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I just came across this marvelous essay on the SCA fun/authenticity false dichotomy, and a different way of looking at it. It was written some years ago, but is still worthwhile reading for any SCAdian. (It's from Tibicen, who some of you might remember from days of yore.)

I totally agree with the philosophy here: while I'm pretty indisciplined about it, I'd say that "atmospherist" nicely describes where I think the Society is at its best, and I think we still hamstring ourselves by under-emphasizing it. Indeed, while I've often thought of myself as a "funnist", I've always been clear that the distinctive fun of the SCA -- what makes this club particularly fun -- is the atmosphere...

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Date: 2017-03-07 02:05 pm (UTC)
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I also think it's a lovely philosophy. While I would have put myself in the authenticist camp, yes, really, it's the medieval atmosphere that I love. I care less about how accurate one's garb is than not having to hear modern conversation.

Yevsha's big thing was "period neutral". Once can have perfectly historic conversations without knowing anything about the tax rolls in 13th century Flanders or resorting to cute SCAisms.

"It's so hot today." "It look like we're going to get some rain later and that should cool, things off." "Either way, I'm glad I didn't bring my armor."

"You look tired." "I was up all night finishing this gown." "Well, it look great!"

"Would you like to dance?" "Yes, but I don't know this one." "It's easier than it looks. Let's give it a try."

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Date: 2017-03-08 06:42 am (UTC)
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Glad you liked it this time around.

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