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No time left

Where did the time go?

I had everything planned out, day to day. I followed the plan. I still have hundreds (so it feels like at least) items I want to do/need to do left in the four days before I leave for the Grand Masquerade. It is time for triage.

I have already had to ditch the idea of sewing a brand new costume, and there is no way I’ll have a mask finished (or room for it in my baggage).

I have to hunt down all my SCA garb and wash it, because that is what I am going to end up having to put together an outfit from for the Succubus party.

The Celiac Disease is kicking my ass, taking a large chunk of time and energy to get things done.

My aunt is moving in with us – it has been an ongoing ordeal for awhile. I will probably end up being in New Orleans when they finally do the actual move.

I’d like to get rid of the grey in my hair, do my nails, and do some henna tattoos as well in lieu of getting costuming done (sokay, I have a freezer full of henna powder and readymade paste).

I have some documents that I’d like to create for my games at New Orleans, but I don’t know if I’ll have the money to print them up, so they are regulated to a wish, not a need at this point.

I have to sort through all the gaming supplies and figure out what to bring and what is going to stay home, and then figure out how much space I have left for things like clothing and personal essentials (like a hair-brush and deodorant). Then I get to see if I can cram in some costuming and make-up and an extra pair of shoes.

Friends are leaving for an unexpected trip due to a family emergency, so the husband has been asked to take care of their dog while they are gone – giving him less time to help me out.

Hard to tell if the panic I feel is due to a normal panic attack, or the adrenaline rush of gearing up for a fantastic event.

Pardon me while I take a few minutes to hyperventilate in a corner.

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The Wrecking Crew games at the Grand Masquerade

“Welcome to the show that never ends…”

The Wrecking Crew is pleased to present table-top gaming at The Grand Masquerade: A Gala World of Darkness Convention.

“Oh what terrible wonders we have to share.”

Do you miss oWoD games? Or do you want to try nWoD games? The Wrecking Crew, senior demonstration team for White Wolf, is offering both Old World of Darkness and New World of Darkness table-top games for players of any experience level.

Games have limited seating. For preregistration, or general inquiries, please email Dave Martin at thegrandmasqueradeball@gmail.com.


“The Thornwood Crate”

Thursday 10am – 2pm

Game system: nWoD – Changeling

The story begins on a dark and stormy night with your motley finding themselves on a dock in New Orleans, a hurricane brewing out at sea about to make landfall. A large masted ship is in the process of getting the last of several creates loaded into the hold so that it can depart before the storm makes it impossible. There is only one crate left to be loaded. A petit and scarred woman stands next to it, looking at your motley. The problem is you have no idea why you’re here or how you got there, and no memories of the past 24 hours.

Bring your own nWoD Changeling table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.


“Down, Down to Goblin Town”

Thursday 1pm – 5:30pm 

Game system: nWoD – Changeling

Round 1 of 2

What happened when you escape your Keeper?  You ended up in Goblin Town, a place carved out between worlds, a hovel in the hedged shadow of the Fae Realms. However, Goblin Town is ageing and there are not enough resources to support all the refugees that call it home.  What do you do when you see your home dying around you and those in charge will not admit to any problems? What, if anything, lives outside the Hedge? Is it suicide to try to leave?

Bring your own nWoD Changeling table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.

This game will be the first in a two part series culminating in “Smoking is bad for your health…” at 11 am on Saturday.  Players in this game are invited to join us at the final game, and will be given the option to play their original character.


“Storyville”

Thursday 2pm – 6pm     FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: oWoD – Vampire (Victorian Age)

Setting: 19th Century New Orleans. When Alderman Sidney Story consolidated all the vice in New Orleans into a single district along Basin Street, he thought he was improving the city’s tarnished image. Instead, he created a playground for the Kindred, with all the comforts one could ask for. However, stranger things hold claim over the Louisiana night, and tonight, they come to collect their due. Expect hoodoo, swamp creatures, and perhaps the odd zombie.

Pre-generated characters will be provided. Direct inquiries to werther@hilander.com


“Make a Run for the Border”

Thursday 2pm – 6pm

Game system: nWoD – Geist

You’re Krewe has turned itself into its own version of a certain ill-luck numbered warehouse. Certain artifacts simply must not be in the hands of the general populace, such as the ones being shipped from Mexico City to Arizona for a museum tour. The items were found in the excavation of the first tomb thought to be of an Aztec ruler. Until now, no tomb of an Aztec ruler has been found since the Spanish conquerors built atop Aztec ceremonial centers. The border patrol and minute men are not the only concerns when planning this heist.

