oh, what you are doing is not "offensive" in any way....
I don't care if you are in it to make money or not... after all, I have run my LARPs at a loss for years.
and I would not say that there is any "traditional" way to run LARPs either...
So, saying that you don't like the "traditional" style is somewhat humorous. WHAT traditional style?
I was making some comments based on my experience in both fields.
... and I am involved with people running LARPs (both boffer and theatre style games) across the country, including a yearly, all LARP convention.
What I commented was true of ANY group.
If you want people to find you, you should tell them WHERE to find you (especially where you hold your events). I understand that your locations may change... still, listing where you held previous events and where the next one is scheduled to be is a good plan.
as for the rules... Actually, I think you are way off base. Being able to skim through the rules online is a HUGE part of deciding whether its worth spending any time or effort on the game. Having to fill out a form to get them... that part actually did seem obnoxious to me.
I understand your explanation, I just disagree with your reasoning there.
I'll also say that I think you are taking the wrong approach in making your entire forum "hidden". Making certain areas for "players only" is cool... most forums that I know do that. Making the entire thing hidden though, basically says to anyone who comes across your site "We don't like outsiders - and if you're not already registered, you are an outsider". I would recommend that you open a few boards as "public view"
again... how are people supposed to find out if they are even the slightest bit interested in your game if you make everything hidden until the are "accepted"?
Glad you got the site working.