Type of Event: LARP gathering
Dates: June 30th through July 3rd, 2011
Where: Columbus, Ohio
Review: Though this event was technically for four days, the main event was on Friday and Saturday, and midday each day. We were lucky enough to be able to shift our schedules so we could arrive Friday before the Sabbat event started. The drive was long, and a little scary across the mountains in the dark, but our timing was pretty much perfect: we got there an hour before game, with enough time to check into our hotel room and get into costume.
I brought my six inch platform boots with me, but sadly as I walked down the hall to check in the sole separated from the boot. Bleh! But I’d brought my new boots as well, fortunately. Mark, on the other hand, had made a costume for his character’s black shadowy tentacles. It was awesome, but it’s hard to keep six foot long pipe insulation made into tentacles from running into people. But everyone had a good humor about the whole thing and loved the costumes.
As we play the bad guys, we aren’t exactly the biggest contingent of World of Darkness gamers. Almost everyone who was there was there to play the main part of Vampire: The Masquerade, the Camarilla. So our room time was limited. But from noon to five each day we dealt with our own horrible plot. The Camarilla were having meetings. We were fighting infernal monsters. (Well, and having meetings, and sending people off into secret meetings, which is the only time I get cranky, but hey… Now, if we can just find something for everyone else to do while the ‘cool kids’ have their secret meetings, we’d be fine. Hell, I play a Bishop – I’m supposed to be one of the ‘cool kids.’ So why don’t I feel like one?)
Friday, we began by some getting to know each other. Then, there was a trial to be had as the Bishop of Detroit was accused of being a traitor. As he was being questioned, weirdness began – fog in the Shadowlands, Astral, and Umbral realms, and Camarilla vampires in the street. A big confrontation was planned… or not, as the case may be, as the plan was “get ’em.” It was bad and our characters almost died horribly. And then infernal fire and villains worse than we are appeared on both sides, only to be driven back by mysterious visitors.
After Friday’s game, we went out to dinner and then – while most were off playing their good guys – we went swimming. The event wasn’t exactly in the nicest hotel – it could use some renovation work – but it was good for the event and it was cheap. The pool was a great way to end the evening.
The next day was the biggest gathering of the game weekend. Our characters gathered with the metaphysical fog getting thicker to confront the Cardinal about the horrible fight the day before. When – bum bum bum! – another Cardinal walks in, claiming to be the true one. There is, of course, the whole “who’s the real one?” argument, but in the end it doesn’t exactly matter. The first one works with demon worshipers and suggests we all join him. A few do and those who worship the demons leave. The characters track down where the infernalists are gathered, and great epic battle ensues. And sadly, my built for battle character gets taken out in two hits early in the fight. Ouch! Ah, well, I’ll do better next time.
Another dinner with more players to hang out with, and then we had fun hanging out in the hallways with players who were hanging around. It’s always fun putting faces to names and stories that I’ve heard. There were parties all over the hotel that night, but I admit it – I’m not the night life person usually. So I, unlike a lot of people, actually got some sleep that night.
Sunday morning almost everyone was checking out. But since we’d gotten the wrong dates for the event originally, we weren’t checking out until Monday. So we hung out with a handful of hung over gamers and friends, talking about how game had gone. Then, those of us that were left went downstairs to the cleaned up ballroom, plopped down between towering stacks of chairs, and learned the horrible fate of fictional Detroit.
It was a great game overall, full of mistaken identities, double dealing, infernal horrors and destruction. This game was a great addition to the big year long plot that the organization has going on. I look forward to seeing what comes next! unfortunately the next really big event we won’t make it to, as we’ll be in Atlanta for DragonCon. And to make matters worse, the event we’ll miss is our own local one. Makes me worry about what might happen to my in-character city when I can’t be there!
But only two weeks later, we’ll be heading down to the Grand Masquerade. Yay!