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Recent Rules Changes

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These are the rules changes that have most recently affected the game.


September 20, 2023

  • updated leadership page removing shelved/ST characters
  • updated new npc warders 


September 20, 2023

  • Gift Activation Times continuation. On the Gifts landing page, edited the explanation that "Activation Time" is for defining the type of combat action needed to activate the gift. Prior statement was generic and lumped all gifts without action times as "Normal", which was in conflict with Combat Rules page.
    • All Breed & Auspice Gifts should have their activation time added.


September 15, 2023

  • Underway: Gift Activation Times are being added to all gift pages. With over 900 gifts and some duplicates, this will be a multiple day project.


September 14, 2023

  • removed a duplicate page as we have the fera gifts straight on the gifts page now
  • relinked the fera gifts to the correct page
  • updated temp renown x2
  • removed fera gifts page and added bad guys page to complete rules page
  • made a basic bad guys page (plus formatting)
  • updated discord code of conduct
  • updated contact information 


September 3, 2023

  • renown updates x2
  • updated contact information  


September 2, 2023

  • Renown updates
  • merit: loyalty added to wiki


September 1, 2023

  • Renown Updates
  • Added Tiger to Totems of War 


August 31, 2023

  • Renown Update


August 30, 2023

  • So many Temp Renown Updates
  • Clarified Pack Shield results on Willpower ties


August 27, 2023

  • Updated terminology and added Boli Zouhisze under the banned Garou subtypes on the Banned Archetypes Page
  • Updated gift Pack Shield trying to be more clear about the gift mechanics


August 23, 2023

  • Added "Hunt" to Spec Coms
  • Formatted Spec Coms page 
  • Clarified tribal totem needs to have full points invested to get benefits.
  • Clarified Clothing/Costuming XP phrasing


August 20, 2023

  • Updated Temp Renown x3
  • XP Updated
  • Fixed an example that was incorrect on Ability add-on


August 12, 2023

  • Updates on Temp Renown
  • Added Custom Content for a Mystic Basic Rite: Fester & Flourish. Made by Dzou Wuja "Always Looking" over many months.
  • Added the "adding abilities to challenges" verbiage on the wiki where we found it was needed
  • Clarified how ties effects Spec-Coms 


July 30, 2023

  • Adde,d Moon Shine rite to BG rites
  • Added strider gifts Call to duty, Mind Block, Guiding hand of Djeheuty , troubleseeking 


July 23, 2023

  • clarified Developmental downtimes and minors for shelved characters
  • Influences page got a minor formatting update and a link back to the Backgrounds landing page


July 18, 2023

  • Clarification added that cubs do not earn renown


July 16 2023

  • updated temp renown x 2
  • updated shrouded glean for caern defense
  • xp updated 


July 11, 2023

  • added Sphinx of War


July 9, 2023

  • removed perm renown page for now
  • added Umbral sight to Theurge/ Uktena gifts 
  • Added clarification to Luna's spear 
  • added clarifications of Gate Keeper's path-stone fetish ability 
  • added clarification to Roof Top Sprint 


July 7th, 2023

  • Spelling & wording on Talen: Candle of Souls. Always intended that it's a 1-use item and must be remade each time. This has been clarified mechanically as it preexisted in the description segment.


July 2nd, 2023

  • Temp Renown Update (+July 5th)
  • Update on Bemidji page
  • Update on Caern Defense page
  • Clarification on Willpower and The Curse


June 26, 2023

  • Added new merits (Cloak of Seasons, Judge's Wisdom) and a new flaw (Icy)
  • Clarified XP gains 
  • Temp Renown updated per a punishment rite


June 24, 2023

  • Gift: Roll Over write-up on Philodox and Silver Fang pages now match as the same.


June 22, 2023

  • Added Talens to list
  • Fixed a broken link directing to Rank page from XP Spending page.


June 19, 2023

  • Clarification on Dove write-up for wording
  • Added section about transgender werewolves being common in OWBN and our game welcoming them, and reworded the "race bending policy".


