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Tain Bo

September 05, 2014 to September 07, 2014
Glyn Dwfn

Medford, Ashland, Jackson Counties, OR

Autocrat: Piaras mac Toirdhealbhaigh

Come join the shire of Glyn Dwfn as we unveil our brand new event, Táin Bó, The Great Cattle Raid! 
This unique event will be a 3 day camping event that is first and foremost...a shire war!

The great thing about Táin Bó and the activities above is that almost everything you do at the event earns battle points for your shire! Not only will you earn participation points for the activities you are part of or the service you contribute, but we will also be awarding major points to those shires that win in those areas!

We will begin the festivities on Friday night with a mercenaries auction.  Each shire will want to bring gifts to bribe the mercenaries.  Baked goods, alcohol, trinkets, and sweets (but please no actual money).  Mercenaries will sell their services either as individuals or as a group.  Mercenaries are not limited to fighters.  Craftsman and volunteers are also encouraged to sell their services.  Mercenaries can sell their services for a single contest or for the whole event.  A mercenary could, for instance, fight for Myrtleholt in the morning and Briar Oak in the afternoon.

Please note, the most up to date information on the event and activities can be found on our website: http://tainbo1.wix.com/main


General Schedule

► General     Archery/Thrown Weapons     Heavy     Rapier     Youth Armored     Cut and Thrust     Arts & Sciences

Friday, September 5

► 1:00 pm: Gate Opens
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm: The Revenants' Revenge Archery Shoot

► 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm: Mercenary Auction
► 10:00 pm: Gate Closes

Saturday, September 6

► 9:00 am: Gate Opens
9:00 am: Heavy lists and armor inspections open - Near Tournament Fields 1 & 2

9:00 am: Rapier lists & armor inspections open - Near War Field

10:00 am: Rapier Capture the Flag war scenario - War Field

10:00 am: Arts and Sciences Competition Set-up - Town Square

10:00 am: Heavy belted and non-belted tournaments - Tournament Fields 1 & 2

10:00 am: Long Range Archery Shoot - Archery Range

11:00 am: Youth Armored Combat armor inspections - Near Tournament Field 1

11:00 am: Arts and Sciences Competition judging (populace and official) begins - Town Square

11:00 am: Archery Trail Course - Archery Range

11:30 am: Rapier Castle Siege war scenario - War Field

11:30 am: Youth Armored Combat tournament - Tournament Field 1

12:00 pm: Thrown Weapons Trail Course - Archery Range

► 1:00 pm: Lunch Break

2:00 pm: Rapier scarved and non-scarved tournaments - Tournament Fields 1 & 2

2:00 pm: Heavy Capture the Flag war scenario - War Field

2:00 pm: Long Range Archery Shoot - Archery Range

► 3:00 pm: Gate Closes

3:00 pm: Arts and Sciences Competition judging concludes & display takedown - Town Square

3:00 pm: Cut and Thrust armor inspections - Near Tournament Field 1

3:00 pm: Archery Trail Course - Archery Range

3:30 pm: Cut and Thrust Tournament - Tournament Field 1

3:30 pm: Heavy Castle Siege war scenario - War Field

4:00 pm: Thrown Weapons Trail Course - Archery Range

4:30 pm: Period Cooking and Brewing Competition Set-Up - Town Square

5:00 pm: Period Cooking Competition judging (populace and official) begins - Town Square

5:00 pm: Brewing Competition Judging (populace) begins - Town Square

► 6:00 pm: Populace Potluck Feast - Town Square

6:00 pm: Bardic Competition (run during the feast) - Town Square

► 7:00 pm: Ducal Court - War Field

► 8:00 pm: Trading Blanket - Town Square

► 8:00 pm: The Cattle Raid Begins!
 

Sunday, September 7

► 9:00 am: The Cattle Count Begins - Town Square
10:00 am: Archery Range open for Royal Rounds - Archery Field

10:00 am: Cut and Thrust Demonstration - Tournament Field 1

► 5:00 pm: Site Closes

Martial Activities

At this event we will be having a wide variety of marshal scenarios to fit all tastes.  We will be having Heavy Armored combat, Rapier combat, Youth Armored combat, Cut and Thrust combat, Archery, and Thrown Weapons.

The weekend will be jam packed full of combat scenarios so come early and be prepared to battle. Combat areas will be divided into two fields: the war field and the tourney field. Archery and thrown weapons will happen on the archery courses.

Capture the Flag war scenario (Rapier and Heavy) (2 gems):

This is an infinite res scenario with no ranged weapons.

In this scenario each shire shall arrange themselves as native forces (with mercenaries).  Each force will carry a banner to represent their army.  The objective is for a single army to capture all of the banners.  Each team will need a designated banner holder.  This banner holder can still fight, they must simply carry the banner as well.  This banner holder must  have control of the flag.  If the banner holder is killed then the army that did the killing gains control of the banner holder and the banner holder's army.  When an army is captured all banners that were controlled by that army are dead and need to resurrect.  This frees the army.  So, if Green team captures Red team and Purple team, and then Yellow team captures Green team, both Red and Purple banner holder need to resurrect and Red and Purple team are both free teams.

