Once upon a time I was nervous about going to our weekly role playing game session. We were going to talk about all the cool things we had planned for the summer, metal concerts, conventions, trips abroad. We were going to plan our gaming sessions around them. Except that I had no plans. I'd not arranged to do any cool things all summer. I work full time, not like their studies back then.
So I thought about my problem and decided that I'd combat it with humour!
I found flyers for the most out of character events that'd be a hilarious joke. And that'd completely skim over the fact that I'd not got a cool summer plan like they had.
So the day came and we got to discussing and one night looked free to game and then I said, "Nuh uh, we can't game that day because I'm going to naked night at York Maze." Boom! Flyer down. Cue laughter...
"Cool! Can we come?"
"Awesome, I'm up for that!"
"Hey, my parents took me to naturist things when I was little, sure."
At this point I was kind of confused. The guys were really excited about going for it and they made a facebook event and loads of people wanted to go. It was and wasn't a big deal for me. I wasn't nervous about the nudity so much as I was about being so far out of my comfort zone for such relationships.
The big day came and went and it was awesome.
The next year came and we all went again.
Last year my best friends couldn't make it and most of the guys I knew bailed so I was mostly with people I didn't know yet. It was still cool and I am friends with those people now.
This year I've discovered that York Maze isn't doing it and I'm really disappointed as are my friends who missed out last year. I don't really know about alternatives.
I appreciate the benefits of the naturist community for arranging that kind of event, a cool place with fun things, and their presence to make it legitimate.
What I wouldn't like to do is join the naturist community. I think that they've got a problem with adverse selection, you only need one bad person to undermine everything. Plus those guys are an older generation and they are interested in different things. I don't identify as one. Plus we'd need to spend membership fees on stuff we'd so rarely use and I'm still the only one with money.
Anybody else ever give this a go? I wonder if trying to organise something in the privacy of my own home would work. I think we'd need a strong secondary theme or activity to really get it to work.