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blackout
2007-08-31, 05:37 PM
Well, I'm up in Michigan with some family right now, and we're going to a renfest. :smallbiggrin: I'm totally going as a viking. This is my first renfest, and I would like some tips.

Korias
2007-08-31, 06:29 PM
First of all: Enjoy yourself! See some shows, converse with some people, do some fun stuff. Its a festival! have fun!

Second of all: Keep your health in mind. Dont drink beer on hot days, as it makes you pass out. Down here in Maryland, weve had 7 people pass out in one of the taverns because of the heat. Stay Cool, Stay Hydrated.

Third, Make sure that you watch out for your walet. People are liable to pull cons just like they do at conventions. This is, in essence, a convention similar to that of Otakon or Katsukon. Therefore, keep your walet where you can reach it, and stay away from the shady looking rogue in the corner.

Logic
2007-08-31, 06:31 PM
There will be some wimmens dressed like their busoms are about to break free from their imprisonment. Do not stare, and don't feed the prisoners. :smallwink:

I personally do not recommend speaking in Ye Olde English, it annoys me, but I won't be there.

blackout
2007-08-31, 06:50 PM
One, I think I will be restricted from beer-drinking, being 14.

Second, I couldn't stare anyways. I have a girlfriend, and while I may sound like a loser saying this, I just like her too much to go looking at other women.

Korias
2007-08-31, 06:54 PM
One, I think I will be restricted from beer-drinking, being 14.

Second, I couldn't stare anyways. I have a girlfriend, and while I may sound like a loser saying this, I just like her too much to go looking at other women.

Oh trust me. You wont have to look very hard. If Michigan's fest is anything like mine, you will have women dressed in chainmail bikinis. You dont have to look, its pretty much thrust infront of your eyes.

And you dont sound like a loser. Thats called "Commitment".

Also, DONT try to pretend your the viking king. You will be beaten. By other vikings.

blackout
2007-08-31, 07:04 PM
Hehehehe. I'm actually reconsidering the viking angle already. Let the barbarians beat the excrement out of each-other.

Raistlin1040
2007-08-31, 07:47 PM
If I sound like an idiot, I'm sorry. But what's RenFest? Some kind of Rennasance Fair?

blackout
2007-08-31, 07:50 PM
Yeah. I didn't know how to spell it.

reorith
2007-08-31, 09:34 PM
my questions are for korias

what day of the week would you recommend?
my friend wants to go dressed as a ninja. is this a good idea?
can people bring outside food into the md ren fair?

Syka
2007-08-31, 10:10 PM
Now, other girls are probably different and I'm pretty laid back. But, honestly, looking isn't outlawed by me.

I have a strict look-but-don't-touch policy. You're not dead or blind, it happens. Don't beat yourself up...But also don't be obvious. It's ok if eyes wander momentarily (assuming you are not with your girlfriend), breaking your neck is another thing. ;)

As for tips. Just have fun. Make sure to eat some sort of the foodstuffs. :) Take LOTS of pictures.

Cheers,
Syka

Lilly
2007-09-01, 12:18 AM
As much as you might try not to look, it happens. Much of it may be scientific inquiry, "How do they keep them up like that?"

Some tips:
-Tips: if you buy food or some services leave a tip, just $0.50 is fine
-Budget for the day, but plan on taking an extra $10-20 more than you really expect to spend
-The people who work there may make fun of you. It's what they do. Don't be offended.
- Go to the shows. They are what really makes the faire. Definatly see the joust.
- Stay hydrated! Drink water before you get there, take water in, refill water (if you can find somewhere with potable water to do so), don't drink caffeine and sugar, alcohol is a big no
- Wear cotton. Polyester is your enemy, it feels like a plastic bag about halfway through the day.
-It is okay to make fun of costumes that are horrible. Really it is. Don't let them hear you though.
-There are going to be places where you want to spend all your money. There are leather places (Renaissance Leather is my favourite) and sword places (Badger Blades) and book places (D'yvne writes) and then you get to the chain mail place. Don't buy things the first time through the faire, go back to them later when you're sure that you really really want the stuff.