When a team is captured all units fight for the capturing army.  So if Green team captures Red team and a Red team fighter kills the Purple banner holder, Green team controls the Purple team.

The scenario ends when one army has total control of all of the banners.  We will run one practice round and then the actual battle.  If there is time left over we will break into equal forces and run the scenario a third time.

Castle Siege war scenario (Rapier and Heavy) (2 gems):

This scenario will have infinite res for the attackers and a single life for the defenders.  Defenders only will be allowed to use ranged weapons.

In this scenario each shire will attempt to hold a castle against the rest of the forces for as long as possible.  This will be a timed scenario with the winner being the shire that can hold out the longest.  In order to take the castle all defending forces must be killed or routed.  The castle will be a wooden castle facade complete with arrow slits to allow for ranged attacks from inside the castle.

There will be one practice round where all mercenaries will be defending the castle.  We will then run through each shire, picked randomly.  If there is still time after every shire has gone we will break in half and run through the scenario with equal forces and no resurrection on either side.

Belted and Non-Belted Tourney (2 gems):

We will be running two different heavy tournaments at the same time.  One tournament will be for all belted fighters.  This includes knights, sergeants, squires, and current defenders.  The second tournament will be for all non-belted fighters. Both tournaments will be double elimination, bring your best.  If either tournament has less than five fighters it will be run as a round robin tourney.

Scarved and Non-Scarved tourney (2 gems):

We will be running two different rapier tournaments at the same time.  One tournament will be for all scarved fighters.  This includes white scarves, cadets, and current defenders.  The second tournament will be for all non-scarved fighters. Both tournaments will be double elimination, bring your best.  If either tournament has less than five fighters it will be run as a round robin tourney.

Youth Armored Combat (Up to 3 gems):

This tournament will be run following the heavy tournaments.  It will be run as a double elimination, unless there are less than five fighters, in which case it will be a round robin tourney. There will be a war gem awarded for the winner in each age category.

Cut and Thrust Tournament (1 gem):

This tournament will be run following the rapier tournament.  It will be run as a double elimination, unless there are less than five fighters, in which case it will be a round robin tourney.

Archery:

We will be hosting a number of archery scenarios as well.  Archery will run from 10:00 until 3:00 on Saturday with an hour long break for lunch.  All archers and throwers are encouraged to attempt the contests multiple times.  They will be counted for the highest score throughout the day.

The Revenants' Revenge Archery Shoot!

The Revenant is, historically, a person who has come back from the dead to either seek revenge or to complete tasks they were doing in life. In this fun scenario on Friday, the story that the poor souls of foolish invaders to our lands have come back to take what they feel is theirs and to carry out their invasion...unless we can stop them!

We will be using human shaped targets in this scenario. Archers will start at 40 yards away and wil be given 6 arrows. After each round, only the revenants who have been shot in the head will be removed from the hoard. The archers will then move 5 yards forward for another round. The scenario will progress until either all revenants are dead or the archers are!

Long Range Archery (1 gem):

We will be having a competition for long range archery shooters.  This will consist of shooting at three different sets of targets.  Each archery will shoot one flight of 12 arrows at each target.  For archers that do not have 12 arrows they may fire 6 arrows with each arrow being worth double points.

The first target will be a standard target at 60 yards.  Scoring will be based on the standard royal round scoring convention (1-5 points).
The second target will be a group of 5 man sized targets at 80 yards.  Each hit on a man sized target will result in three points.
The third target will be a single hay bale within a 10 foot radius circle at 100 yards.  If an arrow hits the hay bale it will be awarded 10 points.  Each arrow inside the circle will receive a number of points equal to the amount of feet it is away from the nearest circle edge (round down).

Archers shooting in the morning and the afternoon will be compiled into one list and the overall winner will receive one war gem.

Trail Course Archery (1 gem):

For our second Tain Bo specific archery event we will  be having a trail shoot.  This shoot will consist of five different targets.  Each archer will shoot two arrows at each target.  All targets will be scored based on the standard royal round scoring.

The first target will be at 20 yards.
The second target will be at 20 yards and will require that the archer be kneeling.

The third target will be at 10 yards and will be moving.

The fourth target will be at 20 yards and will require that the archer quick shoot.

The fifth target will be at 40 yards.

Archers shooting in the morning and the afternoon will be compiled into one list and the overall winner will receive one war gem.

Trail Course Thrown (1 gem):

After the trail course has been used for archery, we will convert it to a thrown weapons course.  Each thrower will be allowed two throws at each target, except that they will be allowed four at the final target.

The first target will be for knives or axes (throwers choice) at 10 feet.
The second target will be for knives or axes (throwers choice) at 10 feet and will require that the thrower be kneeling.

The third target will be for knives or axes (throwers choice) at 10 feet and will be moving.

The fourth target will be for spears at 15 feet.

The fifth target will be for atlatls at 40 feet.  We will be providing atlatls for those who want to try out this interesting new thrown weapon style.

Throwers throwing in the morning and the afternoon will be compiled into one list and the overall winner will receive one war gem.

