|A Message to Veterans
Hey, Iím pretty damn good. Iíve owned a ditch field. Iíve made impossible arrow shots. Iíve landed spell balls in peopleís pockets 70 feet away. Iíve clanked around in 7-point full plate, with a wounds-kill 6-point pole arm in one hand, a warrior-improved shield in the other, and laid waste around me. Iím sixth level in 5 classes. Yea, Iím pretty dangerous.
Iím going to stop my feast of self-love for a second, and analyze what that looks like from the other guyís shoes. No, not yours. The ďotherĒ other guy. That guy standing about 20 feet behind you. Itís his first month out here. Heís got some sappy loaner weapon, or maybe some PVC side of beef he made in his parents garage. He is really unsure of himself; this game is kind of weird, but he seems to fit in. He gets picked last, but thatís ok. He will get better soon.
Of course, thatís assuming he stays, which he probably wonít. He might get screamed at by someone about taking his shots. Somebodyís errant arrow might hurt him. He might move away. He might get sucked into WoW, and forget this crappy larp thing that took away from his raiding time. Or, he might, just might (Wait for itÖ.) get discouraged because Iím pretty damn good, and heís not, and itís not fun to always lose.
People are in this life for themselves. They want to feel important. They want to win, or at least savor moments when they are accomplishing something other than a death count in Nirvana. I donít play Amtgard because I like the cooking; I play because I want to kick someoneís ass on Sunday! Sure, Iíll take losses in stride, and have a great time getting smoked by my betters, but if I felt like a bitch every time I took the field, I think at some point, I would stop taking the field.
What does this mean for us, the veteran players? Should we stop playing to the best of our ability? Of course not! We have to have fun too. However, we can have fun fairly. So your six level in a few classes, like me, right? Play something else for a change. Play a 1st level monk, instead of your wizard. See how long you last. See how many kills you can get, if you can get any. Take a single short sword out into the ditch, instead of your 10-foot pole arm. If team noobie owns you, thatís OK! Congratulate him on his hard fought victory, and keep fighting. Hell, you might learn something.
In closing, it is suggested in the movie ďSpider ManĒ that ďWith great power, comes great responsibility.Ē That phrase holds true in Amtgard, as well. I can certainly be a powerhouse on the field with all my abilities and powers that time and travel points have earned me. But maybe, just maybe, the truer test of character is to be a powerhouse without them. And the next time some 15-year-old kid backstabs you, instead of calling him a Fagholer, you should smile, and say ďGood JobĒ. He might stick around for a while.
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