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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:09 am 
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March 9th and 10th

Day one of Dragon Master: Bright Forge (Plano, TX)
Day two of Dragon Master: King’s Point (Hurst, TX)

Plan to bring ways to keep your entries heated or cooled and non-plug-in electronics.

ENTRY ELIGIBILITY
• YOU MUST HAVE A WRITE-UP OF EACH ENTRY. The write up must include how many cultural awards you have received in the past; an approximate time to finish the entry; materials used; short summary of the process used to create; and you may include any notes about the item you feel may enhance it. Special situations MAY be reviewed.

• Deadline to register is 12:30 pm. Regular registration and item Card turn-ins will be from 11:30AM to 12:30PM on each day. You must have all your items registered and entry write-ups turned in by 12:30PM in order to be judged that day. Judging will begin at 12:31pm.

• No items that have been given awards or have been entered in a previous Dragon Master may be entered.

• Vintners is not an available entry group as the sites are public parks.

• Limit of 3 entries per category. Only your best two entries in any given category will count towards your "overall" score.

• Cooking Entries – Bring all necessary serving utensils including plates and/or bowls.

• Written Entries – All entries, except publications, must be 5 pages or less. You must bring 5 copies of all written entries except publications, publications only require one copy.

• Bardic Entries – Please be considerate with the usage of your time.

SCORING SYSTEM
We will be using the more traditional 0-5 point scale. The Judges will be instructed that an absolutely average item should receive a score or 2.5. I will average the scores from the judges, and then subtract 3.5 from the final score. Any score that is less than zero at this point will be thrown out. We will then add up all of the scores from your entries. The largest total score will be the winner.

CATEGORIES

Cooking
Due to the delicate nature of cooking entries, this category will be judged first. Entries will be judged on taste, texture, appetizing presentation and difficulty. There will be 5 judges and entrants will need to provide enough of each entry for all of them to taste. Be prepared to have a way to maintain your own dish until it can be judged (hot/cold). Bring plates, cups and utensils if they will be needed to judge your entry.
• Appetizer: A dish intended to be served as an appetizer.
• Main: Course: A dish intended to be served as a main course.
• Dessert: A dish intended to be served as a dessert.
• Other: A dish or drink that does not fit into any other category.

Writing
Entries will be judged, where applicable, on form, content, grammar, spelling and usefulness to the body of Amtgard knowledge. With the exception of publications, please try to limit these entries to 5 pages or less.
• Factual: Writing that presents factual information such as a process, event or research of some kind. Examples would be weaponsmithing instructions, a recounting of an Amtgard event or a history of the Mongols. When presenting researched information, it is a good idea to cite references and give credit.
• Fictional: Writing that is not intended to be factual such as persona histories and stories.
• Poetry: Poetic verse.
• Publications: Published works such as newsletters, books, collections of articles, etc. These entries are judged on the editorial content only, such as presentation, suitability of the collection, format, etc. It is not necessary that the entrant have written every article. However, articles should never be published without the author's consent and credit should be given. Any work not done by the entrant should be noted.

Bardic
Entries will be judged on difficulty and entertainment value.
• Singing: A vocal presentation with some expectation of rhythm and pitch.
• Oratory: A vocal presentation with no expectation of rhythm or pitch; i.e. Storytelling, jokes and theatrical pieces.
• Instrumental: A musical presentation performed on an instrument with some expectation of rhythm and pitch.
• Dance: A presentation of bodily movement with some expectation of rhythm.

Art
Entries will be judged on artistic presentation and the difficulty of the medium.
• 2-D Art: Art intended to be viewed from only one side such as drawings, paintings, stained glass, relief carving, computer graphics, etc.
• 3-D Art: Art intended to be viewed from at least 3 sides such as sculptures, painted miniatures, stuffed animals, blown glass, etc.
People often enter things into this category that would do better in Passive Construction. 3-D art is judged primarily on artistic presentation; Passive Construction is judged primarily on construction. A stained glass box would go into either 3-D Art of Passive Construction depending on what the entrant wanted to focus.
• Photography: Art created by taking a picture. Digital images that are mostly photographic would also fit into this category.

