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East Kingdom Rapier Champs: Results

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-16 16:15

Master Donovan has defeated Don Devillin to earn the honor of King’s Rapier Champion after three bouts as follows:

Round 1: Rapier and Buckler, winner is Master Donovan

Round 2: Rapier and Dagger, winner is Master Donovan

Round 3: Single Rapier, winner is Master Donovan

The Queen’s Champion will be announced during court.

Filed under: Rapier Tagged: champions, fencing, Rapier

East Kingdom Rapier Champs: Finals

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-16 16:03

During the semi-finals, the two competitors entering undefeated each ceded a loss to their opponent putting them on equal footing in the semi-final bouts.. After hard and honorably fought bouts, two rapier fighters remained in contention for the honor of serving as the King’s Champion of Fence. At this point, all losses again reset, and the combatants will fight up to five bouts to decide the Champion. The two combatants are:

1 Master Donovan

2 Don Devillin Mac Phearson


Filed under: Rapier Tagged: champions, fencing, Rapier

East Kingdom Rapier Champs: Final Four

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-16 15:30

After many rounds of honorable fighting, the following rapier combatants are still vying for the honor of becoming the King’s Champion of Rapier:


Master Antonio

Don Melchior Kriebel One defeat Master Donovan Don Devilin


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: champions, fencing, Rapier, tournaments

East Kingdom Rapier Champs: Sweet 16

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-16 15:27

The following rapier combatants have advanced out of their pools and into the double elimination tourney. They are listed in no particular order.

Thomas of Effingham
Garrick mapmaker
Collin Monroe
Douglas Doan
Llewelyn Walsh
Orlando sforza


Filed under: Rapier Tagged: champions, fencing, Rapier, tournaments

East Kingdom Rapier Champs: Rules and Pools

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-16 12:53

Rapier Champions 2017 begins

This morning, the fencers of the kingdom are vying for the honor of serving as the King’s Rapier Champion and the Queen’s Rapier Champion. The King’s Champion will be the winner of the tournament, and the Queen’s Champion will be the Queen’s choice based on skill, comportment, and honor throughout the tournament. Below are the groupings for the round robin portion of the tourney, as well as a reminder of the rules and format:

List 1:

  • Maistre Pascual del Mar
  • Don Collin Monroe of Tadcaster
  • Master Malcolm Bowman
  • Countess Marguerite inghean Lachlainn
  • Lord Alistair Tucker
  • Baron Jonathan Miles
  • Lord Scrooby Doo
  • Eric Guntermut
  • Douglas Doan
  • Katya
  • Isabel del Okes

List 2:

  • Master Jin
  • Orlando Sforza
  • Don Ronan
  • Xavier the Sinister
  • Declan
  • Lady Marguerite
  • Yehuda
  • Omega
  • Prefect Ioannes
  • Harley
  • Eva Von Koln

List 3:

  • Master Thomas del Broc
  • Remy Delamontagne de Gascogne
  • Don Eldrich Gaiman
  • Don Llewelyn Walsh
  • Lady Magdalena
  • Robert Tytes
  • Lady Millicent Rowan
  • Lady Mýrún Leifsdóttir
  • Jan
  • Sterling de la Rosa
  • Murien

List 4:

  • Master Thomas de Castellan
  • Don Melchior Kriebel
  • Dona Sorcha Dhocair
  • Takauji-Don
  • Wentlyanna Bengrek
  • Doroga
  • Lord Olan
  • Piero Quagliati
  • Christoph
  • Wulfgar Silfraharr

List 5:

  • Thomas of Effingham
  • Master Antonio
  • Don Owynn Greenwood
  • Don Brendan Firebow
  • Two
  • Lady Genevieve
  • Montana
  • Matthew Miller
  • Finn
  • Noah
  • Eva Woderose

List 6:

  • Master Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova
  • Engracia de Madrigal
  • Don Devillin McPherson
  • Matthias Grunwald
  • Yin Feng-yu Gongzhu
  • Master Grim the Skald
  • Mairi Crawford
  • Matija Potonik
  • Lord Brian
  • Richild

List 7:

  • Master Donovan Shinnock
  • Don Berrick
  • Gerrick Mapmaker
  • Morwill
  • Baron Larry
  • Ciaran ua Meic Thire
  • Lady Liadan ingen Chineada
  • Lord Rodrigo
  • Lady Martin de Delyon
  • Mercedes
  • Katerina Falconer

List 8:

  • Ogedai
  • Robert Earlsson
  • Don Aiden McShane
  • Don Griffith Davion
  • Jane Milford
  • James
  • Ian
  • Master Hroud Land
  • Katsu-dono
  • Ellynor Redpath
  • Hlafdiga Avelina Keyes

All spelling and title mistakes are the fault of Mistress Leonete D’Angely.

