Anyone with a banner can create a team! Bring your banner to Opening Court, ante up, and you are in!
Banners do not have to be complicated, but they do have to be family-friendly.
IMPORTANT: You do NOT have to be "on a team" to participate or win points! Everyone can play!
Each competing team, no matter how small, will provide a mini-banner for the Scoreboard and some loot for the War Chest.
Teams can contribute whatever they feel appropriate. Everything from trinkets and toys to bits of armor, gifts from the merchants, crafting supplies, jewelry, weapons, food, clothes, cooking gear - whatever you can think of, it's probably been in there.
War Points are awarded for various contests from martial combat to artistry and skill to silly games and contests.
The winner of a War Point Event will be given a physical War Point Token. You can donate your token to your favorite team - or wait for the bribes to roll in. A point token may change hands any number of times until it placed on the scoreboard. Once it's scored, that's it. All points must be on the Scoreboard by the end of Closing Court. The team with the most War Points wins the event and ALL THE LOOT!
Check the schedule, watch the score board, cheer on your favorite team, have fun, and win points!
Each competing war band is represented by a mini-banner on the Scoreboard. The winner of each contest is given a physical War Point token. The mini-banner is taken out of the hole that it is in, the token is placed in that hole, and the mini-banner is moved up to the next.
It's best to prepare your team's mini-banner ahead of time. There may be minimal materials available on site, but you shouldn't count on it.
The team banner and the scoring banner are not the same; each team should have a large, identifying banner for use in Court.
Specs for the mini-banners:
- no more than 10 inches wide
- no more than 12 inches long
- Need to be able to attach to a 1.25" dowel at the top. Ties or a pocket sleeve are fine.
- Doesn't have to be pretty or sophisticated.
- Does have to be family-friendly.
You can easily tell who is winning - their banner is highest!.... for now ....
Points may not be scored immediately; winners may wait as late as Closing Court to decide.
All events begin at the Family Games pavilion (across the road from Merchant Row).
Family games will definitely include pictures to color, beads to string, beanbags to toss, board games to play, and castle carpet.
Games may also include bocce tournaments, Kubb, table games (9 mens morris, chess, backgammon, game of the goose, mancala, shut the box, senet) or others. Complete details will be available on site.
If you are planning on engaging in any combat activities at Banner War / Champions, your fighter card must be current. We will be checking them. All armor inspections will be conducted by the MIC and their staff. In-house inspection will not be allowed.
War point competitions are Saturday. Championships are Sunday.
Reservations are now open for Banner War / Champions!
If you don't have a reservation, you are still more than welcome to join us; we'll have designated overflow parking on site. Reservations are first-reserved, first-served. We expect that all available RV hookups will be occupied for this event.