Mind's Eye Theatre
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|Publishers||White Wolf, By Night Studios|
|Genres||Horror live action role-playing game|
|Systems||Rock, paper, scissors|
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."
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".
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.
- Mind's Eye Theatre: The Masquerade, Mark Rein·Hagen, (1993)
- Mind's Eye Theatre: The Elder's Revenge Playbook, Jennifer Donaldson, John Flournoy, (1995)
- Mind's Eye Theatre: Laws of the Night, Richard E Dansky, Beth Fischi, et al., (1996)
- Mind's Eye Theatre Core Rulebook (July 2005)
- Mind's Eye Theatre: The Requiem (July 2005)
- Mind's Eye Theatre: The Awakening (August 2007)
- Mind's Eye Theater: Vampire The Masquerade (December 2013)
- Mind's Eye Theatre Vampire: The Masquerade Volume II: Issue 1
- Mind's Eye Theatre Vampire: The Masquerade Volume II: Issue 2
- City in the Sand (PDF Only) (July 2009)
- Laws of the Night (1997) (formerly Masquerade; based on Vampire: The Masquerade)
- Laws of the Wild (formerly Apocalypse; based on Werewolf: The Apocalypse)
- Oblivion (based on Wraith: The Oblivion)
- Laws of the Hunt (focusing on mortals as characters)
- The Long Night (based on Vampire: The Dark Ages)
- The Shining Host (based on Changeling: The Dreaming)
- Laws of the Wyld West (based on Werewolf: The Wild West)
- Laws of Ascension (based on Mage: The Ascension)
- Laws of the Reckoning (based on Hunter: The Reckoning)
- Laws of Resurrection (based on Mummy: The Resurrection)
- Laws of the East (based on Kindred of the East)
- Faith and Fire (based on Dark Ages: Vampire)
- Vampire by Gaslight (based on Victorian Age: Vampire)
- Mind's Eye Theatre: Changeling: The Dreaming By Night Studios (2020)
- Haring, Scott D. (1999-12-24). "Second Sight: The Millennium's Best "Other" Game and The Millennium's Most Influential Person". Pyramid (online). Retrieved 2008-02-16.(subscription required)
- "Changeling: The Dreaming Finally Gets A New LARP Book After 20 Years".
- "Mind's Eye Theatre: The Masquerade (1st Edition)". RPGGeek. Retrieved 3 September 2021.