thetrickygnome wrote:So I read about how SUPPOSEDLY the con organizers of the
Summoning are snubbing non-RPGA games or giving negative
response to those who want to put on non-RPGA games and it
makes my stomach turn with revulsion, mainly because it is not
true at all.
So for you to make a derrogatory, sarcasm-ladden comment such as
you did and assuming we don't care about or want non-RPGA games
at the Summoning is offensive to us. If we have the space and people
are willing to come to play these alternative games, many of which I
carry a nostalgic fondness for in my heart, then by all means we would
do our best to welcome you and these players to the event. However,
it seems to me that you are bent of slamming and locking a door that
wasn't closed to you to begin with.
And Jared was correct about the last LARP at the Summoning which is
a shame. He is by far, one of the finest writers I've ever had the
pleasure to read and has always been kind and personable to me. This
is one of the reasons we insisted on not having the event at the school.
Much of what gaming is about is adult oriented themes and a LARP in
regards to werewlves and vampires certainly needs to be done without
being forced to wear the thick kid gloves.
Signed- Rene' Alfonso
Assitant Organizer for the Summoning 2006
Thanks for the kind comments, Rene. You are always a gentleman.
If Rainier (Chainsaw) will permit me to speak for him (and we've spoken a bit about this in the past), I think his sarcasm is due to frustration. Rainier has helped me put together events in the past and has even organized his own events. Lately, he has been hell-bent on organizing something through the Circle / Summoning and I have been trying to gently dissuade him from doing so, because I don't think he's going to be able to run the sort of games he wants to through this organization. Still, he keeps trying. Whether he (and I, in the past) have remained persistent in the face of almost zero turnout due to mixed signals coming from the Circle or because we're just pig-headed is debatable.
I was profoundly disappointed by last year's turnout for the LARP, mostly because (again) members of the Summoning staff had seemed so enthusiastic about it. Max (who was once a big part of the Circle) busted his ass to get things in order, and both Adolfo and PJ showed up and played with extreme enthusiasm. I was just hoping that more of the Live-Action community could have made an appearance. A couple did, but most of the people I contacted about it (both those in Miami and in other parts of Florida) seemed disinterested in paying to play (most LARPs are free) or actively hostile to the idea.
I really didn't expect anyone to respond to anything I had to say here, so I guess Rainier's comments were good in that respect. If anyone has any ideas on how to attract non-RPGA or non-D&D players to this Con, I'm ALL EARS. Because I tried everything I could think of, including having Rainier design some colorful event flyers that I put up in stores and hitting about a dozen different LARP message boards, from the Keys to Jacksonville, and I got nada from that.
So: if the Summoning is serious about attracting a larger group of gamers beyond the usual RPGA crowd, let's have a pow-wow about how to do that. If nobody cares enough to comment or respond, we can consider the matter settled and go our separate ways.