Mind's Eye Theatre

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Mind's Eye Theatre
The Masquerade
Mind's Eye Theatre-The Masquerade 1993 cover.jpg
1st edition box cover, 1993
DesignersMark Rein·Hagen
PublishersWhite Wolf, By Night Studios
Publication
  • 1993 1st edition (box)
  • 1994 2nd edition (softcover)
GenresHorror live action role-playing game
SystemsRock, paper, scissors
ISBN1565040678

Mind's Eye Theatre is a live action role-playing game (LARP) based on the White Wolf World of Darkness universe, sharing a theme and setting originally with the table-top role-playing game Vampire: The Masquerade and with two revisions, Vampire: The Requiem and Mind's Eye Theater: Vampire The Masquerade. (The rules for Mind's Eye Theatre have likewise been revised.) Other games or "venues" include: Werewolf: The Forsaken, Mage: The Awakening, Changeling: The Lost and more.

Conflicts and skill challenges are settled in the first and current editions with a "rock paper scissors" system often referred to as "throwing chops" or "hand jamming". The 2005 Mind's Eye Theatre system, however, used a random card-draw mechanic. Every player carried a deck of ten playing cards (2-10, plus an Ace), and added a skill modifier to their draw.

The game possesses many rules both for game play and player safety. Many players prefer to use the Mind's Eye Theatre system to play their Table Top Roleplaying Games (TTRPGs) as well due to the intuitive rules, and ease of play. One main advantage of doing so is the ability to use real player interaction to resolve the majority of social interactions between player characters (PCs) and non-player characters (NPCs).

In 1999 Pyramid magazine named Mind's Eye Theatre (first edition) as one of the Millennium's Best Games. Editor Scott Haring said "Mind's Eye Theater was the first to take an established pen-and-paper RPG and do the translation to live-action. And it is easily the most successful live-action game, too."[1]

By Night Studios relaunched Changeling: The Dreaming in 2020. Reviews indicated that it contained "fresh ideas" and that it ''is a supernatural enthusiasts dream game".[2]

As of March 2021. By Night Studios launched a free online Systems Reference Document (SRD) containing the majority of the rules, mechanics, and fiction from their Vampire: The Masquerade line of products.

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