So I will ask the same question since the last response was 2 years ago. How fairs your stronghold? Are you still there? I reside in California and will be traveling to the Seoul area in the fall and was hoping to meet other SCAdians while in the area.
Looking at getting involved. Living in Yokosuka. Have been in contact with the Baron this past week. On type 2 sea duty but wife and family are wanting to get involved as well. Any who live on base give me a call to discuss getting together. We are newcomers with a myriad of crafting backgrounds.
Post by Lord Otto Spilman on Apr 6, 2011 10:46:02 GMT 9
Unto the Populace of the Far West does your Baronial A&S minister Documentation send Greetings.
With the A&S Tournament closely approaching I wanted to point out a few important things to remember prior to the April 23rd event. First we are in need of a qualifed 3rd Judge. At this point we are 1 short of the required 3. If you have experience in the A&S side of the SCA and would like to volunteer and will be present, please contact myself or Baron Turtious ASAP. In the event that a 3rd judge can't be found prior to the event then their Excellency's have agreed to be the 3rd Judge. The way this will happen, 3 days prior to the event (Tuesday,19th of April) All entrants will need to submit an electronic copy of their documentation and GOOD digital photos or your items. Please take pictures of things like period and not period stitches on garments, and close ups of things that might make your piece stand out. The baron will Judge all entry's starting Wednesday, and will not share his judging sheets until saturday morning in which it will be mailed to Master Klement, or Baroness Abe to be tallied with the their scores.
Now on to the important stuff. There have been baronial changes to the C&T which can be found in the newest farwest tidings, If you have not taken the time to read through them, please do. The important change that affects us in the upcoming tournament is Judging, and what is considered seperate entry's. In the past a scroll could only be counted as an illumination, or a caligraphy entry, not both. Now we can actually combine entry's AS LONG AS ONE ISN'T DEPENDENT ON THE OTHER. You do have to document each seperately. For example if you are entering a period cooked food, but you created your own spices that was used as part of the recipe. You can't enter one entry as cooked item, and one entry as period spices because the cooked item was dependent on the spices as part of the recipe. If there is any clarification as to what can be entered, please either contact myself or preferably the Baron and Baroness as they have the final say so.
Judging rules have been better defined as well. We will use West kingdom Judging sheet at future A&S coronets. The big change here, there are 3 different judging sheets instead of the single judging sheet we used to use. Which sheet is used depend on what the entry is. The three sheets are;
I have uploaded all three of these sheets into the files section. Please remember these few things when you are judging;
1. that each judge must judge independently of each other. Please do not discuss, or compare scores while judging. This keeps the things fair and "open minded". you can ask another judge for clarification of something if you don't understand. 2. Second, All items are to be judged independently and not compared to another entrants or the same entrants item. What this means is when you are judging, judge each piece as if it was the only item that needs to be judged and give your true opinion of that item. If you catch yourself looking around the room at another item to figure out what you will score, then your not judging each item without bias or comparison. 3. If you commit to judging, please expect to be present until the judging process is complete, and all scores have been tallied. If you leave during judging, then your votes will be discared and not counted and a new judge will have to be selected to judge. 4. a minimum of 3 judges are required, preferably people with experience in A&S and judging.
We make every effort to find judges who are knowledgeable about the particular topic of the competition, but we are limited to those individuals present at the event and available at the time of the competition.
Judges are asked to sign their names on the judging sheets, and all judging sheets are returned to the entrants. We consider judging forms to be private, so they will be returned directly to the entrant, and are not available for perusal by other entrants or by the populace. If the entrant does not pick them up, they can be retrieved from the appropriate A&S Officer at a subsequent event.
For the entrant: Documentation is an important part of the competition because it's your opportunity to tell the judges about the work you've done.
Here are some tips for good documentation:
* Provide some historical context for your work: explain your research and demonstrate to the judges that you understand how, why, when, where, and who did this sort of work in the medieval period. Indicate your level of expertise in the topic area. Provide a "recipe" of your piece: * explain how you made your piece, what materials and supplies you used, and why you may have made any substitutions from what was actually used in period. * While printouts of web pages may form part of a good set of documentation, they are not sufficient on their own. * Include a bibliography of your research sources. * Entries must be anonymous, so don't put your name on your documentation. * Make it legible and easy to read, then staple or bind it so it won't get scattered. * Provide three copies of your documentation for each entry (one for each judge).
More Information can be found in the West Kingdom A&S handbook that can be found here.