Friday, September 13, 2013


Yeah, we’ve been a little inactive these past few weeks, sorry about that! In an effort to rectify this, have two exciting announcements!

1. Flock of Smeagols is finally back, Free Peoples! This Friday night, September 13th, at 10pm EST on the Scholar’s Stair Stage.

Come for the booze, stay for the music! (Or is it the other way around…?) Either way, it’ll be wild, it’ll be crazy, it might even be pretty on occasion...but don’t worry, that won’t last too long! Hope to see you all there!

2. So, you know how things have been a little dead around the Trapdoor Tavern lately? Well, things are about to get…

 Well, yeah. But in a more lively way! With a special Halloween Spooktacular, the tavern will come alive in a...more dead way. *sigh* You know what I mean.

Miri: Okay, that’s enough Forsaken Cider.
Coda: *whimpers*

Anyway! This isn’t just your average tavern night, however. Expect all sorts of games, contests, and prizes, from musical chairs (using spooky music, of course) to ghost stories around a campfire all the way to the obligatory costume contest!

The house band will also be playing a few sets and putting on something of a skit, but there will be an opportunity for open mic, so bring those bagpipes and pibgorns and get your most terrifying tunes ready!

A breakdown of the event, for those organizationally inclined:

Who: Flock of Smeagols, featuring Chalse and Codella Mosstoes and Mirinaeth Galadhlin
What: Halloween Spooktacular of Epic Proportions!
When: Friday, October 25th, 10pm EST--???
Where: The Trapdoor Tavern: 5 Stonemirk Street, Skimsby, Thorin’s Hall Homesteads (from the entrance, just hang a right and keep walking)
Why: Erm…
How: Okay, this seems a little unnecessary...

Schedule of Events:

Haunted Tavern Tour: See the demonic origins of the tavern and its adornments up close and personal with a narrated tour featuring your 3 lovely tour guides. Beginning at the street entrance at 10pm sharp. (Relatively sharp. Not quite dull… Kind of like a slightly rusty steak knife. Rather than one that’s been rusting in the bottom of a lake for a century or two. We have some of those actually, if anyone would like-- *gets knocked out by Miri*)

Flock of Smeagols Musical Interlude #1: Featuring all your Halloween favorites and maybe some you’re not quite as familiar with…

Open Mic and Main Dinner: Enjoy the talents of your fellow patrons as you take advantage of the tavern’s extensive menu and the kindness of your wonderful hostesses. Halloween recommendations: [drinks] Forsaken Cider, Blind Troll Stout, Toad’s Tongue Ale, [vittles] Bubble and Squeak, Spiced Apple Pie, [smokes] Muddy Foot.

Costume Contest: Everyone is welcome to participate, so don’t be shy! Step onto the stage and give it your all! After all, there are 3 separate prizes…
GO GO POWER CHAMPIONS! Dun-dun-dun-dun-da...

-First Prize: 2 gold, 6 black dye, 6 orange dye
-Second Prize: 1 gold, 4 black dye, 4 orange dye
-Third Prize: 500 silver, 2 black dye, 2 orange dye
1. May enter as an individual or a group. (If entering as a group, please have a leader who will receive your prize to divvy up among you.)
2. Only one entry per person.
3. Must have a clear costume theme or idea. (Character titles and emotes are optional, but are considered in the judging.)
4. Winners are decided by total vote of audience members and staff members; contestants cannot vote.
5. If you would like to be announced, please send a tell to either Chalse, Codella, or Mirinaeth and the member you chose will recite your blurb word for word...with maybe a few emote-ish embellishments.

Musical Chairs: All interactive furniture counts for this one, so grab an armchair, a bench, or a stool and come join the fun! Listen carefully as Miri plays a short (but spooky!) song then grab a seat as soon as the music ends! Good luck to everyone, because the winner will be taking home a very special piece of furniture indeed.
So special.

Flock of Smeagols Musical Interlude #2: Now that Miri’s all warmed up, it’s time for a second set of creepy music that’s sure to send the chills down your spine...

Short Ghost Stories Contest: For this event, we’ll be trekking back outside to huddle around a campfire and tell stories specifically designed to creep out all your friends! But where does the contest part come in? Oh yeah…
“And the two little hobbits were never heard from again…”

-Staff vote prize: 2 gold, Wintertusk trophy, 1 black wall paint, 1 pumpkin-orange wall paint
-Audience vote prize: 1 gold, 50 dirty skulls, 1 black wall paint, 1 pumpkin-orange wall paint
1. Stories must be told in 2 sentences or less.
2. Content restrictions...there are no content restrictions. Go crazy! The scarier the story the better, because the winner (of the staff vote prize anyway, I can’t speak for the audience) will be the reason we can’t sleep for a week.

Halloween Skit: Featuring the…“talents” of your lovely staff members, sit back and enjoy a short production. You’ll scream! You’ll laugh! You’ll cry! You might even sneeze violently! (Well, you probably won’t sneeze. At least we hope not.)
You’re just lucky we don’t have a fourth band member…YET.

Open Mic and Last Call for Dinner: Missed the earlier open mic? Still craving that last midnight snack? Not a problem! Get on that stage and rock the house as your 3 hostesses return to being tavern wenches for a little while longer. (Not to worry though, the booze will always be flowing as long as there’s a need for it!)
Final Flock of Smeagols Musical Interlude: The house band is back and ready to shake it down til the end of the night! If you made it this far, congratulations! We’ll keep playing as long as there’s people who want to hear us...and maybe even beyond that.

That’s all folks! Hope to see you at some of these events and stay tuned for more entertainment!
...As soon as we figure out where our pants went.