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World of Darkness Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 from Hardsuit Labs and Brian Mitsoda - coming March

Discussion in 'General RPG Discussion' started by vortex, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Vaarna_Aarne Notorious Internet Vandal Patron

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    From a narrative persective making the PC at least start off as a Thin-Blood makes a lot of sense, it's probably the most natural way of giving that "grand tour" of things in the setting from bottom up and give a clear sense of character progression.

    I'm more curious that they seem to have dug up Kineticism from some attic it was left buried in.

    Also kind of important Caitiff are not defined by Generation and are not necessarily thin-bloods.

    Well yes and no really, Thin-Bloods have less of a bad time with the sun but conversily they have a much worse time with bullets without a merit, and while they can temporarily gain disciplines via Blood Resonance they cannot learn disciplines at all (and with a merit they can learn *one* discipline). Thin-Bloods also have to take additional flaws compared to others (aforementioned two merits require this, Thin-Bloods take additional flaws specific to them, and for each up to three an additional merit specific to them). Basically as a whole it's part of the overall shift to try and move Vampire to a more lower level of perspective, cutting down on the number of superpowerful NPCs around while trying to make Thin-Bloods and 13th Generation more useful and viable instead of basically NPCs-Only stuff (because let's be honest, nobody would NOT have Generation 5 in their background if they weren't making some bullshit RPing excuse for themselves; come to think of it, Generation is also removed from background options).

    Blood Alchemy is basically an example of why nobody should ever be allowed to come up with ritual systems because they'll come up with silly shit like three years to research a formula. I personally don't like this potion shit much, but they wanted a vampire meth lab so they gots them a vampire meth lab. I still like it more than the sort of bullshit they cook up for how old characters are. Neonates in 2019, embraced in nineteen-fucking-forty? This sort of bullshit of passage of time being utterly irrelevant was always dumb with Vampire. Then again, in Bloodlines Strauss calls LaCroix (embraced in 1815) a neonate, just so your head can explode.
     
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  2. Cael Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck

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    Mist is a level 5 Protean ability and you can't even get to that level unless you are 8th gen or something like that. A thinblood getting it off the bat? Woke oppreshun factor.
     
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    One of the few things that give me a little bit of hope for the game is their choice of disciplines. If they're at all as described, they will materially affect gameplay in quite ambitious ways. Turning into mist is not the same as floating down from a building or using TK to grab an object or float an enemy. This is a good deal more sophisticated than the original, where most of the disciplines were fairly straightforward numbers adjustments -- buffs, debuffs, ranged damage, crowd control etc. (This shouldn't be construed as a criticism of VtM:B btw, the disciplines were really well done and did wonders for replayability, despite their relative simplicity.)
     
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    There's also to note that the disciplines aren't derived from the PnP game at all. They should be looked at first and foremost as "is this interesting for vidya" PC abilities, since vidya is not the same as running a PnP campaign.

    EDIT: Though one criticism to be had of original Bloodlines disciplines is that Celerity and Obfuscate were way better than all other disciplines combined. This isn't exactly it's fault tho, the balance of disciplines has been wacky in PnP too. Mist Form is a good example, it's kind of a "fucking really" five-dot compared to the fact Protean breaks the game at two-dot (well, broke, the claws don't deal aggravated anymore in V5).
     
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    Don't be mean, we like some good things once in a while [​IMG]
     
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    I'm not an expert on wod faggotry and shit but doesn't this mean two of the classic clans are out ? Nossie and gangrel probably ?
     
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  7. Prime Junta Arcane

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    In my opinion Presence and Auspex are better than either of these.
     
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    I think this is rather a missing comma from the script, taken at face value by the voice actor. Or a missing dot.

    "La Croix is a Prince, neonate. And a Ventrue on top of that."
     
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    Can be seen as either way. It's either a gross oversight, or poor form, considering that Gary was embraced in 1957 (which btw is IMO doing it right).

    Nah they're out and about. It isn't that hard to work Animalism around the bat thing, and as mentioned Protean could do a lot better for five-dot than Mist Form.

