« on: July 24, 2009, 08:07:30 AM »
Well, yes, because if we're going to put all of our efforts into a game that we don't even get to play in, what's the point? It's like if an actor worked for a year on a movie and never got to see it.
That's a seriously flawed analogy.
The organizer of an OP is more like the director or producer (depending on their level of involvement on the day of the OP) than the actors. What you want to do is be the producer and the lead actor AND the director. That's much harder than you think. Those that manage to pull that off either limit the scope of the project so that it is manageable or surround themselves with talented, dedicated people to help support them while they execute.
Setting up an OP is a project and someone needs to project manage. The fastest way for a project to come off the rails is for the project manager to get caught up trying to fill a tactical role when they should be thinking operationally.
Was RLB's comment harsh? Yes. Was it out of proportion to the discussion. No. You are discussing a 'national' airsoft event of rather large proportions.
Based on a quick skim of the discussion you are looking at having facilities for 200+ people for 48 hours and someone, probalby several someones, needs to manage that. I've seen conventions of 400 people with a staff of 12 plus-- 4 who do nothing but work the convention full time and the rest work much of the time.... puls the bevy of volunteers to do all the bits and pieces. And that's a convention....no one 'cheats' at a convention.
So when someone tosses off a 'but I wanna play too or why bother' it is completely reasonable for someone to point out what's wrong with that position. And if they don't pull their punches and that saves 200 people from being disappointed by leadership that isn't fully committed, that's a good thing.
Finally: an 'opinion' isn't special and isn't immune from criticism just because you call it an 'opinion'.