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  1. Hi all! It's been ages since I played; I'm almost through reading the V5 corebook and was wondering if anyone had an open virtual table I could join? I'd offer to ST but I've never played (much less run) V5, and the Masquerade WoD isn't my usual bailiwick.
  2. This isn't worth getting upset over, so how about this: Have it replace, I don't know, Obfuscate 5 for a specific brood of Mekhet or Nosferatu, and have the normal five dot level be off-limits thereafter. OR Just have 5 dots in Obfuscate as a prerequisite (already on the merit) and make players pay the extra cost for the merit. Which, all things considered, just sucks up more XP anyway. And if you wan't to be really stingy, make the 3 dot version limited to same room/lightsource as the owner, and the 5 dot totally independent. If you want to say: "No, this is a powerful ability, therefor
  3. There's really no way for to subtly insert the following link without seeming either paranoid or smug, but I need to do it at least once to get it off my chest: Antiquary Antics. For what it's worth, I'd like to think the the thread inspired the book. But as narcissistic as my egocentric little universe is, I'll chalk it up to a cosmic coincidence instead.
  4. Ok, here goes: The "Betting System" Status Through steady attendance to Elysium, Clan, or Covenant gatherings, coupled with taking a few visible responsibilities, the character starts building up a social cache in local politics. Each point of XP gambled represents a roll and personal investment into their standing and in local politics, and caps the number of dots of Status that the character can gain. Roll: Extended Action, Presence + Resolve (Presence, because they are drawing attention to themselves, Resolve as it's an ongoin effort through several weeks), each success above the numbe
  5. I see nothing wrong with occasional downgrades due to chance, people do lose things almost arbitrarily... just as they sometimes gain them as well. Someone who spends no XP on resources (so to speak) can still win the lottery. (and gain 3+ dots of Resources) ... however, I'd say if they didn't spend some actual XP to cement that money, they fritter it away by spending it irresponosibly and not putting it in investments or savings accounts to ensure a steady income (drops down to 1 or even no dots). Where I'm going with this is, make sure your players know this isn't entirely arbitrary or cap
  6. *shrug* One of the things I dislike about the discipline system is it's rigidity. There's lots of things vampires can do in fiction that the discipline system has trouble covering, which is how devotions are helpful. That said, I find the Promethean system for Transmutations is something I wouldn't mind seeing with a few disciplines, where you can buy multiple powers in the same dot range that are all thematically connected (even skipping low dots and buying 2 to 5 dot abilities skipping levels). On that note, Merits are a good half way option for this. Honestly, I can see them work as dev
  7. I just worry that if they try to trap the NO in banked blood (rather than adding it later) it will reduce its shelf life, NO is a free radical after all.
  8. Just say NO. ... For Nitric Oxide.
  9. Well, you could say they're made with a devotion, Cruac or Theban ritual, but the shadow id's themselves are Retainers. Also, from a long ago entry called The Society of Gourmands. Discerning Nose •• Effect: After decades of selective feeding and careful examination, the user is a regular connoisseur of all varieties of blood. The user adds +2 to all rolls to discern information from blood and Vitae, and may smell rather than taste it to get this information. This merit is often taken by Mekhet or Tasters. Inured to Red • Effect: The member has dealt with blood as an abstract concept for so
  10. A mental exercise for you fine folk: Just like star trek and soap opera's relish the "evil goatee wearing parallel universe twin", let's assume that the WoD itself has a mirror reflection in another universe, or is itself a mirror to another universe. What's this place like? Officially it's already a darker version of our world, so it should make no difference... except that there aren't any creepy crawly supernaturals in our world. So, how would "Light Side" versions of vampires, werewolves, mages, prometheans and fair folk faire in our world? On the other hand, what if the WoD were alrea
  11. Shadow id ••• Prerequisite: Obfuscate ••••• or Obtenebration ••• Whether through a forbidden ritual, a compact with elemental darkness, or their Anima/Beast slipping it's leash, the kindred's shadow moves on it's own independently of the kindred and any light source. This Shadow id is intensely curious while displaying most of it's caster's hidden baser emotions (hunger, lust, hate, fear). Aside from being intensely creepy, the Shadow id makes an excellent spy and servant. Despite being unable to directly influence the material world, they can operate at any time, and communicate with their
  12. What I liked: I liked the computer AI girl. in my head I kept calling her The White Queen (Since the one in the first was supposed to the Red Queen). Also, it's nice to see amoral computer AI's that aren't completely psychotic, genocidal, or stupid. The ditch with the clones, I just kept thinking "Huh, so that's what happens to your body when you lose a life!" Mila didn't bare it all. Again. I like her as an actress, but she's nude for a surprising number of films, and there are other actresses whose curves are more pleasing. Nicki from Heroes got a new movie role! Yay! What I didn't
  13. Justifying it any other way than as mundane causes wouldn't just "not make sense", but would make you sound clearly paranoid and/or delusional. Thinking about it: any Daeva with a little Majesty and psychology, and a lot of spite, could simply go around using 1 and 2 (or 3 on their immediate friends and family) to make someone so paranoid they can get them legally committed.
  14. I think of it as how aware a person might be of his body displaying symptoms of sickness. If you've just caught a cold but haven't started sneezing or coughing, there are subtle signs you can still notice (fever, headache, sudden tiredness/breathlessness). If it's your first cold, then these symptoms probably go unnoticed or ignored. But if you've had several colds, you learn to read your body's responses and can notice the onset. That gives you time to stock up on medicines and vitamins. In game terms, most humans would never notice, and if they do they'll attribute it to a brainfart or o
  15. You have a point. How about: The Promethean can sing a swan song whenever they witness a death firsthand (Including their own), roll Expression + Manipulation minus the highest Composure + Supernatural Advantage present. Each success represents a turn of singing, during which all listeners become entranced and forced to listen to the Swan Song. No combat can take place while the promethean sings, though listeners can spend a point of Willpower to make a reflexive Resolve + Composure roll to flee the area. Once the song concludes, characters remain in awestruck silence (distracted) for a numbe
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