We Tell Stories in the World of Darkness

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Recognizing and Responding to Toxic Behaviors

Toxic behaviors can occur within a LARP (or other group)! Learn the steps you can take to reduce conflict and stress in your community!

The Hidden Parlor offers “LARP Unplugged”

Looking for a World of Darkness LARP without the 24/7 Digital cacophony? Our club leverages digital tools to support the in-person game.

Welcome to The Hidden Parlor

We are a collaborative World of Darkness live­-action role playing organization, dedicated to unifying local chapters and players into a shared world. Our organization aims to build a collaborative culture which enhances and supports the in-­person LARP experience through the creation of cohesive shared setting which empowers players and storytellers to tell immersive and powerful stories in the World of Darkness.

The Hidden Parlor strikes a balance between each local community’s need for creativity and the organization’s need for consistency by creating style guides for each of the genres in our system. By providing wide boundaries on what we consider to be acceptable, each game is able to define themselves while remaining within the scope of the World of Darkness.

A Community That LARPs

 

Our world has changed a lot in the 25+ years since the original World of Darkness materials were created. Likewise, gaming within a multi­-city LARP environment has also evolved. The Hidden Parlor was founded in 2015 and through our shared experiences in the LARP community, we came up with our three guiding principles:

Dedication to a dynamic, immersive setting that empowers local chapters

We believe in striking a balance between organizational consistency and local creativity. Our global setting guides provide wide boundaries on what we consider to be acceptable so that each game is able to define themselves while remaining within the scope of the World of Darkness.

Emphasizing the in-­person aspect of LARP

We believe that an online-focused, 24/7 game places undue stress on both storytellers who have to oversee and facilitate email­based scenes, as well as players who feel they need to participate in the “online game” in order to be involved. We want online-based in-character interactions to be the exception, not the rule.

Developing a Community based on shared interests, mutual respect and volunteerism

We believe in building a community where everyone feels that they are able to contribute. The Hidden Parlor is a volunteer-­run organization and couldn’t exist without countless hours of work from dedicated members.  Our members shape and mold who we are perceived as an organization and community.

Club Resources

Membership Handbook

New to The Hidden Parlor? Our Membership Handbook covers how to get started and how our organization functions.

Global Setting Style Document

Our Global Setting Style Document (GSSD) outlines our national-level plots and provides guidelines for character creation.

Global/National Charter

Our Global/National Charter outlines the administrative policies and procedures for our club and how we engage with our membership.

Update: Clarification of NST Job Duties

The following updates were approved by the Board of Directors during the 5-7-2017 meeting. These updates will be integrated into the...

Pilot Program: Discord Server

The National Storytelling Team, in collaboration with the Board of Directors, is launching a club Discord server as a pilot project for...

Custom Mechanics Approval Process

The following custom mechanics approval process was approved by the Board of Directors at the May 7th meeting and will be added to the...

Membership Portal Updates

We are excited to announce the roll-out of our voting platform through the membership portal. This new feature will simplify the voting...

National Administrator – Application

We have one applicant for the National Administrator election, Jonathan Gravely. His application is below: Apr 2018 National Administrator...

Board of Director Election – Applications

We received two applications for the upcoming Board of Directors elections. We currently have one seat open on the Board of Directors. The...

Member Advocate Elections – Applications

Member Advocate Election Process The following are the applications that were received for the upcoming Member Advocate elections. The...

Vampire the Masquerade at Midwinter: Event Details

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door” - Milton Berle Prologue Over the past several decades, Milwaukee has enjoyed its isolation...

Werewolf the Apocalypse at Midwinter: Event Details

Prologue: "O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?" - Percy Bysshe Shelley Decades ago, Mages overtook the caern within...

Membership Handbook – Proposed Revisions to Chapter 5

Proposed revisions for Chapter 5 of the Membership Handbook are up for vote. The voting period closes end of day of December 5th. Members...
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