CHARACTER CREATION (FOR ALL GENRES)
FORBIDDEN CHARACTER CLASSES:
RESTRICTED CHARACTER CLASSES:
This page contains information on
character classes & types that are either restricted (limited
permission to use at ST discretion) or outright forbidden. Everything on this page applies to all PC's in all Genres, regardless of what
character you are making.
This does not include
specific restrictions for individual genres. Anything specific to only one genre is on the
Rules Page. Be sure to read both before submitting a sheet.
[A] - FORBIDDEN CHARACTER CLASSES:
The following will not be accepted in this
game at any time for any reason:
 Forfeited PCs Rebuilt
If you lose a character because
the STs confiscated it for any reason, you may not build another one
similar to it. If you build the same genre of PC, the new one must
differ significantly enough to not be mistaken for a remake of the
lost PC (at least half the stats must be different, the avatar must
be significantly different, the associations IC must be different,
etc.) STs have the final say in if the rebuild is too similar or
 Inigo Montoya Rule: No
If your character dies, don't create a long
lost brother / cousin / clanmate / packmate, etc. to avenge your
death. In fact, we will specifically reject newly-created PC's of
the same Clan/ Tribe, etc. as the
dead PC, or with BG ties to the lost PC, even if the sheet is
otherwise 100% legal. No same contacts/friends, working for the same people,
any of that.
If such a new character or connection is not
play before the character’s death (as in, in the PC's BG), it will not get approved after the
fact no matter how much you insist they already existed.
 Legal PCs will still not be
accepted from Banned Players.
Any characters from Banned
players will not be accepted at any time, even if the sheet is
otherwise legal & proper. Playing here
is a privilege, not a right, and getting banned forfeits that
 Mafia Characters.
Mafia characters are
forbidden outright. They simply do not exist in DC, being the seat of
the FBI and all. You may have ties to a Mafia NPC outside of DC that
will just be a dot on your sheet.
 Non-Modern-Day/Obsolete Character Classes.
You may not play anything
that only existed long ago, or that is officially extinct by the
modern century. There will be no special snowflake exception
 Non-New World of
Darkness Character Classes.
We are not AD&D. We are not Cyberpunk. We are
not ShadowRun. We are not Highlander. We are not In Nomine. We are White
Wolf's New World of Darkness ONLY.
Just because some idiot with a
PC was savvy enough to load a web site with conversion rules, doesn't
make it balanced or legal, and we have no interest in setting
precedent by accepting it. If it is not in an official World of
Darkness 2.0 published gaming item, it doesn't
 NPC-only classes played
You may not use character classes specified as NPC
only, as PC's (example: VII, NPC's from a WW Book). Having a clan/tribe book issued for it
does not automatically mean it is a PC-Class character.
"Restricted" sections of the individual sub-rules pages for more
 Player-Created Clans/Tribes or "Web
If it does not appear either at www.white-wolf.com
or in a book they've published, it does not exist. The exception to this
rule was removed in March 2002. There are now
 Previously-Used PC Names or Character Pics.
There is a list of names and pics that are
already associated with someone else. This list is
Any name or celebrity on this page is
blocked from use by anyone other than the person who first
claimed it. Please choose another.
 Underaged PCs.
Do not make your
character under the age of 18. They are a burden on the STs,
shut out of many IC RP venues and unlikely to be relevant to the
story. This includes emancipated minors.
 "Yourself as a WOD PC"/Self-Insert
We all put pieces of ourselves
into the characters we make. However, we will not accept PCs that
are clearly representations of the players in real
life. If you want to base it on yourself and then change or
expand it significantly, then fine, but PC's designed to be "You in the World
of Darkness" will be thrown out.
[B] RESTRICTED CHAR
Restrictions are things that are legal by the book but for game balance or other reasons, the STs want more strict control over how much it is in play in this game. The below are not allowed. Forbidden means not ever; restricted means we have in the past or we may in the future but not now.
NOTE: Restrictions specific only to a
particular genre (such as Clans, Tribes, etc.) are
posted on the
Rules Page for that genre.
The following character classes are considered
restricted for all character types.
 Converting Mortals to
Supernaturals to Solve RP Commitment Issues
If your mortal PC is not
meeting the participation requirements posted HERE
(IC 1x per week, Downtimes in on time biweekly), you may not
convert this PC to a supernatural class by choice *OR* by RP,
until that PC is in good standing for the two months prior to
conversion (in other words, you have taken them IC no less than 8
times (1x per week for 8 weeks) and submitted 4 Downtimes ON
TIME.). You must establish a pattern of being able to
handle running and keeping up with the character as a mortal
before you further complicate things with extra powers.
