Author Archives: Ikeda Yasu

Forum Issues

A while back, I disabled a plug in that tried to discern bots and real people in the Forums.  The issue before was that many people couldn’t log in, which seemed like a browser based issue.  In order to fix this, I had to disable the antii-spam no more captcha plug in.


Well, anybody who has logged into the Forum lately knows that there is an IMPRESSIVE amount of spam accounts and posts.


Apparently, so much so that the EK servers went down a few times in the last few weeks because of our website alone!


So, what did I do to fix the issue?  I installed a new plug-in for spam, which specifically helps with BBPress, which runs the Forums.  Second, I installed a math captcha, so this will force you to do a simple mathematical problem before signing in, posting, etc.  Most bots cannot bypass those captchas, so this alone should solve the issue.


That said, there were 10,000s of spam topics.  So, I deleted each Forum and made new ones.  Your account should still work. Any issues you do notice, please report to me at

Novice Schola 2018

Novice Schola added!

3/24/18.  Add this to your calendars.  There is still a lot more to do in regards to the event, such as getting the classes together and teachers, as well as other such helpers.  Please check back periodically as we gather that information.

Head here for the events page:

Any questions, don’t hesitate to contact anyone listed on the events notice.

Yule is right around the corner!

Trust me, Yule love it!  12/2/17, only a week away!


Check out the events page for more details.

Bergental Baronial Champions Weekend

Bergental Baronial Champions Weekend
September 23-24, Barony of Bergental (Feeding Hills, MA)


Greetings unto our populace and friends! Their Excellencies invite you to join us in celebrating the great Barony of Bergental.


Come, those who stand in defense of our Barony’s honor. Come show your prowess in both Rapier and Rattan! Prove your chivalry, your artistry and your might on the list field. Then, on the 24th, all ARCHERS and those who THROW WEAPONS will have their chance to become Champions of Bergental at the home of Their Excellencies, Emma and Rob, in Montgomery, MA.!


Come, those who shine brightest beneath Bergental’s light! Your Barony asks you to bring your art, bring your research, bring your science, and shine. This year’s Luminary will be chosen among the stars of our populace, each bringing proof to our eyes of the skill of their hands and the journey the arts and sciences have brought to the individual. We shine most in the growth our path brings, and that is the focus of this year’s Luminary tour. It is our hope to choose from among our populace a new Luminary champion of the Arts and Sciences, who will showcase not only skill in their chosen field, but also how pursuing this project has helped the light within them blaze and grow!
Participants are asked to provide a written process, the more involved in the step by step decisions, the better. Each participant may provide photographs of the creation process, research, failures, and decision points along the journey, showing the way they have grown in the project. Also displayed is the project as it stands now, completed or not as it is at the time of the Champion’s event.
For additional information please contact Lady Cecelie Vogelgesangkin at
Come, see why Bergental is know far and wide for our food and hospitality! Our fabulous Lady Eithne inghean Mael Duin will prepare a wonderful, portable, dayboard so no one must miss the exciting feats of prowess on the field and the art on exhibit in the hall. Reservations are strongly recommended because only a fixed number of lunches will be prepared. Please contact Lady Eithne with dietary restrictions.
Watch this space for more information to follow.
As stated above, the 24th has been added to our event to invite more potential champions. HOWEVER, the 2nd day is at a DIFFERENT location! Please join us at 131 Carrington Rd in Montgomery, Mass.
This half of the event will be donation only and the lunch is potluck. (Bring whatever your favorite side dish is or perhaps something to be thrown on the Barbeque) The hours will be the same with an open shoot until the afternoon.


Take your best route to Interstate 91 in Massachusetts and take exit 3 for Rte 57 West. When the freeway ends, follow signs to continue on Rte 57 west. The Polish American Club is easy to find and centrally located approx 7 miles west of Springfield on Rte 57 in Feeding Hills MA.


For the second day, take the Mass pike to exit 3. Turn right off the exit, go through town and turn right again onto Route 20. (Hard to see the sign, but it’s at the CVS) Continue on 20 until you come to the Russell township. Turn right on Main Street (just after the Russell Inn) and continue SLOWLY through “downtown” Russell. As soon as you cross over a bridge and veer left, you will be on Carrington Road. Continue for about 3 miles and look for SCA signs on your right.
Site Address:
Polish American Club of Agawam
139 Southwick St.
Feeding Hills, MA 01030
Site may not be accessible.
Site Opens : 9am
Site Closes: 9pm
Registration Fees:
Adults: $12 – $7 with member discount
Children age 7-17: $4
Children 6 and under: free

Event on the 24th is donation only. Discounts do not apply.