TOURNAMENT RULES from Don Lupold Hass, the current King’s Champion of Rapier
The Overall structure of the day will consist of the perennial favorite of round robin pools followed by a 16 person double elimination tournament, followed by a set of finals with rotating, non-repeating call and response weapons forms.

This tournament is heavy rapier default.  Light rapier may not be used.  C&T is a special consideration, noted below.
Two handed swords may not be used in conjunction with secondary items.
With the active agreement of both combatants, any bout may be fought as Cut and Thrust.  However:
Both combatants must proactively inform the marshal that it is a C&T bout.
I don’t want to hear about anyone trying to badger folks into fighting C&T if they really don’t want to.  I will take a very dim view of this.
Combatants are expected to be mindful of the rest of the tournament when armoring for C&T.  Excessive time spent armoring up that causes a delay may result in forfeiture of the bout.
There will be no recentering.  If you are on the ropes or in a corner, we expect that you wanted to be there or have been placed there by your opponent and you will need to deal with that.

Ideally (space permitting) we’ll have 8 pools, so the top two fighters from each pool can advance.  In this portion of the tournament:
Dead Is Dead.  Double kills are counted as a loss for both combatants.
Bring your best form.
Fights are one and done.
If there are ties to determine who advances, we’ll initially resolve them by who beat who.  In other words, if two fencers are tied for second but one beat the other in the pool, that fencer will advance.  If that doesn’t work due to double kills, we’ll have fightoffs to advance.

The sweet 16 will be a standard double elimination tournament.  In this portion of the tournament:
Those fighters who remain undefeated should display their prowess with single rapier.  Should you take a loss, you may fight with whatever you see fit.
Each pairing will be determined by the best of three passes.
Double kills at this point will be refought for a clean result, so we can keep the tourney tree from becoming a non-Euclidean mess.

In the finals, losses are forgiven, and both final combatants start off on even footing.  It will be the best three of five bouts, with rotating non-repeating call and response weapons forms:
A coin toss will determine which fencer calls their form for the initial bout first.
Forms that can be chosen by combatants consist of Single Rapier, Rapier and Dagger, Case of Rapier, Rapier and Rigid Parry, Rapier and Non-Rigid Parry, and Two-handed Sword.  Single rapier must be used at least once – so if a combatant has not used single rapier by the fifth pass, they are required to use it then.
Forms need not match.
Double kills are refought for a clean result.  Please parry.

Filed under: Rapier Tagged: champions, fencing, Rapier, tournaments

Unofficial Court Report: Bhakail Yule

East Kingdom Gazette - Fri, 2017-12-15 15:23

On Saturday, 9 December, AS 52, Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East, along with their Highnesses Brennan and Caoilfhionn, Prince and Princess of Tir Mara, did attend the Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany event, in their Barony of Bhakail.

Following Their Majesties’ Curia, a quick court was opened.  Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde requested the presence of Margretha La Fauvelle.  Having previously received a writ to sit vigil, she was sent off to contemplate elevation to the Order of the Laurel.

Court was suspended, and there was much merriment during the event.

In the afternoon, court was reopened.  Their Excellencies Rowen and Suba of Bhakail held court.  Once that was complete, Their Majesties Ivan and Matilde continued with their court.

The following gentles were recognized during Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde’s court:

Award Recipient Award Scribe(s) Isbel de Kerbriant Tygers Cub  Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc Nishi’o Kageme Award of Arms  Ian Douglas
W: Anna de Guzman Lillia de Vaux Silver Rapier  Fiona O’Maille ó Chuan Coille Beatrice de Warynton Silver Brooch Mýrún Leifsdóttir
W: Charitye Dale Chana Freidl the Maker Silver Brooch  Brangwyne of Wentworth Girsell MacLeoid Silver Brooch Magdalena Lantfarerin
W: Kay Leigh Mac Whyte Arsinoe Dragonette Silver Brooch w/Award of Arms Onora ingheann Ui Rauirc Gnaea Celera Silver Brooch w/Award of
  Mari Clock van Hoorne
W: Analeda Declan Gobha  Silver Crescent w/Grant of Arms   No Scroll Bird the Bard Troubadour   No Scroll Lu An Hua Silver Crescent w/Grant of Arms   Kis Marika Esmerelda Bytheway Silver Wheel w/Award of Arms     Mýrún Leifsdóttir Eleanora the Tilemaker Silver Wheel   I: Unknown
C: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Margretha La Fauvelle Laurel     Arianna of Wynthrope, from Aethelmearc
W: Alys Mackintoisch Muin Maqq Minain Writ for Laurel   Elen Alswyth of Eriskay

