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  • If we go by the things established in Guide to the Sabbat and Mexico City by Night, and ignore the V5 metaplot, the Sabbat would have some problems if they emerged victorious, as their own members don't really agree what the sect should be about. A new Sabbat civil war would be likely, to resolve this issue, however...

    in the very process of fighting and defeating the Camarilla, it seems likely that the ultra-conservative faction of the Sabbat would gain much strenght. Actually, it seems unlikely that the other two factions could ever win the war to begin with, as they lack the interest...
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  • Natsymir
    replied to What is your Nature?
    My nature is Celebrant. I live to create things and to explore the wonders and beauty of the world.

    but my demeanor is Gallant. I have somewhat low selfe-esteem and greatly desires approval, and get really down if others don't appreciate me or my works.
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  • Natsymir
    started a topic Who holds a domain?

    Who holds a domain?

    Are domains held by an individual or a coterie? If the former, would a coterie have contiguous domains, or could they have domains scattered all over a city? Would the most part of a city be divided up into domains, or only a select few important hunting/strategical areas? Would all vampires have domains, or only those of high status? How do a newcomer to a city get assigned a domain, and by who? Do the prince and his council claim domains of their own? I realize all this might vary, I'm just looking for ideas as to how the domain makeup should look like on the map in my Mexico City campaign.
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  • I like the rest of your points, but I don't understand this one. Why would they try to influence the church if it already backfired terribly once? Wouldn't it seem even more likely to do so today? I just can't wrap my head around the Lasombra-church theme, it worked fine in Vampire the Dark Ages, but it feels so forced in V5....
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  • I find that super-weird. Wouldn't it make much more sense to stay REALLY FAR AWAY from the church now that the Second Inquisition knows about vampires and is actively trying to eradicate them?

    My favorite church vampires are actually the Brujah. The evangelist Brujah coterie in Clanbook: Brujah was a fantastic concept....
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  • wait now, shouldn't it be the other way around?

    I mean, to my understanding, the Ventrue had a great split between old nobility and the new burgher class during the late middle ages, and the old nobility faction became the Ventrue antitribu of the Sabbat. Therefore, most of the Camarilla Ventrue are rather descended from capitalists and burghers, and their culture is as focused on business and money as on nobility and tradition.

    The core of the Lasombra, on the other hand, mostly come from backgrounds as Spanish nobility and the more or less feudal upper class of Latin...
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  • How do I explain sleeping methuselah powers in V5?

    Published material from V5 makes it quite clear that elder powers (that is, level 6+ disciplines) isn't a thing anymore, since neither Helena nor any of the extremely ancient NPCs in London has Fallen has them. I don't mind this per se - I think 6+ scores on attributes and abilities did little for the game, and it might be better off without them.

    But my chronicle is set in Mexico City, where Nergal/Shaitan(Huitziolopochtli lies in torpor, and has, in old canon, been affecting the city with his tremendous methuselah powers. This causes some problems. After all, there are quite a few...
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  • Since my chronicle is set in Mexico City, and I began running it before covid-19, I'm quite eager to actually use covid-19 once the campaign timeline catches up, because covid-19 IRL has caused a crisis in the cocaine distribution chain that intensified the cartel violence in Mexico - and that is a concept I simply have to use.
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  • I appreciate that V5 really shook up the status quo, but naturally, I don't like all of the specifics about it. I loved the Sabbat and Sabbat campaigns, and that I can't run such campaigns any longer is something that really puts me off V5. (well, okay, I -can-, but the game certainly doesn't help me). In particular, I think the Sabbat had a much more interesting political structure and more compelling internal conflicts than the Anarchs and the Camarilla (see my thread "Why the Sabbat is more interesting than the Camarilla" for more on this), and my greatest fear about V5 is that it...
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  • Nightly Activities (Humongous Random Table Time!)

    I sorely miss random tables in Vampires. As I found myself getting a bit stale regarding what kind of milieu and situations the PCs would end up in when they sought out various NPCs (it would almost always be a random party of some kind), I realized it was time for a random table of such situations, to inspire myself to think out of the box and come up with more interesting ideas in the future. What are the NPCs actually spending their nights doing, and what are they doing when the PCs meet them? Well, here's the answer! I'm open to other suggestions, as I could definitely remove some results...
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  • Natsymir
    replied to How often you use...
    False Epiphany : An excellent post, you brought up several points that made me reconsider my position a bit, and you inspired me, too. The only thing that still bugs me is how methuselahs can have endless personal wars against each other for thousands of years, without anyone ever prevailing. Why hasn't Helena ever managed to kill Menele, if she's had thousands of years to do it?

