Riddle of Steel V – A new Conan arises

I attended the AMCF recognized EMP event Riddle of Steel V this past weekend near Orlando, FL.  It was a blast and quite a bit of fun.  It is a fairly unique event, which are usually the best.  Here is my review, which I started on my trip home:


As I sit here thinking on this past weekend at the Riddle of Steel, I’m recalling a similar feeling to Spain and France in 2014 and 2013.  Something magical happened.  Prague was great as well, in it’s own way.  There was a explosion of emotions and release of dopamine.  The high that is created from such intense combat is an addictive thing.   The best part of it all is being around those who I have been able to share these experiences with.  I celebrated this past weekend with many friends, old and new.  It is a celebration of life and energy.  The expression of friendship and shared interest.

Love life and enjoy the moments you have, as they are fleeting.  Gone the next moment when the mundane bleak world returns to focus.  I love living a life in harness and the trials overcome.  I hope to continue to enjoy this for many more years to come, but should it pass too soon, I will know I have enjoyed every minute for what it was worth.  Time is precious, enjoy it, don’t waste it on the negatives in life.  If you don’t like something or you want to do something, then do it.  Change your stars.

I would thank first Michelle and Tinker for opening their home and hearth to all of us.  To the many folks that helped setup/tear down of the various stuff.  You rocked.  The cooks and those that helped prep the food, it was excellent all around.  To the marshals, who enabled the fighters to have fun and not worry so much about the other parts, your time is very, very appreciated.  To all the fighters I had a chance to throw down with and those I didn’t from far and wide, laugh in the face of your enemies, crush them, drive them before you…..  To all the little things that everyone else chipped in, from the music, to the dancing, to the awesome boats, and the rest, it you who makes this fun possible.  Finally to Alex Cooley, Baldar, I say thank you for being such a Conan nut.  The Riddles continue and only Crom knows who will answer.

All Hail Derek Gabreski the new Conan.



Throwback – Gulf Wars 2006 Event Report – Piss off!

WOW!  Gulf Wars XV, which also has some photo links from then as well.

Photo Credit to: THL Barbara Sterlings  In the pic, there are some classic folks, can you spot them?

It was a long time ago and dates our show.  This was a fun time and here is our report from that time.  Enjoy:


Site Update and Supporting the show!

Finally got around to updating the site.  Now there is a bit more navigation information on the side bar as well as finally showing the RSS feed again for those that want to subscribe via their favorite subscription service.  Also added a shopping system, so we now have a BotN USA Team Scarf for sale!  Please support the show and our adventures in medieval podcasting and fighting!

Throwback to 2006 Val Day report!

This is an SCAevent held in Kalamazoo, MI in the winter.  It is generally a pretty good indoor melee event, but I think it was a Tournament of Chivalry this particular year with a bit of melee thrown in.  I do not recall what we talked about, but here you go.  A walk down memory lane!

Duke Brannos! So this one is out there already, but sharing it out again

Duke Brannos

So this one is shared already via Archive.org, but we are adding it here to get it in the rss feed.  Enjoy the flashback to 9 years ago.  Before he was a Duke and easy pickings.

Flashback – First episode of the podcast – wow we called it SCACast

hmmm… so it has been quite a long time and a crazy flashback to the past is here.  You can check out our first podcast episode, when we were still trying to figure everything out.  Hopefully getting these posted up will reinvigorate us to get back into posting new episodes and interviews.



Richard and Kith

We’re back….

OMG.  2006 was SOOOOO long ago.  Lots of changes since then, but we are motivated to get started with this again.  A few podcasts have arisen since then, but none (IMO) as true successors to what we created a long, long time ago.  The original audio files and blog posts are still around, so we have those and of course we know the format to create new shows.  Plus lots of changes in the world of the SCA, steel fighting and more.  Lots to talk about and lots to learn.  Lets get it on then!


Kith and Richard

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