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  • In light of some recent changes around the stronghold, and the long time it has been since anyone has updated this wiki, I will be updating things here and there as I find them, but I would greatly appreciate your help with this as well! Since I also have a number of other projects, as well as my annual professional license renewal going on from now until the end of the year, these updates may take until January to complete. Thank you for your patience, and please call ahead if possible to verify information in the mean time.
  • Due to the recent simplification of the fighter practice schedule, ALL fighter practices will be held at Foster SPOT on Saturday mornings until further notice. Therefore, please observe the following monthly schedule:
Wednesday Saturday
1st Populace @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Foster SPOT 0900
2nd A&S Class @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Foster SPOT 0900
3rd Movie Night @ Kadena USO 1700 Fighter Practice @ Foster SPOT 0900
4th A&S Workshop @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Foster SPOT 0900
5th TBA (usually @ Kadena USO 1900) TBA (usually membership table @ 0900)

  • The Awards page has now been updated to include local honors (Battle Rock Champion, Phoenix Flame, Flying Pig and Seneschal's Appreciation). Included here are descriptions, lists of honorees and dates the honors were given. Please help us by checking the page for accuracy, and if you received a local Battle Rock honor that is not included on the page, please add it! I don't think all the Flying Pigs are accounted for yet.
  • Please note that the USO has changed the time slot for movie nights, so all future movie nights will now be at 1700 (5:00PM). This means each month will now follow this schedule, unless otherwise stated:
Wednesday Saturday
1st Populace @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Kadena USO 0900
2nd A&S Class @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Comp. Park 0900
3rd Movie Night @ Kadena USO 1700 Fighter Practice @ Foster SPOT 0900
4th A&S Workshop @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Comp. Park 0900
5th TBA (usually @ Kadena USO 1900) TBA (usually membership table @ 0900)
  • WED 25 MAY: T-tunics workshop @ Kadena USO 1900HRS - bring fabric!
  • THU 26 MAY: Movie night @ Wilhelm's House 1830HRS - Black Death
  • SAT 28 MAY: Fighter practice @ Comprehensive Park 0900HRS
  • WED 01 JUN: Populace meeting @ Kadena USO 1900HRS
  • FRI 03 JUN: Demo @ Stearley Heights 1030-1430HRS
  • SAT 04 JUN: Fighter practice @ Kadena USO 0900HRS
  • Please note that our monthly Movie Night has moved to the 3rd Wednesday of the month and our A&S workshop has moved to the 4th Wednesday of the month. This means each month will now adhere to the following format:
Wednesday Saturday
1st Populace @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Kadena USO 0900
2nd A&S Class @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Comp. Park 0900
3rd Movie Night @ Kadena USO 1800 Fighter Practice @ Foster SPOT 0900
4th A&S Workshop @ Kadena USO 1900 Fighter Practice @ Comp. Park 0900
5th TBA (usually @ Kadena USO 1900) TBA (usually membership table @ 0900)
  • Tomorrow night's A&S class will be a T-tunic workshop! Please bring fabric/sewing machine/needle/thread/scissors!
  • Welcome Jake, Johanna, Maria and Mason!
  • We still need volunteers to fulfill several local and baronial offices. If you would like to volunteer, please let me know what you would be interested in doing! Volunteering for an office is a great way to find a functional niche in the group, become more actively involved in group functions and decision making, and get your name out there for recognition. The SCA even has a peerage group for only the most highly skilled and dedicated volunteer officers in each kingdom - the Pelican. Serving as a local officer probably won't get you a Pelican, but it can be the first step on a path that can lead you all the way to peerage.
    • Exchequer - treasurer of the Barony; keep track of Baronial funds, report revenues and expenditures to the Baronial Seneschal monthly and to the Kingdom Exchequer quarterly.
    • Chirurgeon - first aid officer; oversee waterbearing activities and provide first aid to injured fighters; must be CPR certified.
    • Chronicler - publisher; publish the Far West Tidings, our quarterly Baronial publication.
    • Web minister - maintain Baronial web sites; administrator over Baronial e-mail accounts and group pages.
    • Scribe - design and produce illuminated award scrolls for Baronial awards and Awards of Arms (scroll texts are on file and some ready-to-paint preprints may be available).
    • Constable - run "troll" at events; ensure that all event attendees pay their site fees and sign the appropriate insurance waivers, deliver site fees to Exchequer. This is a very important role, as you are the manager of our group's liability in the event of any accidents, incidents, mishaps or disasters.
  • Wilhelm's Challenge: Each member of the barony should submit one item to the Baronial Chronicler (Lord Njall) by the end of February for publication in March. Use your imagination! It can be anything from a song or poem to a medieval recipe, to a quick (1-page or less) how-to guide, to a brief (1-page or less) research paper on a topic of interest. Please respect the copyrights of others, document your sources, and please avoid Wikipedia. I am only asking for one entry from each member of the populace. We can do this, and together we can build a great publication!
  • Please be sure to include a signed release form with your entries for publication. Direct your entries to Njall Hammarskjalde.

Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:08, January 11, 2011 (UTC)

  • Fighter practice tomorrow at Comprehensive Park
  • Fighter practice next Tuesday at Wilhelm's house 1800-2100
  • Domesday reports/4th Quarter reports due from all officers December 01
  • SCA census deadline December 01 (see Yahoo! list)
  • Send Adam your arms or proposed arms now for the Yule tourney
  • Sign up now for Twelfth Night (see below)
  • Help us find an alternate location for Twelfth Night
  • Greeting unto the wonderful populace of Battle Rock and the Far West.
    We would like to welcome you out to our 12th night Feast to be held at
    the Kadena USO on the 8th of January. The time of the event will be
    announced shortly. For all those planning to attend we ask that you
    register no later than 15Dec2010. Due to the extensive planning
    required for the feast, no registrations after the 15th of December will
    be accepted so please follow the below link and list yourself and each
    of your guest on a seperate line. We are allowing Invited Guest (non
    family members) but please limit this and make sure they are registered
    Instructions are as follows;
  • 2: Click on the 12th Night Registration link
  • 3: Click on "Add Record"
  • 4: Answer All questions
  • 5: Include a seperate Record for each Family Member and Guest.

