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Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Telling or not telling?

I have a small dilemma. I'm making a backlog scroll for a person and I can't decide whether I should let it be a surprise or if I should ask them what they would enjoy - period, motives and such.
Surprises are always nice, but a backlog is also a rare chance to get that custom-made scroll.
If it were you, what would you prefer?


Racaire said...

...a backlog scroll - I think I would prefer to know it... :)

Aryanhwy merch Catmael said...

I've got a number of feelings about this.

One thing that I love about doing backlog scrolls is doing a bit of research -- finding out what the person does, where and when their persona is from -- and trying to do a scroll which has at least some elements appropriate for their persona. On the other hand, I have occasionally contacted a person to ask them what their preferences are. I don't think that "contact the person" and "have the scroll be a surprise" are all that exclusive. If you're told "I'd really like something suitable for an 11th century Welsh persona with a text in Latin", that still gives you a huge amount of discretion and the result will still probably be a surprise.

For me personally, if I had a backlog scroll, I'd be happy either way.

Lia de Thornegge said...

I would definitely get in touch with the recipient and ask if they have any preferences. They have already been surprised at court (hopefully) with receiving the award.

Knowing that someone is working on the scroll for you is also quite nice, I think. Then you know the thing is in progress and you were not forgotten.

Merlyn Gabriel said...

here is my take on the whole backlog thing... 1stly the award is no longer a surprise. So the whole I want to surprise the person is a bit off, at least I think so. And I think it is GOOD to let a person know their long awaited back logged scroll is being done. Somehow that's so much better than not knowing and waiting and then giving up hope.

Personally I don't think a back logged scroll assignment should be a secret, too often this has been the case and then for what ever reason the scribe vanishes and the scroll is assigned but no one knows to whom and the recipient is stuck in limbo.

just my take on it