We thought we would be running LARPs forever.
When we announced the Evensong campaign, we were intentionally vague as to the length of the campaign. We wanted the story to be more fluid to give ourselves the option of running longer than our standard three year campaign to give the overall story a very natural and satisfying end to planned plot lines. Sadly, this is not to be.
A series of allegations have been building over the past year and have placed WTP in the very difficult position of having to investigate several claims of harassment. This has been disheartening and added pressure to the ownership in several ways:
- Badmouthing and Bullying of WTP Owners
- Accusations of mishandling of complaints
- Veiled threats of actions to be taken in the future
- Encouraging participants and associates to cut ties with WTP
- General Statements made that WTP does not protect their players.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Winged Throne affirms its dedication to foster a community that condemns all forms of discrimination or acts of intolerance including sexual harassment, intimidation and retaliation. We assert that if anyone has experienced these conditions at any of our games, that is unacceptable and the matter should be brought to our attention immediately for investigation. To date we have taken all allegations very seriously and have been implementing measures during game to protect our participants while the investigations are in progress. Recently, we have created and implemented an Anti-Harassment and Anti-Bullying Policy that went into effect in October 2018 to respond to the political and social climate and further protect our community. These measures remain permanent until the Keystone and Evensong Campaigns come to an end.
It should come as no surprise to you who know us that this series of events has affected us, and in many cases, hurt us very deeply. These situations combined with the current socio-political climate in America have brought us to the realization that we can no longer operate without an inordinate amount of risk; risk that none of the WTP Owners is willing to tolerate. After weighing our options, and considering the impacts they could have on our company and the community we have carefully built over the years, we have decided to make every effort to bring the campaign to a graceful conclusion for our players. That conclusion will come in November 2019, rather than 2020 or later. After November 2019 WTP will no longer be producing LARPs for the foreseeable future, but this does not mean WTP owners would not be playing at a LARP at a future date!
We love this hobby, this campaign and the people who have become part of WTP through their participation in every way. This is one of the most difficult decisions we’ve ever made. While we know this probably comes as a shock to everyone, and is not an easy situation to process, we ask that you please work with us to keep this community safe and allow everyone an enjoyable and fun conclusion of our Campaigns.