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[PUBLIC] The Economics of LARP (or, Are We Willing To Pay What LARP costs?) - The Cover Story
October 2013
 
 
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Sun, Oct. 20th, 2013 11:18 am
[PUBLIC] The Economics of LARP (or, Are We Willing To Pay What LARP costs?)

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elenuial
elenuial
A. Nakama
Mon, Oct. 21st, 2013 01:37 pm (UTC)

Also, IME, when you start paying people for things they were doing for free, "I do this for the love" can rapidly turn into "they don't pay me enough for this shit."

That is, in fact, a well-documented psychological phenomenon: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anchoring

There is a hoary anecdote about a famous psychologist who had noisy kids playing soccer outside his window everyday distracting him and keeping him from getting work done. One day, it got so annoying that he went outside and promptly paid them each a dollar and told them how awesome it was for them to play soccer there.

He did this for about a week, and then one day told them that he had run out of dollars to pay them all, that his wife was getting mad that he was spending all that money. "Screw this!" the kids said, and went to play soccer somewhere else.

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Speaking personally, as someone who has never made a lot of money, but would love to get paid to be creative and feels like LARP is a good medium for me, I would be *all about* people pitching in some money.

If I already had a salaried full-time job, I would see it as an obligation that I had to fulfill (which, for me, means better delivery and some amount of excitement rather than a burden when working on something I enjoy), and would try to sink the money into setting/props/etc., which is something I would LOVE to do.

If I were working as a freelancer and amalgamating other work, I would literally see LARP writing as paying work and could *actually* do as good as job as I do my day-to-day work.

If I could earn a decent wage full-time LARP writing, I would be eyeing you suspiciously and wondering what kind of con you were trying to pull on me--but I would be *all over* that if it were the case.

At any rate, I've done enough scrambling for money in my life--with some of that as a working creative--that I would see having substantial cash flow towards me for doing LARP work as an amazing opportunity to grow on more than anything else.

I do think our generation is largely making enough money that it's not unreasonable for most folks to pay at least a little to help defray the costs. I don't know if I'd want to make it mandatory, but a suggested scale of payment might not hurt.

Also worth noting: there is something of a small industry for non-larpers to run larps for other rich non-larpers. Most of the people at the top in it come from TV and high-budget media production, I'm given to understand.


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