Charles Knutson
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We can be found demonstrating and selling our period games at a number of events in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan.

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Charles Knutson commented on Charles Knutson's group MacGregor Historic Games
"A little look at one of my more recent large pieces of Celtic art. A Celtic themed ouja table."
Nov 2, 2016
Charles Knutson commented on Charles Knutson's group MacGregor Historic Games
"Our French playing cards were recently featured as props on the CW TV show "Reign"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQGCbfUpOwY"
Mar 8, 2014
Charles Knutson commented on Charles Knutson's group MacGregor Historic Games
"Just heard that our 16th century French playing cards should be appearing as props in the 12th episode of the new series "Reign." http://historicgames.com/RPcards.html"
Nov 22, 2013
Charles Knutson added a discussion to the group Faire Business
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Portable WIFI hotspots?

It only seems to have coverage in major metro areas so far, (My home fair MNRF is not covered so far) but this company is looking like an interesting option to watch for cheaper data access for running credit cards. If I read it right it's 1GB of 4G data for $14.00 and it doesn't expire. It's not a monthly fee, it's based on the data transfer so if you only use it weekends at faire and while on the road, you might might only have to pay the $14.00 a couple times per season. And if other people…See More
Nov 3, 2013
Charles Knutson commented on Charles Knutson's group MacGregor Historic Games
"We started a crowd funding campaign to bring back the period coins we used to sellhttp://www.indiegogo.com/projects/replica-doubloons/x/3688552"
Jun 19, 2013
Charles Knutson commented on Charles Knutson's group MacGregor Historic Games
"Fun news. I just got an Email asking if it was okay to use our 18th century English playing cards as set dressing for a TV adaptation of "Death Comes To Pemberley" by P. D. James."
Jun 13, 2013
Charles Knutson added a discussion to the group Faire Business
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Linkedin?

If you are on http://linkedin.com for networking or job hunting don't forget you can also create a business page for your Renfair business which lets you post info about your products and lets customers post their recommendations for your products. (I just made a new connection there in the RV market for our portable games) I just updated my business listing there and asked my Facebook friends if they are on Linkedin would they consider plugging our products…See More
Jun 9, 2013
Charles Knutson commented on Charles Knutson's group MacGregor Historic Games
"I just put together a little video about the history of knucklebones as agame/toy/dicehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrIbNxumT4Y"
Mar 9, 2013
Charles Knutson posted a status
"Started a podcast on Celtic history and featuring music from the Minnesota Celtic music scene. 2 done so far http://ning.it/WuP8rK"
Feb 15, 2013
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MacGregor Historic Games

We have been in business researching and selling board, dice and card games from the past since 1994. Our replica playing cards are used by historical reenactors around the world.We've owned a booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since 1995 and appear at a number of other events in the midwest.  While we do not claim to be the last word on historic games, we do take pride in our on-going research, and the wide variety of…See More
Oct 23, 2012
Charles Knutson commented on Charles Knutson's group MacGregor Historic Games
"I was going to put a circular chess game on this second-hand table that I found, but realized my Celtic Pentagram design could fit in the inlaid circle and then I could put the seasonal greenmen I've done in the past in the corners. Anyone in…"
Oct 22, 2012
Charles Knutson posted a status
"There's more to Samhain than the spooky stuff. http://www.icontact-archive.com/rRNQRindhS4-R1-YSMhwymAGezunas-W?w=3"
Oct 5, 2012
Charles Knutson commented on WarMouse -Manager-'s group Faire Business
"We stole the map graphic from MNRF site and modified it with a pointer to our booth to help the "be backs" find us again later in the day. Just thought I'd toss the idea out there for crafters who do really big events. I reduced it so…"
Sep 17, 2012
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MacGregor Historic Games

We have been in business researching and selling board, dice and card games from the past since 1994. Our replica playing cards are used by historical reenactors around the world.We've owned a booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since 1995 and appear at a number of other events in the midwest.  While we do not claim to be the last word on historic games, we do take pride in our on-going research, and the wide variety of…See More
Sep 14, 2012
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MacGregor Historic Games

We have been in business researching and selling board, dice and card games from the past since 1994. Our replica playing cards are used by historical reenactors around the world.We've owned a booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since 1995 and appear at a number of other events in the midwest.  While we do not claim to be the last word on historic games, we do take pride in our on-going research, and the wide variety of…See More
Sep 2, 2012

