Vampire: the MasqueradeMilwaukee by NightStandard Rambling Introduction & What meikle Thinks About The World of Darkness
Hi, Elliquiy. It's meikle again! I want to run Vampire: the Masquerade using the recently released Vampire: 20th Anniversary Edition rules this time! If you don't have the 20th Anniversary Edition but do have VtM Revised, that's workable, too. The rules are very similar and where they're not, I'll explain the differences.
There's a lot about the World of Darkness that I don't like. I'm going to cut out lots of it. For the purposes of this game, the safest way to go about this is to assume that nothing about the World of Darkness that isn't in the VtM 20th book isn't canon (and some stuff that is in the VtM 20th book won't be canon, either, but none of that should interact with this game.) The game'll start in 2011; don't assume any metaplot progress at all. The world hasn't ended yet.How meikle Runs Her Games
The game is going to be run in a pretty traditional ST/players play-by-post format. I will provide the world, you'll provide the main characters in the story. I want each character to be interesting both in a group setting (with the other players) and by themselves (so that they have their own issues and concerns that they can and should interact with when other PCs are busy.) I want all of the PCs to have their own goals and interests that they'll pursue without being goaded by the plot.
I don't assume any PC will be involved in erotic content. I don't expect or intend for any player to be involved in scenes that engage their characters in any kind of smutty manner unless they're interested in it. (The same remains true for me; I won't roleplay sex scenes out unless I'm interested in them.) Sex isn't the focus here! I'm perfectly find leaving it out entirely or fading to black instead, if that's how it goes.A Little Bit About The City of Milwaukee (by Night)
I'm setting this in Milwaukee, but in practice, this World of Darkness Milwaukee will be a darker, more cramped place, with more people, more troubles, and more vampires. I am a Milwaukee native, as well, which might help. I love the city when it is dark.
The city will be overpopulated, with a population of about 25 Camarilla vampires (and who knows what else; this doesn't include such potential vampires as Anarchs out of touch with the Cam, Sabbat spies, independents, etc.) Each of the seven Camarilla Clans are represented in the city to some degree or another, as well as a couple of members of lesser Bloodlines.
The local Camarilla is a little out of hand; the city isn't really meant to support as many vampires as it does (not by Cam standards, anyway), but they do what they can to make it work. There are lots of individual feuds that cause occasional problems, and cliquishness has found a comfortable place in Milwaukee; at the start of the game, however, things will be shakier and not entirely copasetic.
If there are any other supernaturals in the city, they're not making themselves known.Who Gets To Play
Me, and nobody else! No, no, I kid. I want three players
(I always want three players.) Maybe four, at the most, but only if I'm really totally blown away by that many concepts. I don't mean that I'm going to take the first three or four players who show up talking about wanting to play Vampire; I'm going to hand-pick three or four players from the people who say they're interested, and if there's not enough interested people with concepts that I like to fill it out, the game probably won't happen at all. I find that preferable to starting a game and losing interest, though.If You're Interested
Tell me so! Tell me what it is you'd like to play, and what makes the character you're interested in playing interesting
. You don't have to open up with a huge background or a character sheet, but having a background in mind helps. I'm totally happy to answer questions about the city or the people in it to help people develop characters who are engaged with Milwaukee and its denizens and have interesting goals therein.
I usually say don't make sheets yet, but you're welcome to if you want to; it doesn't guarantee you a spot in the game, though! If you do post a sheet, though, make sure to put it under a spoiler so that it doesn't become an eyesore.
I hope to hear from at least 3 awesome people!