Attending The Parlor Game

Once you’ve made a regular Houses of the Blooded character you’ll need to prepare a version of that character for The Parlor Game rules we use for live-action plays. These rules are found in the Blood & Tears supplement starting on p.10 under the heading What do you bring? This version of your character may change from event to event as you like, swapping out Advantages that are useful one event but may not be as useful the next.

Advantages (B&T p. 10)

Ignore the tables in B&T (p. 11 & 21), the following each count as a single Advantage.

1 Virtue
1 Aspect
1 Devotion (each rank of that Devotion lets you bring a Blessing your character knows)
3 Maneuvers (not 3 ranks, but up to 3 different Maneuvers regardless of their rank)
1 Artifact
1 Ritual
1 Relic
The number of Advantages you can bring with you to an event is limited by your Age as described in B&T.

For example, my Spring character can have 4 Advantages. Consulting the chart above I decide to bring their Wisdom 4 Virtue, their Prowess 4 Virtue, their Academy Educated Aspect and a rank 3 Leech Artifact. Each of those counts as 1 Advantage each which gives me my 4 total Advantages.

Maneuvers (B&T p.14)

The full mechanical effects for Maneuvers as detailed in HotB are not used in live-action play. Instead only the rank of a character’s Maneuvers are relevant. The rest should only be considered for descriptive purposes when using that Maneuver. Prerequisite ranks for certain Maneuvers are still required.

Vassals (B&T p. 14)

These work exactly as described in Blood & Tears.

Holdings (B&T p. 17)

These work exactly as described in Blood & Tears.

Artifacts (B&T p. 18 & p. 50)
Most Artifact Values work differently in live-action play. See B&T p. 50 for those changes. Additionally, some of these Artifact Values have been further modified, for details see our Artifacts section.

For live-action play please keep in mind that any Artifact or Relic you take will need to be represented by a physical object of some sort that you will need to carry around in play.

Devotion (B&T p. 19)

Ignore these rules and refer to the rules for Devotions listed on our Game Rules page. For each Devotion you have, you can bring a number of Blessings equal to its rank to the event as free Advantages.

Most Blessings as described in HotB have been modified for live-action play. Please refer to our Blessings section for those rules.

Sorcery (B&T p. 45)

Most Sorcery Rituals have been modified for live-action play. See B&T p.50 for those changes. Additionally, some Sorcery Rituals have been further modified, for details see our Rituals section.

Advice & Recommendations

Choosing Advantages

For your first game it is recommended that you bring at least 1-2 Virtues, 1 Aspect and usually 1 Vassal as an Advantage. This helps make it easy for you make use of what’s on your sheet and not feel handicapped by lacking the right Advantages to be able to adapt to whatever situation you find yourself in at an event.

Find an Enemy

It high recommended that every character come into play with another player character as an Enemy (B&T p.61). You always have the option of picking up an Enemy later on but starting with one is usually a lot of fun and an immediate way to spark some great roleplaying.

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