I was able to successfully build except this time when I first ran the script it said I was missing libjson-perl and asked if I wanted to install. I said yes, and it was not found in the arch repo because the package is called perl-json so got that installed and I was building. Then I got to vice and it cried about xa missing. Installed that and didnt fix it even after reboot. So I went to /lib and found libXaw.so so I think I got it in the correct folder. But after three attempts at getting it to compile a pkg that I wouldn't even use I just cleaned it then no further errors and so far it has booted but haven't really played with it but I'm sure that it should be as good as if escalade built it as I didn't really do anything other then run a script.
Thank you escalade for putting together such a great distro it really has everything you could ask for in a htpc.