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So, really, how much interest is there in this?

 

Yes, you need new weapons and shields. No, they're not expensive to make (if your shield isn't ginormous like mine). I can sell you a sword for around $30 and make a profit, so that gives you an idea how cheap they are to make. If you can make a 3-layer flat sword, you can make these weapons, the construction is very similar, and easier (no beveled edges or complex hilts).

 

No, it's not for everyone. It's not a LARP. You can't ever talk your way out of a fight. It's for the stick jocks and the combat monkeys. If you like to fight, it's awesome. If you like small unit tactics, shield walls, etc. it's for you. Yesterday's Dag event in Rochester was a five-hour fighter practice.

 

Yes, the average Novitas player will look awesome at these events. All four of us got singled out for photos by the photographers there yesterday, out of 30-some people in attendance.

 

No, the average Novitas player will not be a good fighter at these - at first! But the mechanics are the same, and the more you fight, the better you get. And the best part? A good Dag fighter is an awesome KoN fighter.

 

Yes, weapons and shields last essentially forever. Lifespans are measured in years for well-built swords, and shields last forever if stored properly and not abused. It'll make fighter practice much, much less expensive in the long run.

 

No, the weapons aren't pretty. In fact, they border on ridiculous. You just have to get over it, and accept the ugly as a trade-off for safe and durable.

 

These groups typically fight twice a week, one weeknight thing and one weekend thing. They tend to get together and go to a bigger event once every couple months. Any interest?

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Guest Elrohir Amandil

How far away is Utica from Oswego? An hour and a half? That would be my main deterrent. I really want to get more sparring practices in with people more talented than me.

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Hour and a half or so.

 

Nothing's stopping you from getting some people together and fighting. I mean, if there's interest in Oswego, then do it. If there's not, starting a Dag unit there won't help.

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No interest from you local peoples, eh? I'm not talking about doing anything we're not doing now on Thursday nights, just with different, more durable equipment.

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It's a lot of fun, and makes for good KoN cross-training.

 

Wayde would like it, it's like archer porn.

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I'd be into this as well.

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unfortuntely it is way to far for me to do something like this. damn being on the ass end of new york.

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After talking with Rich more about this, I am getting more interested in setting up a "unit" that is a part of Dagorhir Winterfell (Rich's Rochester Chapter). Ideally, we just set up the Nightmare Legion again (or something similar), as this is the perfect venue for all the things they did so well - shield walls, spearmen, medieval line-fighting tactics. Then we make some tabards, start fighting, show up at Dag events, and be awesome.

 

That's really all there is to it. Because we're forming a unit in Winterfell, we don't have to worry about a lot of the nonsense paperwork/logistical crap - that's all Rich's problem ;)

 

The actual practices are simple - all you need is a park. I'd suggest we rotate them between Syracuse, Oswego and Utica, so that everyone should be able to make every other one or so. We can keep our Thursday night practices, and do Sunday afternoons too.

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Excellent. We grab Jimmy, Max and Wayde and we're rolling! :)

 

How about it guys?

 

PS: Telmar's armor makes you a total pimp at Dag, where there's no advantage to plate over leather. ;)

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I'll give it a look see. I've been talking to Rich about heading out to a Dag event anyways.

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Guest Elrohir Amandil

I'd like to participate in this, honestly, especially if we started rotating venues of FPs into Oswego or if we got an Oswego carpool going to other venues.

 

I've got a big van for a reason, people. Take advantage of it!

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I know you are Wayde. We just gotta get you a smaller bow and a dozen new arrows. I'll help you build them. Archers are super important in this game. I'd like Kenny too. We put together 4-6 shieldmen, with a couple spears and a couple archers, and we got something going on...

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Hmmm. I *do* miss the shield wall.. What kind of commitment do you need here? On the casual attendance to hardcore "I will ignore the death of family members for this" attendance, where do you want participants to fall?

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I'd like to participate in this, honestly, especially if we started rotating venues of FPs into Oswego or if we got an Oswego carpool going to other venues.

 

I've got a big van for a reason, people. Take advantage of it!

I don't see any reason we can't set up a three-week rotation for both the weekend and weeknight practices, provided there's somewhat of an equal distribution of participants. I mean, if there's three people in Oswego and ten in Utica, it's only reasonable we fight there more.

 

But we can work all that out once we get rolling. Right now, people just need to get some swords and shields and see if they like it.

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Hmmm. I *do* miss the shield wall.. What kind of commitment do you need here? On the casual attendance to hardcore "I will ignore the death of family members for this" attendance, where do you want participants to fall?

 

Typically, units promote within on the basis of commitment, so if you show up once a month, you're simply not as valuable as someone who shows up every week. The weekly practices are really prep for the larger events. I'd like to make 3-4 of them a year, at least a couple during our KoN downtime in the summer. The weekly practices are also to train the tactics - and you're not much use in the line if you haven't drilled enough to keep formation and to know what we're doing as a unit. I'd say if you can't make at least a couple of the practices each month and most of the larger things we'll go to, there's not much point. I mean, show up when you can, but you'll always be an "auxiliary" in the unit, or a "private", or whatever, and we won't count on you much.

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smaller bow? a 30 pound bow wont work here? and smaller arrows?

A 30 pound bow is fine. The one you got from me is not, and they measure pull weight at all events, and you'll need to mark all your shafts with your max draw point, or cut them down to the max length. KoN arrows are absolutely not legal for this, and you'll need to make a buncha fiberglass or carbon fiber arrows with huge soft foam tips.

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You buy the shafts and a couple rolls of hockey tape. I have the foam already, and cloth to cover them.

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