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  • BenjCano
    replied to Weapon of choice?
    I agree. However, "Swords" and "Machine guns" are applicable specializations for Melee and Firearms.



    Pretty sure I allowed for that possibility when I said that there was between a 1% and 4% chance of damage after soak meeting or exceeding seven health levels. I believe, if I understand how numbers work, that it'll happen every 1 to 4 times out of 100....
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Diablerie and Antediluvians
    No. They state that his diablerie was the means by which he became an entity of the Abyss. There are two or three scenarios in which he interacts with the PCs, and one in which he shrouds the world in darkness before getting bored of it....
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  • There’s a Merit for that.
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  • BenjCano
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    As tempting as it is to ignore Gehenna, it's as close to the official canon source as we'll ever get. And it said that [Ventrue] died a long long time ago. The only way to square the "But Alexander..." circle is to let him be a secret diablerist. <shrug>...
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  • BenjCano
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    The only Antediluvian who is not just merely dead, but really quite sincerely dead are [Ravnos] and [Ventrue]. All of the others faked their own deaths, took over the bodies of their diablerists, or engaged in wacky Discipline powers to get out of having died.

    The Doyalist explanation for this is because the dramatic reveal that OH NOES THEY'RE NOT DEAD FOR REALZ! is popular in melodrama. See also Operas, Soap. But sure...the Watsonian explanation is that they're just too special and powerful and magical for their childer to kill. Just don't think about that too long because if you...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Vampire Services to Provide
    We may have to disagree on this, then. I couldn't find any actual data on the branch of science that has the fewest number of members, so what I did was take a quick look at 5 random professional societies for practicing research scientists with their own peer-reviewed publication. The smallest group I found was the "Society of Vertebrae Paleontology", which has 2,300 members.

    If you could find a scientific society that had less than a thousand members and yet published their findings, I'd accept such that such a small group could produce valuable research....
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  • BenjCano
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    I agree with you. That's why all of my assumptions were intended to maximize. And I came to the conclusion that even if psychologists and psychiatrists were Embraced at a rate of ten times their percentage of the population, there would be an insufficient pool of vampire mental health professionals to effectively study and treat their patients. When I maximize my assumptions by adding an extra 20,000 to the population of human mental health professionals and allowing that psychologists/psychiatrists are Embraced at 10x their background rate, I'm establishing what I consider to be a reasonable...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Weapon of choice?
    Slight objection.

    You're using the DAV20 system of treating a roll of 10 on a specialty as 2 successes in your link. Which is fine; it's a valid rule system. However, you've given the benefit of specialization to both the damage-dealer and the soaker. While I would absolutely believe that the damage-dealer is using his specialty weapon, I think it is much less likely that the soaker has a specialty in soaking. Like...I've never seen it. At all.

    So the more accurate distribution is modeled here. And that bumps up the percentage of ≥7 damage dice coming through as ~4%....
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Weapon of choice?
    Obtenebration, Vicissitude-shaped ghouls, and packs of ghoul feral dogs.

    These are pretty heavy weapons, but the Camarilla will respond with one called the California National Guard. Note: the California National Guard was actually deployed to LA during the Watts Riots of 1965, and it looked pretty much like this from Venice to Simi Valley:

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  • BenjCano
    replied to Vampire Services to Provide
    I agree that psychology doesn't have the best track record as being an evidence-based discipline. However, it has gotten better than its first practitioners, and good mental health programs are available that have a proven effectiveness in treating mental disorders. And let's not underestimate this point that there are an awful lot of human psychologists.

    Even if vampires psychologists kept up with the latest research and experimental techniques, though, there just aren't enough of them to perform the experiments, duplicate them, and identify future research paths based on results...let...
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  • BenjCano
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    Because the problem of quality is compounded by any problem of scale. If you have a small group of people doing poor quality research, you're going to get garbage as your output. Whereas if you have a quality research program with small numbers, you're going to get quality output. And if you have a large population doing poor quality research...you're STILL going to get useful output, even if by random distribution of output quality alone. It just requires sifting though mountains of crap to identify the best designed study and most relevant data....
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  • BenjCano
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    According to the Revised Storyteller's Guide, in the year 1999, there were approximately 40,000 Kindred. At a time when there were 6 billion people worldwide, that meant that there was 1 Kindred to every 150,000 people. Extrapolating backwards and assuming the ratios remain constant, in the year 1889, when Sigmund Frued began to practice psychology, world population was 1.5 billion people worldwide. That would have meant there were 10,000 Kindred. In the 110 years between the two, we're looking at a growth of 30,000 Kindred.

    In 2013, the number of licensed psychologists in the United...
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  • That might be true if Nosferatu didn't exist. The ubiquity of cameras and recording devices, with an infallible ability to penetrate the one thing that lets them move around and interact with the living world, is infinitely worse on Nosferatu than Lasombra.

    Aside from that, tho, your objections are trivial. Anyone with a working right arm who's encountered an automatic door that's not working, tries to close when you approach, or reset for service knows how easy they are to just pry open. Besides, last time I went to the hospital they had disability buttons next to the automatic doors...
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  • Hannibal, the general of Carthage, who had become a disciple of Moloch and collected about him a conspiracy of Roman and alien Kindred of age and power who had grievance against the Eternal City. Their goal was to watch Rome burn.

    No, it happened after the fires of the 60s D. And if they'd had their way, those fires would have been like a match flare. ...
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  • Asking about single-print powers might be aided by actually linking to or describing the power.

    Like this

    That being said, I have STed games in which Dementation powers of level 8 and above were used. The ultimate act of the story, as a matter of fact, would have been contending with a use of Dementation 9, Lunatic Eruption, in Imperial Rome. Of note is that for the same game I planned a Terminator-inspired plot featuring non-standard Temporis powers as well.
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