For the past 25 years White Wolf has brought us fantastic game lines from Wraith the Oblivion to Cavaliers of Mars, and a few games about vampires and werewolves too. Are you looking to experience everything—and I mean everything—that White Wolf offers? Then grab your nearest wad of cash, any variety of trench-coat, and get to the Grand Masquerade in New Orleans.
Held this upcoming September 1st thru 5th at the Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, this convention is dedicated to every White Wolf Game. Ticket pre-registration is already closed, but you can still buy tickets at the door when you arrive. Unfortunately lodging at the Astor is sold out, but the French Quarter has many places to stay, and serves as the perfect backdrop for this homecoming anniversary event.
Tickets have a different tiers of access. From Neonate, the lowest level, to the Methuselah level with VIP parties and private tables at events. If you are just swinging by for the weekend but want to have fun, get drinks, play games then hit the club at night—grab the Ancilla pass.
Tours by Lord Chaz: Even though the convention is set at the hotel, you can still take a ghost and vampire tour of New Orleans. Join master storytellers for an incomparable walk through the streets of the French Quarter and an in-depth examination of the grim and darker side of the cities
Vampires & Vino or Wolves & Whiskey: These special events will allow you to enjoy tastings of Lagavulin 16 or vintages of wine while you discuss the future of Mind’s Eye Theatre with game creators and writers.
The Succubus Club: “Sleep all day, party all night. Never grow old. Never Die.” — The Lost Boys. All the Sisters of Mercy and industrial music you could crave while you dance and swap game memories with everyone. (Just don’t be that guy who talks about your character). White Wolf knows how to throw a party and their after hour events at any convention are worth the trip and the price of admission alone.
Gaming and Main Events
Old and new players alike will find something that fits their style. The convention includes everything from panels, tabletop games, costume contests, and character workshops. LARPing, however, is one of the biggest draws for the convention. This year, they are introducing a more immersive style of Nordic LARPing, check out the panel and see any spots open for the coveted End of the Line LARP.
For the other LARP events, you have a few different choices in rules sets, the revised system or the By Night Studios system. Their differences would take an entire article, so for the sake of brevity I’ll offer this instead: all the LARP games being run—regardless of system—are attached to national organizations. Any character you make can be taken back home, allowing you to partake in the larger meta plot no matter where you live, or most any convention.
I’ve found the quickest way to get involved in a Vampire the Masquerade LARP is to walk in, find the nearest vampire called a Lesser Harpy, and indebt yourself to them. You’ll get a mission, or a task, and have roleplaying plotline for the rest of the night, weekend, or the next decade…
Are you going to the Grand Masquerade? What do you feel the best way is to get involved in a LARP? Tell us your stories!
Featured Image Credit: CCP World of Darkness
Image Credits: By Night Studios, Lord Chaz, Nordic Larp.org