Additionally, Duke Roger of the West was summoned to run with the Children’s Toybox.  When he could not be found, however, Their Majesties requested the presence of Morwill.  But, Duke Roger appeared, and though possibly confused by a unique Eastern Tradition, he did take the toybox to exercise the children.

Sir Harald Hawkinson swore his fealty to the crown.

Angus Pembridge presented a tithe of honey to Their Majesties, Their Highnesses and Their Excellencies.

Business concluded, Their Excellencies Rowen and Suba thanked the musicians for performing throughout the day.  Their Majesties and Their Highnesses added their thanks as well.

Thus was the court of Ivan and Matilde, Tsar and Tsaritsa of the East, closed.

Malcolm Bowman, Brigantia Principal Herald

PS – Thank you to the Heraldic staff for the day: Theodora Bryennissa, called Treannah, and Philippe de Vigneron.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court, Yule

Rules for K&Q’s Bardic Champions Available

East Kingdom Gazette - Wed, 2017-12-13 14:07

East Kingdom Badge – may be used by any citizen of the East Kingdom

Rules and guidelines for the King’s and Queen’s Bardic Champions Competition are now available. They are printed below and can also be found at this webpage.

In an effort to encourage the bardic arts, we suggest that attendees bring small tokens to be given to any performer you find particularly pleasing.

Requirements for competition entry:
You must pre register for the Competition. All entrants must submit an email to the King’s Bard no later than 1 week before the competition indicating their willingness to compete. Out of courtesy to the autocrat & event staff please ALSO pre register for the event.

On the day of the competition each performer shall submit a brief “resume” (such as would fit on an index card) listing the performance types and styles (e.g. songs, stories, jests, musical instruments, poetry, improvisation of diverse kinds, etc.) that the performer is willing to offer upon request, should the performer reach the finals. Competitors are encouraged to be specific (see below for examples). Their Majesties will pick for each finalist one of the performance types listed on that performer’s resume for the final round. This gives the performers a chance to display versatility as well as skill, and gives Their Majesties additional information as they “audition” their next bardic champions.

Competition Format: The competition will take place over three rounds. All performance pieces should be period, period-style*, or otherwise SCA-appropriate**. All performers must perform at least one period or “period style” piece with documentation in either the first or second round.
Excessively bawdy or overtly adult themed offerings are not welcome.

Round 1: Pieces may not exceed 4 minutes, and can be period, period-style, or SCA-appropriate.

Round 2: Pieces may not exceed 6 minutes. Competitors in this round must perform a period piece if they chose to do a non-period piece in Round 1.

Round 3: The assignment for the final round will be determined by Their Majesties, guided by the performer’s earlier works, as well as the information obtained from the performer via their resume. Performers will have a few moments to prepare between the assignment from TRM and the start of performances.

*A period performance is defined as a song, story, or other performance that can be plausibly documented prior to 1601. Original compositions based on period rules of composition, original stories based on period styles, contrafacta to a period tune, and other such performances can be considered a period-style performance, with the required documentation***. For example, a performer could sing a period song with lyrics that have been rewritten modernly, tell a story from the Decameron in English, play an original tune in a period style on recorder, or recite a modern English translation of an Old English poem. Note that original works need not be written by the performer, so long as the style is documentable prior to 1601.

**An SCA-appropriate performance is any non-period piece of an appropriate nature for an SCA Bardic event, which cannot be documented prior to 1601. This would include things like SCA folk songs, or traditional pieces or stories that do not break the illusion of the medieval & Renaissance periods.

*** Documentation is required for at least one of your performances in the first two rounds, and can be supplied on an index card. For all questions concerning documentation, or assistance, please contact one of the current Champions.

Sample resumes:
Romanus Gaius Cantus (SC, OTC, Troubadour) – Roman-style boasts, filk on any topic to the tune of the Maltese Bransle or Greensleeves, good at extemporaneous speaking, can chant war-style marching songs in Latin. Excellent at theatre-style reading text I have not seen before.

