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Deadliest Warrior -- Chicks version! [12 Jun 2009|01:18pm]

I've been addicted to Deadliest Warrior on Spike. The problem being, it's on Spike. So there is a distinct lack of kick-ass females. Given that this is partly because female warriors were ignored and belittled.

So, which awesome female warriors (fictional and non-) would you guys like to see in Deadliest Warrior?

For myself the history geek, I'd like to put forward Boudica vs. Mulan. Both leaders, both kick-ass chicks. But who would win?

Suggestions? Comments? Guesses on who would win?
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One Girl Revolution Vid [05 Mar 2009|11:16pm]

Thanks to belgatherial for finding this on the web. It seemed appropriate for this community. :)

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Mod Post! 2009! [03 Feb 2009|09:29pm]

Okay, so I probably should've made this post in January, but we all know I'm kind of a lackluster mod.

Anyhoo, moving on.

I have an Announcement, and then an idea for the comm.


Sirens - October 1-4 2009, Vail, CO
Sirens is a conference about women in fantasy."The conference, both scholarly examination and professional retreat, welcomes academics, authors, professionals, and readers to attend—and provide varying perspectives on fantasy books by women, female characters in fantasy works, the market for fantasy by and about women, and how to support women in fantasy literature."

And the big draw for me, personally here is that Tamora Pierce is going to be the guest of honor for this inaugural year.

I think it would be insanely fun to go, and am juggling my finances to see if it's possible. Details on the website, but if we act now, it sounds like a pretty good deal.


Okay, now idea!

Since this has been a mostly-inactive community, I think we should try to get some content generated.

So, I'm going to try to come up with discussion/essay-ish topics, and see if those get something going. Informal, no length requirements or anything like that, but just something to get us all thinking/active.

So, the topic for February. In honor of African-American History month, let's stir up some diversity.

Chicks of Color With Swords/Who Kick Ass

AKA: Enough of those white chicks! Let's hear about your favorite examples of non-white Chicks With Swords and/or Chicks Who Kick Ass.

My answer: Mulan and Teyla are tiedCollapse )
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[03 Feb 2009|09:54pm]

Me and my swordsCollapse )
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Historic Fencing Seminar - Thibault [22 Nov 2008|06:09pm]

Destreza – The True Art and Science of the Rapier
A weekend of study on the Theory and
Practice of fencing according to the work of
Gerard Thibault d’Anvers 1628

Instruction by Matthew Howden,
Jeff Richardson and John Michael Greer
December 20th and 21st 2008
Phoenix, Oregon Grange Hall

The seminar will include two days of hands on instruction with the sword under the instruction of Matthew Howden assisted by Jeff Richardson and a lecture by translator and researcher John Michael Greer.

Saturday we will explore the fundamental principles and practical theory of Thibault’s system of fencing. In the evening Mr. Greer will provide a lecture on the history and philosophy of the style.

Sunday will explore combative theory and application of the system.

The Seminar will be held in Phoenix Oregon. Phoenix is located in Southern Oregon between Medford and Ashland.

Class size is limited. Cost $50.00 per person.
Contact Jeff Richardson for details or registration forms at
jeffery at mind.net

The Teachers:
Matthew Howden has been studying the rapier since the mid 1990’s and has been studying the works of Gerard Thibault for the past 9 years. Originally beginning his teaching career at the club in Ashland Oregon Matthew is a member of the Tattershall School of Defence and a senior instructor at Academia Duellatoria teaching at the studio in Portland, Oregon.

Jeff Richardson started his fencing career under Olympic Coach Michael D’Asaro in the late 80’s and receive his black belt in American Open Style Karate from Jerry Piddington in the mid 90’s. He has been studying the rapier since the early 90’s and is a senior instructor at Academia Duellatoria in Portland. Jeff currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Association of Historical Fencing.
Jeff and Matthew have been researching Destreza and Thibault for many years and have consulted with Mr. Greer on the translation project. They have furthered the research of Destreza in several
capacities including hosting the first seminars on the subject on the West Coast starting in 2001 and by providing the still images for the instructional video “La Verdadera Destreza, The True Art and Skill of Spanish Swordsmanship” featuring Anthony Delongis and the Maestro’s Martinez.

