Spring INformal Campout, 2007
After Encounter Report: Spring INformal Campout, 2007
The IKV Melota held its Spring INformal Campout in May. This "Best of
Batleth: Interlude" was not a test bed for a change. We have
established that we can successfully put on Tournaments at public parks.
This may sound simple until you try it in our neighborhood. The Texas
State Parks do not normally take reservations, therefore it is a
challenge to get tent slots arranged, occupied, and paid for in such a
manner as to not be spread across the park.
We have established that we can bring our show successfully on the road
to various locations. Louisiana, Arkansas and various parks have now
seen Bloodwine, Ceremonies, Games, and other fun.
There were some technologies that were tested, however, these were tech
tests involving camping in and of itself. Various "candles" were tested
for light and time. Other campers tested various other tech for
This park put a 2 tent limit on each space thus really putting a
seriousness on the RSVP. Some 10 days prior, all of the arranged slots
were full and any late RSVP or "latecomers" would have to take their
chances getting a slot somewhere else in the park. As it was, turnout
was good. We had guests as well as the usual crew. And nobody had to
find a space somewhere else in the park though a new tent had to go up
There was the usual good Friday night fare. Gather. Setup. Kick back.
Saturday was a day of INformality. No structured events were planned.
Warriors just did the BBQ thing, played whatever they wanted to play,
and otherwise did whatever in the heck they felt like doing.
There was some casual sparring. Light weapons and daQs were brought out
for a bit of less intense work. KMok, Qlu, Sir Gaavin, KartoQ and myself
pretty much took turns with each other and a newcomer. KMok's son, Garian,
entered the Field of Honor and is very much ready for the next Tournament.
Having "beach front property" for the weekend,
the kids stayed down near the water a lot of the time watching the fish
literally jump out of the water. Such is the low stress event of the
Having Qlu, and Gaavin as a guest with his parmachi this time, we were
again treated to a "knight" of song and stories, but this time in 3
Banners and flags were shown to provide identification and to be conversation starters with the mundanes.
Strength and Honor
Cdr Salek Sutai
An Approved Brewmaster of the Empire