The Barony of Shadowed Stars

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Mounted War Games VIII

Presents the Day of the Dragon


Thursday August 30th to
Monday September 3rd 12pm


Wells County 4-H Fairgrounds
1240 4-H Park Rd
Bluffton, IN 46714



Adult:Weekend Rate $25 or $20 w/membership
Adult Day Rate: $15 or $10 w/membership
Youth (6-17): Weekend Rate $10
Youth (6-17) Day Rate $5
Youth 5 and under are free
Family Site Cap for Weekend: $50 w/membership
Family Site Cap for Day: $25 w/membership
Food and electrical hookup not included in family cap
Camping: $5 Per Adult
Electrical hookup (available upon request, medical needs have first dibs): $10
Meal plan weekend: $50
Friady, Saturday and Sunday dinners (day of): $12
Saturday dinner below the salt: $8
All other meals available a la carte: $6
Horse stalls: $5/weekend, horses have first dibs
Bedding and hay available for on-site pick-up, limited quantities so pre-reg for yours early!
Hay $5/bale
Shavings are $5/bag

Please contact Lancer Gwendolyn of Shadowed Stars jmahocker AT gmail DOT com to reserve stalls, bedding and hay and for any equestrian questions.

Please make checks made out to: SCA, inc, Barony of Shadowed Stars. Mail to 6120 Seabree Lane Fort Wayne, IN 46835.
Unfortunately at this time, we can not do PayPal, but hope to have this corrected a few weeks before the event.

Member Discount : $5
Get $5 off site fee with valid SCA membership!

Come one and all to the eighth Mounted War Games! One of the largest equestrian events on the Known World. With four, full days of riding, you will be able to participate in many activities. We will have jousting, ALL THE EQUESTRIAN GAMES! mounted combat, armored combat, rapier combat, thrown weapons, archery, and classes. The Regional MOAS will be holding the Craftperson’s Faire all day September 1st (Saturday)

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More info has been added, and is being added, so check back every few days to see what has changed!


  • Food
  • Activities
  • Merchants
  • Event Staff
  • Site Information

    The site for Mounted War Games VII is officially dry and anyone found violating this policy will be asked to leave. Local Police patrol the site often.

    Well-attended above-ground fires are permitted.

    Equine Health Requirements
    The Indiana State Board of Animal Health requires all equines being transported into Indiana to have a Coggins dated within 12 months of the event and a traveling health certificate dated within 30 days of the event. For full information, please go to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. Coggins are required for all equus on site regardless of permanent or temporary residency of equus

    Friendly, leash in-hand or securely tethered and supervised dogs with identification tags are welcome on site and inside buildings. However, by request, dogs unfamiliar with horses are discouraged because one sniff, bark, or lunge can result in a spooked horse. Please keep dogs far away from cart horses. Riders and carts will be allowed to patrol the premises on roadways and they have the right of way. Dogs may be temporarily contained in open horse stalls- one hour max, post your contact information, water must be provided, clean up your messes, excessive barkers will asked to leave the barn.

    If you are bringing children, please be extra diligent with your supervision as there will be many horses and other hazards onsite.

    If you are bringing children of whom you are not the legal guardian, then there are two forms you will need to bring for each child. Both need to be signed by the child's parent or legal guardian. ONE MUST BE NOTARIZED per Indiana law. This one needs the notarization, and will be kept with the child at all times. This one is the usual Minor Waiver. PLEASE have both forms filled out and signed/notarized where appropriate for each child you will be bringing that you are not the parent or legal guardian of. This requirement is out of our control and the children affected will not be allowed to attend if they are not completed properly before arrival. Thank you.

Event Staff

Event Steward
Fergus MacPherson
Phone: 260-466-9462
Email: baronfergusmacpherson AT gmail DOT com

Archery MiC TBD
Armored MiC Lord Gavin Hawkerton
Equestrian MiC Lancer Gwendolyn of Shadowed Stars e-mail: jmahocker AT gmail DOT com
Rapier MiC Cap'n Mael Duin mac Gilla Ennae
Class Coordinator Lady Aveline de Ceresbroc e-mail:harpyandhag AT gmail DOT com
Feast Steward Mistress Maggie MacKeith e-mail: maggiemackeith AT gmail DOT com and The Honorable Lady Solveig Sigulfsdottir e-mail: Solveig.sigulfsdottir AT gmail DOT com (please email dietary restrictions to Solveig by 8/17)
Merchant coordinator Lady Leandra Corzi
Thrown Weapons MiC Lady Prudence of Colleah e-mail: prudencesbetter AT outlook DOT com
Royalty Liason Lady Zilia degli Giudici


Equestrian Activities

EqMic Lancer Gwendolyn of Shadowed Stars
Please be sure to check out the health requirements above.

