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  • Thoth
    replied to Messing with History
    Cambridge Analytica and the Catholic Church agree completely....
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  • The Masquerade as written is kind of stuck in a limbo of sorts. It only really works up to the early to mid 1990's. Once you start getting modern technology like civilian infrared night vision, facial ID databases, social media being a thing, and cell phone cameras.... yeah the Masquerade in the original conception is a ticking time bomb classified as "when" rather than "if" it fails. Over 15 years ago we had satellite technology that allowed infrared viewing and magnification great enough to do things like read license plates, it wouldn't take much for a government to point
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  • This is another of those things that seems weird to me. The fluff and setting is more or less geared for most players to be playing Lost Boys coteries, which are little more than a gang with fangs. They stick around the same city and don't amass power so much as just goof around like teenagers, regardless of their actual mental/psychological age. These sorts of vampires would live for grudges and feuds to stave off boredom.

    Since vampires can choose whom to embrace that means that they essentially get to choose what sort of behavioral qualities are added to vampire society. Thus embracing...
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  • Very true, though it is interesting that the Masquerade by design doesn't facilitate a harmonious vampiric society. By this I am referring to the fact that while there might be designated hunting grounds in a city, such as its local bars, there isn't just a vampire run building that is full of lobotomized mortals that no one will miss and any vampire in good standing can feed from without worry of being observed or exposed. Sure that sounds a bit dark for a Humanity focused group like the Camarilla, but its not like you can't just use prisoners scheduled for execution or people guilty of horrible...
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  • V:tM has always had a mixed message when it came to population numbers. On one hand vampires are supposed to be city dwellers who are hemmed in by lupines circling the outer edges of civilization. On the other hand we have several clans and bloodlines which can function out in the wilds just fine and in some cases far better than they could in a city environment.

    Feeding styles don't give us help in figuring it out because for every vampire who hunts each night and thus contributes to the 1 to 100,000 ratio as far as being noticed, there are vampires who maintain mortal herds or feed...
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  • Thoth
    replied to Messing with History
    And now I am thinking about a spin off game where a group of 4th gen vampires who were patrons of the Beringian tribes exit torpor in the modern age. Well it's not like we needed the west coast to be intact anyways.... Though after a certain point doesn't this just become a variant of a Deadlands game?...
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  • Thoth
    replied to Occupied territories?
    I think the closest we ever got to a world map for vampires was a fan made map which marked cities with 100k+ mortal populations. This was based off the notion of the 100,000 mortals for every vampire population ratio suggested in the books. It was a bit eye opening how restricted that made vampire territory.
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  • Thoth
    replied to Messing with History
    As opposed to the IRL situation where people murder each other for angels and divine righteousness?...
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  • Thoth
    replied to Feeding ideas
    Alternatively you could steal van, repaint it, steal a few uniforms, and have your mortal gang members do a false blood drive around the neighborhood during the day.
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  • Thoth
    replied to Messing with History
    Perhaps I am misunderstanding something, but your point more or less argues exactly why the church would go public. Loss of life is only a travesty if there is no heaven or hell to go to. From the churches perspective, the turmoil that would ensue is just separating the wheat from the chaff when it comes to believers.

    Though to be fair it is easy for me to see the post church reveal of vampires as turning things into something along the lines of the Priest movie or perhaps even the Warhammer 40K setting with huge swathes of humanity going deep on the old time religion. Technology...
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  • Thoth
    replied to The latest BBC Dracula
    For my to cents on the topic.

    The BBC Dracula would be a Malkavian with several centuries XP under his belt. The focus on all his weaknesses being in his head would fit, as does the notion that he might have taken on the clan weaknesses of Ventrue and Tzimisce, perhaps even created the old man reflection issue as a nosferatu thing. In short he doesn't know what he is and has taken on aspects of other vampires he has encountered during his existence.

    This applies to his power set as well. we have the obvious physical disciplines and we have the standard manipulation ones,...
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  • Thoth
    replied to [V20] Background limits
    Alternatively you make an Industrial Leader type of background which requires Resources 5 before you can gain ranks in it.
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  • Thoth
    replied to Messing with History
    To be fair I am looking at True Faith with the cosmology in place that also makes True Magic and Hedge Magic possible in the setting. In short the more people who believe that magic and reality work in a given way, the more it becomes the case. So all you need is one or two True Faith believers to essentially deepen the faith of others to the required levels to count as True Faith, even if it is only a minor level of it.

    As for what counts as proof, this is where things get tricky. If a random vampire hunter uploads video of a vampire breaking the masquerade that can easily be explained...
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  • Thoth
    replied to Messing with History

    The tricky part about the church in WoD is that it both solves one of the great dilemmas about faith and fractures the setting with its implications.

    The biggest issue with any religious group is that it is next to impossible to prove the validity of the scriptures. But in WoD all you have to do is wheel out some one with a True Faith rating and produce a miracle more or less on command. This will then have a domino affect by reaffirming other peoples faith which in turn means that more and more people will end up with a True Faith score. Thus you could have one hell
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  • Thoth
    replied to Masquerade in our days
    There are ways to make the masquerade work with modern world with all its technological innovations, but it always changes the setting rather drastically.

    Option #1: Population Control & Smart Feeding
    One of the simplest ways to reduce the problems of modern technology is to just have fewer vampires running around. Like the original stated population ratios in the books that would have a city like San Francisco have only 6 vampires in total. Further more the act of "hunting" in public is considered an emergency measure rather than a character build for feeding....
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  • Thoth
    replied to Messing with History
    Generally I tend to keep my recent history (the last thousand years or so) relatively close to real world history, but with my interest in antiquities and ancient technology the farther back in history you go the more crazy things tend to get. A good example is the so called "Baghdad Battery" which makes electricity a possible storyline element despite being around in antiquity.

    It doesn't take much research to find examples of technologies that we often think of as "modern" being around during the dark ages or sword & sandals eras. Which means all sorts of...
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