John Michael Greer is a widely published author on esoteric traditions - published by Llewellyn books, Weiser or under his own company Fir Mountain Press. He is also the translator of several esoteric texts. He’s been a student and practitioner of geomancy and sacred geometry for more than
twenty years, and is fluent in Latin and medieval French. Greer has studied geomantic texts and the art of memory from the Middle ages and Renaissance. He’s a former member of the Golden Dawn, a Mason and is the head of the Ancient
Order of Druids in America. Mr. Greer is responsible for the translation of Gerard
Thibault’s book on the Mysterious Circle. After a ten year long process this translation was published by Chivalry Bookshelf in 2006 and recieved a book launching party at Barrnes and Noble in conjunction with a demonstration and lecture in combination with Academia Duellatoria.
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Bad mod profusely apologizes... [27 Jun 2008|01:14pm]

[ mood | embarrassed ]

I'm so sorry you guys. I'm such a bad mod. I haven't done anything with this in forever.

So, 'tis the season for Ren Faires and other fun blade-laden events. Stories are welcome, pictures are awesome, and first-hand accounts are fabulous. I myself am going to the Colorado Ren Faire tomorrow, so I'll hopefully be getting lots of pictures and maybe even a nice blade if I can scrape the money together...


In other news, I've not been watching the newer movies much. I'm sure there are new movies to add to the list in the profile of awesome Chicks With Swords. Let me know if there's any worthy of joining the list!


I'm finally making an effort to put back together the Chicks With Sword music mix.

But I'm debating doing two: one for "mainstream" music (larger distributions/soundtracks, that sort of thing) and one for filk/folk music featuring CWS. Opinions? If I added filk, I'd have way too many good ones to choose from.

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Quests at the Ren Faire! [23 Apr 2008|10:06am]

The Southern California Renaissance Faire is ongoing right now, it's in Irwindale at the 210/605 freeways.

Cool swords, clothes, and other trinkets are for sale. There's some great new leatherworkers out this year too.

More importantly, I'm running a live action Quest adventure. Yes, Wow and Everquest gaming can be done, live, at Faire.

Want more info? Live in SoCal and want to come play?

Let me know!
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advice for the uneducated in AZ [05 Nov 2007|03:59am]

i'm in arizona and pawing through sites trying to decide where to begin my martial arts training.

i'm looking for dojo recommendations in phoenix. i'll be living in the biltmore area within about a month and i work in north scottsdale for the time being, so anything in or around or between those areas would be great. i'd prefer a place where teens are separated from adults, since i'm in my early 30s.

as for which art to practice, i've been looking mostly at shaolin kung fu and shotokan karate, but i'm open to suggestion. everyone i know is into kickboxing at this point and in addition to my wickedly independent, anti-joiner personality, i want to do something traditional, something serious and balanced with deep history behind it.

goals: weight loss, agility, speed, balance, strength, concentration, discipline. i'm not afraid to get banged up and frankly - i'd like to kick a little ass. ;o) i definitely want to get into weapons too, but i was thinking i should start with hand to hand first.

just poking around for advice...
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Wow...EW's list of Butt-Kicking Women... [18 Oct 2007|11:47pm]

...is an epic FAIL. Anyone got a big red stamp? The commentary I found on it first does a good job of critizing it.

Link to original article and the post in ohnotheydidnt. (Found via Metaquotes).

After the ohnotheydidnt, EW added two more to the list: Syndey Bristow and Buffy (I forget where Syndey went, but Buffy was the new #1).

...words fail me.
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Gamerz-One Game to Rule Them All [30 Jun 2007|12:09am]

Okay, if anyone can get their hands on this video, WATCH IT! It's perfect for any RPG or LARPing fanatics out there.

The story is set in Scotland, where a young misfit just starting his first year in collage joins a gaming group (tabletop) and quickly rises as master. The players include a rule wise sissy, a drunk heavy metal man, and a goth girl who thinks she's an elf. ((Needless to say, our geeky youth falls head over heels for her))  They start the game...

