[ANT] A Game of Thrones & Stormgods

The Barony of Stromgard invites one and all to join us for our Game of Thrones and Stormgods July 22-24, 2011 in the secluded rolling hills of the Zumstein Family Farm near Woodland, Washington.

We’ll start the event right on Friday night with our Barons’ Birthday Bash—a tasty celebration of current and past barons. Once the Saturday morning mists subside, we’ll have a full day of activities including opening and evening courts, heavy and rapier fighting, archery and thrown weapons, arts and sciences, equestrian activities, and a youth scavenger hunt.

Stromgard’s baronial Heavy, Rapier and Equestrian Champion’s tournaments and Comes Tiernan’s Game of Thrones will take place during the day. Prepare yourselves for EPIC battles! Those wishing to enter any of the champions’ tournaments must present themselves along with a letter of intent to the Gracious Baroness Miranda and Fierce Baron Tiernan during morning court.

We’ll round out the day with the hugely popular after-dark adults-only, “Race for the Horde.” Everyone needs to bring a prize to enter the race. Speaking of prizes, Stromgard is renowned for our generous gifting and word fame. This event will be no different.     

Site fees: Adults $15.00, Children 10-17 $8.00, Day fee $10.00, Family Cap $40.00 (+$5 NMS for adults). Make checks payable to SCA, Inc.- Barony of Stromgard.

There is no potable water for humans on site. Water is available for horses. Haul your trash home with you.

Schedule as of June 17, 2011

12 p.m.                Gate opens for everyone
5-8 p.m.               Equestrian area opens for practice/authorization
7 p.m.                  Barons’ birthday bash @ baronial pavilion

10 a.m.                 Baronial opening Court (Kingdom too?), heavy/rapier armor inspection to follow court
11 a.m.                 Youth race for the horde (scavenger hunt) begins at baronial pavilion
Equestrian area opens, competition begins at 12 p.m.
Archery and thrown weapons area open for warm up/practice/instruction—come give it a try
12 p.m.                 Rapier tournament begins
                             Game of Thrones and heavy tournament begin
1 p.m.                   Art and sciences then and now display begins in baronial pavilion (prizes for populace choice and most improved)
2 p.m.                   Archery competition begins; youth first, followed by adults
                             Equestrian jousting
3 p.m.                   Thrown weapons competition begins
4 p.m.                   Arts and sciences display ends, please collect your items
7 p.m.                   Evening court (baronial and kingdom?), followed by adults-only party for the horde, which begins at baronial pavilion

9 a.m.                   Equestrian: Mounted archery
1 p.m.                   Site closed, haul your trash home with you

Heavy Armored Combat Champions Tournament
All entrants are required to present themselves along with a letter of intent to Their Excellencies of Stromgard in morning court. All entrants are required to fight in the war scenarios.

Initial rounds will consistent of standard double elimination tournament with open weapon type until there are 8 combatants remaining.

War scenarios begin.
With only 8 combatants remaining the format changes to round robin format with matched multi-weapons (spear, great axes, single sward and dagger) interspersed with war scenarios. The two combatants with the most wins advance to the finals, which will be fought with sward and shield. The first combatant with 2 kills in a row wins.

The winner of the tournament will receive a replica of the Viking Age Mammen Axe and the most chivalric combatant will receive a Viking Age rowing bench crafted by Sir Arnsbjorn.

Rapier Champions Tournament
All wishing to compete to be rapier champion of the Barony of Stromgard must present themselves and a letter of intent to their Excellencies of Stromgard during morning court. One need not compete for the championship in order to compete in the tournament. The format is a bear pit and each combatant gets 3 ribbons. The lowest ranking fighter holds the eric first. Upon victory the winner stays in and receives one of the loser’s ribbons (or lives). Any fighter holding the eric for a third bout must leave with the loser but still receives the ribbon from the loser. After losing all three ribbons, fighters are out of tournament. The last two fighters will go to the finals in a best two out of three with the Baronesses' choice of weapons.

