Battle for the Ring V! Jan 18-21, 2013 (MLK weekend)
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Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:41 pm ]
Post subject:  Battle for the Ring V! Jan 18-21, 2013 (MLK weekend)

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We are pleased to announce Battle for the Ring V, a national Belegarth fighting event over MLK weekend (January 18th-21st) in Chino, California. Battle for the Ring V is a four-day camping event, with 3 days of official fighting. Last year BftR drew over 250 fighters, on our first year as a camping event at a new site; this year, we hope to eclipse those numbers with hundreds of fighters from across the country.

In addition to providing an excellent and intense fighting experience, Battle for the Ring is focused on growing the sport by introducing new and cross-sport fighters to the national Belegarth community.

For more information, check out our Facebook Event page at

Registration: Pre-registration is available for $25, otherwise registration is $35 at the door. To Pre-Reg, send $25 through Paypal to, or mail a check to Anduril C/O "Ana Nagel" at 521 South Lyon St. Unit #22, Santa Ana, CA, 92701. Please make the checks out to "Ana Nagel." Make sure to include your real and fighting name so we can add you to the list, and print out and bring along a copy of your Paypal confirmation email. These fees go to pay for the site, insurance, feast, prizes, and etc.

Fighting: Official heralded fighting Friday afternoon, all day Saturday, all day Sunday. Unofficial fighting Friday morning and Monday all day. We will feature massive field battles, theme battles, tournaments with prizes, and etc. Weapon’s safety check required for all equipment. Loaner equipment available.

Camping: Camps sites open at 1:30pm on Friday, January 18th. Check out is by 1:30PM Monday, January 21st. A limited number of spaces are available Thursday and Monday night for those who need to come early/stay late, contact Anastasia at for arrangements.

Facilities: This site features indoor toilets, working showers, and a washer/dryer for clothes (shower and washer/dryer require quarters, also available at check-in desk).

Activities: BftR V will feature a nightly Dragon's Inn, an indoor Game Room featuring board games, collectible card games (especially MTG), tabletop RPGs, and the like. If you have any decks, boardgames, or one-shots you'd like to run, bring them along. There will also be tournaments, the Bel Bowl, campfire drumming and dancing, and more fun. Contact if you have any questions.

Feasts: Friday Evening is potluck night (bring something to eat something); Free meals include Saturday Evening Main Feast; Sunday Morning Brunch; an additional “Dessert Time” is TBA. Bring your own medieval tableware: utensils and bowls/plates for all meals.

The primary goal of Battle for the Ring is to provide an intense and excellent fighting and social experience to our experienced and returning fighters. At the same time, we hope to use Battle for the Ring to introduce new fighters who have never been to a national event, as well as cross-sport fighters who are interested in our method of play, to the national Belegarth community. We are dedicated to creating an enjoyable and educational experience for new fighters, fostering unity and good relations across sports, and ultimately creating a friendly, mutually supportive community through which the sport of Medieval Combat can grow in strength, popularity, and fame.

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Fri Jul 20, 2012 4:45 pm ]
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Here is the photo page from last year's event.

This should give you an idea of the site and the feel of the event, but this year we're gonna make sure everything is bigger, better, and more intense!

Author:  Cheeseheart [ Sat Sep 08, 2012 9:57 am ]
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It is my pleasure to announce that I will be hosting the second annual BelBowl! The BelBowl will be an 8 to 10-man tournament (style to be determined at the event) played with the rules of the game Aztec Football. The BelBowl is set to commence on Sunday, January 20 at 1pm on the main fighting field. For those who may not be familiar with the rules of Aztec Football, they are as follows (with slight modification for better gameplay):

