Dagor Dagorath X

December 29th 2022 starting at 1pm – January 1st 2022 ending at 4pm
3803 County Road 131, Wharton, TX 77488-8522, United States

The battle to end all battles, Dagor Dagorath is our yearly main event.
Taking place over new years weekend, it is a celebrations of all things medieval fantasy LARP.
In order to receive an invitation to attend you must have either attended one of our Sunday Battles at Baldwin Park yourself or have one our our other guests include you in their invitation. This is a family friendly game open to all ages.

Pre-registration closes on December 23rd and all prices increase by 10$ after that date!

Registration Fees:
(The following fees apply if paid before December 23rd)
Pre-Registered Full Participant – 25$
Pre-Registered Townsfolk only Participant – 10$ (This option is for NPCs who have been approved by Merce)
Pre-Registered Child Participant UNDER 16 years old – Free
Pre-Registered Child Spectator UNDER 16 years old – Free
Pre-Registered Spectator who is camping – 5$
Pre-Registered Spectator who is NOT camping – Free
Event Staff – Y’all pay a lot more than anyone else attending and we don’t know why you do it.
(The following fees apply after December 23rd)
Full Participant – 35$
Townsfolk only Participant – 20$ (This option is for NPCs who have been approved by Merce)
Child Participant UNDER 16 years old – 10$
Child Spectator UNDER 16 years old – Free
Spectator who is camping – 15$
Spectator who is NOT camping – Free

Optional Fees:
Optional Fees: These are all completely optional and you can order more than one.
Please indicate in your payment which fees you are paying for and how many of each.
5$ – Firewood bundle (Roughly 6-8 pieces depending on size or approximately 1 cubic
foot.)
5$ – Trash hauled for you (Up to two 50 gallon bags.)
5$ – Lunch and Dinner for one day for one person (Please specify if choosing Friday or Saturday or pay 10$ for both. If paying for multiple people please include their names and which meals the payment should cover. The dinner on Thursday is complimentary for those who are able to arrive early and help out on Set Up Day.)
Menu:
Thursday Dinner – Fried Chicken Drumsticks and French Fries
Friday Lunch – Spaghetti
Friday Dinner – Potato Soup
Saturday Lunch – Sandwiches with Chips
Saturday Dinner – Vegetable and Beef Stew

Payment can be made in person at the December Sunday Battle Gathering or online through the following methods:
(If paying online please attach a note with the name of each participant included in your payment and specify any additional fees you are paying for.)
Paypal: https://paypal.me/dagorath?country.x=US&locale.x=en_US
Zelle: 361-877-3012
Venmo: @Merce-Bear (Last 4 numbers of phone number are 2023)
Cash App: $MerceBear

You must complete the online Registration form, pay the appropriate registration fee, read the mandatory reading linked below, and sign the Liability Waiver in order to attend. A valid state ID is required to be presented at the time of signing the waiver and if signing your waiver online you must email a picture of your state ID to merce@dagorath.org to complete your registration process. The Liability Waiver can also be completed in person at the December Sunday Battle Gathering. Please be sure to bring your state ID with you if completing the paperwork in person. The notarization portion of the Liability Waiver is only required for guests under 18 years old and must be done in person with Merce Bear who is a notary. Please email merce@dagorath.org to schedule having these forms notarized for any attendees below the age of 18. 

Registration Form: Dagor Dagorath X

Liability Waiver: E-Sign Version or Printable PDF Version

Mandatory Reading for All Attendees
How to Attend

Mandatory Reading for All Participants
How to Play
Magic Items

Schedule

Thursday: (Set Up Only Day) 
1:00pm- Gates Open 
6:00pm- Thursday’s Dinner of Fried Chicken Drumsticks and French Fries is free for anyone who is able to come to Set Up Day and help out. 
10:00pm- Gates Close (If arriving after this time you need to email merce@dagorath.org to schedule an arrival plan prior to December 28th

Friday: (Game Day One) 
8:00am- Gates Open 
10:00am- Weapons and Props Check Open. Anyone unable to get their weapons checked during this time will have to either borrow gear that was passed or use loaner gear.
10:30am- Rules Overview: A quick overview of what to look out for this year in particular. I will not be going over all of the rules so players are encouraged to read all the game rules themselves.  
11:00am- Archery Tournament 
11:30am- Fortress Layout check. All teams must have their base completely set up by this time for final approval.   
12:00pm- Lunch  
1:00pm- Game Go  
7:00pm- Dinner  
8:00pm- Music and Board Games in the Tavern. 
10:00pm- Gates Close (If arriving after this time you need to email merce@dagorath.org to schedule an arrival plan prior to December 28th. If arriving after the rules overview at 10:30am you will only be allowed to spectate this day.) 

