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I got a notice in email that a local LARP convention (which shall remain nameless) has been cancelled due to a lack of pre-registrations. Despite my own diminished interest, this bothers me for some reason. I'm not necessarily saddened, but how am I supposed to rekindle my interest in a hobby when the hobby does this?
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I had not. The events bid didn't exactly sing out to me. Or I figured I'd be bad at them. Or that I wouldn't fit. You know, the usual deflections and excuses. The interest doesn't drive so much as ...irritate.

Then again, the interest isn't necessarily in participating myself. It's knowing that something I had emotional investment in once was at least thriving without me. And locally, it doesn't seem to be.
 
It is truly unfortunate that they had to cancel. As one of the registrants, I am going to miss the chance to come down and hang out with all of the people I enjoy playing with down there. There were several events I was looking forward to playing in. I was also looking forward to talking LARP theory late into the night.

It means waiting another half-year until many (but, alas, not all) of the people come up north to visit our thriving LARP convention. If you really are interested in rekindling your interest, then there's no better place to do so than Intercon M. (http://www.interactiveliterature.org/M/) While there's not much on the site just yet, there will be. Just take a look at Intercon L as an example - where else are you going to find more than fifty LARPs in one place, of all kinds?
 
It does kind of make me curious as to whether the basic problems of LARP organizing (and there certainly seem to be many that are inherent rather than imposed) are the same everywhere.
 
+Rebecca Corrado, in the north, we are fortunate to have a number of local colleges with strong LARP interests. Having seen and been involved with our conventions and outreach games, they now run their own LARP conventions and events, which bring out new games and new players. We old farts play in all of them, or run games for them, and encourage bringing the good games and all the players back to the big convention. Thus begins a virtuous feedback circle.

You should come visit us, bringing your husband along. We are now 300+ strong. One of your husband's games, Collision Imminent, is part of the virtuous circle, which will be run for the twelfth time at WPI in the fall. We take it to campuses. The Brits take it to conventions. We grow the hobby.

You have to keep plugging at it...
 
Massachusetts is a long way to travel for remedial LARP appreciation. I did it once in the Great Carpool Migration of ...damn, what year was that? But today it's a little harder, and not just because of my festering, swollen apathy.

Sociologically and from the business standpoint, it could be worth study: why will the hobby support a convention in one location but not the other? Is there any significant procedural difference between the two conventions that would account for it?

Or maybe my burnout from over a decade ago was so deeply profound that it left a memetic crater? But again, that leaves me wondering why I'm frustrated now.
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