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Welcome to Shattered Antiquities, the Boston domain of the Mind's Eye Society. If you are a new player to Mind's Eye Society and would like to learn more about the various games we host in Boston you've come to the right place! This guide exists to outline all of the basic information you might want in order to understand the systems and to fully immerse yourself in the World of Darkness. Alternatively, if you are a veteran player, this page strives to serve as a handy collection of links you might need. If you think anything is missing from this page please feel free to add it or contact the Domain Coordinator for assistance. The first two section provide general out of character information for the Boston club while the later sections detail what's you'll need to know specifically for each venue. Venues are listed in the order they take place during the month. Return to the Boston Domain Page.





  • Try it out: Boston currently hosts five different venues, or games, each of which meets once a month. If you want to see what they are like, the best way is to come and either watch a game or dive right in with your own character and play. For new players, the site fee is waived for your first three games in order to give you a chance to check it out for free.

  • Character Creation: There are many individuals in the club who are happy to guide new players through character creation. Contacting the VST for the venue you are interested in playing is a good place to start. However this page also has links to most everything you'll need to create characters on your own if you are interested in doing some reading. Start by reading the first two sections of this page, the section for the venue you are interested in playing, and also the New World of Darkness section if you are interested in Lost, Requiem, or Accord. Key things you'll need for character creation include the character sheet, the core rulebook, the Universal XP Rules, and the venue-specific addenda. (If this seems overwhelming, please just ask us for help!)

  • Part of a Larger Whole: The Boston domain is a part of the Mind's Eye Society (MES), an authorized fan club of The Camarilla. This is a global organization which hosts a continuous setting that allows your characters created here in Boston to interact with others all across the country and even the world. This can be accomplished through online scenes, convention play, and even simple vacations to visit domains far from home.
    • For a more detailed overview on the MES click here.
    • In order to begin a six-month free trail membership in MES click here.

  • Contact Us: The e-mails for all of the club officers can be found here. The Domain Coordinator handles out-of-character logistics for the domain, the Domain Storyteller handles in-character oversight, and the venue storytellers run each game. And anyone on the officer staff is happy to assist new players.

  • Stay Informed: The mailing list for the Boston domain is the Yahoo Group NHMACam. Please, please make sure you are signed up for it and have it set to receive e-mails in order to stay updated. Important messages such as game announcements and any notices of last minute changes are set out to the domain at large through this list.



So now that you're tried out the games you want to learn more? Excellent! This section goes into more details that are helpful to know for any game.

  • Double Check: Did you fill out your MES Membership yet and sign up for the NHMACam mailing list? Both are must-haves, so please don't forget them.

  • Database: Once you have your character ready to go, please upload it to the Database to make it an official member of the VSS. To access the Database, log into the Membership Portal on the main MES website, and then click on "Legacy Tools" and "Approvals." This will open a new page where you can use the sidebar to upload new characters and attach them to a VSS. This is also the place to go to in order to submit approvals for rare or unique items for your characters. (Any item that requires anything above "low" approval as noted in the various addenda.)

