The biggest surprise happened in the finals. Rigor Mortis, unchallenged for years except by the old Hamburg team, was beaten in a stunning game against Grünanlagen Guerilla. A Golden Jugg finished the game after a 10:10 skulls draw at 300 stones. Grünanlagen Guerilla never won a tournament game against Rigor before, along with all other Jugger teams except Hamburg ... now, with a new chain from the former team KSJ, they rocked the house.
Photo: Liquid Eye / Susanne Serwe
Along with the Irish, the Australians seemed to have a really great time - also they were quite intrigued by some national traditions:
"The captain of the Irish team displayed a great rapidity of verbal output as well as great pride in his undergarments which he insisted on displaying down the field (a display which was returned with pride by one of the German qwiks later in the day)."
Also great was the game Australia vs. Ireland, played by a combination of Oz and Èire rules. The Oz Redbacks played with great enthusiasm and loved to beat up a German national team by playing by their own rules: The skull in the center circle, stakes, doubles and hits to the elbows and knees do not count as hits - a very fast game with long sequences of pomfey fighting, very different to German style Jugger, and very fascinating! As Adam put it:
"the experience of more than 100 Juggers yelling that chant is somthing that will be with all of us for a very long time."
Addendum: The Jugger book is also available in Black & White print, at Lulu Marketplace, for small budgets. But be assured, the color print looks much, much better ...
After days and days of translating, layouting, picture-cmyking, typesetting, typesetting, typesetting and a lot of furious cursing, I managed to get the first book on Jugger translated - with loads of new, stunning action shots, a detailed pomfey making step-by-step guide (now with pictures as well) and news on the international section. Here we go: "Jugger. A post-apocalyptic sport for all occasions"!
Thanks to Adam Horsten of Jugging Brisbane who did a thorrough proofreading and who was a great help with Jugger terminology, the book may now be purchased at Lulu (it will be available via amazon as well soon, but it does not always have to be the big fish who gets the worm, should it?). Of course, it is not cheap - 110 pages in full-color print do cost a bit ... but this is not my fault, to avoid all suspicion: I am earning incredible 31 cent (as in "small change", not as in "percent") share per issue sold; except if you buy it directly at Lulu's, where I get a bit more. Bahamas, here I come!
I hope that the book may help a bit in spreading the fascination for this unique sport. It would be a pleasure to play versus
British (especially for the Irish, I assume ...), Canadian and US teams as well, and maybe even all the many others who might not be that proficient with German but with English.
Any publisher who is interested in printing this title may contact the German publisher, Verlag an der Ruhr (rights at verlagruhr dot de) for licensing. As soon as that happens, the title will no longer be available via the current printer, of course.
Ruben Philipp Wickenhäuser: Jugger. A post-apocalyptic sport for all occasions, Morrisville 2008, 29,95€, ISBN 13: 978-1-40922920-9 (soon to be applied) - details and ordering. Website support will be online soon.
On Saturday August 23, 2008 took place jugger the first tournament in Costa Rica, with the official inauguration of the league, At this moment there are 6 teams in the league, of which only 3 participated on Saturday August 23, for on Saturday August 30 did not meet again to make another small tournament with 6 teams.
Here are leaving a photo of some of the equipment and a video of the first encounter ::Morrigan Jugger Club:: vs ::Berg Krigers::
Teams in Pic: Morrigan, Berg Krigers, The Varangians, Dë Evil Drinkën Trolls
**Clic to Zoom**
See you in Berlin.
Just a little introduction before I hand this post over to another of the Australian Juggers to tell a story that should interest everyone involved in Jugger. Recenty one of the Brisbane Juggers completed a journey that has taken quite some time and has located some...interesting items....some people have already seen the items and are either intruiged or giddy with excitement that they have been found.
With that I hand over to the fiend to explain what was found and tell his story.
