It started with action movies, I guess. I always loved those movies with sexy vampires clad in what basically amounted to bondage uniforms having secret wars in the dark places of our world. The idea that stories like that could be taking place somewhere while I slept quietly in my bed thrilled me in some deep way, and I clung to those fantasies as an escape from the doldrum of shitty school and shittier summer jobs. So, when Garrett told me about The Blood Game, I was instantly interested.
Garrett was, you know, a Dungeons and Dragons guy. I had played those sorts of imaginary games with him and his crew a few times but it never really stuck with me; it just wasn’t real enough for me. I liked them in theory but I could never really lose myself in them. The Blood Game was different.
The concept was fairly simple, like some of those other pen and paper roleplaying games I had tried with Garrett, you had a character with different powers and abilities and such, but unlike those other games, the Blood Game was a game that you were playing all the time, everywhere you went. Players would leave stuff for each other to find that related to the game, like special notes and clues, and they would have pre-planned events, but all you had to do was bump into someone else who was a player and you could do a little scene from the game right there, wherever you were.