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  • Just personally, I prefer using Sorcery paths when doing Dark Ages stuff with Kinfolk, Vampire servants, and witchhunters (as opposed to Inquisitors). Also for Sorcerer games, by which I mean low powered medieval "urban" fantasy which has nothing to do with Mage history, metaplot, or metaphysics. But as for the sourcebooks, I think the original Companion and LLL were about it....
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  • No One of Consequence
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    Ah, thank you. I figured gold was theirs so I guess they get two? I presume there is a note somewhere about its impact on Werewolf crossovers?
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  • No One of Consequence
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    Which area uses True Silver?
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  • Heh. Somewhere in my collection of gaming sourcebook miscellanea, I have the Space 1889 guide to the planets which includes period ideas of what Mars, Venus, and Mercury are like. I find it useful for period games involving that sort of thing. Also for modern games where Mages might visit what I call the Bygone versions of those worlds....
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  • Jim Kiley, who wrote Wind from the East and the revised Gangrel clanbook, once told me that he'd presumed one had tried to diablerize the other only to have both fighting for control of the body....
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  • (Perhaps oddly), I have used the Valdaermen as a modern day regional Sorcerer society, while when doing Mage: The Dark Ages games, not using any of the existing Fellowships - save for a heavily modified Voices that makes them more obviously Gnostic heretics trying to pass themselves off as Christians, and the completely European Subtle Ones whom no one suspects of being tied to a larger organization that spans the three continents....
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  • No One of Consequence
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    Plantation agriculture was a big thing in West Africa, by both local rulers and colonial interests, from the 16th to 20th century. Sugar, groundnuts, and palm oil were some of the major commercial crops, from what I understand. Hip hop is also incredibly popular in Africa (especially in Nigeria and Senegal), including a large number of local artists who fuse various American styles with more traditional African musical styles. So it's not inconceivable that the term "hood" might be used, especially it's part of some sort of Potemkin village set up to fool outsiders....
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  • As far as the Valdaermen go, my impression has always been that they are very much a Fellowship in Winter, inevitably doomed to die out and already in the process of doing so. Thematically, they're about death of old pagan Europe as Christianity triumphs, and the passing of the early medieval "Dark Ages" into the pre-Renaissance Late Medieval period.

    The Old Faith, at least my impression of them, is that they were a modern post-Wiccan/post-New Age interpretation of what hidden Medieval European pagans would be like, as well as proto-Verbena. They're more of a Summer-turning-to-Autumn...
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  • 26) Samuel Haight considers his custom made .88 Magnum to be a pocket pistol.

    27) Remember JNCO jeans? Sam made those go away by frowning at a kid wearing them.
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  • Speaking of pulp, The Hollow Earth is very much a thing in Victorian literature. Underground seas the size of Europe, artificial suns, various lost/aliens/master races, and multiple feminist utopias are all part of period literature on the subject....
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  • One of the common tropes of the gothic horror genre from which the World of Darkness derives is the idea of 'the sins of the father being visited upon the son' (or whichever genders fit), the idea that a character will suffer greatly for some past action they had nothing to do with. Family curses, inherited insanity, inhuman heritage, or even something as mundane as what happens in VC Andrews's Flowers in the Attic. And like the kids in that book, metis are punished - by nature and society - for their parents' incestuous acts. It is very much not fair, but that is the oppressive nature of the...
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  • If asked to come up with an Ecstatic signature character for the period, I'd be hard pressed to top the real life Sir Richard Francis Burton. The man's life reads like a pulp adventure serial, and then he decided to devote his retirement years to translating, publishing, and founding societies devoted to Asian erotica. And that's just what we know, as his wife apparently burned most of his journals after he died. The man could just as well visited Shambala, Irem, Atlantis, and Mars....
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  • 12) Samuel Haight's Intimidate rolls do Aggravated damage.

    13) For you, the day Samuel Haight destroyed your home and killed everyone you knew was the most important day of your life; For Sam, it was Tuesday.
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  • It's admittedly been a fair while since I read their section of the original Bastet book or the revised Changing Breeds book, but the impression I've had over the years is that their metis are frequently hermaphroditic not as a deformity but rather because of the role biological sex plays in their auspice system and how they are separated from it. This may be more head canon than what is actually there though, as I don't have either book at hand to check.

    Fun Fact: UC Berkeley has had a hyena breeding colony for scientific research purposes for the past 30 years. Sadly, it appears...
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  • Is it that obvious?

    I would've at least liked a second one covering O'Tolley's (it would touch on a lot of things that impact the Garou and Fera in negative ways such as cattle ranching, food and paper waste, humanity being separated from nature in such a key area as food, kinkolk health, etc.), Herculean (gamers love guns, especially in a combat heavy game like Werewolf), OMNI (a threat for more tech oriented characters, plus some crossover potential), Hallahan (a potential major threat for the Rokea), Harold & Harold (a lot of potential BSD involvement), and Young & Smith...
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  • I've read The Alienist novel and it's sequel, but haven't seen the series yet. Both are a really good look at turn of the century New York City. I also recommend Michael Crichton's The Great Train Robbery and the film version he directed with Sean Connery and Donald Sutherland.

    Over the years, I've found Cthulhu by Gaslight to be fairly useful. I've been trying for years, still unsuccessfully, to find a hardcopy of the Golden Dawn sourcebook Pagan Publishing put out in 96 for a reasonable price. Someday it will be mine....
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  • A lot of RPGs from the very early 90s, including first editions of Vampire, Werewolf and Mage, were rather different animals from what came later. I think a lot of this was that the heavy influence of AD&D and similar games, were just about everything was fully started out. (Including gods, for those that wanted to have their PCs try to fight Odin or Zeus.) Sort of the way early Ravenloft had stats for all the Darklords, even though from a genre standpoint, actually fighting one of them to the death was rather improbable.

    I was always a little disappointed that revised didn't...
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  • So, I've been busy for a while, but still working on stuff for this thread. I'm hoping to have some stuff about the motorcycle industry and trucking/shipping. Also planning on something about social media, hopefully.

    Meanwhile, please enjoy this article about the issue of metadata in online music sales, and how it provides an easy and profitable way for music companies to potentially rip off their artists, songwriters, and even other publishers/producers, to the tune of billions of dollars.

    Added: I'm also taking requests for additional industries and businesses. I may...
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  • That would be an interesting tragedy I think, people infected with the alien's RNA or prions who are slowly loosing themselves to this alien hive mind collective. Having to decide on the trade off addition power to survive the dangerous new world they're suddenly thrust into vs keeping their own personality and human sense of self that's being slowly eroded by alien instincts and lack of empathy....
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  • No One of Consequence
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    If you were to ask me what the archetypical Mage: 1984 scenario would be, at least for Americans, I'd say "Buckaroo Banzai vs. The Terminator". Set in southern California and involving the forces of optimism, empathy, and individual excellence facing off against those of heartless oppression and mass produced annihilation for the fate of humanity's future.

    I'm not sure what it be in other cultures. Britain's archetypical scenario would probably be a bit darker. Part of me wants to suggest the Fifth Doctor vs. Clive Barker's Hell Priest, with guest appearances by Sting,...
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