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1600-1800 / Re: Getting started reenacting classes:
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 09, 2020, 02:51:51 PM »
One way of starting a fire with a flintlock:
Personally I cheat and put a little priming powder in which will start fine tinder directly without charclothe.  Burning Lens
1600-1800 / Re: Getting started reenacting classes:
« Last post by Karl Helweg on April 07, 2020, 03:37:00 PM »
Since we have some free weekends with no events this seems like a good time to learn some new reenacting skills.  One of my weaknesses has been flint&steel fire starting so:
New Here? / Re: learning sword fighting
« Last post by Karl Helweg on March 18, 2020, 07:18:59 PM »
Besides mentioned above an Olympic style fencing club can teach you a lot more than you can imagine.  Try 
It takes a bit of extra planning to sneak out of Alaska before winter ends and out 1st, 2nd, & 3rd event options have all been cancelled for coronavirus.   ..O

I could be sick in the southern Caribbean at least as uncomfortably as Alaska.  Oh well, the Washington governor will probably shut down SEATAC any way.   |||
Royal Caribbean cancelled all cruises for the next 30 days......      oo-P 
Middle Ages Events / Re: Gulf Wars 2020 (SCA) - CANCELLED
« Last post by Karl Helweg on March 12, 2020, 08:23:37 PM »
"To the Known World, This was a difficult decision, however Gulf Wars 29 is cancelled due to the risk of COVID-19. We, like you, are saddened but this is necessary as we follow the recommendations of the Mississippi Department of Health."

A FB group has been set up to help merchants move inventory planned for the war: 

So far so good and the cruise is still on.  Royal Caribbean seems to be taking the most successful precautions: 
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on February 25, 2020, 02:53:28 PM »
Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, aka Murat Reis the Younger

Jan Janszoon van Haarlem, commonly known as Murat Reis the Younger (c. 1570 – c. 1641), was a Dutch born fighter in the Ottoman Navy who converted to Islam after being captured by a Moorish state in 1618. He began serving as a Navy fighter, one of the most famous of the 17th-century "Salé Rovers". Together with other corsairs, he helped establish the independent Republic of Salé at the city of that name, serving as the first President and Grand Admiral. He also served as Governor of Oualidia.
There seems to have been a significant price drop on the less expensive birth on this upcoming March 28th, 2020 SP Cruise:

Brochure Inside $881
Our Inside $631
You Save 28%
Brochure Oceanview $1,214
Our Oceanview $781
You Save 36%
For more information see:  (Yes, you probably have to log in but they are mostly harmless.....)

This is the SP cruise leaving out of Miami/Ft Lauderdale for the ABC islands. 

  "Mayor" Mike
Middle Ages / Re: Medieval Pirates
« Last post by Karl Helweg on February 10, 2020, 03:04:01 PM »

Grace O’Malley, The 16th Century Pirate Queen of Ireland

    Grace O'Malley was Queen of Umaill, chieftain of the O Maille clan, a rebel, seafarer, and fearless leader who challenged the turbulent politics of 16th century England and Ireland. While Irish legends have immortalized Grace as a courageous woman who overcame boundaries of gender imbalance and bias to fight for the independence of Ireland and protect it against the English crown; to the English, she was considered a brutal and thieving pirate, who controlled the coastlines through intimidation and plunder.

Through the course of her life, Grace raised and led armies, commanded a fleet of ships, was captured (twice), imprisoned, faced execution, secured her freedom (twice), fought pirates, was a master of political negotiation, and struck fear into one of the most powerful countries of the era – England. Yet, despite her accomplishments, Grace O’Malley was not remembered in Irish history . In The Annals of the Four Masters , the seminal source of Irish history compiled just a few years after her death and in a region where Grace was active, there is not one mention of her name. The only explanation for such an enormous omission from Ireland’s historical records is that Grace’s power was uncomfortable for the men of her era and in Catholic Ireland. Fortunately, thanks to the work of biographer Anne Chambers, Grace’s life has been pieced back together, largely from English state records, and she is now a much loved hero in Ireland. 
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