Good day all gentles,
First let me say that I was overwhelmed by the response to my first entry. It makes it so much easier to write when you have people who are reading.
Now onward to part 2…..
The Value of Talking
When I decided I was going to play this game, I decided I would play this game the way I do everything: all-in. I didn’t want to start out being the meek timid guy in the corner, that’s not my personality. I decided that I would help wherever I could whenever I could. This was the start of my helium hand (a problem I still haven’t quite conquered.) I offered to help anyway I could, I did the set up coordinator for the second event I went to, I offered my services where ever needed. But I ran into a snag: I didn’t have the garb, the means, or really ANYTHING I needed to play. When people saw that I was trying to help so much with so little, they were often inclined to help me out, a lent tunic here, a pair of pants there and I had gotten away with going to events while only having had to purchase a belt. When people saw how hard I worked, that lent tunic soon became a given tunic, those pants soon became my pants, and a pattern for pants as well. I also learned a very important lesson, SCA people are the greatest people in the world, and if you need something and ask, if they have the means to either supply you with one or teach you how to make it yourself and help you with the supplies to do so, they will. The SCA, at least for me, is a kind of family; people are willing to go out of their way to help you, as long as you show a commitment to play and play the right way.
So, if you’re just starting out, don’t feel like you have to be the lone wolf that you can’t talk to anyone because they are too intimidating. Often the people with the metal around their heads are the most likely to set you up with someone who can help. Talk to people, make friends, let people know where your shortcomings are, and people will often help you in whatever manor they can.
Until Our Paths Cross Again,