Yes, that means I am playing Fallout 4 again. The hype of Fallout 76 got to me to say the least and I’m sure the fact that a few days before I started playing again I went down a YouTube rabbit hole of “Things to do in Fallout 4 after you beat the main storyline” didn’t help either. In my defense though, there are a lot of things I didn’t know you could do in the game. Instead of talking mostly about what I want to play as I did in my previous post, I am actually going to be talking about what I have been playing…and maybe some other random stuff thrown in too.
First, I want to start with some of that random stuff. Back in March I recounted the experience I had with the first month or so of being a new member within the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA). It’s been about five, almost six, months since I first joined and I am still enjoying it. I haven’t been able to attend any other events other than the one mentioned in the previously linked post, but there was one thing I was able to do in the time since then. What was that thing you might be wondering? Well that was to get authorized as a rapier fighter. Doing so allows me to participate in tournaments at events if they have any, or if my local group needs fighters for a demo they are doing I can volunteer for that. In order to authorize I had to go to a regional practice that was being held a couple hours away, because the authorizing marshals cannot be from your local group. The rest of the authorization consisted of me answering a few questions about the rules and a few bouts to show I knew enough about the techniques to do them safely and properly. I’m not going to lie and say that I wasn’t nervous about doing all of this because it was something I never had done before and despite having trained and practiced with the other fighters in my local Shire, I had little confidence in my own ability. That all said, the actual authorization was rather easy in my opinion…the worst part was hoping my mask would pass inspection since it was on the bigger side…and no, I don’t have a big head either…though that might depend on who you ask.
In the time since I have started practicing and even more so after getting authorized, I have really enjoyed fighting. Which isn’t something I ever expected to say, or type… Since I am someone who enjoys learning new things I obviously have enjoyed learning the techniques used in Italian style rapier. What has also been just as enjoyable has been the rabbit hole that has been YouTube, various Facebook pages and groups all related to the discussion of fighting techniques. While reading the conversations and watching the varying YouTube videos I quickly learned that, yes there is a proper way to do a specific technique, but yet people have found variations of that technique as well. I know, it’s weird but I find it really interesting how there are so many different ideas on how far one should actually lunge forward. So yes, to say I have really enjoyed this might very well be an understatement.