• A point is scored when the team on Offense successfully transports a designated member of their team (a.k.a “the ball”) across a goal line (player must be alive)
• The team on Offense loses the match if their designated “ball” is killed
• The player designated as the “ball” is immune to any damage done by a projectile
• A team cannot score a point while on Defense
• The team which is on Defense begins the match on the goal line. The team which is on Offense will begin outside of it
• Each team will have three opportunities to score a point
• At the end of both teams’ three attempts, the team with the most points is the victor. In the event of a tie, the tie will be settled by a standard field battle between the two teams
• The matches will take placed in an enclosed space. Crossing these boundaries will result in death.
• Archery will not be permitted. Use of other projectiles is allowed.
• Armor will be counted
• Teams must have a minimum of 8 members and a maximum of 10. In the event that the competing teams are uneven, the team with the greater number of members will be asked to sit out members to make the teams equal. Teams may switch out players in between matches. This is to encourage smaller and younger groups to participate.
• Each team will designate a figurehead captain who will be ceremonially beheaded in the event of defeat

This year, in addition to hosting the tournament, competing teams will have the opportunity to enter into a Field Procession Competition (a.k.a. Best Field Entrance) before the tournament for the crowds' enjoyment. There will be a panel of five judges (picked by me, PM me if you want to be a judge and what your qualifications are), who will judge the teams' entrance based on categories such as Originality, Unified Appearance, Intimidation Factor, Adherence to Aztec Theme, and Entertainment Value. The team with the best overall field entrance will be given priority entrance/seating to Sunday Night Awards Ceremony, Priority entrance into Saturday feast at the following Battle for the Ring, and will each be given a trinket of some sort which will designate them as the MFPs, the Most Fashionable Players.

I encourage groups to put together their teams as early as possible so that they may prepare for their field entrance.

Author:  Valas Hune [ Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:09 am ]
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I am really trying to make it this year

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Sun Oct 21, 2012 3:18 pm ]
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Awesome, we look forward to seeing you. It's looking like this year will easily break the attendance record we had last year.

Also, if anyone is interested in teaching classes, especially non-com classes during fighting, let me know via PM. We are trying really hard to get some of the society stuff off the ground. Any other ideas are also appreciated.

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Mon Nov 05, 2012 11:49 pm ]
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Deadline for pre-registration is December 15th. Pre-registration is payment by either check or Paypal. Please see above.

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:24 pm ]
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Pre-registration Deadline is December 15th.
Paypal to: or send check to Ana Nagel, 521 South Lyon Street Unit 22 Santa Ana, CA 92701.

Also, looks like this is going to be a fairly large one. Based on current RSVPs, we project attendance of up to 350. If possible, please RSVP on Facebook, so we can plan ahead for food and other cool stuff.

Schedule will be out after Thanksgiving!

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:45 pm ]
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Weapons check FRI-SUN 9-10am
Official Fighting 10AM-5pm
Night Fighting with lights until 10PM
Weapons Check: All weapons on the field must have a pass sticker.
Friday stickers valid until 9am Sunday. Saturday and Sunday stickers valid for remainder of event.  

PROJECTILES CHECKED DAILY. Failed projectiles will be impounded and returned at 5pm.
New arrivals can get checked outside regular hours. Friday also has 12PM weapons check.
Head weapons checkers
Arc – Swords&Shields,
Black – Two-handers/Polearms
Bacchus - Projectiles

Friday 12pm – Sun 12pm: Ninja, Highlander
Friday 4pm: Last team standing 4-man teams
Saturday 12-1pm: Sword & Board, Florentine, and Archery Tournaments.
Saturday 1pm Realm and Unit Battles
Sunday 12-1pm: Alpha/Omega (2 man team),
and Polearms Tournaments
Sunday 12:45pm: 10 man team Parade
Sunday 1pm: Bel Bowl
Sunday 4pm: Final Battle: Battle of Five Armies

Hosts: Tournaments – AnDOR & Maelstrom
Ninja-Lodian; Highlander-Savage
Parade & Bel Bowl-Cheesseheart

Information and rules for tournaments available at Troll

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:46 pm ]
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Community Meals
Please bring your own feast ware

Friday 6pm: Potluck Dinner. Please bring food contributions or cash tribute if possible
Saturday 6pm: Main Feast
Sunday 9am: Pancake Breakfast
Sunday 6PM: Sunday Sundaes. Ice cream bar and Official Awards Ceremony
Hosts: Potluck-Phoenix, Pancake Breakfast-Fideal, Main Feast-Cheeseheart & Gloria, Sundaes-Hobbits


Fighting: Slayers of Monsters, Best Honor, Best New Fighter
Arts/Sciences: Best Hand-Made Garb, Best Hand-made Weapon/Shield, Best Period Camp
Entertainment: Best Dancer & Entertainer
Event Service: Volunteers & Top Volunteers
Community: Far-Travelers Award and the Service Award for Ring-Bearers, Best Vendor
Newcomers: Most Deserving of Garb

Information and rules for Competitions available at Troll
If you would like to serve on a judging panel, sign up at troll or send me a PM.