    Thank you for your help. Please pass this Message on to those who may
    not be part of the Yahoo Group.


    Otto Spilman (talk) 23:56, November 8, 2010 (UTC)
  • Fighter practice is canceled this Saturday due to conflicting schedules.
  • Will announce next week's fighter practice (13 November) ASAP. We may have fighter practice at Comprehensive Park or we may have a fighter demo at White Beach. We will make an announcement as soon as we find something out from Navy MWR about the White Beach event.
  • Congratulations to our new Consul, Steve Jr! Thank you for stepping up!
  • Thanks also to Lord Otto for stepping up as Herald, and to Lord Allan for continuing to serve as deputy.
  • Please contact me with any specific questions or complaints you have about the wiki. I know they have changed it, and the changes are beyond my control, but I will do what I can to help you. Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 10:39, November 4, 2010 (UTC)
  • Fighter practice at Comprehensive Park this Saturday
Please join us at Okinawa Comprehensive Athletic Park this Saturday at 0900 for our first ever off-base fighter practice! We will work on technique, practicing the body mechanics of basic moves like a flat snap, an off-side snap, footwork, throwing from the hip, etc. Meet at 0900 or earlier at the main parking lot on the SOUTH side of Hwy 227. Follow Hwy 81 from Camp Foster Legion Gate until it crosses Hwy 329 and turns into Hwy 227, continue one more km, see a large flea market on your left, then a large torii gate on your left, then turn RIGHT at the next light after the torii (last light before the tunnel). Meet at the main parking lot and we will go from there.
  • Movie night was a success!
We will make a determination at Populace Meeting next Wednesday as to when we will gather to watch the second half of Kingdom of Heaven. Thanks to everyone who turned out, the Stronghold and the USO both took in a little money... more on that from our Exchequer at Populace. I hope everyone can make it out next time - and don't forget to bring a blanket!
  • Populace Meeting next Wednesday
Don't forget our Populace Meeting will be held next Wednesday (03NOV10) at 2000 HRS at Kadena USO Auditorium. Please make an attempt at pre-17th century clothing for this meeting. We have a few matters to discuss, such as upcoming events, ongoing outreach programs, and gearing up our game to bring the Middle Ages to life. Please write down any questions, announcements or ideas you may have ahead of time so we can stay on task and get through all our business. All officers should be prepared to deliver a verbal report for the month. Please do not hesitate to e-mail me or contact me on facebook if you have any questions/concerns over your reports! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 23:57, October 27, 2010 (UTC)
  • Join us for movie night!
Please come join us at the Kadena USO Theater (across from the coffee shop inside USO building at Gate 2) this Wednesday at 6:30 PM for our first movie night! We will offer a selection of movies (those present will pick one at 6:45) and the movie will start promptly at 7:00 PM. We ask that everyone bring $5/person to cover the cost of the room use, and please remember to clean up after yourself. There will be free popcorn and drinks included with the room, courtesy of the USO!
Heraldic consultation on a one-on-one basis will also be available as needed, at the tables immediately outside the theater.
  • Battle Rock Volunteer Drive 2010
Greetings, gentles of Battle Rock!
We have been truly blessed to enjoy the support of the USO, and without their continued support, we would not have been able to do half the things we have done in the past few years. The time has come for us to do our part to give back to the organization that has provided us with facilities and support these many months!
To that end, please allow me to introduce the Battle Rock Volunteer Drive 2010! Our Minister of Arts and Sciences, Lady Pipa Follywolle, has very graciously volunteered to commission a favor to be given to the member who completes the most volunteer hours at the USO. Additionally, the USO offers their own prizes and incentives which you may qualify for as well. Please note the following stipulations for how our favor will be awarded.
The greatest need for volunteerism at the USO will be on October 29, 30, 31, November 25, and December 24. The USO will have a haunted house on October 31 and needs ghosts, ghouls, goblins and other scary folk - maybe even some fighters in armor (no weapons, please, not even rattan) - to help haunt. They also need help on October 29 and 30 to help with set-up for the haunted house. They will also provide holiday meals on November 25 and December 24, and volunteers on those days will also be provided free food in exchange for their volunteerism.
The stronghold's favor will be awarded to the stronghold member who completes the most volunteer hours at the USO between 29 October and 24 December, with double credit given for hours completed on the exact dates of October 29-31, November 25, and December 24. This means that every hour volunteered on these dates will count for two hours toward your total. You must tell the USO that your volunteer hours are on behalf of the Society for Creative Anachronism in order for them to count. They will report to me how many hours were completed on which dates, and the winner will have their total hours announced at Twelfth Night, when the favor will be given.
Let's make this a truly festive holiday season for our troops and show the USO that our sense of honor and volunteerism extends well beyond the list field!
In service to the dream,
Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 11:42, October 23, 2010 (UTC)
  • Wiki redesign
I just found out Wikia is not just pushing the latest redesign, they are forcing it upon all wikis under the Wikia domain. For those who may have not logged in within the last couple days and seen the new design, it is infuriatingly difficult to navigate. It drops navigation tools and contorts everything from the wiki layout into a blog layout. I couldn't even find my way around the wiki, and I know every inch of this wiki! All my buttons, menus and shortcuts were GONE! I was able to switch it back temporarily in the wiki preferences, but this is only a temporary measure. Wikia will force us to switch to the new design by the end of the year. Just a heads up. I'll be working on converting some things over in the mean time, so if it looks different, it's just me working on it, and I'll try to leave it switched back to the old look as much as possible. Sorry for the inconvenience... it's truly out of my hands. I like our wiki the way it is! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:57, October 21, 2010 (UTC)
  • All hail the new Palatine Baron and Baroness of the Far West, Turtious of the Ninth Legion and Tatianna of Battle Rock! Huzzah!
  • Thanks to everyone for making the coronet tourney an unforgettable event! It took the work of the entire stronghold to pull it off and avert several potential disasters. Thank you all!
  • Don't forget to e-mail me your awards and other new information so I can keep the combined list updated. Thanks Lord Edome for sending me your updated info!
  • Everyone please come to our heraldry night this coming Wednesday night at the Kadena USO! Even if you already have arms registered, you can help others. 8:00 Wednesday night in the USO auditorium. Don't miss it!
  • Welcome Jacob! We are glad to have you on Battle Rock! Warriors Gate may miss you, but their loss is our gain. Welcome aboard!
  • I received my completed warrant packet in the mail today. It's officially official, I'm your new Seneschal. Thank you, Baron Rothri, for your years of service. I hope that I can follow your example with as much dedication and at least half as much skill.
  • We have received a lot of new information concerning the Post-Revel aboard the Moby Dick Sunset Cruise. I am stepping up as coordinator for the Post-Revel event so we can get our booking done on time and as orderly as possible. I need everyone planning to attend to get in touch with me ASAP. The best way we found to get the booking done was to go through MCCS Tours, but this entails some changes to the details (such as now we must pay US$, not Yen) and we MAY be able to get a bus to take us from Camp Foster (I'm working on that and will let you know more later). I have also learned that the schedule is changing in October, so the ship will sail at 1700, meaning we will be boarding 1600-1630. This may actually give us a little more time. IF we will be able to take the bus, we will probably need to meet at the Foster Commissary parking lot at 1500. To stay abreast of the latest changes, please watch for announcements on the Yahoo! Group.
Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 11:17, September 16, 2010 (UTC)
2010-09-11 Fighter practice on White Beach at 0900
2010-09-03 Typhoon Conditions
  • We are currently in TCCOR3, and could go to TCCOR2 at any time. Please check current TCCOR BEFORE leaving the house for fighter practice tomorrow morning! If we are in TCCOR2 and it is not raining, we can still have fighter practice, but if we go to TCCOR1, we will have to cancel. As always, nobody wants to fight in the rain, so if it is raining we may cancel regardless.
  • Due to this week's typhoon, our September Populace meeting got pushed to next week (08SEP10), so please remember this coming Wednesday is Populace - our LAST Populace meeting before October! We still have a lot of work to do to prepare for Coronet, so please help us get ready for an event that will put Battle Rock on the map!
Greeting to the Most Awesome Populace of the Far West,

