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Jugger California rollin

Introduction
Hello, fellow Juggers! We’re the co-instigators of Jugger California, and we’re overjoyed to have this opportunity to introduce our colorful group to the Jugger-verse.

How did we get started?
We were introduced to Jugger by Pink Pain back in 2009---Valkyrie was on an academic exchange in Darmstadt for a few months, and saw some people doing weird stuff in a field. Later in the summer, Evan came to visit and got hooked, as well.

Five years later, we finally decided to make two sets of pompfen. We didn’t really have much to go on: some old Australian rules we’d found online plus some German pompfen specs, all referring to mythical materials like “20 mm PVC” that had to be translated into Imperial measurements. In true Berkeley fashion, we decided to break with post-apocalyptic tradition and go for bright neon colors:
Spars

Soon thereafter, we had our first game! With just seven attendees, we had enough for a stone counter and two teams of three.


What rules do we play by?
As one of the more recently formed groups out there, we introduce a lot of new players to the game. For us, the goal is to get newcomers playing within 5 minutes! Our quick explanation goes something like this:
  1. overall objective: skull in opposite goal;
  2. combat 101: 5 stones for a hit, head is 5 stone penalty, hands on sticks don’t count;
  3. combat 102: doubles, pins, 8 stones for a chain hit, chains can’t pin, chain hands aren’t protected, 2-hand vs. 1-hand weapons;
  4. qwik/skull movement: qwiks drop it when hit or throw it just before, sticks can bat it, qwiks can wrestle each other
  5. any questions?

...and that’s it. As players keep coming back, we gradually explain some of the nuances: out-of-bounds penalties, chain live vs. dead, no Florentine/Q-tip double pins, etc.

For our regular practices, we don’t keep score or track 100 stone halves---we just play until we’re Juggered out! This may change as more teams pop up around the Bay Area (hello, San Francisco!) but for now it suits our “get as many people playing Jugger as possible” approach :-)

Development?

In the 21 months since the fateful day (OK, two weekends) that we built our pompfen, we started an on-campus group at the University of California, Berkeley (called the Ursae Majoris), competed in our first tournament (the 2015 Mile High International in Denver), brought Jugger twice to each of two games/art festivals in the Bay Area (Come Out & Play Festival, and Figment), and hosted our first local game day (featuring the Riot, the Ursae Majoris, and San Francisco’s Juggernauts)...and with rumors of at least two more groups possibly starting later this year, we’re on track to become the next big Jugger hub in America.



We’re also a very creative group! Those of you who stuck it out to the rainy end at MHI 2015 will remember the Blood of Heroes (a beety, bright red ale), which several of our players helped brew. We have the infamous peace-symbol shirts, Jugger weapon cookie cutters, Photoshopped event images for our special sessions (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas), a featured Instructable about our weapon construction, and some special surprises for our first international tournament appearance later this year. ;-)

The 2015 MHI was a pivotal moment for our group (thanks to the Colorado Jugger League for organizing!). We came back with heaps of tips on pompfen construction, training exercises/games, and in-game strategy---many thanks in particular to the Dropbears and Wild Geese for picking apart our gameplay and making some excellent suggestions for improvement!


For the future: we’d love to see a group in the South Bay, as several of our players currently take the hour-long drive up to play with us. We’re planning a trip to the Swedish tournament this year, as well as the 2017 tournament in Australia. Play-wise, we’re slowly incorporating more and more of the training games we learned at 2015 MHI, while keeping the bulk of our practices centered around playing the game itself.

Polish Jugger League

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.


Some videos of Jugger in Poland:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JczzSX8Q6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBGCnxPKC10
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByIAaiW1cn8
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1X3PynizP6s


This is a guest article written by: Bartek Rae Rutkowski 


Jugger in Austria


A few weeks ago I heard of Jugger in Austria, espacially in Vienna so i asked them for an introduction and a few pictures and here is it all for you.


Sunday. 8pm.
3 friends rest from a long
battle in a greek restaurant. The waiter tries to understand the
story behind a handful of battered people, having a bunch of taped
self-made weapons leaning at their table. Completely worn out with
marks, only a juggerian warrior could bear, they enjoy their first
served beer. And in the blink of an eye, all scratches, bruises and
tiredness dissolve in pure pleasure. Jugger Vienna most certainly
turned out to be one of the best sport experiences of all our team
members.


Well.. who startet that wonderful madness?? Two enthusiasts
from germany founded the first Austrian Jugger team in 2010. It never
stopped growing since. Compared to other Juggerians, our style might
be a little different. Why? Many reasons. For one thing, we have more
female players than male. There is an age variance, reaching from
young kids to parents and there is only one strict rule in our
colourful community: have fun to the fullest and treat everybody as
an equal.


You can find us taunting, fighting, running, tumbling,
succeeding and laughing in the parks of Vienna - mostly Praterwiese
and Donauinsel. We learned, that between slagliners, rugby players,
football artists and sun bathing beauties - Jugger always takes the
throne in attention! Give us enough weapons to equip all curious and
interested people - we could play at least 3 games at a time. Only a
couple of months passed since the first steps were taken, and each
and everyone of us became a believer in one of the best team sport
experiences ever. And every time we try to explain the magic of our
sundays to our clueless friends, there will be that moment in which a
mischievous smile flashes over our faces. That moment when all those
memories of amazing days we shared cross our minds. "Jugger?
Can't be explained. Must be played!!"


Here also a picture of the team ...



... and the two founders.



And if you want to contact the Jugger players in Vienna, this is they're E-Mail-adress: jugger.wien@gmx.at

Jugger in Amsterdam

Jugger has arrived in Amsterdam 1,5 years ago. Two Jugger players form Münster in Germany moved to Amsterdam after they played Jugger in Münster for a long time. After they got used to life in Amsterdam, they started building weapons and promote Jugger. Now there are always enough players to play at least 3 against 3 or some training games.
At the weekend of the 16./17. October two people (@nalfion and @p0Ldi_MS) from Münster visited Amsterdam. They brought a strong chain with them, since you can only buy chains with a small diameter in the Netherlands, probarbly the same problem as in Spain.
On the first day we built the chains and on the second day we trained in the Martin-Luther-Kingpark, you can watch pictures of this training on flickr.
If you want to join the training there is a doodle and a forum to coordinate the trainings, so feel free to use them and join the training.