6 Jan

2013 Reviewed Graphically Part 3

Pennsic time has come! Oddly most pics seem to stop when the sun goes down. This looks like all we did is fight, a lot of the real magic wasn’t documented. We would generally be on the list all day, and off to Royal Encampments, parties, dinners, balls, etc… at night. We ran hard and slept little. It was a great time.

I can’t thank the all the wonderful people that helped us out in untold ways. This kingdom is comprised of some truly amazing people.

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2 Jan

2013 Reviewed Graphically Part 2

May until the start of Pennsic!

Pennsic will likely be it’s own image just due to the fact that Pennsic is the most of the SCA.

Full sized image at this link: http://www.lozengia.com/dcrackel/2013-2.jpg

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1 Jan

2013 Reviewed Graphically Part 1

Due to the amount of time, this took I’m breaking it up into parts. Please enjoy.  (To much content for a preview, you’ll have to click the link)

Full sized image at this link: http://www.lozengia.com/dcrackel/2013-1.jpg

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4 Dec

One jump, One whistle, And one….

gebhardbassWhat is the hardest activity you’ve ever tried to do in the SCA?

I’ve eaten things I’m pretty sure were made out of eyes. I’ve burned myself metalworking. I once (accidently) cup shotted a Duke, who shortly after was kind enough to give me a personal lesson on defense. I’ve made and failed many times on complicated garb. I’ve nearly lost fingers making crossbows. I could go on for sometime listing things I’ve done I considered to be hard.
However, the hardest thing I’ve done to date is try to play music in the SCA. Read More »

25 Nov

Of Beavers, Garb Police and Giving Thanks

downloadIs Thanksgiving a period holiday?  I know at a glance you’d balk and think “How can anything celebrated in the modern United States be period?”.  With a minor amount of research, done between the loading gaps of my steaming shows, I can tell you concretely, 100% that Thanks Giving is… sorta period…. ish… but not really.

However, I have also concluded that Thanksgiving as we know it is only Mostly not Period. That’s different than Completely not Period. When it’s completely non-period, there is only one thing you can do: give it to Gold Key. Read More »

18 Nov

…with Vengeance (or Justice)


The week after Coronation, I pulled up to Their Majesties home with the Fun Bus to pick up everyone and everything needed for the event. Let’s see: large wood chests, benches, thrones, banners, Bass, over sized music stand, lute, three large bags of armor, water cooler, helms bags…. But what’s this? Among the regalia is long wooden box, beautifully made. I immediately recognize what would be in such a box. It is Oathbinder, our most cherished symbol. The Midrealm’s sword of state. Read More »

14 Nov

Royal Carrier of Heavy Things

royal1It has been a great honor to assist with a Royal reign.

It takes many people to make a reign run smoothly. For example someone with amazing talent will be needed to sew, paint, applique and embroider garments to make them worthy of a King or Queen and someone with excellent communication skills to organize staff and make needed arrangements.  I, too, have my part.  It’s mostly to carry the really heavy things from the back of the oversize van to someone off in the distance. Up hill. Both ways.

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11 Nov

Connecting to things once broken

ballroomTheir Majesties of the Middle Kingdom, my beloved Katayoun, myself and many others loaded up into my van of unreasonable size headed out to Crystal Ball. Our local Crystal Ball expert and dance laurel Mistress Felice wished for us to stop at City Museum in St. Louis, near the event location. 


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21 Oct

Getting your head in the game

1239694_10153245899695262_479868300_nOne of the comments that often comes up from people who have been in Crown is about the “head game”, and how to get ready for it.

Over time, as I have entered tournaments, I put a lot of thought (as much as someone who gets hit in the head on a regular basis is capable of) into how to approach a hard fight mentally. Read More »

16 Oct

Being a King…

King1At Rendezvous at the Bridge, His Majesty made a remark about not being able to fight as much as he had before He won crown. Someone responded with something similar to “Why not fight as much You want? You’re the King” He replied, “I’m not the King of only the armored fighters, I’m the King of the entire Middle Kingdom”.

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