The Hidden Parlor is a high-immersion vampire LARP with an emphasis on mood, costuming, and immersion – but most importantly community.
Occult mysteries hidden in shadow. Monsters held back by a veneer of civility. The mood is what defines a vampire or werewolf game and makes it unique among LARP. The Hidden Parlor is an 18+ game (21+ at some sites) that gives players an opportunity to explore the mature themes of the World of Darkness, like experiencing personal horror and navigating labyrinthine politics.
An important part of setting the mood of any LARP event is communicating aspects of your character through costuming. It helps keep immersion and is a good way to differentiate between a player and their character; it is also a great way to get into your own character’s head.
We encourage our local chapters to organize Costume Exchange Bins at their events. These bins serve as a resource for players to pick up unique and quality costume pieces to help define your character. This is also a way to earn Volunteer Points for donating usable costume pieces to the community to promote the mood and immersion of the game.
With mood and costuming, immersion comes easily. Staying in character throughout the event makes it easier to explore the depths of the game; the characters, the plot-lines, the mysteries. After game begins, there are a number of hand signs (described in the book) that help silently communicate out-of-character (OOC) needs without interrupting the role-play scene around you.
Extended OOC conversation will be limited to a pre-established OOC “zones” at the gamesite. Otherwise, we will try to keep OOC conversation to a minimum while in the playspace.
We are people before we are vampires/werewolves. This may not seem like a novel idea, but after an evening of playing cutthroat Vampire politics (or fighting the Wyrm), it can be hard to decompress and separate the player from their LARP persona. Many chapters within The Hidden Parlor try to bridge that gap by hosting a number of socials between games and meeting up for food after each event (called “afters”) for people to socialize and talk to each other as Real Humans™.
Make some time to visit your local chapter’s event calendar, and find time during the month to come out and visit us when we aren’t monsters in the World of Darkness. Stay afterwards and goob and eat pizza and become involved in the best part of HIdden Parlor – the community.
At The Hidden Parlor, we want to make sure that all prospective players come to the game able to make an informed decision about their participation, knowing the content that may be present at any given Hidden Parlor LARP. Here we have outlined many of the key components of the game experienced in a simplified list.
Obviously, some of these items are pretty heavy; as a game, we make an attempt to handle these subject with extreme respect and accommodation, but we also recognize that some matters are overwhelming to some players and may trigger emotions or “bleed” during play in ways that they are not interested in exploring.
Each chapter has a content listing on their “What to Expect” page on their website.