Patrons of the Underground,
The moon is rising, and so is our excitement about the new By Night Studios Minds Eye Theatre rulebook for Werewolf: The Apocalypse! This spring, Underground Theater begins a new venue, and we can’t wait to tell you about it!
Obviously, there are still some things the board of directors is working through, and some questions won’t have answers for a few weeks, but we’d like to share where we are at and what the plan is.
Underground Theater thinks of itself as a World of Darkness LARPing organization. The Vampire and Werewolf venues are equals, and we intend to treat neither with more importance than the other when faced with organizational decisions. It is important to us that we remain vigilant and take steps to ensure this remains the case. Currently, every member of the board of directors is interested in playing Werewolf, so there is full representation of both venues in the organizational leadership.
Another step to keep Werewolf and Vampire equal is that we will be giving Werewolf its own Content Team. There will be a Werewolf Organizational Storyteller, a Werewolf Content and Continuity Storyteller, and Werewolf Assistant Organizational Storytellers. Look for an announcement requesting applications shortly.
The Werewolf chronicle is scheduled to begin officially on January 1, 2017. To kick off this new venue, we’ll be featuring a Werewolf national event game at the Midwinter Gaming Convention on Jan. 12 – 15 in Milwaukee, WI, as well as our usual Vampire games.
Even though the official start date is Jan. 1, for the next two months we will be encouraging and supporting troupes that want to begin playing Werewolf. To keep things fair, there will be no XP awarded for Underground Theater Werewolf games until the first games are held in January (it will only be a couple of games, and we hope everyone will understand this necessity). More information on the process for Werewolf games to apply to Underground Theater will be coming soon, but for now, start your games! We’ve also got a Facebook group set up to let everyone coordinate Werewolf Character Ties.
Just like Vampire, the Werewolf venue will have a scheduled reset at 5 years, and there will be a vote at the beginning of the last year to determine if the reset is delayed a year. This means the Vampire and Werewolf chronicles will have different beginning and ending dates, as well as different Floor XP totals. It is also important to note that Vampire and Werewolf venues will not cross over, just as Camarilla/Anarch/IA does not cross over with the Sabbat venue.
A lot of storytellers have been asking about incorporating Werewolf rules into their Vampire games. The quest system, shared havens, full werewolf NPC sheets and other specific systems have been noted as things that could be used in Vampire. As of right now, the board has decided that Vampire will remain strictly run only from the Vampire book for six months before any decisions occur concerning integrating rules systems. This is to allow the content teams, the board and our players and storytellers time to focus on the success of launching Werewolf as a venue. It will also give everyone a chance to play with these new rules so that decisions can be made from a place of better understanding of just how all of these things work.
Finally, our Patron Handbook disallows canon PCs. However, the Kickstarter for Werewolf allowed people to fund at levels that would let them put their characters into the book’s canon. additionally, some of the playtesting troupes that are joining Underground Theater are featured in the book. If you have an original character that was turned canon in this publication, and you are intending to play that character in Underground Theater, please send an email to Mike Rilee so that appropriate exemptions can be made to allow that to happen.
We know there are more questions that need answered, and we’ll be sharing as much as we can as quickly as we can!
Thank you all so much for helping us grow!
The Board of Directors