Florentine Masquerade

description:
Two great Doges and their allies match wits in 15th-century Florentine style, plotting with their Councillors of Sword, Rapier, Archery, Dance and Chess to win the day and be hailed as "The Most Mighty, Cultured and Cunning City-State."

This is a combined Tournaments and Dance event. There will be heavy, rapier, archery and chess tournaments as well as dance classes all day, and Masquerade dancing starting at 5:30pm, through the evening. Everyone is encouraged to bring masks to add to the ambiance. We planned this event right after Halloween for a reason! We will have a mask-making table and supplies available during the day for anyone who wants to make their own. There will be prizes for Coolest Mask, Funniest mask and Scariest Mask. Mask Examples: One Two Three Four Five

East Elgin Community Complex
531 Talbot St. W, Aylmer, ON

Site opens 10am, closes 10pm
The site is wet, No BYOB

Site Fee: $12 INCLUDES FEAST
(children under 14: $6, babes in arms: free)
Non-member surcharge (over 18): +$4.00
Site Token is a Dance Music CD for adults, a mask for children

FEAST
Starts at 4PM - Four mini-meal Removes will be served Buffet-style, with Court at 4:30pm, after the first Remove. Masquerade dancing andChess will proceed between Removes. A children's feast will also be offered. Closed lanterns only, please. A $5.00 Lunch Tavern will be available around noon.

THEME
This Ealdormerean event pits Trinovantia Nova and Her allies against Ramshaven and Her allies in a competition for 10 victory points and the title of "Most Mighty, Cultured and Cunning City-State." Trinovantia and Ramshaven will each choose one person to be their Doge (an Italian political ruler) for the Day. There will be victory Points for Heavy(2), Rapier(2), Archery(2), Dance(2) and Chess(2). Each side will choose one Councillor for each of these areas. The Doge will then plot and strategize with his/her Councillors throughout the day in order to win as many points as possible. Each Doge starts the day with a Purse of Florins and may purchase "Upgrades" from a list, for each contest.

The rules of the game for each of the five areas are listed below. Rules may be updated periodically.

HEAVY & RAPIER TOURNAMENTS
There will be one Melee and one Warlords-style tourney worth 1 victory point each. In each battle, the fighters will begin with "basic weapons" only. The Doge may then purchase Upgrades from a list of options, which may include spears, shields, tower shields, a boat, limited resurrection, and so on. The Doge and Councillor then plot deployment strategy before the battle begins. You may notice that this is somewhat similar to the tactical game Warhammer...

ARCHERY TOURNAMENT
Archery is outdoors, weather permitting. For the tournament, there will be two themed Shoots worth 1 victory point each. Upgrades may include closer targets, extra arrows, or "fog" (paper "clouds" on sticks to obscure the target).

DANCE TOURNAMENT
Two of the Evening Masquerade dances will be designated as Poaching Tournaments, each worth 1 victory point. Dancers can practice their poaching skills at dance classes during the day. For each dance, there will be several "neutral" dancers and two teams of "poachers" from each side who will try to cut into the dance as much as possible. At three secret designated times, the Dancemaster will call "Hold" - whichever team has the most poachers in the dance wins the round. Before each dance, the Doge may purchase "bumper cards" which can be used to immediately bump out a dancer, and "warnings" which give your team a secret 10-second warning before a hold is called.

CHESS TOURNAMENT
The Chess Tournament is worth 2 victory points. Players can challenge opponents any time during the day or evening. Each player can play a maximum of three games. If time is limited, both players can agree to play Double Chess, in which each player moves twice per turn. The Doge can purchase Upgrades for a particular game, converting one pawn into a knight/bishop, knight/bishop to a rook, or rook to a queen, before the game begins. The team with the most wins when the Feast is over scores all the victory points.

CONTACTS
Event Stewards:
Dante de Valencia

Kiara of the Blacksword

Feast Steward:
Lothar the Gregarious

DIRECTIONS
From Windsor & London, take 401 East - from Kitchener & Toronto, take 401 West Exit 203 (Hwy #73) South to Aylmer - drive 22 km turn Right (West) at second set of lights onto Talbot St. West - drive 0.5 km The East Elgin Community Complex is on the north side of Talbot just as you are leaving Aylmer.

http://www.misfit-robots.com/masquerade/ Location:
Canton of Petrea Thule (Aylmer, Ontario)