As we closely approach the final month and 8 days until the Barony of the Far West Coronet I wanted to give everyone a quick heads up of any changes and a final plea. I ask that all Seneschals, and members please forward this email out to all members in your respective group. I need this to get maximum visibility.

Getting a site this year has been a real headache. Castles, as much as we wanted to, too much red tape and we were turned down at every attempt. Next up Kadena Marina stated that they do not want to support the "image" that the SCA portrays to the locals of Japan. They don't want us to look like, and I quote "war mongrols" to the locals of Okinawa. Third Up, Torii Station camping area, also turned down due to they are holding their Roctober Fest the very same weekend so everything is booked, (plus the sound of thrash metal really doesn't fit to well.....) On to attempt 4. Tomorrow I will be contacting White Beach Recreation Facility to see if we can hold the event at the location. Please don't fret, we do have a back up plan if all else fails but we are attempting to get a location that will be most convienant for all those attending. White Beach has camping and campers available, along with a fire pit, and canopy's.

This is where I need your assistance. I urgently need a final head count within the next couple of days along with any special lodging requests. I am considering renting a few campers which sleep 3 or 4 each so if people don't mind sharing.... Please visit and make a seperate line entry for each member and family member or guest that you will be bringing to the event. I really need this within the next 2 or 3 days or it will be very difficult for me to guarentee a place at feast, or a place to stay.

There have been a few important changes or additions to the schedule. First of all for the Meat and Greet on Friday we will be going to "Jon Jon's", an all you can eat and drink (wet site) for around 2000Yen (about $20.00). On Sunday for those flying out late or staying a little longer we will be making reservations for the Dinner Cruise. This is not be covered by the Site Fee. This is going to run us around $50.00 (5000yen) depending on which meal you chose per person and is completely optional if you would like to attend. Finally the Site Fee's and Feast fee have been determined. Site fee will be $10.00, Feast Fee $10.00 for a total of $20.00 if you plan to attend both. If you have any final question please contact me offline and look forward to seeing you all at what will be a great event.

