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Having played SCA now for not much longer than you have, my comments
come more from 15 years doing black powder living history (rendezvous,
however you call it). I honestly love the idea of becoming more
authentic, but one of the things that I also love about SCA is the ease
in which newbies can join. By encouraging (and I am reading that it
would be a requirement for that event to be authentic) all period
events, you unfortunately make it much more difficult to participate due
to the simple fact of cost. Fifteen years ago when my family started
black powder, our first event cost almost $1000 not including travel,
food, or spending money. My first event in SCA cost $10-15 for
daytripping and I could borrow clothes so the amount was much nicer.
If it bothers you that much, do something about. Be responsible for
making and storing tableclothes or chair coverings. Help the feastocrat
or feastocrat yourself and find a period menu. By doing your part then
it will help you feel better. We as a Society must all work on what is
available. If you want a period event (and all of the work entailed)
then bring it up to your shire, and spearhead the idea.
I have some of the same concerns as you do and I try to make what I do
the most period I can. Slowly as I make garbs for newbies, I don't just
show them the quickies tunics, I help them make patterns that fit and
show them how to maximize what they can sew. We can all do a little and
make a big difference.