Not true! Events are often determined by when the land is available. No event organizer I've ever worked with has said "let's schedule this right next to the Battle of Big Butt so no Streamers will show up." It's usually quite the opposite. But it plays to mainstreamer prejudices for you to say otherwise.
Originally Posted by Regular3
Would we like to stay clear of big events that draw off our crossovers? Absolutely! Are there organizers who don't want crossovers? A few, but their events are the 50-100 man variety.
And your characterization of campaigners as "dour, demanding purists" is not supported by the actual events and their standards. Do we have standards? Yes. Are they hard to meet? For all but the reenactor who simply doesn't care about his impression, no. I'm good friends with Joe "Jersey Skillet" Hoffman, and he's told me for years that his best customers for his premium gear come from the mainstream.
We aren't the "anti-mainstream," we're the alternative.
I'm in marketing, and if you don't offer customers a distinction from the competition, why on earth are they going to buy your product or service? The same is true for this hobby: if you want to experience something closer to what the Civil War soldier experienced, then you have an alternative. It's why hardcore mainstreamers like Bill Rodman become members of campaigner groups. Bill LOVES mainstream events (ask him), but he also likes the alternative experience of campaigning.
Darrell, with all due respect, I've never seen you at any of the "crossover-friendly" events. Have you been to McDowell? The Recons? You might want to try one.
Gee, sticks and stones. And mainstreamers piss all over campaigners on this forum, big deal. It's time you fence sitters stopped bellyaching about evil campaigners and simply jumped in the water. The Rowdy Pards are going to be at Rich Mountain. I don't recall hearing anyone asking where they could fall in with some campaigners and feel welcome????
As for fun, the dour, demanding purists are having lots of it, making fun of mainstreamers on the AC Forum.
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