  • Terminology: We use a lot of acronyms in this club. MES, VST, IRC, etc. See below for a quick guide for commonly used ones that you may be too shy to ask about, as well as some general terms:
    • AGR: Accelerated Growth Rate - a system in place for earning extra XP which allows new characters to "catch up" to those present from the start
    • ANST, ADC, AVST, etc - many acronyms beginning with A are assistants to a position, look for the titles below without the A for descriptions
    • BNS: By Night Studios - the publisher for updated Minds Eye Theater OWoD Rules
    • BOD: Board of Directors - individuals responsible for the club as a whole who oversee universal policies
    • CCD: Character Creation Document - a Q&A players can complete for characters in each venue to earn XP and to help round out character details
    • CCDD: Character Creation Development Document - just another name for the CCD, see above
    • CWoD: Classic World of Darkness - also known as OWoD, a term for Masquerade and Apocalypse, the only games using an older rules system
    • DC: Domain Coordinator - officer in charge of out of character logistics for an individual domain
    • Domain - A region or city made of of MES members which usually hosts games, i.e. Boston is a domain
    • DST: Domain Storyteller - officer in charge of overseeing in-character concerns and supporting the VSTs in a domain
    • DTs: Downtime Actions or Downtimes - the actions your character(s) take between games, XP can be earned by submitting these to your VST
    • IRC: Internet Relay Chat - online chat rooms used for simple scenes and even used to host completely online venues, learn more here.
    • MC: Membership Class - levels you can reach as a player once certain prestige thresholds are met and a coordinator audits your log
    • MES: Mind's Eye Society - the name of the club as a whole
    • MET: Mind's Eye Theater - the LARP line of WoD rules, new and old
    • NC: National Coordinator - supervisor for regional coordinators
    • NST: National Storyteller - oversees national plot and helps to tie together plots from multiple regions
    • NWoD: New World of Darkness - umbrella term for all the venues which use a newer rules system
    • OWoD: Old World of Darkness - also known as CWoD, a term for Masquerade and Apocalypse, the only games using an older rules system
    • Prestige - points separate from XP that you can earn as a player, not as a character used to advance your MC
    • RC: Regional Coordinator - supervisor for domain coordinators, example: the North East Region
    • RST: Regional Storyteller - oversees regional plots and helps tie together plots from multiple domains
    • Venue - a type of game in play, see a complete list here
    • VSS: Venue Style Sheet - a description of the type of game the venue focuses on and what characters are appropriate
    • VST: Venue Storyteller - officers in charge of running plots for the individual venues in a domain
    • XP: Experience Points - points earned from playing your character(s) which can be used to advance them. XP gained through playing games, submitting downtimes, and the XP floor are classified as "Earned XP" which all count towards a monthly cap. Other types include XP gained through MC bonuses, CCDDs, Archetypes, and Event XP which do not count against the monthly cap. Further details can be found in the 2015 XP Update.

  • Handbook: For a detailed guide to the National club please check out the Mind's Eye Society Membership Handbook. It contains information on how the club is structured, the code of conduct, roles of officers, how elections are run, and more. The handbook is also where you will find the answers to various tests (known as Standards) which you can take to earn Prestige. See below for more details on Prestige.

  • Prestige: Club members can earn prestige points for OOC work. This is a bit similar to XP, however prestige is earned by players instead of by their characters. Prestige is the system used by the club to award members for spending their time and energy on keeping the club running. All of the Boston club officers are volunteers. But prestige can also be earned for a variety of work outside of being an officer. The more prestige a player earns in the club, the higher Member Class (or MC) the player is eligible for. And with each increase in MC, a player enjoys a significant XP boost for all of their characters.
    • MES Overview: In-depth prestige overviews can be found on the main MES website on the Prestige page and on the June 2013 Prestige Guidelines page.
    • Prestige-Worthy Items: For a simple list of what constitutes prestige-worthy work click here.
    • Types: Prestige comes in three varieties: general, regional, and national. Most prestige earned in the club is general. Regional and national prestige are often earned by volunteering at conventions.
    • Log: In order to track your prestige you will need a Prestige Log. You can download a blank Excel one here.
    • Reporting: All prestige must be reported. This is most commonly done by the Domain Coordinator (or DC). If you think you have done something prestige-worthy, you must inform the DC to actually be awarded the prestige. Sending an e-mail to the DC is the preferred method at this time.
    • MC Audits: Membership Class increases do not happen automatically. They are only granted by the DC after your log has been audited. If you think you have accumulated enough prestige for an increase please e-mail the DC a copy of your log and request the MC increase. Prestige is not lost or spent to acquire higher MCs, it is simply a threshold that has to be reached.
    • Standards: A quick way to initially earn a lot of prestige is though taking Standards. These are online tests designed to teach members more about the club. To access your Standards, log into the Membership Portal on the main MES website, and then click on "Legacy Tools" and "Standards." These standards are the one exception of prestige that does not have to be awarded by an officer as they are reported automatically by the MES website. However, please be sure that your DC's e-mail is filled out on your Standards page so that your DC is notified of your completed Standard.

