Sit down, and grab a cup of coffee, your about to hear a little story. Seriously, this will take a min.
So. . .Over Here at Missouri University of Science and Technology, aka Formerly U.M.R. We were running a game this week. It's through our HvZ organization that is attempting to become a Recognized Student Organization
by the administration. Everything was running with relatively greased wheels on the first day(Monday the 15th), but by the end of second day we had some problems, aka the university police were called due to a possible "gun threat". It turned out it was a human sneaking around(obviously) U.P.D. gave us a basic warning and told us to be on our way. This usually happens like once every other semester, so they know us pretty well.
Then for Wednesday the 17th aka the day after, we had a main mission (hold the point) with a special side mission (Dubbed the swat van) this extra thing was just three of our mods located in a park near campus, the team was made up of me and two others. So long story short it was something for the zombies to either get (Swat Zombies), or humans (Get Swat Officers), Zombies won in less than a min after they arrived first. And since their main mission wasn't over yet they all take off, so all that is there is left is us three moderators dressed up in "swat gear" (not even close). We're packing things up in to the van about to take off when the local cops show up. That's were things get interesting, more or less the same things were told to us with an emphasis on the recent events, and how local people are spooked. We're let on our way with a little more than a small slap on the wrist, and us being told we should inform them first next time. Since we were planing on doing something similar (aka in another local park) we were planning on taking their advice very seriously. Then there's yesterday, apparently the local police chief was very, very pissed about our HvZ game, and decided to contact our campus and inform them that they would refuse to respond to campus in the event of a "Gun Threat" and that anyone caught wearing these bandannas would be arrested. . . WHAAAA?
? Now out of precaution we shut our game down the instant we were informed of this so no shit would go down. Now here's where things get very, very interesting.
Now instead of something logical happening where campus shuts us down, something totally Illogical happened. The people who only took little notice of us, The Res-Hall Directors, The Administration, and even the University police in their entirety are backing our organization. They see our game as completely harmless, and almost part of the soul of our campus. I know that some administrators on our campus have reservations about the game, but they like to watch it too!
While it looks like were on our way to R.S.O. status, It also looks like there's a possibility we won't be able to really play outside of the campus P.D.'s jurisdiction. Hopefully the local P.D's chief is able to calm down and see that there's nothing dangerous about this game, Hell I know some of the local cops think it looks fun! (they also think it could be kind of dangerous, all I have to say is that's what waivers are for!) <Just Kidding
Currently our group is preforming the final checks to get this organization off the ground, we're going to be very busy the next couple of weeks getting everyone and everything completely organized. (Aka putting in more rules about painting blasters, at least that should reduce the amount of times we see the P.D. in general
) Oh, and possibly having "game in progress" flags for when large groups, or when the mod's choose to do some semi suspicious activities. . . yea, that should help. . . lol. At this point though, we're going to tighten our belts to look more professional, hopefully we'll get away with it, as long as there's no meddling kids.
So do you guys have any input to help, or speculation as to what could happen?
P.S: Great evidence to show that every campus is different, and how supporting some campus's administrations can be on this type of thing.