Larp Life – Drama is not exclusive to Larp
How to change the community, one meltdown at a time.
Larpers are like a bunch of baptists.We all up here to meet on Sunday and praise the lord, pass the plate, etc. But then Thelma May makes a face at Lyla Sue’s casserole at the potluck, and now there’s beef and now Thelma May doesn’t get invited to prayer meetin’ on Wednesday night.Or the choir director catches hell for singing too many contemporary songs and not enough from the hymnal, because “them old hymns was good enough for us, by God, where does he get off changing the music?” so he gets booted by the old guard and goes to work at the church down the road.Or Brother Gerald doesn’t like the way that the Preacher spends so much time in the New Testament so he goes and starts his own congregation across town, and brings all of his friends with him. Fact is.We’re all here for the same reason, enjoying and celebrating the same thing, and the fact is–you can’t get away from some of the people you don’t like, so you need to either find a way to get along, or find a way to get the hell out.I’m not normally one to quote scripture at people, but I’m pretty sure there’s a verse somewhere about “if your brother has wronged you, it’s up to you to go to your brother and settle it”
Protip: Every hobby is dramatic if you get in deep enough.
And if your issue is made a public spectacle? Quench the flame. Respond with calm facts. Evidence. Logic. This might seem common sense advice – but in the moment, especially with others weighing in, hot tempers and hiding behind a keyboard can often override even the most civil of discussions.
Toxic people are everywhere, and they have hobbies. Sharing a hobby with a toxic person doesn’t make the hobby or community inherently toxic – but the hobby or community’s reaction to toxic people just might.
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