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The Thirty-eighth Year

War Collegium

February 7, 2004 (AS XXXVIII)

Berryessa Community Center Park,
San Jose, CA

From The Page (February, 2004):

Spring War Collegium is once more upon us. Each year the War Collegium will try to build and grow based upon the needs of the Western War Machine and the wishes of the fighters of the kingdom. This year the first half of the day will be a war unit tourney. There will be a number of scenarios set up, each with different objectives. This year the plan is to have every unit face each other and do a best two of three. Like last year, every unit will be judged at each station on a number of criteria (unit cohesion, command, display, meeting victory conditions, etc.). Honors will be presented for the best in each category and best overall rating. One unit will also be selected as the "favorite foe" by the other units.

It has been noted that at most wars, a battle starts without everyone knowing what the scenario rules are, much less what their side's plan is and how they fit in. To this end after the lunch break we will break into sides to work on communication and planning. The plan is to fight many scenarios with only 10 minutes between each. During this time all the leaders will convene to get the objectives and rules for the upcoming scenario, break into their respective sides to decide on a strategy, and go back to their units to communicate the scenario, their side's plan, and their unit's job, then get in place and start the battle.

After the first battle of each scenario, the leaders of each side will convene to go over how the battle went, what they need to modify, decide upon new strategy, pass on the information and prepare for a re-fight.

The next layer is to have all of this video taped. The commander meetings, dissemination of info to the troops, and fighting will all be videotaped from both sides. All of this will be put into a DVD format and made available to everyone. Each unit will be given one copy to use for future training purposes.

Site Information: Site opens at 9 am for setup - volunteers for setup, water bearing, and videotaping are needed and appreciated! Anyone interested in assisting at the war collegium in any capacity should contact Duke Fabian (phone (omitted)) or the autocrat. The Shire of Ecorngill will be providing lunch (included in the site fee), and a hospitality pavilion for non-fighters. Site fee is $5 for members and $8 for non-members. Site closes at dusk.

Autocrat: Brian of Glastonbury (contact info omitted).

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