Dear gentlehobbits, gentle-elves, gentledwarves, gentlemen and gentlewomen, you are cordially invited to the fourth Gladden Riddle Race on Saturday the 2nd of November, noon U.S. EST, in celebration of the Halloween season! We may host an additional riddle race the next day, Sunday the 3rd of November at a location easier to reach for inexperienced adventurers, however, due to the large amount of time, effort, and teamwork required to organize even a single riddle race, we are unable to guarantee an additional riddle race at this time.
The following list is tentative, and will be updated as we get more prizes together.
- 100 gold apiece for each member of the first place team, 50 gold apiece for each member of the second place team, 25 gold apiece for each member of the third place team, and 10 gold apiece for each member of the best dressed team.
- Everyone's a winner! Our scholars and tailors will create the following participation prizes for all who participation prizes for all who attend, even if you only show up for the after-party: choice of dye or dyes, and one of the following cosmetics: Fine Quiver, Finely Stitched Backpack, Elven Prospector's Pack, Fine Woodcutter's Pack, Plain Long-Sleeved Tunic and Trousers, Long-Sleeved Corsair's Tunic and Trousers, Elegant Long-Sleeved Dress, Fine Hauberk, Fancy Hauberk. Note that some dyes, especially Black, Ered Luin Blue, Sea Blue, Evendim Blue, Purple, Navy, Indigo, and White, are limited availability, so you should provide a list in order of preference in case your first choice is not available. These will be mailed after the event. Please allow up to two weeks for your participation prizes to arrive.
- Chances are we will hand out some cosmetic items to people who like them during the after party. Thanks Draconea of House of the Rings for a sabretooth and a tundra bear trophy!
When and where
Interested racers should show up by noon U.S. EST on Saturday, November 2nd at the entrance gate of Caras Galadhron, Lothlorien. If you do not bring a full team with you, you are encouraged to show up half an hour early so you can group up with other unteamed people. There, you will be given 7 riddles. Six riddles will hint at various race checkpoints throughout the Golden Wood, and the 7th will hint at the location of the finish line. You will have a chance to ask questions -- please do so in public, not privately, so that we do not have to answer the same question 15 times. Hopefully, we will be able to start the race by 12:15, at which point it will run for an hour, ending at 1:15 PM, at which point we will have an awards ceremony and after party. (Fine print: Our race officials have lives outside of Middle Earth. If not enough to have a full 7 riddle race show up, we'll cut riddles. If not enough show up to have at least a 5 riddle race, we'll ask racers if any of them would be willing to give up their place in the competition in order to officiate instead. If not enough are willing to do this that we can have at least a 5 riddle race, we will cancel it. If you would prefer to compete, but are interested in being a back-up race official in the event too many have unexpected real life happenings, you are encouraged to arrive half an hour early.)
Rules and regulations
You may form in teams of up to three people, as it will be easier to solve riddles with more heads. Please name your team and let both Vervainbrandybuck of Drunken Hobbits and Rinil of the Eglantine Order know your team name and members. It is preferred if you form your team by 11:45 AM, but you may finalize your team any time before the start of the race. Again, if you come without teammates, or without a full team of 3, you are encouraged to arrive half an hour early so as to have time to meet other people who may be in need of a team.
Riding horses or ponies, fast transportation methods, run-speed buffs, giving false hints to other teams, and other cheating is *allowed*. However, please do not share riddle answers with other teams or in public channels: doing so is grounds for disqualification. Additionally, all racers are asked to be respectful to each other and to the race officials.
The first six race checkpoints, as indicated by the first six riddles, may be visited in any order, and your team does not need to stay together, so feel free to spread out. At each checkpoint, you should trade with a race official wearing a witch's or wizard's hat who will hand you a crafted item as proof that you successfully solved the riddle and made it to the checkpoint (or found it by luck, at least). They may also award a mini-prize for you to share with your team. After that, you should solve the final riddle, if you haven't already, and proceed to the finish line. Your entire team should be at the finish line together when you hand Vervain the proof of having reached the first six checkpoints. (In the event Vervain is unavoidably unable to be there, please hand the items to Rinil instead.)
About 10 minutes before the end of the race, the solution to the final riddle will be announced -- your team should head to the finish line before the end of the race for the awards and after-party, even if you haven't completed the first six riddles. In the event some teams do not complete all riddles, failure to arrive at the finish line before the end of the race and judging may result in loss of your position relative to other teams, even those who completed fewer riddles than yours.
Fashion contest, Awards Ceremony, and Afterparty
We ask that your team stand together, to make it easier for race officials to judge how well coordinated your team's outfits are for the fashion portion of the competition. Coordination with your team is a significant portion of the fashion contest, so we suggest people concerned about winning this part of the contest take the time to coordinate a set of outfits with their teammates. Once the fashion contest has been judged, please feel free to mix and mingle, but when your team is called to accept their prizes, please step forward. Additional prizes may be handed out to people who are exceptionally entertaining at the after-party, such as musicians.