June 18, 2023

  • Updated Caern Leadership
  • XP Updated
  • Updated the rule about 3 totems you can follow
  • Renown updated 
  • Added Dove to totems 


June 15, 2023

  • Added clarification to (Flaw) Pieced Veil


June 13, 2023

  • Re-linked all the pages together
  • Updated some new buildings 
  • Updated Alexandra and linked it to the main page 


June 11, 2023

  • Added some gifts to the wiki
  • Reorganized the IC descriptions of the caern, territory and defenses
  • Added links to get to each of the three x2
  • Updated caern heart picture 
  • Clarified that the gift rooftop sprint is for city parkour more than small jumps 
  • Updated contact us information 


June 8, 2023

  • Updated leadership
  • XP Earned Per Session - scaling more accurately listed on the Experience page.


June 7, 2023

  • Added Caern Leadership and connected to pages
  • Updated Leadership 
  • Added some pictures for reference on the caern description page 


June 5, 2023

  • Updated contact info to update Shawna stepped down
  • updated some world building to the caern description
  • Xp and downtimes updated 
  • Updated Discord link 


June 4, 2023

  • Updates to Temp Renown page X3
  • From previous game, Hive Dive renown was awarded as +1 Honor, +1 Glory to permanent renown.
  • Removed Event Game notes due to changes that event game needs to be delayed . 


May 29, 2023

  • Added examples to the downtimes page.


May 21, 2023

  • Added Cattle Prod to weapons
  • Renown update 


May 14, 2023

  • Shrines: Coyote & Cuckoo removed from the Caern Defense page per follow-up of character actions.
  • Some notes updated on the Event page to reflect our current event plan; Date/Location basics


May 8, 2023

  • Updated Temp Renown
  • Updated some World Building
  • Added an XP/Downtime reminder to the Wiki


April 25, 2023

  • Harano: Page clarified for rules that were used on the game floor.
    • Harano attempts to spread to packmates over the pack link immediately
    • Harano has a baseline of 10 willpower challenge
    • At the end of every game, if a packmate is in harano, the harano attempts to spread to the pack again - all packmates must retest vs harano
    • You do not want this to happen. Harano destroys entire packs. It creates a chain-reaction, a black spiral, if you will.


April 19-21, 2023

  • Added Gnostic Bag to list of common fetishes. Although the write-up may vary a bit, advice of any existing cards with variations is welcome.
  • Rite of Accomplishment: Per ruling that the Ritualist and the teller of the story do not need to be the same character or in the same pack to share the ritual tasks, the wording has been updated as follows:
    • Any two Garou can work on Rite of Accomplishment together: One to tell the story and one to be the ritualist. It is tradition of Galliards to perform the story, even if they are not the ritualist.
    • The storyteller and ritualist must perform the rite in front of an audience -- it cannot be performed secretly; Unless at a Shadow Moot 
  • Ranks Page: Minor formatting on Rites tagline to align with the Learning/Performing rules on the Rituals page.


April 16, 2023

  • Updated Temp Renown (x3)
  • Minor phrasing improvement on Duckling Talen as its potency is restricted by being for Cub rank characters only.


April 15, 2023

  • Spirit Defense: Angry birds updated with additional benefit.
  • Overdue clarification on Fianna Gift: Song of the Dire. Removed conflicting statements to clarify that the user does not gain benefits from the gift.
  • Retests calling for Alertness have been corrected as Retests using Awareness (synonym but the one we list as the official on our Abilities page). Improved pages: Hedge Magic,  Corax Gifts, Ratkin Gifts.
  • Theurge Gift: Grasp the Beyond: Did not have clarification on how to retest. vs. Objects follows stepping sideways for Retest: Primal urge. However, vs. an unwilling target, trying out this clarification:
         vs. an unwilling target, make a stepping sideways challenge (retest Primal Urge) but cannot spend Gnosis. The unwilling target may spend a defensive Willpower to force an additional retest.
  • Breed Forms page incorrectly listed the rules for Silver vs. Breed Form (out of date for over 5 years!). Have corrected the statements and added links to the Silver Hazards rules page.
  • Talens added to Talen page: Pain Rings, Tunnel Stopper, and Duckling.
  • Per player vote, Rage-Heal is now capped at 2 uses per scene with no other rule changes and has been slightly reworded accordingly.
    "Rage-Healing: When you fall to the Incapacitated Health Level or worse, you may choose to "Rage-Heal," which keeps you conscious and in the fight. Spend one Rage and a Stamina related trait to heal through your Bruised levels. Once the health levels are healed, first test for a Battle Scar. On a win, you gain a superficial battle scar. On a tie, gain a minor Battle Scar. On a lose, gain a major Battle Scar. Then test for Berserk Frenzy. You are limited to 2 Rage-Heals per scene and face almost certain death if you drop to Incapacitated or worse after exhausting your Rage-Heal."


