Re: [SCA Newcomers] Possible Faux Pas? (and Baron Wars)
- On Monday 24 March 2003 16:57, shmi85 wrote:
> And I know there are people from both baronies on thatI can give you several reasons to relax and not worry about this too much:
> list, and all the lists have also been suspiciously quiet and the
> senschal hasn't sent me anything . . . I guess i feel like i've been
> given the cold shoulder, but i dont even KNOW if i have, or if i'm
> making everything up because i'm nervous. It probably doesnt help
> that after sending these emails off (two weeks ago), I havent been
> able to go to either of the weekly dance practices because of prior
1. Traffic on email lists (all of them, not just SCA) tends to fluctuate.
Lots of people only check their email every few days, and people who
get a lot of emails daily (like me, for instance) sometimes let their
list mail pile up for a few days before answering. Silence may mean
nothing other than that people are busy, or the list server may be
2. There's a war on, and lots of people are paying more attention to that
than to their SCA-related email.
3. Take another look at the last few messages. Maybe those who replied
to you, and to one another, thought the thread was answered and are
considering the topic ended unless you ask another question.
4. Referral to another group is extremely common in the SCA. My group
does certain activities a lot, others less often. Our neighboring
groups emphasize different activities. Your questions weren't at all
out of line, as long as you asked them courteously. Even if your
wording had been a little blunt, and you were afraid you offended
someone, you apologized. In my experience, a sincere apology for
a misunderstanding clears things up about 99.9% of the time.
See #3 for a reason why they may have gone quiet after your
apology -- perhaps your apology satisfied anyone who was offended,
but they accepted the apology while forgetting the original
My advice? Go to a meeting in person, introduce yourself, and explain
face-to-face why you're at Barony B because Barony A suggested it. :-)
Personal conversations have the body language and facial expressions
that are missing from email. As one who makes his living as an Internet
professional, I'm very well acquainted with the importance of that
> I dunno, maybe I'm just a huge spaz. *smacks herself on the forehead*Baron Wars is a big, weekend-long camping event. It's an absolute BLAST
> My other question is about the Baron Wars . . . I'm so EXCITED! But
> also very unsure about going, in terms of stuff to bring or what have
> you. I don't have a tent or any camping supplies at all really, and
> daytripping wouldn't really be worth it for me . . . I dunno, any
> help on that front?
and I highly recommend it! You can day-trip without camping, if you wish.
Mundane (modern) tents are fine, so don't feel that you need a $700
pavilion to go and enjoy the event. There has been limited food service
on site in recent years; last year a household did a "tavern" that they
dressed up to look surprisingly period, and created a really fun
atmosphere inside. They served stew and bread and such, and COFFEE!!!
(Sorry...the Chirurgeon inside me came out for a moment.)
The peak time of the event is from Friday evening through Saturday
evening. Many people start to pack up and leave early Sunday morning.
If you go for the weekend, you can put on clean garb Friday night,
wear it Saturday, and put your mundanes on Sunday morning to pack
up. So theoretically, you can get along with one set of garb. I'd
recommend two, if you can manage it, just in case you spill food or
something. There's often a Court on Saturday night, so you may also
want something to change into after the warm part of the day.
There are bathroom and limited shower facilities on site. If you arrive
in time Friday, one factor to consider when selecting your campsite is
proximity to a toilet, unless you don't mind walking a hundred yards
in the middle of the night through unfamiliar campsites.
The event typically has "quiet zones" and "party zones" so that each
camper or group of campers can select their own preference. If you've
got young children, or you just value sleep more than partying, choose
the former. If you enjoy all-night revelry, choose the latter. It's
a good system, and it avoids a lot of potential conflict. :-)
I'm not sure what other questions you may have, but feel free to post
them to the list or to me privately. If I recall, there are several others
besides myself who go to BW each year, so probably the list is a better
choice so that you'll get replies from more than just me. :-)
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