Good evening, Tyger Populace!
Over the next month or two, I want to educate the populace about events and their purpose as they relate to the Kingdom. To start this series, I want to review what is considered a Kingdom Event, and what is considered a Royal Progress event.
For the purposes of this write up, we are going to pretend Pennsic doesn’t figure into the equation at all as it has some unique intricacies which are outliers. That will be covered in a separate post.
East Kingdom Law Section VIII deals specifically with events. (East Kingdom Law can be located here: https://seneschal.eastkingdom.
In Part A, EK Law notes “Coronations, Crown Tournaments, Twelfth Night, and the various Crown’s Champions Tournaments are Kingdom Events.” As such, the following events are considered to be Kingdom Events:
East Kingdom Twelfth Night (January)
Spring Crown Tournament
Fall Crown Tournament
Arts & Sciences
*Youth Champion at Arms is intended to be run in conjunction with Crown or Coronation, and is not intended to be a separate event.
Kingdom Events are required to split their profits after all expenses are paid with the Kingdom. If the event does not make money, the Kingdom gets none. If the event has a profit of $3000, the Kingdom would receive $1500.
Now let’s look at a Royal Progress Event.
In Part B, EK Law notes “A local branch event that is not a Kingdom Event and at which either or both of the Monarchs are present and hold court is considered a Royal Progress Event.” Events such as Birka, Great Northeastern War, or Baronial Investitures, for example, are considered Royal Progress events but not Kingdom events.
Currently, a Royal Progress event does not share its profit with the Kingdom. A 20% profit share is written into Law to take effect in 2024, pending review of the next two years of financial results.
Why is understanding the difference important?
The profit from Kingdom Events is what generally drives the Kingdom forward. It is the major source of income which keeps the lights on here, and I don’t know about you … but I like the lights on. Currently, Royal Progress events do not aid in keeping the Kingdom moving forward as the profit share written into Law won’t go into effect until 2024.
Generally speaking, if each Kingdom event is separate and not combined with something else, each reign should have approximately six Kingdom Events to attend, averaging out to one a month.
As your group starts entertaining the idea to bid for Kingdom Events, review your budgets. Consider whether or not your bid is going to aid the Kingdom keeping the lights on, or whether it is designed to break even. (Seneschal request: Please make money.) If you need access to previous financials regarding Kingdom events, please contact the Exchequer and he will happily provide those for you.
Over the next several weeks the Office of the Kingdom Seneschal, in conjunction with the Office of the Kingdom Exchequer, will be releasing Tips and Tricks for Kingdom Event bids, information regarding what the Kingdom needs to stay afloat, and how to help pad our Contingency Fund for times when we need to dip in to it.
Thank you all for your service to the Kingdom, for playing our game, and for caring about the people around you. As always, if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Magistra Audrye Beneyt
East Kingdom Seneschal