The V5 version of their bane is much improved and should lead to much better portrayals. They’re lucid most of the time, which explains how they’re pillars of the Camarilla, valued advisors and scholars, etc. But they have episodes with clear mechanical consequences, and those do get worse as they age. And while it may resemble mental illness, it’s clear that it’s a supernatural phenomenon, probably the result of an innate psychic sensitivity that they’re not entirely in control of.

What one should never do is play them for comic relief. That’s never going to not be stupid,...