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[From the hilarious and often NSFW, Bascinet]

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Get Vintage!


I'm up for the sword fights anyway.

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The Third Tournament. Amazing how far we've come.

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A Very Late Ruby Joust Perspective

Looking out on ruby joustSeems like it’s well past time to do a recap of Ruby Joust. Memories fade!

Bryce & Kim were kind enough (it seemed) to find a place for my arming tent in their camp. Little did I know their hidden motivations, and my new nickname, which mostly rhymes with “Citronella.”

Friday I got on site well before dark, since I had taken off work. So set up was lazy and easy, though I understand that many, many other people had significant drama with their land allocation. Very glad to have dodged that.

I overheard TJ say he was off to get pizzas so I threw some money at him and that took care of dinner. A bit scattered, it would have been nicer to have some sit down time with folks I don’t get to see often enough.

I resolved not to have any alcohol Friday night, as it does affect my performance the next day. This proved wise!

Ross and his family arrived and Sir Arradd was kind enough to let all of us share his list-side pavilion. Ross’ people all seemed to have a good time wandering the site in my borrowed garb.

Quite a surprise to find out about the schedule for the day. I understand why things were changed, but the lack of updates on the site (and notices of the updates for those who had checked earlier) meant that my Ruby Joust and that of Ross & his family, worked out only due to dumb luck. We had made our plans based on the web-published schedule, which bore no relationship to the actual plan for fighting.

Opening rounds of Ruby were done in 3 tournies: a set of four pools, a speed tourney, and a no-shields bearpit. I fought all sword and shield except for two greatsword bouts. During the first one I exploded my greatsword, as shown here, but got through that fight with a borrowed one. Ursus told me he got pics of the exploding sword, but I haven’t seen them. What a shame! Later, fighting John Bighead, I found the difference between HRH Vlad’s greatsword and mine to be odd enough that it affected the fight--but it is a poor workman who blames his tools. 

I decided to skip the speed tourney, and took pics instead. Those I posted earlier. But I armored back up for the no shields bearpit, and to my great pleasure, was undefeated but for one bout with Sir Ragnar, who fought very very well that weekend. In fact, it was so clear that the majority of the fighters I faced had NO idea how to deal with a paring of their greatsword vs. a polearm that immediately after the tourney I convened an impromptu class on it with HRM Vlad’s help.

My thanks to the ladies and other notables who saw fit to invite me to Sunday’s fighting for the Ruby Prize. Notably, at least one knight also mentioned to me that Ross would likely have been invited too, but he was just there for Saturday. Ross certainly fought well in the first two tourneys, giving a duke a long fight in the speed tourney!

Sunday I was remarkably not exhausted or so stiff that I couldn’t move. With four pools of eight, with two from each pool advancing, my pool was deep enough that I could not be assured of making it to the final eight. But I did advance, even though I lost twice.

At that point, I was very happy to have found myself, at the very least, in the final eight, fought single elimination to a final of two out of three.

Luckily, in my first semi-final I pulled out my best shot of the event vs. Sir William Shoprat, who I set back on his heels with a hard rush at lay on, then managed a very fast, smooth leg shot that put him on his knees. Once he was there, I introduced him to my newish sword manipulation techniques, where I grabbed the bottom tab of his basket hilt with my shield hand and pulled his head defense away from his head.

So, happily, I now found myself in the final four.

My next bout was with the ultimate winner, Sir William, whose strength and speed give me tremendous trouble. I tried keeping the outside to avoid that speed, but he picked off my sword arm on a blow and I yielded the fight. As I lost to the winner in the final four, I like to think that means I finished third for the day. A much, much better showing than I expected. It has re-enthused me! 

At my 26th Joust. In July of 1986, I came to Diamond Joust XII, where I line marshaled as I wasn't authorized yet. I watched Duke Michael and Prince Klaus in the finals, with Klaus the ultimate winner of the day.

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Supper Club 2011

I've been very very remiss in putting out feelers about Supper Club. Shame on me.

Not sure how to approach this, so I'll just blurt it out: we're becoming victims of our success. Cooking for 10-12 people is something 1 or 2 people can do no problem, but cooking for 18 -24 is a big challenge.

Perhaps we can divide into two clubs? Of course, then we have to worry about kitchen access.

Let's start with figuring out who is interested. Please respond OFF THIS LIST to corby [at] delaflamme [dot] organd let me know:

Who you are
Your arrival day and first day you could cook if that's different
Any dietary restrictions.

