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MAYhem RESCHEDULED FOR
May 23-25, 2003
WHAT IS RAGNAROK?
- Ragnarok is the largest Dagorhir
battle in the world.
- Ragnarok is the largest padded-weapon
fighting event anywhere.
- Ragnarok is the biggest
Tolkien-inspired live-action event in the world.
- Last year we had more than 300
- In recent years, we have been filmed,
photographed and interviewed by newspaper reporters and professional
video documentary crews from as far as Canada and New Zealand.
- Ragnarok is the oldest “National”
Dagorhir event, having run every year since 1986.
- Ragnarok is a good time: a full week
of fighting, feasting, and fun!
Wait till you see the jam-packed
schedule of events!
DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN EVERY EVENT?
Nope! Just join in the events and scenarios that sound like fun to you!
WHAT ELSE IS THERE TO DO BESIDES FIGHTING?
Shopping at Merchants’ Row
With hundreds of Dagorhir members
camping out for the week, there are lots of opportunities to socialize with
new and old friends. You’ll often find yourself becoming fast friends with
the fighter who tried to skewer you with a spear that day. After the
fighting is over, many people love to visit other camps or to host people in
their camp, sharing a beverage and retelling war stories that get more grand
and heroic each time they are retold. There are also a number of merchants
at Ragnarok, so take the time to wander through the merchant areas and at
least window shop. There is a wide variety of items available, from garb and
armor, to weapons (real and padded) and many other useful things for
Dagorhir or camping. Another fun idea is to go swimming in the pond, sliding
down the waterslide, or just sunning by the beach. So bring your swimsuit,
on a hot sweaty day you’ll be glad that you did.
In the evening, when the sun goes down, Ragnarok becomes a magical place,
lit by the light of torches, candles and campfires. Dagorhirrim in costume
wander from camp to camp, meeting friends, telling tales and reveling in the
freedom of Ragnarok. Often as dusk falls, the sound of drums and the
jingling of gypsy bells are heard as the warriors and wenches, nobles,
gypsies, knights, and knaves of Dagorhir come together by the bonfire to
celebrate another glorious day. On several nights, there will be light
refreshments and snacks for the revelers to enjoy, including major parties
on Monday and Saturday nights. On Thursday, there will be a feast sponsored
by the Elite Blood Falcons, a veteran Dagorhir unit with members from
HOW WILL CAMPSITES BE AWARDED?
The groups with the most pre-registrations will get first choice of
Merchants may have up to 4 adults over 18 camp behind their booths.
For everyone else, it’s first-come, first-severed...er, SERVED, so either
pre-register or get to Rag XVIII early to get the choicest spots.
Don’t worry -- there’s lots of room at Spring Valley!
ARE THERE ANY PLACES WE CAN’T CAMP?
Yes: the Battlefield, the parking area, and much of the wooded areas are
off-limits to camping. Please check in with the folks at Troll Booth to
check on campsite availability.
Some friendly advice: Don’t camp too close to stream at the center of
valley - if we get a strong rain, all the water runs to the middle of the
valley, and you might find everything on the floor of your tent WET.
CAN I ARRIVE EARLY?
No. Ragnarok XVIII starts Sunday, June 22, 2003.
WHAT ARE THE CAMPGROUND RULES?
Don’t be an idiot.
Okay, that isn’t really written on the campground rules, but it should be.
Respect Spring Valley Campground and don’t do stupid things. If you behave
in a stupid manner, you will be asked to leave Ragnarok -- and that would
suck. Examples of stupid things people have done in the past require us to
point out the following commonsense rules (in addition to any other
commonsense rules posted by the campground):
If you get covered in mud during Mongolian Wrestling or any other activity,
clean off by jumping in the swimming area of the lake -- DON’T trash the
shower-house and clog the drains with mud.
DRIVE SLOWLY ON SPRING VALLEY PROPERTY. Dagorhir is renting the entire rear
half of this large campground, but there are “regular folk” camping at
the front of the campground. When you arrive onsite, drive at a snail’s
pace -- 5 MPH. The fighting will wait until you park.
No public nudity. If you’re swimming at the lake, don’t let your
swimsuit or towel fall, no matter how funny you think your butt looks.
No pools/tubs in camp. Spring Valley gets their water from wells. At
Ragnarok XVI, someone brought a sizable above-ground pool and filled
it...draining the wells and leaving Dagorhir without water for most of a
HOW IS PARKING HANDLED?
After vehicles are unloaded, they are to be moved to the dedicated parking
If you wish to keep your car in your camp, you may purchase an in-camp
parking permit for $20.
If you are handicapped (demonstrated by your driver’s license), you are
entitled to a FREE in-camp parking permit.
Each Dagorhir Chapter will be given one FREE in-camp parking permit to
facilitate transporting members to their cars or making food/ice trips into
the nearby town.
WHAT’S IN THE NEARBY TOWN?
Everything! Gasoline, hotels, groceries, camping supplies, beer store, a
Laundromat. There’s a K-Mart and a gas station across the road from the
entrance to Spring Valley Campground. The town even has a small airport.
WHERE DO I GET ICE, DRINKING WATER, FIREWOOD, AND FOOD
Dagorhir has asked the campground to arrange to have block ice delivered to
the Camp Office.
We’re negotiating to have firewood, hay bales, and hopefully ice delivered
directly to camps (probably for a small fee). Currently, these items can be
bought at the Camp Store.
You may not cut down any trees or brush for campfires.
