12 May
2015

Does fighting fix everything?

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Growing up, I’m sure we all heard “fighting never solves anything”.  Yet, fighting is the staple of the SCA.  Our combat, for better or worse, sets our hobby apart from many others.

Is fighting bad? Nearly every martial art teaches the importance of not only understanding oneself, but also your environment and opponents. The study of a martial form becomes the forge that molds and shapes us, working out the impurities and turning us into something more.

This is quite a claim. Could it be true? If it was true, could it mean that fighting fixes everything? Read More »

7 May
2015

The Passing of the Crown

wayupAfter Coronation, I wanted to write about how inspiring Count Cadogan and Countess AnnMarie have been during their Reign, while also stating my excitement for the upcoming Reign of Their Royal Majesties Ragnvaldr and Arabella. This has had me torn: Does complementing one diminish the other?

Which work of Michelangelo is the greatest? David? The Sistine Chapel? The dome of St Peter’s Basilica? Maybe another? Read More »

21 Apr
2015

No Heroes

premer“No Heroes” was the sign on the wall of a company I interviewed at during a recent time of unemployment. It was a tech company, and they were pitching how everyone gives a contribution to the team effort and no one is a hero. They don’t even want them;  they cause too much trouble. Read More »

25 Mar
2015

Is Armored Combat Dying Out?

dead1There is a question that seems to come up fairly frequently. Are we dying out? Are the number of Armored combatants decreasing? Is there anything we can do about it?

These are all very good questions to ask. This is complicated chain of questions so we must clear up a few things before I can get into answering them. Read More »

17 Mar
2015

A Midrealmer’s Guide to Gulf Wars

2015-03-16Life has gotten very busy for me recently, and trying to keep up with the ever growing list of responsibilities has left me unable to attend Gulf Wars. It was pretty easy to put on a brave face a week ago, but now as I have hugged my friends good bye, and watched the ever increasing numbers of “Gulf Wars” messages from social media, I can’t help but miss everyone and wish I was there.

A number of my friends will be attending their first Gulf Wars this year. I had hoped to be there to show them around; in my absence I’ve made this guide.


A Midrealmers Guide to Things to do at Gulf Wars.
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15 Mar
2015

Medieval Torture Devices for Home Use

goatstandSadly, due to a variety of mundane issues, I’m unable to attend Gulf Wars this year. Instead, I’m trying to knock out items on my to-do list. One of them was to construct this device. I thought it would be fun to post an image of it, and see how many of my friends knew what it was for. Some of the answers were very creative.

This has always been what I like about the SCA.  We don’t guess at what it was it like in the Middle Ages, we do what they did. So what is this device used for? I’ve put together some of the top theories to see which one you think is most likely the use for this device.

 

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3 Feb
2015

Award Chart Updated

The award chart has been updated to included the recent changes with the 4th peerage. Congratulations steel fighters!

Click see the full version, or follow this link

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30 Dec
2014

Bucket List

screen-shot-2013-12-15-at-9-13-15-amLife is about to change in a dramatic way at my house: we just closed on a new one. All the normal stresses and uncertainties that come with buying a new house and moving are in full tilt in our lives. In addition, my wife and I are also looking at a major lifestyle change, one that when it was originally pitched I blurted out. “I know nothing about any of that. I can’t image how that would work” Read More »

19 Dec
2014

Gross Von Krampus

Lack of Control
by
Gebhard Rauten


Brom_KrampusInspiration: Gebhard Rauten has only recently come to learn of Krampus. He has been infatuated with the demonic Santa counterpart ever since.

Krampus offers a rare gift, greater than any wooden horse, gold coin or any other present. Krampus offers something unique and special, a second chance. He cuts through poor life choices, arrogance and rationalizations to come to the truth of the matter and gives an opportunity to turn life around. If that makes him an angel or a demon I suppose will depend on which side of the fence you’re on.

Background: Captain Bran is part of a medieval reenactment group that has a tournament of some sort or another nearly every weekend. On the weekend of this story, he and his friend drove nearly 8 hours to take part in an event. Part way through, they stopped for some sleep. Overnight, someone stole his helmet out of his friend’s car who he’d been riding with.

Sometime after Bran arrived at the event without his helm, the following message was posted on Reddet.

“Last night someone broke into my mom’s car, rifled through her glove box and left a heavy, dirty brown knapsack in her front seat. Her first thought was ‘there’s a human head in there’ because apparently the bag smelled very badly.

When she finally opened the bag, she found an old Medieval helmet with chainmail. No one in my family knows what to make of this, especially considering they didn’t break into the car violently. Creepy!”

His helmet had been found a couple houses away on the same side of the street, in a similar car. Bran was able to recover it before returning home.

That is what we know. I will now fill in what we did not.


 

It was a cold, dark night as Ty walked along the side of the road between rows of houses. He could see his breath hang in the air, and he wrestled with the thoughts in his mind. He always had a lot on his mind these days. Read More »


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