Re: [SCA Newcomers] A question for Newcomers! And others as well
- View SourceI'll take a stab at some of these! :-) I've been
playing about 4-5 years now and am also the Chatelaine
for my local group, but I still tend to think of
myself as a newcomer in many ways...
--- David Roland <mystborne@...> wrote:
>How to distinguish the pointy hats and what to call
> For you as a Newcomer:
> What were the more difficult things to learn or
> understand at first?
them. However, having tried to present this
information to someone who was brand-spanking new and
watching his eyes glaze over, I've decided that it's
something that can wait until someone's been to an
event. Actually, I like presenting this information
*at* an event, where I can *show* people a baronial
coronet vs. a county coronet vs. a ducal coronet, etc.
> What would you tell newcomers if you were theIf you see something that looks interesting--whether
> "guide" to their new
> SCA experience?
it's someone's outfit, something they're doing,
etc.--don't be afraid to go up to them and *ask* them
about it. Also, don't let the fact that you're "new"
keep you from volunteering to help with things. I
found one of the best ways to meet and get to know
people was to volunteer to help out with a variety of
> What did you get told that was useless and/orThe garb police urban legends. Honestly, I have not
experienced that alleged phenomenon. I've heard from
others who most definitely have, so I know it exists,
but I just haven't seen it. I *have* seen it scare
newcomers, though, to the point where they feel they
can't attend an event until their garb is "just
right," and it just *bugs* me.
> What resources, if any, did you find usefull as aThis list! :-) Your kingdom's website. Check for local
> newcomer? Can you
> send me the links to them?
newcomers' lists as well: your kingdom, your local
group (my Shire has a Yahoo!group specifically for
newcomers, for example).
> For you folks that have been around a while:How to smile and say "I'm new." :-) Seriously, I find
> What things do you think Newcomers should know?
that it opens doors.
> What things to you think we can hold off on?See above re: pointy hats.
One of the best things you can do for your newcomers
is to ask them what sparked their interest in the SCA
and what they hope to get out of it. It took me awhile
to remember that. It will save you a lot of time and
energy and keep them from being bombarded with
information that may have *no* interest for them
whatsoever--at least at the moment.
Good luck! And if you haven't already done so, check
out the SCA-Chatelaines list at Yahoo!Groups.
Yours in service,
Grainne ingen Lugdach
Shire of Roxbury Mill
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