Patrons of the Underground,

It’s with great pleasure that the Board of Directors delivers the latest, updated 2016 Patron’s Handbook.

Please take a look at the entire document, there are some changes. Of particular note, there are now organizational rules for proxying characters, revising characters after they enter play and a more detailed disciplinary action policy.

You’ll also now find an appendix dedicated to listing all of our official Facebook groups.

UT Patron Handbook 2016

Thank you all for playing and helping to make this community of gamers so amazing!

~Ryan Faricelli
Director of Communications

Patrons of the Underground,

Many of you have likely heard the rumblings, for good or for bad, about a discussion occurring on the ST group. There has been a great deal of heated comments and a lot of vague Facebook posts made about it, so we feel it is important that our patrons hear a bit of what is going on.

The Board receives patron complaints from time to time, and it has become apparent the greatest number of complaints being received centered around one issue: Storytellers playing their PC in their own game.

Local issues are typically governed from the bottom up in this org, and organization-wide issues are governed from the top down. As the governing body of this nonprofit organization, the Board felt these complaints were numerous and widespread enough that it was viewed as necessary to create a policy that would eliminate what players were telling the Board was a problem.

The Board did fail in regard to the individual complaints. They were not singularly investigated and the involved STs informed or dealt with. This failure occurred because of a transition in the office of Ombudsman and a problem with the migration of records of reported issues. We, the Board, take full responsibility for this failure and offer heartfelt apologies to those players and storytellers. Our organization now has a new Ombudsman and the Board is initiating a new case tracking system to prevent this from ever happening again.

It is important to note, however, that even had those complaints been addressed properly, it would not have changed the outcome – the Board would have still initiated this policy discussion.

The original policy presented to the STs was simple and straightforward, basically stating that storytellers could not play their own PC in the game in which they were on staff. There were some games’ STs who expressed that this was not acceptable, and that if they could not play their PC in their own game, they would lose all of their staff, their game would pull out of the org or their game would fold. The Board then attempted to propose a compromise.

Currently, the discussed compromise is as follows:

LSTs and ASTs may not do the following:

  • Adjudicate scenes in which their PCs are directly or indirectly involved.
  • Utilize their knowledge as storytellers in order to gain an advantage for their PC.
  • Participate in any plots instigated or stewarded by themselves or other storytellers on their staff.
  • Initiate hostile action against another PC within the game for which they are a storyteller.
  • Hold any local clan or court positions in the game in which they are a storyteller.

This is where the current discussion is at. No policy is approved or in play. Any policy that comes from this decision would still require a Board vote to become official, and would likely provide a period of time that would allow games that needed to make ST staff changes to become compliant. This topic has been very heated amongst the ST board, so it is also possible no policy could come out of this discussion.

Finally, if you as a patron have an opinion, for or against, or an idea for compromise, PLEASE send us a respectful email to bod@undergroundtheater.org and also please COPY YOUR LST!

Thanks,

The Board

Greetings Patrons of the Underground,

Several patrons and storytellers have questioned the use of the status trait, “Favored” in relation to bloodhunts. After reviewing the rule book and careful discussion, the Content Team finds it implausible that a fleeting status that every elder in the Camarilla may give out is intended to ignore all negative consequences that the status system can possibly levy upon a character. We consider it an unintended oversight.

As such, the following rule is now in effect:

“Favored” will no longer block any of the effects of “Bloodhunted,” “Boonbreaker,” or “Profane,” or the negative status associated with those monikers. It will also not block the negative effects of breaking a Censure.

“Favored” will continue to block “Vulgar,” “Warned,” “Disgraced” (when applied via “Prominent,” but not “Guardian”), and “Forsaken” (when applied via “Authority,” but not “Sovereign”).

The Content Team wants to reassure you all that this is not a slippery slope to a horde of house rules and we are committed to the core principles of Underground Theater to issue house rules sparingly.

Any questions may be directed to the Content Team through the vice president’s office via email at vicepresident@undergroundtheater.org.