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Tue, Aug. 23rd, 2005, 10:36 am
I Can't Make This Up

Another gem from the New York City art-hipster scene: the electro-punk opera "Elemental Vamp" will be performed in the beginning of September. The premise? A 21st century vampire facing the woes of modern life, such as massive doses of sunlight from the depleted ozone layer. Her solution? Build a spaceship and slaughter dozens of innocents to feed her dark hunger.

You can't make this stuff up, people.

Tue, Aug. 23rd, 2005 02:37 pm (UTC)

So, Vampire+Spaceship=Musical?

Tue, Aug. 23rd, 2005 03:00 pm (UTC)

Yeah, something like that. Bizarre. :)

Tue, Aug. 23rd, 2005 03:03 pm (UTC)

and I thought "Hedwig" was whacky. :-)

Wed, Aug. 24th, 2005 02:25 am (UTC)

This is a gorram amazing icon. Didn't know you were a fan of hers.

Wed, Aug. 24th, 2005 03:27 am (UTC)

Of River's?

Who isn't? :-)

Tue, Aug. 23rd, 2005 04:32 pm (UTC)

This was one of the best games I ever ran.

I ran some years back a game where 10,000 people were on a massive ship heading to colonize Mars. And a small batch of fueding WoD Vampire sorts got onboard. At the outset of the game I told people there would be murder and mayhem, and player death would mean you were out of the game. If you failed to show up for a session your character would be killed. I started with 15 people (it was at a gaming store) and by session three I was down to six people. When the finale happened, only two players survived. All of the original vampires were dead, and all but one of the vampirized players were dead.

Since the ship had tons of rad shielding, vampires never needed to sleep. The ship rotated around a giant axis, and the inside had parks and stuff. The inner core was zero/micro gravity.

None of the vampires were managed to be killed via brute force. They died because a few smart players used their brains. A partial role call of killed vampires:

1. A vampire-hunter turned vampie was suspected by a smart player. The smart player boobytrapped the improvised flamethrower he gave to the vampiric vampire hunter. When the new bad guy turned on his mates... kaboom!

2. The big boss vampire was injured badly while killing three players. The player Unitarian Minister boarded the pedicab ambulance and while the medics were opening their veins for their master, he opened an oxygen tank and managed to get a spark off. Kaboom!

The game also created some unforgettabl quotes:

1. I know! Lets split up so we can cover more ground! (Several stupid players took this advice and got promptly killed)
2. Lets sneak off from the rest so then we can surprise them later! (Two players died together this way)
3. I reprogram the video camera to fire a laser beam! (Said by a guy who was a techie-poser. We all laughed)
4. How do Vampires react to hard vacuum?

FYI, Tony, creator of Capes, was the surviving vampire.

One day I'll run a sequel. I promise. Or maybe I could turn it into a convention game? Hrm...

Tue, Aug. 23rd, 2005 05:23 pm (UTC)

I don't know that I actually want you to ever follow up on this. The ViS story has built up such a epic quality that I fear any reality intruding upon it might be unable to live up to the legend. Maybe you should just let the legend live on.

Wed, Aug. 24th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)

Just found out about this:

Dance of the Vampires

Notice the supremely retro design elements on the website.

A huge broadway flop, this musical apparently started out in Austria and Germany, and only made it to the great white way because it was such a huge hit abroad. According to the SM who told me about it, "it was one of those things where it could have been Rocky Horror or it could have been Dracula, tried to be both and was neither" - the thing is, Jim Steinman (who wrote Bat Out of Hell II for Meat Loaf) wrote music and lyrics (they translated his stuff into german) and David Ives (All in the Timing) wrote the book. And if you listen to the songs, it is just indescribably good. =)

Wed, Aug. 24th, 2005 05:55 am (UTC)

Do you have the songs?