- The Coven FAQ -

Storytellers and General Information

Who is in charge here?
How do I get in touch with a particular Storyteller or Assistant?
What kind of questions should I ask an Assistant/Storyteller?
What if I disagree with what an ST or an Assistant?
What if a Storyteller makes a decision but I know I'm right?
What game systems and rules are used?

Getting Registered and Getting Started

What do I need to do so I can go play?
What exactly is a well rounded starting level character?
How long does it take to be Registered?
What can I do when I am unregistered?
Ok I've been registered, now what?
How do I get involved in storylines?

Experience and Equipment Requests

How do I gain Experience points?
How do I spend my experience and what should I request?
How do I get equipment approved?
Can I get any custom made or illegal weapons?
What about silver weapon requests?
Why can't I have a true katana?

Problems with Other Players or Storytellers

How should I handle problem players?
How should I handle problems with Storytellers?

General Chat Questions

How do I make announcements?
How do I view another player's sheet?
How do I use the dice roller?
How do I change the password for my character

Other Information:

General Info
   The Coven Message Board
Mortal / Ghoul
   Mortal FAQ
Vampire
   Vampire Rules
Werewolves
   Werewolf Rules
Mage
   Werewolf Rules
Antagonists
   Antagonist Rules Still in progress.









Storytellers and General Information

Who is in charge here?

Moderators and admins have a orange or white symble by thier main characters names. The main group of chat moderators are called Storytellers, or ST's. They are responsible for answering questions, moderating scenes, settling disputes and making sure the rules are followed. They have the ability to kick problem players from the chat and can request that they be banned permanently.


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How do I get in touch with a particular Storyteller or Assistant?

For a listing of all the Storytellers and their Assistants, you can find contact information on the message board.


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What kind of questions should I ask an Assistant or a Storyteller?

The Ask about the following things: rules conflicts if you do not own the book, if you do own it please look it up (check the message board too); cross system questions; creating items mundane or magical; creating explosives; hacking an important computer system; and many others. If a Storyteller does not have time to give a long detailed answer then please respect that. You must contact an Assistant/Storyteller for anything that might be considered a game shaking action.
For example: Blowing up anything, poisoning the city water supply, building a nuclear bomb, flooding the sewers, dumping radioactive material, spreading airborne poisons, anything that affects any city utility, please use good judgment in what you choose to do.


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What if I disagree with what a ST or an Assistant?

During the course of play there may come a time when you do not agree with the decisions of a Storyteller or an Assistant. Look seriously at the situation. If you are simply upset because your character is going to lose a combat or conflict, then please be a good sport, role-play and go on with the game. However, if you feel that the ruling exceeds or completely opposes written White Wolf rules (or rules as altered by the Coven - be aware White Wolf Rules are Guidlines and may be changed), ask the ST if you can discuss the matter before moving on. It should be noted that the rules of different White Wolf systems (say Mage vs. Werewolf) were not written to be 100% compatible, many rules are suggestions or options -for Storytellers-, and the Storytellers ultimately have the final authority. Its their job to help the chat run smoothly and fairly as well as arbitrate conflict. Be polite, coherent, and accurate in any complaints you send if you wish your concerns to be taken seriously.


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What if a Storyteller makes a decision but I know I'm right?

If a Storyteller or Assistant makes a decision please respect it. A Storyteller may sometimes bend the rules depending on the situation. Players may not know all the information that a Storyteller does about a given situation. A ST may make a ruling based on information that is considered confidential about a player or it is even possible they may be attempting to generate a later storyline from the event. Storytellers appreciate a well thought out discussion and not a flat out argument. Arguing with a Storyteller will get you nowhere and can indeed get you banned temporarily or perminently. Staying civil, not swearing and in general not being rude will go a long way. Rudeness will not be tolerated and as before a Storyteller's decision is final.

An example: J.Doe the Newbie comes onto the chats for the first time, he has never played Vampire or role-played but has read the book. He accidentally wanders into a Werewolf controlled area, and is attacked within five minutes of his first time playing. The Werewolves have the clear advantage and can slaughter him, also J.Doe the Newbie doesn't know combat very well. At this point the hand of god may conveniently save J.Doe by some miraculous escape. J.Doe has made enemies this day, but he lived to learn and fight again.


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What game systems and rules are used?

