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The Thirty-first Year

Ducal Prize Tournament -- KHTI

August 31-September 2, 1996 (AS XXXI)

Two Rocks Coast Guard Base,
Petaluma, CA

From The Page (August, 1996):

This year's Ducal Prize Tourney will be at the Two Rocks Coast Guard Station, This is a usually cool and breezy (not windy) site near the coast, and should be quite pleasant over Labor Day weekend. As usual. Ducal Prize is an event jointly sponsored by the West Kingdom and by KHTI, with the profits to go toward the purchase of a permanent tourney site for the West Kingdom.

Because the Supreme Commissar has been having 3YC angst (and laundry), the competition list is not finalized yet. There will have been handouts distributed at many of the July events by the time you read this, and handouts will definitely be available at Purgatorio. In the meantime, some of the competitions you may wish to begin working on are:

* Superhero Fighting Event: We aren't sure whether this will be a melee or a list—it will depend on who shows up. Costumes and props are expected—and must be field-legal in some manner. Superheroes will be limited to no more than one sidekick. Sidekicks who will be on the field must also be field-legal, Superheroes (and sidekicks) may have one *minor* superpower which must be declared in writing (in a sealed envelope to be opened by those running the event) in advance of the actual competition. These will be read out before the actual fighting begins. This competition will, of course, be run on Saturday morning.

* Hymn Filk: Participants must be prepared to sing the original hymn (at least one verse) if it is not known to the judges.

* Theme Bardic on the Subject "Principality/ies of the Known World".

* Period-Style Bardic: Comic Piece. Skits encouraged—10 minute time limit. Be ready to document the style.

* Period Bardic Piece with Documentation.

* Heraldry: Best rewrite of a current Western ceremony. This must be submitted in writing and may be read aloud at one of the bardic circles.

* Cooking with Dried Fruit: A dish featuring dried fruit as a major ingredient.

* Best Adaptation of a Modern Garment for Medieval Use.

* Jewelry: Brooches.

* Most Amusing Hat or Headdress.

* Brewing: Dark Beers

* Woodworking: Things to Sit On

* Needlework: Napkins, decorated in any way you see fit. All entries will be donated to Her Majesty's Gift Chest, for use as gifts to other Kingdom's royalty.

* Logo Competition; Design a new logo for KHTI, This should be something that can be used on stationery, business cards, T-shirts and so forth. It should reflect the goals of KHTI and the West and be appropriate for use in a business context.

There will be many other fighting events, games, A&S and bardic competitions, I just haven't made them up yet. There will also be all the usual other stuff that seems to have become a traditional part of Ducal Prize.

AS ALWAYS, Ducal Prize needs stuff. Your stuff. My stuff. Everyone's stuff. Donations to use as competition ptizes, to sell at the Garage Sale, and to fuel the Monster-Auctions-from-Hell. We can't hold a three-hour auction for your listening and shopping pleasure if you don't give us stuff to sell back to you, now can we??? Remember that donations of services can be just as attractive as donations of goods. In fact, dinners and such-like have been some of our most successful offerings! Talk to Eilis ahead of time if you're not sure about your ideas. Also call Bills If you want to donate something bulky which will need to be picked up ahead of time.

Site Fee: $5, which gets you 5 raffle tickets. Since this is a jointly-sponsored event, be ready to sign a waiver at the gate. The site will open Friday at 1pm. If you show up before then, you are part of the set-up crew. Friday evening will feature the Special-Request Bardic Circle, beginning after dinner. Saturday and Sunday will be full of competitions, auctions, and the world-famous Ducal Garage Sale, Monday will be wrap-up and tear-down time. The site closes at 6pm.

Remember that Two Rocks is a military base. You must have your car registration and proof of Insurance with you, and be ready to show them. Please obey all posted speed limits and drive carefully—there are resident children. This is a site we want to keep. Please don't cause problems.

Supreme Comanissar: Eilis O'Boirne (contact info omitted).


From The Page (September, 1996):

This year's Ducal Prize Tourney will be at the Two Rocks Coast Guard Station. This is a usually cool and breezy (not windy) site near the coast, and should be quite pleasant over Labor Day weekend. Remember that Two Rocks is a military base. You must be ready to show your car registration and proof of insurance. Please obey all posted speed limits and drive carefully - there are resident children.

The site will open at 1PM on Friday, August 30. If you show up before one, you are part of the set-up crew and will be expected to work. Since this is a jointly-sponsored event, be ready to sign a waiver at the gate. Monday will be wrap-up and tear-down time. The site closes at 6PM.