Equestrians must register their horses prior to arriving on site. Please submit this registration form to jmahocker AT gmail DOT com . (No money required.)

3-5pm Open Riding - Main Arena
3-5pm Class(es) - TBD
5-7pm Authorizations - Main Arena (8 riders max.)
7-9pm Peaceful Challenge (no weapons) Much more like trail class but with a plot. - Main Arena

9-11am Challenge Course (for saddle and cart horse) - Main Arena
10am-12pm Princely Riding (or cart performance) - Warm Up Arena
9am-12pm(class or round table opportunity) - TBD
12-1pm Lunch Break (class or round table opportunity)
1-2:30pm Chariot Archery - Main Arena Non-equestrians may participate! Bring your bow and arrows.
1:30-3pm Mounted Archery - Main Arena Bring your bow and arrows. Equipment inspections required.
3-3:30pm Cavalcade (assembly) - Start @ Wash Racks
3:30pm-4:30pm Cavalcade Grand Entry - End @ Main Arena
5-6pm Mounted Combat - Main Arena
6-7pm Dinner Break
7-9pm Relay Races - Main Arena

8-9 am Authorizations – Warm Up Arena 4-6 riders max, firm stop at 9:00.
9-10am Foam Joust Arena Prep - Main Arena Ground crew needed to assemble the field. Jousters get inspected.
10am-12pm Foam Joust
12-1pm Lunch Break (class or round table opportunity)
1-3pm Head to Head - Main Arena Race an opponent: heads, rings, reeds, javelin, and more. Walk, trot and canter division.
2-3:30pm Driving Challenge - Grassy area
3-5pm Tippet Tag - Main Arena
5-6pm Baronial Court - Main Building
6-7pm Dinner Break
7-9pm Daiku - Main Arena Japanese Polocrosse. Use a racquet (net on a long pole) to get your team's balls in the target.

9-10am Driving Challenge #2 - Grassy Area
9-11am Challenge Course (Baronial Champion Competition also) – Main Arena
10am-12pm Buzkashi
12-1pm Lunch Break (class or round table opportunity)
12-1pm Wood Joust Arena Prep - Main Arena
1-4pm Wood Joust - Main Arena
5-6:30pm Royal Court - Gazebo or Main Building
6:30-7:30 Dinner Break
7:30-9pm Mounted Archery - Main Arena

These classes run back to back. Time is estimated. 9-9:20am Palfrey Pleasure Riding - Main Arena
9:20-9:40am Palfrey Pleasure Driving - Main Arena
9:40-10am Faux Hawk Ride - Main Arena
10-10:20am Sir Simon Commands (Simon Says/Command Class) - Main Arena

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Armored Combat

MIC Lord Gavin Hawkerton

3-8 pm Open List for inspections, authorizations, pick-ups

9am: Open list
11:00am: Morning Tourney
12-1:30pm:lunch break
1:30pm: Afternoon Tourney
3:00pm: Afternoon Melee
4:30 List Closes for Court

9am: Open list
11am: Morning Tourney
12-1pm: lunch break
1:30pm: Afternoon Tourney
3pm: Afternoon Melee
4:30 List Closes for Court
Note: Type of tourney subject to attendance and weather conditions

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Rapier Combat

MIC Cap'n Mael Duin mac Gilla Ennae

Celebrating The Day of The Dragon 9am List Opens for Inspections and Authorizations
10:30am Tourney One
Noon Lunch Break
1pm Tourney Two
3pm Open/Teaching List
4pm List Activities Suspended
8pm Twilight Tourney

9am List Opens for Inspections and Authorizations
10:30am Tourney One
Noon Lunch Break 1pm Tourney Two
3pm Open/Teaching List
4pm List Closes

This year, the fencers who are present will get to vote on which of the possible tourneys are run. There are differences for number of participants. I will run the same tourney two consecutive days if you all decide that's what you want to happen.
Tourney Options:

Small Pool Tourneys:
Swiss Five Tourney -- Round Robin Tourney, using the following styles: Single, Dagger, Non-Rigid Parry, Rigid Parry, Case. Best of three passes, Dead is Dead, styles do not need to match. Authorized Two-Handed fencers can substitute that for ONE of the styles (fencer's choice.)

