Friday, May 08, 2009

Dark clouds

A couple of weeks ago I informed the Oneiros board that I wanted to stop volunteering for them as I was having too many disagreements with them and didn't like the rules they wanted to impose on me (one of those rules will directly influence how 'cool' the Inn looks at each Manticore event). I told it to them as to make the break easy and to stay friends: 'we agreed to disagree’ and then move on.

I used to have a lot of respect for the board of Oneiros, but after events of this past week I was shocked by their disrespect towards me.

For more than 10 years I was a volunteer for Oneiros. I attended almost all stock-cleaning days, I was for a couple years their webmaster and editor-in-chief, I promoted Oneiros on numerous game fairs (sometimes I was the only one present to promote Oneiros), used Oneiros as an example of a good way to organise Larp (when giving a lecture at Knudepunkt in Denmark) and I made Manticore such a successful event that it earned an awful amount of money for Oneiros. In all the things I did I was supporting Oneiros (and not just my own project) in ways other volunteers didn't. I used to think that those things counted for something with Oneiros.

But it all turned to dust as if it never happened as I've just experienced the worst kind of backstabbing possible.

I want to tell more about the how and why, but that would mean I'd be lowering myself to their level, which at this point is not my intend (yet). Suffice it to say that I'm deeply disappointed in those I used to call friends.

This evening I'll be attending the very excellent Oneiros larp SAGA and I expect to get some dark and evil looks. But I'll try my best not to change my playing habits and will do everything to try to enjoy the game.

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