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HERALDS IN DAGORHIR
Heralds are the Dagorhir equivalent of
referees. Among their most important jobs are to ensure everyone stays
safe, everyone keeps their cool, and that the battle keeps moving. People
should seldom be bored at a Dagorhir event!
- Tell players what scenario is next and explain
- Explain, interpret, and enforce the rules of
- Keep track of time.
- Recognize/reward exceptional actions and
sportsmanship by players through such means as calling a player
forward in front of the assembled armies and saying, "Pindarus
here has some of the most realistic Ďdeaths scenesí Iíve ever
seen," or by awarding Jítai (the Dagorhir equivalent of medals)
for truly exceptional characterization.
- Keep the action flowing.
- Keep players from getting out of hand or losing
their temper. Only rarely should a Herald have to remove a player from
the field for unsportsmanlike conduct.
When choosing Heralds, itís always best that
they have extensive current combat experience. Veterans who are unable to
fight due to an injury or infirmity make great heralds Ė it allows them
to stay active in Dagorhir, while providing a needed service to their
fellow players. Members without current Dagorhir combat experience are
often less effective Heralds, as they may not be good judges of the
nuances of fast-flowing Dagorhir combat.
Avoid Heralds whose personalities might leave them
inclined to "power trip" on the field. Heralding DOES require a
degree of self-assertion and certainty; the ideal Herald will stand up to
the biggest, baddest fighter on the field and say, "Sorry, but you
ARE dead," yet wonít abuse his/her responsibilities by making
spurious calls or imposing over-harsh penalties (such as shouting,
"Dead! Youíre dead! And you, and you, and you, too!")
PLAYERS and HERALDS
If a Herald makes a call with which you disagree,
DONíT argue. Cooperate and "take the hit" Ė then tell the
Herald, "Actually, that arrow glanced off the helmet of the fighter
in front of me before it hit my arm," as you drop your sword and put
your arm behind your back. Often, the Herald will say, "Sorry, my
mistake Ė you can have your arm back." Even if a Herald calls you
"dead" incorrectly, well, Dagorhir is a game and youíll be
"alive" again in a few minutes.
HOW TO BE A HERALD
Because Dagorhir is "for fun" and not a
professional sport where thereís money on the line, itís better for a
Heraldís decision to be quick and wrong (and to apologize for it later)
than to be slow and indecisive and allow a situation (such as an argument
between players) to get out of hand.
Keep your eyes constantly moving as you watch for
any possible problems.
Watch incoming projectile weapons and ensure that
they are correctly "called" when they hit. Watch for shots that
hit people from behind and ensure that the person whoís hit knows it was
an attack and not their own team jostling them.
Try to avoid calling a player (especially a newer
member) "dead" for minor violations of rules such as stepping
over boundaries. If you feel the mistake was an honest one, simply warn
the player. Generally you should only call a player dead if you deem a
violation to be deliberate (such as knocking an arrow from the air with a
weapon), or if it changes the flow of the game (such as stepping off the
edge of a "bridge" during a bridge battle)
Whenever possible, try to state things/calls
positively. Think about the effect each of the following Herald comments
might have on a new Dagorhir member who accidentally overstepped the
"You in the red tunic! You stepped over the
boundary line and then stepped back! Youíre dead! And if I ever see
you cheating like that again, Iíll kick you off the field!"
"You in the red tunic! You stepped over the
boundary line and stepped back. Watch it, or Iíll have to call you Ďdeadí
Remember, heralds are in a position of authority.
If youíre experienced enough to be a herald, other members (especially
new members) will look up to you Ė theyíll want to BE you in a few
years. Give them a good impression of Dagorhir and yourself.
Call a Freeze or Hold when:
- There is an immediate safety issue, such as a
(really) injured player who needs to be protected;
- You realize that a number of players donít
understand some rule thatís basic to the scenario being played (such
as where the boundaries are);
- When thereís a brief lull in the fighting and
you think itís advisable to get "dead" players out from
underfoot to keep them from getting stepped on.
Avoid calling a "freeze" or
"hold" to combat for a non-safety issue (such as to get the
"dead" out from underfoot) at any moment that might change
tactical advantage from one team to another.
EXAMPLE OF WHAT NOT TO DO: The Red Team is
charging over the Blue Teamís fort wall, taking heavy casualties. Just
as the Red Team gains a foothold inside the walls, an inexperienced Herald
calls "Hold! Everybody freeze and let the dead people leave for
Valhalla." This takes away the momentum of the Red Teamís attack
and practically ensures their defeat.
As with any competitive sport, you will see
arguments on the Dagorhir Battlefield, usually over whether or not Fighter
Aís hit was "good" on Fighter B. In such cases:
- If you saw the hit, render a judgment and keep
the battle moving.
- If you didnít see the hit, suggest that the
players just drop the argument and keep fighting.
- If one or both players wonít drop the
argument, call them dead (one or both, as appropriate.)
PULLING A PLAYER OFF THE FIELD
Hopefully you will never have to "pull"
a fighter off the field for unsportsmanlike conduct, BUT a herald must be
prepared to do what it takes to ensure the safety and enjoyment of the
players. Generally, the only time you might need to direct a player to
leave the field is when that player loses their cool: screaming
obscenities at other players, smashing players (especially smaller people)
with excessive force, threatening players, deliberately swinging at
someoneís head, throwing a punch, etc. In the face of dangerous or
belligerent behavior, itís advisable to call for other figures of
authority to support your actions and help calm down the troublemaker.
Call for the Event Organizers, other Heralds, and other members of the
Good luck, and good fighting!
By David Vierling/MT Graymael
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