I'm from a long line of very bad home games that tended to terminate prematurely, even the good ones, and as such I tend to see Living campaigns as the finest expression of the art. Nothing like having the mastermind his-or-her-bad-self telling the story.
Odd. I tend to see Living campaigns as the lowest expression of the art and hobby. Far to competitive. Too much ego. Too many fulfilled stereotypes.
This is an ironic joke, right? This sounds just like something an Indie RPG fanatic anti-RPGA snob stereotype would say.
Thank you. I must go off to a corner and mope, my secret having been discovered by the bastion of true gamer rightgoodfun that is organized play. The shame.
To further explain:
Too competitive - Yes, a value judgment, but all the RPGA, LA, whatever players in my area that I am familiar with are exceedingly focused on character optimization, acquisition of certs, items, gold, whatever and somehow 'beating' the GM. They, at least when discussing their organized play, always discuss what their character did, not what the party did. There isn't any play between the GM and the PCs, as they describe it, and everything is presented as their character versus the GM and the party.
Too much ego - Nerd troop dominance games are tedious. Seeing the people in my area preen and brag about certs and character levels and mocking less optimized characters or GMs they rode roughshod over. You defensive ad hominem goes here too.
The stereotypes - Simply put, around here when I go to a Con or game day, the organized play tables are easy to spot. They're the ones full of the people who fail my basic table rule. "Never game with people you wouldn't socialize with otherwise."
None of the people I play with play indie games (well, some indie board games and some Burning Wheel). Our gaming is done with 3.5 of various levels of home rule, WEG Star Wars, Traveler, HARP, Game of Thrones, Mutants & Masterminds, Spycraft 2.0, Cyberpunk 2020, Falkenstein, D6, Tru20, and some homebrew systems.
I never claimed my experience was universal or wholly correct, or that organized play is wrongbadfun. Just that my experience with it both at cons and in "home" and "store" games is the total opposite of what Valentina described.