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  • "Is the Concensualist inconvenient?" Understatement of the century.

    The best way to pull this off is to have a herd that's always with you and you can feed on at will. Going out to feed on random people is... unlikely, extremely time consuming and considered Masquerade-breach-y. Having to convince people that 1) you're a vampire, and 2) to risk their lives so you can eat them is going to be tricky without a large amount of trust between you and the target and no disciplines. Even the people that are willing will often require more time than a standard feeding roll.
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  • So, when it comes to V5, I sat down and hashed out what I wanted from my own Sabbat. So, for me, this is the answer I came up with.

    The Camarilla is an organization that supports the Elders, the undying tyrants that rule the night.
    The Anarch Movement is a grass roots collection of individuals who want freedom from said Elders, a hoard of lords holding their own.
    The Sabbat is a group that wants to become the Elders, a path that often involves diablarie to lower one's generation.

    I see the Sabbat, the Anarchs, the Camarilla as three different political factions,...
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  • Animalism and Auspex really expand your the reach of what you can observe - there's a reason the Nosferatu are the best at information gathering, and that answer is animal spies. In a very real way, the whole ShrekNET was just a digital expansion off the animal spy network idea.

    Blood Sorcery and Oblivion are similar to Animalism/Auspex, in that they open up new occult angles to explore that others can't. Blood manipulation / divining is just handy. And Oblivion is the only way I know of to deal with ghosts in V5. And given the amount of bodies that hit the floor around vampires,...
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  • Eh, if you can have powers within a Discipline require each other, I fail to see why its such a big deal to have an Amalgam with the same thing. Its not a stretch to have amalgams with that as well.

    Is it a problem in the first place? I mean, sure, it might feel a bit odd, but I'm not sure I'd say its a problem. The requirements are strict, and some parts might seem a bit strange, but its not like there's something actually there that's an issue to hurt game play.

    Fine, I can agree with specific feeding targets known by the cult to develop unique abilities, though...
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  • Its a bit strange to think of disciplines and amalgams as branches of organizations, rather than something natural to vampires. Especially with how powers work in V5. With the exception of rituals and Blood Alchemy, every power you learn comes from how you feed. Are you playing the incubus or succubus? Then you learn end up learning Presence. Are you feeding from police detectives or scholars? Auspex. Politicians? Dominate. Psychopaths? Oblivion. Your powers literally come from who you consume, and comes across as something you almost develop by accident - I recall a short fiction blurb about...
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  • MCN
    replied to Strange New Tremere
    I seriously disagree with this. All you have to do is say "no Carna, no Goratrix."

    It doesn't matter what is going on in the wider world, except in an abstract sense. What matters is what is happening locally. If the Pyramid is the only game in town, then very much they will have the same gravitas as you're used to.

    And its not like the Tremere were ever truly monolithic. There were always rebels. ​Anyone could always learn blood magic. I remember there was a Malk or two with Thaumaturgy. But the Tremere were the best because of their massive libraries of...
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  • MCN
    replied to More Female Antediluvians
    I'm all for more women power player vampires. That said, these will not be antideluvians - the clan heads are basically legends. Myths that have little to no appearance in the actual game beyond some very high level games that are in the extreme minority.

    It "suffers" because, again, vampire society is very strongly patriarchal. And, as the Antediluvians are mythological figures, their portrayal is a deliberate casualty of that. The Church of Caine is a deliberate twist of Christian religions, which is heavily represented by male icons. Our world, but worse.

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  • MCN
    replied to More Female Antediluvians
    Out of all the stereotypes the different clans promote, the physical sex of the antideluvian is probably the least offender, especially when calling of them male when the myths about said antideluvians were written during a less woke time. And, by less woke time, I mean the Medieval ages and earlier in game, not the 90s when the book was written. Vampires can be (and often are) sexists too.

    Plus, it rather ties quite neatly into the whole Cult of Lilith. Can't really have an entire feminist-vampire movement if the default already is all about gender equality and equal representation....
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  • In V5, I do think its important to pick your Disciplines before your attributes and skills. That's probably the number one issue I have with character creation - if you're taking Celerity, you absolutely need to invest in Dexterity and Athletics. If you're taking Presence, you need to decide what powers you're taking, and what stats you need to get them to work. If you don't, then you might as well not have Disciplines at all.

    V5 feels a bit like you have to min-max a bit, or otherwise you don't have a functional character.
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