Big Trouble in Little China <nuff said>.
Jack Burton: Oh, my god, no. Please! What is that? Don't tell me!
The books say a lot I always feel like people skip over. I think the point that was trying to be made earlier on was in ref to passages like:
These are the Chronicles of Darkness, tales of a world like ours, but just slightly wrong.
A place we recognize, but where our fears take on lives of their own.
The Chronicles of Darkness Rulebook is the key to exploring that world, a guide to storytelling encounters with the uncanny and a foundation for tales in which the monster becomes the hero.
I always liked the way VtR broke it down:
This World of Darkness can be said to be our own seen through the looking glass darkly. With regard to barbarism, the world of the vampires is like our own, but with a significant upturn in violence and decay. The streets are more brutal, with the desperate eyes of the unfortunate ever watchful for someone more privileged from whom they can steal something to make their own bleak lives more comfortable.
Gangs are more active and violent; vagrants are bolder or they obliviate themselves even more. Even those with vast resources are more fearful of those who would harm them — or more jealous of those who rival their own wealth or power. Their actions can turn fierce with the slightest provocation.
@Gingerlily There's a small but dedicated group of individuals who downvote/upvote their select group no matter what they say. Essentially anything reasonable gets downvoted while 'shitposts' (their words) get upvoted.
I'm sick of other people that play on mu*'s for the most part. I mean I can be an asshole IC but I think ooc I'm pretty decent. Then you get pricks like Derp and Spider and the crazy of people like the ones that run that Project Fuction game(s) that just ruin entire games. I backed off playing and stopped even trying to let my mind match OOC info to characters but for the most part it all feels like a huge waste of time as of late.
Am I the problem? Maybe. But games seem to have lost the drive they use to have. The compelling story, the want to build on that story and to interact with other characters. I was critical in the past of Eldrich but it was honestly because that game could be great. The spheres are there, the players, and the backdrop.
I love Reno but to me it's the same, there is no driving force to lead story. But for me I love some Fallout 4, Destiny, and Star Wars Battlefront so at least I have something to fall back on to do in place of playing on a mu*. If you have a PS4 hit me up and we can get down or even an Xbox 1 , I just got myself one for Christmas >.>
Also there is nothing less satisfying as a player than coming into a game fresh off the street and unable to find a foot hold to get established. If I were to join a game where groups were given priority 24/7 over single players it would mean to play I would have to join a group. Now for the sake of putting this in perspective, let's pretend the only group willing to take on the new player is headed by the MuSoapBox famous VaSpider. I have to join that group or never really get into things or just not play. There is the option to bring my friends but I'm guessing my experience in not getting a foot hold would make me not want to do so.
That feeling when I look at my bank account(s) between pay days and see more money then I ever thought I'd have in the bank.
Knowing my sacrifices, blood, sweat and tears from Military service and fighting through getting a Bachelors Degree followed by an MBA was all worth it.
@Cobaltasaurus in response to this thread I get hit in the way seen below. I get put in awkward position and make a joke to break the ice and boom, I’m weirdo...
If MSB taught me anything its that I don't want to RP with anyone anymore because no matter what you do, its some peeve to someone... I joke, kinda.
There was some time maybe a year ago where I was going through what you are now @egg and I found its better to just be cool. Chill out, relax, reach out for RP and if nothing is going on kick open NetFlix or fire up the PS4 and burn some energy on something else.
Other players could be semi-afk where they want to believe they will have time to RP even though they probably won't. Then there is people like me where I know we'll play then I'll find myself asking why I'm doing this instead of the 5billion other things I should be doing and end up running off.
As people have explained most players now are older with more to do. But I'm sure you can find a game and a nitch if you just look. Discord may help too with all the servers that have the same players. Could help you build up a little ooc connection to figure out where to fit in on some game somewhere.
The problem in Mu*'s is larger than Mage.
Most PCs in other spheres don't worry about how/why they regain their power (mana, blood, essence). So handwaving it off its no big deal to blow through blood and essence and everything else then regain all and move on.
When you play it by the rules it changes the game and adds a new aspect that (to me) is more fun. Mage just shows this aspect... of the game with Paradox/Mana rules when they aren't followed/used.
As @Derp said the whole other side of it is that cold war aspect.
What about using the mocker/docker solution like this guy/gal brought up in the past?
I’m on my phone so I’ll make this shorter and without screenshots but I faced a lot of the same frustrations when I messed with the code like expressed by @Thenomain and @Cobaltasaurus.
I found installing boards from GIT was pretty straight forward. For me I was frustrated when I tried to go right out the gate and into something big. Instead I found following the steps to create a sheet and the like super helpful to get into the mindset of what goes where.
Also I looked at how @Volund built his WoD and Exaulted code to get a better idea of how to do things.
I noticed my AV / FW hates this site due to it not using an encrypted connection when sending data. Not sure if anyone else ran into this but as things become more and more sure we're secure it could become a larger issue.