Welcome The Mirrorplay WikiEdit
This Wiki is a resource for the Escondido Vampire LARP: Mirrorplay. More information can be found at mirrorplay.freeforums.org
The Who, What, When, Where and Why
- What Mirrorplay, a highly Traditional Camarilla LARP
- Who Chrys (ST) and Blake (AST) with special guest star Soul - Narrator
- Where Escondido City Hall
- When Every other Friday & Saturday, 9PM downtime/char gen/game prep, 10PM game start, runs to shout-outs at 2AM.
- Why We've been pining for a traditional, by the book Cam game, and decided to make it happen!
1. Have Fun! If you're not having fun, why are you here?
2. Do not cheat. There could be many in depth discussions of what cheating means that could go on for pages. We take a very simple stance. Cheating includes: metagaming, godmoding, using abilities/powers you do not possess, lying to staff, and lying to other players regarding staff decisions.
3. Maintain a positive and productive gaming environment. In addition to you yourself having fun, it is important you do not detract from the fun of others. Things like violence at game, verbally or physically assaulting another player (including name calling), telling people how to play their characters, arguing belligerently with staff regarding rules calls*, or generally presenting an uncooperative attitude will warrant a request for you to leave the gamesite. ( * = there is a difference between debate (encouraged) and argument (discouraged). In both cases, the book and forums are the sole resources and the ST the final arbiter. Please do not dispute further. )
4. No rehashes. This is a game of creativity. We've created an entirely new setting just for you, and would appreciate the favor in return. If your character has been played in a LARP or tabletop game before, we will not be approving it for Mirrorplay. We trust you to come up with something new and exciting for a new and exciting game. If everyone sees the same characters running around, it'll look like the same ol' thing.
If ANY of these are not clear, please ask the staff. If you are asked to leave the gamesite for violating one of the above mentioned rules, you will be extended an invitation to return by the staff when it is deemed appropriate.Top
Suffice it to say, 1998 was a good year.
Initially, there was some upheaval as Baron Tara became Prince Tara and took the San Diego domain back to the Camarilla, but all in all the transition went well enough, and proved to be for the best. In the ten plus years since, it's been a fierce battle with the Sabbat to the south and Anarchs to the north. Still, the domain has held well enough. Over time, however, it started to sift into two distinct areas: the heavy hitters moved down south and those of a more political mind started to gradually travel north. With constant attacks just south of the Border, Prince Tara saw fit to appoint a second Primogen Council to oversee North County.
In 2003, the Council held their first meeting and appointed a Steward to keep track of all affairs. Within little time, the Steward became Harpy of the northern part of Tara's praxis. The area solidified over time, and the Northern border of Tara's domain eventually became pretty solid, leaving Tara to focus down south and the new Kindred of North County to keep themselves busy.
With the understated arrival of Nickolai as the Ventrue Primogen of the Council in 2005, word started escaping of a possible break in the praxis. Nothing so severe as a coup, just words that the Northern brethren were more and more a different kin. The subdued venom seemed to flow both ways... the Primogen Council of San Diego made it known they considered North County to be a 'Versailles of Southern California', quick and eager to turn a blind eye to hideous warfare in lieu of subtle politicking and intrigue. The general retort was a bemused reminder that North County had gotten rid of their threats in no time, and San Diego was welcome to join in the luxury as soon as they could wrap up their little problem.
The tiffs and slight politicking between the regions became a bit much for Tara to want to deal with, so in December of 2009, she proclaimed North County an independent Praxis, granting them territory north of the 56 as their own (hell of a Christmas present). As was largely expected, Primogen Nickolai became Prince Nickolai in precious little time, and the Harpy stepped up as his seneschal. In the time since then, the praxis has started to flourish, the appeal of a 'new domain' luring Kindred from all over the area to come check out the freshest Camarilla Domain, regardless of the established Kindred currently residing therein.
Most of the region lies open and ready for the taking. Rumors claim that they've finally decided on a Nosferatu Keeper of Elysium, and Court will soon be held. The Whip stepping up into Ventrue Primogen seems to have trouble filling Nickolai's shoes. Whispers escape that the council doesn't entirely approve of Nickolai's ascension. There is no Sheriff. No Harpy. In this time of change, fears have stirred that the Anarchs may notice the frail state of the domain before they have a chance to build. Reflections of an old domain dance across the patchwork landscape of North County, still the same as ever it was, but now new and ripe with the prospect of claiming domain. Claiming position. A name.
