July 4th, 2001


justin: the debriefing

hello all, the last time i posted was waaay back in january. for those who remember such trivial things (which all of you don't), i was auditioning for a play. i missed it. then i auditioned for the musical. got it. got a very minor part, but hey, beggars can't be choosers.

recently however, i had to do a romeo & juliet skit for my english final. *devious grin* since then, i've had an experience in the musical, and played a vampire chronicle (which eventually collapsed because of me =[ ) and a werewolf chronicle (which fell apart because we decided to do something else with our social lives first). i got a 98 in the skit, and made my teacher's mouth drop!

i'm glad to say however that the onset of summer has brought new opportunities. the ST for both chronicles i've played has virtually made a new fantasy rpg called "Epoch" (yes, the concept has some parallels to Chrono Trigger, but doesn't CT kick ass???), which i will be playing. the pregame sucked tho. o well. then there's the werewolf game i can hopefully participate in (if my strict parents let me out once a week till 10, which'll be rare, even in summer). enough of my senseless banter.
anyone here dislike exalted? my friends who role-play (they're not 15 like me...they're up there in adulthood...oooo) play a lot of white-wolf stuff, but not the recent ones. they seem to loathe d&d, and any fantasy game. one of them came up with a theory: the thing with the "old-skool" white-wolf games all had somewhat of an explanation that made it seem more real. i'm sure many of you have heard stories about people who actually think they're vampires (based on the game...can you imagine people running around claiming to be of Clan Malkavian and "dementing" you, and you can't kill them with stakes or garlic?), and they murder. that's what got one of my friends into it. he's right...vampire, werewolf, mage, wraith, and hunter maybe...they can all be so real. the way its made, anyone walking the street at night and/or day can be any of those! that's why my friends like ol' white-wolf, but abhor newer stuff that deals with fantasy and d&d. i'm not meaning any offense here, because i can honestly say that i don't share some of their views. plues, most of them are all in Epoch (maybe it's favoritism, since they are friends with the creator). i don't know why i just posted.
  • Current Music
    Weezer - The World has Turned and Left

nonsensical entry borne of intentions of ins0mnia for the good of all humanity in my mind...

jugsaw puzzle pieces of originality, none of my own. this can be for all those going from the bullet in your head to toyko from los angeles. a day is nothing more than here, there, and everywhere, why do i percieve the green light on the button while looking to see venom on top stretching his claws on the guardsman?

does the black suited spider-man take time to think words for nothing can be totally spontaneous as the little line moves and blinks, yet the bright yellow light stimulates my rods and shows me wet drops of hydrogen-oxygen. the insight of a crazy man-corpse is nothing more than a short piano song which is sometimes annoying like a pop-rock sheet of organized sound.

why must morning come when the big anti-blue stripe ball is not on the bright internal-reality machine? sleep is not for me on nights on crazy celebrations especially, but the daytime is like a mircowave that puts meat and bacteria to sleep. inspired by those who aren't flawed and yet have symptoms of schizophrenia, schizophrenics aren't afraid of no-ghost with a brown hat crying to ren and stimpy.

why must song sound sick like man trying to tell woman to accept rape? uh, too much sense in that which can be nonsensical if the hair cells cannot receive the organized frequiencies of the noise from the Toadies. the Stigma in my wallpaper and whitness beckons to the skinflap on my looker to be like a fat dude. the sound of popping from a hole in the skin is funny to most people, and smelly too. do i wanna die?
  • Current Music
    System of a Down - Sugar | Vampire: the Masquerade - Malkavian Insight


Hmm... okay, an earlier thread got me thinking about this. Am I the only one who finds the whole system of disciplines in Vampire, well, contrived? Seriously, legendary vampiric powers come in neat paths each containing five balanced powers? Entire clans only master three disciplines each? Somehow, I just don't buy it. Aside from really pointedly conceptual disciplines (like those of Sabbat clans and the ridiculous bloodlines), I'm inclined to think most of the major disciplines should be readily available to just about any vampire. And the ones that aren't would be a lot more interesting with quasireligious connotations rather than just nifty powers (Quietus and Serpentis especially).

Note that I don't include Thaumaturgy and Necromancy here. I personally would like to see them bearing even less resemblance to disciplines than they currently do. They're something else entirely in my book.

Anyway, next time I run a vamp game (God knows when that'll be, though), I think I'm going to experiment with making disciplines more flexible and less... well, less of a neatly organized system. Though I'll probably eliminate anything that isn't a reasonably traditional "vampiric" power.

Any thoughts?

(Oh, and as far as the other games go, Mage and Changeling are pretty much as flexible as I like and I don't care about the other games enough to worry about their systems.)
  • gymini

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I just switched from 2nd to 3rd and I really like it. Though I'm too used to 2nd. But I'm wondering if anyone knows of some gaming groups in Florida(ocala area)?

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In Laws of the Night, doesn't it state that after Diablerie a character's own disciplines surge for an hour/a scene? They're not supposed to really gain a discipline from the diabolorized character. In the LARP V:tM Game that I play, our storyteller has just implemented new rules, including revised rules for diabolarie. Our Game has been transformed into a strictly Vampire/Camarilla game. We were having huge clusterfucks and terrible slaughterfests with the Sabbat attempting to take control of everything and all the most experienced characters taking advantage of everyone else. So, our main storyteller (we had one, now we have 3) decided he was going to fix it. That was about a month ago, and so far it's gone pretty well. Biggest problem right now is that everyone wants to play some type of Independant. I'm currently playing a Malkavian (and I personally think I play it perfectly well, because I hate those loony malks, too). I am one of the few people that will actually play a regular character without fucking it up and cheating. How do you get people interested in playing characters like Brujah, Malkavian, Toreadors, or Nos? I mean, all our game has currently is a handful of regular Cam supporters and a ton of Ravanos, Giovani, Tremere --Yeah, I play a Mage game in my spare time, but God do I hate those Tremere--, and the occasional Ventrue. And sometimes a Gargoyle. What is up with those Gargoyles, anyway?... ::Groans:: I thought they were just in the WoD. Isn't that right?