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, with comments.
Below you'll 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.
Mockup's: the bascinet's three
levels are not 'real entries' but mimic some of the simplest seen from past
Please provide the following
information with each entry:
4. Technique/Materials PERIOD
5. Technique/Materials MODERN
(if you 'deviate' from no. 4 above, explain why: cost/time/dangerous material,
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!)
Additional 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
7. Appendix if desired (very
helpful: step-by-step process photos; images of extant objects; tools used,
Period; tools used, Modern; excerpts of rare/key 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).
Documentation examples with
Alexander's 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.
Juliana's Tablet Woven Pouch:
Ice Dragon 1st time entrant's documentation.
Phiala's Needles: Documentation
of a very 'spare' style. Elegant and complete.
Valgardr's Viking trim on
a Hat: like Phiala's work, this documentation excels in its succinct format,
while hitting all the high points:
Bedwyr's Rushlights: example
of a "novel" study where there isn't a lot of Period how-to info on
an example of a complex project (longer page length):
Gille and Nanzydon's Vitruvius'
Scorpion (BIG bow-driven weapon): An example of a huge project involving two
artisans and long-term research (25 pgs, and they are still adding more.). Careful
organization of supporting material is CRITICAL here to be certain the judges
can navigate thru it all. The overall presentation works well as a research
paper, considering length and detail supplied.
Katja's Ymber day tart: A
good example of a narrative style, pleasantly readable. Gives a feeling of 'climbing
into the contestant's mind as you read. Also shows the use of 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 gives immediate
(no page flipping) access to bibliographic info.
Odriana's Roasted Chicken
with Stuffing: Another nicely organized documentation arrangement.
NOTE: Rhiannon will try to
add more examples to this list as time permits.
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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