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Juggers coming! .... in the US

With New Years Eve around the corner the whispers usually begin in the darkened corners of parties, after imbibing mass quantities and yearning for spring’s eternal rejuvenating properties. In the dead of winter, most plans are laid and alliances drawn for the coming event, held every year on the exact same weekend.

The third weekend in June is the traditional date set for national American Jugging tournament. The event is simply know as, Arakis. To understand the US version of Jugging, one needs the back story of the unique sport and the people who keep it alive.

American Jugging and Amtgard walk hand in hand. What the hell is Amtgard? It is a little know L.A.R.P. game that had its golden age in the American Southwest in the early to mid-nineteen nineties. This is a live action role playing game where participants engage in melee combat with padded weapons. It is not the only organization of this type, those idiots at IFGS come to mind, but there was a large collection of individuals who were interested in mass combat, not playing dress up. Not an official affiliation, just individuals who were like minded. In a game filled with wizards and blanket bunnies, this specific group of individuals were dedicated to force on force, tactical combat with melee weapons. Those people are the Stick Jocks.

The two largest cities involved were El Paso, Texas and Denver, Colorado. While El Paso is where Amtgard was created, Denver was established as the first sister city and a major rivalry was born. The stick jocks help fuel this rivalry like cross town football teams. El Paso became renowned for their sword and shield fighters, while Denver boasted the most dangerous Florentine style fighters in all of the kingdoms.

The Blood of Heroes was released by HBO direct to video in the days where direct to video marketing was being developed and explored. This is the only movie that David Webb Peoples has ever directed. David is also the screenwriter for Blade Runner, The Unforgiven, and Twelve Monkeys to name a few. Both Amtgard groups being aficionados of science fiction had viewed this movie independently from one another.

By the fall of nineteen-ninety many of the ardent stick jocks had gotten together to review the movie, ad nauseum, and devise not only a complete rules system but how to construct weapons safe enough to permit full force sparring with safety in mind. Or at least the perceived illusion of safety. Pick up games developed into regimented practices and team creation. By the time the annual Amtgard gathering arrived in July, both cities had developed fairly similar rules for jugging and nearly identical weapons construction.

In the fall of ninety-one, there had been several meetings between the two largest chapter members and a league wide all-thing was called. The rules for Jugging were official ratified by the start of nine-two. The annual Amtgard gathering was usually hosted by El Paso and was held the third weekend in July in New Mexico. El Paso felt that Jugging was a novelty and decided a small, informal, tournament was all the investment required for the festivities and announced so at the winter all-thing that year.

Enraged, the citizens of Denver contacted the population of Amtgard announcing their own plans for an event specifically dedicated to the sport of Jugging and nothing else. And to stick it to El Paso, it was going to be held the third weekend in June. This created even more bad blood between the sister cities and was met with adulation by the general duchies and baronies whose populaces began to train immediately for what would be, quite literally, the Super Bowl of Nerds. Many arguments have arisen over the years squabbling about whom created the rules for Jugging, but it was Denver that fostered and incubated the idea into the annual national event that it has become.

The original site for this event was the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. This Park is best described as if giants put a chunk of the Sahara Desert in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. The pictures on the website will give you a greater understanding of the terrain but the short story is that the backdrop for the event was unbelievable. The field was always placed along the creek riverbank with the sand dunes in the background and the Rockies looming behind them. Truly spectacular. The event drew its name from the sand dunes themselves, Arakis.

Over the years Arakis has evolved and even changed locations several times no longer being held at the national park. None has ever matched the beauty and majesty of those early years at the Great Sand Dunes, you can tell when you ask the old guard and they get that far off look, growing weepy and silent.

Jugger Tournament in Berlin: all 4 countries will be there in 2008

Friends of jugger may look forward to 2008: This summer, at the 13th and 14th of September, all four active Jugger countries will be present at the Jugger Tournament 2008 in Berlin.
Denmark and Ireland want to come, and even Australia has put a team together and will travel all the way to challenge the German Juggers on the field! There might even join us someone from overseas, but that is not clear yet ...
Any other country putting a team together is of course very welcome to join us, too, just contact us, ideally via the international forum or Mail or PM to Ein Uhu for the international co-ordination or also Lester for Berlin-specific questions.