Skihald the Viking (King’s Bard to John VIII, Troubadour, Order of the Maunche, Order of the Laurel) – Perform and write Norse-styled poetry in English, tell skaldic tales from 4 to 10 minutes in length from hilarious to morose, excellent teller of jokes, intermediate juggler, have several magic tricks I have worked into period settings.

Ysibeau du Provance – Period pieces in French for solo voice or recorder, Latin sacred music of the 12th century, improvisational harp. Can write small praise poems in French and English with some notice. Familiar with some music from most SCA periods, and SCA-appropriate songs. I am good at selecting music for different occasions.

Haven Fortnight (Bard to Baron of the Place) – I know a handful of period pieces, but my strengths are really SCA-appropriate non-period songs composed by others (traditional, folk tradition, SCA-composers) or by myself. I also play guitar. I can write pieces on commission with some notice. I can play and stroll at the same time. I can write in rhyming verse on short notice on nearly any topic and present it.

Filed under: Bardic Tagged: bardic champions

Court Report: Æthelmearc Academy

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-12-13 10:41

Court Report of Their Royal Majesties Gareth and Juliana from the scrolls of the court at Æthelmearc Academy on the 4th day of November, Anno Societatis LII, in the Shire of Blackwater. Maighstir Uilliam MacantSaoir, Sycamore Herald reporting herald.

Their Majesties bid welcome to the populace and invited all who were attending their first event to come forward. Their Majesties welcomed the newcomers by giving them each a drinking vessel so that they could enjoy themselves at future events.

Their Majesties invited Lord Robert Hawksworth forward, Their Majesties are well aware of Robert’s slyness and speed. Their Majesties entrusted him with the crate of toys to run and hide from the children. Their Majesties then invited the children of the kingdom forward and set them forth on the quest to find Lord Robert and retrieve a toy.

Their Majesties called for Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of the Academy, Mistress Alicia thanked the many teachers who volunteered to share their skills and knowledge at the event.

Their Majesties then requested the presence of Countess Anna Leigh, Countess Anna Leigh spoke of the many donations given to the largesse competition. Their Majesties thanked Countess Anna Leigh as well as the populace who donated items which will be used for gift baskets given by Their Majesties at future events.

Countess Anna Leigh thanks artisans for largesse donations. Photo by Countess Margerite Eisenwald.

Their Majesties then invited Countess Margerite Eisenwald to come forward, During the reign of Marcus and Margerite, They had given two young ladies of the court each a Silver Sycamore for their work in the arts community in the kingdom. Countess Margerite wanted to make sure that they two young ladies received the proper token of the order. Elizabeth von Halstern and Isabelle von Halstern were called forward. Countess Margerite passed on the tokens for the Silver Sycamore.

Their Majesties then asked Elizabeth von Halstern and Isabelle von Halstern to remain. Their Majesties stated that they had seen the hard work that both of these young ladies do for the kingdom including teaching and helping with many events. Their Majesties saw fit to give both the Silver Buccle for their service. As tokens both young ladies received silver buccles worn upon the armor of Count Jehan de la Marche. (Scrolls in progress)

Their Majesties called for Allison Motherwell. Their Majesties had heard of the good works of Allison Motherwell, who makes thrown weapons butts for the throwers of the Shire of Blackwater as well as doing other work for her Kingdom and Shire, and always with a smile. For this, Their Majesties awarded her Arms. (Scroll by THL Renata la Rouge)

Their Majesties then requested the presence of Lord Ulf Barelegs. Ulf has been reported to set up tents in the royal encampment, helps in kitchens, and co-autocrat events. For his hard work, Their Majesties saw fit to enter him into their Order of the Keystone. (Scroll by Lady Dorothea Stark Schutze)

Lord Ulf receives a Keystone. Photo by Countess Margerite Eisenwald.

Their Majesties asked for the presence of Lady Siobhan Renault. Lady Siobhan was not present so Baron Caleb Reynolds came forth to speak for her. Lady Siobhan has traveled the kingdom with her trusty bow and arrows hitting targets wherever she can. Their Majesties, seeing this as valuable to Their army, entered her into their Order of the Golden Alce. ( Scroll by Baron Caleb Reynolds)

Her Majesty again asked for the presence of Mistress Alicia Langland, Chancellor of
the Æcademy. Her Majesty was impressed with the hard work and dedication that went into organizing the Æcademy as Her Majesty had once held the same position. Her Majesty gave Mistress Alicia the Golden Escarbuncle as the Queen’s Inspiration of the day.

