18 Aug
2015

The 1st Goat Division

1stGoatDivThis year I became a member of an unexpected company, the MidRealm fighting 1st Goat Division.  This has already become one of the high points of my Pennsic 44. Allow me to share the tale with all who will listen about how a motley crew of fighters snuck into the backfield and caused havoc among our enemy ranks.

Our tale begins on Thursday of war week. The woods battle isn’t something I often look forward to. It’s a hour long resurrection battle with 3 flags (or maybe 5?). I’m not certain because I’ve rarely seen any flags outside the closest one to our resurrection point.

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21 Jul
2015

A Pennsic without Beer

armoredbeed2As I finish my last minute garb projects in the last stretch before Pennsic. I got to thinking about what to post while I’m at Pennsic, and I was planning out my stories a little bit. I’m sure everyone will have at least one night under the stars with a drink and a warm fire, sharing stories. You need a good story.

For some reason when I think of stories that are supposed to be scary, this image always comes to mind, but then it makes me giggle, “then a man with a hook for a hand jumps out.”

When I was ten, that was a good story, but times are a little different now. Anyone group as well armed as us as little fear from lurking hookmen. So What would make a scary Pennsic story? Read More »

16 Jul
2015

Langar Thurs

11390062_494397690719885_1732053535551666005_nThe Midrealm is full of great traditions and distinguished artifacts. People have poured immeasurable life force into making truly epic items, and over time, legends have grown from them. Today I will speak of Langar Thurs.

A year ago, the not-yet Sir Alreckr selected me to be the champion of this piece of Midrealm history. I became it’s 7th holder, and I am honored keep it for a short time until it must be passed on again.

What is Langar Thurs? Read More »

14 Jul
2015

The Unbelt’s Battle

1085037_10100683013362924_571700300_oBeing part of the Unbelted Champions team has been meant many things to me: from being the worst I ever felt in armor, to the point that I even considered giving up the SCA altogether and also the most proud moments of my SCA career. It’s something that has shaped me and the way I look at fighting. Read More »

30 Jun
2015

The Perfect Event

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What does it take to make the perfect event? Does it need to offer that special class you’ve been waiting for? A tournament with a nifty prize, or a your favorite melee scenario? Read More »

11 Jun
2015

A Mile in a Another Man’s Helm

buckethelm1There is an old adage that says: “You do not know a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes.”  But, do you any more about a person after walking a mile in his helm?

I’m sure those in Cleftlands would disagree, but those of us here in Middle Marches have always considered Sir Nikolai to be a Tirnewydd Knight.

When Sir Nikolai moved away, he left behind a green bucket helm. It was added to our loaner gear and nearly every new fighter we’ve had since is part of an Order: the Order of the Green Bucket Helm.

Made deep within the mines of the Hocking Hill in a time long past the knowledge of mortal men (1989) Baron Larmorak of Dunsinane forged helms within the bowels of great iron keeps of old, and one of these legendary helm was forged for Sir Nikolai.  Read More »

4 Jun
2015

Tactical Youth Combat

Image5Tactical Youth Combat and Mixed Adult-Youth Melees

If you know a youth who enjoys padded weapon combat, or if you are an adult who would enjoy fighting with padded weapons and young people, come to North Oaken War Maneuvers.

Big ideas are brewing to make SCA combat more fun, more inclusive and accessible to all. Plus, we’ll teach melee tactics in a easy to learn setting.
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3 Jun
2015

Shadowed Stars

10394063_10206884264815138_8320285307939489095_nThis weekend I watched history being made as the Shire of Shadowed Stars became the Barony of Shadowed Stars, the 20th Barony in the Middle Kingdom, and Fergus and Maggie became the first Baron and Baroness of Shadowed Stars.

How does a local group benefit from becoming a Barony?

The smallest group in the SCA is known as a Shire or Canton. As the population of active members grows to forty or more, that group has the option of starting the long process of becoming a Barony.
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28 May
2015

Why Fight in Crown?

nick1Crown Tournament has grown to become one of my favorite events, if not my favorite event, on the event calendar.  Everyone dresses in their nice garb. I get to geek out for weeks about those who are fighting.  Everyone works to make the day camps look nice.
And banners, I like heraldic banners.

As period music fills the background, the fighters process out with their consorts and say words of boasts, of bravery or of the beauty of their ladies. For a moment as they all stand in front of those who have traveled great and far to attend.  Excitement fills the room; those worthy combatants seem radiant. Read More »


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