HERALDS & WEAPONS-CHECKERS
Every Dagorhir Chapter is required to provide veteran heralds according to
the following scale, based on the number of participants attending Ragnarok:
0-4 Participants from the Chapter -- no Heralds/Weapons Checkers required
5-20 Participants -- At least One Herald and One Weapons-check staff person
Each Additional Increment of 20 participants (21-40, 41-60, etc.) -- At
least One additional Herald and One additional Weapons check person.
Ragnarok is a big event. To ensure its success, we must all pitch in.
WEAPONS, ARMOR, AND COSTUME CHECK
Every morning, the Head Weapons Checkers will review standards and
procedures with any newly arrived weapons check staff, to ensure consistent
application and interpretation of the Dagorhir safety rules.
Every weapon must be checked for safety at Ragnarok before it will be
allowed to be used.
Weapons will need to be re-checked according to a schedule decided by the
All missile weapons will be checked every day.
Armor will be checked to ensure it meets Dagorhir safety and construction
Plan on going through weapons check every day
COSTUMES will be spot-checked for adherence to minimum Dagorhir requirements
by Heralds. If your costume doesn’t meet the minimum standards, you will
be directed to modify it or leave the battlefield.
-- SUGGESTION: Mark all your weapons with your name, Unit, and Chapter, to
ensure you always get them back from Weapons Check or if you drop them on
WHAT IF MY WEAPONS DON’T PASS SAFETY CHECK THE FIRST TIME?
If your weapon fails safety check, the Weapons Checkers will tell you why it
failed and give you advice on how to fix it. Bring foam and tape with you to
weapons check for on-the-spot repairs.
If you feel your weapon has been failed unfairly, you may appeal to the Head
Weapons Checker for a final decision.
HOW ARE TEAMS CHOSEN?
New teams and commanders will be chosen each day. Sometimes, new teams will
be chosen several times in a single day as scenarios require.
As fighters arrive on the Battlefield, the Heralds will write down the names
of each Chapter or Unit, and the number of fighters they brought to the
Generally, Heralds will then ask for volunteers to command armies. If we
have more volunteers than are needed, the volunteers will fight in a
free-for-all; the last two alive become commanders.
All the Chapters/Units will form up so the commanders can pick teams. The
commander from the Chapter with fewer fighters picks first and continues to
pick until his team has more members than the other commander’s Chapter.
After that, the commanders take turns; whoever’s team has fewer members
picks next, until all Chapters/Units have been chosen. Fighters who aren’t
in units (mercenaries), will be used to balance the teams.
For some scenarios, especially during Dagor Dagorath on Saturday, the
Heralds may choose teams based on arbitrary criteria, such as “all
Chapters older than 10 years on this side,” or “all Chapters East of the
Mississippi vs. all West of the Mississippi.”
WILL THERE BE PRIZES FOR THE TOURNAMENTS?
YES! Tourney prizes will purchased from the merchants onsite.
Dagorhir always needs help marking weapons and running errands. Kyrax is
looking for participants who would like to help out by carrying messages and
announcements to the outlying camps. If you’d like to help out, speak up
to the Heralds, Troll, or Weapons Check staff!
WHAT ABOUT TOILETS?
There are flush toilets at the Bath House, and “portajohns” throughout
the camping and battle areas (we’ve contracted for more porta-johns than
last year, and to have them cleaned more frequently!)
If a porta-john runs out of toilet paper, see the Troll Cabin - we carry
spare supplies there.
WHAT COULD GET SOMEONE KICKED OUT OF RAGNAROK?
Endangering anyone’s safety through negligence or deliberate action.
Endangering Dagorhir’s use of Spring Valley Campground.
Violations of the campground rules (especially speeding onsite) as noted
Violations of the Dagorhir rules.
I HAVE FRIENDS WHO FIGHT IN SIMILAR NON-DAGORHIR ORGANIZATIONS. CAN THEY
COME TO RAGNAROK?
ABSOLUTELY! All groups are welcome at Ragnarok. Make sure your friends
understand the Dagorhir RULES. Some
non-Dagorhir groups attend Ragnarok for the chance to have their whole group
fight TOGETHER as one team! When you’re used to fighting against people
regularly, you know exactly how they fight -- and that makes them a very
strong ally when you have the chance to all fight together!
CAN I BRING MY DOG TO RAGNAROK?
Yes, pets are allowed at Spring Valley, but you must clean up after your pet
and keep control of your pet at all times. Pets must remain in the
“Dagorhir” camping area (not allowed at the Lake).
I SEE THAT WEAPONS CHECK IS ON THE
SCHEDULE EVERY DAY, DO I NEED TO HAVE MY WEAPONS CHECKED EVERY SINGLE DAY
THAT I FIGHT?
Yes and no. All missile weapons must be checked every day, but hand held
weapons and equipment like swords, shields and spears need to go through
weapons check every second day. So if your sword is checked on Monday, you
need to have it rechecked on Wednesday and Friday. All weapons will be
rechecked on Saturday before the big battles at the end of the world. Of
course, every participant in Dagorhir is expected to check their own
equipment before each battle, as you are responsible for your equipment
regardless of who checked it and when. Checking them
yourself also gives you a chance to catch problems and fix them before they
go to weapons check.
WHAT IS RAGNAROK WEAPONS CHECK LIKE? IS IT DIFFERENT AT
RAGNAROK FROM HOW IT WORKS AT MY LOCAL CHAPTER?
In essence, it is the same as at your local event, just on a bigger scale.
Every day at Ragnarok hundreds and hundreds of weapons are checked by a team
of experienced Dagorhir weapons checkers. The first step is that your
weapons and equipment will be measured for compliance with the rules, for
example blade and pommel length, tip size, flail chain length, weight, etc.