Bring your own nWoD Geist table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.


“Blood in the water”

Thursday 3pm – 8pm

Vampire: the Requiem  (nWoD)

Round 1 of 2

For 30 years Francheska has been a thorn in the side the Invictus. First she “stole” ASU’s Main Campus out from underneath the Invictus, then she declared it an independent holding, then finally she declared herself Prince. Well little “Miss Clever” seems to have backed herself into a corner. Looks like it’s time to do a little urban political spelunking. Bring your own 70 point Invictus or Invictus asset,  LARP character, or play a pre-gen.

This game will be the first in a two part series culminating in Smoking is bad for your health at 11 am on Saturday.  Players in this game are invited to join us at the final game, and will be given the option to play their original character.


“Sin City Chaperone”

Thursday 4pm – 8pm

Game system: oWoD – Vampire

If Las Vegas is a city of temptation for mortals then it is doubly so for Kindred. A steady stream of delicacies from the world over flows each week in a never ending river of blood.  It’s almost too easy. No… it is too easy. Years ago, after an epic night on the town, Marcellus was driven from the city under threat of blood hunt. Now, he wants back in. As the prince hosts his yearly poker game for the city’s elders, can your coterie keep his presence disguised?

Bring your own oWoD Vampire table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 30 freebie equivalent on top of standard character creation. .  Any abilities outside the Vampire core book will be allowed with Storyteller approval.


“Survival of the Fittest”

Thursday 6pm – 11pm      FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: oWoD – Vampire (Sabbat)

You are all that is left of your pack after the latest failed attempt to take over New Orleans. Other packs have similarly been decimated. The Bishop of Baton Rouge is not very happy with this outcome and has ordered you, among others, to redeem yourselves by any means necessary. The odds are against you in this suicide mission, but the rewards will be equal to the risk you take. Should you manage to take out the Prince and/or his council during your strike, so much the better.

Bring your own oWoD Sabbat table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 100 freebie point equivalent on top of standard character creation.


“The Fourth Draught”

Thursday 9pm -1am

Game system: nWoD – Vampire

Round 1 of 2

Three nights ago the Prince’s favored Childer had to be put down like a rabid dog after he was found frenzied and naked in the city’s rack, soaked in the blood of his dozen victims.  Their broken and exsanguinated bodies led right to him like a morbid trail of bread crumbs.  He was not the first. Someone… or something is turning the city’s Invictus into frenzied animals.  Draugr.  If this were to get out it would destroy the prince and bring down the Invictus.  This cannot be allowed.  You and your coterie must put an end to this threat, and quickly:  lest you be the next to lose your mind.

Bring your own nWoD Vampire table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen (Invictus only, please.)  Any abilities outside the Vampire core book or The Invictus will be allowed with Storyteller approval.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.

This game will be the first in a two part series culminating in Smoking is bad for your health at 11 am on Saturday.  Players in this game are invited to join us at the final game, and will be given the option to play their original character.


“Long Live the King”

Thursday 10pm – 2am

Game system: oWoD – Changeling

Andrey Varich has ruled over his kingdom for forty years, and should have long given up his reign that started when he was a child. As a fair ruler he had never been challenged over his rule, until now. Given his age, and inordinate time in the Dreaming, as well as his more current decrees it is becoming more obvious that he is quickly slipping into bedlam. Now the rival factions are coming to a head. What do you do now?

Bring your own oWoD Changeling table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 freebie equivalent on top of standard character creation.


“Family Business”

Friday 10-2pm FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: nWoD – Hunter: the Vigil

The Chapel family has long and wide-ranging history in the Ashwood Abby. Membership is rumored to be spread across Europe and North America with rumors of many “Friends and Family.” To this end Edith “Mama” Chapel, has asked you to help out with a family problem. It seems that Suzy has gone missing and Mama is concerned.

Bring your own nWoD Hunter table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 75 xp equivalent.


