I was inspired to create this ruleset from my passion for foam weapon fighting. I have been playing the LARP Amtgard for 18 years. Amtgard has its own form of Jugger called Jugging, and I have been playing that version all this time.
I have looked at German and Australian Jugger over the years, and have always wanted to try it. Jugging/Jugger has been my favorite game to play in Amtgard over the years, and after forming my own foam weapon site, www.foamforge.net, I realized that I had everything I would need to create the pompfen, jugg, and goals. In Colorado, Jugging has been a part of our Amtgard events for as long as I can remember, and I have always heard that people would like to play it more, however Amtgard is a LARP, and their focus is recreating and roleplaying mixed with combat. Jugging has taken a back seat with most groups around the nation, even though it is played, it is rare to see groups playing more than once or twice a year. The main reason is, Amtgard has many other things inside of it, and Jugging is more of a casual activity.
I wanted to change that, I wanted to drop the Elf Ears and Capes, throw on a jersey and just play! I have friends that want to do the same, and so here we are!
We are going to have a weapon building party soon, where we are going to play the original move Salute of the Jugger and build enough gear for a few teams...then practice! ^_^
Thank you all for joining me on this journey, I hope to be able to play all over the world one day!
Greetings, international jugger players! It's been a long time since last time we reported from Galicia (northwestern Spain), but here we are again to keep you updated. The Spanish Jugger Community is growing fast and those who already have been in the trenches for more than 2 years have finally established a strong base in our regions, now hoping to stand still while new or stronger jugger teams appear from now on. Our group, the “Galician Association of Jugger”, actually operates in the cities of Coruña, Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, housing 8 official and stable teams.
Two weeks ago we celebrated the 1st Coruña Open, on February 23, 2013, at the northern city of A Coruña. We were honored to have among us two teams from Madrid and other one from Valencia, besides other galician teams from both Coruña and Vigo. It was the first true experience with other Spanish Juggers, quite small tournament but really distracted and instructive one. We are lucky to have got along with our fellow players, even some of us made new friends or strengthened bonds! Everyone is willing to meet again, hopefully during the 2nd International Tournament (Zaragoza) on April. While we Galician players are already looking for other Spanish Tournaments to travel to Madrid or Valencia in the next months, we're already organising a Jugger Summer Camp on our shores where we'll welcome any spanish, european or worldwide player! (Full information will be provided in the next months).
- Now we are an official (legal) sports association, and we have some support from the government.
- We have a lot of new members and some new teams that play Jugger every Saturday.
- We have a new ranking system.
- The Colombian Jugger League is a reality; we are beginning with the team sing ups on 1st January.
- We are improving a lot our training scheme, and the results are notorious.
(via e-mail from Speculum Alae)
Keep it up!
We are working hard since September in establishing Jugger in Sweden as well, under the "working title" Järnfalkar Projektet. The start sounds quite promising:
Furthermore, new Jugger teams and activities can be coordinated via the Svedish Jugger platform http://www.jugger.se.
The Spanish Jugger community is strong as ever – they are quite young but already made an impact. They even participated in the 3rd German Open with many teams and gained high respect for their well-trained style of playing.
Furthermore, some German teams will participate in their 2nd International Tournament in 2013.
Jugger is also spreading in Australia. Of course, they visited us at the 3rd German Open as well!
Irish Jugger are still in full go. They also competed in Berlin.
Jugger has also been started in the Netherlands. It will be interesting to observe their development!
It is hard to say something precise on the development in the U. S. There are very active groups of the post-apocalyptic branch with the CUJL (see flickr), juggersalute is down, and it is unclear how far the sports branch got until now.
(Not so) finally, Deutschland
Jugger is still growing rapidly in Germany.
It is reported that more and more schools and youth projects are starting Jugger groups. New independent teams are popping up almost every month now.
Therefore, the 3rd German Open / 15. Deutsche Meisterschaft, held on the Tempelhofer Feld (former airfield) in Berlin, was the biggest tournament in history, and even exceeded its predecessors by one third: 62 teams plus 4 youth teams came together for this huge traditional Jugger Championships, and considering the many hundred players on the fields, it is reported to have worked exceptionally well.
Also, towns are already competing for the best week-ends to hold tournaments – there will be many week-ends now which are double- or triple-booked for tournaments.
Berlin, one of the first Jugger towns, might now possibly have even four big tournaments, after a branch left the Jugger e. V. to form their own group: The traditional Berliner Juggerpokal; possibly the traditional Deutsche Meisterschaft (if Berlin applies this year again and is elected); maybe the Freundschaftliche Winterspiele (not confirmed yet); and the new new Jugger Masters 2013 - Der Kessel von Berlin, a special tournament.
At the end of this entry, enjoy the expectional clip from the Hallesche Doppelsöldner, and below the famous ambient clip from Falco jugger Freifalke Linus.
There are other countries like Polska (see former entries in this weblog), but I don't have first-hand news on them now.
In other news, Uhus Jugger weblog, the most detailed weblog on Jugger until then, is closed now, since I am changing weblog software and will probably blog mostly on Jugger i Sverige after relaunch. The old blog will be still available, though.
