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  • Theodrim
    replied to I Need to Confess Something.
    I'd prefer you be correct than not, but I'm not banking on it. For me, the burden of proof lies with Chibnall and his writers, and the show's producers, to prove they can and will do better....
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  • Theodrim
    replied to I Need to Confess Something.
    I had a longer response, but I can make it more succinct: from my perspective, the show's fake woke.

    I call it pandering because it's not good. The line between commentary and proselytism is razor-thin and highly subjective, but to me the show crossed that line and in doing so caters to a specific, vocal, subset of the audience who value proselytism over commentary. And indeed, that's attributable to Moffat's talents as a showrunner...but it's also attributable to the BBC executives to whom he answers, and the other writers of the show who failed to perform. Doctor Who isn't made...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to I Need to Confess Something.
    Honestly, pandering is exactly what I think is going on. Last time I had my Prime subscription active, I finally got caught up, mostly to see what all the fuss was about and whether the criticisms of season 10 were truly justified.

    I'll be up front about one major bias I had. I love the fuck out of Peter Capaldi, the problems with his tenure aside he's my favorite Doctor since Tom Baker, and I felt Moffat should have departed the show with Smith. I don't take the show as seriously as most, but on the other side Moffat's refusal to step down despite declining ratings, quality, critical...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 07-15-2018, 02:20 AM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to V5 new preview is out!!!
    I'm not a mod and I'm not trying to impersonate one, but if you want to discuss issues related to moderation, the ongoing controversy about material as-presented in the V5 preview, and the politics of the controversy, can you please take it to DM? I'm seriously unhappy with those that started and have fueled the controversy, and to a certain extent WW's response to it, and I've made my viewpoint clear only as directly relates to the content of the V5 preview and have no interest in discussing it further out of respect for the people disinterested in it and want only to discuss V5. Privately, or...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to V5 new preview is out!!!
    Funny enough, I had the idea in the TC game I'm currently running, the troll-ass Promethean Brujah NPC who's been in and out of the story, would Embrace a bunch of old women, Hell's Grannies style, to send after the PC's. Not because he wants the PC's dead per se, but because he just enjoys fucking with them.

    This is the guy who allied with Nova Arpad against Rustovich when he had no dog in the fight -- in fact he was allied with Radu for God's sake -- for the express purpose of pissing her off....
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  • Theodrim
    replied to V5 new preview is out!!!
    Bringing this topic back to somewhere approaching the realm of sensibility, I often find myself wondering if this is a consequence of a generational gap of sorts. Not in terms of age necessarily, but in sensibility and experience with cWoD. For good or ill, the OPP works brought back (or introduced) a new wave of players to cWoD, most notably in this case with their "contemporary liberal" bent. It strikes me, as I stated in an earlier post, one of the common themes it seems among these newer or returning players are significant (oft-willful, in my opinion) gaps in knowledge or understanding...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 07-12-2018, 12:37 PM.

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  • A really good way to use this character would be to consider: as a trusted ghoul and confident, what would this butler know about the deceased Ventrue, their social connections, and the deceased Ventrue's ongoing schemes? Why a Ventrue Primogen would want this ghoul for themselves explains itself in that context.

    But, that alone isn't enough to base a story around. What if the butler suspects an enemy or rival vampire had a hand in the Ventrue's Final Death? What if that enemy/rival was the Primogen themselves? If not, is that enemy/rival a mutual enemy of the Primogen, or an ally?...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Unstoppable tank problem?
    This can be fun, but a light touch is necessary. One of the more infamous fights among my players in my most-recent modern nights game involved a Fortitude- and Auspex-heavy Ventrue antitribu who'd taken issue with the PC's. The Salubri antitribu ductus went after her, while the rest of the PC's dealt with the Ventrue's pack -- Nos, country Gangrel, and a Brujah who just fucking refused to die.

    It ended up being a cat-and-mouse game of avoiding each other's traps and ambushes, that culminated in just standing in front of each other unloading automatic shotguns. Eventually the Salubri...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to DAV20 Dur-an-Ki...
    Well, for those who may not remember or don't know, the Tremere ritual I specifically mentioned is Draught of Earth's Blood (level 3). The TLDR is the Tremere creates a distilled concoction of Tass and vitae, they can drink and spend later to reduce the difficulty of path and ritual rolls on a 1:1 basis, and it can be preserved via Principal Focus. Were I to adapt the ritual to Dur-an-Ki, the preparatory focus would be growing the marijuana, lacing it with vitae as it's growing, and ritually harvesting and preparing it into hashish. WW made a bit of an "oops" when they portrayed kalif...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 07-10-2018, 12:30 PM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to Unstoppable tank problem?
    One thing you might consider is an antagonist Setite. If the party's up to that level of shenanigans, they're a known entity and word will eventually reach other Setites what's going on. Hence why I asked what Path the character's on.

