Yes, I know we don't exactly see eye to eye on a lot of things but I had to weigh in on the Camarilla and LARPing as I am also a member. Welcome aboard! I hope you are enjoying yourself so far :)
Both Star and I have been members since 2007. I currently am the DST for our domain down here in SE region of the United States and I also run our Sabbat venue as the VST. I play Changeling NWOD, Sabbat, Cam/Anarch, Geist and we do a few troupe games as well, with Mortals and Garou (OWoD venues, again). My current MC level is 9 with the DST loan. Gotta love that loan system!
I think the fact that it is a not-for-profit gaming organization and charity now that they broke away from White Wolf is awesome. The club has gone through some extensive restructuring lately but it is back into the hands of the players and has shaped up rather nicely, if you ask me. The community aspect of it is great.
Right on. We're in the East Central Region, ourselves. I never got into the new WoD setting, myself, although I do like the system. It's funny you should mention the Sabbat thing. Truth be told I'm considering taking over our local Sabbat VST position at some point. I do love the Sabbat. In fact, Josi and I actually met in '99 in one of the html chat Sabbat games on white-wolf.com (before they shut down all the old WoD chats).
I've been trying to get her to come to a game and at least check it out. She's promised to at least watch and see if she'd like it, but she had a bad experience with a troupe LARP game back in Washington State (the game was -full- of drama and cliques), so she's leery of it. The Cam (yeah I still call it the Camarilla) seems to have cracked down on that sort of crap since the early days. I'm very pleased with our venue/domain. Everyone is very nice and understanding, especially to new players.
Apparently, although I'm new to Cam I've impressed some people with my knowledge of the setting. People want me to ST or at least assist. I need to get the system down first, though. It shouldn't take long before I feel I'm ready.
Oh yeah, do you guys use your hand for the test (rock/paper/scissors) or do you use cards? I use homemade laminated cards; three with rock, three with scissors and three with paper/bomb (since there's really no point in throwing paper if you have the bomb. The bomb is defeated by scissors just like paper, but paper only defeats rock and ties with paper, whereas the bomb defeats both rock and paper). Since there's a definite psychology to R/P/S using your hand that can exploited by some, the cards give it a true sense of randomness and makes it fair all around in my opinion.
Currently I play a Schismatic Assamite, a "Brujah" (Caitiff) Scholar and a Brujah Antitribu, though I plan on ditching my scholar next month once I have my MC 4 to make a 10th gen Gargoyle (High Approval but I'm confident that I can get it).