  • Location - Okinawa, Japan Stronghold of Battle Rock
  • Dates - 8,9,10 October.
  • Site - TBD (awaiting an approval from official) Mostly likely White Beach or Meric Park Facility
Tournaments and Contests
  • Heavy Weapon - Coronet
  • Light Weapon - Champion
  • A&S Championship (3 entries per person required) - Champion
  • Bard Competition (Not to be confused with the Bard of the Far West which will be held at Baronial Birthdays) - Champion
Single Entry Contest - Prize
  • Cartography - Best Map of the Far West
  • Armor/Weapons - Most Creative Single piece of armor or SCA Weapon entry (list legal armor or weapon (rattan))
Schedule - still in planning stage but here is rough draft
Friday 8th
  • Meet and Greet - "Jon Jon" all you can eat and drink for around 2000yen
  • Song
  • story
  • Site Setup
  • Opening Court
Saturday 9th
  • Troll Gate, site fees and Guest book
  • Opening Ceremony/court
  • Armor/Weapon Inspections
  • A&S Signups and Display
  • Heavy Weapon Tourney
  • A&S Scoring
  • Light Weapon Tourney
Feast 9th - Evening time
  • Feast
  • Bardic Competition
  • Closing Court
  • Dancing
  • Bardic Entertainment
Sunday 10th
  • Breakfast
  • Opening Court - Passing the Coronet - Presentation of Single item entries to be judged by oncoming and off going Baron and Baroness
  • Classes Commence - Heraldic display, T-tunic, Paper Making, Chainmail (45 minutes each)
  • Closing Court (as close to noon as possible)
  • Site Closes @1300
  • Site Cleanup
  • Post-Revel - Dinner Cruise (not included in Site or Feast fee)
for those who will be staying late enough to attend
  • Fairwells

YIS Lord Otto Spilman

I have created a forum, its called, I need moderators. Its a website for the sca as a whole to chat on and place items up for sale. Its the very beginning but its gonna rock soon. check it out
Turtious 00
04, August 25, 2010 (UTC)
  • Don't forget next weekend is our last Friday evening fighter practice, then we switch back to Saturday mornings. I assume we are still on for Friday evening pell practices on Kinser, but I'd like to get confirmation from Adam on that.
  • This Wednesday evening, we need to get some things nailed down regarding the October event:
    • Site location
    • Schedule of events
    • Details of Sunday dinner cruise (so we can publish them to other event attendees)
    • Corrections to publication in The Page (any corrections need to be submitted ASAP!)
    • Welcome Tea (where?)
    • Crash space (who has space available?)
  • As Web Minister, I am setting myself a deadline of 30 days prior to the event to get an e-mail out barony-wide announcing the details of the October Coronet event, so that all in the barony may plan accordingly. Please help me get these details together so I can get the e-mail out in the next week or two.

Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 03:40, August 22, 2010 (UTC)

Fighter Practice Time Change due to Change of Month.......
Don't forget, we are having Fighter Practice Friday Night at the Kadena USO.
1800 - 2030ish........
The month of August is the test run to see if we like evening practices vice morning.
A couple of things I would love to get done this Saturday
  1. Fighter training regiment that morning ( I got some new routines)
  2. Go up to Dan the amorer and get the second helmet and introduce the other fighter to him for future ref (very Important, we dont wanna loose this one)
  3. Issue fighter authorization cards from last weekend

I need everyone that can attend to be there, because we need to make sure that the new guys are getting their training and also get the guys up north to meet Dan. This is especially true for the more experienced fighters as they will probably be doing alot of work up there. Bottom line, please be at pratice sat morning ready to fight and if available that afternoon, ready to meet Dan. I know that we normally have a membership drive on the fifth sat but I think we got alot of exposure this past weekend and Im sure that we will have some new guys wanting to put on armor for the first time this weekend.

Turtious 06:33, July 27, 2010 (UTC)

16, June 7, 2010 (UTC)
Turtious 03
I mentioned previously at one of the meetings that I found a series of videos of how to recruit in the SCA. Here is the link the Knights channel that hosted it. All credit is given to him as I take none in creating this informational video series.
16, June 7, 2010 (UTC)
Turtious 03

  • We have a new pop-up pavilion!
I was looking at the Foster PX and saw that the big hexagonal Coleman pop-up pavilion I have been looking at was marked down from $120 to $78, so I bought one! Now we have a pavilion for our waterbearers and shield maidens at fighter practice. Huzzah! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 05:07, May 22, 2010 (UTC)
  • Camping event site tokens are finished!
The site tokens from the camping event are finished, and I must say they are well worth the wait. Our thanks to Lord Otto and Pipa for their hard work and dedication in getting the most impressive site tokens this side of the World's Edge done for our grateful populace!
  • Battle Rock roster is ready
Thanks to all who submitted their questionnaires, the Battle Rock roster v1.0 is now ready for distribution! I will get it out to everyone who has turned in a signed questionnaire this coming Wednesday, so everyone will have each other's contact information. The roster will continue to be updated from time to time, as members continue to come and go. Please contact the Seneschal if you should need to update any information (change of phone/e-mail, etc).
2010-05-18 - October Coronet feast
Moved post to October 2010 Coronet#Feast. Please join in the ongoing discussion there!
2010-05-09 - Sandbox
New to wikis? Not sure how to edit one or where to even begin? Go to the Sandbox! It's your designated area for endless experimentation. Run all the test edits you want in the sandbox, that's what it's there for. Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 12:13, May 9, 2010 (UTC)
  • New Videos

- I just uploaded the videos from the court last night, it came out in three or four parts and is a little blurry but watchable. Please check out my channel to see it,

Turtious 07:18, May 6, 2010 (UTC)
  • Battle Rock roster

I need to get the roster information completed so we can distribute the roster. This includes SCA non-members as well as card-carrying members, and serves only to help us help you. Please print the questionnaire file [PDF] and fill it out in ink, sign it and turn it in to Wilhelm ASAP. The primary purpose of this is to share contact information (cell phone numbers, e-mail, etc.) confidentially among ourselves so that members of the stronghold can contact each other directly. This is also an opportunity to help us update the Armorial and Order of Precedence, and to let us know who is elligible to hold office. If you have been thinking of signing up for official SCA membership and would like to become more active in the stronghold, please sign up for SCA membership today, so we can give you a job in the stronghold. We have several vacant offices, and a lot of work that needs to be done! As always in the SCA, you don't have to be an expert, just be willing to invest some of your time and energy in something that will pay you back in learning and experience! Please turn in those questionnaires to Wilhelm by Wednesday 19 May. Thank you! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 11:25, May 6, 2010 (UTC)

