RE: [SCA-JML] Re: A Nihonjin Warrior in King Uther's Court
> Actually, the missing G resulted from either a mechanical typo orThus my reference to it as an 'unfortunate typo'. I was trying to be
> You do not say anything in what you write above about your source ofknowledge
My sources are many and varied, but none of them are rule books or games.
I'm perfectly aware that neither is an accurate representation of real
mythology. A certain amount of 'fiddling' is required to make mythology fit
within a ruleset. I have direct experience with this phenomenon, as I
happen to the be the editor and most prevalent contributor to Amtgard's
Asian expansion, the Book of Engoku. In this case, I did not get my
knowledge from a rule book, I injected it into a rulebook 8) While it
suffers many of the same pitfalls you'll find in any 'mythology turned to
rules', and more unique to Amtgard (like it's predilection with modern
interpretations and mythologies...the BoE includes ninja and daikaiju), I
put a lot of effort into educating the reader while entertaining them. Feel
free to take a gander, I'm always fond of discussing mythology:
There's even a little ACTUAL history in there 8)
I've found the biggest issue is dealing with gunpowder. While in Europe it
wasn't very prevalent up to the end of our respective cut-off dates, Asians
were using it a whole lot, and very early. Heck, the Koreans were using
mobile rocket launchers in the 1200's. So the BoE includes a whole section
on such things, and the first thing it says is 'unless the specific scenario
calls for it, you're not allowed to use these'. But it's in there, and
during the yearly event 'The War of Engoku', we allow it 8)
> I was saying that the SCA should not set fantasy as an objective foritself.
I was agreeing 8) For different reasons, tho. I'm sure the average
SCAnadian could deal with the complexity of magic & mythology...I love my
game, but far too many players are morons, and they seem to handle it ok.
Instead, I see SCA as an organization that benefits from not confusing
historical reality with the fantasy that is often built up around poorly
documented history. You guys spend a lot of time and effort digging thru
mounds of garbage to find gems of truth and history, and adding mythology to
the mix turns clean and neutral knowledge of history into something fuzzy
and amorphous. There is never a definitive truth in mythology, only long
years of interpretation and the machinations of the bards who told the
Like I said, each organization has its place 8) I wish, sometimes, there
were more folx like myself who are interested in exploring mythology as you
guys explore history, but I suspect none of us are strangers to being 'odd'
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> Ki no Kotori
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