  • Wikis: These sites are fun and quite useful for our club. See, you're reading one right now! If you feel motivated please feel free to create one for your character(s). They are a great way to tell other players about your PC and a way to learn about other people's PCs. It can also be helpful for the venues to have a listing of members who are active in the game. And it also can be fun to add quotes and rumors to other's wiki pages to tell them what your character really thinks. Below are a few handy wiki links to help you get started.
    • Guidelines: The Main Page for this wiki has a lot of helpful information on how to get started, and especially worth reading is the MES Wiki User Guide
    • Online Help: Need help with learning wiki code? The MES Formatting Help page is a good place to start. Also the HTML and CSS tutorials from w3schools is a good source as well since a lot of HTML and CSS can be applied to wiki code.
    • In-Person Help: If you want a wiki page but don't want to write the code yourself there are several individuals in the club who love creating wiki pages for people. Talk to us at game or shoot us an e-mail anytime. Note the following list is just a few names of people I know to have publicly stated at Boston games they like to help others on MES wikis. Feel free to add or delete your own name on this list. Abby, Laura, Em, and Pam.

  • Mailing Lists: We have the main NHMACam mailing list for the Boston Domain, and several of our venues have local IC mailing lists which are given below. However if you want to get involved on the regional or national level, there are many other lists you can receive e-mails from. These vary greatly in purpose, members, and activity, but all can make your character feel part of a much, much larger game. A full list can be found here. Search for ones that apply to your character(s) based on venue, creature type, clan, faction, location, etc.



The name of Boston's Apocalypse Venue is "The Howling Moon." However the game is focused around the Sept of Eagle's Talons made up of a group of werewolf packs, kinfolk, and fera in Boston.

  • VST: The current Venue Storyteller for Apocalypse is Dan C.
  • Venue Wiki: The Apocalypse Venue centers around the Sept of Eagle's Talons.
  • Mailing List: Please join the NHMAGAROU Google Group to receive and send important IC e-mails for this venue.
  • Main Website: National information for Apocalypse can be found here.
  • Core Book: Individuals in the club can loan you the Laws of the Wild book to read or you can buy your own copy at Amazon, DriveThruRPG, or your local bookstore.
  • Addenda: Double-check the Apocalypse Addendum for changes specific to the Apocalypse system. For a complete listing of all of the rules addenda, visit the MES Addenda Page.
  • Universal XP Rules: For a quick overview of XP rules used in all venues, please see the 2015 XP Update.
  • Character Sheet: You can use this Excel Character Sheet or Google Doc Character Sheet to create your character(s) for Apocalypse.
  • CCDD: You can earn 8xp for your character by filling out and submitting the Apocalypse Character Development Document.



Vampire the Masquerade is also referred to as Cam/Anarch. This page uses the term Masquerade for a sake of simplicity.



The information in this section applies to all of the NWoD venues. In Boston, this refers to Lost, Requiem, and Accord. Each of these venues uses the same basic rules system so what's listed below applies to all of them, but not to Apocalypse or Masquerade. New World of Darkness is also known as Chronicles of Darkness.

