2019 Rulebook Changes

This past Board of Directors meeting, several updates to the Kanar Rulebook were approved. Below you can find the new rulebook as well as two videos explaining the changes and how this will affect players. The Playmaster staff will be meeting with the newly elected Character Book Marshal soon to discuss how to handle character updates and the issuing of new character sheets which align with the recent revisions. Once those processes are set, they will issue a third video with information about what the players can expect from that process.

This is a rough overview of rulebook changes proposed to the Kanar Board of Directors in January 2019.
Information about point cost changes to the rulebook being proposed to the Board of Directors in January 2019, and why they are being made.
This video describes the process our CBM staff will be using to issue new character sheets following recent rulebook changes, as well as options players have in response to the changes.
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2018 Membership Survey

The 2018 Membership Survey from the Player Representatives went out in our last newsletter. They want to hear your voice to better represent you and guide the game in a positive direction.

Better hurry, the cut off date is February 23rd for survey answers!

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January 2019 BOD Meeting

Hello everyone,

With the New Year just around the corner, I want to take a moment to remind everyone that the next Board of Director's meeting is coming up soon. The next meeting is on Sunday, January 13th, 2019 at 1PM, located at the Pittsfield Township Building Department.

If you have something that you would like to submit to make it on the meeting agenda, please send your submissions to either bod@kanar.org or secretary@kanar.org at least seven days prior to the next meeting, this deadline being January 6th, 2019.

In addition to the upcoming Board of Directors meeting, the annual Winter Feast is also just around the corner. Winter Feast will be held on Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 at Cobblestone Farms in Ann Arbor. Doors will be opening at 2 PM. For additional details, please see the Event page.

The first KANAR event of the 2019 season will be on March 8th, 2019. The new season's Annual Registration Forms will open for submission in the coming weeks, so keep an eye out for those. We will announce when the new registration form is available.

Thank you and happy New Year,

Jacob Smith
Corporate Secretary


Coming Soon: Meeting Files

Below you will find the Agenda and minutes for the 2019 January Board of Directors meeting.


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CBD Staff Position Open

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Good afternoon everyone,

Your Corporate Secretary is here to announce the availability of a K1 Game Staff position that has been opened. The following position will be opened for application and appointment, effective immediately, and will close January 12th, 2019 to be discussed and voted upon at the Board of Directors meeting the following day:

  • Character Book Marshal 1st

Applications for this position should be sent to the Secretary or Board of Directors email addresses, secretary@kanar.org and bod@kanar.org respectively. Applications will then be reviewed and the President will schedule interviews with the applicants. Approved applicants will then be motioned for discussion and approval at the Board of Directors meeting. Members desiring to apply for this position must meet the following general requirements:

  • Currently hold Veteran KGE Membership Status and be a KGE member in Good Standing.

  • Not have been released from any other KGE position due to disciplinary action in the last five years.

  • Have a current and working telephone number.

  • Have a working e-mail address with access on a daily basis.

  • Have a current and valid mailing address.

We would like to take a moment to thank Amanda Reyes-Aquino for her tireless work as CBM 1st over the last year, and to thank her for her service to the game and its operation.

Corporate Secretary,
Jacob Smith


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Recreational/Medical Marijuana Use

Hello and good morning everyone,

Your KGE Corporate Secretary is here to clear some things up about KGE's currently standing policies regarding the use of recreational marijuana in regards to Knights, and Nobles, and Rogues (KANAR) and other LARP games and groups that make use of the KGE lands for their games.

At current, the Safety Staff has decided to use our currently existing policy of "8 Hours, Bottle to Blade (8HB2B)" as a base policy for handling how members should conduct themselves in regards to the use of recreational marijuana. This means that from the moment of the last method of intake you must wait eight hours before picking up a weapon and engaging in combat. This will be our policy regarding the use of marijuana until a policy change is presented to the Board of Directors and approved at a meeting.

Furthermore, the use of marijuana on the field of play is prohibited during KGE sanctioned events. This includes KANAR and any other games which may rent the grounds for their endeavors. We have a number of members who have voiced concerns over this issue, as many of whom have allergies that respond to the inhalation or contact of marijuana smoke.

If the use of marijuana is medically necessary, we ask that you, please do so in your vehicle and at least fifty (50) feet from the front staffing area. If you are prescribed marijuana for medical purposes, please do not share your prescribed medication with others. The sharing/distribution of prescription medications is strictly prohibited and will result in the removal of all involved parties from the field.