Their Majesties again thanked the populace for the work of the instructors and those who came forth to learn throughout the day.

Their Majesties’ court was then closed.

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BBM/Bergental Yule Unofficial Court Report

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 19:47

On Saturday, December 2nd, AS LII, Their Majesties Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde, did visit their Barony Beyond the Mountain, and attended the joint Yule between BBM and Bergental.

In the afternoon, Tsar Ivan and Tsaritsa Matilde began their court.

Baron Dorian of Lewes, Baroness Eloise of Coulter, and Charlotte swearing fealty to TRM. Photo by Baroness Aryana van Wyck.

Their Excellencies, Baron Dorian and Baroness Eloise of Beyond the Mountain, did pledge their fealty to the crown.

Their Majesties did announce the heirs to the Barony Beyond the Mountain, Lord Mark of the Red Hand and Lady Gwenllian ferch Llewellyn ap Henry, and did invite them into court. A formal agreement between Their Excellencies and their heirs was read.

The Children’s toybox was run, and the many newcomers attending their first, second or third event received tokens.  Additionally, these gentles were awarded as follows:


       Name                               Award                                Scribe(s)

Charlotte Tyger’s Cub Aelfgifa of the Hazel Thicket Adelia of Bergental Order of Gawain Beatrix Marxin AoA I: Mairi Crawford

C and W: Nataliia Anastasiia Evgenova Adisa Grimolfsdottir AoA Agatha Wanderer Ikeda Yasu AoA I and C: Robert dwe Makminne

W: Ryouko’jin of the Iron Skies Bartholomew of Northampton Apollo’s Arrow I and W: Emma Makilmone

C: Alexsei Dmitriev John Buchanan Apollo’s Arrow + AoA Johannes filius Nicholai Order of the Silver Tyger Morwenna O Hurlihie Silver Brooch Heather Rose de Gordoun Doroga Voronin Silver Brooch Aleksei Dmitriev Donato Favro AoA Amalie Reinhardt Naia AoA Diego Porcelos AoA C and I: Embla Knútrdottir

W: Nicol mac Donnachaid Akamatsu Tora Silver Wheel Akamatsu Katsumoto Silver Wheel Marion Kirkpatrick Silver Wheel Elena Hylton Silver Wheel C: Harold von Auerbach

I: Carmelina da Vicari Elena Hylton Writ for Laurel


Thus concluded Barony Beyond the Mountain/Bergental Yule


Lady Liadan ingen Chineada

PS – Thank you to Yehuda ben Moshe, Pagan Graeme, Anastasia du Monte, and Marian Kirkpatrick for helping to herald court.

Filed under: Court Tagged: court report, royal court, Yule

Webminister Report Form

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 15:53

Good morning and greetings to the Webministers of the East Kingdom!

It’s reporting season – and linked, please find the 2017 Reporting Form. Please fill out the form for either the year or just for the 4th quarter if you’ve already provided quarterly reports for the year.

The warrant renewal form will be released soon as well, but we didn’t want to bury everyone under these admittedly awesome new Google Forms.

2017 Webminister Report

If you have any questions, please just let us know and we’ll be happy to assist in any way we can.

Matthias von Würzburg, Deputy Kingdom Webminister

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: officers, webminister

Report from East Kingdom Curia: December 9, 2015

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 15:53

The final version of the changes to East Kingdom Law resulting from the Curia held on December 9, 2017 at Yule Revel in Renaissance Germany, in the Barony of Bhakail, can be found on the Seneschal’s website under the Curia tab. The final version can be found by clicking on the Changes made to Law at December 2017 Curia, or here:


The original version is still located by clicking the Agenda link, or here:

The agenda for the Birka curia will be posted in the next few weeks.

I encourage everyone to check the website and read what is proposed for any curia.

Katherine Barr, East Kingdom Seneschal

Filed under: Law and Policy Tagged: curia

EK Pennsic Court Survey

East Kingdom Gazette - Tue, 2017-12-12 15:53


Greetings, East Kingdom!

Brennan and I really like going to Midnight Madness. Unfortunately, EK Pennsic court is traditionally on Wednesday night of War Week, and thus we, as Royals or Populace members, are often tired and the hour is late by the time we are able to get to the merchant area. I am certain we are not alone in this.

