After much pondering, testing, and visiting the Great Lakes Chicken Fight Club for 'research' (or just plain stealing ideas!), a few changes to the way we planned the Europa battle chicken lizard fights have been made - and we'll be testing them with a trial event on the evening of Monday 14 December, 8PM UK time, so people can see how far we are towards a full 'regular event', suggest changes, and pick up the materials for their own chicken farm should they feel so inclined! The arena, very kindly supplied by O*T, is slightly West of Zento - We plan on having some gates cast to help people get there, we'll announce where those will be once we are sure how many people we have as volunteers to cast them Things we have learned - we'll have to have a guild for the events, which people will need to join so their pets can fight (otherwise, it gets hopelessly messy sorting out guilds at war, and similar...) - so if you are already in a guild, make sure your compatriots know you will be dropping out for a couple of hours so you can join in the contests! No healing of pets, by any means, or affecting the fighting creatures in ANY way, will be allowed. We will have people on hand who can res pets, should you not be quite at the skills needed yourself. Gambling - after seeing just how popular that is on GL, there's been a complete change of plan! We will be running it, using pretty much their system, which is - Bets of 10k, on the winner only (no betting who loses!). There will be a vendor named ATM at the arena, with 10k cheques - just buy a few of those, saves you having to sort them out and carry them to the venue. Go to the person at the betting counter (form an orderly queue - you'll be able to see exactly where when you visit the arena), say clearly which pet you are backing, and hand over the appropriate cheque. You'll get a receipt naming the pet (we'll keep a copy of the chat journal, so nobody will be able to try pull a fast one...) and if you win, head back to the teller and collect your money - winner will get double their bet back (bet 10k, you get back 20k if you pick a winner). Fights will start when everyone who wants to has placed their bets and returned to the seating - which leads to our first ever job advert..... There's a fair bit of 'down time' as people sort out bets, join the guild, get pets into the fighting area, and so on. GL addressed this with an 'entertainer - part jester, part quiz master, to keep people occupied while the necessary admin stuff goes on. Anyone who thinks they fancy that job, please let me know either in-game or PM here, and we'll have a chat. They have frequent trivia questions, about both UO and RL, with small prizes for correct answers (we'll provide the prize money!), which seemed very popular indeed. For this first session, we'll only be allowing 'standard' pets - preferably battle chicken lizards, but other pure melee creatures are fine IF we can arrange a suitable opponent from the pets we have, or other entrants. Don't want anything too one-sided.... We'll be posting more precise details of the 'mechanics' of the evening later in the week, but any questions, just shout out and let me know!