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(io9)   What happens when a Renaissance Faire closes for good, but no one tears down the faux-Middle Ages buildings? Funny you should ask   (io9.com) divider line 149
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2013-10-19 08:21:03 AM
I love Renaissance Faires, and those photos are incredibly sad.
 
2013-10-19 08:41:22 AM
The ones I went to were not as seemingly cool as this.
 
2013-10-19 10:01:55 AM
Can't wait to go to Texas Ren Fest!

I say turn this into a paintball field. That would be awesome.
 
2013-10-19 10:23:39 AM
Tis the land of the Hobo King!
 
2013-10-19 10:23:48 AM
No doubt still occupied by Ye Olde Scrofulous Vagrantes.
 
2013-10-19 10:25:28 AM

scottydoesntknow: Can't wait to go to Texas Ren Fest!

I say turn this into a paintball field. That would be awesome.


Or Laser tag.
 
2013-10-19 10:29:57 AM
Life After Medieval People.
 
2013-10-19 10:30:27 AM
Kill it with CGI dragon fire....
 
2013-10-19 10:31:02 AM

scottydoesntknow: Can't wait to go to Texas Ren Fest!

I say turn this into a paintball field. That would be awesome.


It would make an awesome MOUT site.
 
2013-10-19 10:35:04 AM
Am I the only one disappointed that this was not about tudor crack dens?
 
2013-10-19 10:35:20 AM
Why is it I see a bunch of hobos moving in there. Under the direction of the Hobo King. That would be pretty funny.
 
2013-10-19 10:36:16 AM
Maybe restart it as Black Plague Fest. How does a RenFest go broke? Never heard of that before.
 
2013-10-19 10:36:56 AM
Virginia:
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Louisiana:
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/both decrepit, but people actually live(d) in the irish bayou castle
 
2013-10-19 10:37:20 AM
From the comments: "Tudorpunk."
 
2013-10-19 10:42:35 AM
Absolutely nothing creepy about this stuff - people let their imaginations get away with them...and in doing so they don't think about the real danger...as i would be much more afraid of happening upon a meth lab in one of those buildings or a moonshine still or worse, some sort of rape/snuff video thing before i worried about oooooo ghossssssts.....

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2013-10-19 10:42:41 AM
Damn. That sucketh green goats.
 
2013-10-19 10:43:22 AM
So I'm guessing the Medieval Land Fun-Time World movie has an unhappy ending?
 
2013-10-19 10:45:04 AM

Evil Mackerel: scottydoesntknow: Can't wait to go to Texas Ren Fest!

I say turn this into a paintball field. That would be awesome.

Or Laser tag.


Or airsoft.
 
2013-10-19 10:49:47 AM
So they built all these building, and the thing only lasted three years? Maybe they should have established the faire BEFORE spending piles of money on permanent structures.

Is there no Ren Faire at all in the area? I'm guessing they moved and do it some other less spectacular place because maybe the investor (or bank) who paid for these buildings won't let them back on.
 
2013-10-19 10:50:22 AM
Or a larp.

How could that *not* make money?
 
2013-10-19 10:51:14 AM
FTFA this was only open for 3 years, so not a lot of opportunity for nostalgia.
Too much spent too soon?
 
2013-10-19 10:53:10 AM
Its sad man but even run down and abandoned it looks better than about half of the shiatty fairs I've worked. Don't judge we musicians have to take what paying gigs we can find.
 
2013-10-19 10:54:38 AM
Anybody know where this is located?  I grew up in VA (long by the 90's), and have never heard of it.  The big Ren fair back in the 80's was in MD, near the bay.
 
2013-10-19 10:55:33 AM

poison_amy: So they built all these building, and the thing only lasted three years? Maybe they should have established the faire BEFORE spending piles of money on permanent structures.

Is there no Ren Faire at all in the area? I'm guessing they moved and do it some other less spectacular place because maybe the investor (or bank) who paid for these buildings won't let them back on.


There's actually a very long-running and successful one in Maryland.  I didn't even know about this one.
 
2013-10-19 10:56:53 AM
FARKers are into Renaissance Fairs?

YOU DON'T SAY
 
2013-10-19 11:03:10 AM

Evil Mackerel: Or Laser tag.


Or LARP Heaven.
 
2013-10-19 11:07:34 AM

The Dangerous Toy: Or a larp.

How could that *not* make money?


If the projected site rental costs would exceed the income of the larp.

Yeah, that would make a KICK ASS larp, and I know there is a nice big fantasy boffer larping community in the Virginia area, but I'm thinking you'd need to get a pretty large game going to make enough to pay rentals for a site that big.
 
2013-10-19 11:11:27 AM

asmodeus224: Absolutely nothing creepy about this stuff - people let their imaginations get away with them...and in doing so they don't think about the real danger...as i would be much more afraid of happening upon a meth lab in one of those buildings or a moonshine still or worse, some sort of rape/snuff video thing before i worried about oooooo ghossssssts.....


If me more worried about falling through the floor than baddies

Buildings look lik a danger to mankind
 
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2013-10-19 11:12:36 AM

Silverstaff: The Dangerous Toy: Or a larp.

How could that *not* make money?

If the projected site rental costs would exceed the income of the larp.

Yeah, that would make a KICK ASS larp, and I know there is a nice big fantasy boffer larping community in the Virginia area, but I'm thinking you'd need to get a pretty large game going to make enough to pay rentals for a site that big.


Here's what I don't get about your argument though. Right now, it's making a grand total of $0. Why couldn't the owners give a reasonable rental cost, even for something big?
 
