12 Jan
2016

Having a Grand Day

12265945_1642982065984149_8890926099617996510_oI think Grand Day of Tournaments may have been the most fun I’ve had at a tournament event to date. I know that it’s a few months overdue, but sometimes it’s good it let things settle out before making your “Best Of” lists.

First, I should start by thanking Jason Ironfist. I had forgotten my elbow cops at home, and he loaned me his. Jason has been an unbelt I’ve admired for a long time, someone really should knight that guy.

I, as I always do, had a great time in the Tournament at Grand Day. I love the betting pools. I think they are a great way for non-fighters to get engaged with the fighting, and even to learn the names of the fighters.

I had a whole day of great fights, all hard but clean. You can’t ask really ask for better.   Read More »

5 Jan
2016

Talking Back to the Future

fluxDecember 5th was my 10 year SCA anniversary. In 2005, that was the first practice I attended after learning about the SCA from a guild member in World of Warcraft.

If you could have asked your future self questions, what sort of questions would you ask? Discounting what stocks should I pick or who won the last 10 years of super bowls, what would you want to know?

I’ve thought about that a little bit… here’s how I think that would go if I could call back in time and talk to my newbie self.
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9 Oct
2015

Changing Seasons

coronation4Getting used to long car rides is something everyone in the SCA is accustomed to. Often our car ride are cause for tales of valor, calamity and circumstance. The time frame for these tales are often related to “during the reign of so-and-so and so-and-so”. As the seasons change, I like to take a look back and remember. Read More »

9 Sep
2015

Of Lozenges, Baronies and War

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As a fighter, a large part of any event is going to be spent lumbering around a field. My theory on why so many events run together is the fact that the majority of grass fields in the midwest tend to look alike.
If I think about it, the events that stand out do so for a variety of reasons. One event nearly ten years ago still makes me laugh to this day. It was an event I went to when I could count in single digits the number of events I had attended. Read More »

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 »


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