    I agree completely about the Transylvania Chronicles/Giovanni Chronicles problem. The problem is mostly due to bad writing and a lack of modern post-indie-RPG theory at the time of the writing of those books,...
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  • Natsymir
    replied to How often you use...
    I really like the "methuselah awakening under the city trope", however, it's absolutely ridiculously overused in Vampire, and often feels so silly in the New World, so I tend to avoid it, despite the fact that it appeals to me dramatically a lot.

    For me, it feels like stories involving very powerful vampires are much more suited to the cities of Europe and the Middle East, especially those that just breathe history. In my Cairo by night campaign, that unfortunately ended prematurely, I wouldn't have hesitated at all to use The Sleeping Lord, Angelique and other super-powerful...
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  • Natsymir
    replied to [V5] Fixing Frenzy
    I've also done both of those approaches, but the thing is, I'm not completely satisfied with them. I'd like something with more game mechanics tied into it....
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  • Natsymir
    replied to So about the antediluvians
    Can't he be a disgusting pervert and murderer and at the same time an alien Chtulhuoid abominatin-in-being? It's not like the other antediluvians are less vile. I never claimed he was plucky, but one can be an underdog while still being abusive and incestous. However, I do agree that failure can be interesting of course - I would just do it somewhat differently. The Endless Night would be a super-cool climax for my imagined Giovanni chronicle, and if things go the PCs way, presumably Augustus would somehow fail with his plan and be destroyed or broken. But I don't know enough about the recent...
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  • Natsymir
    started a topic [V5] Fixing Frenzy

    [V5] Fixing Frenzy

    In my chronicle, bestial crits seem to happen in combat quite often. In such situations, it feels natural for them to mean that the player character goes into frenzy - but then the player lose control over their character, and don't get to play them. I think that's boring. I wanna come up with something better.

    How can I make frenzy a state that limits how you can play your character, or costs you something, rather than hands the character over to the gamemaster? I was gonna post this question on a Swedish discussion board first, because people there are so good with rules systems...but...
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  • Natsymir
    replied to So about the antediluvians
    I kinda like the idea of a mere banker and hedge mage who, through relentless manipulation and greed, managed to make himself a god. I think it's a more compelling concept than a super-powerful über-mage who managed to do the same. I don't like this strain of Vampire fandom who just wanna kill Augusts off because he should be the weakest of the antediluvians - wouldn't that rather be a quality that makes him interesting? I can't see why it would make him less interesting than the other antediluvians in any way - quite the opposite. He might be weak, in their terms, but he would also be more in...
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  • Natsymir
    replied to So about the antediluvians
    The Beckoning in V5 puts the antediluvians in a new and interesting light, especially if you, like me, don't use the Hecata and/or the inquisition, but run with the idea that Augustus is alive and kicking, and possible Tremere too. If the Beckoning truly is the antediluvians' call to battle, what does it mean for these very young antediluvians and their descendants? I haven't figured that out, as it won't be relevant in my current chronicle, but it feels like it could make for a very interesting, and possibly quite epic, Giovanni-centered story later on. What a terrific villain Augustus could...
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  • Natsymir
    replied to Malkavian derangement ideas
    Great ideas guys! I think I'll go with this, the GM liked it too.
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  • Natsymir
    started a topic Malkavian derangement ideas

    Malkavian derangement ideas

    I'm gonna play a young female Malkavian hacker in a chronicle based in Portland. She's very rebellious, kind of a genderswapped Elliot Alderson from Mr Robot, but less socially inept.

    But I'm struggling to come up with a good derangement for her. Paranoia feels very obvious for the hacker/Mr Robot concept, but it's perhaps too obvious, and might be pretty frustrating for the other players. I'd like a little bit of paranoia, but not too much - so I need to come up with some other, more colorful form of insanity as her main Malkavian thing. Hence why I went here for ideas! Nothing is...
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