Uhus Rulebook Comments (Das Juggerregelwerk – Uhus Kommentar)
After I have quit my "assignment" as Keeper of the German Jugger Rules in 2012 which I had since 2007, I have compiled Uhus Comments on the Jugger Rules (updated just in the last days). Many questions came up in the forums, some things were misunderstood, some phrases are not exact, and some details are better explained in an external comment instead of in the official rules document itself.
While the Jugger Rules are "officially" legitimated by an election process by the whole active German Jugger community, this comment barely shows my personal views and opinions on the matter, but makes it possible to point out potential flaws or misunderstandings.
Uhus Comments on the Jugger Rules ⇒ can be downloaded here in German.
A new Jugger book
Furthermore, I have just finished the work on a new Jugger book, my fourth now (not counting the free PDF ebook in English). I have highest expectations for this one for it could become the best book on the topic I was able to publish yet:
Thanks to my fellow Juggers from Berlin, Greifswald and Jena, I could take many hundred "stop-motion" photos on basic fighting techniques. The book will be a bit like those Judo/Karate factbooks where every move is shown, to enable unexperienced players to quickly grab the basics of Jugger duelling and play. Even more experienced players might find interesting bits, for I could win some of the most experienced German Jugger players for the job. Every (German) Pompfen type will have it's own chapter and also chapters how to fight against other types. And of course, strategy and teamplay also get their due share.
I am now waiting for the preprinted proofs from the publisher, so i hope the book shall be released this spring, at Zauberfeder Verlag: Ruben Philipp Wickenhäuser: Die Jugger-Schule. Training, Taktik, Teambuilding, Zauberfeder 2013.
If you learn of Juggers in other countries, don't hesitate to contact us! Thanks!
So now, a happy new year with tons of Jugger games!
Time for the Videos – cheers!
Metalhead? And Jugger? Than this is for you. Rrriktig Metal. Riktig kul sporten.
The first tournament (at least we know of) in Sweden, Järnfalkar Metal turneringen, will be held in association with the Heavy Metal festival Metallsvenskan 2013 -- an event where you can get hårdaste metal and where the bands challenge each other in a football match.
And we, the Juggers, will play The Game right where we belong, in the midst of all: Just during the break of the football match, on the field, with all the metal fans as spectators, sparking the flame for Jugger in them.
But even that is not all. The fight for the dog skull will continue during the event near the football field. And after that, the tournament itself will determine the best team in Sverige. Details follow.
We hope for some German teams to join us as well, for this is a dream for any real fan of Heavy Metal come true (and for other Juggers as well).
First, I did them just as little symbols for my personal, more general use in Jugger-related topics.
But then I made patches out of the graphics that could be ironed on jerseys ... and they became quite well! A team already asked for a set of those and it worked fine; so if you want some as well, just send me an email.
The first training in Jugger in Sverige known to me will be held at the upcoming monday, September 24th, by Järnboås IF at Järnboås fotbollplan, kl 18.00.
It will be just an easy little "what is this??", and hopefully will spark some first enthusiasm about Jugger in the Swedes, ancestors of the good old vikings ...
Interested people from Örebro eller Nora är välkommen.
Addendum: Success! It has been a nice session indeed.
People in Poland have played Jugger for years, but it was never a league – just a bunch of friends who met at a postapocalyptic convention, and decided to play a casual game of jugger.
With growing knowledge about the game (convention brawl audiences wanted to play, people who weren’t there kept asking about „that game in a picture”) and demand for standardised rules we decided to start the Polish Jugger League.
Who are we? It all started with OUTPOST leading games, and propagating Jugger among people, but over the time several others joined. Now we are in the process of establishing our own rules and overcoming attendance issues – in our country we play Jugger during conventions that take place in different parts of Poland, and most people cannot attend every single one.
How do we play it? We play it rough. You can see it in the videos - bruises and small injuries are the part of the game... and they look cool! Similar to Czech games, different pieces of armor are allowed, so players can customise their looks and equipment, and our game footage looks more like scenes from original Blood Of Heroes movie.
We also used to play with real dog skull (you can find weird things in a forest!), but after we lost it, we now play using a toy dinosaur skull that still looks badass...
Knowing the fact that we play in different areas, our jugger fields vary, depending on space availability – sometimes the field is smaller than we would like it to be, sometimes we play on grass, sometimes on tarmac, sometimes on sand... we had to play in the forest once – and just imagine how hard it was for chain enforcers!
That’s it for now, I hope soon I will have some more info about our different teams, some new footage. photos...
And that someday our League grows stronger and we will be able to play games with juggers from other countries.
Next week-end, the 3rd German Open/15th German Championships will take place in Berlin, on the former Tempelhof Airfield. It is the biggest Jugger event that has ever taken place, by far:
62 teams have registered to take part in the upcoming event, plus 4 more who will compete in the Youth Jugger mini tournament. Even better, Spain is sending four teams, Australia will be there with two (including the Redbacks) and Ireland takes part with Setanta again.