YMMV / Old World of Darkness

  • Author's Saving Throw: Malkavians originally had Dominate, not Dementation, in the first edition, highlighting that the Camarilla Malkavians controlled minds while Sabbat's antitribu Malkavians broke them. Despite this, Dementation was popular among the players, leading to a table rule that players could choose either. In Revised edition, Dementation replaced Domination outright for the Camarilla Malkavians, enshrining the house rule and explaining it as the antitribu Malks pulling a massive prank that reawakened the true insanity of the clan.
  • Broken Base:
  • Continuity Lock-Out: As time went on, the backstory became increasingly thick and convoluted. The Metaplot did not help matters. The New World of Darkness was created because this issue began negatively affecting sales.
  • Continuity Snarl: There were quite a few retcons and quite a few mistakes. It's difficult to tell which is which.
  • Fan Wank: Several actually got noticed by the authors and mentioned derisively in the canon, among them a male offshoot of a female only Vampire bloodline, and a "pact" or "understanding" between Gangrel and werewolves, undermining the usual state of affairs.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Specific examples in the Old WOD: the Baali and the Sabbat in Vampire, the Black Spiral Dancers and the Wyrm in Werewolf, the Nephandi and Marauders in Mage, the Spectres and Oblivion in Wraith, the Shadow Court in Changeling, the Akuma and Yama Kings in Kindred Of The East... It's pretty much easier mentioning which factions are NOT Nightmare Fuel.
      • More specific examples from oWoD: the Nosferatu, the Nicktuku (Nightmare Fuel even to the Nosferatu), Followers of Set, the Giovanni, the Tzimisce and (to some extent) the Malkavians in Vampire, the Banes, Fomori and Blackspiral Dancers in Werewolf and the Earthbound (and pretty much any high-Torment fallen) in Demon.
  • Old Shame: Has an entire supplement as one in the form of World of Darkness: Gypsies. The goal of the book was to give the players the feel of the mythical Gypsies from the old Hammer/Universal Studios horror movies set in the modern day. The kind that travel around in caravans, wear scarfs and bright colors, provide "exotic" romances, trick people and steal their stuff, and deliver terrible curses on those who wrong them... Never mind the fact that Romani are actual real life people and the supplement as a whole kind of read more like a primer on how to role play offensive stereotypes. It's been described as like releasing a supplement in which African-Americans get magic powers from eating fried chicken and listening exclusively to gangster rap.