Quoting alluwolf <scairy_person@...
> I guess I just dont understand why there can be an SCA event,
> advertised as as sca event, if participants aren't required to stick
> to sca standards, or even know what it is. I mean, I know there are
> some crazy parties, but theres a diference between a crazy party
> than not knowing what the sca actually is.
Because anything different would *require* membership in the SCA for any
level of participation -- and that's something that the BOD is very
reluctant to do -- IMHO with very good reason. There are lots of folks
in the SCA that would no longer participate if they were required to be
paying members. Membership is *encouraged* --
- non-members have a non-member surcharge at events
- you have to be a member to hold office (in many kingdoms)
- in some kingdoms, you have to be a member to recieve awards
- you have to be a member to fight in crown list
Pennsic has a wide-reaching reputation. There are probably folks who
came to Pennsic without knowing what Pennsic was, found out, and have
become "productive members of the SCA." Had membership been a
requirement, they probably wouldn't be playing with us now, because
they wouldn't have gotten in the door in the first place.
University of Tennessee
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology