ANST - Coronation
Mitchell, Paul T
MTCHPTAA at SMTPGATE.lmtas.lmco.com
Tue Jul 29 11:52:00 PDT 1997
I was going to write a lengthy reply to all these points, but
instead, I'll just say:
Remember everybody! Come to ELFSEA DEFENDER,
September 26-28, where court will be short, comfortable,
smooth-running and fast-paced! No need to bring gifts to
Their Excellencies! (Also, no belted circle.)
- Galen of Bristol
pmitchel at flash.net
paul.t.mitchell at lmco.com
Life IS good in Elfsea!
My Lord Baron and myself have discussed at great length with our
friends and heralds on the best ways to conduct court and this is
what we have come up with:
1) All presentations that can be, should be given out of court, either
during feast, between bouts of the tournament, or during a private
moment. Not everyone needs to see hourds of people stand in front
of the throne and mumble for 5 minutes.
2) Court should be reserved for business. Entertainment should be
done at other times that are more appropriate.
3) KISS - Keep it simple, stupid.
4) Don't mumble or bore your audience - after all, court should be
5) Keep things moving. A slow pace will make your audience either
fall asleep or hate you. Private jokes and local humour are best
reserved for small, intimate area events, where everyone is in on
the joke. I have watched some things at court and just felt totally
confused while everyone else just laughed.
6) Your audience's comfort should come first. If you have to move
the thrones and tables so the audience can be in the shade, then
do it. If your audience is starving, feed them first or make it the
fastest court on record. Or do part of the court before feast, and
part after - break it up somehow.
7) Prepare, prepare, prepare. Have the scrolls ready, have the
regalia ready, make sure you and your heralds are on the same
Sometimes it can be a real balancing act - trying to get through
things quickly while still creating the proper atmosphere. Any
nobles who can achieve all these things deserve sainthood.
These are goals that even Llywelyn and I aim for, but do not
always succeed in.
There is a lot of business that must be conducted at some
events, so sometimes long courts are just inevitable, but they
can be made more pleasant with a little forethought and preparation.
In service to the Kingdom of Ansteorra,
Baroness Zara Zina Theanos
"Keep your kids off artificial colors."
"Life is Good in Elfsea."
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