Modern Enigma Society, also known as MES, is at its core a community of role-players who come together to play games and give back to their communities in the United States of America. Modern Enigma Society is the name of the United States National Organization, a part of a global community of role-players who share a common setting and universe.
We operate under one common setting. When you create a character in Smalltown, USA, you are creating a thread in the global fabric. You can bring that character from your local game to any other Chapter, Domain, Regional, or National game in MES. By joining MES, you are joining a global community of role-players, able to play anywhere in this global community at any time.
In MES, we play both Classic World of Darkness and the New World of Darkness games in either Table-Top or Live-Action format, and sometimes both. In Classic World of Darkness, we play Vampire the Masquerade both Camarilla/Anarch and Sabbat using the current By Night Studio rules. We also have a Werewolf the Apocalypse venue, using the current By Night Studios rule set. In New World of Darkness, we play Chronicles of Darkness, a mixed Vampire/Forsaken/Beast/Mage/Lost venue using the World of Darkness 2.0 rules. There is also our Space The Infinite Edge venue, which is a space operaesque game using the Vampire/Forsaken/Mage/Lost World of Darkness 2.0 rules.
Modern Enigma Society starts at the local level, which we call a Domain. Domains are collections of cities, towns or villages that work together to run games. They are led by Domain Storytellers and Domain Coordinators who are elected directly by the players in their Domains. The Domains come together to make up a Region, which is comprised of all of the Domains within a group of states. Each Region is led by a Regional Storyteller and a Regional Coordinator. Modern Enigma Society is composed of eight Regions. These eight Regions collectively make up Modern Enigma Society on a National scale. The regional officers elect a National Storyteller and a National Coordinator to lead them. The National Officers are supervised by the MES Board of Directors, who are elected directly by all of the players in the United States. You can find more information about the organizational structure here.
We are giving back to the communities in which we live and play. At any given time, there are nearly a dozen charities ongoing from the National level to the Regional Level to the Domain to the Chapter level. Modern Enigma Society regularly raises thousands of dollars each year for our communities and causes, sometimes more than that at Regional or National conventions. We hold charities throughout the year where members from all walks of life can easily donate their time, effort, or treasure to their communities.
We are a diverse group, coming from all ages and backgrounds, finding common ground in our games and building friendships and relationships that often last for decades. There is no “MES type,” as we have members from all different walks of life and backgrounds. All are welcome and treasured as contributing members.
In answer to the question of who we are, we are role-players who play both Live Action and Table Top. More importantly, we are a community of players who are united by our love of the games we play and our involvement in our communities.