2010-04-26 - Pell practice
  • I will be hosting Pell Practice at Camp Kinser on the helo pad across the street from the Towers. It’s right next to the soccer field, right after the elementary school. Anyone who needs better directions…..come in gate four, drive down the street, past the elementary school, look on the right, see the soccer field?, take the next right. Look for the green van. No reservations needed, just show up. Pell is the key to advancing, becoming more accurate, and improving shot quality.
    • Friday night, 30 April 2010.
    • Time: Starting promptly at 7:00 p.m. until dark???? (well, too dark to see)
    • Everyone needs to bring a stick / sword and shield. (I have an extra sword and little shield.)
  • We’ll be working through “the numbers” and if there is time possible combo shots and discussion. Standing Pell practice only, but if it goes off well, next time we’ll do moving pell.
  • See Forum:Pell Practice for more info.

Adam sends 13:12, April 26, 2010 (UTC)

I added a new page for us to discuss and compare notes regarding the planning of this October's Coronet Tournament. There will be a lot of planning going into this one to make this one of the best and most memorable events in Battle Rock history, so it gets its own page at October 2010 Coronet. Please add your comments and contributions there. Don't be afraid of putting something in the wrong spot on the page - that's what I'm here for! I will work with all of you to keep our online workspace as neat and orderly as possible, but we need the input of all members of the group. Please help us get this event going! I know there is something for everyone to contribute here. YIS Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 11:24, April 23, 2010 (UTC)
I just uploaded the videos from the tournament in camp Zama. It is multiple videos so here is the link to my channel to see all of them.
Turtious 14:38, April 13, 2010 (UTC)
  • It's time to update our e-mail list and roster again! Please sign up on the (free) Yahoo! e-mail list at You won't get junk mail or spam, just e-mail from Battle Rock members about Battle Rock stuff. This will be our unified e-mail list, so that we don't have to each keep updating our own independent e-mail lists (a horribly tedious and inefficient system). Thanks to all of you who have already signed up! We will start using this e-mail list soon, so sign up now so you don't get left in the dark!
  • Also, please help us update our roster! We need each member to fill out a quick and easy one-page form that tells us your name, contact info, and just a little other info (e.g. Do you have a name/device registered?), and turn it in to Rothri or Wilhelm at the next meeting. Once we receive the completed questionnaires, we will get the roster updated and distributed to everyone who has turned in a questionnaire. This means you will have each other's phone numbers and addresses (where members choose to share such information). The blank questionnaire can be printed from here and filled out in ink. All questions are optional, and all responses will be kept confidential except Armorial and Order of Precedence information (as indicated). Please print this form, fill it out in ink, and bring it to a wedneday night meeting. Please do not try to post your responses anywhere on the web site. Once information is added to our pages, it remains forever in the archives.
  • We have received completed questionnaires from: Otto, Wilhelm, Adelheyd, Mo, Aodhan, Rothri, D'Willem and Walker. If your name is not among these, you are not yet on the roster. Please contact Rothri or Wilhelm if you have any questions about the roster or how to get on it.
  • Amelia Earhart Demo
We will put on a demo at Amelia Earhart Intermediate School on Kadena the afternoon of 31 March, 1330-1500. For those who do not know the way, we will meet up at the Kadena USO 1245-1300 and then caravan over to the school.
  • Camping Event in April
We are planning a camping event! Please clear your calendars for the weekend of 16-18 April, and come join us at the beach for a camping event. We still have a couple possible locations at this point, but we will get our location announced ASAP. Further info may also become available on our Events page in the mean time.
  • Found: Known World Rattan Symposium 2005 DVD
I finally found it! Filmed in the shire of Dun Ard, Kingdom of Calontir, at the 2005 Known World Rattan Symposium, this 3-disc DVD covers a wide range of topics of interest to SCA fighters. We will watch selected segments on tuesday nights at my house (1800-2100). Be there and bring along any A&S projects you would like to work on! E-mail me if you need driving directions. Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 11:28, March 7, 2010 (UTC) (Edited 12:42, March 10, 2010 (UTC))
  • Bingata
We want to extend a big "arigato gozaimasu!" to our friends at Crafty Things on Kadena, who taught us a lot of historical information about Bingata as well as the step-by-step process of making the paper template, preparing the fabric, applying the rice starch paste, applying the dyes, and finishing the project. Amazingly, it seems we already know more about the complete process than any one person who contributed to the process in ancient times, when pastemakers only made the paste, template makers only made the templates, and dyers only applied the dye. For those interested in learning more, please check back at Arts & Sciences#Bingata from time to time, as information will be updated there as our own members learn even more about Bingata.
  • Fighter practice has been moved!
As of this week, all fighter practices held on Kadena Air Base will be at the Kadena USO building instead of Merrick Park. The time is still 0900 on the first and third saturdays of the month. Fighter practices on the second and fourth saturdays are still at the Foster PMO.
  • We made mead!
Allan & family, together with Turtious, Tatiana and Wilhelm, made a six gallon batch of honey mead last night at Turtious & Tatiana's house. At least, we did our part, and now we must wait patiently while the yeastie beasties do their part for the next few moons.
  • Bingata class reminder
Please remember the Bingata class will be this saturday at Crafty Things (the craft center on Kadena, across the street from the old BX) from 1400 to 1700. Please be on time, and wear comfortable clothes you wouldn't mind getting a little dye onto. Just bring your $45 when you come to the class, but you need not bring anything else. This an adults only class. And yes, fighter practice is on for the same morning, and it will be at Merrick Park. See you there! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 08:45, February 17, 2010 (UTC)