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:47 pm ]
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9am-7pm: Troll is open
9-10am: Weapons Check
12-1pm: Lunch/Weapons Check
4:00pm-5:30pm: Fighter Classes
6pm: Potluck
7pm-1am: Dragon’s Inn and Game-room
9pm: Movie Night at Pepper camp


9am-5pm: Troll is open
9-10am: Weapons Check
12-1pm: Tournaments/Lunch
1pm: Realm and Unit Battles
6pm: Main Feast and Entertainment
7pm-1am: Dragon’s Inn and Game-room
8pm: Smores at Main Fire


9am-5pm: Troll is open
9am: Pancake Breakfast
9-10am: Weapons Check
10-12pm: Arts/Science Classes
12-1pm: Tournaments/Lunch
12:45pm: Bel Bowl Team Parade
1pm: Bel Bowl 8-10 man Aztec teams
6pm: Sunday Sundaes & Award Ceremony
7pm-1am: Dragon’s Inn and Game-room

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:48 pm ]
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Dragon’s Inn is an indoor Game Night in the Event room by Troll. Featuring a variety of casual & tactical board games (Chess, Munchkin, Agricola, ect.) and card games (Poker, Magic: The Gathering). No experience needed. Bring your own or just join the fun!
Hosted by Brian of Anduril

Dragon’s Tavern is a free pub run out of Dragon’s Inn. Service at the door. ID required, donations appreciated. Saturday only.
Hosted by Yuri

Bel Bowl and Parade: An 8-10 man Aztec Football tournament with a pre-game team parade. Costumed referees, prizes, and a friendly bloodbath.
Hosted by Cheeseheart

Movie Night at Pepper: Friday Night outdoor movie screening, featuring a certain old school cartoon related to this year’s theme. Try to bring a chair.

Smores at main fire: Free smores from beautiful ladies. Does it get any better?
Hosted by The Valkyries of Anduril

Fighting and Arts/sciences Classes:
Class schedule at troll. If you want to teach something, see troll. If you want to attend, show up. Arts/Sciences Classes held indoors and Fighter classes held in the pit.

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:49 pm ]
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Site Information

Quiet Camp is to the North, near Troll and the entrance to the parking lot. Please respect quiet campers and the civilians in the RV sites.
Loud Camp is to the South, furthest from Troll and near the wooden fence.
Feast Area is next to troll.
Camping Ends at 12:00pm on Monday. All camps must be removed or moved to Pepper by 12PM. Camp sites must be clean.
Check Out with event staff before leaving to ensure site is clean. Camp Captains are responsible for the state of their camps.

Hot Showers available by RV sites, $1/5 min.
Washer/Dryer by Troll, $1.25 wash $1 dry.
Change made at Troll. Stock up while open.
Firewood is $5 a bundle at the Prado Park Entry Gate. Some wood to be provided by the event.

Park in designated areas only.
No swimming in lake.
Wristbands must be worn at all times.
ID must be shown upon request
Period drinking vessels required in public spaces and feasts (water bottles ok).
Fires only in designated areas in fire rings or containers elevated at least 16" above the ground

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Fri Dec 14, 2012 12:47 pm ]
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Instructions above or on Facebook ... ts&fref=ts

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Fri Dec 21, 2012 11:48 am ]
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If you are arriving Friday, you can arrive when the park opens at 7:30AM. If you need to arrive earlier than this, you will need special permissions and will not be allowed on site unless you have made arrangements for limited early arrival spots.

