Los Angeles By Night
"SARAH: Roland thinks LA is a place for the
braindead. He says if you turned off the sprinklers, it would turn into a
But I think...I don't know...it's not what I expected. It's a place
where they've taken a desert and turned it into their dreams. I've seen
a lot of LA, and I also think it's a place of secrets. Secret houses.
Secret lives. Secret pleasures. And nobody is looking to the outside
for verification that what they're doing is all right."
---Steve Martin, "LA Story"--
End of Game!>
This game actually ended many months ago, and the last few episodes were a
bit too complicated for me to put together web pages about. Hope you all
had a good time cruising around what I did put up, and I'll leave it up a
The current "paper"
roleplaying game that I'm running is a Los Angeles By
Night game. Like all LA by Night games, it's called "Angels." For those
of you unfamiliar with the White Wolf conception of LA (and why did you
choose this link anyway?), here's the basic idea: the player characters
are Anne Rice-ean vampires except (hopefully) with better hair. Vampire
society is divided into several sects: these sects vie for control over
the world. There's the Camarilla, which is run like a Mob familiy
crossed with an Italian Renaissance princedom, there's the Sabbat, which
is run like a rave crossed with a rogue Special Forces unit in Vietnam,
and there's the anarchs, who aren't run, and that's why everyone else
hates them. The anarchs control LA, pretty much, so the game is going to
be very different from a "standard" White Wolf Vampire game.
Since the published Los Angeles by Night sucks rocks, I wrote my own.
Some of it is here. Some of it is not...yet. We'll see how much gets
thrown on the page, depending on how useful my players find this.
sending the Wolf?"
In order to make my job easier, I insisted that the players make their
characters be in a coterie, a cheesy gothic-sounding word that means
"passle of vampire what hang around together." I noted that Los Angeles
was a big place, and that there were plenty of niches to be occupied.
Since two of them had just seen "Pulp Fiction", they decided they wanted
to be the "Winston Wolf" coterie. For those who haven't seen the movie,
Winston Wolf is the fellow on the far right of the picture. Yes, that is
John Travolta in the middle, and yes, he does dance during the movie. The
function of Winston Wolf is to come into a truly dementedly bad situation
(I won't spoil your video-watching night by telling you what it is), and
fixing it. And so the coterie idea was born...
Members of the Coterie
Here are some interesting statistics about this group of characters:
- Allister Norton, Toreador hacker and graphic artist, played by John
- Allisyn McDermott, Ravnos high-society con and femme fatale, played
by Kimberly Applegate.
- Roberta Ianini, City Gangrel repairwoman and fix-it specialist,
played by Leslie Van Zee.
- Brandon Reinhardt, Caitiff albino contact broker, played by Ryan
More info on player characters as I type it in.
- Half of them have the Flaw: Paranoid.
- Half of them have the Flaw: Dangerous Secret.
- Half of them have run afoul of Federal law enforcement in the last 10
- The most popular Background among them is Contacts. The least popular
Here's The Coterie Page, where eventually,
pictures and descriptions of the player characters and their various
backgrounds will be done.
I generally like to have some image in mind for my NPCs: this often
translates into "actors" for them. You can look at the Los Angeles by Night NPC Page to see who I picked
for what part.
UPDATE: The Campaign Begins!
You might also want to take a look at LABN
Miscellany, my ongoing brainstorm project to help keep me
interested in running the game.
Frying Up The Anarch Cookbook
The Anarch Cookbook, another of White Wolf's lousy publications, was (and
is) the subject of an ongoing satire/refutation of mine. You can look at
Three, or Part
That Darn Packet!
Here is a copy of
I gave my players for the background of the game.
Here are some links of interest regarding Real Life LA:
back to Jason's homepage.