Not cool +Jason Morningstar
. I went and looked at the website, as the sole source of information referenced in the original article, to ask the questions - like other designers will ask - "Why should I go? What's in it for me as a designer? Why should I spend a significant sum (not being local) to go?" I didn't see an answer for me, as a LARP designer. I can see value raising my LARP questions to this audience, but I'll get a lot better, more specific and relevant answers if I'm sitting in a room with people who understand the context of LARP.
Since the thread specifically mentions LARP designers (in the very first sentence) NELCO is entirely on-topic. It's another
opportunity for LARP designers to get involved somewhere to learn and experience. The best way we can build better LARPs is to share our varied experiences, by being inclusive, and by letting others know of opportunities to do so. Do I go to Metatopia? NELCO? Intercon? Wyrdcon? Consequences? Dexcon? Gencon, <insert another LARP event here>? I could learn from all of them. Limits on time and money, as always, narrow the opportunities, for me and for others.
You can learn a lot about LARP design by actually writing a LARP
. NELCO is the only place I know of that offers the opportunity to do so in a structured, time-constrained way.