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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010
11:40 pm
[ladymorgaine]
Event sites and whatnot...
So, a question or two for Event Stewards across the Knowne World.

What kind of prices are you paying for sites for local events?  (say 50 to 250 attendees)  How about Kingdom events?  I'm specifically wondering about indoor events, how much extra for a kitchen, wet site, whether those are important, etc.   What kinds of halls are you mainly using?  Churches, schools, fraternal orgs, hotels?   What sorts of things does your branch do (beyond the obvious taking care of the site) to foster good relations with site owners? 
Are you having more trouble these days finding sites? 
Do you have a dedicated person or team in your branch that handles this aspect?

I know, it's a pretty broad topic, I just wanted to get some conversation going, and it's something that plagues us from time to time.  In my experience, one of the most frustrating parts of event stewarding is finding the right site for the right event.  Site A is wet, and cheap, but too small.  Site B is very nice and big, but really pricey.  Site C is a good size and somewhat reasonable in price, but doesn't have a kitchen and is bone dry.  Then there is always parking to consider, as well as location, etc. 

I'm also looking for ideas outside-the-box.  Maybe something you do in your kingdom regularly that we haven't considered here because we just have never seen such a thing.  Just for example, the very idea of fighting indoors here is... well... crazy.  Which is silly, because it's really friggin hot for a good portion of the year.  No matter how often I remind people that indoor fighting happens in lots of areas, especially in the winter, no one here is really sure how that even works.  Including any sort of tournament at a local event in the summer months is near impossible, which frequently has the fighters complaining that we don't have enough tourneys at events.  :/ 

Anyway, I'm from the Barony of Atenveldt, Kingdom of Atenveldt - mka Phoenix, AZ.  Indoor sites are running anywhere from $500 to $1800 for the day, with variances (as I mentioned before) due to size, kitchen, wet/damp/dry, etc.  $1800 puts us at around a $15 site fee, with a main course included, (rather than going with a higher separate feast fee) which for our area is pretty darn high for a one day baronial event.  I'm really curious as to the average site fee across the board, (again, mostly for one day, local, indoor events) is this high or low to you, are people willing to pay more for a small event where you are?   The trixy part is, a higher site fee means possibly lower attendance, and a slimmer chance of breaking even.  Go with a smaller, cheaper hall, lower site fee, more people are able to come, and then we're possibly turning people away or cramming into a tiny hall. 

Is this a common dilemma, or are we just doing-it-wrong?  Thoughts, comments, experience? 

Current Mood: curious
Friday, May 14th, 2010
12:44 pm
[bend_gules]
ISO some fun descriptions of IKA
I'm new to this list, and delighted to find it, as IKA is one of my ongoing interests as I continue to play in the Society.

Once upon a time when the Intawebs was younger, smaller, and more text-based, I had a couple of links to texts that described in humourous terms some of the distinctions between kingdoms.

One was a description of 'Westies' and their descendants as 'people of the Word', and those of the East and their descendants as 'people of the Book' - having to do with how the SCA was disseminated very early in its existence (word of mouth vs being sent a copy of Corpora and the Known World Handbook), and how it led to differences in culture - ie. with how much reverence we treat our royalty, how we treat their wishes and desires, how seriously we take written rules, etc.
It also included a short explanation of the 'Atenveldt heresy'.

A second was a more pithy and fun desciption of differences in culture, about how to dig a hole.
The only line I remember was something like, 'If the king of the East says 'dig a hole', it takes Curia six months to find a shovel' (emphasising the interest in doing things through your officers, and them deciding at how urgent a pace you perform tasks).

Does any of this sound familiar to anyone?

Can anyone point me to current links to such trifles? 

I was describing them to my beloved recently, but searches of Stefan's Florelegium and other likely sources turned up nada. Perhaps someone else's Google-fu is stronger than mine?

Sincerely,
Genevieve la flechiere
Shire of Thamesreach, Principality of Insulae Draconis
Kingdom of Drachenwald (mka London UK)
(which is itself a child of the East)

Current Mood: hopeful
Friday, December 11th, 2009
7:03 am
[carrot_khan]
History
Once upon a time I had a link to a webpage that had the whole Known World knightly lineage on it. I don't think it had been updated in a while, but I'm trying to find it regardless. Anyone know if it?