April 9, 2023

  • Added Spirit Reputation merit
  • Added restriction to acute sense taken multiple times 
  • Removed 3rd point on too tough to die (edited typo)
  • Added Prince Inari to totems, added calrification
  • Added Candle of souls to talen and fetish page 
  • Stun Gun template has been updated with Restriction: Cannot take "Added Ability" Special Quality as most of these qualities would inherently turn it from a non-lethal weapon into a regular gun.


April 7, 2022

  • Bolded Misc gifts on the gift page
  • updated temp renow


April 4, 2023

  • Edits made to the hedge magic page including clarification and adding of ritual rules as well as casting time. As well as add damage to hellfire path
    • added a page to list rituals approved by the STaff at this time as they are purchased 
    • added the stipulation that against a player it is a contested challenge 
  • Added XP cost for rituals to the Experience page 
  • added hedge magic rituals to the complete rules index
  • fixed wording on Nuwisha gift 


April 2, 2023

  • Added recent rules changes to the sidebar.
  • Temp renown update 
  • Armor hierarchy added to armor and weapons special page -- Also went and added at the bottom of the Health and Damage page
    • When taking damage, damage is assigned to Barrier Armor, then Apparel Armor, then Skin Armor, and last to Health Levels, as applicable.
  • Added Monkey King to totem lists 


March 30, 2023

  • Temp Renown conversion update
  • Confirmed that a shrine has been made for The Great White Wolf, added to Caern Defenses page.


March 26, 2023

  • Fixed Hellfire hedge magic
  • Also improved Ritual Learning: Except for Cubs (Minors, Basic), any rank can learn a Ritual; provided they have sufficient Ritual Ability and any other Auspice or Tribal restriction is met.
    • However, using the ritual above your rank is probably going to kill you. So, like, not advised to attempt.
    • Reflects the word-of-mouth education of rituals passed through the generations.
  • Silver Hazard Rules has multiple updates to align rules as written with rules as actually used on the game floor:
    • Removed the phrase "Non-violent contact" and redefined it as Skin or Fur contact with damage occurring at and after 1 hour of direct contact.
      • This should reflect that some rituals use silver without causing injury or death to the ritualist, but the silver is still dangerous.
      • This does NOT grant Garou the ability to silver smith, as such a task would expose to small particulate on skin and inhaled for far longer than 1 hour.
    • Clarified that Silver deals +1 damage when striking Health Levels
      • This includes Health Levels gained by Gifts
      • This means Barrier and Apparel armor does not take +1 silver damage
    • Added examples of Gifts that do or do not interact with the Silver Hazard rules.
    • No changes to the soak rules, breed form exception, gnostic penalties for carrying silver, or when silver prevents crossing the gauntlet.
  • Gifts have received updates as well in accordance with Silver Hazard rules.
    • Luna's Armor: Now gives the silver resistance effect independent of the armor levels. Also clarified that this gift breaks the veil.
    • Purity of Spirit: Now costs 1 Gnosis for a Scene or Hour. The effect allows Soak to include the +1 damage of Silver Hazards to be reduced. In general, this Gift should now be viable for use.
    • Luna's Blessing: Reduced to 1 simple test instead of 2 simple tests for the bonus effect of a full moon.
  • Had to split the Recent Rules due to page exceeding the 50KB advised limit of the wiki host service. Link is at the bottom of the page: Archived Rule Changes 2020-2021 Content was copy/pasted.