“Scavenger Hunt”

Friday 11am – 4pm       FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: nWoD – Changeling, Vampire, or Werewolf

Round 1 of 2

Traditionally, the Nosferatu have been known to hold a city wide scavenger hunt in New Orleans once a year during All Hollow’s Eve. This year, whispers among the darkest shadows say that the game will spread across several days and nights and span the entire state of Louisiana — and everyone is invited to play. The rules to the game are:

1) The item stolen must be returned without harm done to it on the last day of Bambouches (a voodoo ceremony honoring the Ghedes – the graveyard loas) by dawn.

2) For an item to count, the whole team must deliver it to one of the various checkpoints set up around the state.

3) The Masquerade and similar laws must be maintained.

4) No mortals may be harmed.

5) Stealing other teams’ items is allowed.

This event happens to coincide with a Presidential visit to New Orleans and guess what, or more precisely who, is the first item on the list is.

Bring your own nWoD Vampire, Werewolf or Changeling table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.

This game will be the first in a two part series culminating in Smoking is bad for your health at 11 am on Saturday.  Players in this game are invited to join us at the final game, and will be given the option to play their original character.


“There Will BP Blood”

Friday 12pm – 5:30pm

Game system: nWoD – Werewolf

Round 1 of 2

Madame Gator Durand is renowned for her power.  But less obvious to those who observe the hunt are her guile and wisdom.  Some game are too large, others are just out of reach.  She lay patiently concealed in the waters, passing up many opportunities until the moment is just right and then…

But Gator’s hunting waters are being poisoned by those chasing after the last few drops of ancient sunlight.  The wetlands die and the twilight grows more blighted each day.  The bayou’s forsaken pack sets out to make right those wrongs.  Like the gator, their strength is not in doubt, but will their jaws tear into the flesh of those who befoul their home? Characters will be provided..

This game will be the first in a two part series culminating in “Smoking is bad for your health…” at 11 am on Saturday.  Players in this game are invited to join us at the final game, and will be given the option to play their original character.


“Down, Down to Goblin Town”

Friday 1pm – 5:30pm  FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: nWoD – Changeling

Round 1 of 2

What happened when you escape your Keeper?  You ended up in Goblin Town, a place carved out between worlds, a hovel in the hedged shadow of the Fae Realms. However, Goblin Town is ageing and there are not enough resources to support all the refugees that call it home.  What do you do when you see your home dying around you and those in charge will not admit to any problems? What, if anything, lives outside the Hedge? Is it suicide to try to leave?

Bring your own nWoD Changeling table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.

This game will be the first in a two part series culminating in “Smoking is bad for your health…” at 11 am on Saturday.  Players in this game are invited to join us at the final game, and will be given the option to play their original character.


“All in the shadow of our Patriarch”

Friday 8pm – 1am FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: oWoD – Vampire (Dark Ages)

For a while you and your coterie have done well in the start to carving out your individual niches in Constantinople. However, there is still a lot of room to grow because you are not quite to the point of success that you wish to be. Real success seems just out of reach… at least it did until tonight. Tonight there is to be a midnight feast, one typically only attended by the Elders and their sycophant guests, but tonight you and yours have been invited attend as well. What things await you? What opportunities lay in store? Will you and yours finally be given that opportunity to advance?

Bring your own oWoD Dark Ages Vampire table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.


“The Fourth Draught”

Saturday 9am – 1pm  FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: nWoD – Vampire

Round 1 of 2

Three nights ago the Prince’s favored Childer had to be put down like a rabid dog after he was found frenzied and naked in the city’s rack, soaked in the blood of his dozen victims.  Their broken and exsanguinated bodies led right to him like a morbid trail of bread crumbs.  He was not the first. Someone… or something is turning the city’s Invictus into frenzied animals.  Draugr.  If this were to get out it would destroy the prince and bring down the Invictus.  This cannot be allowed.  You and your coterie must put an end to this threat, and quickly:  lest you be the next to lose your mind.

Bring your own nWoD Vampire table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen (Invictus only, please.)  Any abilities outside the Vampire core book or The Invictus will be allowed with Storyteller approval.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.

This game will be the first in a two part series culminating in Smoking is bad for your health at 11 am on Saturday.  Players in this game are invited to join us at the final game, and will be given the option to play their original character.


“Smoking is bad for your health…”

Saturday 11 am – 5 pm       FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: nWoD – Changeling, Vampire, or Werewolf

Round 2 of 2

Recently, you have had it rough. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. For the Vampires things have been tense since word has it the two elders almost went to war last week over a ghoul, or at least that is the rumor. Now no one is safe from being used as a pawn in their conflict. What’s worse: being the pawn or not knowing the real reason behind the elder war?