Current Mood: curious
Friday, November 13th, 2009
6:27 pm
[dybbuk67]
Camping Events
So there has been a thread on the West Kingdom list about other Kingdoms and how often they have camping events. People have stated that there are a number of Kingdoms that rarely camp. I've spent all my time in Ansteorra and the West, and it seemed like most events have been camping events, so this aroused my curiosity.

What percentage of events in your kingdom would you state are camping events?

(And yes, this is also an attempt to get some traffic up in this community again!)

-Iacobo
Thursday, October 1st, 2009
8:26 am
[carrot_khan]
Sifting for History
Greetings all, I was wondering if anyone here might remember an event that happened many years ago.

Somewhere in Outland's history is a story of how Marcus the Vintner liberated the Big Green Lady of the East. To wit - he got a signed charter for ownership of Staten Island and the Statue of Liberty.

The story featured the Kings of both the Outlands and the East, but no dates as to when it happened - only that it happened somewhere in the East Kingdom. The date range I have for this possible event is somewhere between June 1986 (first king of the Outlands) and May 2002, the time of King Bela I, who commissioned the story be written down to preserve for posterity. However, no one can remember when it happened or be able to tell me whether or not it truly happened. Marcus the Vintner is no longer active in the Society.

Does anyone remember witnessing this? Seeing the signed charter?

X-posted to sca.

Current Mood: determined
Tuesday, September 29th, 2009
4:25 pm
[actrealdon]
Choosing a group name
I'm doing some research for an article on how SCA groups (from Kingdoms down to cantons and colleges) came up with their names. By coincidence, I found this group today and thought this community might be exactly the sort to assist.

From what I can tell the vast majority use a combination of the following tropes:
1. Translation into Old English, Gaelic, Welsh, German or Norse
2. Local landmarks (mountains, valleys, rivers, deserts, bodies of water)
3. Compass directions
4. A word for castle/town/city
5. A commentary on the climate
6. Dragons


I must emphasise that using these tropes is not a bad thing as it produces useful and usable group names.

However, what I'm looking for are the exceptions to these rules, the group names with interesting stories behind them.

I already have the background for the names of all Kingdoms and Principalities in the Known World except for Avacal and Tir Righ, so if you know the story behind either of the ones I'm missing, please let me know.

Otherwise I'm looking for barony, province, shire, college and canton names that are out of the ordinary or developed in a unique way.

Domhnall na Moicheirghe
Stormhold, Lochac

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, April 5th, 2009
3:23 pm
[evil_baron]
On rulebooks, customs and creeds:
Bismallah Assalam O Alykum Wa Ramatullah Wa Barakatuh

From a discussion on tyros and newcommers to the kingdom

> Perhaps things are working just the way they should.  A person new to our
> community has asked "what are our traditions?" and the community has
> answered.  She (hopefully) now has the information she needs to make her
> clothing, other new people who never thought to ask the question also have
> the information, and we have had a lively discussion.  If she had turned to
> the "rule book" and read a few pages, none of this would happened.


Perhaps it might have happened that way, but what I have observed in some cases is the insular or exclusionary behavior that leads to trouble. I've seen experienced SCAdians come to this kingdom and because of the local custom (of insular and inhospitable behavior) have refused to join or assist the local group thereafter. (I've not had very good success turning this around from either viewpoint. "We have our group. Why should we let them play?" and "If they play that way, I'll take my friends elsewhere!")

My observation is that "The Kingdom" is still comprised of city-states and clans/cliques within those states, by and large. Once, at the foundation of this kingdom, it was suggested that the hallmark or standard of "The Kingdom" would be it's hospitality. Some have taken that quite literally (to their credit), but as a noble virtue that could be the custom and tradition of the kingdom, it has not had much play or support from either above or below.

