Red velvet for a vampire

A few months after I first started playing Dungeons & Dragons, one of the friends I made in my local game store invited me to play a session of Vampire: The Masquerade. Actually, it was a World of Darkness game where the Game Master mixed Vampire: The Masquerade, Mage: The Awakening, and Werewolf: The Forsaken into the same Chronicles of Darkness setting, and there was at least one character of each in the party. I chose to play a vampire.

My character was an apparently 11 year-old girl with long blonde hair and blue eyes, called Francisca. I later watched Interview with the Vampire and disappointedly realized how similar I had made my character to Claudia, without even having watched the movie (there is indeed nothing new under the sun). But I loved playing with her: she was friendly, but selfish; adorable, but spoiled; fun, but self-centered. I commissioned a portrait of her from an amazing artist and carried its print with me to the sessions.

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Francisca, by Loic Bourgeois

As I’m sure my love for this character has become obvious, I believe you know where this post is headed: I made a dice bag just for her. Although Francisca’s fashion style was miles away from what is usually considered vampiresque, I decided to use traditionally vampire-themed fabric, such as red velvet, for her bag, to match her red and black dice sets, as you can see in the left picture below.

I had recently gone on a fabric and strings shopping spree, so I was free from the previous constraint of having to use old shoelaces for the drawstrings. Yet, the ones I used for this particular bag weren’t my best choice, being a bit too big. The black strip, despite being (I believe) extremely vampiresque, needed a much more experienced hand to sew it – after a few months, to my misery, it started to fall apart. However, the bag definitely served its purpose: it was fun to make and helped me learn more about sewing.

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Unfortunately, I haven’t played Chronicles of Darkness in a long time. Since people’s schedule became incompatible with each other to keep playing on a regular basis, we decided to end its campaign. Thus, Francisca has been retired, at least for the time being, and her dice sets have been distributed amongst my D&D characters.

In my next post, I’ll take a break on the sewing posts for a while, and show you a little bit of another hobby of mine: photography. Until then, I encourage you, as usual, to try playing an RPG tabletop game. If Dungeons & Dragons feels like too much Lord-of-the-Ringsy, try finding a local game of one of the World of Darkness series, and play with a vampire, a mage, a werewolf, or any of the other options. It’s not as popular as D&D, but it can be just as fun! If you’re more of a videogames person, I have also heard good things about the Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines videogame. Have fun!

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