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  • Kammerer
    replied to Multiple familiars for Shaman?
    You don't need an actual Familiar familiar for that. You can just tame a flock of ravens and cast a bunch of Mind spells on them....
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  • Kammerer
    replied to The LGBT Thread II
    Love interests in spy thrillers have life expectancy in the negatives. Austin Powers was riffing this 18 years ago. It's either death, or they were the villain all along....
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  • Kammerer
    replied to You Know What I Hate MK I
    Violence against nazis was literally one of the key factors in the nazi success story. THE first step nazi party undertook under Goebbels was comming to communist and jewish communities and getting beaten up so that they can point fingers.


    The problem with nazis is that "threat of violence" or even "limited amount of violence" don't work against nazis, because they are absolutely willing to go through on their end and just kill everyone. Punching nazis doesn't stop them from being nazis, it gets them more entrenched and occasionally makes them look like...
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  • All of which happened to work exactly the same, be undead in exactly the same way, and provide the exact same power level in terms of a generation. Which also passes down in exact same way despite different spirits.

    And then these independent blood gods invented a story of how they were all related to each other and also invented the story of committing a terrible crime against their progenitors and being punished for it. And the story of them fucking up the Second City. Sure makes sense for egotistical power hungry maniacs....
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  • You don't. That's the whole point. With few exceptions, clans are almost impossible identify except through social methods ("Recite your lineage and our court genealogist will verify you") and magic ("Nice Tremere needs you to pee five liters of blood into this jar. He'll give it back, pinky swear.")...
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  • How do you determine that someone is a brujah? Do you document the number and duration of character's frenzies and compare them to Unified Average Brujah Frenzy Statistics Table? Maybe the person just has great self-control and avoids trouble....
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  • What do you mean "theory"? Caine personally shows up during the end times. There are still vampires alive who either personally knew Caine or knew people who personally knew Caine. Like Montano, [Tremere] (actually Saulot) and Ur-Shulgi.

    You can retcon Caine out of your home setting, but it's impossible to argue against his canonical existence....
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  • My headcanon is that Ramanga are just an african Lasombra bloodline and work just like Lasombra. After all, [Lasombra] was famous for travelling all over the world and sticking his nose into all cultures. It'd be strange if antediluvian antropologist didn't have a childer on every continent.

    If you want a distinct weakness for them - have Ramanga not cast shadow. It has the same superstition basis as the lack of reflection - selling your soul to the devil, and will fit into the origin story of the Ramanga.
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  • Kammerer
    replied to What's the point of being Bad?
    Yeaaaaaaaaaaah no. Paradigm does not override the mechanics. It may prevent you from doing something (like taking more time to do magic), but it can't make sacrifice better than it is for everyone else....
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  • The power gives a justification: "it is always easiest to hurt those you hold close."
    So yes, as written I would allow both initiator and recipient of the blood bond to use this power....
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  • Once you go into "and all traces have been wiped clear", you might as well assume that whoever handled the Grimoire also had Prime 2 and just changed the resonance to fuck with you....
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  • Kammerer
    replied to What's the point of being Bad?
    You are right. Since all magic in Mage is really Chaos Magic deep inside, everyone who choses to use an evil paradigm is a tool. As is, admittedly, everyone who doesn't immediately believe in Chaos Magic.

    The two main categories of evil mages are nephandi and infernalists. Nephandi use evil paradigms because they are Always Chaotic Evil and evil is the whole point of being a Nephandi. They don't really need or have any reasons for using evil paradigms other than "I'm a Nephandi". Infernalists don't really need to use evil paradigms, but they usually do because it pleases...
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    Last edited by Kammerer; 08-07-2017, 08:34 AM.

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  • The same way you investigate everything else - give it to a time mage.
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  • Kammerer
    replied to Hirelings
    Resources background implies you have staff working for you.

    The question of "how much staff do I have?" is pointless. As much as narratively important to you. But, they are all nameless extras. Competent staff that gets names and their own on-screen time is represented with Retainers, Allies and Contacts.

    Bruce Wayne has an arbitrary amount of nameless goons because he has Resources 5 "Wayne Corp" which has an arbitrary amount guards, office workers, etc. And if needed, he probably can use a narratively appropriate amount of those goons. But his real...
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    Last edited by Kammerer; 08-04-2017, 03:19 PM.

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  • Kammerer
    replied to Building Better Minions
    Invest in good HR managers?
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  • Kammerer
    replied to Gravity and Forces
    That's a really hard question. IRL things falling down is a part of every descriptive theory of the world because that is an objectively observable fact. But there's a major difference between "things that have mass attract each other" and Aristotelan "things have down because they have more earth than fire in them". A mage who believes in Aristotelan physics and boards a Void Engineer ship to Pluto has to divide by zero because there is no "down"....
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  • He starts with 2 dots, and Additional Discipline does nothing in chargen. Being 10th generation he can buy three more dots. That's (10+15+20)=45 vs (12+18+24)=54. Is 9 xp worth 5 freebies? Like hell it is. Spending them on Willpower, Ability Aptitude (Occult), and then literally anything else will pay off way better.

    Also, I could be mistaken, but I don't think Caitiff can buy Status in sects....
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  • Ask your GM. There's no answer other than that.
    I'd allow it, because I'm lenient and generally allow people to play whatever they want to play. But I also know lore fanatics who'll grind your ass for weeks because "Lasombra this" and "Camarilla that" and "Vampire would never act like that!".

    One thing I would question is "Additional Discipline". Caitiff get nothing in-clan, so I'm a bit leery of allowing that. But it's also absolute shit value for you. You save 1 xp on every dot. Wooo.
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    Last edited by Kammerer; 08-01-2017, 04:07 PM.

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  • Arms of Ahriman participate in combat as normal. They have to roll to hit. And as normal, no one gets free dodges. If the target spent their action to dodge - they get to roll to dodge. If they didn't - they don't.
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  • Kammerer
    replied to Obtenebration War Form
    Tenebrous Form takes three turns to activate. Frequently three turns is when the combat has already ended....
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