minstrel: Mid-Realm Bardic Madness Challenges

Cerian Cantwr cerian at minstrel.com
Fri Sep 26 12:04:44 PDT 2008

Mid-Realm Bardic Madness X - The Road Taken

Greetings and welcome are bid to all Bards, Troubadors, Trouveres,
Minstrels, Minnesingers, Jongleurs, Singers, Storytellers, Poets,
Scops, Skalds, Fillids, Olaves, Griots, Wordsmiths, and Friends of
these arts. Also Musicians, Dancers, Jugglers, Magicians, and Players
as well.

This year's Bardic Madness will take place on November 22nd, 2008.
Our hosts will be the Shire of Grey Gargoyles (Chicago, IL). Many
thanks go to all of them for their hospitality in helping the bardic
community out this year. Our theme will be all about journeys - roads
both taken and not.

The purpose of today's challenges is to encourage the participants'
creativity and artistic growth.  They are not meant to be
competitions - everyone who takes part can consider themselves a

Your response to the various challenges may be in many different
forms. Song or story are the most obvious choices; however juggling,
magic, instrumental, or dance can also express an idea or tell a
tale.  All of these could be used to answer a given challenge (though
perhaps not all at the same time :-).  Our desire here is to be
inclusive rather than exclusive.  If you have something to share that
doesn't quite fit or that stretches the definitions a little, then
fire away.

It is our wish to create a "bardic safe zone" - a friendly place
where you may feel free to experiment and try new things.  If you've
never performed before, now's your chance.  You'll be hard pressed to
find a friendlier and more supportive audience.  We would be
delighted to see lots of first time performers.

Please remember, in order to make sure as many gentles get a chance
to perform as possible, we ask that you limit your performances so
that they run less than five minutes.

For more event information, see the website at
http://tilted-windmill.com/bms10/  Additional information will be
posted there as it becomes available.

For questions about the days challenges or participating in the concert
please contact the provost:
    Cerian Cantwr
    cerian at minstrel.com

For questions about teaching a class or serving as a patron, please
contact the assistant provost:
    Lucia Elena Braganza
    kcoutinho at att.net

For questions about the site and logistics, please contact the
    Etienne le Couteau des Roches
    spdesroches at att.net

The Challenges

Fyt the First:

Pass the Tale:
All those who wish to participate get up together, and tell a tale
from beginning to end.  The challenge's patron will 'conduct' by
pointing to the person whose turn it is to continue the tale, and
deciding when it is time to end.

Teaching Ballads:
Songs have long served as  an excellent mnemonic device.  They have been
used to teach things like multiplication tables, parts of speech, and
the preamble to the Constitution.  Borrow a page from Schoolhouse Rock,
and teach us something.

Prior Proper Preparation:
Some say a journey begins with a single step.  True enough - however,
that step is usually preceded by a flurry of packing, planning, and
remembering to turn off the gas. Tell us of all the adventures that
occurred on a journey prior to that first step.

2nd fyt:

Stir Fry:
Given a list of words, do something artistic with them.

It is thought that storytelling pre-dates language.  Here is one such
example.  The pictographs at
http://tilted-windmill.com/images/pictograph.jpg were carved into the
rock over four thousand years ago.  Whatever meaning they had has been
lost to the ages.  In song, story, or poem share with us the tale these
images might tell.

For the curious, this is a photo of some of the images on the Atlatl
Rock in the Valley of Fire.

Are We There Yet or The Left Toin at Albequoykey:
Sometimes, getting there is half the fun – at least, that’s one theory.
  Tell us of a journey and what trials and tribulations might have
occurred along the way.

3rd fyt:

Given several texts to choose from in foreign languages, "translate" one
of them and explain what it "really" means.

The Third Side of the Triangle:
Write one or more triads about any subject.  Elements of a triad:

•	It consists of three things,
•	Describes a specific subject,
•	And contains well balanced lines.

The above description of a triad is, in fact, a triad.

Period Piece:
Perform a documentably period piece of music, story, or song (poetry,
prose, and so forth are good too).  Dig out those reference books, blow
off the dust (try not to sneeze), and see what wonderful and magical
treasures you can find in them.  There is a staggering amount of
fantastic material out there.  Find something, be it silly or sublime,
and amaze us with it.

4th fyt:

Bard Scribe Illuminator:
Given a subject in the morning, compose, calligraph, and illuminate a
text on that subject. This may be done individually or as a team.

The Roman army marched on its stomach.  You won’t get far without
munchies or a map to the local tavern.  Serve us up something about food.

Journey’s End:
Every journey eventually reaches a destination.  Sometimes the one you
planned, sometimes not.  Tell us of conclusions – of a road traveled, or
a path walked.

Challenge General Rules

Challenges are not contests. You win by entering and striving to do
the best you can.

Challenges are designed to encourage you to try your hand at
something new, to stretch yourself, to enjoy, and to celebrate the
creative spirit.

Read the guidelines for the challenges carefully, like most
exercises, they are designed to help you develop in specific areas.
Try to follow them as closely as you can, but stretching them in
unexpected directions is good too.

Individuals are welcome and encouraged to give recognition to those
performers whom they especially enjoy.

In order to allow the largest number of people to participate,
challenge entries shall be limited to five minutes or less. Each
person may enter a maximum of one piece in each challenge and a
maximum of eight challenges.

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