I took the initiative to set up a Yahoo group for us. Other SCA groups frequently use them, so it should be familiar to most of you. If not, feel free to ask questions. If you don't like to get a lot of e-mail, you can set it to send you a digest in stead of individual e-mails. It's free to sign up, easy to use, and can be a good way to get information out to everyone in the group. Given the size of our group and our current growth rate, I think it is necessary to use something like this to get announcements out to everyone. Everyone please sign up! The Yahoo group can be found here. YIS - Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:56, February 10, 2010 (UTC)


Post moved to Fighters#Armor. Please come join in the discussion there.


I will be having a superbowl party at my house on Monday feb 8th for everyone in battle rock. There will be food, friends, beer, football and some more food. Please come if you can, I think the game starts at 0700 but just show up when you can. BLDG 871 Room 604 Camp Kinser Turtious 02:55, February 7, 2010 (UTC)


I just uploaded the new video from todays fighters practice and I think it came out very nice. Please take a look and let me know what you think. Turtious 07:29, February 6, 2010 (UTC)


The Bingata class has been confirmed! It will be Saturday, 20 Feb 2010 at the Kadena Craft Center, across the street from the front entrance to the old BX. If you need help finding it, just take your best route to the Kadena Commissary and look to your left - you will see the old BX in front of the new BX, and if you follow a line along the front wall of the old BX, across the street you will see the Kadena Gift Shop and the Craft Center next door to each other. The cost is $45/person including the cost of materials to make your first project, and you get to keep your handmade Bingata brush after you learn how to make your own! Please e-mail me (subject=Bingata class) to sign up by Wednesday, 10 Feb, so I can confirm the number of students. Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 23:50, January 28, 2010 (UTC)


I just wanted to let you guys know that I just posted the fighter practice that we had on Kadena a couple of weeks ago. I am sorry about my video editing skills, this is my first try so and I still need to get some better software. Here is the link to the video please view and comment. - Turtious 02:56, January 27, 2010 (UTC)(talk)


Like to say thank you to everyone for an outstanding first event of the year. The Stronghold of Battlerock 12th Night tournament was a great success! Congrats to our Victor Rothri who holds the title of stronghold champion! For those who would like to see the photos please feel free to visit the Stronghold of Battlerock 12th Night Tournament Photos.Look forward to seeing everyone at the Girls Scout demo coming up this Saturday night at Torii Beach. !-c->