But trouble brews when an old 'friend' from our main characters hood wants to join in. He watched a Lord of the Rings triple bill while on pot and had kind of a religiouse experiance. He wants in and threatens the geek for a chance at RPG glory. Things really take a turn for the worse, when a spark grows between elf girl and the youths old neighborhood nemisis.

Good, collage grade dork angsty fun for all. Might need to be watched with subtitles since the accents are so thick out can barely make it out. But still, well worth the $3.00 rental fee.
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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End [30 May 2007|12:19pm]

[ mood | curious ]

...what did everyone think? Particularly about Elizabeth's role in things, but also about the movie in general. I myself enjoyed the movie (with the usual highs-and-lows), but I know a lot of people didn't.

So, let's discuss.

P.S. Let's keep it civil. We're all intelligent people and can make our point without being juvenile about it.

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Mod Post and Attn: Colorado Residents! (there are a couple, anyway, right?) [30 May 2007|12:09pm]

[ mood | cheerful ]

Firstly, this weekend (June 1-3) in Greeley, CO there is the Colorado Medieval Festival. There is a women's combat group that is doing at least one demonstration every day (schedule), so if you can make it, come on down!

I and at least one friend are headed down on probably Saturday. I'm hoping to be able to take some movies/pictures, as well as get an interview with some of the women in the Women on the Edge Combat troupe, which I will then post here.

Also, if anyone is interested in meet-ups at various ren faires around the country, now's the time to talk about it!


Secondly, I have updated the info page with some more links, and changed the music link for the song Chicks With Swords.


Thirdly, I think we should get some activity in this group. I have a little more brain-space to devote to this (*knock wood*) now that I'm done with school.

So, I'm taking suggestions for polls, discussion topics, and the like. I'll be posting the first one hopefully today, unless I get distracted by something shiny.

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Aloha [29 Mar 2007|10:11pm]

Hello, I'd thought I'd say hi also.

I'm 27 and have been taking Aikido for about seven years to include work with the bokken. My husband and I recently purchased a Daisho set - katana and wakizashi, which were hand-forged in Japan. Apparently, the steel is folded around 15 times to create 1000's of layers, which you can see in the hada (grain of the steel). The hamon (tempered edge) was created through differential heating, which makes for a razor sharp edge. The koshirae (fittings) depict a wave.

So, as a result, we are starting to learn kendo and iaido.

I grew up fencing and have a love of European swords as well. I fence foil, epee, and sabre, and have a replica claymore and longsword.

I look forward to hearing about your weapons and experiences.

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[29 Mar 2007|10:40pm]

*waves* Hi folks; just joined; am a 22 yr old from the UK, found this place through Geebas. I larp (indeed; everyone in this comm seems to) in both LT (I'm a unicorn, playing a dodgy dagger fiend called Jayan) and I chair my local over in Bath (my chars are a dagger scout - I'm a bit of a dagger obsessive if I've honest - and a weather druid). I will admit to having a 'small' liking for daggers and knives; looking forward to getting to know people.
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Fark and SOLAR [11 Feb 2007|01:41pm]

Fark posted today the article on SOLAR and LARPing from howstuffworks. Sooooo many people definately have the WRONG idea about us larpers.

I'm waiting for my 24 hours and shedding some positive light on people who think all larpers are furries.

btw, I love Geebas! Reminds me of so much that goes on at our larp up here in canada (I'm not a member of NERO. we work off a different rule system)
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Mod Post -- *sigh* [12 Dec 2006|11:20pm]

Looks like I put it off too long.

The Chicks With Swords Mix is dead. My hard drive was wiped and I lost 3000 songs, of course including everything I was going to put on the mix. So, yeah. Dead.


Edit: At silentrequiem's request, here is the song list, in image form:

Back image for the CD cover I was working on...Collapse )

I still have access to tracks 1, 4, 5, 6, and 9. The rest are gone...
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Mod question! [07 Sep 2006|12:51pm]

Okay everyone. The music mix is almost ready. musesrealm has been kind enough to volunteer to host the mix at her site, MusesRealm.Net.

