A December 2003 trip
to Adelaide by Kun-chan
Quote: Photos and journal of my road trip to Adelaide for role playing at their Camarilla game with a bunch of friends!
(With a little information on Adelaide - we didn't stay long enough to see much!)
On a 30C day, we headed to one of the parks on the west side of the city, by a river. Elder Park, I believe. It was a pretty place with a gazebo, large shady trees, and no one around! And this was on the weekend!! Unlike Melbourne, Adelaide must be a quiet place. A park like that would have been packed on a similar day in Melbourne!
If you wish to get to the Camarilla game, I would hire a car. I do not know much about the public transport of Adelaide or of taxi costs.
Hotel | "East End Astoria Serviced Apartments"
The room had a good sized kitchen area as part of the main room, a shower/bath in the bathroom, and a balcony out overlooking the street below.
The major down side was that people apparently live in the apartments, rather than just holiday makers, and they insist on a no-noise policy. The planned party in the rooms did not go ahead due to this policy. The funny thing was that even with a bunch of noisy people inside, you can't hear them when out on the balcony, so I'm not sure why they don't allow parties!!
These fully serviced apartments include the following facilities:
All in all, it was a nice place to stay, and with a group of people for the weekend, splitting the costs made it a really cheap place to stay! (It cost about the same price as it would for the group of us to stay at a youth hostel in the area. But it was much, much nicer and much more private!)
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 5, 2004
East End Astoria
33 VARDON AVENUE
Adelaide, Australia 5000
For AUD$11.50 you get eggs, mushrooms, bacon, sausages, tomatoes and more. Perfect for a midday pick-me-up after a night out at the pub.
They have indoor and outdoor tables, and the view across the road is of one of Adelaide's parks - so not only do they have good food, but you get a great view, too!
We had about 10 people turning up for brunch on the Saturday, and they catered for this sudden appearance of a large group rather well.
Unfortunately, there was no room for us all for Sunday brunch, but there didn't seem to be any requirement for reservations for smaller groups.
East Terrace Continental is apparently a local secret...
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 8, 2004
East Terrace Continental
6 East Terrace
Attraction | "Under Favour of Night - The Camarilla, Adelaide"
The Camarilla is an international social organisation sanctioned by White Wolf, Inc. which revolves around the gothic-horror genre set in White Wolf's World of Darkness. It is world-renowned for continuous Live-Action Role-Playing (LARP) game that spans 10 countries on five continents. It is run by the Camarilla Australia, a non-profit, incorporated organisation. Due to mature themes experienced in role-playing, the Camarilla Australia will not accept persons under the age of 18 as members.
I have played the Camarilla game for two years in Melbourne and Dandenong, but this was my first trip to play the game anywhere else in the world.
All you really need to do to join in is to have a character and you act out that character throughout the game! If you don't have a character, it's easy enough to speak to one of the people running the game (known as the ST, the Story Teller) and get one. If you are in Adelaide, don't mind pretending to be a vampire and enjoy acting, then you should at least check it out!
Camarilla has come to Adelaide. We started early February 2003 and so far everything is going well. Currently there is just as a single venue, Under Favour of Night, a Camarilla Vampire game. The Camarilla welcomes anyone so if you are interested, don't be afraid to contact us, even if you have never role-played before.
Check out their website for session times.
Kristian Zirnsak or Ryan Mitchell for more information.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2004
Church Hall, 7a Barham St, Allenby Gardens
Going to Adelaide is all well and good, but if you don't have a map, it's a little harder to get there. The Melways didn't help, being only a map of Melbourne. This is where Whereis Directions came in handy!
All you do is:
The actual driving was somewhat simpler than the directions (the Western Freeway you travel between Melbourne and Adelaide changes names, which confuses Whereis), but having a copy of this saved me from having to buy a map of Adelaide! (And I avoided all of Melbourne's CityLink tolls, to boot!)
It also gives a handy estimated travel time on it's chosen route - approximately 10 hours from Melbourne to Adelaide and a total of about 700km!
Being a new driver, and a P-plater still, I gave up driving at Horsham (our lunch stop for the day, before the Victoria/South Australia border) with a sore back and shoulders, and lovely Elizabeth took the driving over. And she drove the rest of the way, and we finally reached Adelaide by 7pm (that's 6:30pm, Adelaide time!)
Collapsing then and there would have been nice, after we got into our nice apartments and picked which apartment and which beds we wanted. But no, we all had to eat and then attend Simon's party, not to mention to wait for those lazy people who flew!
Dinner was indeed followed by drinking when meeting some of the Adelaide players. It was good to finally meet two of the Brujah players I'd been communicating with over email for ages past, and to see Kristian again!
The next day was good, with decent weather as opposed to the rain that we'd had Friday night. It was sunny and hot. I wanted to go to the beach, but apparently there were too many who didn't want to go near water or something, so we ended up going to breakfast and then to a park instead. Adelaide is a very quiet place, I've got to say. It was a nice, lazy afternoon. Sleep would have gone down well, but...
No sleep as that would mean not getting to go to the Camarilla game that evening! It was entertaining, I've got to say, though I didn't actually get to talk to too many of the Adelaide characters. (Maybe next time Kathleen, my character, will be happier and act more like her normal self! Ah, well...) I shouldn't write about the game itself, as that might spoil it all for others who should find out ICly, but it was fun! I even got to help ST as some bad guys, woot! That was a first!
And finally to the pub again! Though I was soooooo tired by then, I only had a few drinks. But for some reason, I decided to stay up way too late anyway, before Michael decided to drive us back to the apartment. I've no idea when the others returned, but it was while I was fast asleep, I can tell you that. I knew I couldn’t survive the trip home on Sunday without sleep.
So yes, we had to leave on the Sunday. By the time everyone was up and ready to leave the apartment, it was midday. I was told that a number of people had eaten breakfast already (before going to bed! I believe the term is 'Softer than Mandy and Elizabeth'?) and that Euan had gone. But we all went off to eat brunch together before we all had to go our separate ways. And so some time early afternoon Michael, Roger, Elizabeth, Shaun, Andrew and I set off on the drive home to Melbourne.
I guess leaving so late in the day was a bit of a silly idea, but we all made it home safe and sound, despite being sleep deprived! And after dropping Michael home, then Roger and Elizabeth off at their home, I finally managed to get home at 1.30am on Monday morning, 22nd December. (I swear, next time I'm going to fly...) I'm not telling everything, of course, as what happens on the road trip stays on the road trip!
But the main thing was that I enjoyed it! It was good to go over and meet new people and play together in real life, not just in email! So thanks to all you guys in Adelaide who let us join in on your game, and thanks to Ross as ST for putting up with us all! You never know, we might be back one day...?