  • Hello fellow SCA'ers. This is Otto, I would like to say thank you to those that came out today and helped pass out flyers for the upcoming 9th tournament at Kadena USO. Overall I feel that today did a good job at getting the word out about the upcoming event. The other nice thing about today's BX table was we were able to get our name out and let people know we are actually here. We have 2 or 3 possible new members because of our table today. I would like to offer up a suggestion out to the populace, for the months where we have 5 saturdays on the calendar let's plan on setting up a membership table on that last saturday to attract new members. Similar to today, we will set up a table at a high visibility spot in garb and hand out membership fliers as well as display some of our stuff and answer questions. Please let me know what you think? Happy New Years every one! Otto Spielman (talk) 12:36, January 2, 2010 (UTC)
  • Saturday 2 January we got the okay to set up a table at the entrance to the BX on Kadena to hand out flyers for our event. I hope everyone can make it, and please come in garb! I have some flyers, which you can see or print here, but certainly all are welcome to design their own flyers, and I would like to see a couple different designs! If anyone has access to a copier, the more copies we can get by saturday the better! Let's bring out our banners too, and if you have an iron candlestick, please bring it (with candles if possible, without if necessary). Also, Rothri, if you have the Stronghold banners, please bring them too. I hope to see you all then! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 04:54, December 28, 2009 (UTC)
  • The Benjamin Bagby Beowulf DVD is here! Join us at my house on Tuesday, 5 January, at 18:00 for a viewing! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 12:12, December 22, 2009 (UTC)
  • There will not be any more fighter practices until further notice, due to winter weather and events.
  • A Bingata class is being planned for saturday, 23 January (pending). This date has not yet been confirmed by the instructor. Please contact Wilhelm if you are interested in signing up.
  • Fighter practice is cancelled!
We hope to see all our fighters at Merrick Park (on Kadena) NEXT Saturday (19 December) for our last fighter practice of the year! We will be working on the banner project this Saturday (12 December) at Wilhelm & Adelhaid's house. All are invited to come help with this group project between the hours of 08:00-12:00 so we can have some banners finished in time for our upcoming events.
  • We had a great fighter practice today on Kadena; Welcome back, Aodhan, and sadly this may be D'Willem's last fighter practice for a while. You will be missed. We also got to welcome our newest member in person this morning! Everyone please be sure to say hi to Pipa and help her feel at home here. Next Tuesday night, we need help working on the banner project, and we will be showing Hamlet (the Kenneth Brannagh version), between 1800 and 2100.
  • Twelfth Night
Last night we discussed coordinating a menu for Twelfth Night, so we don't end up with all deserts and no vegetable. Please see Events#Menu to vote on a theme and share your ideas for possible menu items.
  • Financials
As mentioned last night, please make note of any financial matters, past, present or future, to bring up at the Populace meeting next week. If there is anything you would like to get reimbursement for, next Wednesday is the time to bring it to attention.
  • This week on Battle Rock
This week we have a few A&S projects going on. Otto and Adelaid and I finished our game project, all but applying the linseed oil to the game board, which Adelaid and I will do today. I also carved a hnefi in the shape of a Viking god, seated, grasping his forked beard with both hands. The board is based upon the game board fragment found on the Gokstad ship (see both sides of the two-sided board pictured here). We also have the banner project still going, and plan to work on that Tuesday night, as well as my box. I'm starting work on a 50cm x 30cm x 40 cm war chest, inspired by a piece I saw at the bazaar on Camp Foster yesterday, and by some 16th century chests I have found pictured online. All are invited to come over Tuesday evening and help out with these projects. There is plenty of work to be done! We will also be watching The Seventh Seal, a 1957 film by Ingmar Bergman about a knight returning from the Crusades who challenges Death to a game of chess. Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 23:30, November 14, 2009 (UTC)
  • Tuesday night
This tuesday night between 1800 and 2100, all are invited to gather at Wilhelm & Adelhaid's house on Plaza Housing, to socialize and work on various A&S projects. The History Channel's The Plague will be playing from 1830 to 2030, and open projects include the banner project and the board game project. We already have all the materials and tools needed for the banner project, we just need help getting the work done. Wilhelm is also working on two wooden game boards, and help is needed with making the playing pieces for Hnefatafl, Nine Men's Morris, and possibly Chess. We would like to get at least one of these finished in time for our demo. We can also make business cards for anyone who wants them. Please bring along any projects you may be working on.
  • Bingata/dying class
Bingata is the traditional Okinawan method of dying brilliant, bold images into cloth, which dates back to the 14th century. The method remains similar to the way medieval heraldic banners and clothing were made. An adult beginner's bingata class is being planned for (hopefully) some saturday in December. In order to get the class successfully scheduled, I need to know how many people are interested in attending. The total cost of the class (including making your own brush, which you get to keep) is $45/adult. If you are interested, please sign up on the A&S page, or drop me a line on my talk page. Yours in Service, Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:06, November 8, 2009 (UTC)
  • Fighter practice
Fighter practice this coming saturday (14 Nov, 2009) will be at Camp Foster PMO (about half way down the hill from the Foster 24-hour shoppette. We will be there 0900-1200. I finished my new gorget, and I can't wait to break it in! A favor to any fighter who can land a good blow to the virgin leather! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:06, November 8, 2009 (UTC)
  • Fighter Practice update
This week's fighter practice will NOT be held on Camp Foster — instead, it will be at 10:00 at the Kadena Circle along with a general purpose SCA demo. We will be be meeting at the Gate 1 Welcome Center parking lot in order to consolidate cars as parking will be limited at 09:30. This will be for the general public, out in town, so please bring any projects you are working on to show an SCA work-in-progress and help provide a broader view of what we do in the SCA. Please try to be there at least 10:00-12:00, but feel free to stay later. This is a great opportunity to make our presence known on Okinawa and generate interest among the locals as well as Americans stationed here. The Kadena Circle is the large roundabout on HWY 58 on the NW side of Kadena Air Base, with a big round building inside the circle. Parking will be limited at the actual event hence why we are meeting at kadena Gate 1 parking lot. For those still inclined to take your POV to the event, there is a parking garage located ajacent to the Police station for a pretty low cost for the day but I'm assuming that will fill up fast. To get there from Gate 1, go out the gate and turn right, and follow 58 north until the roundabout; from Gate 3, go out the gate and turn left, go to the roundabout; from Torii Station, take your best route toward Kadena and you will notice the roundabout when you get to HWY 58; from Camp Foster, go out either the Commissary Gate or the Spot Gate and follow HWY 58 north, past Kadena Gate 1, up to the roundabout. When you get there, go to the crowd of people and just look for the people in armor. Fighters, please come in armor and be ready to fight, even if you are a new fighter — this is just demo fighting anyway, so there won't be any rhino hides. I hope to see everyone there! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:11, October 28, 2009 (UTC) Edited by Otto Spielman 13:46, October 28, 2009 (UTC)
  • Kinser Elementary demo
