It’s back! The annual pie baking competition is back! Hooray! And here is how yer can sign up, hobbits!
Like the two previous anniversaries, we’ll have a pie baking competition! This year, the competition is held during the main party on Friday May 3rd. The aim of the competition is to find out which hobbit bakes the best pies, as well as have some fun on the way!
Obviously, there is no way to have a jury eat your pie and judge the quality of it in-game. That’s why we will ask the participants to describe the basics of their pie. Then the jury will choose the pie they think sound the best. It will be subjective, but then again, most matters of taste are.
How to enter
To enter the pie baking competition, please do the following:
- Be (or create) a hobbit on the Laurelin server
- Contact me and say that you’d like to enter the competition with a pie. We may allow players to enter on the night itself too, but if interest is high, we cut off the participant list after ten people have signed up. So send in your pie letter as soon as possible to be sure!
- Come to the main party in the Green Dragon on Friday May 3rd at 8PM UK time. The competition will likely kick off near 30 minutes after the event starts. Failure to show leads to instant disqualification
Be prepared to do the following when called up by the jury:
- Describe how your pie looks, by a single emote text (for instance, a rather sad pie could simply be described as “ /e shows a truly bland pie, devoid of any redeeming qualities “).
- When prompted by the jury, answer the following two questions:
- What are the main ingredients in your pie? Give a short description of that in /say, for instance “Well, I used those moldy strawberries I found lyin’ near them dogs in me Gaffer’s backyard”). A maximum of two sentences! No long descriptions!
- Why did you bake this particular pie for the Green Dragon anniversary? Give another short description in /say. Once again, a maximum of two sentences!
Try to keep your answers fitting to your character and the LOTRO universe, yet most of all short and simple in case there are many participants! Also, be wary of power-emoting (for instance, variations of “this is clearly the best, juiciest and most fabulous pie you have ever laid your eyes on” won’t do at all, since there’s no wriggle room for the judges).
Try to tempt the judges and be creative, but don’t go overboard either! Finally, remember that all pies should be edible and not poisonous, but they don’t necessarily have to taste good…
After all pies have been presented, the jury will deliberate a bit and vote on which pie they thought sounded best. Should votes be tied, a hidden /roll will break the tie.
The top pie bakers will get to choose among some fine prizes, as well as be awarded a title and likely get honourable mentions in the Bramblebury Gazette. There may be some special prizes for others too!
The judges are currently kept as a secret, to avoid the danger of bribes!