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  • Just going to point out that with 8 dice in the dice pool to attack (which is a trivially easy number to achieve), you're 92% likely to succeed on the first attack roll, 90% likely on the second, and 88% likely on the third. Losing three dice isn't as big a loss against a static difficulty, and there's always Willpower.

    Yes, I agree that it's less bad than 5 attacks with no penalty, but it's still not that significant a penalty for a force multiplier....
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Flaw "cursed" ideas please
    Typical anti-Setite propaganda and racism....
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  • BenjCano
    replied to do vampire children mature?
    Yes. In fact, at the moment of Embrace, children are immediately aged to appropriate levels of adult understanding to make them functioning PCs. Otherwise, you have people with the mental and emotional maturity of children engaging in the Kiss, a disturbing, pseudo-sexual activity. It's too squicky even when it's "merely" done by adults with children's bodies. If they had children's minds too, that's well over the line for me, and I refuse to participate in it either as player or ST.
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Flaw "cursed" ideas please
    I once made a DAV20 Kiasyd constantly running Mytherceria 1 who was also cursed to never be able to tell a lie, for 4 points. I was really playing up the fae-touched aspect and drawing heavy inspiration from Jim Butcher. "Your inability to lie has in no way impacted your ability to deceive."
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    You specifically mentioned that a comparatively weak protagonist beating a powerful, even godlike, antagonist cheapens the value of the antagonist. Bringing up a slew of examples in literature (and one notable one in gaming) to show that the triumph of the underdog against a powerful adversary both makes good drama and does nothing to devalue the adversary is directly on point. And furthermore, it's objectively untrue that Vampire is a different genre and theme in which beating a powerful antagonist isn't appropriate.

    Lair of the Hidden. Unless you're in a very unusual coterie, most...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Lore of the Bloodlines
    Generally, ghouls don't take on clan weaknesses.
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  • EDIT: Nevermind...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    Come at me with canon and I'm going to counter-canon and bring up the Red Death trilogy and no one wants that!



    No. I'm sorry but you're factually wrong. Read Giovanni Chronicles IV, pages 53-64, where the text describes how the Sargon Fragments went from Lazarus' tomb to the possession of Alexei Vykos to the possession of Anatole's ghouls to the possession of the Giovanni in Boston.



    I never thought I would have to argue that 'PCs should be the ones to resolve events in a story'. Let me ask you if Tolkien did it wrong by having Shelob defeated...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    Yeah, literature throughout the ages tells that story over and over again, doesn't it? The invincible, powerful foe strides across the field of battle, crushing lesser beings before him, and murdering the underdog, The End.

    Just like when the mortal Jacob wrestled the angel and the angel destroyed him...oh wait.
    Just like when the giant Goliath slew the shepherd boy David...oh wait.
    Just like when Gozer the Gozarian killed the four working shlubs that tried to kill it...oh wait.
    Just like when the Lord of the Nazgûl took the field of battle and killed Merry and...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    Just for fun, I'm going to briefly summarize everything we had foreshadowed about Vasilisa before Nights of Prophecy, and everything he/she/it did afterwards.



    OK, that being said, you're essentially saying that The Word Effect/Always a Bigger Fish aren't bad things and can be amazing and dramatic. And I don't disagree with you. But here's the thing; they're incredibly lazy. How do we show that this bad guy is strong and powerful and should be taken seriously? Have them beat up Superman/Worf! It's almost like we don't need to write a character backstory or give them motivation...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    A mystery novel is not devalued if you get to the end, and the detective revealed who the killer is and how they did it. In the writing excuses podcast, Brandon Sanderson and company had a conversation some years back that I think is relevant to this. People aren't disappointed by definitive answers. People are disappointed by unfulfilled promises. All three examples you presented are broken promises.

    Baba Yaga: The nastiest, scariest member of her clan and bloodline, master of ancient magics sufficient to claim sole dominion over the entirety of Russia. A huge player in Europe's...
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    Yeah, I got over the 'unreliable narrators BUT WHAT IF THEY'RE NOT TELLING THE TRUTH/ARE LYING OMG!!!!!!!!!1111111111111' thing a long time ago. It doesn't impress me, it's rarely done well, and it's a cheap dodge by writers not wanting to put in a definitive answer....
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    Not quite. Occam's Razor tells us not to multiply assumptions unnecessarily.

    Venture died in the second city. This is stated in Gehenna as an authorial statement, and in character fluff in at least two other Clanbooks. We therefore have to explain how [Ventrue] sired at least three childer after his supposed demise. Mind you, of course, we can always just blame the writers and disregard the [Ventrue is dead] hypothesis, but I personally prefer to keep it. If we disregard it, then we're left with the situation that no Antediluvian has ever actually died and that's just boring.
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    It was also alluded to in both he Revised Ventrue and Revised Lasombra Clanbooks, as well as elsewhere.

    If you're looking for a plausible explanation about these discrepancies, just posit the existence of someone out there maintaining the illusion that the Venture Methuselah still exists by encouraging diablerie by 5th Generation Venture and then modifying their memories to make them believe they were sired by [Ventrue.] Yes, this is an ad-hoc explanation and yes it assumes that there's someone out there really motivated to make everyone think that [Ventrue] is still alive, but it...
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  • None of the above.
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  • BenjCano
    replied to The Capuchin
    You ruined the reference....
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Lore of the Bloodlines
    I'm going to say 'tentatively, yes.' It's not a bad book by any stretch. There are bad parts, but on the whole the good and interesting stuff outweighs the bad....
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  • BenjCano
    replied to Discipline Debate
    ​There's no need. A poster named Cheesefondue built a program to run combat scenarios a few thousand times, and compiled the results in his Deadliest Supernatural Warriors threads. This thread specifically considers Celerity vs. Potence vs. Fortitude, both with a Str+2 sword (lethal) and with Str+1 claws (arg) using the build, rules, and assumptions in this thread....
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  • Well you got me. I can't point to an official Sabbat NPC with Valeren/Obeah (of course, I can only name a single, started Salurbi antitribu, in any event). But I CAN mention:

    Mercy, the Toreador antitribu with Thaumaturgy
    Black Wallace, the Lasombra with Thaumaturgy
    Cicatriz, the Nosferatu antitribu with Necromancy
    Vincent Day, the Venture antitribu with Thaumaturgy
    Anka, the Ravnos antitribu with Protean
    Cairo, the Ravnos antitribu with Thaumaturgy
    Santiago de Soto, the Brujah antitribu with Thaumaturgy, Obtenebration, and Serpentis
    Reza,...
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  • Just because the Lasombra and Tzimisce have an overwhelming majority of their membership in the Sabbat doesn't mean that the majority of the Sabbat is Lasombra and Tzimisce.



    So break it down. What percentage of Sabbat membership is made up of Lasombra, Tzimisce, Toreador, Nosferatu, and Venture antitribu?



    Am I the only one that remembers the goddamned Vinculum? At level 4+, you're already at the stage where 'You will aid the individual as long as it doesn’t involve risk or anything out of your way." And at 6+, or, in other words, half...
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