GracefulAmaranth

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Flashback Friday!

Hey there, Kindred & Cainites! 

VtM  has come along way since the 90s. 

While we look to the future, it can be fun to reminiscence.

Costuming has always been one of my favorite aspects of LARPing. People are always looking for inspiration. Below are some of the guidelines published in the Masquerade Player's Kit from 1994 as well as my thoughts on them.


Brujah: The passionate Warrior Scholars of Carthage and the modern streets. Anger them at your own risk.

Elder Fashion Tips -

"Brujah Elders dress any way they damn well please. Most seem to favor comfortable, somewhat scholarly clothes, although there are plenty who are into leather or grunge instead."

My opinion? Who doesn't prefer a well-dressed Elder! Leather and grunge are all well and good, but a Brujah Elder breaking the modern day fashion stereotype is always a breath of fresh air. The biggest point to remember is stated perfectly in the first sentence. Brujah Elders dress any way they please. I *dare* you (to their face) to critique their fashion choices. 

Ancilla Fashion tips -

"These Brujah typically dress in whatever attire suits their needs. However, they still greatly favor clothes that demonstrative of their lingering rebellious nature. Sometimes these styles are slightly retro." 

I'm curious what they mean by “retro”? I've seen a lot of mobster-looking Ancilla Brujah, and maybe the occasional 50s greaser types. But still, leather, denim, and anger seem to be the most common of choices. What do you think they mean by “retro”? Again, this is basically saying they can wear whatever they want, which they indeed do! 😉

Neonate Fashion Tips - 

"Brujah Neonates wear only the most  extreme clothing. They enjoy anything which could be morally offensive and/or eye-catching."

Punks, punks, bikers, and more punks! I see more of that d.i.y gear with the Neonates, and I love it! Anti-establishment themes, leather, ripped clothes, and an over-all look that days “f-off”. The stereotypical looks of the Neonates usually make up what people think Brujah look like, and there's nothing wrong with that.


Some of the ideas above might have become a bit dated - I admit!

We've seen Brujah come in all shapes, sizes, and styles. There've been Brujah in nice suits, medieval armor, biker gear, punk clothes, 50s rockabilly, and many other different looks. It's YOUR character, and YOUR vision! 

Brujah Players, please comment with your stories about your best costuming adventures! Pictures welcome! I want to hear from you!

Have you ever d.i.y'd something for them before, or perhaps found a rare clothing item that made your Brujah look complete? 

What fashion tips do you have for playing a warrior scholar? 


Praise Caine,

-GracefulAmaranth

D.I.Y Tutorial Time!

Hey there, fellow weirdos!


Does your character have permanent claws, but you don't want to go through the hassle of wearing fake nails? Do you want to look like you've dipped your hands in blood, but find using fake blood to be messy? Perhaps your character has been tainted by the Abyss, but playing with makeup is too time consuming?
Here's a fun costuming trick to help achieve those looks without painting your arms/hands or gluing fake nails to your fingers!
What you'll need: Sheer gloves, fake nails, nail glue, acrylic paint, and a paint brush. The picture included is of the steps and the finished product.

Step 1: Try on your unpainted gloves and see how far you'll want the paint to come up. Make a mental note of where it will need to stop. Once you have an idea of what you want to do, gently remove the gloves and lay them out. Remember, material is like pantyhose, so it could tear if you're too rough with it.

Step 2: Either on a plate, in a cup, or in s bowl, squeeze out a glob of paint. Add a small amount of water to thin out paint. Mix. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Make sure not to add *too* much, or else you may have to do multiple layers or add more paint.

Step 3: Start painting! For the set you see in the picture, I used red to simulate blood, but you can use whatever color you like. I started with my hands first, then worked my way up the arm. Warning: this part can be messy! Make sure the paint thoroughly covers both sides of the gloves. For a more "natural" look, try to avoid harsh lines when you reach your stopping point. When you get close to the edge, try using a dabbing technique by gently patting (using less paint) with the brush for a lighter color and a more blended transition.

Step 4: Let the gloves dry. This may take a while. I like to hang mine in front of a standing fan to speed up the process. Once your gloves are dry (especially the fingers), they will feel hard and crunchy. Gently pull on the fingers to stretch and soften the painted material. Then, put on your gloves to see if you like the color. If you'd like the paint to be darker, repeat the painting and drying process until you reach the shade you like. The gloves in the picture took 2 or 3 tries. When they're dry and you are satisfied, take them off.

Step 5: Paint your fake nails with polish, or you can use straight acrylic for a matte look. Alternatively, you can buy fake nails that are already painted. I like to glue tiny rhinestones on mine (as seen in the picture), but that part is optional. Your nails can be as plain or as decorated as you'd like. If you would rather just the gloves by themselves, then you can skip the nails and ignore these other steps.

Step 6: Once your nails are dry, gently out on one of the gloves. Put some nail glue over where your real fingernails are, and then on the underside of the fake nail. Place the fake nail onto your finger, press down, and hold until the glue dries. Do only one nail at a time. Once all the nails are on and fully dry, gently rock and pull each nail until the glove separates from your finger. Be VERY careful not to tear the material. Once the glove is no longer attached to your hand, you can take it off and repeat this process with the other glove. I also glued little rhinestones to the hands/arms of my gloves, but you don't have to.
Congrats, you're done! Admire your work!

If you try this, feel free to share the pics with us. We'd love to see what you come up with!
Praise Caine!
-GracefulAmaranth

Hey there, everyone! 


Whether you've been playing for 20+, or your first game was a week ago, we all have a story of how we first got into LARP.


No matter how long you've been playing, there are certain scenes and memories that we will fondly hold on to forever.


Dear friends and fans,

How did you first get into LARPing? 

Did a friend get you into it? 

Maybe you happened to stumble into a goth club on the "right night", or perhaps you found some books you'd never seen before in a gaming shop. 

What's your story? 

What made you fall in love with the hobby?

What's your fondest memory? 


For those that have never LARP'd before, what about it makes you to give it a try? What are you hoping to experience when you finally get to attend your first LARP? 


For me, I discovered a copy of the revised LotN book in a used book shop in 2004. I was passing through Georgia, when we made a detour to do a bit of shopping. I went into the book store, and there I found it: the book that changed my life forever (and hopefully for the better, but that's arguable). Immediately fell in love with clan Toreador, and have been obsessed with VtM ever since. Though, I finally had the opportunity to attend my first game at a convention in 2009. I bet you can guess which clan I played. ;) 

Share your experiences! I want to hear how you first got into this addictive hobby! 


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If vampires were real (though they totally aren't), what clan do you think you be embraced into? 

I'm not asking what you'd want to be embraced as. Considering your individual personalities, if a vampire saw you and wanted to embrace you, which clan would you mostly likely end up in?

As much as I looove clan Toreador, I highly doubt I'd be embraced as one. Especially not by an elder.

Given my rebellious nature, or because of all my weird neuroses, I'd likely end up either as a Brujah or Malkavian... Maybe Tzimisce? Who ever got stuck embracing me would see that I'm a handful, and my sire would soon discover that I'm incredibly annoying. 


What clan would most likely choose you? 


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