Boast Tourney -- Challenge Tourney. Fencers will recieve a small amount of coins (which must be returned to the marshal after the tourney) to offer as backing their boast. They can challenge any opponent by issuing a boast to their intended opponent along with a wager. The challenged fencer can respond with either "nuh-uh" or their own boast, along with a wager. The fencer who succeeds in pulling off their boast wins the wagered coins from their opponent. At the end of the tourney, the fencer with the most coins wins.

Duelist's Tourney -- Challenge Tourney, opponents decide on either first blood or decicisive victory and fight a single pass. Awarded One point for victory.

You Bet Your Fight -- Challenge Tourney. Fencers will recieve a small amount of coins (which must be returned to the marshal after the tourney) to wager on fight outcomes; either their own or the fencers currently on the list. Winner is the one with the most coins at the end of the tourney.

Large Pool Tourneys:

Double Elimination Tourney -- Challenge Touney. One loss sends you to the lower pool, a loss there drops you from the tourney while a win sends you back to the upper pool. A second loss there eliminates you. Dead is dead will be in effect during this tourney.

Duelist's Tourney -- Challenge Tourney, Pool size determined by number of participants. Opponents decide on either first blood or decicisive victory and fight a single pass. One point for a victory. Top fencers in each pool will chose a second from their pool, who will negotiate the terms of their duel. Once done, the duel will commence to determine the winner.

Save the Dragon Melee -- One team has the job of protecting a Baby Dragon from the attackers. The Dragon can be passed between fencers who are carrying only one weapon. Secondaries cannot be held while in possession of the Dragon. The Dragon can be passed as a final act upon death, but it can also be stolen by an opposing team member (who only has a single blade) at that time as well. Loss of the Dragon ends the melee. Successfully getting the Dragon from the start point to the end point also ends the melee. The teams will switch sides and the melee starts again.

Herald the Safety Bear Melee -- Rules and Victory Conditions will be revealed just before the Melee begins. Any unsafe action that causes a Hold to be called will result in the fencer responsible to be placed in a "time-out" for progressively longer times.

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Thrown Weapons

There will be a couple of tourney options run as participants are willing.

9am range opens
12-1pm range closed for lunch
1-2pm Baronial Championship
3pm-5pm open throw

9am range opens
12-1pm range closed for lunch
1pm range
3pm-5pm open throw
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10am range opens/inspections and open shoot
12pm lunch break
1-2:30pm chariot archery
3:30pm Fall shoot
10am range opens/inspections and open shoot
11am King’s shoot
12pm lunch
2pm royal rounds
4pm Ichabod shoot
10am range opens/inspections and open shoot
11am Kong’s shoot
12pm lunch
2pm Constellation Tournament
4pm mounted glancing tournamen

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10am-12pm - Desensitization (Arena) by Lady Sofia Crivelli and Lancer Kiltigern MacClibarn


9-10am - Horses 101 (Outside - Area A)by Lancer Kiltigern MacClibarn
10-11am - Horses 102 (Outside - Area A) by Lancer Kiltigern MacClibarn
10am-1pm - Smithing 101: Making a Ladle (Outside - Area B) by Lord Gwydion Glyndwr
10am-5pm - Dye Workshop (Outside - Area C) with Lady Aoife inghean Eoghain
10am-5pm - Research Library (Main Building) with Baroness Halldora Egilsdottir
11am-12pm - Horse and Rider Communication (Arena) by Lancer Kiltigern MacClibarn
12-1pm - Line Driving Your Chariot Horse (Arena) - by Lady Kathleen Redrider
1-2pm - Heraldry 101 (Main Building) by Lady Muirenn ingen Faelchon ui Clerigh
2-3pm - Intoduction to Parrots and Other Period Companion Animals (Main Building) by Lady Orsina della Luna
2-5pm - Smithing 101: Making a Ladle (Outside - Area B) by Lord Gwydion Glyndwr
3-4pm - Introduction to Kumihimo (Main Building) by Lady Zilia del Giudice


10am-5pm - Dye Workshop (Outside - Area C) with Lady Aoife inghean Eoghain
10am-5pm - Research Library (Main Building) with Baroness Halldora Egilsdottir
11am-12pm - How to Build a Persona Profile (Main Building) by Lady Muirenn ingen Faelchon ui Clerigh
12-1pm - Ministry of Arts and Sciences (Main Building) by Máistreacht Una Wynifreed Berry, Kingdom MOAS
12-1pm - Clicker Training (Arena) by Lady Robyn Wilderkyn
1-3pm - Social Media in the SCA (Main Building) by Lady Sarah Ketillswif, Kingdom Deputy Seneschal of Social Media
3pm-4pm - Introduction to Roundels (Main Buildling) by Meistarra Thorhalla Carlsdottir af Broberg

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Other Fun stuff!