The foam will be hand tested for overall safety. The weapon will then be hit
tested: the checkers will hit each other with every weapon that seems safe,
and the foam on shields will be tested for safety too. Then if it passes, it
gets marked with a
sticker or symbol for that day’s check. The passed weapons are then tossed
into a pile with other weapons that pass. Weapons that fail at any stage of
this process, measuring, foam check and hit testing, will have all marking
tape and stickers removed and will be tossed into a FAIL pile.
WHAT IF MY FAVORITE WEAPON/SHIELD FAILS?
You should pull your weapon out of the FAIL pile and first look it over to
see if you know why it failed: exposed core, ripped weapon cover, foam loose
on the core, foam breaking down in spots, loose pommel, low weight, etc. You
can then ask the weapons checkers why your weapon failed. While they are
extremely busy most mornings, you’ll often be able to talk to the person
who failed your weapon and they can tell you exactly why it failed.
Sometimes it is something simple to repair, like
a ripped cover or a spot where the foam is breaking down. In that case, if
you have time, you can repair the weapon quickly and have it rechecked (if
weapons check is still open by the time you are done). The best thing to do
is to check it yourself first and do any repairs BEFORE bringing it to
weapons check in the first place. If the weapon cannot be repaired or you
don’t have the right foam, glue or tools, ask your friends for help or if
they have a weapon to loan.
The important thing to remember is that every weapon must be officially
passed by weapons check before it may be used at Ragnarok. If your weapon
fails and cannot be passed before Weapons Check closes, then you cannot use
that weapon or shield that day, period. Anyone who is found to be using
unchecked or failed weapons is subject to being expelled from the event.
Weapons check is a primary safety procedure for Dagorhir, so violating or
evading these rules is a very serious violation of the rules of Dagorhir and
of Ragnarok. So if you cannot get your weapon or shield passed in time, you
will need to make arrangements to borrow a passed weapon from someone.
THIS IS MY FIRST DAGORHIR EVENT OTHER THAN LOCAL PRACTICES, WHAT CAN I
Take a look at the Ragnarok Schedule for all of the fun events that are
scheduled. A typical day involves getting up and putting on garb, then
heading over to weapons check if needed (see above). When you and your
friends are ready, grab your passed weapons and form up on the battlefield.
Before the announced battles start, there are often fighters willing to
spar. As the time to fight approaches, the Heralds will call the armies to
form up on the field. Any special rules for a
particular battle will then be explained, whether it is the Battle of Five
Armies (see the Schedule for details) or a unit battle. Once the rules are
explained, the fighters will again be called on to prepare for battle, and
then “LAY ON” will be called out, and the fighting begins. Like local
events, things sometimes start slowly and other times happen quickly, but
with hundreds of fighters the battle will rage on, with action in every
direction and comedy and heroism in large measures. Every Dagorhirrim loves
the glories of fighting on the battlefield at Ragnarok with hundreds of
fighters. There is nothing that compares with seeing a wall of warriors
advancing towards your line, or being in that wall and charging the foe.
If this is your first really big battle, the best advice I can give is to
keep your eyes open and stay close to your friends. Things happen quickly in
battle, and where your ally was a second ago can be a charging barbarian a
second later. So look around, pay attention and be ready to move, fight or
die in an instant.
THE RULES SAY THAT I MUST BE SIXTEEN TO FIGHT, BUT I AM FIFTEEN,
CAN I COME TO RAGNAROK? If SO, CAN I FIGHT?
People of all ages attend Ragnarok, from little babies to grandparents. So
yes, fifteen year olds are welcome to attend the event, but they must have a
Waiver signed and notarized by their parent or legal guardian. Persons under
the age of eighteen who do not have a waiver signed by their parent or
guardian will not be allowed to attend Ragnarok, period. While you can
attend Ragnarok, you are not allowed to fight in any Battles or Tournaments
at Ragnarok, including the Orc Assassin or Hunt for the Witch King’s Ring
While this may seem unfair, Dagorhir fighting is a full contact
sport, so this rule was enacted for safety reasons. But even without
fighting in organized events, Ragnarok can be a lot of fun. There are lots
of people to meet and things to learn and do. There are merchants to
purchase neat stuff from and if you see something neat, just ask the
owner about it and I’ll bet that they’d love to tell you about
it and how it was made.
DO WE HAVE TO CAMP TO ATTEND RAGNAROK? IF WE DON’T CAMP, DO WE STILL HAVE
TO PAY? ARE THERE CABINS WE CAN RENT?
No, there are many nice motels very near the campground, but whether you
camp or stay in a motel, every person who attends the event must pay at
Troll upon their arrival. The Fee is a sliding scale based on when you
arrive. See the Registration page
for more details. There are no rental cabins, but the large number of local
motels should take care of those who don’t want to camp out.
MY DAD IS DRIVING MY FRIENDS AND I TO RAGNAROK. DOES HE HAVE TO PAY THE SITE
FEE AND SIGN A WAIVER?
If your father or another person is doing more than dropping you off and
picking you up, then yes he will need to pay the site fee and sign a waiver.
Everyone who will be at the event must pay to help us cover the costs of
renting the site for a week, pay for things like the porta-johns,
refreshments at the revels, supplies for weapons check and battles, and
running the event. Signed waivers help protect the participants as well as
organizers and hosts of the event.
CAN PEOPLE WITHOUT GARB COME AND WATCH?
Other than journalists and documentary film crews, the rules of Ragnarok are
that all persons attending the event must meet the minimal costuming
requirements of Dagorhir. If a relative or friend wants to come and watch
the fighting, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to toss a simple tunic on
them. The important thing about Dagorhir is that we do it for each other,
not as a spectator event like a Renaissance Faire. Part of what makes
Dagorhir special is the atmosphere of being away from the regular world, and
costuming is a part of creating that atmosphere.
