For reference, here’s my summation at the end of that really long chat:
Hi everyone, thanks for the enthusiastic response to this question!
Whether you’ve read everything here, or just made your own opinion known, whether you’ve commented, messaged me to check in, or just lurked here with interest, thank you for being a part of an overall civil discussion on the internet.
There’s definitely more that could be said, however I think we’re at the point where more comments will just offer up similar points from new personal perspectives.
Let me try to sum up a little.
-Larping isn’t transactional, and we need to keep taking steps to reiterate that no participant is more important than the other.
-A key point is that there have been a range of experiences between awful and excellent.
-It sounds as though of late these tend towards the excellent side of the scale, thanks to the efforts of GMs, Crew, Players and the wider community*, roughly in that order. (*Community==Any Larp in this Country)
-We can do even better. We have the opportunities to learn from the past and continue to improve.
-Note well people’s opinions on here are valid. If you’re of the opinion all is well and someone’s comments on here made you question that assertion, see where you can improve. If you’re of the opinion everything is the worst ever and absolutely sucks, read the testimony of people who are having a fantastic time, and see that things can and have improved.
TLDR, at the end of the day, this is a community, and it is stronger by the individual members building each other up where we have fallen down.