Patrons of the Underground,

We are proud to announce that we have a new content and continuity storyteller for the Vampire venue! Welcome Andy Clark to the position.

Andy currently lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where he works as an apprentice optician. He has worked primarily in the healthcare field, ranging from a Mental Health Technician to an EMT.

Andy started gaming when he was 15, back on 3rd edition Dungeons and Dragons. He began LARPing in Paducah’s OWbN game, eventually moving to storyteller for a time. He has worked in collaborative world-building exercises with various games, as well as playtested games with Ennies judges. He is excited to join the Underground Theater team to continue developing the game for the betterment of it’s Patrons.

The Vampire Canon and Continuity Storyteller can be reached here.

Patrons of the Underground,

There are a few questions the Board of Directors hears often, and after seeing this asked today on a patron’s Facebook, I’d like to try to answer one of them today:

How do I get my character involved in Larger Than Local play?

To answer this, we first need to agree that there are, loosely, two types of LTL play.

The first type of LTL play simply involves characters outside of your game knowing who you are, or it means having the actions your character takes or opinions your character makes have an affect on characters outside of your local game. This is a sort of notoriety and reputation thing, and is not always simple to foster.

Success at playing this kind of LTL game is generally self-made organically by the player and the momentum of the game. Achieving an influential position such as Harpy, Prince or Sept Leader; posting regularly in clan, sect, tribal or other national Facebook groups; playing at convention, regional and national event games; and pursuing high-visibility plots or opportunities are some of the things players can do.

The second type of LTL play involves being part of Larger Than Local plot that the Underground Theater Content Team is running, including holding an LTL position such as Archon.

Periodically, the OST or the Vice President posts to the Storyteller groups asking STs if there are any characters they believe would fit open LTL positions or would be good to involve in or help spread LTL plots. Very rarely do any storytellers respond to these requests. Tell your local storytellers you want to be more involved!

Success at playing this kind of LTL game can also involve a little Out of Character work by you, the player.  Send an email to the OST of your appropriate genre/venue and ask if there is anything your character might become involved with. Tell the OST a small bit about your character and remember to tell them which game your character is based in. You can do this to pursue a rumor the OST may have posted in a Facebook IC group, you can do this to put your character into consideration for LTL positions, or you can even do this just to ask if there is a plot going on you could somehow get roped into.

The OSTs’ job is to help you become more involved and be part of LTL plot, and they will, but they can’t involve you if they have no idea who you are or that you want to be involved!

The first step to being involved in LTL in any way is nearly always, “be visible in and out of character.”

Finally, let’s address some barriers for becoming involved in LTL:

  • I’m a Storyteller: Storytellers and administrators are never chosen by the Content Team to hold Larger Than Local positions. This is to help maintain fairness and avoid instances in which conflicts of interest can occur.
  • I’m a brand new character: A brand new character has no reputation and no visibility. One way to help overcome this is to email the OST. Just because you are a brand new character does not mean the vampire or werewolf you are playing didn’t exist in the past or have their own reputation. Another way to overcome this is using the Character Ties Facebook groups to network connections between your new character and established ones, and being active on IC Facebook groups also helps.
  • I’m a brand new player: This is a legitimate concern. The OST is unlikely to hand a regional leadership position to a person that no one knows – you may decide you don’t like the game and quit in two months, you may not have the knowledge necessary about Vampire or Werewolf to manage the position within genre expectations, or maybe you might be insane 🙂 . Begin with following the advice from above in “I’m a brand new character.” Additionally, participate in conversations on the OOC groups so that others can get to know you. Traveling to nearby games and attending event games can also help (if you are able).
  • I can’t travel: This is only a partial barrier. Certainly, if you hold an LTL position, your character will benefit from the ability to be at non-local games, especially National Event games, but not all positions require physical travel, and becoming involved in national plot might not require travel at all if your local storyteller staff is willing to help. Talk to your OST and there may be something appropriate for you.
  • I’m a poo-fart: The simple truth is that, for the game to be fun for everyone, the Content Team is pretty unlikely going to give an LTL position to a character that is played by a player who is just a jerk OOC. If you have a bad reputation as a player who treats others poorly, who cheats, who is difficult for other players to get along with – you probably won’t be chosen to become King of the Garou Nation. Content looks for players who are active, friendly, kind and who try to involve others (regardless of if their character is nice or evil). If that’s not the kind of player you are, begin working toward changing how you approach game and those who play around you.

Hopefully, this helps some of you out when considering Larger Than Local opportunities!

For those of you interested, here are the emails for the OSTs:

Werewolf OST

Camarilla/Anarch/IA OST

Sabbat OST

Best of luck to all of you, and I hope your game keeps getting better and better. Remember, the only way to win is to have fun!

~Ryan Faricelli
Director of Communications

[Being a better player and building better characters are themes from my book on better storytelling, better playing and better culture, On A Roll: Level Up Your RPG.]