On a slightly different tack, a topic shift:

Tradition and custom can have roots in common belief. One evidence of a common belief is a creed. What is the creed of your kingdom?

I'll leave you with two examples;

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The Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry

>From Chivalry by Leon Gautier

I. Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all its directions.

II.Thou shalt defend the Church.

III. Thou shalt repect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the defender of them.

IV. Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born.

V. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

VI. Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without mercy.

VII. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not contrary to the laws of God.

VIII. Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

IX. Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone.

X. Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the Good against Injustice and Evil.

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A SCAdian's Creed
By (name withheld)
Kindness, courage, and honesty is my creed.
Kindness, to put others before myself.
Courage, to face and reckon with my fears, to encourage others.
Honesty, for truth is the foundation of trust.

-------------------------

Salaam, Mukhtar (durr)
Monday, February 23rd, 2009
12:33 pm
[carrot_khan]
Endless questions -
What exactly is Avacal's "Quad War"?  Can anyone give me the year it started and the history behind it?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, February 15th, 2009
8:41 am
[carrot_khan]
History question
Not exactly Anthro, but close.

Can anyone here tell me why the Principality of the Sun folded?

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
9:06 am
[carrot_khan]
Have a mulit-kingdom question
Planning out an image for my tapestry project and trying to figure out how to seat five pairs of monarchs in the correct OP.

Would you seat the first king & queen of a newly  minted kingdom above that of the Nth prince & princess of a Principality that (obviously) has not yet gone kingdom?  Even though the Principality in question was established two year prior to the one that went Kingdom?

Current Mood: curious
Tuesday, October 14th, 2008
9:33 am
[pepperbeast]
Expeditionary Anthropology
OK, here's one for discussion...

I haven't really been anywhere SCA-wise outside Lochac, but I'm spurred to ask this by a remark that someone made on a mailing list-- which was, essentially, that she thought the authenticity bar was much higher than Lochac than it had been in her original Kingdom, the East.

So, my question is, have you visited a kingdom other than your own? Was there much different about it? What did notice that seemed strange/unusual?

Edit: The comment was about gear, not awards-- What she said was, "having moved here from the East, I can tell you that Lochac places the bar for kit a good bit higher than other parts of the Known World."
Friday, June 13th, 2008
6:29 pm
[jennythe_reader]
The Pennsic Independent Podcast
Posting on behalf of a friend:

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the new Pennsic Independent Podcast. The PI Podcast is an informal show about Pennsic, the SCA, and related topics.

Full shows will be released periodically during the year, and shorter "mini-episodes" will be released several times during Pennsic itself. All episodes will be available for download, free of charge. They can be played from any brand of MP3 player or directly through your computer.

A link to the show can be found at the Pennsic Independent's web site:
http://www.pennsicindependent.com

Feedback and questions can be sent to pipodcast@gmail.com.

For more information about podcasts in general, please visit:
http://www.commoncraft.com/podcasting

-Cross-posted to all the SCA communities I read.-
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008
10:08 am
[k4tj3]
How common?
This picture was in an album that was shared on another list that I'm on.



I was kind of inspired by it, that the Prince of Tir Righ shows so much trust in the Knights that they swear fealty with their weapons at his throat. Is this something special for this reign? Is it common for Tir Righ? Is it common for other Kingdoms/Principalities? Any ideas?

Edit: It could have been something special for this occassion/reign. The photo was taken at an investiture, and the theme was Ottoman(?), so perhaps it has something to do with that?

Current Mood: curious
Monday, May 19th, 2008
11:50 am
[mobiboros]
Royal Guards
This came up in a conversation and I don't really examine them in enough detail to answer.

Do the Royal Guards of the current reigning majesties wear clothes (while on duty) that are in persona for their majesties or for their own persona's? Meaning, if the King/Queen are late period Spanish, and the guard usually does early period celt, does the celt dress in late period spanish while in court as a guard?

Offduty I assume they dress as they please. 

