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  • Except that the 4 billion people you mentioned are not as important in the global mainstream sense as the few hundred thousand people who work as the main decision makers of Hollywood, Gaming, Music, etc.

    Mainstream is one part numbers, one part monetization, one part level of being vocal about things. Yellowstone was one of, if not the most watched TV show recently, yet most social media didn't even have it on the radar for being relevant enough to bring up. Why? Because the demographic for the people watching the show were not on social media.

    If you create a product...
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  • And when the country with around 330 million people has an entertainment industry which influences the other 7.6+ billion people on the planet, mainstream is what the masses are told it is.

    Don't get me wrong though, I agree with the sentiment that reality is a collection of smaller bubbles rather than one large bubble that is shared, but throwing around numbers as proof of what mainstream can miss other realities that are equally if not more important....
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  • Personally, I have always been a fan of exploiting the aspect of gaming where a little bit of planning or thought nullifies aspects of the game.

    If you play a fighter, there are mechanics to represent how good a fighter you are. If you want to play a magic caster, then there is a list of spells and rituals to learn and use. If you play a "thinking" character on the other hand, there are rarely mechanics to support it.

    It's kind of like trying to play a genius inventor like Edison or Tesla, who are defined by their ability to redefine the technology of the setting...
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  • Perhaps that should be another thing to put on the list of underdeveloped aspects, the fact that the systems are not consistent across settings....
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  • What part of my post was pessimistic?

    Hard times and social isolation make people want to strengthen social connections, but at the same time the worse the times are, the less time you have for indulgences, so after working two jobs, fixing food for the family, doing chores, catching up on bills, etc. the only thing you will have energy to do is sleep....
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  • A vampire loses 1 BP per night for waking, one dot in Herd gets you three Vessels, it takes about 48 hours for a Vessel to regenerate enough to be fed on again. By feeding on the Herd in turn, by the time you have cycled through the Herd, the first is able to be fed on again. Thus 7 vessels at Herd two is enough for a couple of vampires.

    I agree that some vampire builds are absurdly BP expensive. But at the same time, probably due to the groups I have played with, I see those very expensive builds as being lower tier choices compared to more BP efficient builds. A game with minimal...
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  • A better question to ask is what does a TTRPG bring to the table that a Video Game doesn't?

    A video game, when competently made, offers a far superior experience when it comes to combat. The computer handles all the mechanics and rules interactions, you just click away to your heart's content. Now the question of FPS, Third Person Shooter, MOBA style, etc. is a personal taste thing, but overall, anything that takes the mechanics heavy lifting off the Players is a good thing.

    What a TTRPG or Online TTRPG does better than a video game is narrative options. If you want to...
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    Not necessarily so, Auspex doesn't use BP for anything, so a Seer Tremere build is remarkably blood efficient in play style. This leaves the Gargoyle as the main blood consumer. A Herd score of two dots could feed both with a little left over.



    This is one of those situations where real world situations make the WoD default setup nonsensical. A while back there was a discussion on the forums about doing things like renovating a decommissioned missile silo for a vampire haven. The average sale price for such a silo and surrounding land is about $300,000 which...
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  • Yes and no.

    Many online apps and video games get region locked prices, despite there being no real supply chain issue.

    As for price gouging the elites, yes this is a thing, except in many the countries where you would be going to get more out of your money, the corruption or lax law enforcement is prevalent enough that the price gouger can end up brutalized or dead for the behavior. When transported to the WoD setting, this means it is even more cutthroat.

    Of course, in my opinion, if you are flaunting enough wealth that people will try to price gouge you,...
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  • Herd is one of those Backgrounds that can be very powerful or useless depending on which aspects you focus on and how you play your character. Using V20 for the purposes of discussion.
    Herd: * is 3 Vessels, which is enough to ensure basic survival from night to night.
    Herd: ** is 7 Vessels, which lets you spend a few blood points per night on top of basic feeding.
    Herd: *** is 15 Vessels, which pretty much covers a high BP use character build.
    Herd: **** is 30 Vessels, which covers a whole coterie of efficient users.
    Herd: ***** is 60 Vessels, which covers a whole...
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  • Sadly I believe the main issue is that if we made the adjustments, the game would turn into something else.

    Realistically speaking, a modern vampire would prioritize a secure haven and a live in Herd above politics or factions. Once technology hit the conference call stage, things like Elysium are not just outdated, but outright hazards because every hunter or alternate faction will hunt you there.

    Vampire society would be less Lost Boys fighting for survival on the street corners, and more bunch of shut-ins meeting online to socialize. The interesting thing is that with...
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  • I agree that Backgrounds need more substance, I would love it. But every time I try to mess with that it tends to break the game and setting quite thoroughly. The game setting and the themes just don't support those bigger ambitions.

    Resources alone shows how much the game doesn't really work with Backgrounds. Having lets say $1,000,000 in a bank account is a nice little chunk of change regardless of where you are in the USA.

    If you live in a backwoods area with minimal needs, you can buy an expansive plot of land, get a custom designed house built for all your vampiric...
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  • The part of VtM that I feel is the most underdeveloped would have to be the design of vampire society itself.

    If you look at the clans, bloodlines, blood magic, disciplines, hunter types, etc. all of them have been updated or retrofitted over time. But the core of vampire society hasn't been updated since the release of the Sabbat and Independents as playable factions and thus giving an option other than Camarilla.

    I am referring to the notion that any vampire run city is always a melting pot of multiple vampire clans, beyond the power structure of the say the prince...
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