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I had a conversation with Ludovic Letellier from "Les Chroniques D'Aeon", a local Quebec Larp chapter, who asked me a simple question that made me think a lot. I realized that we would reach a limit on the number of plots of land very soon. Everyone knows that there is a massive increase in the number of larps due to the growing demand from players. The industry is following close behind, supplying products and ideas, but the Government is lagging far behind.
The regional municipal bylaws and federal forestry laws prevent us from playing on good land, categorizing Larps under campgrounds or outdoor sporting events. And although National parks do not find camping and hiking detrimental to the environment, the Ministry of Natural Resources does. Claiming that we are preventing the ferns and brush from naturally growing. This is impossible you say? I claim this because I was there to hear it with my own ears while involved in a tribunal process. We were actually kicked out of an amazing piece of land for that exact reason.
At the time we owned Bestarius Grandeur Nature (Larp), and we had about 50 players playing on undeveloped land. We rented it out from a man and started to set up our tents in the clearings when we got a notice from the Government calling us to a meeting.
To make a very long story short we were told that we can cut every tree down and sell it as firewood and start a pig farm but could not set up a larp because we would damage the land. And we are not the only ones kick off other lots of land for about the same reason.
There is talk of a federation, but that poses another problem, that calls on the Government to get involved, and that is never a good thing. There lies another problem, if the federation does go through, fees will be incurred and rules imposed to follow government policies.
Contracts will have to be signed, revenues and salaries declared union fees to be paid, and that would be the end of a great thing. There will be hell to pay if the Government gets involved. There is barely enough money to get you by a season imagine if you declared your revenue and were forced to pay the actors guild salaries to your animators.