Thus, we are contemplating changing the night of EK court at Pennsic this year and we are interested in your opinion on the matter. Please fill out the EK Pennsic Court Survey and let us know your thoughts.

Thank you very much in advance.

In Service to the East,
Caoilfhionn Principissa & Brennan Princeps

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: announcement, midnight madness, Pennsic, pennsic war, royal court, Survey

A Request for Fencers Entering Rapier Champs

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 17:15

Greetings to the Fencers of the Kingdom from the Editors of the East Kingdom Gazette,

We at the Gazette would like to report on the King’s and Queen’s Rapier Champion tourney much the same way we do Crown Tourney, as we continue to expand our coverage of important kingdom events and tourneys.

One of the things that makes it easier to cover tourneys like this is having the list of combatants in advance, to make it easier for our on site reporters to get posts up. Unlike Crown Tourney, Rapier Champs has no requirement for a letter of intent or pre-event sign up.

We have created an online poll with the intent of getting as many names as possible pre-typed and spelled correctly. We have the permission of Don Lupold to do so, however this is in no way official or binding. You will still need to sign up for the tourney when you arrive on site. We fully understand that we will not reach every fencer who may be competing, but each fencer we do reach is one more name spelled correctly we won’t have to type in the moment.

The form can be found here.

Thank you for helping us share the day with those who are unable to be there.  If you have any questions, please email us at Please share this widely so that we can reach as many combatants as possible.

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Update on the Kingdom Email Migration

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 13:21

Greetings once again from the Webministry of the East Kingdom!

The migration of our Kingdom’s email services to Google for Nonprofits proceeds apace. We have now moved 11 branches and the Kingdom Exchequer and his team, and have 7 more branches scheduled for next week. These are out of totals of 67 branches, 11 Kingdom Offices, 3 event sites, and 9 guilds.

Now we have a problem. We’re trying to schedule such that after we receive a branch’s list of officers and create their new accounts, they have a week to get their password set and get accustomed to the new environment before they have to rely on that environment to get their jobs done. However, we don’t have anything to schedule, and this is starting to open up days off on our calendar. We have 4 people doing these migrations, don’t worry about setting us up for days off, we’re covering that just fine internally.

Please, we need the user information spreadsheets returned from every branch or we can’t proceed. (If you’re about to hold elections for all of your Officers, please feel free to hold off until after that. Migrating everything once is enough, we don’t need to do it twice.) Our goal is to complete this migration before the end of the reign of Their Majesties Ivan and Mathilde, which means we have to be migrating something at least every other day in order to succeed. That includes weekends, and holidays. But we can’t migrate without users to migrate.

As a reminder, our calendar can be viewed at:

Also, our Frequently Asked Questions List is accessible at:

Progress is definitely being made on the mechanism that will be used to manage officer transitions in the future (we’re starting to test), and that has lead to some advances in working with mailing lists. I expect these will be ironed out in the next week or so and ready for public consumption.

As always, please direct any questions or concerns to

In Service,
Joel Messerer
East Kingdom Deputy Webminister for Services

Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webministry

Kingdom Website Redesign Planned

East Kingdom Gazette - Sun, 2017-12-10 11:38

Greetings Unto the Good People of the East!

I write to you today as the new Deputy Kingdom Webminister for Design. As you know the webministry is in the process of significant upgrades to our systems. This will include our site. I’d like to talk to you about plans and opportunities for participation. 

Technology evolves rapidly. One goal will be to migrate the site onto a new platform which is in line with current best practices and usability. That will be managed by the Webministry. Where we would like to invite members of the populace to contribute is the “look and feel” of the new site. Come the New Year I will be seeking submissions for a new visual design for I tell you now NOT to overburden anyone at this busy time of year, but to plant a seed that may germinate in your minds.

Further details for those who may be interested in participating:

  • I will draft the guidelines and finalize requirements with the Webministry staff during December/early January.
  • By mid-January provide the requirements and scope of the project/ high-level information architecture along with any rules. Take public questions from then until submissions open.
  • By Birka, begin accepting design submissions and accept them through the end of February.
    • During the visual design submission timeframe I will be working with select webministers and content owners on (NOT yet all of the sub-sites) to plan the content organization and text. Surveys will be shared to gather populace needs and opinions as well as looking at metrics in the various logs our servers keep.
  • During March, we will pare down the designs to those that best meet the requirements and then gather our panel of judges to discuss their feedback and make a selection. The panel will be comprised of Their Majesties, Their Highnesses, our Kingdom MoAS, and myself. We will notify all parties of the selection.
  • In April, begin working with the winning team on implementing the design on a development site.
  • Debut the new site at the 50th Celebrations in June.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to write to me at I will do my best to answer questions – or develop answers – as we move this process along.

