World of Darkness - Alpha Network
Frequently Asked Questions
- I’m confused, what is this site about?
This site is an “online resource” for White Wolf’s World of Darkness Role-playing Game. It tries to do as much as possible in-character, as if your character was actually doing the research here on AlphaNet and possibly uncovering clues, answers or perhaps only further questions.
- Is this for me?
The game’s not gone live yet as I’m still working on the content here but anyone is welcome to come join and we can start asap. No matter if you’ve never played World of Darkness, or never played Online (Play by Post) or even if you’ve never role-played at all.. I’m happy to help guide you through it all.
- What’s the Setting?
This is present day Earth but stranger, darker with much we consider fantasy or fiction actually existing in this world. There’s potential for almost anything to happen, if they characters can find it, understand how to utilise it and survive while doing it. Much we might consider fiction or fantasy here, in the “real” world may well be real and simply use such stories to cover up it’s existence.
Hopefully we’ll try and explore different moods and themes as we progress through the stories but I’m hoping it will have a large dose of mystery, horror, suspense and drama along with ample side helpings of chaos & confusion.
- What do I need?
A copy of the World of Darkness “Mortal Core Rules” Book (Core Rules for Mortals, often known as the “”, nowadays bought for just a couple of Pounds (£) off Ebay) but even that isn’t essential as I’m hoping to have the main rules provided here for ease of reference, anyway. Later, there’s a chance characters may have unfortunate (or fortunate?) things happen to them and then the Hunter, Vampire, Werewolf, Changeling & Promethean books might be useful but again, I’m hoping we’ll have the essentials on here. Hopefully we can do all our die rolling online so no die are needed. We’re using most NWOD 1st Edition with a liberal helping of 2nd Edition & Custom House Rules as in the UK I can’t easily get hold of 2e books and I have most of the 1e books.
- How do I start?
Just send me a Private Message on here and we can start the ball rolling in considering what sort of character you’d like to play etc. Think up and decide on your Character Concept which can be best done by coming up with a simple sentence… An Adjective or two describing your Character & a Noun telling us what, mainly, your Character is. Character Examples include:- “Studious Teacher”; “Troubled Army Vet”; “Unhappy, Nosey Postman” etc.
- What can I do?
Anything, really.. given enough IC (In Character) Time, Effort & Story. This is all about between the Player(s) and the StoryTeller, also known as the GamesMaster (GM). You can go any way you want, good or evil; rich or poor; young or old; thinker or action etc.. take any path and have any goal you’d like. Your Character will likely change & develop as the Stories progress, just like in life.
- Where might I find more help?
Message us here or browse these pages further. The AlphaNet is an ever growing interface and a good place to start would be with the Lexicon, References or GM Advice.
- What kind of creature can I play?
You’ll start off as Mortal, naive & innocent of most Supernatural or Unnatural phenomena. Depending then on what you do, and what happens you may remain a plain Mortal or change, becoming something else. People in the know call these, Others and you’ll possibly have a chance of playing any of them.
- What is the most powerful/Best to play?
There truly is no best as each has it’s own way of doing things, powers, history & colour. Some Others may be “more powerful” than another, when they’re compared but they also tend to have weaknesses or things to worry about or may take a lot more time & effort to achieve the change so best answer would be: Try to find out about those you like the look of, in-game & In Character and then speak with your GM about how you wish to develop. Remember: it’s not you Versus GM but a team effort to make a cooperative series of adventures.. a story or Chronicle.
- Why are there no fat Vampires?
The Kindred are constantly plagued by a never-ending, need to consume.. known as The Hunger it is a byproduct of The Beast Within and it devours all unnecessary fat within a few months.
- Why does everything seem to have some weakness or Bane?
This is argued over by many and there are many differing thoughts on this such as : The Wyrd plays it’s Cosmic games and enjoys it’s fun; The World is broken after The Fall; Opposites are required; Something wants Heroes & Hunters a to have a chance. The most compelling to some is that the Great Mover, the Cosmic Song or The Source needs Balance in all things.. there are opposites & there are pairings, where there is strength there must be weakness. Who truly knows these things? It’s a Cosmic Mystery.