[Ansteorra] Two cent about Armor rule New Age

willowdewisp at juno.com willowdewisp at juno.com
Tue Nov 2 20:10:47 PDT 2010

 We are coming into a New Age. The BOD and the main officers in our Kingdoms are trying to get Grants to fund us. To get Grants we need to look like we are really serious  in studying History. 
I do  think we are making a mistake. We need to look like we are really interested in learning and teaching and experiencing history. Which is what we have claimed to be. I think people would be more impressed  with us if we could show people learning about medieval envoriments and then doing our best to recreate them.
Groups like the mountaineers and the Civil War people usually have areas similar to Carodocs Enchanted kingdom where everything is a proper as you can make it. Than there are other area at the events where learning and doing demos. 
Educatiors and people giving grants away will be more impressed by seeing many people learning and doing. 
But if we are going to do that we need to have more medieval and Renianssance theme things at our events. 
We need to go back to heardry and Courts that reflect historical procale. It doesn't matter how good your armor is if a Tournment doesn't look like anything that was done in period. If we have list fields and a sturture of officers that look like they are out of King Rene's book on tournments people will be more and willing to overlook  a few pieces of duck tape. 
If we have a calendar in our local groups which show people learning about the Medieval and Reinssance periods and we are putting out How tos and useful articles on our Web sites we will impress people with belief in learning. 
Also if we are having regular classes on what is period and teaching our people what to do that would impress everyone. I know that edicators are  impressed by someone showing armor at a demo and bragging on how he made it and how now he knows more and what he would do to change it. 
Our greatest strength is we like to learn and do and we can make people excited about a life long   love of learning.
I don't think we should make it law but I do think we should stress the whole concept in our value system.
willow taylor aka 
Duchess Willow de Wisp
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