Make sure you read ALL the way to the bottom of the post for a link to some interesting pictures.
it's kind of odd to be a fan of "salute of the jugger", here in australia.
the film tends to be over-looked in favour of the mad max movies, all of which were filmed locally.
but one series outweighs one film.
occasionally, when talking about playing the game, you meet a few people who remember having seen the movie, a long time ago...
i guess, for me, this particular story started back in 2005, when i started playing and i was talking to a friend of mine who said something along the lines of "my parent used to own a video store and they sent the armour from the movie and some weapons around [that chain of stores] to promote the video."
at the time i pushed it back in my mind as i thought, "well, who know's where that all wound up..."
fast forward to late 2006. i'm sitting back at the house i lived in, at that time, and i was showing off my weapons to a friend who was up on a rare visit from melbourne.
"oh, i remember that movie," she said, "i actually know a guy who's got some of the weapons and armour."
"huh?" i cleverly replied.
"yes, he worked at a video store in adelaide and when they took the suits around australia, they finished their trip there and no one came to collect them, so he got to keep them."
thus began a year and a half of cross talking and thinking and planning and re-planning as we tried to organise a way to meet up and verify that there were the genuine articles.
in the end, by fate, my friend moved back to adelaide and i happened to be passing through on business and on the sunday morning of the 25th of may, 2008, i laid my eyes upon what could only be considered the holy grail of the sport of jugger...
now, from tales that i had heard and my own conjecture, i was assuming that i'd find a suit of armour and maybe a staff weapon.
insted what i found was one complete set of armour (some of which never even got worn in the movie, but still bears the chalked-in name of the character who was to wear it) as well as a bunch of other armour pieces, the staff weapon used by cimber (the female enforcer) and the chain weapon of young gar.
the same chain that vincent d'onofrio swung in the australian outback 20 years ago.
in short order i arranged for the "merchandise" to make it's way back to brisbane, to allow us to use it for displays and the like. the gentleman who had procured these items had let me take all but the chain, but was kind enough to let me swing it a few times in his front driveway.
as arrangements were being finalised, he relented.
"i did want to keep the one piece," he said, "but after seeing how you reacted when you saw it, i'll let you have it, if you're still interested."
it's in my house, right now. and every time i think about how that's a fact, i get giddy.
It is real, the fiend showed it to me, If you want to see what the fiend found have a look HERE
EDIT Due to heavy SPAM in the comments, I was forced to disable that function for some time - Uhu
Also, a clip has been sighted which seems to originate from Spain. Watch it here:
Both appear to be quite spontaneous events, but nevertheless we may hope that they are the piloting pebbles of a landslide ...
Thanks to Fred from Trollfaust for the link to the last clip!
Since a weapon is by itself a little (or big) nasty thingie to injure or to kill, that term might be used well to put gravel on the wild and anarchic aspect of Jugger. But it certainly doesn't fit to describe the stuff correctly.
At least in Germany, Jugger Pompfen are a type of padded "weapons", some designs not comparable to LARP weapons, while others, like Hamburgian/Heidelberg staffs, are also used at LARP events. Some designs are specifically made for high-speed sportive use and have their own tight safety regulations, measures and materials, based on years and years of experimenting and usage (for example, a Jugger Pompfe does not have blade-style applications or points). Nota bene: The term "Pompfe" is also used for LARP weapons as well.
In Germany, the term "Pompfe" has more or less won the race. It is told that it roots back to LARP events where it has been derived from the sound it makes at impact. For the English speaking world, it might be a bit unusual to pronounce. Or not? What do you think?
I stumbled across the term "boffer" for LARP weapons in the US (see corresponding entry in wikipedia: Foam weapon), which sounds great in English. So that could be a real alternative for international use.
It would be interesting to hear what Juggers think - which term fits best for Jugger "weapons" to describe their qualities best?
a.) (Jugger-) Pompfen,
b.) (Jugger-) Boffers,
c.) ... do you have a good idea?
Australia has also set up a poll related to this question.