Usually we start things up on the thursday or friday of Peace Week, but that's flexible if there are lots of people getting to the war early.

Summer in the Park this weekend!

I know there have been a TON of events recently but I would like to remind our members of the chivalry and esp. our unbelted fighters about the Summer in the Park event this weekend. 

This is a great chance to work on your fighting training and get to work with knights that you normally don't get to see. 

So call your buddies, grab your knight, and jump in the car for the day. It's only about 2 hours west of Richmond proper and is FREE EVENT with a suggested donation. 

Lots and lots and lots of fighting, training, focused work, discussion and teaching. 

Please consider coming out.  

Sir Bryce de Byram,OL,OP (Duane M. Moore) 

* Non Sola Fides *

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Update for Next Week: Coronation, Thursday Practice, Triangle Demo

Just a quick heads up about the coming busy week.

Thursday is the first practice of the school year, a great chance to catch the eye of new and returning students. At the Dells, as ever, weather permitting. Otherwise we're at the parking deck at Scott Stadium.
We're attending Coronation on Saturday. And I haven't mentioned this yet, but HRH Kalisa has asked me to be her Champion, so I'll be busier during this reign than I have been recently.
Then Sunday we have the Isenfir Triangle Demo, where we pull out the stops to catch the students we have attracted with Monday's Student Activity Fair and Thursday's practice. Please come out if you can!
Other events I'll be at in the next few months are listed on the calendar link.
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How To Do It

Time: Midnight.

Wine: Three glasses through the evening. And a cider.
Dinner: Stir fry from scratch for 4.
Tire Pressure: Checked & fixed.
Gear: Packed.
Free space: Nearly none.
Difficulty with new, odd shaped shield: None.
Harsh words spoken: Zero.
Gorgeous blondes on that sofa nearby: One.
Time for a shower and bed?: YES
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Brother Can You Spare a Dime on New Year's?

As for the last several years, we're hosting a New Year's Eve Party at Two Dog Hill. And as with most things at our place, it will probably be more than a party: armor making, book research, dancing, cider racking, wine tasting, fight practicing and general craftiness are all on tap. I know for certain that siobhan_sca intends to attend for several days so we can hang a shield for her, do some instruction, figure out armor and perhaps make some gear for her. She is leaning toward Roman with lamellar. I've been thinking of the latter myself for a while. Maybe we should buy some plates ahead of that week.

I'm casting about for a party theme, as I think we have probably used up the novelty of the last two years' "Hats" theme. At the moment, I'm thinking of "Welcome to the Second Great Depression." Instead of soup kitchens, it is nursing a single cup of coffee and a worn out laptop sucking down free wifi at Panera to cruise Linkedin for job prospects. You get the idea.

Ok, not compelling. Help a guy out here!

If you have been before, you're invited again. If you think you would be welcome this time, you almost certainly are. Just let us know you would like to attend so we know how to plan. Bedrooms are first come first serve, as are the sofas.

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Thanksgiving Menu

I'm not a huge believer in assigning things for people to bring to a pot luck. There are enough good cooks coming Thursday that I don't have to worry about 16 people bringing Pepperidge farm cookies.

Still, this time around is our biggest Thanksgiving ever, and possibly the most people I've ever tried to feed for a sit down dinner. And because I always forget some detail, it seems wise to start some sort of list. My major concern is with someone planning to bring something which requires significant stove or oven time, as that is at a premium. Please check with me about such things! I expect the smoker, grill, ovens and cooktop to all be in demand!


  • The Biggest Smoked Whole Turkey That Fits on My Smoker
  • Some Other Turkey, Possibly Deboned Whole, not Smoked.
  • Some Very Large Spinach Stuffed Turkey Breast on the Grill
  • Jen's Ham or Other Main Dish that Looked Good at Costco
  • Adam's Fancy-Schmancy Wild Caught Salmon on the Grill Last Minute
  • Brian & Carrie's Mystery Crockpot Meatballs
  • Maple Glazed Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • Twenty Freakin' Pounds of Mashed Purple Potatoes
  • Blue Cheese Cabbage Slaw
  • Vinegar-Honey Glazed Carrots
  • Corn off the Cob by Special Request
  • Catherine's Rolls
  • Catherine's Cranberry Salad that Might Belong Below
  • Thjora's Pumpkin and maybe other Flavor Pies
  • Cosette's Big Pans of Artery Clogging Cheesecake or Similar
  • Evja's Applesauce Cake?

Things We Need

  • Cornbread
  • veggie snack plate
  • Good bread

Watch this space for changes, updates and additions.

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