I DON’T DRINK. I HEAR STORIES ABOUT DRINKING AT RAGNAROK, IS
THAT GOING TO BE A PROBLEM?
No. There are many Dagorhirrim who don’t drink or who aren’t old enough
to do so. Despite some of the stories, most people don’t get sloppy drunk,
and those few who do have friends to look after them and get them back to
their camps. There are plenty of other things to do at Ragnarok, so don’t
worry about that. Besides, with the heat at Ragnarok, you’ll have an
advantage over those foolish enough to be hung over.
I AM A PARENT AND AM BRINGING MY TEENAGER AND SOME FRIENDS TO THEIR FIRST
BIG DAGORHIR EVENT, WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
Dagorhir participants range in age from teenagers up into their fifties, so
your child and their friends will find plenty of others in their age range.
At Ragnarok, there will be small children, other teenagers, young adults and
even parents who participate. Many of the participants are teenagers and
young adults, so your teenagers will find lots of friends their own age.
They will also have a chance to meet and get to know wide range of people,
from fellow students to professionals who participate in Dagorhir. The neat
part is that on the
battlefield and in the camps of Ragnarok, all of those external barriers are
removed. Your teenager will find themselves talking as an equal to a college
student, lawyer, soldier or government official. They’ll be trading blows
and then war stories with people from all over the country and from all
walks of life. Many of your other questions can be answered in this FAQ, or
on the Dagorhir Bulletin Board.
See you at Ragnarok XVIII !!
Aratari Champions Tournament &
Saturday, February 23, 2001
Friends in War: As Winter's icy chill grips our land, and Ragnarok seems far away, do not despair! Whet your blades, strap on your shield, and pick your straightest shafts, for the time has come to determine the Champions of the Aratari!
YOU are invited to the Second Annual Dagorhir Aratari Champions' Tournament. Even though this will be a Tournament event, there will be two team and pick-up fights going on throughout the day. This year, the event will be held in conjunction with a Feast! The heated hall will provide a place to stay warm in between bouts, as well as a place Feast after the Tournament event is over. The highlight of the Feast will be the awarding of J'tai to the winners and to the participants with the best characterization and best death in the Tournament.
Location: Wheaton-Claridge Park, in Wheaton, MD.
The cost for the Tournament event will be the standard battle cost of three
Check-in is from 11:00-12:00. Tournament events will start at 12:30 sharp!
Each event is planned to take 30 minutes max to complete.
Tickets for the Feast will be sold separately.
We will have the hall from 10AM until 11PM.
Sorry, but alcohol is not allowed at the Wheaton-Claridge Park facility.
The Tournament Events are as follows:
1 - Weapon and Shield
2 - Red Weapon
3 - Two Weapon
4 - Archer
5 - Blue Weapon
6 - Green Weapon
7 - Unlimited
8 - Four-Horsemen of the Apocalypse
9 - Rookie Armorless Unlimited
The winner of each event becomes the Aratari Champion of that weapons class, for one year. Titles will include: Aratari Weapon and Shield Champion, Aratari Red Weapon Champion, Aratari Two Weapon Champion, Aratari Archer Champion, Aratari Blue Weapon Champion, Aratari Green Weapon Champion, THE Aratari Champion, Aratari Four Man Team Champions and the Aratari Rookie Champion.
There were some changes, due to adding the
parallel Rookie events. (Except for Archery and 4 person team.)
To all the warrior women out there, we
will have a ladies unlimited if there is enough interest.
Aratari Champions' Tournament Information
You may enter as many Weapons Classes as you wish; but if you win one class, you must drop out of all other classes except Unlimited, Four-Man Team and Rookie. Example: You enter all weapons classes, you lose Weapon and Shield, you lose Red Weapon, then you win Two Weapon. You must then drop out of all other contests until Unlimited, Four-Man Team and Rookie. Thus, you might reign for the next year as both the Aratari Two Weapon Champion, The Champion of the Aratari and so forth.
Each Champion will be decided by single-elimination events. If you lose once, you are out of that class.
In each class, warriors will be allowed one weapon of that class (no backup), except Two Weapon (any two hand-held melee weapons - no projectile weapons, shields, or slung weapons allowed) and Unlimited (anything goes, including armor and missile weapons).
Weapons used in class-specific events may only be used for their "classification". (i.e. If you enter the Green weapon class carrying a thrusting axe, hacks are not permitted. Only the pokey-tip would count.)
In the Weapon and Shield category, any weapon may be used in conjunction with any type of shield.
If a weapon breaks or becomes unsafe during a bout, the warrior may exchange it for a comparable weapon, from the sidelines. (Otherwise, the fighter forfeits the duel.)
Archers may carry as many arrows as they wish, and may re-use arrows from the field.
Armor will only count in the Unlimited and Four-Man Team Categories.
In the event of a simultaneous "kill," fighters will re-fight the dues. (Healed of all wounds and damage.)
Any fighter that does not appear when a round starts, forfeits that round.
Once an event starts, no additional fighters may participate in that event.
We will use multiple fighting "rings", until the semi and final rounds.
The Archer duels will also be fought to the death.
Contestants may move about their "ring" as they fight.
Stepping out of the defined fighting area will result in a forfeit for that round.
Failure to engage a legged opponent for twenty seconds total will result in a forfeit for that round.
Duel Selection and Progression:
In all events, duels will be fought simultaneously, until the semi and final rounds.
Individual duels will not have specific heralds assigned.
Pairs will be randomly selected for each duel. Each fighter will have equal chance of facing any other fighter.
No exceptions for re-selecting pairs will be made.