That's all for now.

Extra_Crispy
2007-09-01, 04:14 AM
I agree with what lilly said. Go around the fair atleast once first before you buy anything (other than food and drink) Think about what you want you saw and decided what to by. Inpulse buying is your enemy

Also see the shows. As many as you can or ALL of them if you can. Some are so so but others are not to be missed. And this way they next time you go you will be able to stay away from the shows you did not like and watch the ones you did.

Go to any bellydancing shows. You have to stare at them to watch their dancing so you have an excuse. :smallwink:

Lastly -- Participate. Yell, chear, volenteer, whatever. Last time I was at the Ren Fest here in Arizona we (the whole gaming group went) saw a show with a pirate and his "bonny lass" We had participated to the point that we were making the other observers laugh also and adding to the actors jokes. The actors at the end of the show came up to us and were still laughing, they thanked us for our participation and the "bonny lass" gave all of us hugs. LOTS of fun

RTGoodman
2007-09-01, 12:09 PM
Hurray for the Renaissance Festival! (What else you expect a Medieval Studies major to say?)

Anyway, some things to think of:

Any "Dark Ages," medieval, or Renaissance era costume is appreciated, no matter how terrible it is. I made a Scottish highlands costume complete with kilt and shoes out of stuff from Wal*Mart, and even though it was pretty silly, people kept telling me how cool it was. And then the year after, I had a Viking costume that was mostly bought from reproduction and costume places, and got the same reaction.
Keep in mind that it's a Renaissance (or specifically, Medieval) Festival. That, however, does not keep people from dressing as LotR elves, ninjas, dwarves, or things of that nature. Of course, everyone else makes fun of those people.
Everything is probably very expensive, but it's best that you break down and actually buy food and drink so that you don't die or anything from walking around in the heat and whatnot.
The best day of the week to go would probably be a day when fewer people are there. That way, you can be sure you'll get a seat for shows/jousts/etc. So basically, a Tuesday or something would be good. [Unfortunately, the RenFest that I go to, the Carolina Renaissance Festival, is only open weekends in September-November).
See all the shows you can. If the Tortuga Twins are there, they're hilarious (but probably not fit for a 14 year-old with his/her family. The joust is a must, as are any falconry shows or music events.
Don't spend a ton of money on souvenirs. That sword may be awesome, but it's probably not worth $200. And it's probably just stamped out of sheet metal and of bad condition.
Most importantly - HAVE FUN!

Korias
2007-09-01, 07:46 PM
my questions are for korias

what day of the week would you recommend?
my friend wants to go dressed as a ninja. is this a good idea?
can people bring outside food into the md ren fair?

What day? Usualy, buisness picks up around the mid season. Sundays are best. Laborday is not.

Saturdays are also not good.

Ninja Costume: Sure. We have ninjas come by all the time. Not kidding. So far, 2 real ninjas, 10~ish dressed up ninjas.

Food from outside: As far as I know, Yes they can. I have seen people with coolers, but they are mainly staffers. I see no reason why you cant bring in a cooler of food. Also, I do not belive that there is a rule against it.

Tom_Violence
2007-09-01, 08:26 PM
Now, other girls are probably different and I'm pretty laid back. But, honestly, looking isn't outlawed by me.

I have a strict look-but-don't-touch policy. You're not dead or blind, it happens. Don't beat yourself up...But also don't be obvious. It's ok if eyes wander momentarily (assuming you are not with your girlfriend), breaking your neck is another thing. ;)

As for tips. Just have fun. Make sure to eat some sort of the foodstuffs. :) Take LOTS of pictures.

Cheers,
Syka

I like your attitude. Its remarkably refreshing to see someone with such a decent outlook.

Amotis
2007-09-01, 09:13 PM
Watch out for animal tails on the back.

Or, if you're there for a different reason:

Watch for animal tails on the back.

