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Garko the Man-Frog
Date: 2009-08-17 19:56
Subject: IMA Cancelled for 2009
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This is a short note to say that IMA is officially cancelled for 2009.

The responses I got back confirmed what I have come to believe

1) Many people enjoy the Convention, but it is a third or fourth priority for almost all of them
2) There is not a strong core audience for the convention at this point
3) Most importantly offers of actual advertising and recruiting are minimal. If I were to twist every arm that responded, I could not reasonably expect to get more than a half-dozen to a dozen new people. This ties back to (1) - many people would vaguely like the convention to occur, but making it happen is just not a strong priority.

I think we have to be realistic. Events do reach the end of their lifespan at least in current form. A couple of people commented about it being "too late to save IMA." We've been putting as much time as was *reasonable* into the Convention for nine years. "Saving" it would be an exercise in Pyrrhic victories...a "save" that cost more than the benefit."

In the end IMA as it is currently configured does not hold up to any level of Cost-Benefit Analysis.

I'm open to new approaches, and helping if someone wants to organize a grass roots effort in 2010. Feel free to contact myself or Eric Johnson after Danzig. I feel the Region could probably benefit from some pan-LARP event, but clearly it needs a new core audience and a new approach.

And at the risk of seeming brusque, offers that boil down to "I am willing to tell you what to do, if you do the work and spend the money" are less welcome than offers of actual time, organizational skill, and capital.
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Eric Johnson
User: sophistbastard
Date: 2009-08-18 21:47 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I'm hoping to get a conversation about the future of IMA started after Danzig and Labor Day. Not sure of any details yet, all I know is I can't even think about it until then. :)
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-10-11 16:28 (UTC)
Subject: HOw many people were coming?
How many people makes something a working larp? I have about 30-40 people show up at our game every saturday, they're all delaware native so maybe we could throw people and money your way. I didn't really know you guys existed until this week. how can I help?
ben@udel.edu
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