In the event there are an odd number of fighters, one fighter will get a "bye" for that round.
Once the field is narrowed down to 5-7 warriors, the field will be reduced to 4, for the semi-finals.
This will be done by selecting 2 * the number of fighters above four.
This may result in 1-3 fighters receiving a semi-finals reduction round bye.
Heralds will be on hand to observe the duels.
In the semi-final and final rounds, ideally at least one herald will be from a different unit then both contestants.
The Heralds will only intercede if a dispute occurs.
Directions to Wheaton-Claridge Park :
11901 Claridge Rd. Wheaton, MD 20902
0. Take your best route to the North side of the 495/Capital Beltway
1. Take Exit#31, MD-97/Georgia Ave, North
2. Continue North on Georgia Ave for about 2 miles
3. Veer Left onto Viers Mill Rd. and go 1.5 miles
4. Turn Right onto Claridge Rd and go 0.1 miles
5. Turn Right into the park entrance.
Footnote: This annual event will always be held in February, in an attempt to maintain interest and attendance in Dagorhir through the leanest months of the year.
Aratari Champions’ Tournament FEAST
Saturday, February 23
6:00 to 11:00
Wheaton-Clairidge Park Rec Center
Bread (baguettes plus homemade loaves)
Cheese (cheddar & pepper jack)
Fruit (apples & pears)
Apple-Onion Soup by Briar Rose
Quiches by Sgt. Mom
Cous cous with raisins and stuff Margit
Mixed cooked vegetables
Pies by Kain the Killer Kook…er, COOK.
ENTERTAINMENT AND ACTIVITIES
- Presentation of Tournament Awards (professionally engraved J’Tai!)
& Dagorhir Aratari Annual Awards (including Roasts)
- Brutha Henry’s Dagorhir Fighting Evolution Song (reprise)
- Special Guest Singers
- Dancers & Drummers
- “Baubling” (dicing for trinkets, junk jewelry, drinks, etc.)
- Dagger fighting outside on the porch, with gambling on the winners
- In-character scavenger hunt. If you wish to play, you’re given a list and have to interact in character with the other people at the feast to find Guests who fit the criteria on the list. Players write down the name of the people who they found to match each clue.
Late in the evening, the Scavengers are asked to call out their answers to each clue.
The Scavenger Hunt gives people a chance to interact in character, and announcing the answers at the end lets everybody in the Hall learn names and history on some of the other people in Aratari.
Schedule for the Tournament & Feast:
10:30 - 12:00 noon -- Check-in for the Tournament
and set-up of the Wheel and Rose Tavern
Feast Tickets will be on sale at Check-in: As usual, the Feast is $10 for adults, $5 for children 8-15. BRING YOUR OWN DRINKS. This is a “dry” site, so there will be no keg nor alcohol as part of the feast.
12:00 - 12:30 Set up the Tourney
12:30 - 4:30 -- Aratari Champions’ Tournament, Pick-up Fighting
Running W&R Tavern (serving light fare and drinks including hot cider inside the Hall)
Will there be “baubling” (betting using junk jewelry or tavern food as stake) on, well, EVERYTHING, but especially on the outcome of Tournament Bouts?
Bring your Mardi Gras beads to help get the ball rolling.
4:30 - 5:45 Aratari War Council (Unit Leader Business Meeting in one corner of the hall)
Attendees are encouraged to go on their drink runs at this time, and to set up their tables with tablecloths, candles, and feastgear.
Dagorhir videos running in a corner of the hall until 5:45.
5:45 All non-Guard are asked to step outside (under the covered porch).
Guard serve the tables with bread, cheese, apples, and pears; light the candles; and turn off the electric lights. Guard will pass among the Guests outside on the covered porch, handing out pens for filling in the backs of tickets, and handing out Character Scavenger Hunt forms.
6:00 Guests are invited back into Hall.
As they enter, Guests will hand their tickets to the Guard Masters-at-Arms on either side of the door. Masters-at-Arms will Announce Guests as at a Formal State Dinner: Tickets have blanks for name, rank/titles, and unit.
EXAMPLE: “Presenting General Sir Erekose of Gestiguiste and his daughter the Lady Lexy,” as Erekose carries his daughter into the hall.
As each table is filled, Guard will come to the table and serve Soup.
7:00 (or earlier, if schedule permits) - 8:00 -- Main Course & General Mingling
Two roast chickens, sliced cold ham, cous cous, assorted cooked veggies, and quiches to each table.
Extra food is placed on table outside the kitchen window for people who want seconds.
8:00 The Brutha Henry Singers Perform Dagorhir’s National Anthem
8:05 Graymael presents Dagorhir Aratari Winter Awards & Roast
Recognition of new Units and Members for their contributions and characterization; making fun of veteran members for the foibles which we love so well.
8:30 (plus or minus) Erekose presents Dagorhir Aratari Champions 2002
Last year’s champions will present the ENGRAVED J’tai to the new winners;
Erekose will present the awards to the Novice Fighters.
9:00 Serving Kain’s Homemade Pies,
Followed by More entertainment (still finalizing the entertainment list:
Singers (Including Surprise Guests)
Baubling and Scavenger Hunt continue
Dagger tournament outside on the porch for those who haven’t had enough fighting
10:00 Read Results of Character Scavenger Hunt
General Mayhem continues
11:00 Throw Everyone Out and Clean Hall
Aratari Yule Feast
December 5, 2002
Saturday January 5, 6pm and on!
Admission: $10 Adults $5 4-12 Years Old
Come join us for a night of feasting and fantasy!
Bring whatever spirits you wish to imbibe and revel the night through!