These chats are White Wolf World of Darkness "based" chats, incorporating their broad spectrum of games including: Vampire: The Masquerade, Mage: The Awakening & Ascension, Werewolf: The Forsaken & Apocalypse, of course, all mortals are welcome. The rules used are for the most part the most current ones from the Revised editions of the White Wolf game books that have been modified as needed to fit an online role-playing environment in The Coven. If there is no revised edition of a book the Storytellers may modify them as needed to become compatible.


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Getting approved and Getting Started

What do I need to do so I can go play?

First create a starting level character, preferably one that has been developed and well thought out.
Second register your character's stats.
Third wait for a Storyteller to approve (approve) your character.
Fourth post your character sheet and history on the provided profile page and go play.


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What exactly is a well-rounded starting level character?

It is a character that has a well thought out background, including but not limited to: birth date, education, what family was like, what they do for a living, how they got where they are today. Characters should be created using the starting level rules found on The Coven's message board and on the submission forms. And if at all possible read the actual book for the character type you wish to play. Often players wish portray a new character type or get a friend involved as a new player by creating a character for them. Reading the rules will help to alleviate many problems and answer many questions.


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How long does it take to be registered?

It depends on your character type. The simpler your character the faster you will be approved. If you take powers/knowledges/backgrounds from some of the more obscure books a Storyteller may not own that book and may not be able to approve you and you may have to wait for the one or two Storytellers who have that first edition book. The suggestion to avoid a long wait is simply email the ST you need to have approve your character with your character's background, stats and why they are now in New Orleans. It may take a couple days for them to get back to you so please be patient. In the meantime feel free to make a basic character from the core rule book at starting level. (HINT: if you use the resources provided on the message board / coven site then approval will take less time.)

Also be sure and double check the creation and freebie points your spent creating your character, if they add up then you can be approved faster. Inappropriate behavior via posts or demanding to be approved is a quick way to get put a the end of the approveing line. If there are problems with your sheet, it delays the process for everyone.


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What can I do when I am unregistered?

Feel free to play untill you are registered. However, keep in mind that your character despite what kind it is will be treated as a plain human untill registration is complete.


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Ok I've been approved, now what?

Log in with the password your given in the registration email. Follow the 'undead' link and post your character sheet and history on the 'profile' page then change your password and exit. Log back in with your new password and go PLAY!


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How do I get involved in storylines?

Wander about and talk to people. Players often complain that they cannot get involved in storylines come to a Storyteller for help. Storytellers have found that the usual cause is: Player Bob goes to the room, sits in the corner and doesn't talk to anyone. Bob considers himself to be a "lone wolf" or "dark, brooding and mysterious" and does not talk to people. Well most often if you leave other people alone then they will do the same to you and you will never get involved.


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Experience and Equipment Requests

How do I gain experience?

Approx 1 XP point can be earned a week for a maximum of 4 points a month.


Up to 5 days play = 1 point
5 to 9 days play = 2 points
10 to 14 days play = 3 points
15 days and over = 4 points

Players that do some significant game play that helps a storyline along may be given an extra point at admin descretion. See the message board for full information on Experience points.


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How do I spend my experience and what should I request?

Requests should include the following information: character login name, what you wish to raise and how your character has learned these. Requests should be well thought out and please be sure you are requesting something already has learned through role-play, not wishing to learn in the future. If your character learns to turn on a computer that does not justify Computer 1. Also realize that level 4 and 5 abilities and powers take years and years to develop. Level 4 in the ability Medicine means you are a Doctor of Specialized medicine such as Pediatrics. That does not mean you will gain this knowledge in one or two weeks. You cannot go from no knowledge in an area to level 5 (the peak/highest level of an ability and it means you are usually world renowned and well known in the field) in a short period of time. Please do not request this, as it will not be granted. The highest levels in powers are also something that take years to develop. Depending especially on the powers. Vampire disciplines, for example, may take anywhere from fifty years to several lifetimes to develop. So for your character to gain level 3 then level 4 in a week even if you have the proper amount of experience is very unrealistic.

We give out XP on a monthly basis and would appreciate if if XP requests were sent in on the same basis.


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How do I get equipment approved?

Please note that for most "common" items we are not going to make a player request approval. If it can be logically assumed that the character can afford it from thier resources and its not a difficult item to find or aquire, however, if it is out of the ordinary, difficult to aquire or would affect a large section of the players in the room please send an email to The Coven. Please include: character login name, your resource level and how you get your money, any applicable PC or NPC contacts/allies, how you would got about purchasing your equipment and what drives your character to want said item. It should be noted that illegal weapons are difficult to get and silver can be nigh impossible. Some talismans/fetishes will be awarded in games as good role-playing awards. Any part of your request may be turned down at the discretion of the Storyteller checking the requests. Some questions to ask yourself before requesting a weapon are: What factors in your characters experiences have led them to want this weapon. Would your character have knowledge of said weapon and would they know to look for it? Can your character actually wield the requested weapon? A character with a strength of 1 cannot effectively wield a .50 caliber Desert Eagle handgun or a broad sword.


