Mind's Eye Theatre

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Mind's Eye Theatre
Designer(s)oWoD: Mark Rein·Hagen, Graeme Davis, Tom Dowd, Chris Cowart, Don Bassingthwaite, S. P. Somtow, Ken Cliffe
nWoD: Peter Woodworth
cWoD: Jason Andrew, Jason Carl, Kevin Millard, Jennifer Smith, Ree Soesbee
Publisher(s)White Wolf, By Night Studios
Publication date1993, 2005 (nWoD), 2013
Genre(s)live action role-playing game
The character Patrick from Cincinnati, Camarilla's conclave, Milwaukee 2006

Mind's Eye Theatre is a live action role-playing game 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. Some groups, however, use the game as background material, while using home-grown sets of rules for their actual game-play.

In 1999 Pyramid magazine named Mind's Eye Theatre (the original version) 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]


People wishing to participate can find or create a local game, some of which are part of a larger setting run by an organization like the Camarilla/Mind's Eye Society, One World By Night, Isles of Darkness, The Garou Nation, or Underground Theater.


Independent groups create their own worlds using and based on the chronicle material published by White Wolf. The books have a large number of optional rules and variations for the settings, so the style, theme and rules of the game can vary a good deal between such games, even if they follow the published books. Some independent groups are regional clusters of related games in which characters can travel back and forth.

Local gaming stores, Conventions and LARPing websites have information concerning games in a particular area.

The Mind's Eye Society[edit]

The character Papa Sallow Rose, Camarilla's conclave, Milwaukee 2006

The Mind's Eye Society (MES) is an official worldwide fan organization of White Wolf. They have affiliate organizations across the world playing a distributed role-playing game in which thousands of players assume the roles of the World of Darkness' inhabitants. Despite being separated by distance, many of these players (through e-mail, IRC, and conventions) have characters in the same world, or chronicle.

The club was originally named The Camarilla, after the fictional organization of vampires in Vampire: The Masquerade. When it was announced that the Camarilla will no longer be owned and ran by White Wolf Publishing, and would become a non-profit organization in 2010, the club changed its name to The Mind's Eye Society due to White Wolf's copyright on the term The Camarilla.

Second Act[edit]

Second Act was founded in 2016 by a number of individuals with experience from other Vampire LARP organizations. It emphasizes local storyteller control through a democratically representative Storyteller Council, with the assistance and support of national storytellers. Second Act officially disbanned 6/21 per an email from Tandy Moore. But for some reason, the group of people who were up for being banned who had control of the Facebook group and Discord server kept commiting libel against the people who were attempting to ban them. How will it end? Only time can tell.

Underground Theater[edit]

Underground Theater (sometimes known as UT) is a 501(c)(7) nonprofit[2] LARPing organization connecting World of Darkness troupes in a worldwide network of games. Formed in February 2013, Underground Theater was the first LARPing organization to fully utilize the By Night Studios Mind's Eye Theatre Vampire: The Masquerade rulebooks.

The Hidden Parlor[edit]

The Hidden Parlor (aka "THP" or "Hidden Parlor") was a 501(c)(7) nonprofit LARPing organization that utilized By Night Studios Mind's Eye Theatre Vampire: The Masquerade rule system. The organization hosted a single, shared chronicle where characters of conflicting factions and sects had the ability to affect the global setting. Individual chapters started game play during their soft-launch period that started on October 1, 2015. The full organizational launched on January 1, 2016, which allowed Storytellers to gain access to global setting information that they could integrate into their local chapter's game. The club emphasized leveraging online tools to connect players while maintaining a focus on the in-person element of LARP. The organization also took steps to initiate community-level change: implementing a code of conduct, developing a volunteer incentive system, and supporting game publishers through play-tests and by backing crowdfunding efforts. The organization dissolved in October 2018 and donated its remaining funds to two non-profits: The Roleplaying Game Creators Relief Fund and Game to Grow.

One World by Night[edit]

One World by Night, (OWbN, often pronounced Obi-Wan) is a global independent chronicle of games set in a shared setting. OWbN is set in the Old World of Darkness, though a long history of in-character actions have altered it somewhat.

The Garou Nation[edit]

The Garou Nation, (otherwise known as TGN) is a collection of games (currently only in North America) set in a shared setting. Like OWbN, TGN is set in the Old World of Darkness, but unlike OWbN, TGN strictly focuses on the Werewolf: The Apocalypse genre.

Isles of Darkness[edit]

Isles of Darkness (otherwise known as IoD) is an independent LARP group based in Britain, which runs most New World of Darkness games, as well as Dark Ages: Vampire, and Werewolf: the Apocalypse. It hosts both monthly local and annual national events.

Shadowplay International[edit]

Shadowplay International (otherwise known as SPI) is an organisation of member clubs in Australia (Beyond the Sunset), Italy, the United States (Shadowplay North America), and elsewhere, which runs Chronicles of Darkness games.


* Storytelling Adventure System


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Form 990-EZ: Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Taxes". Underground Theater Inc. Guidestar. December 31, 2013.

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