Saturday: (Game Day Two) 
8:00am- Gates Open 
10:00-10:30am- Weapons and Props Check Open. Anyone unable to get their weapons checked during this time or during one of the prior checks will have to either borrow gear that was passed or use loaner gear.  
11:00am- Rules Overview: A quick overview of what to look out for this year in particular. I will not be going over all of the rules so players are encouraged to read all the game rules themselves.  
12:00pm- Lunch  
1:00pm- Game Go  
5:30pm- Battle for the Silmarils  
7:00pm- Dinner  
8:00pm- Bardic Competition: Play an instrument, Sing a song, Tell a story, Perform a trick, Do a dance, or all of the above. Prizes include a bottle of mead and a medal.  
9:00pm- Feasts of Strength Competitions: Joust, Tug of War, Wrestling, Dizzy Javelin Toss, and Arm Wrestling. Each winner gets a medal.  
10:00pm- Gates Close (If arriving after this time you need to email merce@dagorath.org to schedule an arrival plan prior to December 28th. If arriving after the rules overview at 11am you will only be allowed to spectate this day.)

Sunday: (Clean Up Day) 
All camps must be checked out by 4pm. 

FAQ

What is Dagor Dagorath?
An invitation only camping event for the members of Dagorath LARP.

How do I get an invitation?
You must either come to a Sunday Battle and receive an invitation from Merce Bear or come as the guest of someone with an invitation who is in good standing with our community. Players should only extend invitations to guests they would trust to respect our community and help us promote a fun & safe environment. Disruptive behavior will result in immediate dismissal from the grounds. Any misbehavior of guests attending under your invitation could result in having your invitation revoked for future events.

What is required to attend?
You must have your own costume and props if you intend to play. Spectators are welcome but only allowed in certain areas if they are not in costume.

How do I register to attend?
You must complete the online Registration form, pay the appropriate registration fee, read the mandatory reading linked above, and sign the Liability Waiver in order to attend. A valid state ID is required to be presented at the time of signing the waiver and if signing your waiver online you must email a picture of your state ID to merce@dagorath.org to complete your registration process. The Liability Waiver can also be completed in person at the December Sunday Battle Gathering. Please be sure to bring your state ID with you if completing the paperwork in person. The notarization portion of the Liability Waiver is only required for guests under 18 years old and must be done in person with Merce Bear who is a notary. Please email merce@dagorath.org to schedule having these forms notarized for any attendees below the age of 18. 

Can minors come? Can they play?
Yes. This event is open to all ages. Minors must be accompanied by a guardian over the age of 18 at all times. Children are also allowed to play so long as a guardian is playing with them and they are able to understand & follow the rules of the game. Since we allow children to play, all players are required to exercise restraint during combat and strike with the appropriate amount of force relative to the size and health of their opponent. If you are unable to or uncomfortable with judging what is appropriate force then Dagorath is not the game for you.

Is there food available? Is outside food allowed?
Yes, for an additional fee we have volunteers we have somehow convinced to prepare Lunch and Dinner on Friday and Saturday. It is 5$ for Lunch and Dinner for one day for one person, so 10$ total if you would like food for both Friday and Saturday. We provide a complimentary dinner on Thursday for those that are able to come to that early and help out on set up day. There is no food provided at all on Sunday. Please refer to this year’s schedule at the top of the page for the menu. You are also welcome to bring your own food.

What happens each day?
Thursday is set up only day. Gates open at 1pm and attendees are welcome to come and set up early as well. Friday morning we will have props and weapons safety check, Friday afternoon the game commences & we will play until dark, and Friday night we will have socializing in the tavern. Saturday morning we will have final props and weapons safety check, Saturday afternoon the game continues & we will play until dark when the game ends, and Saturday night we will have a few events in the tavern such as a bardic competition and a feats of strength competition. Sunday is clean up day and regular attendees must clear the property by 4pm.

Do I have to camp?
No. Several people drive back and forth each day or just make a day trip out on Saturday since that is the main game day. Many people choose to camp because we do have events after dark in the tavern and many enjoy socializing after battle. People are allowed to drink alcohol in the tavern area and camps so long as they can remain respectful to their fellow attendees. Though if you are going drink you must have a designated driver or plan on camping. If you choose to share any of your alcoholic drinks please be mindful about only sharing with those that are legally able to drink. All alcohol is BYOB.

What is the camping like?
Our event takes place in the back field of some very nice people who are crazy enough to let us set up a LARP in their large back yard. All buildings on the property are off limits to the attendees. The camping is very primitive, no electric or water hook ups, with Porta Potty Toilets. Please be courteous in respecting the event grounds and keep your campsite tidy. All campers should strive to leave the property how it was before the event took place. You cannot set up anything that would mark or otherwise damage any of the trees or other parts of the property. The entire event takes place outdoors and is not set up for anyone who cannot ambulate well in such an environment. Since the event takes place over New Years weekend please also expect it to be cold at night. The parking is also short walk away from the camping area, so please keep it in mind that you will have to carry your items onto the property. You must also be respectful to your fellow campers and if you plan on staying up late either remain quiet enough for others to sleep or keep the after dark socializing limited to the communal tavern area and make sure you are not loud enough to still be heard in the camping area. Camps are not communal areas. You must ask permission to enter a camp that you are not a part of. Camps are not well defined, but as a general rule of thumb when you are in speaking range of a tent or group of tents you should ask permission before proceeding. If no one is there to give permission then you may not enter.

