I haven't had a lot of good experiences at living histories in the last few years, so I suspect that's part of my dissatisfaction with them. The ones that are "5 guys on the lawn" are the ones I dislike. More than once I have gotten buttonholed with the fanatic who cannot be dissuaded from asking the wildest question. I avoided the public for about a year after having to deal with "So, do you think Joshua Chamberlin was a Christian?"
We're several serious reenactors here who are not progressive-only, postage-stamp-size event participants, so I just had a thought: What if we simply said "Not any more?" No, I'm not bringing 100 rounds to fire as fast as I can while standing 40 yards from my opponent. I'm bringing 20 per engagement (Shiloh excluded ) and when they're gone, I'm taking a hit. Remember those? Probably been a while since you saw one of those! Unless they're straw-men to begin with, it wouldn't take very long to whittle powder burning events back down to size.
Pine River Boys, Co I, 7th Wisconsin
"We're... Christians, what read the Bible and foller what it says about lovin' your enemies and carin' for them what despitefully use you -- that is, after you've downed 'em good and hard."
-Si Klegg and His Pard Shorty