Ok. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been having major withdrawals from my all time favorite game. That game only tied by Connon’s Star Wars game in gruesome fun, creativity, and enjoyment.
Lemme tell you about Vampire: The Masquerade, and why I enjoy it so.
Firstly, I think I’ve always been fascinated by the irrational fears that gripped Europe during the time between Christ and the prevalence of electricity. Whether it’s irrational fears brought about by faulty church doctrine, throwbacks from plague, or simple fairy tails with a horrific spin, they’re fascinating.
Vampires are one of those chief fears. Ironically, they’ve been romanticised to such a degree, that it’s unreal. They’ve been made larger than life, and have become a staple of horror the world over. Every mythos has some sort of vampire in it, and the legends are only growing. Vampire explores those legends, and enhances the romanticism, grace, and horror of the vampiric myth.
I first played V:tM in late 1995. I had just had issues with having ran out of money for college and was unemployed at home, trying to find a job. When not job hunting, I was hanging out with a group of several friends who introduced me to roleplaying. The first game I ever played was Vampire, and it got me hooked faster than anything had ever done before. I created my first character with the help of my friend, Eric. He worked at a gas station, and while he was on shift, I sat at one of the tables provided for people who would eat the nasty hot dogs and such available at that location. (Such as myself, junk-food fiend that I am.) My first character was a Tremere thaumaturgist, without a clue in the world. I remember quite a bit about him, and probably have a copy of his character sheet somewhere, if I bothered to look. I think my favorite thing about him was his car. A VW beetle, fully customized, and with a killer stereo system. No, maybe this didn’t make sense for a guy based on an Itallian mobster, but it was MY dream car as a person, and so I lived vicariously though Vinny Bartoli, the Tremere.
Amongst Vinny’s accomplishments were the death of a Salubri, the prevention of an usurpation of the local Prince’s authority, and the destruction of several wherehouses via the use of a poorly thought out molotav cocktail scheme. Don’t ask.
Since that time, I’ve been with several gaming groups, and never had a truly bad experience with V:tM. Each story has been fun, though some not as in-depth as I might have liked.
Hopefully, I’ll get to play some time in the near future.
If not… I may hurt someone…