[Ansteorra] Upcoming Calendar Changes

James Crouchet james at crouchet.com
Wed Sep 7 15:13:24 PDT 2011

Thank you for this explanation Your Majesty.

I have two questions to ask if I may. I understand that Crown, Coronation
and Queens will be protected, and that no other events may conflict with
them as has been done in the past, thus blocking out 6 weekend each year.
Given that there are about 14 baronies is the proposal to block out those 14
weekends as well and prevent even long distance conflicts such as Stargate
vs Northkeep?

Given that we will not schedule events on Christmas, Thanksgiving and New
Years weekends, and that events opposite Gulf War (either weekend) tend to
be very small that would seem to leave 27 weekends in play -- just over
half. Does that figure sound correct or did I miss something?

Christian Doré

On Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 3:56 PM, King of Ansteorra
<king at crown.ansteorra.org>wrote:

> Unto the great and noble populace of Ansteorra do I send greetings.
>  We have set forth after many hours of contemplation, discussion, counsel,
> and planning to address the daunting task of creating a better Kingdom
> Calendar. Please understand that no change is without it’s dangers, that is
> why I have volunteered to track in real time the effects of this change on
> Our Kingdom with the help of several people. We have suggested that if we
> cannot show a marked improvement by way of a decided attendance boost by
> the
> end of the second year, that these rules are revisited and the necessary
> changes be implemented immediately. Below is a list of the overall goals of
> this set of Kingdom Law changes. The requirements of these changes are
> based
> on a calendar year rotation, and therefore will become effective as of
> January 1, 2012 for ease of implementation and the tracking of effects to
> the Kingdom as a whole.
> *Goals*
> A.      To increase the overall cohesiveness of the calendar by eliminating
> large gaps in the calendar between events.
> B.      To increase overall attendance at individual events by eliminating
> inter-group competition for the attention and attendance of a similar or in
> some instances the same pool of eventees.
> C.      To increase the overall health of the Kingdom by limiting or
> eliminating the loss, dissolution, and/or suspension of Our smaller groups
> through rigorous attempts to increase the likelihood of event
> profitability.
> *Now for my explanation of how we accomplish these goals.*
> 1.       To eliminate large gaps in the calendar there will be a minimum of
> 45 weekends booked with calendar events and holidays (New years,
> Thanksgiving, & Christmas) before groups will be allowed to schedule a
> second event on any given weekend. This is by far the simplest solution,
> and
> it also allows for the other goals to be met.
> 2.       To increase overall attendance at individual events several steps
> have been taken.
> a.        The above elimination of gaps will spread our events out more
> evenly. This will mean less likelihood of competition from other groups on
> any given weekend.
> b.      All events occurring on the same weekend must be at a minimum
> distance of 150 miles apart. Additionally, the Group of Record’s main
> cities
> must also be 150 miles apart. Again, this will help ensure that no groups
> or
> events are in competition for attendance.
> c.       Spreading out events means that the TRM’s will have greater
> flexibility to attend more and better events. Crown attendance has
> historically increased the overall attendance of an event.
> d.      Certain events like Crown Tournament and Baronial PED’s will be
> protected from conflict. This means that these weekends will be limited to
> 1
> event Kingdom wide. This will allow any person that would normally be torn
> between any two of these events the luxury of attending both should they so
> choose. It will not diminish their ability to attend either.
> e.      Multi-Group events will still be encouraged with a few
> administrative changes to make hosting them easier. These events may be the
> Group of Record’s PED, and there will be a bid form that will be turned
> into
> the Kingdom Seneschal.
> 3.       To increase the overall health of the Kingdom by limiting or
> eliminating the loss, dissolution, and/or suspension of Our smaller groups
> there have been changes made in how and when events are scheduled and to a
> much lesser extent how profits are shared with the Kingdom.
> a.       Remove the additional 20% of profit to the Kingdom if the Kingdom
> funds an event. This will be closely monitored by the Seneschalate, and not
> all requests or bids will be accepted. This should be a last resort and
> used
> sparingly as it is truly meant to help those small groups at the brink. The
> base profit share percentages are not being changed.
> b.      Shires, Cantons, Colleges, and Strongholds may schedule events up
> to
> 24 months in advance. This will give the smaller groups the first pick of
> “good” weather weekends. It also affords them the greatest amount of time
> to
> advertise.
> c.       Baronies and Provinces may schedule events up to 18 months in
> advance. *PED* dates are scheduled in perpetuity, but may only be changed
> within the 18 month limit. This should ensure a broad range of days after
> the PED’s are chosen but still allow the smaller groups to flourish.
> d.      Multi-Group events may be scheduled up to 12 months in advance.
> This
> limitation gives these events the best chance for success by reducing
> officer turnover between the time of inception and execution.
> Thank you to all the people who have helped with this. Your time, your
> patience, and your advice have been invaluable. I look forward to seeing
> what the next few years will bring for the entire Kingdom.
> Gramercy,
> Lochlan and Gwen
> Rex    et   Regina
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