"Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
-Macbeth, Act V, Scene V
Walking Shadows is a New World of Darkness crossover game, incorporating source material from Vampire: The Requiem, Werewolf: The Forsaken, and Changeling: The Lost, among others. Basically, it’s a bunch of supernaturals hanging out in modern London, making friends and having adventures. We’re not a combat-heavy outfit – if you’re looking to kick in doors and blast hellbeasts into oblivion every week, it’s probably not for you – but we do run reasonably dark: two of our most recent plotlines have included being shanghaied into Arcadia on a Pure werewolf’s revenge mission, and trying to stop a 2,000-year-old vampire from causing the apocalypse. That said, two of our side plotlines have involved just hanging out at a PC’s wedding reception, and a band of sentient appliances re-enacting The Brave Little Toaster to save a missing cat. So, you know…something for everyone, here.
If there’s any running theme that ties together what we do, it’s probably the emphasis on characterization. All of us are in this as much to tell a good story as for the gamey bits; we keep our PCs original and well fleshed-out, and we’ve got a nice, big supporting cast around to add color. If you’re a writer as well as a NWoD player, we’ll get along just fine!
Interested? Here’s a few specifics:
-Vampire, werewolf, and changeling player characters are all more than welcome. Mages are allowed, but use a system based more on the Gutter Magic from HtV: Witchfinders than the freeform Arcana. There's also Extraordinary Mortals, who are basically super-Hunters. Aspiring Mummies, classic Mages, and Sin Eaters: we love you, but you’re not really what we’re looking for in terms of game balance. Sorry! We did have a Purified PC who’s doing well for himself, though, so if you’ve got a really good idea for a custom character that falls outside those guidelines, definitely run it by our Storyteller.
-We’ve got five active PCs right now, and except for the two vampires, everyone's got their own thread. Usually, each of us posts at least one short paragraph five-ish times a week. If you’re more prolific than that, that’s great too!
-In addition to the main thread, our friendly Storyteller runs chat RPs over IM a couple nights a week. If you want to build out your character a little or do a sidequest or two, you’re more than welcome to join in.
-Most of us PCs has racked up about 400 experience and change over the course of the last few years – when you draw up a character, it’ll be around the same level. A couple of old hands have gotten quite a bit higher. While you get more XP every month you play, chat RPs, art, supplementary writing, or other extracurricular activities get you bonus points. In other words, the more you participate, the awesomer your character gets.
-As a side note, we’re usually about a moderate R rating on violence, and a hard PG-13 or light R on sex and language. Any more than that, and the forum site we use starts looking at us funny.
We’ve been keeping this game running for a couple years now, and it’s been a blast – we hope you’ll have as much fun playing it as we do! If you’d like to hear more and we're looking for players, drop our Storyteller a PM, and he’ll fill you in. See you on the boards!
Present Status: Closed