Sunday August 2 2009

Brave New War, Part II

By DonalBane of Blakmers
Battlefield Reporter
Pennsic Independent
So Pennsic War XXXVIII will offer a whole new take on the war. How exactly will it work?
First, let’s have a word about War Points. Every individual competition will be worth an “event” point. This applies to both the traditional war and the Middle-East vs. the Known World war.
Whichever side wins more event points during each day will win one War Point.
Both wars will be best-of-three affairs, with whichever side wins two out of three days winning the war.
Along with Opening Ceremonies, Sunday is also “champion’s day” in the traditional war, with the archery, rapier, belted, unbelted and allied champions all having their say. Each of these is worth one event point each.
Be aware that start times for the champions’ events have changed from the Pennsic Book: start time is 1 p.m. for archery champions; 12:30 p.m. for rapier champions; 2 p.m. for belted and unbelted champion; and 3 p.m. for allied champions.
On Monday, it’s time for the Great Armies to take the field for two new battles, each worth one war point.
The River Battle will begin at 10 a.m. and will be three 20-minute fights over three bridges over a curving river. To possess a bridge, an army must raise two flags over each bridge. Possession over a majority of bridges at 10 minutes and at the end of each fight wins the fight; whoever wins two of three fights will win the event point.
About 45 minutes after the river battle will be the Gate Battle. This 45-minute, unlimited resurrection battle will be fought over five gates, with the side possessing the most gates winning the event point.
The rapier fighters, who will contest their Field Battle at 3 p.m, will decide Monday’s final event point.
Tuesday is the final day of the traditional war, with the three event points being determined by the conclusion of the first populace archery shoot and two field battles.
The fun will begin after the second Field Battle. That’s when a ceremony will be held ending the traditional war and opening the new war.

Og on Alcohol

You should be proud. You have done well. No, I am not talking of your garb or your fighting prowess, nor your scribe work, A&S or storytelling, though they are all very nice. I am talking about your kids.
OG on our greatest treasure
Our LegacyThe next generation of the SCA
From my chair, I have seen babies turn to toddlers turn to urchins turn to teens turn to fighters and squires. They are a joy and a wonder. I have seen teens going around helping us grayhairs with our tents and camps. The youth fighters fight with honor and passion. They fight fair and they fight hard. Armies of urchins sell you your paper. Take some time and go through the youth A&S. I did last year and was very impressed.
Are our children perfect? No! But none of us are. My son spent way too much time on video games. I spent my youth in a smoky bar with a pool cue and a beer. Equally bad if not worse. But what I saw last year amazed me. When a teen did cause a problem, two other came over and tried to make it right. They are policing themselves… a sign of true maturity.
We could learn much from our children. Will there be problems? There always have been and always will be, but let us not punish all for the acts of a few. Let us lead by example and look to the good that our children do. There is much to brag about.
Lords and Ladies!
Charge your glasses and raise them high!
We drink to those not old enough to drink with us, but someday soon they will buy the beer! To the next generation! May they enjoy all the successes we have had and also enjoy all the failures. Failures are part of learning. Failures can be a lot of fun. So says the fat, old, drunken…

Pennsic’s Best Kept Bardic Non-Secret

TSivia bas Tamara v’Amberview
Features Reporter -- Pennsic Independent

For the 12th year in a row, the Chalkman Pub’s bardic competition was held Friday night to an appreciative audience. The houses of Sea Chameleon and The Burly Ten Pint Men have been holding their bardic competition at the edge of the old Tuchux Hill to a house so packed that the camp walls have to be lowered to accommodate spectators. This year’s competition featured about 15 acts, from a capella performances to guitar, mandolin, and even small (Uillean or Northumbrian) pipes.

Jointly emceed by Lord Commodore Robin McCauley and Lord Hennessey, the Chalkman bardic is aimed at entertainers who do not work with drums as their primary instrument. As Lord Hennessey put it, “Put a couple of doumbeks together and you have a drum circle. We’re aiming at the performers who are looking for a venue where they don’t have to compete with the drumming.” Most nights the Pub is open, it becomes a jam session spot for many bards of the Known World.

The Chalkman Pub itself runs Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays of the two weeks of Pennsic, and features house band Revelwood as well. Information on entering their bardic competition (which is by pre-registration only) can be found at their website:

This year’s competition featured entertainers from across the Known World, and performances included Master John ap Wynne performing a Gaelic love song, Andrew Scarheart with a stirring rendition of “The Minstrel” (not the 1900s song of the same name), and Jean, singing “Morgan le Fey”.

Winners of the Master of Ceremony’s awards were “The Omega Company Pick-Up Band” with three Irish reels, Rutger with “Bound for South Australia”, and Terrace Fire with “Crooked Jack”. The winners for originality were “Fezzes Down”, while Don Andrew won for Best Performance. The Stage Presence award went to Master Cedric of Ansteorra for a hilarious song with an “R” rating, while last year’s overall winner Michael Kelly of An Tir took the Musical Quality award with his rousing rendition of Master Hector of Ealdormere’s song “Rise”. The overall winners of this year’s Chalkman Pub bardic were “The Respectable Hooligans” doing a medley of pieces including the original composition “Hooligan’s Reel”.

With well over 100 attendees (and a “drive by” service window for those desirous of refreshment but unable to get through the crowd to the bar), the Chalkman Pub Bardic was a most lively and enjoyable experience for both performers and audience alike. Next year, check the web site before you leave for War, and pencil in the show for your enjoyment.