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  1. SOooooooooooOOOoOoOoOOOOOOO dignified!
  3. Hoo boy, where to even start here.... Unlike Kerrie above, I AM staff, so feel free to take anything I say here as canon law. Rather than try to rebut your points line-by-line (which I assure you, I could do) I'm just going to point out that you have a lot of criticisms, and few suggestions or solutions. Actually, no, let's go bit-by-bit, shall we? I'm irritated enough at this post that I'll waste time on this I should be doing other things with, and since you already have me blocked on Facebook, I'll assume you've already decided you don't like me for whatever reason, so it's not like I'm going to offend you further here or something. 1. Fighting at night. I see you've been fencing in the SCA for a while, since 2005? This game has been running since 2004 - since about 1996 or '97 if you count it's predecessor, Adventures in Mid-Land - and we've never had a serious injury from fighting at night. Nor in the daytime. None. Zero. Zilch. Hundreds of games. Thousands of participants. What you call "just plain unsafe" we simply call realistic. It's the "live action" part of the LARP descriptor. Furthermore, you are free to not go out on combat encounters in the dark if you feel that you're in danger. Just let a shift GM know you're not comfortable. They'll work with you - give you a non-combat role, send you out with more lights, whatever. 2. Swords. Feel free to counterweight your swords. I do. 3. Shields. I can see how, as a fencer, you would see a shield as an insurmountable impenetrable bulwark. However - to put it in terms you will understand - there must be a way around them or field battles at Pennsic or Ragnarok would never end. Learn some wrap shots, learn some fakes... I find you coming here after one event and telling us what is wrong with our combat system to be incredibly rude and arrogant. You may be a decent fencer, but this isn't fencing. You might think you're good at historical combat, but this isn't historical combat. It's lightsaber sticktag at a fantasy LARP. I'd suggest learning the system and actually practicing at it a bit before you try and fix us. In fact this entire post reads like, as someone else messaged me earlier tonight, "Didn’t give the game a chance. Went into it thinking game was gonna suck his dick because he’s a fencer. Dude just wants it to be the SCA and also to feel superior." That's not my words, that's the words of another veteran player who was utterly agog that someone who'd come to ONE GAME would have the effrontery to make a post like this. 4. Calling Numbers. If you hadn't been such an insufferable toolbag with the rest of the post, I'd maybe give you this one. We inherited a system with combat calls, and by the time we realized there was maybe other ways to do it, the game was simply too well established. You'll just have to chalk this one up to Novitas being a game, and games have rules. We're not a martial art like HEMA, we're not a combat sport like Dagorhir or SCA Heavy. But this shit here? " I think combat should have some dignity to it" Oh my fucking glob, get over yourself. We're nerds running around in the woods wearing elf ears and werewolf masks, whacking at each other with rubber swords and throwing beanbags at each other - and we're doing it PROUDLY! We're not here for some kind of dignified historical combat extravaganza showcase, we're here to make fun moments happen - yes, in the woods, in the dark - with a bunch of our friends then laugh about it at Chinese buffet at lunch on Sunday. Most of us happily embrace that stereotype, and we've found a family of friends here that love each other and support each other and have a great time together. Our players are teachers, retail clerks, doctors, stay at home dads, nurses, call center workers, firemen, insurance adjusters, EMTs, grocery store workers, librarians, artists, engineers, fast food workers, musicians, and a hundred other things from all walks of life, and we're all happy to be part of OUR TRIBE here. I'd rather spend my free time with any player at KoN than I would some of my own extended family. In closing, "Take these observations for whatever they're worth" Don't worry, we will. Look, even after all this, I'm not angry. The staff's not angry. You're far from the first person to roll up in here after a single game and tell us everything we're doing wrong, hell, at least you came to an event before doing this - some don't even do that. We're glad you came and tried KoN, and we hope you come back again with a more open mind, maybe unburdened by as many preconceptions about what Novitas should be. Hell, your next event is free, what do you have to lose? -Dave First Marshal, Operations Marshal
  4. MVGC / KoN Waiver

    NEW WAIVERS NEEDED FOR AUGUST EVENT!! -------------------------- Up front: you will not be allowed to sign in at the August event unless you have electronically submitted a new waiver. You will not be afforded an opportunity to do so on-site - do it before you go. New waiver is here: https://www.kingdomsofnovitas.net/MVGC_KON_Release_Form... This is a fillable PDF. You probably will not be able to fill it out in your browser - it needs to be saved, and opened and filled out in Adobe Acrobat Reader (desktop or mobile) or a similar PDF program, and be signed. You may need to set up a digital signature. KoN staff will not provide technical support to do this, so figure out which one of your friends can help you and ask them, or watch a video on how to do it. It's not complicated nor difficult. When it is done, it needs to be emailed to konwaivers@gmail.com This only needs to be done once, not for every event, or even every year. Thank you for your cooperation - I can hardly wait for August!
  5. 2020 Event Dates

    Feb 7-8-9 April 10-11-12 Cancelled May 1-2-3 Cancelled June 5-6-7 Cancelled July 11th - Delta Lake State Park Cancelled August 7-8-9 Cancelled September 4-5-6 Cancelled October 9-10-11 Cancelled November 6-7-8 Cancelled December 4-5-6 Cancelled We are going to skip the January and March events this year. They are VERY sparsely attended )50 players or less) and we lose money on those events, so we're going to skip them this year and see how it goes. This was the regular practice back in the Vanderkamp days. February will still be the Founder's Feast - shifts 1 and 2 will be normal shifts, and 3-4 will be an in-character feast and Chinese auction. NEW ONLINE EVENT DATES August 8th September 6th November 7th December 5th
  6. Logistics Changes

    Please note that you MUST send proof of prereg to Ryan. I am NOT going to forward them on, that's just a pain in my ass and I don't have time for it.
  7. MVGC_KON_Release_Form.pdf
  8. This is really unlikely to ever happen. Priority is always going to be given to groups wanting them year-round.
  9. Keyblades? Can we use them?

    Same issue as we'd have with you using a weapon that's iconic from another game or fantasy world. It belongs there, not here.
  10. Keyblades? Can we use them?

  11. Latex Weapon Vendors

    Definitely not, sorry. That doesn't meet our aesthetic requirements. Generally, any cloth covered ot tape covered weapon will fail for use as a PC.
  12. John, Have you looked here: https://www.calimacil.com/search?type=product&q=refurbished Remember those prices are in CAD so your price is about 25% cheaper.
  13. Gimme a price for all three weapons.
  14. Balancing A Calimacil Sword

    About the only thing you're going to be able to do is to cut the foam off, add steel barstock with hockey tape, and build up a new handle with hot glue, shoegoo, etc. and wrap it in leather. Or grow stronger. Only other option might be to try some lead tape for changing the balance of golf clubs: https://www.amazon.com/Brampton-Lead-Tape-Golf-Clubs/dp/B005CJL2M4 That's gonna make your hilt fatter, though, and you'll need to wrap it in leather or something afterwards.
  15. Wooden Armor

    Definitely not.