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Wed Jan 16, 2013 12:01 pm ]
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Hospitality Contact on Site:
Sigyn (Sig) Astira - (323) 456-3129; text or call

Prado Regional Park:
16700 S. Euclid Avenue , Chino, CA 91708

Chino Valley Medical Center:
5451 Walnut Avenue, Chino, CA 91710

Directions to hospital from the park (16700 S. Euclid Avenue , Chino, CA 91708)

1. Head south on Euclid Ave toward Pomona Rincon Rd (go 1.1 mi)
2. Turn left to merge onto CA-71 N (go 3.1 mi)
3. Take exit 7 for Central Ave toward Soquel Canyon Pkwy (go 0.3 mi)
4. Turn right onto Central Ave (go 4.0 mi)
5. Turn right onto Walnut Ave (go 0.2 mi)
6. End at 5451 Walnut Ave

Closest WIFI (According to free Wifi spots):
Butterfield & Pine Chino Hills Starbucks
5751 Pine Ave
Chino Hills, CA 91709-6503

15450 Fairfield Ranch Road, Chino Hills, CA

Walmart Supercenter:
3943 Grand Avenue Chino, CA 91710

Stater Brothers:
6989 Schaefer Avenue, Chino, CA
(909) 627-6665

3944 Grand Avenue, Chino, CA

Trader Joe's:
13911 Peyton Dr
Chino Hills, CA 91709-1606

Henry's Marketplace:
3630 Grand Avenue
Chino Hills, CA 91709-1474

Campsite & Event Guidelines
We understand that many of you have not been to this site before and perhaps even a few of you have never been to California. With this in mind, we have put together a guide to the campsite and it’s layout including terrain and things you should know while in high desert during the winter. Please read through some key points we have listed here carefully.
Disclaimer: This guide is not definitive and “common sense supersedes all loopholes”.
California: Climate and Terrain – READ THIS
• California is high desert and that means that at night, it gets extraordinarily cold (most times in the mid-forties but often in the thirties as well) so bring warm clothing for sleeping.
• The area where we will be fighting has grass but there is a lot of dirt and dust with small pebbles scattered around so we recommend protective
• We have mountains. Lots and lots of mountains. Cell phones don’t always work (and neither do their associated Wi-Fi). Batteries will drain quickly and GPS may not work. Keep this in mind.
• Speaking of navigational tools, although we live in a technological age, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up an atlas at your local Walmart to use if you are not familiar with the area and your mobile device doesn’t work.
• Check the weather – yes, California is a sunny state, but we have winters too. We just get rain instead of snow.
Campsite General Rules
• Treat the land with respect. Don't litter. Never throw your cigarette butts or bottle caps on the ground.
• Please drive very slowly, Speed limit is 5 mph. I know it’s hard, but this is really important as complaints about our driving and dust can affect us using this site in the future. During the day a lot of families and kids go to the park as well.
• Speaking of cars, please don’t be *. Don't honk your horn on site, don't blare loud music of any type and never park in a way that others can't move their cars. These all ruin the experience of the event and the general mood of people nearby.
• Don't do anything to spook the horses on the nearby trails.
• DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, CUT DOWN ANY LIVING TREES, PLANTS, ETC! What is already on the ground and dead is fair game, but out of respect for nature and the site we’re at please follow this rule. We will have a limited number of bundles of firewood available for purchase at troll. Otherwise there are plenty of local places you can go to purchase firewood or you can go on craigslist and search for people giving away free firewood or selling it for cheap.
• When you depart the event, we implore to please clean up after yourselves. All event staff are volunteers taking time out of their own vacation to work hard and make sure your time is fun and memorable – please don’t pay them back by leaving a mess behind you. It’s rude, lazy and frankly poor etiquette.

Event Reminders
• First stop is troll. Go sign stuff and get your token/parking pass
• EVERYONE under 18 needs to have a notarized waiver if guardian is not present. If a parent or legal guardian is not onsite they also need a chaperone. No waiver, no entry into the event, so I repeat: ALL MINORS need a notarized waiver
• Minors are only allowed to be onsite while their chaperone is present!
• At all public feasts we require those who attend to have utensils, plates, bowls and drinking vessels that are authentic to the time period we all love and portray. Please respect this rule. If you lose yours, don’t have any or cannot pack them due to space a limited supply will be available to purchase at troll OR we have vendors on site who will be selling them for reasonable prices.

