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Have you participated in the SSAC?

Examples of 'Slots', and 'Lucky Target'
Examples of ‘Slots’, and ‘Lucky Target’

One’s first question may be, what the heck is an SSAC?

The Society Seasonal Archery Challenge, SSAC for short, is to provide more unique and continuously changing shoots which are still standardized such at every archer SCA wide is shooting the same competitions, for one season at a time. This idea was inspired by Atlantia”s Seasonal Challenge. The competition is sponsored by the Quivers & Quarrels, the SCA Archery Community.

What makes this ever-changing, ongoing shoot so much fun is the departure from the norm. You may live somewhere where the targets you always see are Royal Rounds, not that there is anything wrong with that, but if you are looking for more diversity (or just something different), this is a ‘low barrier to entry’ option.

The targets are generally easy to construct, or simply add different rules to existing targets. Some shoots, like the slots pictured above, can rely on a ‘mask’ in front of a standard or period target. Once you look at the sheer variety of shoots, it’s easy to see how this can be, and is a fun competition.

Some of the shoots are based on period shoots as well. Look into the descriptions and conversations around them.

At the time of writing, the shoot is ‘Lucky Target‘. For this one I had previously printed out targets at my local copy shop ‘MinuteMan Press’ and they were relatively cheap. As far as construction, and have some 3M spray adhesive and grabbed some random cardboard laying about. Sandwiched/laminated the paper target to the cardboard, and now this target can be pinned to any royal round or standard backer. Don’t have pins? Grab some wire hangers, clip them into two to four 4-6″ lengths. Twist one end into a ball with pliers, voila! For about $1.00-2.50 per target you will be bringing a whole new dynamic to your practice or event!

Share this great event far and wide and if you think you have a great idea, you can share it! Simply e-mail Sir Jon and let him know!

WoW Science Faire is here again!

Come one come all to a good ol’ fashion’ Science Faire at War of the Wings!

Dont get too serious friends, this is supposed to be fun! Can you show a process that was discovered in period? Show an invention of some kind that was in period? How dyes were made, pressed wine? It is all science and technology!

This is supposed to be a lighthearted look at invention or technological advances. Think about a mundane science fair, this can be simple and fun. What you may consider pedestrian may be eye-opening. Can you display or otherwise show the process?

This will be a judged competition. Criteria subject to change. But there may be points for ‘Wowwing’ the crowd! Reserve Saturday for dropping off/setting up your entry. Drop off and pickup times TBD.

Please bring your wonderful ideas, contraptions, and inventive genius. Show the rest of the known world what the world had to offer in period! Even if you do not compete we invite you to bring anything you wish to share.

Go to the information page for more info, and SIGN UP! http://bit.ly/WoWScienceFaire

If you have any questions please contact me!

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Note: You do not have to compete to share! If you simply wish to share, make sure you add that to your description or as a note!

Informal Polling Results

Friends at the time of writing, below are the results of the informal polling.

I think it is safe to say that there is consensus on sharing participation. There is certainly room for discussion here.

What is next?

As it stands now we have a way to enter participants. Either by adding them to an active scoring shoot (eg: IKAC) with a ‘score’ of zero, or by creating a separate ‘shoot’ that only exists for tracking participation.

What would this require?

We as a community, and those who are in positions to ask for action via policy (eg: Kingdom Head Marshals. DEMs, etc) to make it part of the official workflow.

The staff going off on their own could work, we could do this solo without support. This would (IMO) fail on two fronts. If it isn’t a ‘requirement’ not all would do it. Secondly, we should actively seek the support of our Majesties, Kingdom Marshals, and staff. Not only does this draw attention to the issue, but inclusion and conversation is always a better way to get ‘buy-in’.

Why is it important?

As I mentioned in an open letter,  it not only helps the cause of the Valiance Proposal (Omnibus Peerage), but can also help Autocrats and staff in making provisions for martial activities. Additionally the reporting on its most basic level can far more accurately reflect our numbers to the B.o.D.

Clearly, I am NOT the decision maker. My goal here is to spark conversation. We as a community go through waves, and if possible Id love to see the winds of change turn these waves into tsunamis. We cannot be complacent, and never accept ‘no’ as an option.

If we can be a force to not be ignored, we will achieve our goals of ‘everyone in the Society being afforded a path to recognition for what they are passionate about, and a master of’.



Are scored shoots activities recorded across all martial disciplines?

some but not all (48%, 27 Votes)
yes (23%, 13 Votes)
no (13%, 7 Votes)
yes, but not a rule (11%, 6 Votes)
depends on the marshal (4%, 2 Votes)
no, we had not thought of this before (2%, 1 Votes)
no, we aren’t interested (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 56

Which disciplines do you currently track participation in?

archery (88%, 56 Votes)
thrown weapons (mixed) (61%, 39 Votes)
combat archery (23%, 15 Votes)
atl atl (13%, 8 Votes)
equestrian (mixed) (11%, 7 Votes)
siege (9%, 6 Votes)
darts (mixed) (6%, 4 Votes)
none of the above (2%, 1 Votes)
don’t know (2%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 64

Are participation numbers shared or made available publicly?

yes (36%, 20 Votes)
yes, as part of our reporting the numbers are automatically shared (22%, 12 Votes)
no, we share numbers if asked (16%, 9 Votes)
don’t know (15%, 8 Votes)
no (7%, 4 Votes)
no, we have no direct way to do it (4%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 55

If participation numbers are shared publicly, how?

Kingdom web site (44%, 21 Votes)
Facebook (40%, 19 Votes)
personal web sites (current marshal site etc.) (25%, 12 Votes)
Baronial/Shire/etc web site (23%, 11 Votes)
none of the above (19%, 9 Votes)
e-mail lists (10%, 5 Votes)
other social media (8%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 48

Does your Kingdom have individual scoring sites for recording scores?

yes, we use scores.sca.org (44%, 23 Votes)
yes, but we only add scores for specific (scoring) shoots (17%, 9 Votes)
no (other reason) (15%, 8 Votes)
yes, we made our own (10%, 5 Votes)
don’t know (8%, 4 Votes)
yes, we use several (6%, 3 Votes)
no, we have no appreciable martial activities to track (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 52

Would you be willing to share your participation numbers?

yes, even if it adds an additional step (46%, 24 Votes)
no, not sure how to effectively accomplish this (15%, 8 Votes)
as a participant, I’d love to see the number (15%, 8 Votes)
yes, but as part of a year end accounting etc. only (12%, 6 Votes)
yes, as long as there is no additional work (10%, 5 Votes)
no, do not see the merit (2%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 52

regarding participation, do you currently use a sign in sheet for martial activities?

yes, all of them, all the time (40%, 21 Votes)
yes, but only some (32%, 17 Votes)
no, we only record scoring activities (19%, 10 Votes)
yes, but different systems capture different disciplines (9%, 5 Votes)
Total Voters: 53

Do you support sharing participation numbers inter-Kingdom?

yes (96%, 50 Votes)
no (4%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 52