Prizes will be awarded for first place as well as for chivalry. The fencing community in attendance will select the most chivalric combatant.

Following the championship tournament, time permiting, there will be a cut and thrust tournament sponsored by Stromgard’s current baronial rapier champion, Lord Armand de Castille. The format is double elimination with the final round being best two out of three.

Thrown Weapons Competition
There will be a series of three novelty throws, one each for axe, knife, and spear. Points would be earned for each weapon type and the winner is the one with the highest point total. Fabulous prizes will be awarded for first and second place.

Axe: A three foot section of log would be suspended from the apex of a tripod. The log would be approximately 8 inches in diameter and would have a 3 inch circle painted in the middle of it. Each thrower would get 5 throws scoring 1 point for a stick in the log and 2 points if the axe sticks in the circle for a maximum score of 10 points.

Knife: In essence it will be a 5 card stud poker game. 13 cards, one each of ace through king, will be attached to the target face. Each thrower will get 5 throws. The scoring will be based on the ‘hand’ each person earns and how many cards are hit with the knife. 1 Point will be earned for each card hit plus 5 points for a 5 of a kind, 4 points for 4 of a kind, etc., down to 1 point for a one of a kind. The knife must stick in the target for any points to be earned. The maximum score would be 10 points.

Spear: Ropes will be laid out on the ground to form a Tic-Tac-Toe board with 12 inch squares. A line will be placed 20 feet from the board and throwers must stay behind this line. Scoring will be based on the number of throws it takes to get 3 in a row. If it is done in 3 throws the player earns 10 points, in 4 throws the player earns 9 points, etc., down to 1 point for 12 throws.

Equestrian Activities
The paddock situation is the same as in the last few years. There is an area separating the rest of the event with a fence, in which you may set up temporary corrals and camp as close to your horses as you wish. There will be horse water, but as with the rest of the site, there is no human water. Please contact Stromgard Equestrian Champion, Drifa in Rauða (quincydew(@)aol(dot)com) if you are planning to bring horses. There are 85 acres of trails and fields to explore, bridges, creeks, stairs, railroads...etc.

Friday there will be time to authorize new riders and practice. On Saturday there will be the standard games, a challenge course, and a short trail course as well. Winners will be declared for each of these three events. The combined score from these three events will determine the next Stromgard Equestrian Champion. You need not compete for the championship to have word fame spread far and wide of your deeds, or to win any of the awesome prizes we have this year (and they are pretty awesome)!

There is also the possibility of jousting practice, heavy mounted combat and a live steel demo. On Sunday we plan to set up a mounted archery course. As in the past, the schedule may change depending on the weather. However if the weather is a perfect 75 degrees, things will be running on time! If you would like to sponsor some other equestrian activity please contact Drifa.

Archery Competitions

Youth Tournament:
We will be holding a novelty shoot with a bunch of fun targets for the youth ages 5-15, there will be a very limited amount of loaner gear available. Any youth age 5-12 must have a parent with them.

Adult Tournament:
The adult tournament will consist of a Royal Round and a multiple distance clout shoot with targets at random distances out to 100 yards.

Arts and Sciences Then and Now Competition
Entrants should bring two items to display; one an early attempt and the second being your current best work for any type of art or science item.

The populace will vote in two categories: 1. Most improved and 2. Populace choice with winners receiving a pair of pottery cups made by local artisans and a $50 gift certificate to Pastice.

Site Info:
Name: Zumstein Family Farm
41316 NE 12th Ave.
Woodland, WA 98674

Directions to Site:
Traveling southbound on I-5, take Exit 21. Stay on frontage road (Pacific Avenue). Turn left at signal onto Lewis River Rd/WA-503. Cont.
Traveling northbound on I-5, take Exit 21. At signal turn right onto Lewis River Rd/WA-503. Cont.
Continued: From Lewis River Rd/WA-503, turn right onto CC Street, which becomes NW Hayes Rd after crossing the bridge. From the bridge, travel 4.8 miles and turn right onto 12th Avenue. Follow signs to site on right; approximately 1 mile.