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The Tenth Year

Fall Tourney -- Rieslingshire
October 25-26, 1975

Held at Sycamore Campsite #1, Trimmer Lake Campground, East of Fresno. Iain of Cawdor was the autocrat. Lists were held for Champion of the Shire. There was a Libelous and Satirical Poetry Contest, an on-the-spot, freehand drawing contest on a martial theme, an Orc shoot, a team situation attack and defense competition, a fighting quest featuring Boggies, an Ogre, a two-headed monster, a couple of used maidens and a couple of dark knights, and the Rieslingshire version of Who Do You Trust.

“I seem to have mixed the spring and fall events at Trimmer Lake together in my muddled memories. In my earlier message about the event with the fighting quest I recalled ...
     “Then on Sunday there was a cross between an obstacle course and a time and distance road rally, with a sort of D&D meets Monty Python flavor to the human-played obstacles. Ones that I remember included a troll (Craig of the Chambers), a two-headed monster/warrior (I forget who played him/them), a boulder throwing ogre (Olaf of course) and the Black Knight ("None Shall Pass" quoth Douglas). Unless I'm deluding myself I had the combined lowest course time and penalty score, primarily because I wasn't carrying a sword and shield and didn't feel compelled to fight when the rules allowed avoidance. (That's how I got past Olaf, you can't block a boulder with a spear so I just dodged and ran, ditto the two headed monster - I stuck the glaive shaft between their legs, ran widdershins and dumped them on their keisters then scooted out of Dodge). The other amusing aspect of the course was that many combatants were followed along it by their gallery of friends and groupies, just like Arnie's Army.
     “I also remember playing roving referee after I had run the course and witnessing Olaf scoring a perfect free-throw on Terrence of Halliday's very pointy bascinet "Swish! Nothing but point!"
     “The Orc shoot was a very challenging cross-country broken-terrain archery contest. I recall that the Golden Rivers contingent performed quite well and vaguely recall having the top score for the day myself (doubtless just my swollen ego).” – Kevin Peregrynne

“For Kevin’s information, the two-headed monster was played by myself and Detrich von Vinebergen (a lefty).” – Rand of Dunbar

Description of this event, © Copyright 1980 by William R. Keyes (Wilhelm von Schlüssel)
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