So last night was an adventure.
After a grueling day (which consisted of lectures, shooting video, and jump-starting a friend’s car) I headed over to the Barony of Atenveldt fighter practice in central Phoenix.
(Note about the map- you’re gonna have to zoom out to see all three practices. I’m still working out the bugs! Twin Moons is at Gene Autry Park, Sun Dragon is right next to Cheyenne Elementary School, and Atenveldt is at Encanto Park.)
Despite the car issues, I managed to arrive promptly at 7 p.m. The usual, easily-identified SCA crowd was nowhere to be seen.
Note to self: PRACTICE DOESN’T START UNTIL 8. Oopsie.
At least I have some friends that are as clueless as I am. So I had some bonding time with Sir Christopher and Lord Jakob before the crowds started to gather.
This group is so hospitable! The night was chilly, and they provided Dunkin Donuts coffee! What. Even. How nice!
NOW TO THE GOOD PART.
Last night was a melee practice. So that means lots of wipe-outs, loud noises and general chaos. It’s a great time.
However, as crazy as it gets, it is imperative that you fight safely. If you managed to get authorized for hardsuit fighting, you should know the SCA Marshal’s Handbook. If you’re unsure of something, please ask the marshal or a seasoned fighter!
You know what’s not kosher? Flailing around with a GIANT HAMMER and shoving it into people WITHOUT A THRUSTING TIP. (I realize that sounds dirty… but this is serious business.)
It’s not like the movies- you don’t have any dues to pay. You don’t have to impress everyone with your swag. Listen to others and take advice. Your safety is at risk.
Know your armor. Know the rules.
That being said, I had a great time watching the fighting and visiting with my friends.
Life is good in the Barony of Atenveldt.