Google Maps lied. How do I find the property?
Most of the time it marks the neighbor’s house. We will hang the Dagorath name sign at the turn for the driveway and the event grounds is all the way at the end of the driveway. A good indicator is that the fence turns to metal on each side when you are getting closer to the correct house.

Can I drive my vehicle onto the property?
No. All vehicles must remain in the designated parking area. Only certain vehicles will be allowed to drive onto the camping and gameplay areas while under the supervision of Merce Bear. Even if you see someone driving their vehicle onto the grounds that does not mean you can. There are unground septic and power lines in the area that can be damaged by vehicles so we are very strict on this policy.

Can we have a campfire?
There will be a large communal campfire in the tavern area of the event. Private fires in the camping area are allowed so long as they are contained in an above ground fire pit. Fallen branches found on the property are allowed to be collected as kindling but under no circumstances should anyone damage any of the trees or existing structures on the property. There is firewood for sale on the property at 5$ a bundle. Campers are also welcome to bring their own so long as it is locally sourced in order to protect the surrounding agricultural properties around the event.

Is there a First Aid Station?
There are two First Aid Stations. One in the tavern and one against the fence near the camping. Look for a white flag with a red cross posted above the stations. These stations include a first aid kit, fire extinguisher, and a fire blanket. In addition, there will be volunteer medics identifiable by the same white flag with a red cross displayed at their in-game shop or on their out of game sleeping tent. If you are in need of emergency assistance, including during the night, please feel free to approach these volunteers or any other member of the event staff, but please be considerate about relying on these resources only when necessary. We would prefer that if you need any materials from the First Aid Stations that you ask a volunteer to obtain it for you unless you cannot wait for assistance. If only taking something minor like a bandage then there is no need to wake a volunteer, but if a more significant item has been removed such as a fire blanket, then a volunteer needs to be informed as soon as possible so that we are prepared for the next potential emergency. It is also imperative that if you use the First Aid Station that you leave it in a tidy order so that items are quickly findable during an emergency.

How does trash work?
Since the event is out in rural Texas we have to haul all trash away so you either have to take your trash with you, or you can pay 5$ to have us do so for you.

I see a pretty horse on the property! Can I pet it?
NOOOOO! His name is Arthas, he is a rescue, he is loved, and he is crazy. He is still learning how to be a horse and he absolutely will bite you. If you see anyone interacting with him they would be the property owners or event staff, so go ahead and assume they also bite.

I don’t want to engage in physical combat, are there non-combatant ways to play?
Yes! Several people play each year without ever touching a weapon of any sort. You can join a team with other players and design your character with abilities that could help outside of combat. There are also volunteer non-player characters who roam around with mini-quests for the adventurers and there are others who have entire shops full of props that are interactable. All non-player characters provide their own props, though they may be given additional items by the game master to help the players in their quests.

Teams? What are those? Do I need to pick a team?
There are two types of teams. Player character teams lead by a Champion and the non-player character team Clan Malice lead by Burguul Drok. The player character teams are the ones earning points and competing in the event. You can be your own team of one and therefore your own champion, or you can band together with others to form a larger team. Clan Malice is the main group of antagonists who spend the event trying to prevent the other players from earning points and players are welcomed to join this team from the start if they don’t care about winning. Every year there are a few champion teams that are led by players who have been approved for special resources and sponsorship by the Game Masters due to their dedication to the game. These champions are required to show up early on Thursday and spend the year between events recruiting players for their team. You can also change teams during the event and often people will show up to the event and choose their team by where their roleplay takes them. When you pick a team or switch to a new one you should inform the Game Master so that your points are recorded appropriately.

How do I win the event?
The main game is designed around what we call the champions system. Each activity, such as buying things at the shops or solving shrines, during the event accumulates points for your team and the team with the most points at the end of game on Saturday wins. Each champion has unlimited revivals on Friday and only 3 revivals on Saturday. Once the champion is incapacitated a fourth time that team can no longer earn points. The champion will join Clan Malice as an undead and spend the rest of the event trying to disrupt the other players during their adventures. The remaining players from the fallen team can form a new team, join another, or follow their champion and become undead. The points accumulated by a team remain even after final death of the champion so they can still win so long as no other team surpasses the amount of points they earned before dying. Any players who formed a new team after their champion has fallen will be starting at zero points under a new team name.