[Ansteorra] Events in the Last Five years

Rod Jackson culn97 at yahoo.com
Thu Jan 24 18:26:35 PST 2008

My Friends,
I think this Gentleman has been reading my mind.  (dull read, sort of like a history book without pictures)
I try, but I am painfully shy.  I do not meet new people easily.  This Society has helped me with this problem a great deal, but I am still not a good "role player."  I don't particularly enjoy "High Persona" events because I am terrified that I will not be able to "do it right."
I don't fight.  I make things and I work.  And I am what every Bard needs, I am the audience.

Because of my mundane employment, I do not get to play as much as I used to, and usually it is out of our Kingdom.  I really miss Ansteorra.

Your Servant,

Colin McCrandall

Do, or do not. There is no try. -- Yoda 

----- Original Message ----
From: Jean Paul de Sens <jeanpauldesens at gmail.com>
To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
Sent: Sunday, January 20, 2008 9:37:09 PM
Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Events in the Last Five years

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.

I don't particularly care for high persona events.  I do not role-play well,
and it's not something I particularly enjoy doing.  Event's that have large
amounts of persona play make me feel uncomfortable and weird.  JP is really
the same person as Carl Chipman, although they dress totally different.  The
few times I have played D&D or other role-playing games, I am usually unable
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.  I
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 care
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 event
and mundane life.  I love seeing good clothing, eating great food,
simulating un-armoured and armoured combat to the best of our safety, and
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 love,
the role playing just gets in the way, for it obscures the truth of people.

So the thing you lament going away, I have mixed feelings about.

I think that there are others that feel this way, or similarly.


On Jan 20, 2008 8:36 PM, willowdewisp at juno.com <willowdewisp at juno.com>

> I haven't been able to go to many events in the North, South, Coastal or
> West. I was told there were some wonderful magic moment in Bjornsberg and I
> did have a magic moment at Last years  Candlemas. I was told there was lots
> of persona play over that Italian person in the West. Has anyone had a
> persona moment in the last five years? I have had one with the gracious
> interaction I received both in Eldern Hills and Bonwick.. I had a wonderful
> time interacting with Sir Ian and his Lady at Lammas Day in Elfsea. I will
> apologize to Elfsea. Lammas Day was fun.
> willow
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