To be fair, that SCA mindset is primarily owned by the heavy fighters. Rapier fighters and non-fighters are more open-minded in my experience.markusdark said:Most people in the gaming industry (be it computer games, table top, miniatures, etc.) see LARPing as 'going over the deep end' since you're taken it off the table and have personalized it with your own life. Even the SCA sees LARPing as weird (If yer going to dress up, do it 'for real' and use real armor and heavy weapons). So, I hate to say it but out biggest enemy is the gaming industry.
I understand that sentiment. But if we are perceived as a bunch of nut jobs who have underaged sex and bathe once a lunar cycle, then it could be hard to get more people to join up. (all of which I have heard applied to NERO/Alliance and are, of course, completely untrue).Ondreij said:I'm not raining on your parade; please do not misunderstand my next comment ...
When it comes to anti-LARPers -- I COULD CARE LESS.
That's just repulsive. We're doing something that we get exercise from, allows us to exhibit our creativity, and lets us hang out with our friends, and why should anyone have anything against that. I'm not a big fan of what non-LARPers call their "sports" (numerous people I have talked to say that LARP is nothing like a sport, which they are wrong about on many counts), but I don't go around saying that people in football gear, etc, look stupid (though a lot of what they wear is equally as funny looking, if not more so, than a lot of LARP clothes). As I say, if throwing an oddly shaped ball and tackling each other captivates a vast majority of the nation, why is LARPing so frowned upon? (Sorry to any of you who like football. I don't, and it's just my example sport I use for such things as this.)Morganne said:Hmmm.... a quick Google search found me this: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2 ... 2204433480
Myeah, alright, this was bound to come up sooner or later.Chazz said:I cannot blame nor hate an Anti-LARPer if they have seen Monster Camp.
I think what people are failing to realize is the impact that the 'haters' can have on the hobby. What does it matter if someone is bad mouthing LARPs? Well other people hear it, they spread what they've heard (because there's no one touting the positives of LARPs because they're just ignoring the haters) and soon you have a newspaper article how a couple people arrested for attempted **** and murder play in a LARP and that probably helped drive them towards such acts (again a real news article).Morganne said:-Who am I to begrudge the haters their defense mechanisms? They'll figure it out someday.
Actually, this exact phenomenon is preventing me from pulling about a dozen players right now. There is a 'Boffer-Fighting' group that meets in a nearby park every few Saturdays. They gather more people then we do at events some times. I've tried numerous times to go down there, feel them out, seed some info (in an attempt not to be too overt, since that usually goes over poorly), and gauge some of their people's interest. Thing is, interest exists, but it can't be taken advantage of. There are a few people at the 'top' of their group (either by popularity or by 'organizer/"I bring a lot of weapons"/whatever' status) that have had some kind of bad experience with some larp at some point, and they've convinced the entire rest of the group that it's lame. Any interest I get is quickly suppressed by other people there, and no one wants to go out on a limb and get branded a 'larper' by the rest of the group, because that makes them lame.markusdark said:What does it matter if someone is bad mouthing LARPs? Well other people hear it, they spread what they've heard (because there's no one touting the positives of LARPs because they're just ignoring the haters)
Nerds are fine. Heck, there have even been some good movies about Nerds. However, Nerds that fantasize about having 'relations' with bugs bunny is another matter.Ondreij said:WE ARE NERDS.