[Ansteorra] Events in the Last Five years
troybertram at gmail.com
Mon Jan 21 08:23:36 PST 2008
It is nice to see that I am not the only one who had some fears of high
persona. While I enjoy it, I am not much of a wordsmith. So I too tend to
stay back and let things happen.
On Jan 21, 2008 9:51 AM, Melissa Baxter-Kosub <mbaxter66 at satx.rr.com> wrote:
> When I first started participating in the SCA the idea of high persona
> events freaked me out. I wouldn't go to one because I felt that I
> wouldn't fit in or totally mess something up and be humiliated in front
> of everyone. So, when several years later someone told me that here in
> Bjornsborg we had high persona events I stared at them like a deer in
> headlights. What? We were just having fun and being silly. Yeah,
> sometimes the event called for emotional, passionate dialog between
> personas but that was just us having a good time. Then I realized that
> it wasn't something scary. High persona was the ability to play make
> believe, adopt words and phrases that were not necessarily our own, and
> be transported to another world.
> Today, if I witness persona exchanges going on, I will stay to the back
> and try not to intrude. I am not good at the language part of it, but I
> love to see the whole plan unfold. I can go to the event, try to keep
> modern issues and items in check and enjoy the magic that is being
> created around me. When I do try my hand at persona play I am who I am,
> I just try to do it in a different manner.
> High persona events are no longer scary to me. They are actually
> something I look forward to as I know that the magic that everyone seems
> to be missing can be created there. To give an example, the very first
> event I attended was a Viking wedding. During the course of the evening
> I was scooped up by Master Ragnar and carried away. He was "in persona"
> and I was a bit shocked but quickly figured out what was going on.
> Lady Branwen
> 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
> > think persona play is wonderful.
> > I don't particularly care for high persona events. I do not role-play
> > and it's not something I particularly enjoy doing. Event's that have
> > amounts of persona play make me feel uncomfortable and weird. JP is
> > the same person as Carl Chipman, although they dress totally different.
> > few times I have played D&D or other role-playing games, I am usually
> > to play someone who's not similar or exactly the same as myself. When
> > someone forces persona play on me, I am usually extremely discomforted.
> > usually enjoy *watching* great persona play, and consider some of my
> > favorite people those who do a great job of persona play, but I don't
> > to participate. For me it's a spectator sport.
> > Now, I try to be as good as a person as I can, but I do that at both
> > and mundane life. I love seeing good clothing, eating great food,
> > simulating un-armoured and armoured combat to the best of our safety,
> > generally being in the company of people who still think that your word
> > means something, and that honor has a place in the world. For what I
> > the role playing just gets in the way, for it obscures the truth of
> > So the thing you lament going away, I have mixed feelings about.
> > I think that there are others that feel this way, or similarly.
> > JP
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