Guild FAQ v 1.1

A Collection of emails that pertain to the question "What is a Guild?"

Subject: Re: helping the dimwitted
From: Eric tQ
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 15:35:06 -0800

On Wed, 23 Feb 2000 15:06:00 -0500, Maureen Johnson put forth:

>Would anyone out there mind explaining (in a slow, drawn-out, and
>ordinarily demeaning but in this case totally appropriate manner) the
>guild system? I see lots of guilds, and guild numbers, and guild
>references - but I can't quite get my head around it all.

I'm going to give this a shot. First thing you need to know is that "guild" does not mean one thing, even here on AFR. There are a couple of guild systems, both similar, but functioning differently- the California guilds as participants, the Lundegaard guild's more fluid (both patrons & participants can be members, and you can be in more than one)

All Guilds have some structure to them (A guildmaster, a chain of command, rules to follow), but these can vary greatly between guilds.

The ones you see most commonly on AFR- the Wenches, the Rogues, the RenMerc's and the Assassins- were created (or solidified) by Lars Lundegaard of Lundegaard Amoury. These started as east coast guilds and have now spread across the country. You join by paying a membership fee, and they are not based from a specific faire. Their actions (Wench Walks & Rogue-ings, etc) are generally not part of the Faire-sanctioned activities (though they are usually Faire approved- meaning the they are not part of the structure of the faire, but they do have approval from the faire to do them). As these are not strictly participants in the faires, their standards of costuming vary. However, if doing something like a "Wench Walk", participants are usually asked to behave under the rules of the hosting faire. Each is based on different interests- these you can read about on the Ludegaard site.

The guilds at the California faires are different- they are performance troupes, basically, created around specific themes (Parades & Pageants, the Royal Court - both English & Scottish, Merchants, Mercenaries, etc) These are volunteer groups for the most part, and are considered participants in the faire itself. At most of our faires, they are the majority of the actors/ participants. You either audition for them, or in some way have to be accepted in by them. They are not exclusive, but you are required to meet their standards of costuming, etc. They are all named after saints. The ones you are mentioned most on AFR are St. Cuthberts (Parades & Pageants at Northern & Southern) , St. Michaels (military) , St. Andrews (Scots nobles at small faires) St. Maximilians (German landsknecht at small faires) and St Ive's (middle class/ merchants). There are many many many others.


I hope that helps.
All the Guilds are great to be in, depending on your interests, and can be a wonderful way to extend your participation in faire, and to meet new people.

Eric tQ
The Energizer Bunny of Evil
The Poof of Pewter

Subject: Re: Guilds, in general
From: Guy Tichborne
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2000 21:30:47 GMT

In article , "Knightmare" wrote:

> Hello,
> This may seem off topic to some, and if it is, I sincerly apoligize.
> But my question does relate to guilds as a group.....How does one
> begin a guild and/or determine if the guild they would like to create
> already exists? Is there a national registry online or otherwise?

I am not sure whether you are referring to performance guilds (like those in California) or in the playtron sense (for example, the Rogues, the International Guild of Wenches, etc.) so will address each.

While there is no "official" national registry of groups, SCRIBE has a good listing, and Jubal has a listing that is focused more on performance guilds.

Guilds of the second type are basically groups of kindred spirits. Most of these are not restricted to a particular faire, but I suspect there are some smaller organizations that are. Organizations tend to be informal and social in orientation, and if you can gather sufficient interest (afr - here - is a good place to start) might as well start it up.

Guilds of the first type are either groups operating under the aegis of faire board administration (most notable, Northern and Southern in California) or else are independent groups of performers. These tend to be oriented in both class and nationality. For example, English peasants or Scottish nobles, or English military or Scottish highlanders. See whether what you want to do is being done, and if it is, is it being done at the faire(s) you frequent. If it's not, talk to people who have started their own group and go from there.

Geoff Tuffli
a.k.a. Lieutenant Guy Tichborne
English Company of Foote