I just have a quick question about what you all would prefer. My default proposition is to load the entire mix as a .zip file with all the music and art within it. However, I acknowledge the possibility that some people may not like some of the music, so I was wondering if you all would like me to upload the songs individually? If I did that, it would only be to yousendit, so they'd only be available for a week (or 100 downloads).

Wow... we really need to get some activity going here, don't we? Anyone have any suggestions?
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Mod Request! [11 Aug 2006|11:27pm]

[ mood | extremely frustrated ]

Is there anyone who can track down a working copy of "The Ballad of Cathain" by Grant Lee Phillips from Witchblade? I and the music mix (which is still in progress) would be forever indebted. I've exhausted my personal resources (which I admit, are not terribly vast) and I really, really want this song...

Alternately: I have a link from mp3000.net but the file is all wonky and doesn't work, won't play in iTunes, WMP, Explorer, Firefox or VLC Media Player). If anyone can fix it or something, that would be awesome as well...

Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? *crickets chirp*

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Swords and Flintlocks and Magic, Oh MY! [24 Jul 2006|02:38pm]

[ mood | mischievous ]


Shameless plug time!!

Meridian Fest is a combination of Live Action game and Renaissance Faire, going all the way from traditional high fantasy to historical to western to steampunk to golden era piracy.

How, you ask? Why, you ask?

Two continents, seperated by time, geographic barriers, and cultures, meet for the first time in the town of Highpoint. All races, all creeds intermingle in this border town hosting a festival to celebrate the opening of the gates between the two.

Using safe boffer weapons, simple combat rules *1 hit - 1 point damage unless otherwise noted*, simple magic and theft rules...

Why this isn't like the SCA -
Fantasy! You can be an orc swordswoman or a fae or an animal race. You can cast spells! You can wear pants if you're a woman!
Northern Culture - Part Wild West, Part Steampunk, Part Golden Era piracy. You can still carry a sword, but you can add flintlocks now!

Why this isn't like a Ren Faire -
There will be no people wandering about in blue-jeans carrying a plastic cup of beer oggling the breasts in bodices.
Everyone will be their character.
Combat in the streets!

Why this isn't like a normal LARP game -
Orcs aren't monsters. They're just another race. You see one in the streets and you don't instantly kill it. Unless you're a racist, that is. ;)
It's set in a town. A real village, with buildings! A real tavern, with booze.
There will be vendors! You can shop.
You can be a non-combatant. Not into fighting (Yeah right, not this group!) but want to just play and look hot in an exotic outfit? Sure, go ahead. :)
And unlike some games, conflict resolution isn't done with rock-papper-scissors. Your sword must make contact with your foe in order to do damage. Combat goes real time.

Want to wear something fancy that you can't get away with at a Faire or SCA event? Go ahead! Want to wear your faire clothes but do elaborate non-human makeup? Please do!

This 4 day event will have camping, restaurants, vendors, entertainers, a storyline, action, adventure... lots of fun for all.

Check it out and make plans to join us on Labor Day of September, in Corona California. Out of state? Don't worry - lots of people will be coming over from various states and countries to play!


It should be a lot of fun.

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SAber Class, Clinton, MA [24 Jul 2006|02:35pm]

Hey, I'm a chick with a sword...And these guys are terrific and taught me A LOT of what I know.
Hi Folks, longtime lurker, first-time poster :)

On August 6, 2006 the Academy of Lost Arts is offering a saber/curved weapons course
Time:12:15-6:00 pm (more specific schedule will be posted later)
Cost:80.00 per person
What to expect:
Jeff Lord, Doctor Patri Pugliese, Mark Millman
will cover basic movements, defenses and skills with curved blades. Because of the shortage of wooden wasters available, this course will be taught with steel.
For More Information

These gentlemen helped to found the Higgins Armory Museum Sword Guild and You really would be missing an amazing opportunity.
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