Yours in service to Kingdom and Crown,

Baroness Christina Jenevra de Carvalhal

Deputy Webminister, Design East Kingdom
Filed under: Announcements Tagged: webministry, websites

From the Board of Directors – New Director-Elect

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-09 19:48

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Carter (Quintus Aurelius Dracontius) as Director-Elect for Seat E for the Board of Directors of the Society for Creative Anachronism. Craig Carter is the Chief Operating Officer for Radiology Associates of North Texas. Quintus Aurelius Dracontius is a Duke and a Knight from the Kingdom of Ansteorra.


Mr. Carter will take his seat at the conclusion of the April 2018 quarterly meeting.


The Board of Directors of the SCA Inc. establishes the rules of the Society’s historical recreation activities and minimum administrative requirements for officers and branches. It is the final arbiter of the interpretations of these rules as made by the officers of the Society. Members of the SCA Board of Directors serve three-and-a-half year terms. Candidates for the Board are nominated by SCA members and participants. For more information on this process please contact Director Chele Martines at

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:
SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

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From the Board of Directors – New Society Seneschal – Elect

East Kingdom Gazette - Sat, 2017-12-09 19:41

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of Mike Watkins (Alywin Watkyn) as Society Seneschal-Elect for the Society for Creative Anachronism. Mike Watkins is the a Tech Projects Manager for Auburn University. Alywin Watkyn is a Pelican and former Kingdom Seneschal for Meridies. Mr. Watkins will undergo an intense training period, before succeeding current Society Seneschal, Anthony Pongratz (Antonio Giordano da Sicilia).


The Society Seneschal is responsible for coordinating the administration of the Society’s historical re-creation. This involves directing the activities of the Kingdom Seneschals and of Society-level deputies. Where questions arise concerning the intent of Corpora, the Board specifically authorizes the Society Seneschal to make interpretations and clarifications. The Society Seneschal is also responsible for reviewing all sanction related activities.

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How to host a spice-tasting party!

AEthelmearc Gazette - Fri, 2017-12-08 21:32

On Sunday, December 3, the gentles of the Dominion of Myrkfaelinn convened to sample the results of our second redaction challenge. I challenged our cooks to mix a blend of spices to create a Powder Forte and a Powder Fine — two frequently occurring additions to many a medieval recipe.

The base recipes can be viewed here

After an initial flurry of “where can I get galingale?” and “can I swap some grains of paradise for long pepper?”, we made a group spice order and set to blending. Some folks used modern grinders, while others employed mortar and pestle, sifted the results through a sieve, then ground the remainder — over and over until the spice reached a consistent texture.

It turns out that online suggestions for “how to host a spice tasting party” aren’t very helpful, and I found myself in the position of creating a template for doing so. To sample and compare the dozen spice mixtures, we used sandwich picks dipped in canola oil, then dipped in the spice mixture. I made gluten-free and oyster crackers available to cleanse the palate between tastings, though at least one individual dipped the cracker and then tasted the spice on the crackers.

Sandwich picks

The strong powders and fine powders were arranged together; some folks tried the fines then the fortes, others in reverse. It didn’t seem to make a difference to the tasting which spice combination we tasted first, but it was very nice to be able to sample fortes and fines side-by-side.

Once again we had an array of flavors from the same recipe. There were no clear favorites among the group, and more than once I heard “this is good, but I like mine better.” (Given the nature of the recipe, this was not a surprising comment; we were making blends to suit or own tastes.)

As a group, we decided that this methodology did work well to sample the various spices. After more thought, I would recommend the following additions, should you hold your own spice-tasting event:

  • Provide water for palate cleansing.
  • Offer a mild bread, chicken cubes, and warm elbow pasta to carry spice on — some folks though it odd to be eating spices plain, and this would overcome that feeling (plus add some different flavor to think about how the mixture would “work” with different base ingredients).
  • Find sampling dishes that are flat, without sharp corners and crevices, so the spice doesn’t get lodged into unreachable corners.

Once again, we had many folks participate, and we all look forward to using their mixtures in future challenges!

