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  • I just want some pishtacos....
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  • Another recurring theme in some of Lovecraft's work is that of inherited guilt, or the idea of the "sins of the father being visited upon the son". This is a really common trope of classic Gothic literature and so is already a component of Vampire. The most common take being that Childer end up getting caught up in the machinations of their Sires and paying a pretty steep personal price. It also works really well with Ghouls and especially with Revenant families, and the Ventrue make for fertile ground as well. Back during 1st ed and part of the early 2nd, you'd see more than one Ventrue...
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  • There used to be a theory that Dementation was Malkav.
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  • The thing about the Cabal of Pure Thought vs the Messianic Voices/Celestial Chorus is that while Claudius Dediticius was probably a member of the Messianic Voices, as soon as he got his Revelation of the Pure Thought of God back in the 4th century, he and his followers most likely considered themselves a completely separate entity from the "heretics" of the Voices. That the Messianic Voices continued to view the Cabal as their fellows in Christ/The One up until the launch of the Inquisitions* and the formation of the Order of Reason made it clear this was no longer the case speaks volumes...
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  • Something like that would require a massive amount of editing and clean up. If anything, I'd be more likely to do a new subsidiary or three (Titan Construction, Logan Meat Packing Company, Aeronautic Engineering Systems Industrial Research) or an alternate take on the RPG industry in the WoD (with Battle Systems Design's Warlocks & Wyrms fantasy RPG and Black Dog as a front for a wraith skin riding cult).

    Meanwhile, please enjoy the YouTube channel Company Man, which does videos giving the brief history of various companies. The one on Proctor & Gamble is especially good...
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  • Two of the recurring themes of Lovecraft's works is the general insignificance of human beings and that his protagonists tend to detached, reclusive and socially isolated. This actually works pretty well with aspects of Vampire, in which the PCs would feel increasingly isolated from living humans, and start to see them as less and less important as they go deeper into the world of the Damned. Human contacts and avenues of influence gradually come to be seen as faceless pawns, and the general public as little more than a food source. In a lot of ways, being one of the Kindred is like finding out...
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    George O'Connor's The Olympians series of graphic novels. They're retellings of the old Greek stories, but done wonderfully and in a way that makes the various gods feel like real people....
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  • The lack of effort put into naming the Trujah is exceeded only by that of the WoD Gypsy families....
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  • No, but that doesn't take away from the fun of smiting, now does it?

    <Oprah Voice> "And you get a smite! And you get a smite! And you ...."...
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  • If I was a Mage, I think I'd go with the Knights Templar, just so I can carry a sword and smite people with it....
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  • Something to keep in mind is that Constantinople always viewed itself as the one true inheritor of Rome, so what are the Artificers in Mage: The Sorcerers' Crusade are probably still the Collegium Praecepti/Brotherhood of the Rule organization from Ancient Rome up until the final fall of the city in the 15th century. As for the Cabal of Pure Thought, while the majority are probably hitching their One World One Faith idea to the Roman Catholic Church, since the sect dates back to the Empire, there is probably a small offshoot/heretical sect who believe that One World One Empire One Faith is still...
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  • I always suspected the blue skin was an homage to Robert E. Howard's "The Frost Giant's Daughter".

    Just personally, I also like to throw in influences from the Basque jentilak (a tendency toward being hirsute and building stuff out of large stones), the Hebrew Anakim, certain Native American legends (the Choctaw and Cherokee have some interesting ones), and 19th century folklore of Paul Bunyan and John Henry....
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  • I think the Trolls were inspired mainly by Norse Jotunn, including ones like Skadi and Gerdr, as well as Welsh giant myths, with bits of the Greek giants thrown in. At least that was the impression I got from the Kith book....
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  • Something I'd forgotten with the part on books is Grady Hendrix's Paperbacks from Hell, a wonderfully in depth look at the world of paperback horror fiction from the 1970s and 80s. This was back in the day when almost every bookstore had a section devoted specifically to horror fiction, and a lot of it was wonderfully weird and sometimes freakish. Besides showcasing a forgotten part of fiction history, it also has a lot of potential ideas for WoD games.

    Next will likely be heavy machinery, coffee and advertising in some order....
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  • No, the worst way is Saulot's self help book, 7 Nights to a More Humane You.
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  • I think for vampires it's a way to try to hold on to Humanity, but probably not the best way.
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  • Wraith actually had an entire book devoted to romance. I can't recall how much it had to say about sex/eroticism, but because the restless dead are so heavily bound up in their passions, it's natural for them to develop those kinds of relationships, among themselves or with the living....
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  • VESUVIUS INCORPERATED Pt 5: Comic Books

    While comic publishing used to be something of an independent thing back in the day, it's now part of massive corporate empires. Marvel Comics is owned by Disney (and before that by ToyBiz toy company and New World Pictures), and DC Comics has been a part of Warner Brothers since 1969. The other major companies over the past decade or two have been Image Comics, IDW, and Dark Horse, who are independent (though IDW spends most of it's time doing licensed fan fiction for Hasbro toy lines and other intellectual property).

    While comics...
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    It's pretty good and I wish it had lasted longer (not least of which because I've always been a huge fan of John Ostrander's run on The Spectre, and was really looking forward to Corragan's transformation).

    Several episodes were directly adapted from Jamie Delano's original run on the Hellblazer comic back in the day, which I highly recommend....
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  • For me, sexual activity tended to be done in blue-booking, just because most groups weren't all that interested in watching one member of the group act it out. As for LG+ characters, I don't usually play them that often. But when playing a gay male character, it's usually like fifth or sixth on the list of distinguishing traits, at best. I had a Ventrue where it tied into his feeding restrictions, but he'd been a closeted young Ivy league banker back in the 50s in life. By the turn of the millennium, his issue tended to be that he was a little uncomfortable with just how open most of the clubs...
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