Garb
Entries will be judged on durability, attractiveness, design and difficulty.
• Fighting: A major item of garb intended to be worn in battle such as tunics, pants, tabards, shirts, etc.
• Court: A major item of garb not intended to be worn in battle such as dresses, doublets, cloaks, etc.
• Monster: A major item of garb that would qualify as garb for a monster in the Amtgard Rulebook.
• Favor: A garb accessory intended to be worn on one's belt.
• Jewelry: A garb accessory intended to be worn as jewelry such as crowns, coronets, necklaces, bracelets, rings, etc.
• Accessory: A minor item of garb such as hats, belts, shoes, bracers, etc. that would not fit into another category.

Construction
Entries are judged on construction, presentation, difficulty and application to proposed function.
• Passive: Something not intended to go onto the battlefield such as boxes, steel weapons, decorative wooden weapons, stuffed animals, etc. This is a category for constructed items that would not fit into another category.
• Active: Something intended to be used on the battlefield such as ballistae, bows, fighting wands or throwing mugs. This is a generic category for things that would not fit into armor, weapon, or shield construction yet are still intended for rough battlefield use.
• Armor: Something that would qualify as armor by the rulebook standards in Amtgard such as padded armor, chainmail, brigantine, greaves, thigh plates, helmets (although they would not actually count as armor), etc.
• Weapon: Something that would qualify as a weapon by the rulebook standards in Amtgard such as sword, spear, arrows, rocks, throwing daggers, madus, etc.
• Shield: Something that would qualify as a shield by rulebook standards in Amtgard.
• Banner: Something intended to be used as a banner and judged on construction and appearance.

Rose
Anything made for the benefit of the club intended to be donated to the club. These are scored on their construction and design as well as their contribution to Amtgard.

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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 9:53 am 
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Respectfully, would you reconsider allowing vintners? I really had my heart set on entering one and can easily wax seal individual containers for judges to take home Saturday.


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 Post Posted: Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:23 pm 
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What is the maximum number of categories and total entries?


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 Post Posted: Tue Jan 29, 2013 3:57 am 
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Aylin wrote:
Respectfully, would you reconsider allowing vintners? I really had my heart set on entering one and can easily wax seal individual containers for judges to take home Saturday.


I'll allow it into the cooking: other category. Make sure that any alcoholic beverages are individually packages and sealed (such as wax) so that the judges may take them home. You may request that the containers be returned... but I will not provide a guarantee that you will get the container back (aka please don't find the super fancy family heirloom to put your drink in and then get mad if one of the judges drops it on the way to the parking lot. They will be judging the drink, not the bottle)

Darkangel wrote:
What is the maximum number of categories and total entries?

I'm not placing a maximum or a minimum on total entries or number of categories. Well, three entries per category (appetizer, main, desert, and cooking:other are separate categories. if you do not agree with this assessment let me know and I'll make sure to only count your top 2 cooking entries rather than the top two of each category).
On that note though, if you are going to enter a large number of items... make sure it is high quality items. You will only be accumulating points toward winning the competition by scoring above a 3.5 and I will be reminding the judges at the beginning of each day that the average of 0 & 5 is 2.5 not 3.

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 Post Posted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:33 pm 
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For the writing categories, how Amtgard-specific do the entries need to be?


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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 3:09 pm 
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ETA for scores?


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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 4:39 pm 
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Aylin_Karyn wrote:
ETA for scores?


Before the end of the week, I want to get the comments typed up to go to the entrants at the same time as the scores.

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 Post Posted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 8:00 pm 
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Thanks so much. :)


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 Post Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:18 pm 
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Hm, the weekend is almost here. I can only hope it will be soon...


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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:34 am 
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Darkangel wrote:
Hm, the weekend is almost here. I can only hope it will be soon...


Yes, the weekend will be soon. Generally gets here pretty quick once Friday arrives.

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 Post Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:30 am 
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I don't know. It doesn't seem quick....


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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:09 pm 
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Seems quick when you are on the math side of things Dark Angel.


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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 2:30 pm 
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What was the Sunday turnout like, anyway?


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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:37 pm 
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Thanks to the judges for all their work and to Dark Tigger for his. I know it is not always easy finding time for volunteer stuff with busy mundane lives.


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 Post Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 6:50 pm 
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Dailyn wrote:
Seems quick when you are on the math side of things Dark Angel.


That would surprise me, but I'll take you at your word. ;)


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