Getting Started

Who are we?

The Philadelphia Mind’s Eye Society is a group of Live Action Role Players (LARP) who are part of a global organization dedicated to telling stories through worldwide Live Action White Wolf games such as Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse. Our domain covers the metropolitan Philadelphia area and parts of New Jersey. In addition to participating in gaming events, our group is also involved in raising money for charity and supporting other non-profits.

Interested in trying it out?

Whether you’re new to the Mind’s Eye Society (the Camarilla), or new to LARPing in general, it’s not hard to get involved.

Find a game you’re interested in, and give it a shot! You won’t regret it.

Here are some steps for getting involved in your first MES game.

If you’re not in the Philadelphia area, skip straight to the National Getting Started Guide.

Contact the coordinator with any questions.

While it’s not mandatory to contact the Domain Coordinator (DC), keep in mind you can contact them with any questions you have about the MES.

Find a Venue you’re interested in

There are five venues (different World of Darkness games) in play in Philadelphia: Sabbat (Vampire the Masquerade), Camarilla Court (also Masquerade), and Werewolf the Apocalypse. If you have any questions about the local venue, you can contact that venue’s storyteller. The email addresses ¬†for our Storytellers are available on each venue’s page, or on the Contact Us page.

Pick an upcoming game

You can see when upcoming games are in the events section (on the left side of the page), and each venue’s page shows when they normally run. Event dates are subject to change, so unless there are specific details for a game, you may want to check with the storyteller or our Domain Coordinator to make sure the date is accurate.

Once you’ve picked a game, email the storyteller to let them know you’re coming. There’s basically three options: just observing, playing an NPC (a character for the storyteller, if the storyteller has one), or making a PC (your own character). If you’re not familiar with the rules or character creation yet, you can ask the storyteller if they have a pre-generated PC you can play, so you can test the waters without getting into character creation.

Before coming to a game, please read the game site rules

Staying Around? How to Settle In

If you tried out a game and liked it (which you should), you’ve hopefully decided to stay with the MES for a while. Just a few steps to get started with that.

Signup for a membership

Membership is $20 per year, and gives you access to MES games around the country. Once you sign up, you should be given a membership number! Keep track of that! You’ll be using that number to identify yourself to the organization, at games, in email, etc.

There’s also a free trial available! You’ll get to play for 6 months, and once you’re sure you’re in, you can get a paid membership and get full membership benefits

If you have problems with signing up, email the Domain Coordinator, and she’ll be able to sort things out for you.

Join our Mailing Lists

The Philadelphia MES Mailing list gets both announcements and discussions about games and the group in general.

Read the Membership Handbook

Yes it is very long, and yes most of it won’t be immediately relevant, but you would benefit from reading up to (and including!) the Code of Conduct section.

Check out our Resources Page!

It gives even more links to useful info about books, mailing lists, and sites you will probably need to look at at some point!