War Information

FAQ 1.0 – Highlands War: Buccaneers and Brigands


Is pre-reg required?
No, but it is appreciated.

Are you doing land allocation or land grab?
A bit of both. Space is restricted. So we are allocating land for larger groups or households. Once these “large rocks” are placed, the smaller groups and individuals will fill in around as they arrive.

How do I check in with dry RV?
We have limited space for RV’s, so you should have already worked with Tina Batt to pre-register your RV. Once you get on site report to gate for check-in and instructions. Call Tina with questions: 602-446-8783.

Are there any restrictions/site rules?
– No glass beer/soda/mead bottles. Drinks sold in glass contains can be brought to the site, but do not carry them around. Please transfer these drinks to non-glass mugs, cups, horns, etc. for drinking and carefully dispose of all glass trash.
– Fire pits and grills must be propane/gas. No wood or charcoal.
– No other open fires of any sort are permitted (no candles, no tiki torches, etc.)
– No fire, even propane, is allowed directly under any of the trees. Please layout your camp accordingly.

Does the Payson Event Center and Rodeo Grounds have amenities?
On site will be potable water that can be hauled to camps. Grey water (from camps, not RV’s) can be dumped in culverts and ditches. We are minutes from numerous stores, restaurants and hotels.

What else should I know?
We would recommend rugs and ground cloths to keep dust town and plan your camp around shade. There are some areas with trees that can accommodate smaller groups. In some of those areas the ground slopes, so something to level your tables and cots is suggested.

Are pets allowed onsite?
Absolutely. Pets on leash at all times. Gila County requires must be rabies vaccinated.


Will there be melees?
Duh. Why do you think we’re doing this? Friday will be broken field/woods for hardsuit while rapier scenarios will be run in the castle/ships on the main battlefield. Saturday we will swap fields.

Will combat archery be allowed?
With some limitations. For safety reason, we will have designed fields of fire (i.e. on the main field you can only fire north and west).

Will there be a hardsuit tournament?
On Saturday after melees we will be holding a mixed weapons bearpit that will function as both Highlands War Tourney AND Warlords. The four rounds will be sword & shield, two weapon style, bastard sword, and finally great weapons (greatsword, glaive or greataxe). Bring weapons and gauntlets.

Will there be a rapier tournament?
On Friday after melees, we will be holding the Slipper Dick Todd Rapier Wit Competition. Where your repartee and insults will count as highly as your technique with your weapons.

Will there be bardic?
Hoo boy will there be! Friday night at 8pm will be two bardic competitions back to back.

The first round will be any theme vocal, musical piece or vocal tale as an entry into the Bard of the Sun Competition.

We will then move straight into the event Bardic – a bardic piece based on a seafaring theme. For this round, pieces should be no longer than 5 minutes including introduction. A performance other than vocal must be approved by the bardic judges prior to competition and can include (but not limited to): dance performance; instrumental music without vocal accompaniment; interpretive dance or sign language performances; tumbling; juggling and puppetry. Please see Mistress Magdalen on site no later than 7:45pm to sign up to enter.

Will there be target archery?
So much the archery.

– Thursday open range time.
– Friday will feature the Gil Gareth Greywolf Memorial Prize Shoot, a challenge shoot AND a night shoot.
– Saturday a youth shoot and the War Tournament.

What about the arts? And also the sciences?
There will be an A&S Showcase with special appreciation for re-creation of shipwrecked artifacts or seafaring theme.

And what if I really want to be in a cooking competition?
You’re in luck – Team Cooking competition runs on Saturday.

Will there be youth activities?
Yes! There will be youth activities, a youth bardic and a youth competition (which is a secret until you get there!!). Since there are currently no authorized Youth Marshalls, we are asking all youth interested in combat, those who already have their equipment, and interested parents to gather for a “Youth Combat Relaunch.”

Who to I go to for further questions?
If any questions please contact me at ara_boven@yahoo.com.

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