Re: [SCA Newcomers] Very New, Very Confused and Very Self-conscious
- Hello, I hope I can help with a few of your questions anyway. :-)
on 7/15/03 1:41 PM, amazonalys at email@example.com wrote:
> Hello to the group. I am very new to all this. My husband and IIt can seem overwhelming when you are new and trying to figure everything
> have been to a few of our shire meetings and would like to get into
> this a bit more, but I'm afraid I'm not good at asking questions face-
> to-face. I thought this wonderful group might help.
out. Have you contacted your shire's chataleine or sensahale? This
individual's duties are to help newcomers find their place in the group --
get together with others within the shire who have similar interests. If
you haven't contacted this person, please do. This indivdual is a valuable
resource you can't do without!
> I understand the need to find a name and era. We'd only thoughtUntil you pinpoint a time period and location for your persona, you can just
> about 16th century prior to our first SCA meeting (ala Renfests) but
> we've noticed no one in our shire seems to be late period. We don't
> really want to be out of place, does time period really matter? Can
> we just pick a name and not worry about the time? I have Elizabethan
> clothes and 13th century clothes, can I just wear what I want without
> regard to persona?
pick a name that at least "sounds" period. Not everyone goes into great
deal in constructing a persona. You may simply want to have a "period name"
and then dress in period clothing as you like and not worry about whether
you are mixing periods or cultures. That's okay. It is also okay if your
persona is from a different culture/era than your spouses and that of others
within your shire. It is perfectly normal to have 10th century celts
hanging out with 16th century Elizabethians.
> It's my understanding that you can be anyone you want (not famous),Titles and such are earned...through service...through study of a
> except titled nobility and that has to be earned. How do you do
skill...and I think other ways too but I can think of them at the moment.
> Is it correct that you can't carry a sword as part of yourI think but can't guarantee that it has more to do with style of sword...or
> garb/persona unless you've been made a lord? What about personas
> that wouldn't be a lord, a viking or a moor?
is the sword okay and the silver spirs are the issue? I don't know,
hopefully someone else can help with that one!
> Help, I feel like I'm asking the stupidist questions.No, I think my first questions were stupidister than yours!
Cristiane of Paxton
1400 Lallan Scot of the East Marche
In Current Middle Ages member of Shire of Seareach, Kingdom of Atlantia
- I spent some time reading through the digest, then headed over to
answer this post in particular. Big surprise, right Justin? Smiles.
As for the garb, do not worry. My first garb was a simple T-dress.
The pattern is from the handbook that Justin pointed you to (the free
dl online), and over the past year + we've (aka I got a lot of help!)
have added to it, improving it's appearance, and otherwise making it
more decorative, but it's still the nice, cool, garb that I am so
happy to own! It took a couple of hours to make. Side note, do not
let folks chase you away from a sewing machine. In the beginning, it
is a good friend. I'm not good at sewing, cooking, or the like, but
the SCA has taken these and at least given me the desire to learn
As for the 8 year old, I am a single mom with a 6 year old. His name
is period (Ian, Eoan in those days), and he loves to come to events
with me ever since he discovered that knights beat on each other.
Now you and I know these folks are not knights--they're just
fighters, but to a kid it's magical. Clothing for a child is a
simple late t-shirt styled shirt and a pair of either shorts and dark
or leather sandals, or a pair of dark sweats.
One big draw in the kingdoms now is what is known as "boffer". It
enables children to beat on each other with the adults watching,
pleased. (Ok, ok. So it's a bit more complicated than that, but
that's how Ian looks at it, grins). Seriously, boffer is a training
program for discipline, rule-structure and following abilities,
defensive stance and defending yourself when attacked, and attacking
others. The core of the boffer is a sword that in our Kingdom is a
golf-tube wrapped in foam insulation and covered in duct tape and
strapping tape. These boffers are very popular with the kids who I
have met--they think they are cool. Your little one might be
interested in that.
If you have any questions about Boffer, reply and I'll send you the
links to the proper places of inquiry. :)
Welcome to the SCA, and welcome to the dream.
Lady Mary Henline
MoY for Alderford
> The 26th would be hard to make, it's coming up so fast, but I knownice...I
> we'd like to attend. Goodness, garb has just become more urgent! I
> may have to make do with the lower-middle-class Elizabethan.
> I'm in Jefferson City. The group here has been nothing but
> just don't blend in very quickly. I really must try to get overthat.
> I hope I do make it to A&S. I'll try to locate you. (First to
> a sitter for the 8 year old who REALLY won't want to go to this!)