Iudex Fatarum
2007-09-02, 09:42 PM
I'm going the 22nd to that same one, it should be fun. I'm hoping to have fun with this but alas i won't be dressed up, my gf probably will be in her home made dress. she went this weekend as well. same one actualy, the one in michigan.
I will be spending time in what ever swords they have, I used to fence so I will do some sword looking even if i don't buy one. I love reading on sword making and dream of making one for myself but alas this is again probalby just a fantsy that will never hapen.

blackout
2007-09-02, 09:59 PM
I agree with what lilly said. Go around the fair atleast once first before you buy anything (other than food and drink) Think about what you want you saw and decided what to by. Inpulse buying is your enemy

Also see the shows. As many as you can or ALL of them if you can. Some are so so but others are not to be missed. And this way they next time you go you will be able to stay away from the shows you did not like and watch the ones you did.

Go to any bellydancing shows. You have to stare at them to watch their dancing so you have an excuse. :smallwink:

Lastly -- Participate. Yell, chear, volenteer, whatever. Last time I was at the Ren Fest here in Arizona we (the whole gaming group went) saw a show with a pirate and his "bonny lass" We had participated to the point that we were making the other observers laugh also and adding to the actors jokes. The actors at the end of the show came up to us and were still laughing, they thanked us for our participation and the "bonny lass" gave all of us hugs. LOTS of fun

:smallamused: Heh. I'll be sure to check out the bellydancing shows, in that case. My girlfriend isn't coming. And, I'll see if I can amuse myself through participation.


Watch out for animal tails on the back.

Or, if you're there for a different reason:

Watch for animal tails on the back.


And this means...what? :smallconfused:

Rockphed
2007-09-02, 10:10 PM
A few things you might want to know:

1. This is Michigan. It will rain, snow, and hit 120 degrees within an hour. Bring a waterproof jacket that you can put on and take off easily. Also, bring an umbrella.

2. If you can't bring food in, you can always leave it in your car. Really, you can, especially if you get a close parking space. Parking is pretty close to the main gate, and the festival is only about a quarter mile in diameter.

3. Don't wear clothes that drag on the ground. They will get muddy, and you don't want to know what is in that mud. Wear good shoes, not flip-flops. You will be walking all day, be prepared.

As for general advice (not Michigan specific) bring enough money to buy your Girlfriend a cool item. Go see shows. Eat the food, it is generally delicious.

And have fun! Don't take it seriously. And stay away from chicks in chainmail bikinis.

Edit: Take part in the shows! The actors do this for little pay, but it makes life better if they know they can poke fun at somebody in the audience. If you see a juggling act, kibitz. Boo villians and cheer heroes! Laugh at the good jokes and groan at the bad ones.

blackout
2007-09-04, 02:04 AM
Went. Had fun. Dressed as the Master Chief. I kid you not. Going back down south in a few minutes. Have a great day/night. :smallsmile:

The J Pizzel
2007-09-04, 09:10 AM
I usually go to the one in Houston, TX every year (went three times on year, spent hundreds of dollars on crap). My advice:

1 - don't buy any weapons that are based on books, movies, or games. You'll probably find Icingdeath and Twinkle from R. A. Salvatore. They are crap, don't buy them. They'll also have tons of Final Fantasy weapons. Like Sephiroths (sp?) big ass katana and Clouds big ass swords. In the name of all things holy do not buy that crap.

2 - if you do want a sword, go to the actual swordshops that have relatively decent, authentic looking swords. If you just want crap to hang on your wall, don't spend over 60 dollars. If you want a nice, full tang functioning sword, don't spend less than 100.

3 - watch your eyes.

4 - buy the Turkey Legs. Yes they're expensive. It doen't matter. They are gods gift to you for being a good lad and supporting the creative arts. Buy one!! The juice will literally drip down you arm. It really all quite beautiful.

5 - wear comfy shoes.

6 - as has been said. Participate. The shows are really fun, but they're more fun if your getting into them.

