[Ansteorra] Looking good when fighting history

David Whitford dbw6969 at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 5 07:16:43 PDT 2010

One of the things I have found over time that kind of extends on what Aethelyan said is that if folks are really helped and pushed towards more accurate from the start and get the items/kit/fabrics together they tend to feel more vested in the group and have more of an interest in not only staying but becoming contributing parts of the overall game.

--- On Fri, 11/5/10, Elisabeth B. Zakes <kitharis at gmail.com> wrote:

> From: Elisabeth B. Zakes <kitharis at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Ansteorra] Looking good when fighting history
> To: "Kingdom of Ansteorra - SCA, Inc." <ansteorra at lists.ansteorra.org>
> Date: Friday, November 5, 2010, 8:24 AM
> On Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 04:01, willowdewisp at juno.com
> <willowdewisp at juno.com>wrote:
> > I would ask you what does your group do that allows
> you to put on such a
> > large, creative ,historical event?
> >
> Speaking just for where I live, Bryn Gwlad, we have a
> number of people who
> research period events and techniques, from tournament
> styles to music, to
> clothing construction and materials, to fighting styles,
> all of which have
> been gleaned from period manuals. We also have a large
> number of people who
> are willing -- nay, eager -- to help bring these events and
> techniques to
> the populace. And we DO bring these events and techniques
> to the populace.
> That's the major part of it -- we do it. From the Baron and
> Baroness to the
> newest newcomer, we actively work to make it happen.
> The period sources are out there. Any group can have
> leaders to pave the way
> to the use of such sources, and any group can be as
> enthusiastic as it
> wishes about putting on events like that, or making
> clothes, or whatever.
> This is not unique to Bryn Gwlad. I know of many branches
> that have such
> enthusiasm, such leadership. And they're putting on these
> types of events.
> They're teaching period dances. They're working with period
> materials and
> construction methods in their clothing and armour. They're
> looking up period
> legal documents to influence our current charters and
> oaths. They're
> building castles to fight in and around. They're finding
> ways to bring real
> jousting to the tournament fields in a safe manner! That,
> to me, is a HUGE
> advancement in the SCA as a whole.
> I see "more period" just about everywhere I look. Maybe I'm
> like previous
> poster who said his eyes just pass over the modern stuff
> now, but really, to
> compare what I see now with what I saw 30 years ago -- it's
> almost not the
> same SCA. We're evolving. We're improving. And we're having
> fun doing so!
> Which means it will continue.
> Aethelyan Moondragon
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