This will be the first truly world-wide Jugger tournament in history, so get prepared ;-)
As always, we (Berlin) will be able to provide accomodation for the tournament, but we also invite all Juggers to join our camp, which will be at the tournament grounds - this year had been excellent, with a nice barbecue evening and night-time "pompfing" ...






Berlin Tournament Grounds, 2007, Photo: (c) Hahn

An Introduction on our Jugger - under construction - 0.75a

I have edited the little, and very amateur, "What is Jugger"-vid further (for example, replaced the tournament clip by a better one), though it still lacks good footage; as soon as I get my hands on some (and have time), I will enhance it ... promised ... well, here is the preview.
Thanks to Brian "Sonic Clang" Kline for the excellent music, which he had originally written for Doom3.

EDIT: Here is the new version, 0.8a (added spoken comments)



10th annivercary of the Jugger society in Berlin

First tournament 1998Last saturday, the Berlin Juggers celebrated the first decade of the Jugger society in Berlin. The first tournament had been held at the Mauerpark in 1998. Now, ten years and ten tournaments later, the Jugger e.V. Berlin met at the c-base, the crashed space station, buried in the grounds below Berlin Mitte. In the flickering lights, surrounded by long-discarded control panels and abandoned alien technology, Jugger veterans and young warriors feasted, supported by two excellent live bands, slideshows with lots and lots of photos featuring Jugger over the years, and a selection of old and new Jugger videos. And once again, Lüneburg made the (quite long) way to us and joined into the event.

above: First Berlin Jugger tournament at the Mauerpark, 1998

It had been a great party. A moment to remember ...

c-base

The crashed space station

Greetings from the Juggers of Australia

I think the best place to start is a quick introduction of who we are and what is happening with Jugger down here.

First of all for anyone who might not be geographically gifted Australia is in the bottom bit of the world some 15,000 Km from Germany the centre of all things Jugger. If you have a look at the pretty map of the World the two red arrows down the bottom are where you will find the Australian Juggers.



Jugging in Australia has been played since about 2000 and was started by Gavin Ellis on the Gold Coast in Queensland, near the top red arrow and was played there on and off until 2003 when it was moved to Brisbane. In 2006 the Melbourne Juggers started playing under the watchful eye of Tony who has now had the fun of organising Jugger for just over 12 months.



Brisbane and Melbourne both host regular games and we are gradually increasing the number of people who know about and play this great sport. The rules we use are a little different to the version of the game played in Germany – we are busy reading over the rules to learn them in time to send a team over to Berlin next year.

This December will see our first interstate Jugger meet, again for those unfamiliar it is about 1300 Km from Melbourne to Brisbane, which makes travel between the groups something of a major event.

Any of the international Juggers who find themselves down in this part of the world should feel welcome to drop in, say hi and join in the fun. Again Greetings from the Australian Juggers feel free to drop in and say Hello at Jugger.org.au

Erstes gemeinsames deutsches Jugger-Regelwerk online

For our international readers:
You may use the link at the bottom-right corner of this entry to switch to the English version!
There is just a little bug, it should say "English, German" instead of "English, English".

Erstes bundesweites Jugger - RegelwerkEndlich ist es soweit: Nach einer ausführlichen Besprechung im Drachenblut-Forum ist nun dank dem Einsatz mehrerer Sportbegeisterter (oh Wunder, sogar aus Berlin und Hamburg
zugleich) das erste Jugger-Regelwerk als PDF verfügbar, das die Spiel-Optionen der meisten derzeit aktiven Städte mit einschließt. Wie es in der Natur der Sache liegt, wird sich auch dieses weiter erweitert werden, wachsen und sich verändern. Erst einmal ist dabei aber eine gute Übersicht und Grundlage geschaffen!

Das Layout ist auch noch nicht ganz perfekt, der Textwust stellte auf die Schnelle eine kleine Herausforderung dar ... also bitte keine Buchsatzansprüche ...

Wünsche wohl zu pompfen!


Testlauf - testing

One, two ... one, two ... testing ... one, two ... testing ...

This is a try to create a central platform for the Jugger teams around the world to write about their sports events and news, using multi-user Weblog software.

Testlauf eines redaktionsbasierten Weblog-Systems, an dem die "Jugger-Gemeinde" teilnehmen kann ... Layout ist nur schnell zweckdienlich erstellt und soll noch verbessert werden ...