One of the best approaches to D&D these days is the ability to say "We're using the following books" and list the supplements that are viable in-game. That's always been possible but with lines like the Forgotten Realms drawing on so many books these days, it's practically essential. The WoD, as we all know, is going along similar lines these days. Here we have a case of someone just not liking Werewolf (or werewolves) that much and rather than giving it a shot, they look elsewhere in supplements. In this specific case, it's probably cooler to beg them to give it a shot, axe them from the group, or bend like the willow branch and accomodate them by playing something else. Peace in a group is valuable. It should be preserved unless someone is a fuckface. My absolute very first thing to do would be to say - as I will at the start of any Werewolf game in the future - that "Here's a list of the sourcebooks we're using," none of which will have "Skinchangers" in the title. My justification will be this: "I appreciate there are rules in an optional suourcebook for people who can turn into animals by various rituals. I appreciate that. However, this is a game about natural-born werewolves and their trials and lifestyle, which has less than zero to do with those optional rules. If this was a game about vampires, I'd say no to Skinthieves. Vampires can change shape, too, but being able to do a similar thing to the main characters doesn't mean another character will fit into the game at all. I can fly when I'm on a plane. This doesn't mean I get to play in a chronicle about angels or birds. Their issues are different than mine; whereas mine involve in-flight meals and no leg-room, they're worried about - in the case of angels - helping people and stuff, and - in the case of birds - shitting on people and not getting sucked into plane engines. Being a variant character means you will miss almost every theme or unique aspect of the game as detailed in all the Werewolf sourcebooks, because these events won't be on your character's level and will mean nothing to his senses if he can even experience them at all. If you hate Werewolf, then let's rap about doing something else. But that's not it, is it? No. You like the Bastest, don't you? I thought so. See, this is the thing: If you hate werewolves and just want to play a game of Werewolf as a guy who turns into a tiger or whatever, then not only do I hate you, I actually want to kill you. Yeah, really. No, I'm perfectly serious. This is my serious face. Yes, I actually mean it. What, right now? Well, in a sense. Mostly I'm thinking about what I'll say to your parents when they call and you've been dead, hidden in five separate bags spread across the city, for over three weeks. Ha, good point. It would be hard for me to beat your fat ass to death with only my bare hands. Lucky for me I poisoned your precious apple juice before this conversation even started, then, huh? Try and move your legs. No? Nothing? Awesome. I'll be back in half an hour with an axe and five plastic bags. See you then. ...Oh, and here's your copy of Skinchangers. I'll make sure I put it in the same dumpster as your head in case you get bored and need something to read in Hell."