7 - don't get offended if the carnies pick at you. Just laugh and appreciate their ability to adlib. One year as we were walking in, a guy dressed as a Satyr walked up to my wife (then newly-wed) and begin reciting her a poem. The poem virtually explained how only being half a man, he was still more a man then me. This poem was obviously rehearsed and didn't impress me much. Then he asked what I did for a living. I told him I was an Engineer for a Television Station. The S.O.B. laughed and came up with a 6 verse poem right then and there about cables and wire and microphones and cameras and how I should get a real job. This could not have been rehearsed. That was impressive. Then he "required" my wife (who quite honestly is worth getting jealous over. Seriously, she made of pure hotness. Also, I'm biased) to give him a kiss on his "dainty" cheeck. She looked at me for permission, probably assuming I was pissed off. I was more like "****t, plant one on 'em. He's earned it". Then I tipped him 10 bucks. Moral of the story. There just having fun. You should too.

8 - last but not least. If you do buy any sort of weapon. Don't take it out. I see people get kicked out every year because they go and buy a kick ass broadsword then walk out the store and open the box and pull it all like "hey dude, check out my sword" OOops. Now you're being escorted out the gate.

Have fun.

Go see the Dead Bob Show if he's there. He's pretty fun. Except he does the same show every year. Since it's your first time it'll still be new though.

jp

Missing Shoe
2007-09-04, 10:23 AM
I just got back from the one in Minnesota. Loads of fun, so much to see, so little time. We were there because of my sister's wedding. The guy that married her dressed up as a troll, complete with horns and giant teeth. I thought the ceremony was neat but some of the older folks didnt appreciate it.

I have to agree, its very hard not to stare at the women there. Luckily they have belly dancers so you are allowed to stare. I got my share of women staring in early so the rest of the day wasnt too bad. My favorite part would have to be the giant turkey legs. They are just so much fun to eat! (as silly as that sounds)

Anyone else go to the MN one this weekend?

Korias
2007-09-04, 06:02 PM
Went. Had fun. Dressed as the Master Chief. I kid you not. Going back down south in a few minutes. Have a great day/night. :smallsmile:

I've seen storm troopers, but no MCs. Thats a first.

Got any pics of the suit?

blackout
2007-09-05, 05:52 AM
Nah, sorry. One of the renfest security guards went nuts and tried to escort me to the gate when he saw my plastic home-made battle rifle slung across my back, though. That was amusing. :smallamused:

Zeb The Troll
2007-09-05, 06:05 AM
my questions are for korias

what day of the week would you recommend?
my friend wants to go dressed as a ninja. is this a good idea?
can people bring outside food into the md ren fair?Oooo. I don't know if anyone else has mentioned this, but Alarra, Belethorien (Zeb's gamer spawn, if you don't know), and myself will be attending the MD RennFest this coming Saturday (9/8). We'd love to say hello and how do to anyone else who'll be around that day (Korias, we're coming looking for you!) Send me a PM if you think you'll be around and we'll arrange to make sure we meet up with you.

ALOR
2007-09-05, 10:27 AM
I just went to the Ohio ren fest on labor day. I had an absolute blast but here is some advice

1. if you are bald wear a hat or some sunscreen I am so paying for it now.
2. eat the turkey legs, they are incredible
3. Go to the mud show if your ren fest has one, the viking show is the best
4. Did i mention eat the turkey legs??? :smallbiggrin:

OverdrivePrime
2007-09-05, 11:10 AM
Some friends of mine work security at the Bristol Ren Faire. After talking to them, I will never, ever, ever eat the turkey legs again. :smallsigh:

Korias
2007-09-05, 11:51 AM
Send me a PM if you think you'll be around and we'll arrange to make sure we meet up with you.

I'll be there. I sent you a PM with the details of my general location ( I dont move around much. Working up front at the counter restricts how much time I have for breaks), so I'll see you and Alarra there! :smallbiggrin:

Korias
2007-09-08, 07:53 PM
Well, Allara and Zeb stopped by with Belethorien, so all went well. Also, an unamed person that reads Erfworld found me, but he doesnt have a Forum Tag, so no mentioning of him.

Seriously, it was good. If anybody else can come, do so!