  • Core Book: Individuals in the club can loan you the core MET blue book to read or you can buy your own copy at Amazon, DriveThruRPG, or your local bookstore.
  • All Genres Character Sheet: A handy Excel Character Sheet that can be used to create character sheets for any NWoD venue.
  • Universal XP Rules: For a quick overview of XP rules used in all venues, please see the 2015 XP Update.
  • NWoD Addenda: Double-check the NWoD Universal Addendum for detailed addenda affecting all the NWoD venues.
  • MES Addenda: For a complete listing of all of the rules addenda, visit the MES Addenda Page
  • Chronicle Floor & Max: To calculate your character's starting XP you'll want to look up the Chronicle Floor XP. To determine how long a character can stay on AGR check the Chronicle XP. Both can be found here. Note: Accord utilizes different charts which can both be found here.
  • CCDD: You can earn 10xp for your character(s) by filling out and submitting the Character Creation Development Document. For Accord, use the Accord CCD instead. You may need to reference the information listed under the first section on the main Boston Domain Page.
  • Archetype Achievements: If your character(s) fit a particular archetype, you can claim 5xp if you meet all of the guidelines in the Archetype Achievement Document. This can be done twice for total of 10xp. (Note: this does not apply to Accord.)
  • External Tools: There are several handy online resources which organize almost every skill and power accessible in the game found across hundreds of books. However double-check the appropriate addenda to ensure that what you want is sanctioned in the MES venue you're playing in. A couple sites that club members have found useful include the Codex of Darkness and the RP Portal on Subnet.


  • VST: The current Venue Storyteller for Lost is Aaron V.
  • Venue Wiki: The Boston Lost Venue is called Freedom Trod.
  • Main Website: National information for Lost can be found here.
  • Core Book: Individuals in the club can loan you the core Lost book to read or you can buy your own copy at Amazon, DriveThruRPG, or your local bookstore.
  • Addenda: Double-check the Lost Addendum for changes and clarifications to specific to the Lost system.
  • Player's Guide: The Changeling Player's Guide is a helpful supplement full of insights for your characters.
  • General NWoD Links: In addition to everything listed above in this section, the New World of Darkness section also contains pertinent information to this venue.


  • VST: The current Venue Storyteller for Requiem is Melissa H.
  • Venue Wiki: The Boston Requiem Venue is called City on the Hill.
  • Main Website: National plot, such as the Requiem Research Pool, can be found at the MES ANST Requiem page. Information from the start of the chronicle including setting documents and covenant guides can be found here.
  • Core Book: Individuals in the club can loan you the core Requiem book to read or you can buy your own copy at Amazon, DriveThruRPG, or your local bookstore. There are two versions of this book that look very similar however, so make sure you are getting the one that says "Mind's Eye Theater" at the top.
  • Addenda: Double-check the Requiem Addendum for changes and clarifications to specific to the Requiem system.
  • Traditional Civility: Similar to the CCDD, the Traditional Civility documents contains questions that can help you add more depth to your character(s). Filling it out and submitting it also grants several free simple merits and a price break on selected skills and disciplines.
  • General NWoD Links: In addition to everything listed above in this section, the New World of Darkness section also contains pertinent information to this venue.


The name of Boston's Accord Venue is "After Such Knowledge." However the game is focused around the efforts of the Boston Accord Cell which is made up of all of the PCs in the venue.

  • VST: The current Venue Storyteller for Accord is Laura B.
  • Venue Wiki: Boston's Accord Cell is called The Third Lantern.
  • Mailing List: Please join The Accord of Boston Google Group to receive and send important IC e-mails for this venue.
  • Main Website: National information for Accord can all be found here.
  • Addenda: Click here for all the latest addenda, last updated December 2, 2015.
  • IC Introduction: NYC Player, Abby has written up a helpful in-character guide for Accord newbies. Check it out here.
  • Character Survey: Specific to the Boston Accord venue, this Character Survey can be filled out for 2 downtime XP (counts towards your monthly cap).
  • IRC: The Boston Accord Venue has a dedicated IRC channel at #mesaccordboston. Players and STs are often logged in there looking for RP fun and shenanigans.
  • General NWoD Links: In addition to everything listed above in this section, the New World of Darkness section also contains pertinent information to this venue.

Wiki code designed by Pam. Feel free to copy what you like or contact me for help if needed.