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Tell us of your likes and dislikes. Music? Tv/Movies? Books? What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play Irish flute and pennywhistle. Read a lot of horror, fantasy, historical fiction.
Are you currently living what may be considered an alternative lifestyle? For example, are you a traveling artist, practicing a non-mainstream spirituality, or part of a BDFSM lifestyle?
We travel around our 5 state area selling our period games at various historic-themed events.
What does the older knowledge of legend, myth, lore, story, tale, wisdoms mean to you?
I have a BA in history and have always been fascinated by folktales and legends.
Do you belong to any organizations; re-enactment based (i.e. households, tribes, clans), spiritual based (i.e. covens, orders, or other pagan groups) or other? If so which ones and where?
Used to belong to a 17th century Scottish reenactment group http://Clanntartan.org that had an emphasis on educating the public.
If not of the older life styles, how tolerant are you ?
Not sure what you mean by "older" life styles? As long as it's between consenting adults I don't care what you do.

"There are people in this world who do not love their fellow man and I hate people like that..." -Tom Lehrer. ;-)
Have you ever been to a Renaissance Faire or Medieval Fest? If so, which did you prefer? If not, which would you rather attend? Would you rather be a participant or spectator? Please relate to us your experience!
Owned a booth at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival since 1995 and have been a street character. I've also been a historical reenactor so I enjoy all aspects of historic-themed events from crafts to music to the educational aspects.
Do you have any artistry, crafting, and trade… what do you create, Please share your talents with us.
I research and sell board dice and card games from the past, I also demonstrate a man-power wood lathe http://historicgames.com/lathes/lindex.html
What is the best way to contact you if your talents are skills are desired?
Via Email or my website at http://historicgames.com
Please answer all questions honestly and openly so staff and members can get to know you. Approval of your application will be based upon your answers. Any thing else you would like to tell people?
not yet ;-)

Charles Knutson's Blog

Tarot parlour game?

A while ago I ran across a reference to a kind of parlor game which used Tarot cards and was described in an Italian work of fiction dating from 1527. It involved passing out 5, or 6 of the trumps to each of four players. The challenge was then to compose a sonnet for each person into which was woven the names of the trumps dealt to that person. Being from a work of fiction with no other references, scholars have suggested this may have been a just literary invention, rather than an…

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Posted on July 31, 2012 at 9:33am

Tips for new kilt wearers.

Something I wrote a while ago

New to wearing a kilt? -Start watching women in short skirts (-well more than you already do...) to study how they move while sitting down to avoid exposing themselves. You can learn some tips by following their example. That sweep of the hands underneath your rear as you sit can not only prevent embarassment, but protect you from surprises like cold/hot surfaces -not to mention splinters.

Planning on wearing a belted plaid, sometimes called a…

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Posted on July 1, 2012 at 10:55am

Dumb Patron Questions

Just for fun, I have a collection of Dumb Patron Questions from all kinds of historical hobbiests. http://www.historicgames.com/dumbquest/DumbQindex.html

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:54pm

Europe's 'earliest string instrument

Archaeologists believe they have uncovered the remains of the earliest stringed instrument to be found so far in western Europe.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-highlands-islands-17537147

Posted on June 24, 2012 at 7:45pm — 1 Comment

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Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries had its humble beginnings as an idea of a few artisans and craftsmen who enjoy performing with live steel fighting. As well as a patchwork quilt tent canvas. Most had prior military experience hence the name.

 

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries.

 

Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

As well as being a place where the older hand made items could be found made by them and enjoyed by all.

We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

Specializing in Medieval, Goth , Stage Film, BDFSM and Practitioner.

Patchwork Merchant Mercenaries a Dept of, Ask For IT was started by artists and former military veterans, and sword fighters, representing over 100 artisans, one who made his living traveling from fair to festival vending medieval wares. The majority of his customers are re-enactors, SCAdians and the like, looking to build their kit with period clothing, feast gear, adornments, etc.

Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

A deceitful query!! This is not a yes or no question. One must have a damn good understanding of European history (at least) from the fall of Rome to the mid-1600's to properly answer. Taking into account, also, the culture in which the querent is dressed is vitally important. You see, though it may be well within medieval period, it would be strange to see a Viking wearing a Caftan...or is it?

After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

Traveling Within The World is meant to be such a place. A place for all of these artists to keep in touch and directly interact with their fellow geeks and re-enactment hobbyists, their clientele.

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