Hidden Parlor ATX 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. Blood, seduction, power, betrayal. The mood is what defines a vampire game and makes it unique among LARP. Hidden Parlor ATX 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.
Hidden Parlor ATX will never explore sexual assault, either through plot or PC action.
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.
There will be a Costume Exchange bin at every Hidden Parlor game event. This bin will be a resource for players to pick up unique and quality costume pieces to help define your character. This bin 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 plotlines, the mysteries. After game begins, there are a number of hand signs (described in the book) that help silently communicate OOC needs without interrupting the roleplay 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. This may not seem like a novel idea, but after an evening of playing cutthroat Vampire politics, it can be hard to decompress and separate the player from their LARP persona. We try to help bridge the gap at Hidden Parlor ATX by hosting a number of socials between games and by having an afterparty after each event for people to socialize and talk to each other as Real Humans™.
Make some time to visit the Event page, and find time during the month to come out and visit us when we aren’t paranoid creatures of the night. Stay afterwards and goob and eat pizza and become involved in the best part of HIdden Parlor - the community.
At Hidden Parlor ATX, 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 HP ATX 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.
While this list is not a 100% guarantee that some player to player interactions may stray from these guidelines, we can say that this provides a good resource for developing your own expectations before attending. If you have any questions about the items on this list, please contact any member of HP ATX staff.
Hidden Parlor ATX Events Contain:
Acts of Violence, Torture, and Character Death. Alcohol. Amoral Characterizations (for both PCs and NPCs). Conspiracy Theory Themes. Dark Humor. Themes and Canon Materials based on the Vampire: The Masquerade Role-playing Universe. NPCs to Represent both Friends and Enemies. Political Intrigue. Self-Managed Engagement. Simulated Drug Use and Addiction (no actual drug use is allowed at events). Swearing. Public Shaming used Punitively. Powers which may Coerce or Influence a PC or NPC's Perspective and Emotions. Struggle involving Traditions and Conservative Values. Power Imbalances explored via an age-based Caste System (Neonate, Ancilla, Elder). Power Imbalances explored via a Political System (Primogen, Harpy, Prince, etc). Nepotism. Use of religious iconography (Judeo-Christian, Islamic). Use of ritualistic magic. Prejudice based on your Clan/Bloodline (A parallel to racism that does not use real world racist terms, but can be used as a parallel to discrimination). Representation of Mental Illnesses. Community Building In and Out of Character. Gender Neutral Bathrooms.
Does Not Contain:
Any content related to rape or sexual assault (including use of powers to coerce non-consensual physicality).
Actual racism (including the use of racist terms/slurs/adages).
Real violence, non-consensual physical contact.