Feast Fees:
Bag lunches sold separately – cost $3 each
Reservations before 9/15 strongly recommended – only a limited number of meals will be made

No Feast


Potluck lunch for the 24th. Barbeque will be available.
Make Checks payable to: SCA, MA, Barony of Bergental
Send Reservations to:
Lady Emele Schuolerine
C/O Clarissa Adan
21 Forest St
Erving, MA 01344
Autocrat contact info:
Lady Emele Schuolerine
MKA Clarissa Adan
21 Forest St
Erving, MA 01344
413-320-9146 – before 9pm please – please put Bergental Champions in the subject line
Additional contact info:
Lady Eithne inghean Mael Duin (Erin Nolin)
Call/text 860-324-3778
Luminary Competition:
Lady Cecelie Vogelgesangkin
MKA Abbie Smith

Bergental Archery and Thrown Weapons Championship!

Join Baron Rob and Baroness Emma at their home for the baronial thrown weapons and archery championships! Lunch will be potluck. No charge for the event, but donations strongly encouraged!


Head here for more details for time, lunch, donations, and contact info!

New Events Page!

The old events page was a pain to update and keep looking good. I have instead decided to adopt a “calendar” theme. In other words, the old Google calendar (which is not supposed to be used anymore anyway) has been changed to a WordPress based plugin.

On every page, there will be widget that shows the next 3 events in agenda view — these events include events as well as meetings/practices.

However, on the “Events” page, it will be a calendar in monthly view. (Please be aware that I have it set up to be Agenda view in Mobile).

Hover over the event for more details. Click it for all details.

Events are listed below in RED. You can reduce the selection to Events Only or Meetings/Practices Only by clicking “categories” and selecting only the ones that appeal to you. Click on the event or meeting/practice in order to bring up the information page. Meetings/Practices that occur monthly/weekly are in PURPLE.

I also added each Event to the drop down box in the Events menu. Not sure if I will keep up with this, but I’ll try.

Please be aware that the plug in automatically published some of them with today as the date. Ignore that while I get around to editing it appropriately.

Bergental’s New Mailing List!

So, as some of you may know, I’ve been struggling rather hard in
adhering to East Kingdom policy and moving away from third party
sources. While I know it’s been met with grisly hatred and Viking
battles to the death, it is, alas, fate.

As the webminister, I have added a Forum for discussions, but I also
needed to create a mailing list. This Yahoo Group is not official and
not recognized by the East Kingdom, and they have provided the means to
make a mailing group.

For this reason, some of you may have gotten emails about being signed
up for the new mailing list. I transferred the list of members from this
group to that one— painstakingly copy and pasting each one, one by
one, for the many hundreds of members. (Then, just before I was about
to save the changes, my browser almost crashed. I almost wrestled a
yeti in despair.)

I have not completed the mailing list yet, and I do not have most of the
details yet. I am working with Perronelle to fix some issues.

You can head here:
to sign up if not already signed up and view the basic information about
it. The “archives” are, which
currently only has one person who has tested it out.

Using the mailing list is really easy. Use your normal email account,
Yahoo or whatever, and send an email to You can save it as a
Contact to make it easier. I already made accounts for the officers of
Bergental, even though many of them still haven’t gotten their accounts
set up yet (such as the Seneschal and the Valley Pursuivant, and others.
You guys probably have a lot of unread emails waiting for you there…
send me an email at to set one up
if you haven’t yet.

I will update everyone on the status and ins and outs of the mailing
list aside from what I’ve explained here as soon as I can.

Sommer Draw has been cancelled!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Sommer Draw has been cancelled.  While I am unsure of any of the details, I do hope that you can try and enjoy some of the other events around the East Kingdom up until the next Bergental event.


You can always discuss and ask about it on our message boards.

Novice Schola 2017 pictures added!

They have been added here and you can talk about the photos in our Forum, here.  Any other questions or comments can be made on the Forum, or sent to Photos courtesy of Rosalie Kubik Ferris.  If you have any photos you’d like to add, you can send them to me at the following email address (