2c with change...
I would like to point out that Knightshade has only been active since September (ie post-Chimera), and I know it's not your intention to blame us for anything so please be careful with statements around how many games we've run in whatever timeframe, as it makes us all look silly Cheers.
I think of all people, I'm among those that can truly relate to your frustrations, Alista. We've both wanted great things to happen in lives past, but had completely different ideas on how to make them come to be. That alone caused a certain degree of conflict which probably hasn't helped you, but there are other factors to be considered regarding LARP in Hamilton and the struggles we've/you've had.
1; Paul Budvietas (GM #1) was a thief who ran off with everything pocketable from Fantasy Quest he could put his grubby hands on and killed that game where it sat (which at the time was the only one running). Noone wants to play a game with thieves.
2; TK (GM #2) came down with some personal issues and regretfully disappeared taking his Killquest, Fan-Ad(? I might have the name wrong there) and presiding OWBN game with him. Noone wants to play a game when there's noone to actually run it!
3; The blanket OWBN boycott, where the STs decided to actively discourage OWBN players from our flavour of LARP because "boffer weapons were just for kids wanting to play DnD outside". There was actually a hell of a backlash from that, and to this day there are ex-Hamiltonians that carry that mentality in their current LARPing.
You've put a lot of effort into Quest, noone can deny that, and I for one think it's great you're willing to break it out for those that are asking - I hope this remains true for years to come - and I can certainly appreciate you only wanting to do it for those that are genuinely interested. In saying that, I hope (because this bit isn't coming across so much) that KS players are still welcome at Quest games, even if to usually play monsters. Ok, you use boffers and we use fglass-core, so what - at the end of the day, the game isn't about the weapons. You run as good a game as anybody, dude, and it would be sad to see you denying those that are keen just because they want more than one dish from the smorgasbord.
As for KS "getting it's act together", the last game was run in Auckland for many reasons, ranging from not wanting to have to move the golem suit all the way to Hams, to me living in the reclusive far north and not wanting to travel 4 hours to run a 4 hour game before turning around to head home, to wanting a freaking HUGE park to run amok in. It's a similar story for the next one, and I'll be looking at herding the Hammy-players into some semblance of car pooling to make life easier. After that Jared will be GMing largely as a solo act for a while, so the games should be in Hamilton more often than not - but as we're trying to cater to both player groups (or the whole group, as opposed to implying any "us and them" mentality) there will be gaps where the game is in Auckland. Ideally though there's some great plots of land around Taupiri/Gordonton that would make a great compromise if J-man can sort them easily enough.
And once the pattern is down, I genuinely hope retiring from LARP altogether isn't really your plan. I think you still have more than a few good games up your sleeve, and I really would like to see you as a player at a future KS event - god knows you deserve a break from running things for a change.
As for your figures re Serenity/Star Wars, you will likely find the percentage quite high as the style and setting of the games are very different despite both being "sci-fi". I think you might get more of a comparison if it were say, a Star Wars game and a Babylon 5 game, or as the case stands currently a Vampire game and a Vampire game (Requiem and OWBN, both run monthly ) - and even then you might be surprised how many people turn up for both if there's a good game to be had
Edited to remove the insensitive asshat content