Recommended Supplies:

- Dish to share at the potluck!
- Tent
- Mallet
- Tarp
- Plastic boxes to store stuff so it doesn't
get wet
- Sleeping bag (and extra blankets)
- Pillow
- Towel
- Prescription medications (keep in original
- Baby wipes
- Toilet paper
- Paper towels
- Toiletries (shower stuff, women’s needs,
contacts, etc.)
- Sunscreen
- Bug spray
- Basic first aid kit
- Mundane clothing and jacket
- Garb
- Socks (bring lots and lots)
- Cloak (it WILL get cold)
- Sturdy shoes and boots
- Set of dry clothes in a bag in the car
- Food/snacks (if you don’t plan on feasting
with us – don’t forget the potluck!)
- Feast gear (plate, utensils, bowl, napkins,
- Can opener
- Trash bags
- WATER!!!
- Flashlight
- Batteries
- Ninja chair
- Cell phone [& charger ]
- Money (As in paper, not just plastic)
- Weapons
- Armor
- Cooking Fuel (if necessary)
- Rain Poncho
- Basic Sewing Kit
- Spare keys (give to a trusted friend at the
- Ear plugs for sleeping around loud
- Cooking Fuel (if necessary)
- Rain Poncho
- Basic Sewing Kit
- Spare keys (give to a trusted friend at the
- Ear plugs for sleeping around loud

Author:  Shino [ Mon Jan 21, 2013 10:27 pm ]
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Author:  Johann [ Mon Jan 21, 2013 11:06 pm ]
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this was the greatest thing ive ever done, and i intend to make a point of seeing you all soon, WELL MET BELEGARTH!

oh yeah, and GO ME for being the noob who got second post event posts potst post postal

Author:  Kraylose [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 1:15 pm ]
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Im going to start off by saying I had a great time at the event. However some things did need for improvement. Also, i dont normally do this but I felt I should this time.

Awesome time fighting and hanging out with people during nightlife. Fighting was for the most part clean and honorable, weapons check went smoothly overall but some inconsistencies did occur from day to day, and overall it was worth the trip from Iowa. Looking forward to coming out next year.

Event staff needs to delegate better, I had the impression of chickens running around with their heads cut off a few times because people weren't sure what they were supposed to do and what needed to be done.

Better site management needed. I was part of Nacho Camp it was quite irritating having people constantly coming and going through camp, walking on our stuff, cutting between our tents and not even hailing camp which is a common courtesy all fighters should be know to do. We've already started planning on our own how to fix this but come on people, you should all know better.

Different fighting field, the field we used was rocky, hard, and turned to dust way too quickly.

And the biggest issue I had was this. I flew out from Iowa as many knew and later learned yet I ended up doing weapons check, heralding, volunteer work, serving feast, etc. This isn't right. This was a Southern California event and there were more than enough of you folk there to do what was to be needed. And I'm not blaming Krow who was in charge of finding volunteers. If people are not willing to give back to the sport and help out in any way they can then you guys suck. If don't want to help out at your premier event and see it grow then why are you even in Belegarth. This sport will only continue to grow as long as we all do our part to make it better.

Overall I had a good time and enjoyed myself but if things are not fixed then you will end up hurting yourself in the future.

Author:  Sir Anastasia [ Thu Jan 24, 2013 3:24 pm ]
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I organized this event and these are all fair criticisms. We need a lot more local people helping put on this event. Some more pre-planning can help with this, but in the end, we need qualified volunteers on the ground. If anyone wants to start running departments (Site Management, Merchant Row Coordinator, Media Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, ect.) or being more involved with the event (Heralding, Weapon's Check, Site Management), we have positions, and we do need the help. Please send me PM's and we can make the next one better for people who travel to us on THEIR vacation. Even if you are not qualified for some big position, it doesn't hurt to at least tell me your interests now so that I can place you in the correct department later.

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