Help the autocrat

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There are lots of things you can do to help the autocrat of an event:

  • weeks/days before the event
    • Book early for an event to help planning
    • ALWAYS tell the autocrat/feastocrat any special dietary requirements (or expect to not be able to eat much). Yes, this does include vegetarians.
    • If you can help with a particular job, like cleaning up, let the autocrat know in advance that they'll have a helper (and don't then cancel out for anything other than a dire emergency).
    • Often autocrats/feastocrats can use an extra driver to transport stuff from one place to another.
    • Offer to advertise their event to your local group/the group you know you'll be visiting tomorrow.
  • on the day of the event, before it starts
    • Cooks always have things needing chopping up, benches to scrub, trailers to unpack.
    • Organisers may have pavilions to set up, eric ropes to lay out, etc.
  • during the event
    • Give the autocrat and feastocrat a hug.
    • There are almost always dishes and odd jobs in the kitchen for a non-cook, as well as jobs serving (bringing food to the tables).
    • The kitchen is a great way to meet people at an event, and to learn to cook in a medieval way.
    • Obey any instructions by the autocrat in a timely manner without complaints (unless the instruction is really unreasonable - try not to quibble about minor things).
    • Volunteer - ask what can be done.
    • If everything's under control, don't get in the way. Relax, and enjoy the event.
  • at the end of the day (packup)
    • Halls get swept/mopped.
    • Kitchens have dishes.
    • Bins need emptying.
    • Banners get taken down.
    • Pack up your stuff into a neat pile so it is out of the way of cleaner-uppers.
    • Tables and chairs often get put away.
    • Pavilions taken down.

Remember that the event only works if people work together.