The policies regarding the use of tobacco products remain unchanged. Cigarettes and other forms of tobacco smoking are limited to the direct area around a Building and Land approved fire pit, and the waste produced must be disposed of properly.

These policies are subject to change at the Board of Director’s discretion. If you would like to submit a policy change, please send your proposals to secretary@kanar.org or bod@kanar.org at least seven days prior to the next board of directors meeting.

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Sunday, January 13th, 2019. Agenda submissions are due seven days prior on Sunday, January 6th, 2019.

Thank you and have a good day,

Jacob Smith
Corporate Secretary


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KGE BLD Announcement: Building Materials

KGE Building and Land Department Announcement

Members of the KGE community,

The Building and Land Department is happy to provide an area on KGE’s property for in game organizations to store their unused building materials. Since the creation of this area the amount of building materials in our area of play has drastically decreased providing a more decorum aesthetic that adds to our role-playing and story. We thank the community for working with us to improve the safety and look of our lands.

As we close out on the 2018 season the BLD staff has noticed that many of the building materials that are being stored have been the same materials that were first transported when we created the storage area. While we are happy that these materials are no longer on field, this area was never created as a permanent storage area.

The BLD department is asking all land caretakers to meet with us before the end of the November 2018 event to assess the building materials that are being stored under your supervision. We wish to know what the plan for said materials are, a timeline for material use, and if the materials are still usable. Much of the materials have started to rot due to being exposed to the elements.

If an organization does not meet with the BLD department by the end of the November 2018 event then the BLD staff will consider the reserved building materials abandoned and they will be disposed of. We will also work with the BOD to schedule an additional dumpster pick up if a large amount of building materials need to be disposed of.

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The current list of stored building materials is as follows:

  • Tuth

    • 2x2’s and Rubbermaid container with tarps

  • Fort Morinar

    • 42 pallets, landscaping timbers, 4 x 4’s, carpeting, and gardening supplies

  • Building and Land Department

    • 4 x6’s, 4 x 8‘s, and plywood

  • Vanari

    • 2x4’s and 2x6’s, futon frame, and pallets

  • Silverleaf

    • Fence sections, long 4x4‘s, and 2x4’s

  • Craig

    • One section of wall made by pallets and concrete footings

  • House Mallard

    • Fireplace bricks

  • Unknown

    • Pellets and disassembled pellet timbers

  • Unknown

    • Pellets and tarp covering concrete footings

  • Chaos

    • Pallets and plastic shelves

If players have any questions they should reach out to the BLD staff via BLD@kanar.org Thank you and we look forward to seeing everyone at the next event.


- The BLD Staff


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KGE BLD Announcement: Caretakers

KGE Building and Land Department Announcement

KGE site Caretakers,

The Building and Land Department would like to thank you for volunteering your valuable time to help maintain the lands that we all enjoy. The BLD staff appreciates the volunteer hours that have gone into maintain our structures and the creation of some new ones this season. As we get ready to close out the 2018 season the BLD staff would like to walk all sites that have been issued a caretaker with the person who holds that position before the end of the November 2018 event.

The current list of assigned caretakers is as follows –

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  • Aeracon’s Keep: Tim Schafer

  • Silverleaf: Jake Smith

  • Bein Amar: Eric Thornburgh

  • Claddagh: Jennifer Blair

  • Drunken Duck: Amanda Aquino

  • G’nip’s Shacks: Fred Sher

  • Grove: Allison Fogle

  • Hawkstone Keep: Kaitlin Bereczky

  • Mahala Nar: Robert Hubbard

  • Mallard Camp: Marcus Schwimmer

  • Nothrim: Steve Jones

  • Silvermaple Inn: Wilm Pierson

  • Tribe Land: Russ Fox

  • Everything else: BLDept

If you see something wrong with this list please inform the BLD staff so that we can reach out to the appropriate parties. The BLD staff is also going to get all caretakers to fill out a new caretaker form at these walkthroughs. If any organizations wish to change the caretaker that represents them the BLD staff would like to have that process completed before the end of the November 2018 event.

If a caretaker does not schedule a walk through with the BLD staff before the end of the November 2018 event then this letter will serve as a three month warning which starts the process of reassigning an area of KGE land to a new party or back to the BLD staff. This process is documented in KGE-POL-007.

