Marcus Woodhouse wrote:As someone who intends to spend a lot of time pulling big guns here and there, I would like to ask if there is any more that could be done amongst re-enactors in camp. Like a zealous priest having a go at the "washer women" charging extra for special relief and get a verbal (or actual) doing over by the girls and their Tom. The camp provost making tours and clamping down on stuff (maybe bribes being handed out). Bar room bravado over whose burd is whose turning nasty, rough justice being dealt out to a theif by the soldiery, stuff like that. A battle could take place just between two Households on the same side bored stupid, wound up and doing the my bow is bigger then your bow thing. Then every one else could get involved in trying to remind them to kill the enemy and not each other. Well its just a thought no-one need take any of my suggestions to heart.
These are good ideas. Are these not the kind of things that living history groups (or living history sections within battle-societies) have been doing for years?
Speaking generally, yes, I'm in re-enactment for my own pleasure, but I appreciate that it is the paying public who keep our hobby going. Without them we would all be in the SCA, rubber and aluminium or not. Sadly, it doesn't take long for bad reputations to spread - sometimes the first thing I've heard about some group or other is something bad - and a reputation for leaving the public bored while you have a jolly good bash will spread, and will leave your group heading the bill at the Dogsworth village fete and St. Dymphna's Junior School Summer fair.
Anyone who thinks that our own "enjoyment" should come before that of the public, or that those two things are mutually exclusive, GET REAL!
I can't think off hand of any other hobby where the hobbyists are either expected to provide a service on such a scale as re enactment, nor one where the hobbyist would expect to have any of their costs paid for by anyone but themselves.
Scouting. Scout leaders are unpaid, have to buy a lot of their own gear, and do it ostensibly for the benefit of others. Some expenses are repaid. And do they frigging grumble about whether they should put their enjoyment or the Scouts' first?