Sautéed Red Potatoes
Breads & Cheeses
Fresh Baked Pies
Gypsy Drummers / Belly Dancers
Men are slaves game (women only)
Foam fighting evolution song
Kids activities and more!
CBS-WUSA 9 in DC and FOX 45
in Baltimore have announced that they intend to film the Traditional Post
Thanksgiving Battle at Lake Frank! (War coverage permitting.) FOX
intends to do a cover story featuring one of the Kutriguri, showing him at
work, then at home as he packs up and travels to THE WAR.
This is always the biggest local battle of the year; the combination of last
month's Washington Post article, this month's FHM Magazine article, and having
two networks filming the battle should make it HUGE!
Tell your friends about the times shown below. We're starting AND ENDING
check-in early, so arrive on time.
Parking is limited; PLEASE carpool. Aries of the Guard will be heading up a
van relay to shuttle drivers to a
nearby overflow parking lot. Please offer to help him if you have a
Lake Frank Thanksgiving War Itinerary
10:00 to 11:30 Check-in
11:30 to 12:00 Rules Review, Pick-up Fights, Choosing Teams
Everyone on the field by noon.
12:00 to 1:00 Field Battles
Unit Free-For-All (twice)
Two-Team Grand Melee (Twice)
Whatever the networks want to see or we want to do
1:00 SHORT second check-in for latecomers (who will pay an
additional $2 battle fee). If you're not checked in by
you DO NOT PLAY.
1:00 to 1:45 Fort Sieges for the cameras
Divide into three teams; each team takes turns defending
old Kutriguri “Lincoln Log”
Fort against the other two teams
2:00 to 3:00 Battle of Three Armies (Scenario described below)
3:00 to 3:30 Bridge Battles on the "old fire road"
3:30 to 4:30 Return to Field; do more Field Battles
ANYONE CAUGHT TRYING TO SNEAK ONTO THE FIELD WITHOUT REGISTERING AND HAVING
THEIR WEAPONS CHECKED WILL BE EJECTED FROM THE BATTLE AND MAY BE SUBJECT TO
OTHER RESTRICTIONS OR FINES. Anyone who is caught trying to sneak onto
the field more than once will be permanently banned from Dagorhir activities.
If a player knows they will be late and can get someone to register them in
absentia (including checking their equipment), they can play. Everyone
else can watch us fight.
Note that the Wheel and Rose will be operating to serve snacks to the hungry
troops both on the battlefield and at Valhalla.
THE BATTLE OF THREE ARMIES
Dagorhir Scenario for Lake Frank Thanksgiving War 2001
(and a first-test of the concept for the expanded “Five Armies” scenario
for Ragnarok XVII)
Based on ideas developed by Sven, Kyrax, and myself, copyright 2001, all
One hour timed woods
capture the flag(s) battle. Three armies each get a fort/base area
with different advantages and disadvantages.
Objective: to have fun.
Also, to score the most points by holding other Team’s flags for the
When you die, wait until
there is no fighting within 120 feet of you, put on your white headband
(or hold your sword over your head), and go to Valhalla to resurrect.
Valhalla will be
centrally located between the three Teams’ base areas/forts. When
you die, go to Valhalla, check in with your team’s Valhalla Herald, and
you’re free to “return to life.”
No fighting within 200
feet of Valhalla (to allow “resurrected” fighters to get away without
being stomped as they leave).
You cannot carry away
another fighter’s equipment (arrows, javelins, rocks, etc.) without
their express permission. You may shoot a “gleaned” projectile
weapon back at the enemy, but if you move away from that fighting area,
you may NOT carry the projectile away with you, nor may you attempt to
hide it from its owner.
Each team will be
designated by a different color headband. You are strongly
encouraged to wear your team’s headband so that you don’t get killed
by your comrades.
FLAGS & FLAG HERALDS
Each team starts with a
You cannot remove your
own flag from your fort; if you recapture your team’s flag from another
army, you must return it to your fort as quickly as possible.
No hiding flags -- each
flag will be held by a Flag Herald, who will have instructions to remain
in plain sight.
Flag Heralds will QUIETLY
go with whomever tags them and says, “Come with me.” If a flag
is captured by a raiding party and the raiding party is subsequently wiped
out but no one bothers to tag the Flag Herald, the Flag Herald has to stay
put, but may should jump up and down, wave his/her arms and shout, “Flag
over here!” :o)
Be polite when tagging
Heralds. Don’t grab their arm or get into a tug-of-war with
another team over “possession” of a Herald.
HERALDS: Try to keep up
when the person who tagged you is running. This is a fairly small
battle area, so it’s unlikely that you’ll have to run more than a few
hundred yards at a time.
HERALDS are not allowed
to deliberately give tactical advantage to a team;
this means you cannot yell, “Hey, I’m being stolen!” when a scout
and says, “Shh! Come with me.”
HERALDS you will be given
a pad of paper, pencil, and a watch. Whenever you arrive in a
Team’s fort, write down the time you arrived and which team’s fort
you’re in. Whenever you are removed from a fort, note that time
EXAMPLE: You start the
Battle with the Islanders at 2:00. At 2:10, you are captured by a
raiding party from the Forest Folk. You jot “2:10 cap”
(captured) on your pad as you run off. At 2:13, you arrive at the
Forest Folk’s base/fort. You write, “2:13 FF” on your pad.
The Forest Folk hold you for the rest of the battle (47 minutes).
You note “3:00 battle over” on your pad.
THE THREE ARMIES
City Dwellers: Get the Lincoln Log Fort, and may alter it or improve on it
during the few minutes before the battle begins.
Islanders: Get the strip of woods overlooking the battle field above the lake.