This season we have seen a large decrease in the use of our already built structures. One of the main goals for the BLD staff, going into the 2019 season, is to work with the player base to find ways to have these areas used more regularly and by more of the player base. We look forward to hearing from all of the caretakers. Please schedule your walkthrough by sending an email to bld@kanar.org

Sincerely,
The BLD Staff


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October 2018 BOD Meeting

Hello everyone,

This is a friendly reminder that the next Board of Directors meeting will be Sunday, October 8th. The deadline for proposal and agenda submissions is Sunday, September 30th.

If you have a proposal or an agenda submission, please send them to secretary@kanar.org or bod@kanar.org before the submission deadline. Late submissions are not guaranteed to make it onto the agenda.

Thank you,
Jacob Smith
Corporate Secretary


Update: Meeting Files

Below you will find the Agenda and minutes for the 2018 October Board of Directors meeting.

Some highlights include; updates to the Standard Operating Procedures and the Code of Conduct, approval for two more port-a-potties to be onsite year round, a request to rent the land by the new Larp Dark Straits has been approved for November 3rd, additionally the 2019 Kanar Event Schedule has been approved and will soon be posted on the events page and our Facebook Page.


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BOD Nominations/Elections

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UPDATE

Good evening everyone.

Your Secretary is here to announce the results of this week's voting. These Director seats will change over at the start of the July Board of Directors meeting.

  • KGE Corporate President: Erich Okonowski
  • KGE Even Year Representative: Russ Fox

Congratulations to the incoming Directors, and I'd like to take a moment to thank Craig Jarvis and Stephen Whitaker for their time on the Board. And thank you to everyone who participated in the voting process.

Adventure well,
Jacob Smith
Corporate Secretary


Hello and happy Wednesday.

Nominations for the opening Board of Directors seats close tomorrow.

The current nominees are as follows:

  • KGE Corporate President
    • Erich O
    • Matt Tatosky
  • KGE Even Year Representative
    • Russ Fox
    • Alyssa Short
    • Marcus Schwimmer
    • Angelo Aquino

Any member wishing to run for election for either of these positions must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Currently hold Veteran Membership status and be a KGE Member in Good Standing (meaning you do not have any outstanding debts or disciplinary actions and have been a member of KGE for at least two full years).
  • Have not been released from any other KGE position due to disciplinary action in the last five years.
  • Have a working telephone number.
  • Have a working e-mail address with access on a daily basis.
  • Have a valid mailing address
  • Have a valid photo identification card recognized by the US Government.

In addition, nominees for the position of KGE President must not hold any other position defined in any SOP approved by KGE.

Nominations for these positions should be sent to either secretary@kanar.org or bod@kanar.org. Nominations will be open until May 31st, with polls opening for the week of June 1st through June 8th.

When the polls do open, veteran members will receive an email sent to the address they have on file with KGE, the one submitted with their most-current Annual Registration Form. This email will contain a link to the ballot, a personalized entry code, and further instructions on filling out the form and the voting method.

Jacob Smith
Corporate Secretary


Market Day

Hello everyone,

On the first Saturday of the weeklong event June 23rd, 2018, we will be having a market day! That means pull out all the old garb you don’t want to wear anymore, dust off that boffer that isn’t in your style, and generally get that clutter out of your life! 

Remember asking for Dollars is called federals and try to keep the conversations as in-game as possible! Protection will be provided by the town guard. See Jistar (Matt Tatosky) or email at mtatosky@gmail.com for details!

Matt Tatosky

Additional details to be announced soon! 

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From the GM & Economics Marshal

Game Master

Please remember to fill out a KGE Inc. Annual Registration Form (ARF) on line for the 2018 season.  It is important that you include your legal First Name, Last Name & Middle Initial as we use this to identify your personal character files. The ARF is also used by KGE Inc. to provide us with the insurance coverage for the group.  To those caught in non-compliance with this rule, you will be asked to leave the field and may suffer disciplinary actions as this violation may hold the club liable.

I would like to take a moment to thank all of you who submitted a resume to the GM 1st for the position of Econ 1st.  After consideration I have chosen Jeremiah Klabis to be the new Econ 1st.  Jeremiah has been performing the task as part of the previous Econ staff and is well suited to take the position over with the minimal amount of transitional period stoppages.  I would also like to thank Kevin Reading and Joe Brescol for stepping up while we were in transition and assisting the staff to maintain the level of service to our customers. In addition we have added Ferd Blackburn to the Econ staff and are still seeking others to help with the position. If interested, please seek out Jeremiah and talk to him. We on the GM staff and its subordinate staff find that face to face conversations yield the best results as communication is key to the success of Kanar.

