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10277FW: [SCA Newcomers] The Don't Speach

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  • Kyla
    Jun 7, 2007
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      Good advice from Ian the Green:

      -----Original Message-----
      From: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com]On
      Behalf Of David Roland
      Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2007 7:25 PM
      To: scanewcomers@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [SCA Newcomers] The Don't Speach

      Please feel free to forward this and use this as you would but
      please give credit where credit is due.

      So, you're new to the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA), and
      you want to do it all! Well, come check it out, find out what you
      like and explore. You might find something you like that you never
      thought you would. But first, a word of advice.

      In your first year DON'T.

      That's right DON'T.

      DON'T register a name.

      DON'T register a device.

      DON'T join a household, guild etc.

      DON'T attach yourself to someone as in an apprenticeship or squiring
      or other such thing.

      DON'T register your name. Once you have registered it you are more
      or less stuck with it. Once people are used to calling you something
      they're gonna keep on calling you that name, yes you can un-register
      the name but that doesn't mean people will stop calling you that.
      The truth is that you will likely find a name or persona that you
      think is cooler later on. Chill out try a few on and see what
      sticks. Most newcomers in my experience change names a few times
      before they settle on one.

      DON'T register a device. Same reason as not registering your name
      really. A device is a symbol that will come to be recognized as
      you. People will see it and think of you. People will see you not
      with it and wonder what is wrong. And once you have a flaming moose
      as your symbol - yes there really is a registered flaming moose -
      you will never get away from it.

      DON'T join a household, guild etc. Hang out with them, get the lay
      of the land and the internal politics, have fun, get to know people.
      If they're cool now, great! But really if they're cool now, then
      they'll be cool in a year just the same. You may find that you like
      hanging out with them but don't really wanna join up. That's okay.
      Then again you may choose to join up after that year and you'll be a
      better member for it!

      DON'T attach yourself. Those kinds of things in the SCA are viewed
      as permanent and forever. Yes, you can get out of them but it is a
      BIG deal when that happens and people will talk for years about it.
      I keep hearing about one split that happened over 15, yes that's
      fifteen, years ago. Take your time get to know what you really want
      to do and what the person is really like and what their reputation
      is. Once you DO get attached to a person you WILL ALWAYS be judged
      in that light and will ALWAYS be associated that way. So know the
      person well before you get attached as a squire or apprentice or
      other such thing.

      There are plenty of stories in the SCA of people having registered
      names or devices and wishing they hadn't and being "stuck" with it.
      And even more stories of having joined a household or guild and
      wishing they had spent more time getting to know people and things
      before they had.

      Take your time, explore things and research them to your hearts

      And if anyone gives you any guff over not registering your name or
      device, or joining up with a household or guild politely tell them
      to lay off.

      I am an apprentice and my Laurel has NEVER registered her name or a
      device. NEVER. You simply are NOT required to do it. Anyone who
      says otherwise is flat wrong. The truth is that you should wait
      around to see what you want to register for certain before you do.

      Just remember you are here to have fun and learn and the SCA is a
      great place to do that. But some things are forever or close to it
      in the SCA. Take your time and don't make the mistake of choosing
      some things too early.

      Ian the Green (MKA David Roland)
      Chatelain - Shire of Grey Gargoyles
      Region of the Midlands
      Middle Kingdom

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