The guild could include its own ranking system similar or directly related to royal rounds. With its own ranking system, there is something for archers to achieve within it. Also, within the guild we could have minor awards given away. There could also be a symbol or badge members could wear to events as a point of recognition. I would prefer it to be highly inclusive as well, so no high scoring requirement but only requiring the primary use of period gear at events and practices. So, say having a period royal round of 20 to enter the guild as a novice or something.
I am just throwing stuff out, but in response it would definitely be a period archery guild.
On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM, The Greys <cogworks@...>
Some years back I was specifically asked to run archery at a small event consisting of SCA types that were striving for a more period look. I knew nothing about them before hand so I made up an all period kit to include a leather satchel to hold my lunch which had a wooden trencher, horn cup and cheese and bread wrapped in cloth. I arrived to find people running around with cotton tunics over camo shorts and carpenter pants. The head person was wearing Teva sandals!
My point about a "total period look" is that while it is great that some archers go the extra distance to use period equipment it all gets negated for me if they are wearing sunglasses, jeans and Nikes. I'm not into forcing people to do anything in their hobby. But I strongly feel we can lead by example and/or become something others would strive to emulate. Thus shoot with period equipment, have the "whole look" about your kit.
Surely I am not the only one who looks around an event and has absolutely no clue what other people's personas are, and that's not due to my lack of historical knowledge. But one is NOT a Viking just because they have some trim with Celtic knotwork on it or are wearing Dear Foam slippers!
I think the idea of an SCA wide guild is a great idea. It would be a major first step towards "leading the way" to becoming more period. If you don't know about it, and there are some on this list who are current members, check out St. Huberts. They have reasonably strict requirements for their members but they also look very period.
Archery Captain, Shire of Mynydd Seren