Sunday:

On Sunday morning we will be hosting a Cut and Thrust workshop.  There will be loaner armor and weapons available for those who are interested.  Whether you are currently a fighter or not you can join in and experience this new combat style.  The minimum armor standards are a rapier style doublet or gambeson, collar bone padding, a rapier style helmet, heavy style elbows, heavy style knees, heavy style hand protection (either full hand or demi-gauntlet), and all skin covered.  Bring what you have and we will supply the rest.

Arts and Sciences

General A&S Competition

The general A&S display/competition has many opportunities to earn points! Please bring a small card with your name and the name of your entry affixed to a small cup or bowl to collect the beans that will be used by the populace to cast their votes. Every person who enters will be awarded a participation coin.

A winner will be chosen in each category and will be awarded a gem to add to their shire’s coffer

Competition categories include:               

Most Authentic/Best Documentation (can be verbal if you wish)
Most Impressive (populace choice)
Best Display
Judges’ Choice
Best Embellishment
Metal work
Fiber (spinning, dying, weaving, knitting, etc.)
Garb (clothing, shoes, accessories)
Ceramics
Scribal
Written (research, poetry, etc.)
Woodworking
Children’s entry
Best use of cattle (pieces or depictions of cattle, things for or about cattle)

Bardic Competition

The bardic competition will take place during the potluck feast. No formal documentation is necessary, but if you are presenting a period piece, please be prepared to give a very brief intro (When, Where, and Who is all we need). Every person performing will be awarded a participation coin.

A winner will be chosen in each category and will be awarded a gem to add to their shire’s coffer.

Competition categories include:               

Best Period Piece
Most Entertaining (populace choice)
Judges’ Choice
Best piece concerning cattle, raiding, or war

Period Cooking Contest

Make your best period dishes and compete to earn points for your shire! Please bring, in addition to your dish and any necessary serving utensils, a small card with your name, the name of your dish, and the ingredients (for allergy purposes) affixed to a small cup or bowl to collect the beans that will be used by the populace to cast their votes. Every person who enters a dish will be awarded a participation coin.

A winner will be chosen in each category and will be awarded a gem to add to their shire’s coffer.

Competition categories include:               

Most Authentic/Best Documentation (can be verbal if you wish)
Most Delicious (populace choice)
Best Presentation
Best use of cattle (beef or dairy)

Brewing Competition

There will be a populous judged brewing competition. Please bring a small card with your name and the name of your beverage affixed to a small cup or bowl to collect the beans that will be used by the populace to cast their votes. Every person entering a dish will be awarded a participation coin. The winner will be awarded a gem to add to their shire’s coffer.

Period Encampment Competition

Have a period encampment? Sign up at gate for the period camp competition! Every entry earns a participation coin, the winner gets a gem to add to their shire’s coffer!

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you wanting to earn battle points for your shire at Tain Bo, but you are not a fighter? Have no fear, you can still earn points: volunteer! We are looking for people to help out in many areas including, marshaling, heralding, judging, water bearing, and BaT Patrol (biffy and trash). If you would like to help in any of these areas, please contact Milisandia filia Willelmi at milisandia@gmail.com to sign up. You can also sign up on site at Volunteer Point. The more you do, the more points earned for your shire!

- Milisandia filia Willelmi

People's Feast

We will be having a potluck-style feast. Based on mundane last name, please bring:

A-K Bread or Appetizers
L-R Side Dish
S-Z Dessert

Period (and psuedo period) dishes are preferred but not required

Baronial members! Though the winning shire will be determined through that shire populace's participation and prowess in the areas above, baronies and other non-shire affiliated individuals will have a very important role as mercenaries. Friday night, Shires will bid for your services and ask for your help in defeating their foes on the field or through artistic means. Throughout the event as well, you may be asked to contribute to a shire that is in dire need of assistance in winning the war. It will be up to you who you help in their pursuit for the ultimate honor of Táin Bó Champion.

Please visit the website for more information the activities, to pre-register and to reserve camping space!

Site Fees -

Adult Member (Ages 18 and up): $15 ($5 Non-Member Surchage applies for those who cannot provide proof of SCA membership)
Youth (Ages 10-17): $10
Children (Ages 0-9): FREE
Family Cap (does not include NMS): $40

Site -
Flying B Bar Ranch
1100 McMullen Creek Rd.
Selma, OR, 97538

Directions -

If coming Northbound on I-5, take exit 55 which becomes US HWY 199 (Redwood Hwy); if coming Southbound, take exit 58 onto HWY 99, stay right at the fork onto HWY 238, and merge right onto HWY 199 (Redwood Hwy).
Take US HWY 199 (Redwood Hwy) heading towards the coast to Selma, OR. Turn Left on Lake Shore Dr. towards Lake Selmac, just a short distance after the supermarket look for the signs (Parks & SCA).
From the Coast, take US HWY 199 (Redwood Hwy) heading towards the Grants Pass area to Selma, OR. Turn right on Lake Shore Dr. towards Lake Selmac; look for the signs (Parks and SCA).
When approaching Lake Selmac, stay on the left of the lake and drive around the lakes rim, drive past the general store, and follow the SCA signs to parking and event site.

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