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Ransom Tourney 
1st-Jun-2011 11:39 am
I want to write down some of my thoughts about the fighting at Sapphire Joust XII this year because in many ways I think it was some of the smoothest we have had. I don’t know that I have the brain power for that yet though so I thought I would post this instead.

On Saturday afternoon I ran a 12c Mellee Ransom Tourney. Here is the description of rules:
12c Ransom Tourney: Two teams of roughly even sides will be created with two Recets (resurrection points) on either end of the Ravine. Each fighter is responsible for bringing ransom worthy of their station, or they make arrangements with their captors on the fly. (Reproduction Money, Gifts to one’s lady, Agreements of service, Donations such as: Shift work at Pennsic, other charitable donations, etc.) A fighter may be either Bested or Captured. If a fighter is struck with any telling blow to the body or head and is not quickly Captured, they are out of the fight (Bested) and must resurrect at their Recet. Capture: Immediately after being struck if they can be taken by a Captor (“You are taken”) before they can be rescued by their teammates they must be walked back to the opposing teams Recet and the Ransom logged in with the Ladies of the Gallery. Rescue: Teammates may attempt to rescue a taken combatant by besting the Captor. This battle will be one hour long.

We ended up running this for 30 mins as the fighting was breaking down at the end of a very long and hot day and it was raining like all hell while this was going on. Almost everyone I spoke to loved this tourney and I got some very good feedback about to to tweak this to make it work better.
I thought it would be fun to post the Ransom List collected by the Ladies of the Gallery in a hope of displaying the Chivalry of these gentles and increasing their word fame. I’m using titles as I know them, or as they fit.

Captor: Captive: Ransom:
Lord Eckerhard Johan Tell Knight of his deeds.
Sir Tascius Hrothgar One Beer.
Sir Tascius Aaron of Moorhaven One Beer.
Lord Patrick of Kells Sir Tascius $5 donation to the Komen for the Cure Fund.
Joscelyn D’Outreamer Iain Play his bagpipes for Sir Bryce
William Shoprat Raphael Take a Flower to his Lady.
William Shoprat Master Donal Take a Flower to his Lady.
William Shoprat Ld. Lukas Take a Flower to his Lady.

Ld. Gerhard Ld. Lukas Asked for a vow that Lukas would lead the Unbelt Team with honor.
Duke Jason Kinslaye Joscelyn Cry he was bested the next morning @ Kraken Tourney.
Duke Jason Kinslaye Sir Arrayd Cry he was bested the next morning @ Kraken Tourney.
Duke Jason Kinslaye Conal 3 Pick up Fights.
Master Terafan Patrick $25 Donation to the Koman for the Cure.
Abran de la Barra Tearlach Entertain him with a story on the walk back to camp.
Raffael Patrick $25 Donation to the Koman for the Cure.
Lord Lukas Conal Fight at his side for three upcoming events.

I’m hoping to run more of these tournies as they offer a chance for chivalric deeds. I think one change is that when you are bested you must kneel for a moment to acknowledge your defeat.

More later.
1st-Jun-2011 04:16 pm (UTC)
Stupid LJ. Can't wait to see in what new and messed up way Facebook will screw up that list.
1st-Jun-2011 04:17 pm (UTC)
That's cool, man.
1st-Jun-2011 06:45 pm (UTC)
I guess you got the list I emailed you, eh?
Yeah, I had a shuffle creatively to hide your 'surprise' from you on Saturday afternoon.
1st-Jun-2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Heh. I didn't realize what you were doing at the time. I was suprised that you didn't have a list for me since we had talked about that at length. :-)
1st-Jun-2011 06:59 pm (UTC)
I wasn't even there to see it, and I think it sounds like a terrific tourney!

Edited at 2011-06-01 06:59 pm (UTC)
1st-Jun-2011 11:07 pm (UTC)
This was a lot of fun! I think a lot of people were confused over whether positive contact was required from the strike onwards, or if you were honor-bound once struck. I chose to honor the fact that I had been struck a telling blow, but I had three ransoms walk away because I did not keep my sword touching them. I am by no means complaining- please do this again!!! It was a very clean tournament as well.

For clarification, The ransom i did set is to be the last unbelt on the field with me at three events of my choosing. Much more brutal, yet fun.

Lucas Von Aych
2nd-Jun-2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Yeah I want to impress on people that when you are Bested, you are BESTED. Take the shot, honor your noble opponent. I hope to be running an event in September where we might try this again if all goes well. You might even be there. ;-)
2nd-Jun-2011 01:52 am (UTC)
Had I known such were the types of ransoms, I would have participated.

'Cause I forgot my bag of Antons.

Shame on me.
2nd-Jun-2011 02:20 am (UTC)
Not like you couldn't ask the MIC. ;-) It would have interfered with your epic napping though! Next time, Old Crow, next time. I think I will be running it again at a couple of different venues.
9th-Jun-2011 04:29 pm (UTC)
One thing I wasn't sure of was the condition of being captured. When I was declared captured, I accepted that I was honour bound to go with my captor to his side's recet unless rescued. I was rescued once. The other time, I simply followed my captor. Was he supposed to keep contact with me to indicate that I was a prisoner? That needs to be made clearer, I think.
22nd-Jun-2011 01:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks Donal that is a good point.
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