    If they're on the Path of Typhon, an elder lector-priest can show up, planning on exploiting the character's reputation to start and run a cult under the city's nose. Warriors are supposed to be subordinate to lector-priests under most circumstances, and neither the PC nor his allies can simply off the lector-priest lest he draws harsh and severe retribution...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to V5 new preview is out!!!
    Okay, this is going to be yet another step in the inevitable death spiral of this thread towards being locked and warnings handed out, but I have a few things to say. The big thing, here, is the growing popularity of "everyone who disagrees with me is a Nazi" in contemporary political discourse across the board, coupled with the astounding lack of a question I personally feel should be a no-brainer, but could stand to be asked a lot more in today's society: "is this person actually a Nazi?".

    In an earlier post I mentioned the most archetypal image possible of a...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 07-06-2018, 09:18 AM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to DAV20 Dur-an-Ki...
    Well, that's a mixed bag. I thought the old rules gave non-Thaumaturgy sorceries much-needed flavor, but I can understand the need for game balance. Assamites and Setites getting their path use free (of immediate cost) was a tad bit gonzo. I might house rule it back, and create a level-1 ritual for creating kalif in the same vein as blood skittles, tass skittles, inscribing the book of set, or dedicating those stupid altars of which I can never remember the name. Or I may just treat kalif as tass skittles, increasing the dice pool (since that seems to be the thing in V20 opposed to reducing difficulty)...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to V5 new preview is out!!!
    Ironically, one idea I'm toying with in my TC game is a story where the PC's have to deal with a chantry in a concentration camp, and the ensuing fallout....
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  • Theodrim
    started a topic DAV20 Dur-an-Ki...

    DAV20 Dur-an-Ki...

    I've been up one side of the DAV20 core book and Tome of Secrets but can't find rules one way or the other, and it's really starting to frustrate me.

    Were the activation rules for all blood sorceries standardized (1BP activation cost, difficulty 3 + path rating), or do the old rules for activation apply? Do practitioners of Dur-an-Ki still have to 420 blaze it for their magic to work, or was that retconned?
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  • I believe the old rules -- if I remember right, this might be a house rule -- might suit you best.

    Drawing an arrow from the quiver and nocking it is one action, drawing the bow and firing is a second. It takes two actions to use a bow and arrow. This can be done on the same action, but incurs a +2 difficulty penalty to the roll. Thus, Celerity is still highly beneficial to archers, but doesn't turn them into a turreted ballista with fangs.

    Thrown weapons are still better. The roll's Dex + Athletics so your dodge pool is the same as your throwing pool, Potence applies,...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 07-05-2018, 10:50 PM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to V5 new preview is out!!!
    People getting pissy at the mere suggestion a Brujah might be a neo-Nazi, when it's literally canon the Soviet Union was a state of, by, and for Brujah. I'd love to hear alternative theories from some of these people about 1%'er Brujah that form the clan stereotype that don't include neo-Nazism and Nazi iconography.

    Of course, these are the same people circle jerking over including of non-binary genders and whatnot "starting with the 20th Anniversary line"...when the reality is Vykos among other characters and even entire groups have been explicitly depicted as such for...
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 07-05-2018, 10:29 PM.

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  • Theodrim
    replied to Unstoppable tank problem?
    What Road/Path is this character on?
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  • This is one scenario I've considered taking for my endgame TC game, so I've put more and more thought in it lately.

    The scenario I've thought up, is [Tzimisce] ends up destroying the Masquerade once and for all...it does this on purpose. Without going too heavily in the "why", essentially the Eldest realizes modern weapons of mass destruction aren't toys unlike certain other Antediluvians and forces vampires to come out of the coffin. It does this in response to Absimiliard's little escapade (I'm changing the time frame on this), Baba Yaga's awakening and Final Death, and...
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  • Theodrim
    replied to Make Your Own Bloodline!
    Well, for what it's worth, this is the unholiness birthed in my last TC story.

    The I Haven't Thought Far Ahead Enough to Name Them Bloodline, not that They Need a Name Anyways, Right?

    Parent clan: a couple Gangrel who unwittingly touched [Tzimisce]'s blood.

    Clan disciplines: Animalism, Fortitude, Vicissitude.

    Clan weakness: Members of this bloodline are Embraced with the Soul Infection derangement.

    Lore: The Asakku were in truth but one part of the Eldest's scheme to subvert the Curse of Caine. Originally Tzimisce whose wills had
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 06-29-2018, 09:06 PM.

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  • You can't do that.

    You can only use one Focused Mind power per turn, first off. That's always been the case, but at least in V20 if you want the page citation it's at the end of the general path write-up on page 139 of Rites of the Blood. In fact, that's a marked difference from earlier versions which state only one level can be in effect at any time. I'll have to find my copy of BMST if you're playing Revised for specific citations there, but to the best of my memory FM is actually a lot more restrictive on what powers can be used, when, even if durations are more forgiving.
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    Last edited by Theodrim; 06-26-2018, 10:25 AM.

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