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Can I get any custom made or illegal weapons?

This depends greatly on the weapon itself and who you know. A staff with a sharpened and stainless steel shod end would be easier to get made or make yourself with the appropriate skills than, a Remington semi-auto shotgun modified to fully automatic and altered to have an extended clip, laser sight, and fire Dragonbreath rounds without melting the barrel of the gun. This last is a much more complicated and very illegal task. Without appropriate underworld or gunsmithing skills the task becomes impossible and requests will be denied. Factors that influence whether a request for custom or illegal weapons will be filled are: contacts, resources, a good story as to how you would go about getting the weapon, and why your character would want this weapon. As players you gain experience in role-playing and learn which weapons do the most damage, also which ones are best suited for melee or firearm combat. Ask yourself would your character have the same knowledge, or would they be more likely to simply take any gun/bladed weapon they can get. Knowledge of how to use very specialized weapons such as sniper rifles, poisons, explosives, and some bladed weapons is usually gained from service to a military organization or training in fields such as assassination or some secretive martial arts and are not available to those members of the general public who have not spent a lifetime with said organization. Those people that do train with said organization rarely live to tell about it and become PC's.


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What about silver weapon requests?

Fetish weapons, especially klaives, are extremely limited in The Coven. Only through a long period of time roleplaying and devotion to your character will they ever become allegeable for such a fetish. Consider them a reward for efforts by players within the chat.


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Why can't I have a true katana?

True katanas are extremely rare and passed down from master to student in a ceremonial fashion in Japan and it is frowned upon for them to be taken out of the country except in times of war. True Katanas were often taken from the fallen bodies of Japanese soldiers during times of war. Katanas that can purchased from dealers are either high quality (but combat useless) replicas or cheap copies- neither of them will withstand the rigors of combat. It would require a very special, and very well-played character to acquire a true katana. The best a player can request is a carbon spring steel katana replica, which while having the appearance of a true katana and also being able to withstand combat well, will never be as valuable or as durable as a true katana.


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Problems with Other Players or Storytellers

How should I handle problem players?

Talk to the player and attempt to resolve the issue. Be polite and civil even if the other player gets rude with you. Having kept a calm and level head despite the fact that they may be making you very angry goes a long way if you need to go to a Storyteller about the situation. If this does not work come to an Assistant Storyteller or Storyteller as needed. When you come to an Assistant/Storyteller with a problem please have a description of the situation and why you feel that you needed to come to them. If its simply a matter of difference of opinion then the Storyteller may leave you to work it out with the other player. If it is matter of ruling then they Storyteller will make a ruling as best as possible after hearing both sides of the situation please be patient. If the player is simply annoying you or flaming you please feel free to use the ignore button.


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How should I handle problems with Storytellers?

If you feel that a Storyteller "has it out" for you or is picking on you, or simply is being mean and rude to you then you can report it. Storyteller's should be courteous to players at all times but this does not mean that if you make one upset that they must continue to listen to you. They can request that you let the issue drop or that you please talk to them later about it. If they do so then please do not continue to flood them with private messages and put the matter away for later. Problems with Storytellers can be reported to Head Storyteller.


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General Chat Questions

How do I make announcements?

Only Players are allowed to post messages on the message board there is a 'OOC' board for general posts and a 'Plots & Plans' board for Role play needs.


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How do I view another player's sheet?

Players are required to post thier sheets on the profile pages that can be accessed either by the link under thier name/avatar in the avatar frame or by clicking the 'rapsheet' link in the control panel after logging in.


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How do I use the dice roller?

The dice roller is simply /dice #1d#2. The "formula" for using the dice roller must be entered on an empty line. You can not "roll the dice" half way through a post. So you much roll the dice before or after the "action" depending on what the dice roll is for. The first number #1 is how many dice your rolling (dice pool for action/contesting an action). The second number #2 is the size of the dice, this is almost always 10 unless your doing something odd and a storyteller may call you on it if you use something else.


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How do I change the password for my character or what if I forget it?

Your mailed a password when registration is completed. Log in with this password and follow the 'undead' link to change the password. If all fails and you cant remember it contact an administrator to have it reset.


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