There will be a $5 site fee to cover the costs, However, when you pay your site fee, you will receive five raffle tickets for a raffle of several items which will be available for viewing at the Display Pavilion. (Additional tickets may be purchased for 6 for $5.) Friday evening will feature the Special-Request Bardic Circle, beginning after dinner. Saturday and Sunday will be full of competitions, auctions, and the world-famous Ducal Garage Sale,

Although the Supreme Commissar has recovered from 3YC angst (and other distractions), the competition list is not totally finalized yet, A complete competition list will be available at Purgatorio. Currently, what is scheduled is:

Fighting: Sat: Superhero Fighting Event*; Ducal Team Melee; No-Shield-No-Pole weapon Melee; Sword & Shield List (Belted & Unbelted Divisions) Sun: Resurrection Melee; Three-Man-Tied-Together Melee; Pole weapon Lists (at the special request of HM Jade)

Bardic: Sat: Period-Style Bardic (Comic Piece); Theme Bardic (Principality/ies); Period Bardic Piece with Documentation (Depending o n the number of sign-ups, one of these may be pushed to Sunday.) Sun: Hymn Filk, Heraldry, Curse the Darkness

A&S: Sat: Best Adaptation of a Modern Garment for Medieval Use; Jewelry (Brooches); Woodworking (Things to Sit On), Filler Art for the PAGE Sun: Most Amusing Hat or Headdress (at the special request of HM Juana Isabella); Cooking with Dried Fruit, Brewing (Dark Beers); Needlework (Napkins), KHTI Logo Competition.

Games: Sat: Sumo Wrestling; Hunkerhauser (Lightweights) - there will be other games! Sun: Bear-Pit Wrestling; Hunkerhauser (Heavyweights) - ditto!

Archery: All Weekend.

The following seem to need a bit of explanation:
Fighting: * Superhero Fighting Event: We aren't sure whether this will be a melee or a list - it will depend on who shows up. Costumes and props are expected - and must be field-legal in some manner. Superheroes will be limited to no more than one sidekick. Sidekicks who will be on the field must also be field-legal. Superheroes (and sidekicks) may have one *minor* superpower which must be declared in writing (in a sealed envelope to be opened by those running the event) in advance of the actual competition. These will be read out before the actual fighting begins. This competition will , of course, be run on Saturday morning. Bardic: * Hymn Filk: Participants must be prepared to sing the original hymn (at least one verse) if it is not known to the judges, * Theme Bardic on the Subject "Principality/ies of the Known World" * Period-Style Bardic: Comic Piece. Skits encouraged - 10 minute time limit, Be ready to document the style. * Period Bardic Piece with Documentation - please bring three copies of the documentation if possible * Heraldry: Best rewrite of a current Western ceremony. Not necessarily a filk of the current ceremony - one of the things we are trying to do is uncover people with a talent for this peculiar art form. This must be submitted in writing and may be read aloud at one of the bardic circles, * Curse the Darkness; Vividly and poetically, not scataloglcally,

A&S: * Most Amusing Hat or Headdress. At the special request of HM Juana. May have silly and serious divisions, depending on entries (their number and form). * Needlework: Napkins, decorated in any way you see fit. All entries will be donated to Her Majesty's Gift Chest, for use as gifts to other Kingdom's royalty. * Logo Competition: Design a new logo for KHTI, This should be something that can be used o n stationery, business cards, T-shirts and so forth. It should reflect the goals of KHTI and the West and be appropriate for use in a business context.

There will also be all the usual other stuff that seems to have become a traditional part of Ducal Prize - the Garage Sale, the Special-Request Bardic, the Auctions. Competitions other than those listed here may be Included if we (or you) get more bright ideas - If you have a bright Idea, talk to Eilis,

AS ALWAYS, Ducal Prize needs stuff. Your stuff. My stuff. Everyone's stuff. Donations to use as competition prizes, to sell at the Garage Sale, and to fuel the Monster-Auctions-from-Hell. We can't hold a three-hour auction for your listening and shopping pleasure if you don't give us stuff to sell back to you, now can we??? Remember that donations of services can be just as attractive as donations of goods. In fact, dinners and such-Ilke have been some of our most successful offerings! Talk to Ellis ahead of time if you're not sure about your ideas. Also call Ellis if you want to donate something bulky which will need to be picked up ahead of time.

Merchants: The Merchant Commissar is Derek Dragonclaw of Green Duck. See him on site about where to set up if you are a merchant. Remember that there are no special merchant fees for Ducal, but that we do ask that you make a donation to the Prize/Auction Pool and that you donate 10% of your net profit at the end of the weekend.

Autocrat: The Supreme Commissar Is Eilis O'Boirne (contact info omitted). Contact her about donations, to make suggestions, or to volunteer to work.


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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