Message and Update from the Mayor Pennsic 49

G'Day Everyone,

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The year 2020 has been one that we will remember for the rest of our lives for many reasons. Some, because of loved ones we have lost, some because for the first time we have seen the world in turmoil and some because we have been unable to relax and do the things we would normally do. Whatever the reason is, we will get through this together.

It is not my job to interpret the reasons for everything that has happened in 2020, apart from my personal view that I can’t wait for 2020 to just sod off!!

But I digress, this short note is to keep you up to date with where we are for Pennsic 49 in 2021. In November, the Pennsic Staff group, the Coopers Management Group, and I had a joint physical and zoom meeting to discuss the way forward for Pennsic 49. The single message you need to transmit and the message you need to take from the meeting is that we are continuing to plan on having Pennsic 49 in July/Aug 2021 at Coopers Lake Campground.

The Pennsic Staff and Coopers Management are working jointly on plans to make Pennsic 49 as safe as it can possibly be for attendees. This will mean some changes to the way we do things, but we are committed to making those changes as seamless and simple as possible so that Pennsic 49 can happen and we can all have a great relaxing holiday and Pennsic War.

I want to thank you all for your support and most of all for your curtailing of the rumour mill, which I have to say has been nothing short of amazing. I will continue to be transparent in our planning and keep you informed so that any decisions we make will be understood and not a surprise to people.

As more things line up, I will update you all so that you can be kept informed and plan your Pennsic 49 journey to once again celebrate together in friendship and combat. Thanks again and please have a happy and safe Christmas and New year. Gregory of Lochswan Mayor Pennsic War 49

What is 'Land Grab'?

 
The opening weekend of Pennsic is 'Land Grab weekend'. On Friday and on Saturday morning, the Land Agents of all the groups arrive, check in, and meet with other Agents from their block to work out the placement and boundaries of their camps. When all Block negotiations have been completed (usually by Noon Saturday), the Gate is opened for all to drive into camp.

 

Why do we have Land Grab?
Land Grab in its various forms dates back to Pennsic 17. Prior to that, Pennsic was a one week event, with all the battles taking place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. With only 3-4,000 attendees, people came and set up camp wherever they wished, although certain groups had their traditional spaces, such as 'Horde Hill'. As attendance grew, so did competition for campsites, and group representatives began showing up earlier and earlier to claim their group's campsite. People with enough free time could show up in July (or June!), pay the Cooper's Lake Campground fees and set up their tent where they wanted their group's campsite to be. This was deemed unfair, both for groups who weren't able to send someone out so early to claim a campsite, and for the Coopers, who needed to have the campground clear in order to get ready for Pennsic.

Pennsic 17 (1988) was the first year where attendees received a numbered site medallion based on the order they checked in at Troll. The people with the lowest numbers were allowed to choose their campsites first. For Pennsic 21, groups submitted an estimate of their camp size prior to Pennsic, and the Land staff assigned them a plot of land based on the number of campers (and some other factors). Pennsic 25 was the first year that the size of a group's land was based on the actual number of campers who preregistered in that group's name and prepaid their fees.

 

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