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 »

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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