    Tertiary I would say (since even Celerity takes secondary priority to the top requirement in Bloodlines: Persuasion, Lockpicking and Hacking). Auspex provides a handy increase to Hacking for much of the game to help you conserve XP, and it can provide a benefit at endgame due to Perception bonus, but it isn't anything compared to Celerity (and in fact, it too is better seen as a subsidiary of Celerity in combat due to the way Celerity amplifies basically everything else). Presence is neat, but again doesn't really compare to Obfuscate, but it does work as the alternative to Fortitude but has more efficiency at low levels than most disciplines since the speed debuff is there from get-go, the dialogue use added in Plus Patch isn't really enough of a carrot IMO considering how you are naturally funneled to using Persuade due to skill books and occult items. The thing with Celerity is really just that it's by far the most multi-purpose discipline, with highest amount of mayhem per blood point used, and the one that can act as a force multiplier. Main drawback it has is that it is a slow burner, you need to get it up to 4 before it reveals just how strong it is.

    Obfuscate is more of a cheat mode that lets you skip most combat with low investment, since you only really need 2 points in it and the others are just extra on top. Celerity is the top dog hands down, but Obfuscate is the one with the most competing amount of utility.
     
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    Gross oversight in a game rushed out the door? Nay, say it is not so!

    Iii don't know. Age and cainite society ranks are messed up in the PnP, but 50 years of unlife to become the Primogen of your clan? Even for a city as young as LA, this is stretching it. Ideally, the city's Elders should be connected to the gold rush of the 1850s, excepting obviously imported cases such as LaCroix and Strauss.

    Personally, I believe the meat of the setting is in close proximity of a city's Primogen council and the Prince, so players should by default have the option of being their trusted retainers, ie: experienced Ancillae or perhaps even Elders. How those ranks should translate to years of unlife is a secondary consideration.
     
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    the older nossies got lost in the sewers
     
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  12. Sailor Woedica Scholar The Real Fangirl

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    Ugh is anybody else disappointed with the fashion we've seen so far? It's all suits, or old dresses??? Where's the cool lewks!

    Like dude is dressed like Captain America in his casual clothes here:

    Not to be totally biased, but vampires should lewk more like this:

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    At least let me dress in an oversized puffer jacket and slay a sporty lewk underneath!!!!!!

    One thing I loved about Bloodlines was how stylish things were, like everything came from a UNIF lewkbook! (Hopefully I'm wrong and they'll be totally stunning outfits in the final game!!!)
     
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    No wonder you spend your time on the codex and not with a man....phew that sense of fashion.
     
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  15. Sailor Woedica Scholar The Real Fangirl

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  16. FreeKaner Prophet of the Dumpsterfire

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    It is true actually. I hope the people in the game won't have the video game dev uniform of cargo shorts and t-shirts with text on them in big fonts.
     
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  17. fantadomat Dumbfuck! Dumbfuck Edgy

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    Ohhh but why? Just look at how much fun we are having here. So are you greek or moldovian?
     
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  18. FreeKaner Prophet of the Dumpsterfire

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    In other words I hope characters in the game won't look like this:

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    There is only one possible pair of cargo shorts and no big letters in that picture.
     
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  21. FreeKaner Prophet of the Dumpsterfire

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    You are a programmer are you not? You know what I am talking about.
     
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    Programmers are extremely literal-minded you know.
     
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  23. Lord Andre Arcane

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    No, no. I'm referring to the fact that on the official site, under clan section, there are 6 slots with concept art of a haven for each one.

    One slot is now thinbloods, the other still unknown. 6-1=5, 7-5=2 => 2 of the classic clans are not joinable. Judging from the heaven art, probably nossie and gangrel.
     
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    Grab the Codex by the pussy Serpent in the Staglands Dead State Divinity: Original Sin Project: Eternity Torment: Tides of Numenera Wasteland 2 Shadorwun: Hong Kong Divinity: Original Sin 2 A Beautifully Desolate Campaign Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire Pathfinder: Kingmaker
    Here are the images:

     
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    That is interesting. So if that is true, one at the rightmost would be ventrue, one that is left of it tremere. However it is just as likely they are just displaying various environments with different moods, which just accidentally could correspond to different clans because of clans having their own characters. For example 2nd or 3rd from left, what clan those would be?
     
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