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The Twenty-third Year

Old Fashioned Tourney -- (Province of the) Mists

October 9, 1988 (AS XXIII)

From The Page (September, 1988):

Back In the Old Days when the Society and the West Kingdom were one and the same and crown lists could be finished in one afternoon, fighters had plenty of spare time to fill with friendly challenges. Heralds encouraged new and entertaining wording for the texts of challenges, to supplement the old standard "for the joy of combat." (Puns of course, were always welcome.) As the Kingdom has grown and the lists have expanded, and competition for Warlord, Warlord and Champion have sprung up to fill the remaining time, there is no chance anymore at a Kingdom or Principality event to bend a little rattan with your friends, no chance to turn the herald as green as his cloak with envy for every pun you incorporated into your challenge.

Therefore, on Sunday, October 9, the Province of the Mists will sponsor a friendly, one-day challenge tourney at Laurel Field in Tilden Park, Berkeley. Directions and a map will appear in the October Page. There will be no pressure; there will be no eliminations; there will be no prizes to be won. The autocrats may come up with a small award for the best -- or worse -- challenge. For details call the autocrat, Mariposa de los Montoyas, at (phone), or Hal Ravn at (phone).

From The Page (October, 1988):

"My lord, you drink coffee and I drink tea and therefore I challenge you on coffee grounds."

"My lord, the sky Is blue and the grass Is green; thars color on color, and I challenge you to supply your armor to fimbriate them."

"My lady, your armor is made of old Alpo cans, and I challenge you."

"My lord, your armor Is made of the contents of those cans and I accept!"

Remember challenges? On Sunday, October 9, the Province of the Mists will sponsor a friendly, one-day challenge tourney at the Amphitheatre Playfield at Laurel Field in Tilden Park, Berkeley. There will be no pressure; there will be no eliminations; there will be no prizes to be won. The autocrats may come up with a small award for the best -- or worse -- challenge. The site opens at 9 am and closes at dusk. If you bring your sunshade, be careful where you put your takes; there is plastic irrigation tubing under the turf. There will probably be a revel in the evening; see the autocrat's staff at the event. For more information, call the autocrat, Mariposa de Ios Montoyas, at (phone), or Hal Ravn at (phone).

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Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.


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