Thank you,
Tim Schafer - GM 1st

Economics & GM

Economics Marshal

Reminder that players may make one withdrawal from, and one deposit to their Player Bank every event. Eligible players may also make one withdrawal from, and one deposit to a Group or Unit Fund every event.

A friendly reminder from your economic staff. Please check your tag expiration dates regularly. After a tag is expired please turn it in. Using expired tags on the field is cheating. A note on Legacy tags. A legacy tag is a consumable tag that does not have an expiration date. These tags will be honored until they are used. After used they need to be turned in and they will be taken out of circulation.

May Event - Announcements

Friday

Let it be known far and wide that a Conclave of the Knights of Novashan shall be called to order on the evening of the 18th day of the 5th month in the year 1018. Any and all who have business or grievance with any member of the Chivalry are invited to bring forth said matters for council and arbitration. Consideration of Matters Honorbound shall require a member of the Chivalry to act as Champion in Name and Deed.

Sir Morus Silverleaf - Knight of the Thistle
Lord Marshal - Chapter of the Raven Sun

Saturday

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Long time player and member of our community, Toni Huges or Ariana on field, will be getting knighted this event on Saturday. The festivities will begin on Friday with a night of atonement and continue on Saturday with a fighters tournament from 12:00 - 4:00pm and the ceremony itself starting at 4:00 - 6:00pm. 

Chili Cook-Off

Between the tournament and the ceremony, there will be a chili cook-off hosted by house Bein Amar, starting at 6:00 pm. From the organizer "Number one rule is that the majority of the cooking needs to take place in Ilveresh. 5 silver to enter your pot of chili. Various prizes will be awarded for: best tasting, hottest, and most unique. Also, there will be a People’s Choice in which everyone can vote on their favorite dish. In order to sample the chili, a silver per sample is asked. This cook-off will take place between the tournament and knighting ceremony so you may attend all that day! Any questions feel free to talk to Castien! Thanks!"

Due to unique circumstances, the KGE Board of Directors has agreed that: Returning members who wish to attend the May 2018 Kanar event solely to support Squire Ariana Renard D'Castilian, and will only be present on Saturday May 19, 2018 will not have to pay $20 annual KGE dues, will not have to pay the $20 May event fee, however they will need to check in with the GM Staff when they arrive for to receive this and fill out an Annual Registration Form.

Additionally, there may be a photographer present on the field, during Saturday, it is your responsibility to avoid being photographed if desired. However, KGE has a media exclusion list for those who are concerned (this only extends to KGE official media), you can join the list by filling out this form.


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BOD Nominations Open

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Hello everyone.

I'm here to announce that nominations for the following Director seats are now open:

  • KGE Corporate President
  • Even Year Representative

Any member wishing to run for election for either of these positions must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Currently hold Veteran Membership status and be a KGE Member in Good Standing (meaning you do not have any outstanding debts or disciplinary actions and have been a member of KGE for at least two full years).
  • Have not been released from any other KGE position due to disciplinary action in the last five years.
  • Have a working telephone number.
  • Have a working e-mail address with access on a daily basis.
  • Have a valid mailing address
  • Have a valid photo identification card recognized by the US Government.

In addition, nominees for the position of KGE President must not hold any other position defined in any SOP approved by KGE.

Nominations for these positions should be sent to either secretary@kanar.org or bod@kanar.org. Nominations will be open from May 1st through May 31st, with polls opening for the week of June 1st through June 8th.

When the polls open, you will receive an email sent to the email address you have on file with KGE, the one you submitted with your most-current Annual Registration Form. This email will contain a link to the ballot, your personalized entry code, and further instructions on filling out the form and the voting method.

  • KGE Corporate President Nominees:
    • Erich Okonowski
    • Matt Tatosky
  • Even Year Representative Nominees:
    • Stephen Whitaker

Thank you and good afternoon,

Jacob Smith
Corporate Secretary


Photo courtesy of Finn Hackshaw on Unsplash.

Quatermaster Update


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The Quartermaster Staff is seeking donations to help improve organization and available costuming for NPC's. 

