The More Things Change…

Yes, it’s a cliché, but “the more things change, the more they stay the same” is really a good summary of my experience at Grand Masquerade.

On the one hand, it was all-new. The event is the first of its kind ever, bringing together five different fan organizations under one roof with a number of White Wolf/CCP employees. It was the first time I’ve been to a White Wolf fan convention and focused on panels and fan outreach.1 I met a lot of awesome new folks as well.

On the other hand, it was like coming home. It was the thirteenth time I’ve been to the International Camarilla Conclave. It was a chance to reexamine and represent some panels I’ve done over the past couple of years. I had a lot of great conversations about the past, the present, and the future. And I was able to not only share a few drinks with old friends, but also reconnect with some friends I haven’t spoken to in years.

The amount of cooperation going on between the various White Wolf fan organizations is incredible. If you had told me a year ago that One World By Night members would have been drinking and laughing and having a great time with Camarilla members, I would have called you a liar. And yet, I saw that very thing over and over, repeated in a wide variety of situations. It was awesome and humbling, and I ended up staying out until 5am most every night just because I lost track of time (which is something I almost never do).

Kudos have already been given to my hard-working friends and coworkers at CCP for the event, but any community event is only as good as the community that participates in it. This incredible event revealed just how incredible the White Wolf community can be. For a few days, I’ve been trying to find the best words, and all I am left with is this:

Thank you.

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  1. Which is the polite way of saying “the company pays me to have drinks and talk with people.”