Patrons of the Underground,

We’re looking for a new Vampire Canon and Continuity Storyteller. If you’re looking to get more involved in our organization, please consider volunteering!

The Vampire Canon and Continuity Storyteller serves to track character relationships and usage for all canon and national-level NPCs in the Vampire Venue. The CCST also tracks the usage of geographic areas not under the authority of a local troupe and maintains a general history of the chronicle. The CCST is responsible for generating a monthly “what’s happened” report by contacting the troupe LSTs org-wide. Finally, the CCST works with the Vampire Organizational Storytellers in the management and implementation of all canon NPCs, as well as NPCs or institutions whose actions have a massive effect above the city level of the troupe (such as The President of the United States, The Chancellor of Germany, the FBI, or the CIA). The CCST is responsible for periodic audits of the in-character groups for membership and demographic purposes, and other duties as assigned by the Vice President.

Travel requirements – The Vampire CCST is strongly encouraged to attend all national events and to offer support to regional events where possible.

Time expectations – The estimated workload of this position is 15-20 hours per week.

Other considerations – The Vampire CCST may not hold a larger-than-local IC position, nor a major city leadership position (Prince, Baron), and should expect to have their PC transition into a background ancillary role if hired.

Please send your gaming resume (including both player and storyteller experience) to vicepresident@undergroundtheater.org

Patrons of the Underground,

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Camarilla/Anarch/Independent Alliance Organizational Storyteller!

Nick Riley is currently finishing a two-year stay in Japan as an Assistant English Teacher with the JET Program. He lives in Tottori Prefecture, in a charming countryside town brimming with cherry blossoms. Previously, he attended Berea College, where he majored in English and minored in Asian Studies, and held a variety of jobs, including computer repair technician, newswriter, RA and TA.

Nick started gaming regularly when he was around 16, when he joined his first Vampire group, but had been enchanted with the idea of role-playing ever since he delved into his dad’s Monster Manual as a kid. Nick first LARPed with Paducah’s OWbN troupe, and later briefly served as Lead Storyteller of Paducah’s Underground Theater troupe in the interim after Ryan Martin’s departure. After leaving for Japan, he founded an Underground Theater troupe in Yonago, Tottori, which ran for about a year. He has worked with the Cam-Anarch-IA OST staff in an informal capacity for some time, and is pleased to continue serving in these new roles.

Please welcome Nick to our team.

As is always the case when leadership changes, if you have an outstanding inquiry to the Cam/Anarch/IA OST office that has not been answered, this is a great time to send a gentle, friendly reminder to camanarch-ost@undergroundtheater.org.

Patrons of the Underground,

We want to give everyone a quick update on our current content team staff and how to contact them. Remember, if you have a question or request, it’s best to contact the person most responsible for overseeing the genre of your question. For example, if you have a question about Anarchs, it’s generally better to contact the Anarch OST Corey than it is to contact the Camarilla Vampire OST Ryan.

Vampire

Cam/Anarch/IA OST – Ryan Martin, camanarch-ost@undergroundtheater.org

Anarch AOST – Corey McIntyre, anarch-aost@undergroundtheater.org

IA AOST – Nick Riley, independentalliance-aost@undergroundtheater.org

Sabbat OST – Ken Yost, sabbat-ost@undergroundtheater.org

Sabbat AOST – unfilled, sabbat-aost@undergroundtheater.org

Werewolf 

Werewolf OST – John Swinkels, werewolf-ost@undergroundtheater.org

Werewolf AOST (specific duties coming soon) – Megan Schultz

Werewolf CCST – Mateo Marshall, werewolf-ccst@undergroundtheater.org

 

Good evening, Patrons of the Underground!

As we continue to flesh out our Werewolf content team staff, it’s time to look for a content and continuity storyteller.

Werewolf CCST
The  Werewolf Canon and Continuity Storyteller serves to track character relationships and usage for all canon and national-level NPCs in the Werewolf Venue. The CCST also tracks the usage of geographic areas not under the authority of a local troupe and maintains a general history of the chronicle. The CCST is responsible for generating a monthly “what’s happened” report by contacting the troupe LSTs org-wide.  Finally, the CCST works with the Werewolf Organizational Storyteller in the management and implementation of all canon NPCs, as well as NPCs or institutions whose actions have a massive effect above the city level of the troupe (such as The President of the United States, The Chancellor of Germany, the FBI, or the CIA).  The CCST is responsible for periodic audits of the in-character groups for membership and demographic purposes, and other duties as assigned by the Vice President.

Travel requirements – The Werewolf CCST is strongly encouraged to attend all national events, and to offer support to regional events where possible.

Time expectations – The estimated workload of this position is 15-20 hours per week.

Other considerations – The Werewolf CCST may not hold a larger-than-local IC position, nor a major city leadership position (Sept Alpha, etc), and should expect to have their PC transition into a background ancillary role if hired.

Please send your gaming resume (including both player and storyteller experience) to vicepresident@undergroundtheater.org