March 24, 2023

  • Silver Hazard rules clarifications put on hold.


March 21 & 23, 2023

  • Updated the Contact Us Page for staff names.
  • Updated Temp Renown, lots of big gains!
  • Silver Hazard has received a clarification to match the  3/18 game announcements:
    Silver weapons and bullets deal an extra level of Aggravated damage to you.
    • (NEW:) This damage increase effect applies unless you have an appropriate Merit, Gift, or Armor the specifically grants a silver resistance in the write-up. Additionally there is the Breed Form Exception rule below.


March 14 & 15, 2023

  • Formatting correction on the Rites: Accord page
  • Properly added Shrouded Glen to the Caern Defenses Page.
    • Also noted, based on when it was added to the wiki, when Rite of Enchant the Forest will expire.
    • Added Shrine update.
    • Updating status of damage clean-up to Bawn grounds.
  • Temp Renown updated for conversions to Perm Renown.


March 13, 2023

  • Testing this statement on the Temp Renown Samples page: "As a Galliard helps promote temp renown gain, a Philodox can just as easily promote temp renown losses. However, we don't require only a Galliard may speak to gain temp renown after a scene so equally we don't require the temp renown be revoked by only a Philodox. Without a Philodox approving of temp renown removal, it will be a higher bar to meet unless you're able to clearly demonstrate the temp renown loss is on this sample list."
    • We have in the past allowed temporary renown to be stripped from characters. This helps codify it is possible and that it's better that a Philodox is involved for such a punishment. 
  • Something sneaky added to the list of Shrines. Whomever could they be for? (Coyote and Cuckoo have been granted personal shrines)


March 3, 2023

  • On the Challenges page added much needed clarifications of what a Simple Test (or Simple Chop or Simple Challenge) is. Apparently our wiki referenced this without an official write-up to call back to.
  • Update the Dark Pack logo on the sidebar to come into compliance with White Wolf Studio's 2023 "Officially Sanctioned World of Darkness Fan Activities and Legal Notices".
    • Plus other word updates to meet the new legal requirements and trying to keep our added statement that we are not an official source of their materials for White Wolf or World of Darkness.


February 26, 2023

  • Merit: Ability Aptitude has been empowered! It now says: "You may purchase this merit an equal number of times to your Rank, minimum of 1. Each purchase must be for a different non-combat Ability."
    • Previously the Merit was, by written rules, limited to 1 purchase in total. However it was brought to attention that some characters may have been allowed to gain this non-combat merit multiple times. So we are adding a scaling system to allow this for all characters.
  • Abilities Page - for things that can be Focused they are now better clarified if Focused is optional or Required.
    • Required Focus is on Crafts & Lore.
    • There is a broad ability of Academics, Law, Performance, and Science. These are optional to take in a Focused field.


February 24, 2023

  • Temp Renown Update for renown converted to permanent.


February 19, 2023

  • Gift: Black Mamba Strike - minor editing to format for how gifts are written. No mechanical changes.
  • Added clarification on Downtimes Page - Pack Downtime has the same versatility as a Major downtime.
  • Words like Wind: Description text said it was one "year" at a time. This is now corrected to one "ear" at a time.


February 13, 2023

  • The Caern Defenses page also lists things about territory appearance and the status of shrines. This page is in-progress for updates on 100% very obvious changes made and being made after recent in-game events.


February 11, 2023

  • Merit: Custom Content & Highly Restricted "Friend of Fools" Merit has been removed from the wiki. Character sheets that have the Merit will retain it and the effect.
  • Talens & Fetishes: Minor formatting changes in addition to adding "Updraft Talen" and "Drifting Dust Talen" to the page.
  • Totems of Wisdom: Added Dolphin based on the Player's Guide 2nd Edition. A well overdue addition; thank you to players who provided feedback.


