February the Third, In the Year of Our Lord 2009
The players, some of whom had never played Vampire:the Masquerade before, were instructed to make characters as mortals first. Each of them were given a fifteen-minute to a half-hour period detailing and role-playing their Embrace, the act of their Sire draining them of all their blood and returning a small amount of his own vampiric blood, transferring the Curse of Caine. Details of the Embrace are listed in the characters' bios as necessary.
The players were not even allowed to choose their eventual Clan. I (the StoryTeller) chose based on the personality of the character, background, and the direction the plot would eventually take them. The players accepted in good grace, though latecomers to the group were allowed to choose their Clan with their character creation. After recieving their Embrace, the players then finished their characters, with the full compliment of Backgrounds, new skills and upgraded Abilities, and Disciplines.