YMMV / Geist: The Sin-Eaters

  • Crosses the Line Twice: The description of Kennedy's Final Ride.
    Dallas, 1963. President John F. Kennedy probably didnít think this would be his last ride ó but, at the very least, it was certainly a sweet last ride. The limousine, a Lincoln Continental, was tricked out for the time. Plush carpets? Golden thread in the lap pillows? Floodlights? Hydraulic seat? Yes to all. Ironically, the car also came with a removable bulletproof bubble-top, but hindsight is 20-20, right?
    • Incidentally, the bubble-top wasn't bulletproof - it was for inclement weather.
  • Fandom Rivalry: As a whole there have been conflicts between fans of the Old and New World of Darkness, but in that particular case, Geist's predecessor, Wraith: The Oblivion, is considered one of the best games of the Old setting, and its fans have been angered by the fact the new version is going the completely opposite road with a drastically different concept. Conversely, Geist fans argue Wraith had a major case of Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy, and as such the change of direction was a good thing.
  • Fridge Brilliance: Sin-Eaters are effectively mirror-images of Uratha. Since the beginning, animistic spirits and ghosts alike have haunted the same otherworld, "the Twilight", We knew that the Forsaken were charged with hunting down and stopping the spirits from leaving Twilight, but they usually didn't bother with human ghosts. So we have another supernatural race whose "duty" is to deal with restless ghosts, while having little interaction with the spirits. This is why the two races actually get on relatively well, according to the Sin-Eater corebook. It's why both races have similarly alien Karma Meters — Sin-Eaters and Werewolves are the only races for whom murder isn't a big moral issue; humans, vampires, mages, changelings and prometheans all treat murder as a sin against 3-dot Morality. In comparison, werewolves are only bothered by murdering humans if they have at least 6 dots in Harmony, and then only if the killing is "needless — though, to be fair, deliberately murdering another werewolf is just as big a sin to them as killing a human is to the other races, while killing a fellow werewolf in battle is only a 5-dot sin. For sin-eaters, meanwhile, murder is only a sin if it's accidental (4-dot Synergy sin), part of a spree of serial murders (2-dot sin) or part of an act of mass murder (1-dot sin). Both races are even hybrids of human beings and otherworldly spirits — werewolves by their blood connection to Luna and Father Wolf, sin-eaters by their spiritual merging with a Geist — and this hybridization is the source of their supernatural powers.
  • I Am Not Shazam: Unlike in other New World of Darkness gamelines, where the main name for the game's supernatural player characters is the term before the colon, the player characters in this game are actually called Sin-Eaters. Geists are the ghostlike beings that bring the person back from the dead by merging with them, but the new merged geist/human entity is still referred to as a Sin-Eater.
    • Technically, even Sin-Eater isn't applicable to everyone who makes a Bargain with a Geist. Sin-Eater specifically applies to those who use their powers to help ghosts move on, to take up the duty of "policing" the line between life and death. "Bound" is technically the more correct term for anyone, well, Bound with a Geist, but only appears in the actual text of the book, nowhere in the title.
      • Makes you wonder why they didn't go wit "Geist: The Bound", then.