The cleared “fire break” separating this area from the main woods will be
a “river” that can only be crossed on a bridge (marked with rope) or
forded on one’s knees. Islanders may build fortifications in the few
minutes before the battle begins, or use existing structures. There will
be a herald assigned to help patrol the "river" and answer rules
Forest Folk: Like Lothlorien
or Rivendell, their “fortress” is a (horseshoe-shaped) “safe” area
marked out in the forest with yellow police tape which they can enter from any
direction, but which players from the other teams may only enter from the
“open” part of the horseshoe. FFs may build fortifications in the
few minutes before the battle begins, or use existing structures. There
will be a herald assigned to help patrol "Rivendell" and answer
rules questions there.
Each army’s base/fort area gives them a
different type of advantage:
City Dwellers have sturdy walls, but everyone on the other two teams will have
just finished attacking and defending this fort, and so will know its
strengths and weaknesses.
Islanders have a bridge and a
“moat” (fordable “river”) protecting their land, but it’s a LONG
area to defend, so a clever enemy may be able to sneak raiding parties across.
Forest Folk have a “safe
zone” into which they can retreat where the enemy can’t follow them
(although both sides can launch missiles into or through the “safe zone”)
but they have no major obstacle (like the River or the Fort) protecting their
Whichever Team held the
Lincoln Log fort the shortest time in the previous “Fort Siege” scenario
gets first choice as to which Army they will be (City, Islanders, Forest
Folk). In other words, the team who “lost” the Fort Sieges gets
Each Army’s flag must be
placed in plain sight in their “base” area. This is “Capture the
Flag” not “Hide and Seek.”
All teams must be inside
their fort/base when the Battle begins.
One point will be awarded for
each minute a team holds a flag inside their
fort/base. One point per flag per minute. Thus, if your team
flags and holds them for 5 minutes before another team takes them away, your
team will get 10 points.
- There will be a bonus to the team that suffers the most casualties (dead
players checking into Valhalla). This will encourage tactical
and give the newest people a “little something” to offset getting wiped
again and again -- at least they’re TRYING! Before we start the
the amount of the bonus will be decided upon by the Unit Leaders based on
the number of attendees at the event, but will probably be something around
MISCELLANEOUS SPECIAL RULES
BRIGDE & RIVER: If you fall off the “bridge,” you must drop to your
and may “wade” through the “water.” You can’t drown, even in
RIVENDELL: The area marked out with yellow tape as the base area of the
Forest Folk is nicknamed “Rivendell” after the Elf Haven in “Lord of the
Rings” that only Elves and their guests could enter.
Rivendell will be shaped like a fat letter “C” -- a thick horseshoe shape
something like this (if my “ASCII art” works):
CC <=== (opening other armies may use)
Only Forest Folk may cross the “safe zone” marked by the yellow tape.
The other teams must enter and leave through the open part of the horseshoe,
which will be about 30 feet wide. Thus, the Forest Folk can “hide”
inside the “safe zone” (Elves disappearing into the forest)
-- BUT the other Teams may enter through the open part of the horseshoe, take
the FF’s flag, and retreat back through the open part of the horseshoe.
As long as no part of their BODIES crosses the yellow tape, other teams
may attack the FF’s who are inside the “safe zone” (most likely with
spears, arrows, and javelins). The “safe zone” will be no thicker
than 20 feet at its thickest point.
White (dead) and colored headbands will be issued to all players
"I'd Rather Be Fighting My Friends."
Dagorhir Battle Games
copyright 2001 by David Vierling
Dagorhir Aratari Fall Campout
Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7
Marietta Mansion in Glendale, MD (Directions at the end of this message)
Primarily field battle scenarios, camping, and general mayhem. Schedule below.
Event Costs $5 for all adults and $2 for kids under 15. This includes people
who are just partying but not fighting.
Entertainers who are just there for the evening are free, but must sign a
waiver like everybody else.
There is some water onsite, but you should bring your own just to be sure.
Likewise firewood -- a little extra couldn't hurt, no?
6:00 PM Event begins. Pickup fights and camping.
Check-in from 10:00 to 11:30 NOTE: This is earlier than usual!
Please provide help to Brother Henry, Shade, Laithe, and Krugilla.
Fighting from 12 - 5
Rules for some new scenarios are listed below.
The Wonderful Wenches of the Wheel and Rose Tavern will be serving
reasonably priced gatorade, water, fruit, cheese, and bread during breaks in
Scenarios will include
- Unit Free-For-All
- Grand Melee
- "Dagorhir Snowball Fight" (Rocks and Javelins only)
- Pass Battle
- Dragon Battle (squads of 3-4 fighters vs. 7-fighter
"Dragon" -- Dragon
"keeps" wounds from one fight to the next)
- Ford Battle
- Boat Battles every hour, including some w/Sea Monsters (Sharks,
and possibly a Kraken) and others including a bridge/river/boat battle (Lots
of room for strategy!) and an "Island Resurrection" Battle (20
teams, when you die or drown, you return to your team's island to
resurrect...but then you have to swim to a boat or "wait for a ride"
bribe a sea monster for a lift] to get back to the fighting. The Wheel
Rose will be serving drinks on the islands. Non-fighters can get into
game as sea monsters. Bring your sun block and your towel -- Surf's
6:00 Fine dining, partying, camping, dancing, drumming.
Pickup fights starting at 10:00
Including "Sea Monsters vs. Sailors" scenario
How about an ocean-going Dragon?
Pack up and head for home after noon.
RULES FOR BOAT BATTLES:
1. Be prepared for something different.
2. "Boats" are PVC tube frames in the shape of boats. Some can
3. Fighters "get in" boats, hold onto PVC, and manuever at will
"ocean" areas using Fred Flintstone Foot Power.
