02998: Remote Vampires

Vampire: Chicago by Night

Metro Manila Community Quarantine - Day 396

Tonight marks our 48th session for our ongoing Vampire: the Masquerade (5th Edition) campaign, following the Chicago by Night sourcebook. On average, this is a bi-monthly game that started before the pandemic and has managed to persevere through the challenges of the pandemic thanks to the likes of Roll20 and Discord. It's definitely a very involved campaign and one that squeezes a lot of story into succinct 2-3 hour sessions on most Wednesday nights.

We started as the Vampire equivalent of cleaners who deal with potential complications in Chicago and now I'm the Sheriff and the others are acting directly under the orders of the Price for other concerns. Needless to say, we've come a long way in terms of the story universe. And I'm never quite sure what is going to happen next. But whatever does come further down the road, we can trust that it's going to make for a fascinating story. 

And there's something to be said about gaming mid-week. Sure, we don't have sessions that are as long as our weekend games that span 3-4 hours, but they're still a lot of fun. And having the game right in the middle of the workweek makes for a nice little escape, even if just online. We don't even use video - it's just all our voices describing what our characters would say and do as we craft this story together.

I do miss gaming in person, though. Gaming online still gets things done, but it's never quite as good sitting at a single table and working through the story together. You miss a lot of the subtle cues or the option to pass notes. You lose the option to catch the different things people do in-between turns to pass the time. You miss out on the subtle shift in someone's face when they go from waiting for their turn to fully embracing their characters and really getting into it.

Hay. I really miss in-person game nights.