Lady Meadbh ni Clerigh
Dominion of Myrkfaelinn

Photos by Elska á Fjárfelli

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Brewers Guild Promotes Participation

AEthelmearc Gazette - Wed, 2017-12-06 19:04

by Viscountess Lucilla Theresa de Courtenay

Recently, the Æthelmearc Guild of Brewers, Vintners, and Meadhers (affectionately known simply as the Brewers Guild) implemented a program designed to promote greater participation among its members as well as to entice new people to join the ranks: Points for Participation.

“We have been struggling for a couple of years to increase participation in guild activities,” said THL Madoc Arundel, the current head of the guild. “There are a lot of really decent brewers in this kingdom, and guild activities provide an opportunity for them to showcase their product.”

The goal of the new program is not just to get more brewers involved in A&S competitions, but to promote participation in many of the other opportunities available, such as roundtable discussions, teaching and attending classes, and largess.

“We looked at the archery and thrown weapon communities for inspiration. The ranking programs they have encourage people to shoot or throw as often as possible while rewarding improvement in their skills,” said Madoc. “The programs did not translate directly to the brewing community, but we were able to adapt the basic concept to a construct that works for us.”

Harvest Raid roundtable, 2017.

The new program works on an individual rolling 12-month cycle, meaning that brewers can jump in at any time without missing out on opportunities. Points are awarded for attending or hosting roundtables; organizing, judging, entering, and winning competitions; publishing research or informative articles; contributing to social activities or largess; and teaching or attending classes with a brewing theme. The scale rewards both the breadth and depth of participation. As points are tallied, and thresholds are met, guild members receive a token of recognition of their advancement from Novice to Grandmaster.

Leading into the implementation of this new program, the guild has been promoting greater visibility of its members throughout the Kingdom. Beginning with the regional representatives reaching out within their regions to provide more organized opportunities. Currently, the goal is a minimum of one roundtable and one regional competition within each region every year. Regional representatives are also reaching out to event stewards and local A&S officers to ensure brewing considerations are taken into account whenever an A&S activity is planned for an event. Regional representatives and their contact information can be found at

Since the implementation of the program in late September, roundtables appeared in Regions 2 and 4 with a focus on the historical ingredients in the various beverages brought by the participants. “I think a big part of AE brewers … is that they also don’t focus on the historic part of the drink. Isn’t that what we’re trying to change?” quipped THL Elska á Fjárfellí, the Region 5 guild representative. Elska is the point person on revamping and restructuring the guild’s competition program to make it easier for local groups to conduct a brewing competition either as a standalone activity or as part of a larger A&S activity. Additionally, the Fall Æcademy included three classes focused on alcoholic beverages: “What the Irish Drank” by Baron Charles O’Connor; “Judging an SCA Brewing Competition” by THL Madoc; and “Brewing a Basic Beer” by Lord Ulf the Barelegged. Classes are being developed or encouraged in future Æcademy and schola events, as well as War Practice.

Since the inception of the new program, sixteen people have qualified for the initial activity level of reward and two people have qualified for advanced levels. Any brewer, judge, teacher, student, activity coordinator, or A&S officer can report brewing activity for themselves or their constituency by sending an email to with the type of activity, the date/event, and the names of the people participating. “We are planning to announce the first group of achievers at BMDL Twelfth Night,” stated Madoc.

Learn more about the Points for Participation program at the unofficial AE brewers Facebook page ( or the official Brewers Guild website (



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In Quest of Volunteers – Perfect Period Feast Heian-kyō 2020

AEthelmearc Gazette - Mon, 2017-12-04 11:17

Unto the people of Æthelmearc, greetings!

There is a small team of individuals currently working on an all-day immersive event set in 16th Century Japan planned for September 2020.

Right now, the team is looking for additional volunteers who are interested in committing 3 years to helping bring this event to fruition.

Right now we are looking for:

+ Someone who would be interested in heading up our fund raising activity.

+ Someone with a background in the technical side of theater who can help us design and plan the “set” to turn the event space into an appropriately dressed Japanese house.

+ Craftspeople in pottery, wood, and fabric to assist with creating the items needed for the set and for use during the day.

If you have any questions or are interested in signing up to be on the staff, feel free to write the event stewards below. We plan to have a general question and answer session, as well as a staff meeting, at Æthelmearc Kingdom Twelfth Night, plus additional sessions at upcoming events this spring.

Baroness Orianna Fridrikskona, Event Steward • email
Baroness Othindissa Bykona, Deputy Event Steward • email

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