[Ansteorra] Events in the Last Five years

Cionaodh O'Hosey CionaodhOHosey at verizon.net
Sun Jan 20 21:21:53 PST 2008

On Jan 20, 2008, at 9:37 PM, Jean Paul de Sens wrote:

> I think I'm going to say what some others are thinking, but might be
> uncomfortable saying.  I think it's almost a dirty secret for  
> someone to not
> think persona play is wonderful.

Persona play, like Beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. For me J.P.  
plays the best J.P. I have ever seen and I cannot imagine any one  
else playing a better J.P. So what makes good persona play? Bad  
accents and modernized versions of period words? Bad attempts at  
Victorian values shoved on to medieval times? How can we be  
Ansteorran's and eleventh century Irish at the same time? Their  
values were not the same. So we chose, do we play as an eleventh  
century Irish man who would have never served a King his people did  
not elect or or do we proudly serve the one who rules Ansteorra by  
his own hand? Do I do as every other eleventh century Irish, paint  
what ever I want on my shield or do I follow Heraldry rules  
nonexistent for my persona? Face it most people's uncomfortableness  
with persona play is they do not understand it, what it means and how  
to do it. It also does not help that others use "that's not period"  
or "that's not good persona play" to cover everything they personally  
do not like but have no problem overlooking their own anachronisms.  
How can one anachronism be any less a breach of the Dream than any  
other? Like other's have said, our response to it, that is how. One  
more thing for those who think it was done better in the past I need  
to ask who was it that made it better back then and why did they not  
teach the next generation how to do it better now?


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