We do not
want the players to believe that "if I only made my PC a
*BLOT*, they would be a lot easier or more fun to play." That
is an issue of player discipline, not PC build.
All this means is you
have to demonstrate that you can keep up with playing your PC as a
simple mortal before you get to tinker with it. Changing character
classes is not the key to making a character fun. Good design and
good RP ethic are. Any build of any character can end up stagnant,
boring or hard to play, if it is designed a certain way. Any
character can also be fun to play, or powerful; again, if it is
designed a certain way. We want you to solve these things by
getting coaching from the STs and using the tools we give you
(such as the Big Four BG, or Coaching classes) to identify what you could be doing,
rather than relying on "kewl powerz" to make RP
 Excessive Pairing Up of
Multiple Characters with the Same Player.
When the same
two players pair up multiple PCs, it ends up
being cliquish and deprives other players of opportunities and
resources (a mortal they can control, peers they can interact
with, partners, enemies, etc.)
At most, any
two players should have no more than two pairings of characters
(sire/progeny, vampire/ghoul, were/kinfolk, romantic relationship,
boss/employee, ANY kind of pairings.), but really we prefer just
one. If anyone seems to be clinging to one player or ST constantly
as an RP partner, we reserve the right to reject a legal character
concept simply to stop this from happening. The game is large
enough to where, even with other players being unsuitable, there
are still multiple people that could partner with you.
or Infernal-type characters of any sort not covered
one-trick ponies and should be NPCs. If your character becomes
infernal or otherwise inhumanly evil through RP, that is a
separate matter which is allowed.
Gangs do not exist
inside DC proper, but "Crews" do (see the PRIMER
for definitions/explanations). If you insist that your character
be in a gang, your character must be home-based in one of the VA
or MD suburban neighborhoods known to house them.
There are PC designs that are
may not be safe here at all IC, because they are an outsider or
design. We do NOT guarantee your safety just because we allow
your sheet; that is
your responsibility as players to handle through RP or Character
Design. If your ST feels your PC is going to attract more than the usual ration of IC
hassle, they may point this out and suggest that you alter it. If you
insist on playing it anyway, they will not stop other PC's
from turning on you if you bring in someone they would naturally
OOC/IC Exclusionary Teams.
will not approve paired up by-design PCs for OOC/IRL friends, or
Boy-Girlfriend / Spouse teams. Give your PC an existence outside
of your friend's PC, or they
will not be accepted. Should one of the pair or group die or vanish,
or one player in your OOC group quits, you are expected to continue to RP as normal.
already know you won't abide by this, do not play here. We don't want some kind of mass
exodus drama if one player has an irresolvable issue.
 Out-of-Element Characters.
Some characters just wouldn't logically be in this
City (for cultural or geographical reasons). If it specifies
they only exist in a specific other region or under conditions
that do not exist in DC, you may not play them in DC.
Bi-Sexual Female PCs Run By Male Players.
Get your cyber
jollies elsewhere. Really. It's tiresome.
 Rehashed Characters from
Please don't send us a sheet for a Character you are
currently playing elsewhere, just altered slightly to pretend to be
another char. What usually happens is that
people try to submit characters using another game's format, or info that doesn't exist in our game.
problem is that players lose sight of whose game they are in, when
they are constantly playing iterations of the same PC all the
time, and mess up their IC agendas or the PC's design by
forgetting which version plays here.
Even after acceptance, if you
have a persistent problem remembering "what version"
you have in our game, we may ask you to shelve the PC and make
"Secret Society" Characters (such as Inquisition, etc.)
There are valid character
concepts that are secret society archetypes, but do not make that
the entirety of the concept, or the character will be unplayable.
See also "video-game PCs".
 "Video Game"
Anyone who is an
Assassin, Hitman, Master Thief, Ninja, Green Beret, Blackwater
Covert Ops, etc. Also, obvious Combat Whore/Sword Jock designs.
This is not XBox.
There are certain
legal character types where a SMALL level of this is acceptable,
but do not make it the entire design of the character. A cardboard
cut-out James Bond/Jason Bourne character will not see any action
in this storyline.
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