2013-10-19 11:12:40 AM
This is back when nerds still knew their place. They'd get together in the woods someplace, dress up like dungeons and dragons geeks, and not get laid together in secret. Now with all the anti-bullying PC BS, they flaunt their loserness by having hotel conventions where they put on furry costumes and dry hump each other when they're not watching My Little Pony DVDs or arguing about Game of Dorks.

I long for the old days, when nerds relegated to (their fake) 15th century events and you could go to a Hilton without fear of seeing some sicko systems admin guy dressed like Tigger.
 
2013-10-19 11:16:33 AM
Saturday morning renaissance faire discussion?  How many pony tails are swaying vigorously back and forth as overweight virgins are pounding their thoughts into their keyboards right now?  I can almost taste the nerd in this thread. And it tastes like a mix of diet, caffeine free Dr Pepper, Charleston Chews, Arby's fries, and Xanax.
 
2013-10-19 11:19:18 AM
I'm assuming that this is where VaRF moved from before they wound up in their present location, "Stafford", between Spotsylvania and Lake Anna.  They're still going strong.

varf.org
 
2013-10-19 11:23:21 AM
brugesbelgium.ca

Someone say fake mediaeval buildings? Brugge (Bruges), Belgium ...
 
2013-10-19 11:24:22 AM
I worked the RenFair "circuit" for a couple seasons after I got out of the Army in the late '80s. Worked the Georgia, Colorado, Texas (Scarborough Faire and TRF), Michigan and Maryland shows. Mostly worked gaming booths on the weekends and made jewelry or did general site maintenance during the week.

I had a small Airstream trailer that worked fine as living accommodations, considering I spent most of my time outdoors. Colorado was the best show, TRF the largest, and Maryland the most intimate (and yes, you can take that any way you want).

It was an interesting couple years, and I'm glad I did it, but eventually I moved on, got a career and have never worn a piece of "garb" or even been to a RenFair since.

/ yeah, I know, "CSB"
 
2013-10-19 11:27:40 AM

nickdaisy: This is back when nerds still knew their place....bla bla bla bulshiat



This is not a thing the way you seem to think that it is.
 
2013-10-19 11:27:54 AM
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2013-10-19 11:30:41 AM

Heliovdrake: I guess this is as good a time and place as ever.

My wife to be makes LARP Costume gear, mostly stuff for high fantasy LARPS.


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2013-10-19 11:30:41 AM

Heliovdrake: My wife to be makes LARP Costume gear, mostly stuff for high fantasy LARPS.


Why does "high fantasy" require glowsticks?
 
2013-10-19 11:31:17 AM

nickdaisy: This is back when nerds still knew their place. They'd get together in the woods someplace, dress up like dungeons and dragons geeks, and not get laid together in secret. Now with all the anti-bullying PC BS, they flaunt their loserness by having hotel conventions where they put on furry costumes and dry hump each other when they're not watching My Little Pony DVDs or arguing about Game of Dorks.

I long for the old days, when nerds relegated to (their fake) 15th century events and you could go to a Hilton without fear of seeing some sicko systems admin guy dressed like Tigger.


5/10 moderate trolling, but you really didn't try hard enough.

You sound bitter and sad that you never got invited to those events
 
2013-10-19 11:32:01 AM
It looks a lot like Detroit stuff.
 
2013-10-19 11:32:01 AM

The Dangerous Toy: Or a larp.

How could that *not* make money?


Because there are like 8 larpers, and they're generally poor?
 
2013-10-19 11:32:53 AM
"faux-Middle Ages buildings?" Really?
 
2013-10-19 11:32:59 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: Heliovdrake: My wife to be makes LARP Costume gear, mostly stuff for high fantasy LARPS.

Why does "high fantasy" require glowsticks?

Magic my friend, Magic.

People who LARP at night really like the bracers, good light to see by and such.  Also its selenite crystal lit by 2-3 really bright LEDs.
 
2013-10-19 11:35:18 AM

DarkSoulNoHope: Heliovdrake: My wife to be makes LARP Costume gear, mostly stuff for high fantasy LARPS.

Why does "high fantasy" require glowsticks?


It's magic, you muggle
 
2013-10-19 11:38:20 AM

Heliovdrake: I guess this is as good a time and place as ever.

My wife to be makes LARP Costume gear, mostly stuff for high fantasy LARPS.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/RawringPlushies

http://rawringplushies.tumblr.com/

http://rawringplushies.deviantart.com/

Some pics of Some of her Items.

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2013-10-19 11:38:21 AM

Heliovdrake: I guess this is as good a time and place as ever.

My wife to be makes LARP Costume gear, mostly stuff for high fantasy LARPS.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/RawringPlushies

http://rawringplushies.tumblr.com/

http://rawringplushies.deviantart.com/

Some pics of Some of her Items.


















 










Sorry for the picture spam, but Im so proud of her stuff!


That stuff look really cool and well made. I especially like the lights, nice touh.
 
2013-10-19 11:39:26 AM

Heliovdrake: I guess this is as good a time and place as ever.

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2013-10-19 11:42:59 AM
Lots of goods ideas here. I think we should put all of these in the Official Renaissance Faire Suggestion Box:

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2013-10-19 11:43:33 AM

Heliovdrake: I guess this is as good a time and place as ever.

My wife to be makes LARP Costume gear, mostly stuff for high fantasy LARPS.


http://www.etsy.com/shop/RawringPlushies

http://rawringplushies.tumblr.com/

http://rawringplushies.deviantart.com/

Some pics of Some of her Items.


















 










Sorry for the picture spam, but Im so proud of her stuff!


Very cool. That leather work is pro!
 
2013-10-19 11:43:38 AM

Archae hippy: Anybody know where this is located?  I grew up in VA (long by the 90's), and have never heard of it.  The big Ren fair back in the 80's was in MD, near the bay.


It's near Fredericksburg, IIRC.
 
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