While it started slowly, with many people drifting in late, Feast of Neden was a solid event with a little something for everyone. We were fortunate to have a beautiful day and the combat, which included informal practice and four Order of the List tournaments, happened outside. The day was relaxed, and in addition to combat there were people playing games, working on crafts, browsing in Karma’s shop, and gambling at the New Eden Casino.
Food included salad, soup, and bread that was out on a day board. Rumor had it that the vegetable beef soup was “Nick's-mom-made” and was excellent. The main meal was catered BBQ with ribs, chicken and a variety of sides (slaw, squash, corn, and mac & cheese). Desert which was also homemade (primarily by Casey “Karma” with some additional contributions from Nick's mom, Jason and I) included a full variety of fall favors with mini apple pies and mini pumpkin cheese cakes as well as pineapple upside down cake, mint chocolate chip cookies and a “Neden Bash” (think Kahlua bash from Feast of Folkestone but with crème de mint instead of Kahlua and thin mints crumbled on top instead of heath bar pieces).
A unique tournament was the harlequin humor bardic. Tuilli kicked it off with a bawdry song. He was followed by Rhiannon who recited and original and humorous poem. She however forgot she was in Neden and kept it pg. Garharz, did not make that mistake and his raunchy verse took the prize.
Also of note was the auction. There were about a dozen items which include leather goods from Chaos Dwarf Armory, mead, event admissions, and a certificate for custom bracers from Karma Creations. We felt extremely fortunate to win it for a mere 25 gold. Even a magic hat only brought in 200 gold. There were many deals to be had.