If you have not yet been to an event, we invite you to join us! Our website contains information about upcoming events. There are several ways that members may participate. Here is some information about how to prepare for an event and what activities are usually available to members.
What should I Bring? Events are usually held outdoors. At minimum, you will want to bring something to sit on (a blanket or chair) and something to drink. On hot days, you may want to cover your head in some fashion. On cold days, you may want to bring warmer garb or a cloak (more on costumes later).
It is tradition in Brandenburg that we are committed to a presenting a period feel to all of our events. To that end, we ask that you make a conscious effort to conceal any non-period items such as coolers and modern camp chairs. A simple blanket covering such items is acceptable. As you become more active, we strongly encourage you to consider more period items for events. Wooden folding chairs and leather pouches are inexpensive and easy to come by. If you need assistance in locating these items for purchase (or better yet, making them yourself!), please ask a member of Brandenburg. We are always ready to help.
It is also tradition in Brandenburg that we hold a group afternoon repast (pot luck lunch) at events. We believe this a great opportunity for a communal experience and allows for members to get to know one another. We ask that you bring items that can be shared and have a historically period feel such as fruit, cheese, meats, veggies, breads, etc. Please avoid overtly modern items such as bags of chips or fast food.
What should I wear? The Adrian Empire requires its members to dress in period appropriate attire at all official events. We strongly support this requirement, but we also have no expectation that you will arrive to your first events in full period perfect garb. We do ask that you make an effort to avoid obvious modern clothing. Here are a few suggestions and how you can easily achieve a basic medieval/renaissance costume appropriate for events:
Men: Shirts - a simple white peasant shirt or a plain tunic. These are available at many ren faires and online for a very good price and are also easy to make yourself. Pants – tight fitting sweat pants in a solid color make a great substitute for basic men’s hose. Shoes – black or brown work boots or motorcycle boots will do the trick.
Women: Dress – a simple sleeved gown or skirt and bodice. Shoes – work boots or neutral colored sandals (not flip flops) will do the trick.
If you need assistance, we are here to help! Feel free to ask the Hospitaler or the Crown for help with your costume.
How do I get involved in combat, arts, archery or just help out? Getting involved with these activities is simple. There will be officers in charge of each of these areas at events (we call them ministers). Each is responsible for setting up their respective activities and providing members with information about rules and requirements. For full details on combat, arts and archery, please go to the Adrian Empire website library section.
Here is a brief description of each discipline within the Empire:
Combat – In Brandenburg we practice 3 forms of combat. Each form has minimum armor requirements for safety and members must complete a qualification test in order to participate. Shinai is a bamboo sword used as a training weapon. This is the first weapon all new combatants begin with. Tournaments in shinai are held each month and are restricted to non-knights only. Rapier combat is our renaissance style of combat (think of fencing). Rapier uses 15th and 16th century steel replica weapons designed for competitive dueling. Armored combat is contact competitive combat with “live steel” weapons in full medieval style armor.
Arts – Arts and Sciences tournaments are also held each month. These tournaments are broken into 2 divisions (called lysts). The masters lyst is for beginners and the Knights lyst is for more advanced artisans. If you enter a tournament, you have the option of having your work scored (judged entry) or you may receive feedback only (non-judged entry). Arts have basic research requirements in order to qualify as a valid entry. See the arts minister for more information.
Archery – target archery tournaments are held each month. All participants must qualify to shoot in order to meet basic safety requirements. Archery has 2 divisions (lysts), The Bowmans lyst for beginners and the Huntsmans list for more advanced participants. For more information, please see our archery minister.
Ministry – Brandenburg is committed to service. After all, events do not happen all by themselves. We strongly encourage all of our members to actively participate by volunteering to help with some aspect of each event. Even if you are new to us, your help is needed! At each event, we need assistance setting up and tearing down court, the combat field and the archery range. With a little bit of training, you can also help with sign in tables, marshaling the combat field or the archery range. All members also have the option of taking on a more significant role as one of its ministers. If you are interested, please see the crown or a crown minister.
This is so much fun! What else can I do? There is so much more that you can do! Far too much to fit in this little introduction to the Brandenburg family. But since you asked, here are a few more things that we encourage our new members to do…
We love new ideas! – That right, Brandenburg is always seeking people to present us with ideas for tourney themes, classes to offer, special event sites and many other things. If you have an idea, let us know about it. But be warned…the Crown may love your idea and ask you to do the research and perhaps even organize it! (really, it’s fun and worth the effort)
Bring your friends and family! – Brandenburg exists solely due to the dedication of its members. It is the job of every member to encourage others to get involved. If you are as inspired by this group as we are, tell your friends and family. We have loaner garb available for visitors and loaner fight gear for those interested in a little taste of combat!