Thursday Black Bean Soup (vegan)
Chicken and Rice Soup
Tea or Lemonade
Donations Welcome!

Friday Breakfast: muffins, pastries, boiled eggs, yogurt, fruit and granola Coffee, tea, cocoa, milk

Bagged Lunch: Hot dogs or PB&J (V)
Carrots and celery
Tea or lemonade

Dinner: Angel hair pasta (GF available, if requested), Red Sauce (V), Meat sauce, alfredo sauce (V)
Salad (V, GF)
Garlic bread (V)
Lemon Ice
Tea or lemonade

Breakfast: Breakfast casseroles (vegetarian option available)
Toast and Jam
Coffee, tea, cocoa, milk

Bagged Lunch: Ham or turkey sandwiches
Veggies and hummus (V)
Apples and grapes
Cheese cubes
Tea or lemonade

A Wedding Feast for Sofia and Wolfgang:
On the table
Bread-white and pumpernickel (V) *
Butter (V) (GF)
Cheese-plain and herbed (V) (GF)
Green olives (V) (GF)
A salad of roasted onions (V) (GF)
Green leafy salad with a vinaigrette dressing (V) (GF)
Stuffed eggs (GF)

An Italian course
Roasted chicken (GF)
Pomegranate and lemon sauce (V) (GF)
Roman style macaroni (V)
A dish of rice with oil and saffron (V) (GF)
Mushrooms with herbs (V) (GF)
Peas fried in butter (V) (GF)

A German course
Spiced pork (GF)
A sauce of tart cherries (V) (GF)
Sausages (GF)
Mustards (V) (GF)
Fried root vegetables (V) (GF)
Cucumber salad (V) (GF)
Pickled vegetables (V) (GF)
A Sweet Ending
Chocolate cake (V) (GF)
Rice tart (V) *
Pears cooked in wine (V) (GF)
Spice cake (V)
Candied fennel (V)
*Gluten Free available

Below the Salt Seating menu:
Bread and butter
Tea or lemonade

Breakfast: Pancakes, bacon, scrambled eggs
Coffee, tea, cocoa, milk

Bagged Lunch: wraps: salami and pepperoni or roast beef
Veggie wrap (V)
String cheese
Tea or lemonade

Dinner with Their Highnesses, following Court:
Jaeger Schnitzel with Mushroom sauce
Spätzle in vegetable broth (V)
Green Beans (V)
Roasted Potatoes (V)
Apple Cake
Tea or Lemonade

Meal Plans
Food Plan: $50 for Friday morning-Sunday evening+ light breakfast Monday (save $22 for the weekend!!)
Ala Carte Prices: $6 Breakfast (Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon) and Lunch (Fri, Sat, Sun), $12 Dinner (Fri, Sat, Sun) Saturday below-the-salt seating: $8

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in no particular order:
White Hart Traders

Hammer, Forge, and File.
Period pottery, pewter-ware, jewelry, sometimes hand-forged weapons.

Trader Supply Company
Hand made soaps

Shadowed Stars Gold key Garage Sale
Miscellaneous supplies that have been donated to the group, which have overstocked us, and will allow us to raise funds for future supplies.

Sparks of Inspiration
Historically inspired jewelry and hairstyles

St. Teleri's Relics
LOTS of fabric, $1, $2, or $5 a yard - no cuts, garb, a set of armor w/helm and extra pieces, and assorted patterns.

Cheeky Monkey.
Quartz crystal, pieces, points, tips, forests, jewelry points. Several other types of semi precious minerals. We also have jewelry, feast gear, books, and various sundry to tempt the coin.
Cheeky monkey will be outside.

Are you interested in merchanting at our weekend-long fall event in Bluffton, Indiana?

All merchants at our event have:
- No booth or table fee
- Spacious indoor location
- Electricity provided -
Please contact our Merchant Co-ordinator listed above with staff.

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