Desert of Shadows
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05/06/19    Character Creation  
05/22/19    Characters: General  
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05/01/19    Game: Miscellaneous  
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  Frequently Asked Questions  
FAQ - Character Creation
02/27/19    What are the clans caps?  
03/08/19    What do I need to know to build a character?  
03/04/14    Can we take the Camarilla setting merits and flaws from pg 404-405, and/or the Anarch merits and Flaws from page 485-487?  
04/08/14    Is there any Errata to the rules?  
07/30/14    Is there anything I need to create a character?  
03/04/14    Can I play a Sabbat clan and not be Sabbat?  
04/05/14    I don't know what character to make, or how to make one!  
05/07/14    Are Loremaster and Natural Linguist merits retroactive?  
07/30/14    Do merits cost creation xp?  
03/08/19    Can my character be from Las Vegas or part of Las Vegas history?  
03/22/19    Will the ST's give me XP if I write a cool background for my character?  
05/06/19    How much xp can I build a character with? (Floor XP)?  
05/06/19    What is the current Floor XP?  
 



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What are the clans caps? (02/27/19)

 

At the moment, there are no clan caps. We'd like to see what people filter into. If we see a dramatic imbalance in our character creation period, however, we reserve the right to impose clan caps. If imposed, they will be: 

Common Clans capped at base 6, Uncommon Clans capped at base 4, Rare Clans are capped at base 2 for the first 25 players, caps go up by 1 for each additional 25.

 

http://www.desertofshadows.com/index.cfm?sitepage=members/rollcall_count

 
 


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What do I need to know to build a character? (03/08/19)

 

For our game we will be using a customized setting not found in the book. Instead it can be found here: Setting document for DoS: Endgame

XP is 30 initial creation  + 70 starting XP,  for a total of 100. Floor XP will be 30% of total earned XP ceiling.  The XP ceiling is the maximum amount of XP available if one were to attend every game session. 

See Floor XP FAQ: http://www.desertofshadows.com/index.cfm?sitePage=faq/faq_dsp&section=Character%20Creation#134

 

 
 


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Can we take the Camarilla setting merits and flaws from pg 404-405, and/or the Anarch merits and Flaws from page 485-487? (03/04/14)

 

Yes, but only if you're in those groups. 

 
 


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Is there any Errata to the rules? (04/08/14)

 

Yes, By Night Studios has published errata for the published core rule book.  It is available here: http://www.bynightstudios.com/?page_id=356

 
 


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Is there anything I need to create a character? (07/30/14)

 

Yes, there are a few things you'll need to be able to create a character for the Desert of Shadows troope game.

  • You will  require the source book Mind's Eye Theatre: the Masquerade.  This book and errata are available from By Night Studios & DriveThruRPG or check with a local retailer for availability.  Specific details regarding character creation can be found on page 83 in the MET book.
  • Once you are familiar with the creation rules, you may create your character using the websites character generation system

Once you've developed your character concept, and built the character using the DoS character generation system  you are automatically taken to your character sheet after you've completed step 9 of the creation process.  The Character Sheet nav link now becomes your direct link to your character sheet where you may spend xp on your character, print a copy, etc.     

All characters must be registered and follow the character creation process on the website and saved to be considered legal for play in a Desert of Shadows game. 

If you haven't made any changes to your character by the next game, the character will maintain it's saved status.

If you have questions about your character, contact the storyteller by emailing ST@desertofshadows.com .  If you encounter technical issues while creating your character, feel free to email the site administrator at admin@DesertofShadows.com .  

 
 


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Can I play a Sabbat clan and not be Sabbat? (03/04/14)

 

No you can't 

 
 


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I don't know what character to make, or how to make one! (04/05/14)

 

If you're experiencing some indecision on what to play, or just don't know enough about Vampire: The Masquerade to make an informed choice on what to play, feel free to contact the Storyteller at st@desertofshadows.com and we'll work with you so that you may tailor your character to fit what you'd like to accomplish within the Desert of Shadows troope game.

 
 


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Are Loremaster and Natural Linguist merits retroactive? (05/07/14)

 

Loremaster and Natural Linguist merits do not state that it applies to skills that are already purchased.  If you chose Lore or Linguistics as your free dots during character creation, purchasing this merit later will not apply to those dots.  Merits that do retroactively effect already purchased items will say so in the descriptions of those merits.  Purchasing additional dots with xp after purchasing one of these merits will effect those dots, but not previous dots.

 
 


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Do merits cost creation xp? (07/30/14)

 

Yes, merits are purchased with your intitial 30 creation xp that was assigned on step 2 of creation. Please see the MET rulebook starting on page 88 for creation rules. You are only required to purchase creation only merits with creation xp. After creation, if you still have merit points available, you may purchase merits with earned xp with Storyteller approval.

Step Eight: Choose Merits and Flaws 
Merits are special abilities or advantages that are rare or
unique in the general vampire population. Each merit has
a specific cost associated with it. You may purchase up to 7
points of merits; this maximum of 7 merit points includes
any merits purchased earlier in the creation process (such
as uncommon clans, rare clans, or bloodline merits).
Your
character can never have more than 7 points of merits
across all categories.

Step Nine: Spending XP Initial XP
Your character begins with a minimum of 30 initial XP. Your
Storyteller may award more than the standard 30 if she
wants her chronicle to include more experienced characters.
You may have spent some of your initial XP on merits, and
you may have gained more initial XP by purchasing flaws.
Any remaining initial XP should be spent now.

 
 


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Can my character be from Las Vegas or part of Las Vegas history? (03/08/19)

 

Maybe?  TBD

 
 


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Will the ST's give me XP if I write a cool background for my character? (03/22/19)

 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/352006878143511/permalink/2395161157161396/

Hello DoS,

I come to you with a bribe, true to form for the corrupt World of Darkness. We're prepared to offer players a potential 3 XP after Game 1 for the following:

1 XP for a full paragraph (Minimum 4 full lines of meaningful text) of character background, which should include age and sire.

1 XP for a second full paragraph (Same length requirements) which would include things of interest your character has done.

1 XP for a secret background (ST's eyes only) detailing sins your character has committed, things or people they have lost that have deep emotional meaning to them, or deep, painful regrets your character has.

 
 


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How much xp can I build a character with? (Floor XP)? (05/06/19)

 

Characters are built with 30 creation xp plus a base 70 general xp.  The general xp characters get during character creation increases as the XP floor increases.  Characters are always built with 33% (One Third Floor XP) of the current chronicles XP ceiling. The XP ceiling is based on the total possible xp a character could have earned if it played every game of DoS Endgame since the first game in April 2019 This system is different than the previously used permanent XP system. Previous DoS players should take this into account to avoid confusion.

 

With each DoS game, the ceiling increases by 6xp (12xp/month) which equals an increase to the floor by 2xp per game.  

(Screenshot may not reflect current or actual XP values
Please see the next FAQ for a live total of floor xp)


Also check out the FAQ: What is the xp plan that we will be using for our chronicle?

 
 


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What is the current Floor XP? (05/06/19)

  Floor XP

Current XP Floor: 98

as of 10/18/2019
 
 


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