As a reminder to everyone, if you want to have access to Retainers (OWoD) or "Merit-based NPCs" (NWoD) during the MESCON games you need to email Venue Lead for the game(s) you want them for ahead of time.
Per the MESCON 2019 Universal VSS:
Non-player Characters (NPCs)
NPCs on site must be approved with the Venue Lead in advance of the event. This includes having retainers on site, Dominated "skin-suits", and other merit-based NPC's. If these are not approved prior to the event, they will not be allowed. Exceptions will not be made to this rule.