The Stiff: Chapter 4: Page 141

The Stiff: Chapter 4: Page 141

My impression in the ’90s was that Vampire live-action roleplayers were horrible snobs. (Though I liked the tabletop game.) However, when I actually played in a Vampire LARP in the 2000’s, everyone was really nice and if anything it was quite the opposite: they were super-eager to get me into their game.

I’m sure it’s largely because each gaming group is different, but I wonder if this was also because of the timing: in the ’90s Vampire was “cool” so all the posers and mini-tyrants were trying to get in on it, but 10 years later the jerks had left and it was just another geeky subculture again, trying to convert new folks and keep the game alive. It’s similar how, in the ’80s and early ’90s, there were a fair number of D&D players who did it for PVP and obnoxious power fantasies, but eventually many of the trolls and jerks got sucked away by Internet gaming, where it was easier to be an a**hole. Maybe it was also my own biases and perceptions, since I changed in those 10 years too.

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Discussion (2)¬

  1. Erik Arneson says:

    I like the Masonic gravestone. Nice touch.

  2. Night-Gaunt says:

    I liked how Buffy and company took on these wannabe vampires. They purposefully made them unpleasant mostly. still they had perks. Ann Rice kind of vampires they showed up their pretensions.

    I do so like how you drew this cemetery. No wonder I like your renditions of Lovecraft’s work. Ever thought of taking on Algernon Blackwood or Robert W. Chambers? I can just imagine you doing a modern version of “The Coming Race” by Lord Eward Bulwer Lytton 1867. A seminal work by an occultist or had connexions to such things. Where the strange word “vril” came from.