This is all stuff that we would like to share with you. But, they aren't links, they aren't rules, they're certainly don't have anything to do with Chicago's history. They're just random, miscellaneous things. Read and enjoy! (Or read and get annoyed - this is all really opinion stuff, and definitely subjective!) Almost all of these documents are from other LARPs Eric ran ages ago, so just realize that, while they're still good and interesting things to read, they don't always apply to this game - or do they? Anyway, on with the links....
Some Things To Think About and Keep In Mind When Making Your Character:
This is pretty straightforward. I found a couple of "questions for your character" on line, and wanted to share them with you. You don't have to know the answers, immediately, but... Think about them, and the answers just might help you make a better character (or at least a character that's easier for you to connect with).
A Storyteller Talks to Their Players:
Here is some advice from a Storyteller to their players. It's pretty good stuff, and makes for interesting reading (and interesting role-playing, when it's applied). The authorship and origins of this piece are unknown. If you know who wrote this, please let me know. Credit where credit is due and all that.
Storytelling and Player Roles in Live-Action Gaming:
Back in NYC, there was a LARP known as Seasons of Darkness, run by a gentleman named Nick Fortugno. His LARP ran for around five (maybe six) years and showed a lot of people what a well-designed LARP with a dedicated player base could be like. I played in a few sessions of the game, and while I might have disagreed with Nick on a number of non-essential things, I have to admit he knew how to run a game. He wrote this essay to his players shortly after his game began, and I know of a few GMs who included it in their rule packets for players to read. I've posted it here - I think it's good reading, and I hope you do as well.
A Guide to Being A Vampire:
A gentleman by the name of James Brown (no, not that James Brown) wrote this guide back in 1997. It has withstood the test of time, and is still pretty applicable.... Enjoy the guide.
The Real Prince's Primer
After White Wolf released the book, The Prince's Primer, Jason Corely (of Stupid LARP Trick fame) felt obligated to make some commentary. He effectively wrote a short screed, calling it a "real" Prince's Primer, and included examples - from the Reign of President Nixon, the closest thing to a Prince most Americans every experienced.... Read it, if you have any political aspirations.... It freaks me out to know this guy was the President, you know?
How Does It Feel?
This piece, adapted from a much longer piece written by Peter Woodworth (the author of The Shining Host, the LARP rules for Changeling: The Dreaming) which was published in Issue #8 of the now-defunct Mind's Eye Theatre Journal, was written to help players get an idea on just what it's like to be a supernatural being, to explain, well, how things felt. We have just reproduced the Kindred-specific elements of this piece here, and it's still a very fine read....
These are not for everyone. These are my pure, unfiltered and almost unedited thoughts on a number of White Wolf-related topics. These are my opinions only, and do not represent the opinions or philosophies of the rest of pretty much anyone I know.
Why I Hate Metaplots
Actualy, these are basically emails that I sent to the Chicago Reborn mailing list that, one day, I'll polish up and turn into proper essays or rants, like the writings above. But for now - I'm just leaving them as little mini-essays, warts and all. Read them if you want, and I hope you enjoy!