In the Changeling freehold there is a rumor about Motley that followed The Great Horned Lady of the Forest back to her realm to rescue child. A heroic battle was fought and she was bested… or was she? The details become fuzzy at this point with lots of conjecture as to what really happened. One thing everyone can agree on is the fact that another Gentry who calls himself “Johnny Smokestack” showed up and bought the felled Fae.

The Forsaken are concerned because someone is spiriting away the young kin. Before they disappeared, however, they had started using phrases like “bloke” and “mate” as well as smoking like a factory in a bizarre version of Oliver Twist.

Bring your own nWoD Vampire, Werewolf or Changeling table top character, LARP character, or your character from round 1, to find out what these plots have in common.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.


“A Tale of Twisted Love”

Saturday 12pm – 5pm

Game system: nWoD – Geist

Someone you care deeply about has fallen into a coma for no apparent reason. The only clue you have is that of a small coffin painted with voodoo veves that was left on their doorstep. It soon becomes apparent that someone is targeting your Krewe. The investigation will soon lead you on a harrowing journey into the Underworld worthy of Orpheus and Eurydice to plead your case and regain your loved ones souls before time runs out. Just remember, don’t look back.

Bring your own nWoD Geist table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 75 xp equivalent.


“Conjure”

Saturday 4pm – 9pm

Game system: oWoD – Vampire

A cohort of Kindred blood sorcerers have been called to the midnight court of Marie Laveau for a problem only the mystic arts can solve. Can these vampires put aside the needs of clan and sect long enough to overcome it?

Pre-generated characters will be provided. Direct inquiries to werther@hilander.com


“A Murder on Wizard Island”

Saturday 6pm – 11pm           FULL ONLY ALTERNATES LEFT

Game system: nWoD – Mage

Wizard Island is located in Crater Lake National Park in Oregon. It is the seat of power for the Northern Consilium and the stronghold of American powers north of California.  The solstice brings forth meetings of this Consilium; a gathering that those who are within its influence of power are encouraged to attend. The largest disruptions of power in the region tend to flit through these chambers, but tonight will be even more special.

Under the witches’ cauldron, in the very center of the volcanic cone, something is brewing. There are murmurs of changes in the air, unspoken but vibrant to those of an awakened mind.  It is only a few hours until the meeting is set to begin and already the Council Sentinels have to decree a lock down as things begin to reach a boiling point.

Bring your own nWoD Mage table top character, LARP character, or play a pre-gen.  Character experience: 50 xp equivalent.


Scorpion stings and masquerades

The last entry was a bit terse towards the end, and for that I apologize. Towards the end of writing it, my daughter was stung by a scorpion and I had to step away to take care of her. The post became good enough at that point.

She’s doing alright, but if the muscle spasms continue or get worse past this hour, that means a trip to the ER to make sure she’s not having a severe reaction.

While I wait and watch her, I’ve pulled out the components for my Grand Masquerade outfit that I am putting together for the black tie formal event at the Succubus Club.

In all candor, I’m very overweight at this point in my life. The fact that my lovely daughter wears my first corset is at times, emotionally painful to me. However, the subject of my weight ties in with health issues, and will be addressed in future posts.

I have some lovely dresses and costumes despite my weight, but the problem does not actually rest in the waist, but in the chest. I have always been well endowed, and it has always been a problem when choosing clothing. Over the years, I have gotten quite good at obfuscating them unless I am in an environment where people will still be able to tell me the color of my eyes the next day.

So the debate on how to put together my costume basically boils down to: flaunt them or not.

A part of me wants to say, fuck it, and flaunt them, full sails set with a bodice. Their sheer size however, makes that the vulgar option.

Most of me wants to be classy and refined for a number of reasons, including the fact that I am going as a representative of White Wolf and should be professional in all that I do. Not to mention, I would give our team alpha a heart-attack if I did otherwise.

Some of the issues that I am pondering include the mask that I’m making. I was dead set on a gargoyle mask. I have the horns ready to attach and the plans all drawn up. A gargoyle mask however, does not quite fit with any of the outfits that I have on hand – at least not without a lot of modification.

What it is basically boiling down to is embracing my Nosferatu – Cleopatra side, or the Toreador in me.

Decisions, decisions.