Current Mood: curious
Saturday, February 23rd, 2008
12:01 pm
[spearweasel]
SCA Asian Persona Survey - Pre Gulf Wars Announcement
Greetings All Good Gentles,

SCA Asian Persona Survey
http://www.brassbricks.com/sca/east_asian_personae_main.htm

This is the "Pre-Gulf Wars" update about the SCA Asian Persona Survey. The project has been successful thus far, thanks to the assistance of a great many people. I have about 150 names, and have made contact with all but a handful of them. I suspect that this total is not even half of the total that might be out there.

As with past such notices, I am gathering the names, locations, and contact information from SCAdians playing personae that hail from Asia: China, Japan, Korea, India, and the Mongol Empire. I have not been able to reach the Mongols, Chinese, Japanese, and Indians residing within all of the Known World equally. Some have been simplicity itself. Other regions remain silent and underrepresented.

I ask that you pass this message along to other email lists or communities that you think might be interested, especially to kingdom or regional email lists. With your continued assistance, this project can remain a useful, viable addition to the SCA online presence.

I will be camping with the Barony of Bryn Gwlad, Ansteorra, and I will probably be making introductions and gathering information any time I am not on the field. Look for me if you want to chat... I fight in black samurai armor, with black, white, and gold livery worn over it. My personal mon is a gold mitsutomoe. Please contact me at your convenience at spearweasel@yahoo.com

In Service,

Kamaitachi no Kansuke
aka "Spearweasel"
Friday, February 8th, 2008
9:40 pm
[evil_baron]
Formulation of a SCAdian Creed
Tradition and custom can have roots in common belief. One evidence of a
common belief is a creed. What is the creed of your kingdom, if it has one?

I'll leave you with two examples;

----------
The Ten Commandments of the Code of Chivalry

>From Chivalry by Leon Gautier

I. Thou shalt believe all that the Church teaches, and shalt observe all
its directions.

II.Thou shalt defend the Church.

III. Thou shalt repect all weaknesses, and shalt constitute thyself the
defender of them.

IV. Thou shalt love the country in the which thou wast born.

V. Thou shalt not recoil before thine enemy.

VI. Thou shalt make war against the Infidel without cessation, and without
mercy.

VII. Thou shalt perform scrupulously thy feudal duties, if they be not
contrary to the laws of God.

VIII. Thou shalt never lie, and shall remain faithful to thy pledged word.

IX. Thou shalt be generous, and give largess to everyone.

X. Thou shalt be everywhere and always the champion of the Right and the
Good against Injustice and Evil

-------------------
A SCAdian's Creed
By (name withheld)
Kindness, courage, and honesty is my creed.
Kindness, to put others before myself.
Courage, to face and reckon with my fears, to encourage others.
Honesty, for truth is the foundation of trust.
Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
6:37 pm
[liamstliam]
The board's pay-to-play question . . .
I am curious as to what the reaction is in your kingdom to the BoD asking Grand Council members to ask folks about membership issues, including pay-to-play.

There has been a visceral negative response on the EK mailing list. (With a few exceptions).

What's it like where you are?
Thursday, November 29th, 2007
12:27 pm
[luscious_purple]
Yet another IKA question
So, how does your kingdom select Order Principals? Has this method changed over the years?

And what are the duties of an Order Principal in your kingdom?

(By "Order Principal," I mean the person who is the kingdomwide leader of each of the Peerages as well as of the Orders of High Merit, or whatever you call the top polling order in each of the "tracks" of martial arts, A&S, and service. In my kingdom at least, we call the first person to get each award the "Premier" rather than the "Principal.")

I am not trying to start any flame wars. I don't belong to any Order that has a Principal. I'm just curious -- after four years of heavy play, there's still a lot of "fine points" to learn about the SCA. :-)

Current Mood: curious
Wednesday, November 28th, 2007
3:35 pm
[blindleadsblind]
question
If you had begun playing SCA in another group/kingdom, do you think you would have enjoyed it as much as you do now? If not, what would the difference have been for you?

I pose the question because I often reflect upon how much my love of the game stems from the culture within my Kingdom.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, November 8th, 2007
9:08 am
[pepperbeast]
Next question...
So, is it harder to get an AoA (or other awards) in some kingdoms than in others?
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