A good friend asked me to bring this up for discussion:
Court is a fact of SCA life when playing at a certain level. Good courts can be entertaining, compelling, emotional and hilarious. Bad courts are like chewing on your own intestines. For three hours.
How would you make courts better? Or, barring that, shorter?
One proposal is to farm out AoAs for people living in Baronies to the Barons and Baronesses to give out. I'm of two minds about this. As a court herald, AoAs are almost always my biggest headache. They involve the highest percentage of wrong names, wrong information, missing recipients and AWOL scrolls. You rarely have to chase someone getting a Peerage around a Kingdom until they bother to attend a court. When I was doing Andreas & Gabriella's second reign, there was a guy we called for every single court who never showed up. I feel bad for the scribe who labored over that scroll that now lives in a dark corner of the herald folder somewhere.
On the other hand, for the vast majority of SCAdians, an AoA is the only award they will ever receive and the only time they ever get to shake hands with the King and Queen. Why rob them of that experience for mere convenience?
So, discuss this and your other ideas for making Court, particularly Royal Court, less like slow torture.