Re: [SCA Newcomers] The Don't Speach for all Newcomers
- Quoting Iustinos Tekton called Justin <justin@...>:
> On Sunday 03 September 2006 23:09, Daly wrote:I'll second that irate-ness. If I knew that you were in my Kingdom
>> You EARN the right to be an honored member of the SCA. You find
>> your specialty, work hard to learn/develop it on your own, volunteer
>> to help at every event and hope that some day your talents and
>> efforts are noticed by someone more experienced who offers you an
>> apprenticeship of some kind. Then, you will become a member of a
>> guild/household and be accepted officially.
> I will have a more reasoned response after my temper cools down, but right
> now I am *furious* to hear that you were told such things. This is utter
> nonsense! (I'm not angry at you, but whoever told you this. What a load
> of garbage.)
(Meridies), I'd make it a point to speak to the society seneschal and
the king this weekend (Coronation) -- that's the biggest load of crap
I've seen since the fertilizer truck left us a load!
I daresay that there's somebody from every kingdom on this list --
maybe this post should make the rounds of the various Kingdom
Seneschal's e-lists .....
University of Tennessee
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
- Greetings from Beatrice.
As it has been a little while since this has graced the list, I figure I'd
post it again (I'm hoping Ian won't mind), with a few extra DON'T messages
DON'T sweat it. This is fun, people are generally nice, forgiving, and
willing to help.
DON'T take any ONE person's word for anything. There are a lot of myths
out there, and even more mis-informed but well-intentioned people.
DON'T take it personally if you have a bad experience. Sometimes, people
have a bad day.
DON'T be afraid to ask questions. No matter how "stupid" "silly" "basic"
or "annoying" you thing they might be.
*Evil grins* So, those of you not-so-newbies out there. Anything else
you'd add to the DON'T list?
--- David Roland <mystborne@...> wrote:
> I feel the urge to give the Don't Speach again.In Service to Lioncourt Manor and An Tir,
> I'm the Chatelaine for a group in the Chicago Area known as the Grey
> Gargoyles. And I give the Don't Speach often enough that the older
> newcomers can probably quote me on it and I have often heard them
> giving their own versions.
> And this is what I say:
> You're new to the SCA come check it out, find out what you like and
> explore. You might find something you like that you never thought
> you would. But 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. Sure you can unregister it or change it but
> once people are used to calling you something they're gonna keep on
> calling you that name. Besides you might 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
> 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
> 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.
> 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.
> 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.
> 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, politely tell them to lay off.
> I'm an apprentice and my Laurel has NEVER registered her name or a
> device. NEVER. You simply are NOT required to do it and you should
> wait around to see what you want to register for certain before you
> That's the Don't Speach.
> Feel free to heckle or applaud. :-)
> If you like it though, spread the word. 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.
> Ian the Green
> Chatelaine - Grey Gargoyles
> Region of the Midlands
> Middle Kingdom
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