There are a lot of different LARP organizations that a player could choose to explore Vampire: The Masquerade or Werewolf: The Apocalypse with. Underground Theater encourages everyone to play everywhere they like, as each of the other organizations, as well as our own, have a lot to offer. Find a place that best fits you, and your gaming will be the most fun!
If you are curious what makes Underground Theater different than other organizations, here are a few of the things:
- No Drama Mission: Underground Theater’s mission statement, code of conduct and leadership all exist with the goal of building a LARP organization whose culture is based on out-of-character friendship, safety and maturity, striving to keep OOC drama to a minimum and met with no tolerance.
- Minimalistic Structure: Underground Theater operates with a minimalistic approach to organizational bureaucracy, using only a Board of Directors who may or may not have a small number of non-voting admins working on specific tasks assigned to them.
- Non-Profit Status: As a Federally recognized 501c(7) non-profit, Underground Theater can help local games receive rental discounts from many venues. This status also provides the organization stability and maintains accountability.
- Minimal Bureaucracy: Underground Theater’s Board of Directors tries to avoid engaging the machines of bureaucracy where possible. UT’s intent is to try to minimize usage of the top-down power structure. It is important to note, however, that the Board is the final say in all organizational matters.
- Consistent Rulings: Underground Theater’s oligarchical structure eliminates “vote blocking,” railroading, favoritism and uneven/inconsistent administrative policy patterns caused by large-scale council-style voting practices. It also enables clarity of organization vision and mission.
- Competitive Membership Prices: Becoming a patron in Underground Theater costs $20 each year.
- Floor XP: Underground Theater utilizes a floor XP system. The floor XP award is a flat 4 XP a month. Patrons cannot have characters withe less XP earned than the current floor. Maximum XP possible to earn each month is 10 XP.
- No IC Rewards for OOC Actions: Underground Theater does not have a membership class for XP or in-game rewards based on out-of-game activities and does not allow XP to be purchased with money.
- Hard Resets: Underground Theater performs hard resets of our game venues. UT holds a vote amongst its patrons to end the chronicle and begin a completely new one every five years. This means the organization will next vote to reset in 2018, for an ending occurring in Spring of 2019.
- Separate Genres: The Sabbat and Cam/Anarch/Independent Alliance settings are totally separate universes. The Werewolf universe is separate as well. PCs, NPCs, and stories don’t cross over between these venues.
- Facebook Groups: In-character and out-of-character interaction between players, storytellers and characters all occurs on Facebook groups instead of list serves or forums.
- Streamlined National Plot: National plot is controlled by the Vice President and his content team administrative staff. This staff includes an organizational ST for each venue and multiple assistant organizational STs.
- No R&U: There are no “Rare and Unusual” approval procedures except those restrictions printed in the BNS rulebook and those determined by individual games to reflect their local story. Some concepts do require content team notification, however, such as children of canon NPCs.
- No House Rules: Local games in Underground Theater may not have house rules, and the organization adheres to the By Night Studios Mind’s Eye Theater book. While the organization does have a “Rules Clarification” document, it is only about 2 pages long. We strive to avoid massive House Rules documents.