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  • Interesting indeed - a few games have by now diversified resource expenditure by how easily you get stuff back and I really like the mechanic since it makes sure that both pool size and regeneration are important. Otherwise, you run into one of two scenarios: Either you play a short game, noone regenerates more than one or two points of a resource and the only thing that matters is your starting pool. Or you play a long game, everyone burns through their pool in relatively short order and for the rest of the game, the only thing that matters is how quickly you can regenerate. Having parts of your...
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  • Perhaps something glamour-related - the more you give in to your faerie soul, the weirder stuff happens.

    I'm fairly certain Werewolf will be Rage. It's the one constant affecting everything Garou do. However, it might also be more beneficial than Vampire Hunger, where getting more Hunger is strictly negative. Rage is a far more ambiguous force and while it may cause loss of control, it also propels you onward. It will be interesting to see how that works out in a game system....
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  • Cifer
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    Speak for yourself. I must say I feel rather reassured because the previous stuff that happened was quite disheartening - not because I'd accuse WW of being nazi sympathisers, but because they've been pretty careless. You can either play it safe or have a good PR department - going for shock value and then rather unprofessionally dismissing concerns is not a good way to go. I hope the flak they got served as a wake-up call. The AMA seemed like a very good step in that direction.

    The relationship is about the same as that of people of color and the n-word or gay people and the f-word:...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    What factions are we talking about here? Because the Camarilla has very little chance of employing this technique successfully - it has been noted that their own few attempts at shovelheads were abysmal failures because they lacked the ritae of the Sabbat. Additionally, the tactic presents a massive drain on humanity, lowering vampires who employ it to create explicit cannon fodder quickly to about 2.
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  • Cifer
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    I fully agree that people should tell they saw it and in fact talk about what was in there. What's up with the Ventrue?...
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  • Has anyone found the actual licensing document? From what I've read in the FAQ, you seem to mostly be allowed to plunder other Storyteller's Vault stuff, not the offial WoD content.
    Sooo... probably no.
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  • Cifer
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    While we're on the subject of non-vampire movies, I could absolutely imagine Jessica Jones' Kilgrave as a Malkavian, mentally unable to shut off his Dominate power
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  • You really need better animals if yours can't do a little bit of particle physics...

    @Topic
    I believe one of the sample ideas for "this will take them a long time to come back from" was throwing the mummy into an active volcano. Feeding them to pigs is cute by comparison....
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  • Cifer
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    What, you don't think these are basically the same guys because of whom Kelly Marie Tran deleted her social media account last month?

    I must say I like the idea (though I'm still somewhat uncertain about the implementation - but we've already seen them evolve from pre-alpha to alpha).
    The trouble with frenzy is that it's all-or-nothing. You're either in frenzy or perfectly in control. And there's really no way to safeguard against frenzy by your behaviour when it's just governed by self-control, a stat that always stays the same.

    Take a vampire. She wakes up, fresh...
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  • Cifer
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    I'm inclined to say "it's complicated" - on the one hand, yeah, people are reading a lot of stuff into things that most likely weren't meant to be taken that way, not even in a dog-whistling way. On the other hand side, White Wolf did have some missteps along the way (see Brujah clan weakness "triggered") and masterfully avoided acknowledging that their actions were ambiguous, though I did notice them removing the word from the second playtest.
    Whether or not anyone was at fault, it is of course completely inacceptable to harass Onyx Path or White Wolf staff or any other...
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  • Cifer
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    Considering they're already about to continue multiple game lines, I would assume Dark Ages will be in there somewhere down the line....
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  • Cifer
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    Yeah, how dare these people want to feed their employees!...
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  • Cifer
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    Note that it's not "all the time", but rather "whenever you want to use disciplines that include a roll". When Toreador are just doing mundane things, their weakness does absolutely nothing to them. When they're using Celerity, the weakness impacts them on two out of nine powers (though I imagine it will come up fairly often with those as Celerity usually means traversing action sequences that are traditionally not set in art galleries *makes note to script an action sequence in an art gallery*). With Auspex and Presence, we don't have the systems yet, but I imagine they might...
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  • Cifer
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    In addition, "wildly ineffective" is somewhat inaccurate as well - the penalty only applies to rolling for disciplines and out of the nine printed Celerity powers, only two even have dice rolls (though I assume Presence might be a little more dice-heavy).

    The question is, what is "Bane Severity"? Is it something that comes from the situation or something that comes from the vampire? Do perhaps less Human vampires get worse Banes? Or less well fed ones?...
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  • Cifer
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    First, I absolutely love the idea of the Nosferatu/Toreador feud being based on this - previously, it seemed rather superficial, but when the presence of a Nosferatu seriously crimps the Presence of many Toreador, it makes a lot more sense (and makes me want to play a monster fetishist who gets along with Nosferatu just fine and wonders what the fuss is all about). I do wonder what the Bane Severity depends on, as that seems to be a variable value (Hunger? Humanity? How strongly the Bane is triggered?).

    The Bane could definitely need some more exact writing - and maybe we'll get that...
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  • Cifer
    replied to Test-Driving the V5 Preview
    Okay, from what I've seen so far:

    First of all, not everyone has the full three touchstones. The preview states that the three convictions are the maximum available. Second, not every NPC needs to be completely fleshed out - in previous chronicles, you probably just knew the Nosferatu Primogen was "well-connected" instead of filling in all five major contacts. If the PCs want to track down someone's touchstones, they should be easy enough to improvise. Also, do your player characters commonly come with less than three NPCs in their backgrounds? Those of my groups rarely...
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  • Cifer
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    I'm still not quite sure what you strive to actually test, since almost all rules we've seen in the preview still had unpublished "attachments" necessary to actually evaluate them, like the "stains" referenced in the tenets and the Humanity rules for touchstones.

    Going by what the word normally means, I'd assume it's a diagram featuring the major players in the setting as nodes and their relationships towards one another as edges. I believe previous editions already had something like this for the coterie itself and many storytellers would presumably use them to...
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  • Nosimplehiway
    Good points all around! That said, I think it's possible to find places that are extremely unlikely to be developed, like Chernobyl or France's Zone Rouge (which will be free from unexploded WW1 shells in about 700 years).
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  • Cifer
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    I think we differ in interpretation here. For me, as someone who enjoys playing the good (or at least good-ish) guys, the murder-to-become-sated shtick is a good thing. Because good deeds aren't as meaningful if there's no temptation to be bad. Everyone can be good if you are happy, sated, rich and safe (and there's a stick waiting to beat you up when you do bad things). Remember the old video game RPGs where they were just figuring out how to do intriguing morality stuff and most quests were "Good solution: Do this interesting quest chain where you learn about the world, gain a ton of items...
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    Last edited by Cifer; 07-07-2018, 06:45 AM.

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  • Cifer
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    Nicolas Milioni
    Thanks for the link. That said, it didn't read like an apology (and it shouldn't have been one, of course), more of an explanation.

    Eh, I really don't see what's to misinterpret. You said it yourself: The likes of Martin Sellner of the Alt-Right currently are far too popular to be classified as true outsiders....
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