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    Question Mechanics of an event

    To the moderator and all:

    I have a suggested forum discussion that others might be interested in and it is a "Mechanics of Reenacting/Hosting any Event Authentically".

    I'd be rich if I had a nickle if every time I heard someone ask "How do I get this certain permit for an event we're hosting?" or "How do we create flash charges and ground explosives for added realism?"... "How do we buy or we create period-correct trenches/cheveaux-des-frise/gabions/battle wreckage, etc. for added effect?"

    Basically, a Mechanics of Event Site-Prep 101 course I feel would be helpful to anyone for common knowledge/expert advice by people that have hosted events before. Complete knowledge from A-Z could be shared to save fellow hobbyists time, money and frustration. (It might also keep someone from being unsafe out of lack-of-proper-knowledge.)

    Subject to your questions and healthful debate...

    Thanks- Johnny

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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Lloyd View Post
    To the moderator and all:

    I have a suggested forum discussion that others might be interested in and it is a "Mechanics of Reenacting/Hosting any Event Authentically".

    I'd be rich if I had a nickle if every time I heard someone ask "How do I get this certain permit for an event we're hosting?" or "How do we create flash charges and ground explosives for added realism?"... "How do we buy or we create period-correct trenches/cheveaux-des-frise/gabions/battle wreckage, etc. for added effect?"

    Basically, a Mechanics of Event Site-Prep 101 course I feel would be helpful to anyone for common knowledge/expert advice by people that have hosted events before. Complete knowledge from A-Z could be shared to save fellow hobbyists time, money and frustration. (It might also keep someone from being unsafe out of lack-of-proper-knowledge.)

    Subject to your questions and healthful debate...

    Thanks- Johnny
    Johnny - this has been suggested many times and frankly, could be one of the most useful forums ever. Have never heard a good explanation of why it has not happened yet.
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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    Dave-

    If that is so, then we need to take action... Johnny

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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    I concur, a forum for this discussion would be very benifical. Would need sub catagories though to be most productive; i.e. legal, ammenities, sutlers, parking, medical emergencies, cancelation issues, registeration, pre-event site work, civilian volunteer staff, media.

    Good idea.
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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    Not sure I've seen that suggestion before but it's a good one. I'll create a folder.

    http://www.authentic-campaigner.com/...play.php?f=110
    Last edited by paulcalloway; 09-03-2007 at 09:10 AM. Reason: Folder #110 created
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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    What board is best for event Organizers to bang their head against...LOL
    Just another self proclaimed expert,

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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    Pat,

    That would definitely be a deeply grained, burled, and knotty wood subject to splintering, crowning, and warping.

    I suppose a folder would be a good substitute for those who haven't viewed the Power Point presentation on this very subject. It was a keeper.

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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    To all:

    Boreguard has the right idea for sub folders too. We need specifics as sub-categories to be even more effective in this realm.Boreguard's idea above--- i.e. legal, ammenities, sutlers, parking, medical emergencies, cancelation issues, registeration, pre-event site work, civilian volunteer staff, media

    As well as a disclaimer on the header saying:

    "Try what you will, but you are of your own decisions. This is what has been practiced before by others who have and want to share experience. The AC takes NO responsibility for failure to follow safety when using these suggestions or when you the individual acts stupidly of your own initiative."

    I hate legalese.

    I care deeply about the hobby and want to see others do also. We don't need negative press.

    Thanks- Johnny Lloyd
    Last edited by Johnny Lloyd; 09-03-2007 at 11:15 AM.

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    Without research standards, there can be no authenticity.
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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    Johnny,

    That is what threads are for, and I suspect Paul would have a few words to say about the administration of such a number of sub-sub fora, etc. Considering the number of people who organize high quality events stands at about two dozen, some of this may be moot, but at least it has the potential to be educational.

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    Re: Mechanics of an event

    On the subject of sub-categories - hold up.

    There's a history lesson in itself here - when we first set up the vbulletin software for the AC, Scott McKay created 100s of folders. He was all about the logistics and soon we had a mammoth directory structure that was too confusing for any to follow. In fact, it was too confusing for the software and our computers to follow and the simple act of listing and editing the folders would stall... it was a mess to administrate.

    I see the same thing with other new discussion forums that create so many folders that no one knows what to do with them and they remain empty and just serve to confuse board members and water down the discussion.

    We had to go back and merge much of Scott McKay's original folder structure... it took days. The AC now has 110 folders and sub-folders and the school of thought that has developed is - we'll create sub-folders when the volume of discussion warrants the creation of same. That's still the best course of action.

    Use the new folder as it is and if the volume of discussion grows, we'll consider creating additional sub-folders.
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