Yesterday's demo was a success. We introduced the SCA and the Middle Ages, and we played "Rattlin Bog", with Otto and Rob leading, and then Rothri and Wilhelm put on a fighting demo, and Brianna also assisted. The demo was an overall success, and the children had a great time!
  • Fighter Practice update
This week's fighter practice will be on Camp Foster at the PMO field. Next week's fighter practice will also be on Foster. From then on, we will continue with the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month at Merrick Park on Kadena, and the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month on Foster.
  • Stronghold Championship tournament canceled
Our Stronghold Championship tournament, tentatively planned for 7 November at the Kadena USO, is canceled due to scheduling difficulties. We will hold a Championship tournament at another date, perhaps Twelfth Night or possibly later.
  • Twelfth Night
We are planning on holding a Twelfth Night feast, possibly on 9 January. The time and location will be announced here.
  • Songbook update
Please review the new songbook proposals and add your own proposals at Songbook/Proposals. I have included some YouTube videos for your convenience, but I would encourage our musicians to create their own tune to their favorite proposal without regard to how the song was presented by the original artist. I hope everyone will add at least one new song idea for our consideration. Thank you for helping our songbook grow! Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 11:30, October 10, 2009 (UTC)
  • Fighter Practice
Fighter practice for 3 October has been canceled, due to schedule conflicts. There is way too much going on around the island that day to sit at home bored. Go out and have fun! Our fighter practices will resume the following saturday in our usual spot at Merrick Park on Kadena. We will hold fighter practice there 0900-1200ish on the 10th, 17th and 24th. Our October 31st fighter practice will be 0900-1200ish on Camp Foster. I hope to see everyone there for that one, please try to make sure you have some garb to wear by then, and practice your SCA songs. Let's have a great turn-out and help our group grow! In Service to the Dream, Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:51, September 30, 2009 (UTC)
  • Stronghold Championship
We will hold a Stronghold Championship tournament 7 November, 2009. The site is expected to be the Kadena USO (pending). Watch here for more details. Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:51, September 30, 2009 (UTC)
  • Kinser Elementary Demo
We will put on a demo at Kinser Elementary 20 October, 2009. Watch here for more details. Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:51, September 30, 2009 (UTC)
  • Tuesday nights
Tammy and I will start hosting a weekly informal gathering at our house on Camp Foster Plaza Housing on tuesday evenings for people to be get another chance to work on A&S projects, heraldry, rattan techniques, etc. This is a BYOS event (bring your own snack). It may be considered a discretely wet site, but if you imbibe even once, you must have a designated driver. This can be a great opportunity to work on projects, browse the library (see below), or just come hang out with SCA people doing SCA stuff and socialize. This event will take place every tuesday evening from about 1800 to 2100, and if we have to cancel one week, you will see it right here first. Please arrive no earlier than 1800, as we may not be home from work yet, and leave no later than 2100, as we have to get up early in the morning. I won't post my address here, but call me if you need directions. Most stronghold members have my cell number by now. In Service to the Dream, Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 13:51, September 30, 2009 (UTC)
  • Stronghold library
In the interest of helping our group grow, I have listed many of my books pertaining to our period and the arts & sciences here on this web site, so all may share in the wealth of knowledge contained therein. Browse the library here, and contact me if you would like to borrow a book. Let's see what we can make! Yours in Service, Wilhelm Meis (Quatsch!) 10:41, September 30, 2009 (UTC)
Despite the early reports of possible stormy weather as early as tomorrow night, we are still planning to hold our Populace meeting this Wednesday evening at 20:00 at the Kadena USO. Being our Populace meeting, period-appropriate attire is requested; but if you don't have any, we now have a few T-tunics to loan out! Please take a moment to print and fill out the File:SCA Battle Rock Questionnaire.pdf and bring it to the meeting. All questions are optional and all responses will be kept confidential (except Armorial and Order of Precedence information). Please do not try to post your responses on this web site. Once information is added here, it will remain forever in the archives. Thank you! Wilhelm Meis 10:19, 4 August 2009 (UTC)
Our little group is growing. There are some new members bringing some exciting new energy into the group, and this is a very exciting time to be a part of the Stronghold of Battle Rock. We have gathered some materials and a sewing machine or two, and we are ready to get to work on some loaner garb. I would just like to put out a friendly reminder to everyone to bring your fabric, thread, whatever you have, to the meeting wednesday at 19:30. We will get right to work and hopefully get a few T-tunics and chemises made, and then we can work on some more complicated stuff later, like some pants and some cyclas dresses or apron dresses, maybe even some early houpelandes. I would also like to remind everyone that the wiki is here for all of us to use as a communication tool. I would like to see it used a little more to make sure our limited time on wednesdays can be used more effectively. Please also take a moment to send me an e-mail for the Stronghold contact list. Send it to wilhelm_meis a yahoo dot com with "Stronghold contact list" in the subject line and include your legal name, SCA name, phone/cell number and e-mail address so we know how to reach you to notify you of any changes. Also you can watch this page for any announcements of changes to meetings or events. Thank you. Wilhelm Meis 05:47, 16 July 2009 (UTC)
We're famous! The Stronghold of Battle Rock was featured in Friday's issue of Stripes Okinawa, as the front page lead story no less! I don't know how long that link will be valid, but it should take you to Stripes Okinawa, vol. 3 No. 21, dated Friday, June 5. We are very excited to have the exposure and we hope this will promote interest in History among the military and civilian personnel here on Okinawa. I look forward to welcoming more newcomers to our group, as I'm sure we all do! The Baronial Coronet Tournament (the event covered in Stripes) was a success, and it really generated interest among the passersby and really energized our members. We have all kinds of A&S projects and more planned for the coming months, and we hope to bring even more newcomers into our group. If you are a newcomer, don't be shy! We are all just students of history who love learning how to do things, "the old fashioned way" - no, I mean the really old fashioned way. And don't worry, we won't let our celebrity status go to our heads! Hats off to Reggie for the great write-up though!
Hip-hip, HUZZAH!
Hip-hip, HUZZAH!
Hip-hip, HUZZAH!
Wilhelm Meis 14:10, 7 June 2009 (UTC)
I have left some comments at the watercooler forum, regarding some points I'd like to bring up at the next meeting. Please see more there and leave your comments! Every contribution YOU make helps establish our web site and helps us communicate better as a group. Please sign up / log in now. Thanks! Wilhelm Meis 05:53, 17 May 2009 (UTC)
The new Battle Rock wiki is now up and running. This is a community project to get everyone (not just the Chronicler) involved in communicating across the canton and helping to define our web presence. As such, please make sure that any text or images you add to this site are courteous and non-offensive to the general public. If you find vandalism, please delete it. It's easy to do: 1) go to the History tab at the top of the page, 2) compare recent revisions until you find the offensive edit, 3) on the History page, click Undo next to the offensive edit, 4) click Save page. That's all there is to it! If you accidentally revert the wrong edit, follow the same steps to revert your own edit, which is now at the top of the History page. Leave me a note on my talk page if you need any help learning how to use the wiki. Wilhelm Meis 05:49, 28 April 2009 (UTC)
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