It's a dance the Kindred have endured for years. The Elders have been established, and already hold sway over mortals and kindred alike. The neonates come scrambling for power regardless. The Jyhad plays on, and the cycle of political assassination and a feral greed starts fresh.
Welcome to North County, the Praxis of Prince Nickolai of Clan Ventrue.
Enjoy the Mirrorplay.
Mirrorplay will experience HEAVY PC DEATH. Be warned of this going in. Please know it is part of the brutality of the World of Darkness, and the downside of the vicious politics and traditions of the Camarilla. That being said, everything is not a life or death situation. If you review the materials provided (obsessively) on these forums and fall by the general setting and precedence set, you can blend in and make small waves just fine and enjoy yourself. If you disregard tradition, come in blasting heresies and disregarding hierarchies, your character will be dealt with as is suitable for a traditional Cam city. If you dive fist-first into every confrontation, odds are you'll go out swinging, but you'll go out. Play it smart!
DISCLAIMER A: Anticipate heavy PC death.
DISCLAIMER B: The storytelling staff is not out to get you. We wish to portray a World of Darkness that is very, very dark. Bad things will happen, and with a little common sense and a lot of caution, they might not happen to you.
Stayin' Alive (How to live)
- Follow (or at least humor) the hierarchy. A Tremere that shrugs off his regent's command will vanish just as quickly as an unacknowledged Brujah who attempts an attack on the Prince.
- Status is everything. You can get away with more depending on how much status you have. You get status depending on how useful and loyal you are. Furthering plot will get you more status faster. Etiquette is the social 'Dodge', and Status is the social 'Fortitude'.
- No kiddie gloves. If you get in over your head, you get in over your head. Pick a fight with a pack of lupines, and they will be no more nor less powerful a pack based on the fact that you messed up or didn't bring help. ALWAYS have a back up plan.
- Common Sense is an uncommon virtue! It's 1 point. Seriously. Buy Common Sense. We will tell you if you're going to do something that will get you killed (like... you know. Playing Caitiff.)
- Never hesitate to ask for clarification. We are not going to try to trick you (well, OOC) into doing something harmful to yourself. If you're not sure your character will jive with something, or if you don't know if Status is going to work the same way as it did in other games, or... hell, even if you DO think you've got a good handle on a particular system... ask the ST. If you were right, you have the reaffirmation! If you were wrong, you'll be able to rectify this.
Die Mother****er Die (How to die)
- Play something outside of the Vanilla 6. Yes, six. Brujah, Malkavian, Nosferatu, Toreador, Tremere and Ventrue are the prominent clans in this area. With the departure of the Gangrel, the reputation of the Assamite, the paranoia incited by the Caitiff, and the associations of the other clans, nothing else is going to be overly well-received. If you are keen on playing one of these, and the concept is sound, we will consider it, but you will have HURDLES TO OVERCOME, and are not allowed to get mad if the Scourge or an overly traditional character does you in.
- Direct assaults against power players. If you play with fire, expect to get burned. We've gone out of our way to ensure the more potent individuals in our praxis and setting come off as such, so do make sure to approach them with (somewhat) due caution, or at least a back up plan.
- Violating the traditions. If you breach the Masquerade, you will be breached. This is not a forgiving domain. We mean traditions with the big T (progeny, domain, etc.) and the little t (prestation, decorum, manners). Breaking the laws am bad, and will get you broken.
- Taking flaws that beg for it. An enemy is an enemy. Straight up. Our plot is catered to work around your backstories. Hunted isn't a free 4 points on your character sheet 'cos the ST won't get around to it, Hunted means we get to bring down the WRATH OF GOD on our little praxis, and it's heading straight for you.
- Associating with unmentionables. Sabbat, Anarchs, and other... well, unmentionables. If you are caught, you're as good as dead. AGAIN. Unforgiving domain.
- Releasing clan secrets. The Tremere especially. If the Regent catches you with Pavis, or the Lictor hears you mentioning Eiren, your superiors may not be pleased. This isn't as huge for less traditional clans, but even the Gangrel look down on people teaching Protean without reason.