4. If two boats "ram" (one touches or overlaps the other), all
both frames to the ground, and fight across the "decks" much like a
battle. If you can get fighters onto the enemy's boat, you can
ship from the other.
5. If you fall in the water wearing any armor (including helm or greaves),
you drown. Noisily.
6. If you fall in the water wearing a shield, you have five seconds to drop
your shield or you drown.
7. If you fall in the water with no shield or armor, you may "swim"
your knees). When swimming, you may fight with any melee weapon (no
weapons) or grab the sides of boats for a ride or to board them.
8. It's okay to hang onto the sides of a boat and "ride along" (on
feet) as long as you're wearing no armor.
9. Weapons that hit a boat on or below the PVC frame are considered to have
"hit the hull" and do no damage.
10. If you die in a boat battle, put your weapon over your head and walk to
the side of the ocean. If it's a resurrection battle, you may then walk
your side's Valhalla Island. Either way, you're shark bait, chum.
SEA MONSTERS are intended to keep the game fun. If the sea monsters
overstep their boundaries and start affecting the outcome of the game, the
heralds will pull them from the field.
DOLPHINS - Can't be attacked by any weapons. They can provide rides to
stranded sailors, or rescue drowning marines, even in armor.
SHARKS - Lawyers of the deep, they smell blood and go for it. If a shark
touches you on a limb, you lose that limb. Sharks may only be hit with
weapons by fighters who are in the water.
SIRENS - If you get too close to the Siren's island and hear their call, you
must go to them -- either by running your boat aground, or by jumping
DIRECTIONS TO MARIETTA MANSION:
Take the Capital Beltway (I-95/I-495) to exit 20.
Take 564 east (Lanham Severn Road) briefly to 450 east (Annapolis Road).
Stay on 450 for approximately 4 miles, then take 193 north (Glenn Dale
Turn left onto Bell Station Road, and the Marietta Mansion Historic Site
will be on your left
You may unload your car in the camping area (the "lower field"
the mansion), but you must park at the top of the hill near the entrance.
Fighting will be on the "upper field" nearest the mansion.
Slay you there!
-- Dagorhir Aratari Board of Directors
From your President, August
Saturday's Battle at Hammond Park brought in more 70 fighters (including 5 who
made the trek south from Taurendor!) and a small army of spectators. Rumor
has it that three of the elusive Shindar were spotted wreaking their special
brand of havoc, as were a handful of Gwynedd warriors making the long haul
from Prince William County VA.
Some items worthy of note, in no particular order:
Everyone pitched in to help with check-in, ensuring that nobody was
overwhelmed by their battle-duties, and that everything was done more or less
on time. This will be particularly important as Aratari continues to
grow in the months to come. Thanks to all who helped!
Chief Herald Brittanicus administered the Herald's test to veterans with 24 or
more battles' experience, and units rotated herald duties throughout the day
to ensure everyone who wanted it got a chance to fight.
Dunnotar of Caledonia donated a hand-carved staff as a prize to the last
fighter standing when Battlemaster Laithe called "Cut-Throat!" (the
signal for an unscheduled every-fighter-for-themselves free-for-all).
Thanks to Dunnotar for the fine donation, and for treating us all to his
"Knight to King's Pawn Four" berserker charge during the No Missile
Battle. Dunnotar leapt diagonally one space left and two spaces ahead,
from the "shoreline" over the "water" and onto the bridge
to charge into the Black Team. If *I'd* tried that move, I'd have been
sleeping with the fishes for sure!
Krugilla of the Kutriguri made new wooden signs that say "DAGORHIR"
with movable arrows on them, to direct people to battle sites. Thanks,
Krugilla -- and thanks also for setting up Aratari's bank account.
Gurrundi of Rome and Barloff of Gestiguiste both had spectacular deaths during
bridge battles. Barloff also took several well-acted wounds and then
died in the "water" in the "Ford the River" Battle (called
by the Romans the "Aqueduct War"). As ever, Khan Zamrach of
the Kutriguri died with style ("ZABITI...ARGHHH!) when someone was able
to take him down. Take a lesson from them, fighters.
Quoretl of the Guard proposed an ammendment to the Aratari Bylaws: War Council
Meetings are not allowed to last longer than the battle they follow.
Graymael proposed an
ammendment to that ammendment: War Council meetings should be held at the
nearest restaurant with beer, instead of at the battle site.
Please notify Graymael and your
unit leader if you are willing to help with advertising, such as putting up
Dagorhir posters around schools, in libraries, or in bookstores.
Mark your calendars for mid-December: when "Fellowship of the Ring"
hits theaters, the Aratari will be handing out Dagorhir flyers to people
outside every theater in the DC-Metro area. We'll need EVERYONE to help.
The winner of the Highlander Tournament held at Althyng received a pewter mug
engraved with "Highlander Tournament 2001" and their name.
Next year, this mug will be engraved with the name of the 2002 winner, and
passed on to that person. "There can be only one...and this is his beer
We are holding a contest to design an Aratari Realm banner and will pay
someone to make it. If you are interested in bidding on the job of
making the banner, please email Graymael.
A prize (to be determined) will go to whoever creates the winning design.
The best thing about
Saturday's battle were the attitudes of the fighters. People obviously
enjoyed themselves. I witnessed a lot of very good sportsmanship,
including Gaius of Rome dropping to one knee when he mistakenly thought an
arrow had hit his leg, and Dominus of Rome exchanging witticisms with Brother
Henry of Gestiguiste as they battled each other (for at least 5 minutes) for
control of the bridge-head.
Well done. As Hadrian used to say on the Voice of Dagorhir: "A good
time was had by all."