians (if that's your criterion, neither is 'Giovani'). Are we going to make fun of real people...
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  • Speaking of the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand and his wife, I'm surprised that nobody at White Wolf made a connection between the Black Hand, a Serbian secret society, and, you know... the Black Hand.
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  • Elphilm
    replied to Central theme of Serpentis
    I've seen this idea floated around in Vampire fandom a lot, but the link has always felt tenuous to me. Robert E. Howard's Set is never described visually, and Set the giant snake monster is entirely the invention of Marvel Comics. Surely Marvel's Conan comics (and parts of Milius's Conan the Barbarian movie) influenced the visuals of the Followers of Set, but I've never seen anyone in White Wolf fandom point out the clearest and most obvious inspiration for the clan:

    The real-world Temple of Set, a wacky seventies offshoot of the Church of Satan. Set as a satanic figure comes directly...
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  • My only real unpopular opinion these days is that Vampire: The Masquerade is fine as it is. The game didn't lose anything by branching out from the original themes. "Incoherent" games like D&D always beat "coherent" games in popularity. The height of VtM's popularity was when the game was at its most "incoherent." 1st Edition VtM is fine. 2nd Edition VtM is fine. All the additional clans and quirky little bloodlines are just fine. Instead of endlessly tweaking the mechanics and setting in search of some unobtainable ideal, I nowadays find myself much rather focusing...
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  • Elphilm
    replied to Central theme of Serpentis
    As the Setites are eager to tell you, Caine is Set... ...
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  • Elphilm
    replied to Central theme of Serpentis
    This topic made me revisit the original Players Guide a little further, and I remembered how I always found it a little strange that both Serpentis and the Path of Corruption were introduced in the same book. The Players Guide tells us that Serpentis is about corruption, but also gives the Tremere a new thaumaturgical path with the exact same theme.

    The Setites and the section on Tremere magic were almost certainly written by different people, but I'm tempted to try and put together the discipline and the path as if they had been designed together from the beginning.

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  • Elphilm
    replied to Central theme of Serpentis
    Why not go with what the original book that first introduced the discipline says about it? It's stated in the 1st Edition Players Guide that "[m]ost of the powers work around the concept of corruption in one way or another."

    You can criticize the discipline for not making the theme of corruption apparent until levels 6-10, but the original 6 Elder level powers paint a pretty clear picture:

    Temptation
    Obsession
    Phobia
    Corruption
    Form of Corruption
    Mark of Damnation
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