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Winter War XXIII



It brings me great joy to be able to announce that Winter War 2021 is happening! As with most things these days, the event this year is going to be...a little different.
(Best get comfy there is a lot of information here!)

Of course, physical gatherings cannot take place. We are not going to be able to come together and share in the kinds of experiences that we may be used to. Despite this, it is our hope that with what we have planned it might help to re-ignite the SCA spark that still remains within you.
With that in mind, the theme for Winter War 2021 is you, the People of Ealdormere!

A detailed timeline can be found below, but here is the mission for those of you who wish to take part. All are invited to participate as they wish.
Starting this weekend and for the next two weeks hence, we are going to be collecting short video submissions, as well as photos. Through the magic of technology, these will be edited and combined together into larger compilations. Once that is complete, nearer to the middle of March, they will be released to the Kingdom at Large for you to watch at your own speed.

For the videos, we have created timed challenge events. These will be scored and the victors will receive a prize.

For the photos, we have created display categories. You are invited to watch each compilation and send in a vote for your favourite. For each of these, maximum votes will receive the People's Choice prize. We will also be awarding Autocrat's Choice prizes for each.

Once all the votes have been counted and the challenge winners confirmed, at the end of March we have been given permission by Their Most Generous Majesties to announce the winners during end-of-March Court. Prizes will be mailed.

Following Court, we welcome you all to join Seamus, our Master of Revels, for a virtual Bardic celebration that will bring Winter War to a close. Details for this live event will be coming soon.
Specifics about submissions as well as a projected timeline immediately follow this note below, but I thank you for your time and for reading this far. I am very much looking forward to what my friends are able to create!

***REGARDING SUBMISSIONS***

Videos should be submitted in AVI, MP4, WMV, or MOV format. They must be no longer than 30 seconds. Photos should be submitted in PNG or JPG format.
All submissions must be emailed to WinterWar2021@gmail.com

The body of the email MUST include a copy/paste of this permission-to-release form otherwise we will not be able to use it.
"I (modern name), known in the Society as (SCA Name) hereby give permission for the Kingdom of Ealdormere's official YouTube Channel to host my attached videos, photograph(s) and/or audio recordings (name of attachments) to be included as part of Winter War and Ealdormere at Home and to maintain said video in whole or in part on the aforementioned channel."

Please include your SCA title, preferred pronouns, and a phonetic pronunciation guide of your name in the email. If your submission is a video that someone other than you records, please also include their SCA name so that they may be credited.
If your submission features a minor, legal guardians must include the following:
"I (modern name), known in the Society as (SCA name), legal guardian of (minor's name) who is to be credited as (minor's SCA name or other name as desired) hereby give permission for the Kingdom of Ealdormere's official YouTube Channel to host my attached videos, photograph(s) and/or audio recordings (name of attachments) of my dependant to be included as part of Winter War and Ealdormere at Home and to maintain said video in whole or in part on the aforementioned channel."

***REGARDING EVENTS***

You may submit for as many of these as you wish.
Timed / video challenges:
A) This is for those of you who enjoy spending time on the armored combat list. We invite you to record yourself hitting a pel as many times as you can in 30 seconds. Highest count wins a prize.
B) For those of you who enjoy spending time on a range, we have invented a special challenge. Place a piece of paper on your couch or easy chair. Stand about 4-5 steps back, or as room allows. We invite you to record yourself throwing forks at the paper for 30 seconds. Your score will be the number of holes that go all the way through. Highest count wins a prize.
C) For those of you who enjoy spending time on the fencing list. We invite you to record your best death. Dramatic embellishment is strongly encouraged, however we ask that you limit the length of your video to 30 seconds. This category will receive both a People's Choice prize and an Autocrat's Choice prize.

Photo Challenges:

Each of these challenges will receive a People's Choice prize and an Autocrat's Choice prize.
A) Fashion shows:
1) Your best armored combat kit
2) Your best rapier combat kit
3) Your best garb
B) Item Displays:
1) Your best weapon
2) Your best period-seeming Covid mask (ie a veil, etc)

***REGARDING SCHEDULE***

Feb 13 - First Announcement (what you are reading, right now). Event "opens". Submission period begins.
March 1st midnight - Submission deadline
March 13th - Edited videos will be released for Populace viewing and voting
March 18th midnight - voting deadline
March 20 - Court. Winners announced. Live Bardic online event. Winter War "closed".
Good luck, have fun, and I can't wait to see what we get!

Yours;
Wulfgang (Autocrat)


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