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The Thirty-ninth Year

St. Valentine's Day Grand Melee -- Vale de Draco

February 12, 2005 (AS XXXIX)

Camp Zama Lodge,

From The Page (January, 2005):

Join us as we entertain the Ladies of the Gallery with a Grand Melee in the old style of counted blows. This will be a high persona event, fighters are expected to dress their best and to impress the Gallery. When a fighter has received ten counted blows, they retire to sit with the gallery and try to influence the voting, rearm, and take the field again until they've received ten counted blows again, until the two hours are up. Impressing the Gallery can be done in ways ranging from martial prowess to entertainment value. Fighters are requested to bring a $10-20 prize so that the Gallery can present an award to each fighter during the feast. Media coverage is possible, so please behave and dress your best, and expect cold weather.

Site Information: Those arriving from remote locations, contact the autocrat several weeks in advance and plan on arriving on the February 11 so you can stay at Camp Zama Lodge ($30 for one, $5 per additional person). This will facilitate getting to the event easily. Crash space will be available. The free bus to Camp Zama from Narita Airport is a three hour commute, it leaves Narita for Camp Zama at 3,5:30 and 7 pm, and Camp Zama to Narita at 9 am, 11 am and 1 pm. Contact the autocrat, and arrange your flight times accordingly. It can be difficult if you do not catch those busses. The event starts at 10 am and end at 10 pm. There is no site fee. Feast fee is $10.

Autocrat: William Featherstone (contact info omitted).

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