[ANSTHRLD] Precedents and Cover Letters

Jennifer Smith jds at randomgang.com
Wed Mar 9 19:22:13 PST 2011

On Wed, Mar 9, 2011 at 8:56 PM, doug bell <magnus77840 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I have often considered the Precedents to be the Readers Digest in the
> doctor's waiting room version of the LoARs.  They are digest versions
> and years out of date.  The only way to find recent rulings in the LoARs
> is to use one of the search methods given.

That is a very good analogy. :)

> There is also a massive rewrite of the SCA heraldry rules going on that
> will obsolete many of these rulings.

I wouldn't go that far; I think many general concepts (substantial
difference and significant difference, two+ CDs, etc) will remain the
same. Much of the "X is a CD from Y" will remain the same. What may
well change is things that weren't considered a CD before being
explicitly ruled a CD apart, and relaxing the limitations on what
makes a substantial difference. I think in many ways it will be less
jarring of a change than that from the Old Rules to the current set --
going from counting Major and Minor points of differences to CDs...
some of those really old precedents are hard to use with the modern
ruleset because of that.


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