February 10, 2023

  • Spec-Coms: Back on Jan 17th began an audit of spec-coms. Player feedback was received and decided on before February, the changes are finally being reflected on the wiki. Here is a more complete log of edits that have taken place during this project:
    • Clarification on Bullet Ballet rank 3 that the new target is not without defensive options; only unable to trigger Dodge passive resistance.
    • Bullet Ballet Rank 4: Capped to Once Per Round
    • Fisticuffs Rank 1: Clarified the trait bonus is vs the target and not all combatants in the scene.
    • Fisticuffs Rank 3: Capped to Once Per Round
    • Iskakku Rank 3: Capped to Once Per  Round
    • Kailindo Rank 3: Capped to Once Per Round
    • Klaviskar Rank 3: Capped to Once Per Round
    • Pankration Rank 2: Clarified that Pankration is the defensive test to align with how other Spec-Coms use their own ability for maneuvers. The prone effect still applies but does not cancel the opponent's next action inherently.
    • Pankration Rank 4: Changed "Wrestling" to "Pankration" ability for clarification
    • Iskakku Rank 1: Gains additional traits of the Staff
    • Klaviskar Rank 1: Gains additional traits of the Klaive
  • Updated Temp Renown for conversions to Perm renown


February 7, 2023

  • Major Temp Renown update, properly added a name and corrected another name on the list as well.
  • Plus (on the 8th) updated for Temp Renown to Perm Renown conversions.
  • Plus plus some overdue updates on Temp Renown earned or converted but not reflected from the previous session.


February 1, 2023

  • Temp Renown conversion update


January 29, 2023

  • Added Flaw: Wanted by Law Enforcement (3 pt) to the Flaws page.
  • Rituals: Bone Gnawer Tribe: What was written up as "Rite of the Signpost" was pointed out to be the write-up for "Rite of No Trespassing". No mechanical changes, the title of the ritual has been updated. The actual Rite of the Signpost still needs converted and written up on the wiki.
  • Temp Renown has been updated from game on 1/21 including any requests sent during the downtime period.


January 26, 2023

  • Ability - Linguistics - Added: Teacher Required: To learn a new language you must confirm with Storytellers how you receive tutelage. Dead languages or archaic languages may require downtime actions or a scene.


January 22, 2023

  • Fixed a broken link on Silver & Hazards page


January 17, 2023

  • Corporate CEO Merit - Clarified that a Major Downtime action is required per month instead of any downtime type action being a valid method to maintain this restricted merit.  Correction: CEO Merit clarified that it cannot be maintained with a Minor Downtime action, meaning Major, Development, or Kinfolk can be valid downtimes to use provided the Means & Method are appropriate.
  • Spec-Coms: Various edits on wording with the intent of putting reasonable limits in place for defensive and reaction actions. Prior phrasing allowed some spec-op maneuvers to bypass the combat limits for rage or actions per turn/round.
  • Bury the Wolf & Hide the Bear: Both gifts are designed to lock rage and accordingly make it easier to interact with spirits that (per book) shun or refuse to cooperate with changing breeds that have a high rage rating.
  • Improved the phrasing of what a Developmental Downtime action can be used towards creating.


January 15, 2023

  • Probably forgot to list a day Temp Renown was updated, but there has been updates.
  • Added direct link to Banned Archetypes on the Building a Werewolf Page
  • Added a Restricted Archetype to the page: Lupus born Glasswalker, specific to making a new character starting at Cliath or Fostern rank
  • Added a redundancy on the crafting page about special quality trait limits.


January 12, 2023

  • Added Rou to the roster on Temp Renown page
  • Also updated Temp Renown


January 5, 2023

  • Contact Us Page: Finally updated all current ST names.
  • Pack-Link: Re-did the section to clarify: NO to full conversations in combat or under duress but YES to full conversations on the floor where there is not a factor of limited time.
  • Abilities Page: Added the reminder of ability retests capped to once per challenge, as per the Challenges & Traits rules page.
  • Suffocation and Drowning: Re-worked the descriptive sentence structure and added a reference table aimed at improving clarity
  • Change: You may not spend Rage during any turn during which you Make a Gnostic Challenge or use Gnosis. Previously this was only if Gnosis was spent.


Archived Rule Changes 2021-2022

Archived Rule Changes 2017-2021

Archived Rule Changes Pre-2017

Click link for older date information and purpose of splitting page.

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