Sponsored by Spat’s Lounge, this is a double elimination style tea-dueling tournament.
Tea dueling participants must purchase a special event ticket to participate, or possess a Gold Pass. Special event tickets are available for $10.00 each at registration. There is no charge for those who want to watch and cheer on their favorite duelist.
Rules for Tea Dueling
We are using the rules of teas dueling as written by Magda Knight of Mookychick
Tea Dueling Rules
- Only tea may be used. Coffee? Chocolate? Don’t be facetious. Only tea. Milk and sugar may be applied to taste.
- Biscuits are traditionally all of the same variety to ensure fairness.
- Opponents must have cups of the same size and shape to avoid any ugly discussions of cheating.
- The opponents must first shake hands and bow, then sit opposite each other across a table on which the tea and biscuits will be placed. They may eyeball each other and make desultory comments designed to wilt the opponent’s focus as desired, but they must shake hands before the duel commences.
- The Pot Master must pour tea for the opponents, taking care to ensure that the tea is sufficiently hot to allow for biscuits to crumble, and also ensuring that the same quantities of tea are poured into each cup.
- The Tiffin Master hands the Dunkers a choice of biscuits on a serving plate and invites them to select their biscuit of choice with an announcement of “choose your weapon”. The Dunkers will each select their biscuit of choice. Once a biscuit is handled, it must be chosen, with no substitution.
- The Dunkers will hold their biscuits by the edge not more than six inches above the cup of tea.
- On the Tiffin Master’s command of “Dunk”, both opponents will immediately lower their biscuit into the tea and hold it there, ensuring that biscuits are fully dunked with not more than half an inch above the surface of the tea.
- The Tiffin Master will forcefully count to five. On a count of “five”, the Dunkers will raise their biscuits and attempt to eat them. The entirety of the biscuit must be consumed for a clean “Nom”.
- If both opponents secure a clean Nom, the Dunker who last ate their biscuit is judged to be the victor.
- Ties will result in a redunking. Double ties will be resolved by seeing who can correctly sing “Modern Major General” the fastest. Rule 11 has been added by Vandalia-Con staff for this tournament as it is considered both punitive and amusing. In the event that the tea biscuit is indestructible, drastic measures resulting in hilarity may insue at the staff’s whim.