Donation Requests

  • Hefty 66-Quart Clear Tote with Latching Lid
  • Hefty 34-Quart Clear Tote with Latching Lid
  • Makeup cakes; various colors, including green
  • Mehron Rigid Collodion/Scarring Liquid
  • Spirit gum
  • Makeup setter
  • Stage blood/fake blood (please no real blood)
  • Armor
  • Ring belts
  • Sterilite 3 drawer organizer
  • Spats and  gaiters
  • Boffer weapons
  • Masks

Things QM will not take

  • Small and extra small size clothes
  • Boots and shoes
  • “New” items without a receipt. Items donated without receipts will be awarded no more than 10xp per item and xp awarded will be at the QM discretion.
  • Anything that will not be an addition to the QM inventory, i.e. torch oil, consumables, water
  • Latex weapons (they are stolen frequently)

QM Work Days

A work day has been scheduled for May 11th.

QM XP

All QM XP awarded at or between events is reported to the CBD before the next character signout deadline. If you have any issues with your XP please contact the QM1 at kanarqm@gmail.com.


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New Rules Clarification Form

In order to provide our players with the most accurate information possible, we have created a new form that they can use to submit questions regarding our Rulebook. Questions which do not have a clearly defined answer in the rulebook text should be submitted via this form, NOT discussed on the Facebook group or with non Playmaster staff members.

If a player asks a question and you cannot quote them the specific passage of rules text that directly answers it, please do not provide them with answers using the caveats, "This is how it worked for me" or "This is how it functioned in the past." In these cases, the Playmaster staff needs to answer the question so that 1) the player can receive an official, correct answer, and 2) we can be aware that players are having difficulty locating or understanding the rules text, so we can clarify it in the book if needed.

Questions submitted via this form may not be answered immediately (we all have day jobs and families), but it is a better alternative than a player being disappointed down the road due to outdated or mis-remembered information. We apologize for any appearance of bureaucracy, we appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to update and improve our processes, and you're all beautiful people who I look forward to feeding candy.

On Nominations and Voting

Hello everyone.

I'm here to announce that nominations will be opening for the following Director seats on May 1st, 2018:

  • KGE Corporate President
  • Even Year Representative

Any person wishing to run for election for either of these positions must meet the following basic requirements:

  • Currently hold Veteran Membership status and be a KGE Member in Good Standing (meaning you do not have any outstanding debts or disciplinary actions).
  • Have not been released from any other KGE position due to disciplinary action in the last five years.
  • Have a working telephone number.
  • Have a working e-mail address with access on a daily basis.
  • Have a valid mailing address
  • Have a valid photo identification card recognized by the US Government.
  • In addition, nominees for the position of KGE President must not hold any other position defined in any SOP approved by KGE.

Nominations for these positions should be sent to either secretary@kanar.org or bod@kanar.org. Nominations will be open from May 1st through May 31st, with polls opening for the week of June 1st through June 8th.

Remember, Nominations OPEN May 1st, 2018. This is just an advance notification.

Thank you and good evening,
     Jacob Smith
     Corporate Secretary

Membership Survey & Newsletter

We are pleased to announce the first newsletter has been sent! The highlight of this months issue is the Membership Survey from the Player Representatives. They want to hear your voice to better represent you and guide the game in a positive direction.

Better hurry, the cut off date is May 1st for survey answers!

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A Letter from the Secretary

Hello,

Your Corporate Secretary is here with a few announcements and reminders now that the March event is over. First, do not forget to Sign-out. You only have eight (8) days after the end of the event to turn it in, and doing so is how your character grows and lives between adventures in Illveresh. Also, submit your Annual Registration form if you have not done so already. Not turning in your ARF will prevent you from getting a return on your sign-out. If you were a new player, or brought a new player along with you this month, make sure they fill out this good, good form.

Finally, the next Board of Directors meeting is on the horizon. The next meeting is on Sunday, April 8th @ 1PM. If you would like any proposals to make it onto the meeting's agenda, those will need to be submitted on or before Sunday, April 1st. Late submissions may still be accepted, otherwise they will be pushed back to the following meeting.

In summary, the following is a time-line of deadlines and events:

  • Sunday, April 1st - Proposals and Agenda submissions deadline Tuesday,
  • April 3rd - Sign-out deadline Sunday,
  • April 8th - April Board of Directors Meeting Friday,
  • April 27th - Sunday,
  • April 29th - April Kanar Event

Thank you and happy questing,

Jacob Smith, Corporate Secretary