Question: What is LARP?

Answer: “LARP” stands for Live Action Role-Playing. It’s also frequently assumed that the word “game” is implied (“Live Action Role-Playing Game”), however, LARP can refer to events that do not strictly qualify as being games.

The term is used to refer to a broad variety of different events. While the media most commonly displays medieval fantasy games when talking about LARP, there are murder mystery LARPs, Science Fiction LARPs, Vampire LARPs, Superhero LARPS, etc.

There isn’t a single clear line for what differentiates LARP from certain other forms of improvisational theater, reenactment, etc. Different people disagree on if groups like the SCA (Society of Creative Anachronism) “count” as LARPs or not.

Question: What is Vampire: The Masquerade?

Answer: Vampire: The Masquerade is a role-playing game  created by Mark Rein-Hagen and released in 1991 by White Wolf Publishing as the first of several Storyteller System games for its World of Darkness setting line. It’s set in a fictionalized “gothic-punk” version of the modern world, where players assume the roles of vampires, who are referred to as “Kindred”, and deal with their night-to-night struggles against their own bestial natures, political intrigues and each other.

Question: Which edition of Vampire: The Masquerade does Riverside Opera use?

Answer: We use Mind’s Eye Theatre: Laws of the Night, Revised Edition. Copies of this book can be purchased at drivethrurpg.com.

Question: I have never played before. Can I join Riverside Opera?

Answer: Absolutely! We love showing new players the ropes and can teach you the basics in about ten minutes.

If you are interested in playing please get in touch with us via our contact page and we will get you all set up.

Question: Is there an age limit?

Answer: Yes. Because of the nature of Vampire: the Masquerade, we require players to be 18 years or older. Younger players may be allowed to participate (with Storyteller approval) if their parent/legal guardian is playing in the game. No one under 18 may play without a guardian.

Question: Can I bring my prop sword/gun/stake/etc. to Riverside Opera events?

Answer:  For safety reasons, weapons or weapon props, stunting, blood drinking, and other activities a staff member judges as potentially dangerous are specifically not allowed at events. All physical contact must be consensual.

Question: Am I required to show up in costume?

Answer: Costuming is not required to play in Riverside Opera events, but players are encouraged to dress the way their character would as it helps with getting into character.

Question: Do you really drink blood? Do you believe you are a vampire?

Answer: No. Riverside Opera is a fictional game that takes place in a fictionalized version of Memphis.

Question: Can I play [insert weird clan/bloodline here]?

Answer: Always contact the Storyteller regarding your character concepts. But before you do that, check the Character Creation and House Rules pages, as your odd clan or bloodline may be banned.

Question: Can I play a werewolf/mage/changeling/hunter/wraith, etc.?

Answer: No. Riverside Opera is not a crossover LARP. We do not allow character templates from White Wolf’s other titles.