Beholder King wrote:
[W]ish I'd bought "Witchcraft" when it was still in print. I have the PDF version but it's just not the same.
I'll see if I can track you down a copy. I know I saw one in a used bookstore around here somewhere
. (Of course, that doesn't really narrow it down all that much...)
But I found the trick to running Vampire (which I think that everyone should run at least once - it makes you a better GM) is to put the players in the position where there characters have to do monstrous things in order to advance their agendas or even to survive, and creating situations where their very interactions with mortals have disturbing consequences.
I inherited a Vampire game where the PCs were basically superheroes with an allergy to sunlight. So I set about changing it.
One of the PCs was an executive, whose business more or less required him to be out at times during the day. So I had him loose his job. But then he's contacted by a group of vampire businesspeople, who were running an Illuminati-like shadow business consortium. Since none of them could be out during the day, they all had doubles, ghouls who masqueraded as them for important executive engagements. So, the PC needed one too... and the person they suggest is someone who the coterie already knew and liked, and who knew who they were and trusted them. (The previous GM had established an NPC who looked at lot like this particular PC. I little cosmetic surgery, and presto.) And they weren't
going to take "no" for an answer. The pickup team had even already "collected" him...
When one of the other characters picked up a guy she met in a bar to take him home and put the bite on him, I made him a police officer. The character in question had been a former Assistant District Attorney (who had also lost her job due to her inability to be out during daylight hours) - the officer knew exactly
who she was... He became addicted to having his blood sucked - thought it was the greatest thing ever
. So, a while after he'd recovered, her went looking for her, kidnapped her under the pretense of arresting her for murder (she thought she'd been busted for a killing they group had perpetrated a few sessions earlier) and forced her to bite him again at gunpoint. Of course, the player was pretty skeeved out by this whole thing, but that was nothing compared to the time when he showed up at her place one night with his wife and daughter cuffed and gagged in the trunk of his car... He wanted to share the joy, you see...