Dragon: Hamburg NY- March 18, 2006
Hosted by the Barony of the
Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa, Pentocrat-
email LAS52 AT cornell.edu
Guidelines for writing good
documentation for Ice Dragon
There are many
ways to document your entry. This is a complex and often confusing subject.
Therefore, Rhiannon the Pentocrat, along with some very brave and generous former
entrants (Thank them!,) are going to show you approaches used in past Ice D’s,
see the pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses of several ways to write up
what you know about your entry. In some cases, you’ll see the URL of the original
documentation with the original images, etc. The comments are in RED along with
suggested score increasing activities in BLUE on the downloadable pdf comment
versions. In some cases, especially with the simpler ‘mockup’ documentation,
you’ll see estimated scores- they are a guess only, not a guarantee.
bascinet’s three levels along with some of the simplified versions of Bridgette’s
hat are not 'real entries' but mimic some seen in the past.
provide the following information with each entry:
Nos. 1-5 =
from one to three typewritten pages (one side). It is wise not to exceed 10
pages in this section. (experienced researchers: choose your own path here!)
Items 5 & 6 (Below) = unlimited pages
(Alphabetical by author(s), date, title, publisher, location (specific pgs a
plus); URLs with webpages, author, title. [Footnotes can be used instead, same
if desired (very helpful: step-by-step process photos; images of extant objects;
tools used, Period; tools used, Modern; excerpts of rare documentation with
highlighted passages; samples, etc.) Pagination of Appendix can be used to point
to Appendix locations from 3 pager above.
All Ice Dragon entries must also have a 3x5 card to identify them during
the judging process. Please provide items 1-5 above on that card. 3x5 cards
are available on the day of the competition or you can bring your pre-filled
out cards with you. Do not include your name on this card. This card is the
only information on your item available to the public the morning viewing hours
(documentation will be restricted to judges only during that time period).
examples with Comments:
Bascinet example: This is a 'pretend' entry at 3 levels: very sparse info, medium
info and a simple one pager, along with comments on possible point score outcomes.
The same exact object is described in each one.
Tablet Woven Pouch: Ice Dragon 1st time entrant's documentation.
Needles: Documentation of a very 'spare' style. Elegant and complete.
Viking trim on a Hat: like Phiala's work, this documentation excels in its succinct
format, while hitting all the high points:
Rushlights: example of a "novel" study where there isn't a lot of
Period how-to info on subject.
an example of a complex project (longer page length):
and Nanzydon's Vitruvius' Scorpion (huge weapon): An example of a huge project
involved two artisans and lengthy research (25 pgs). Careful organization of
supporting material is CRITICAL here to be certain the judges can navigate thru
it all. Works better as a research paper, considering length and detail supplied.
Ymber day tart: no commentary; good example of using footnotes instead of a
stand-alone bibliography. Harder for judges to quickly check the level of the
sources by flipping to the stand-alone bibliography, though.
Roasted Chicken with Stuffing: commentary not available. Another nicely organized
If you have questions on these
categories, please email the Pentocrat ,
Mistress Rhiannon y Bwa: LAS52 AT cornell.edu. Thank you.
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