et it be fixed in the annals of Club History that on this day, January ninth, the year two-thousand-two Common Æra, seven hundred hours Eastern Standard Time, the Low Caliber Club came into existence, founded by the Triumvirate of then presiding Officers:
Unter den Uebrigen (Treasurer),
Odin, aka Colonel Steele (Chief), Nevada
Aegus (Secretary), California
Precepts of the Club
Art. 1. Fighting
§ 1. It is the duty of each Member to perfect the first three degrees of each weapon class.§ 1.1. The order of each weapon within each class according to preference:§ 1.1.1. Viking Short Sword; Roman Sword; Viking Broad Sword.§ 1.2. Combat should prefer, in the main, the first two degrees of each class.
§ 1.1.2. Rusty Mace; Bone Club; Trial Pit Mace.
§ 1.1.3. Hand Axe; Goblin Axe; Viking Axe.
Art. 2. Deportment
§ 1. Honor shall govern the actions of each Member, the particulars of which are subject to the discretion of each Member and the scrutiny of his Co-members:§ 1.1. The Good Fight is at stake, and never the quick frag.
§ 1.2. Let enemies feed freely between matches, as this furthers the Good Fight; but smote your enemy to the ground and insult him should he snack mid-fight.§ 1.2.1. Smote your enemy to the ground, should he flee and hide in the weapons zone.§ 1.3. The ground is preferrable to the air. Our example is the Greek Phalynx, impervious turtles of the earth: let rather the enemy take the air in flight.§ 220.127.116.11. Exception: if there rules a barbarous Murder at the Trough, one may, not only out of convenience but also to retain one's rightful place between engagements, enter the weapons zone.§ 1.3.1. A thrown weapon springs from an unstable situation or creates one where there was none before. Throw therefore for a palpable advantage.§ 1.4. Never disgrace your manhood so much as to flee. If you find yourself amongst trough-murdering barbarians, or therein limbless, submit while taunting or suicide to deprive the murderer of a frag at your expense.§ 18.104.22.168. If you are caught without a weapon, who can prevent you from a worser death?
§ 1.5. A stowed weapon ("sword up") implies spectatorship, and spectators shall be treated as civilians.§ 1.5.1. Taunt on your own time, and expect no in-taunt impunity with a naked sword ("sword out").
Art. 3. Governance
§ 1. Duties§ 1.1. The Chief shall be responsible for overseeing the general membership of the Club, and scrutinizing prospective Members.§ 2. Membership
§ 1.2. The Secretary shall be responsible for the moderation of Club correspondence and the scheduling of intra- and inter-club rendezvous, including but not limited to a bi-weekly Club night and public Tournaments.
§ 1.3. The Treasurer-administrator shall be responsible for the maintainance of the web presence and everything attendant thereto.§ 1.3.1. The Treasurer-administrator reserves the right to invest or suspend administrative access, and to determine the jurisdictions of such investments.§ 1.4. The Minister of Peace shall be responsible for the silent enactment of discipline on the server, and shall not broadcast himself as such to the public.§ 1.4.1. Banning shall be used with the utmost care; do not ban somebody because of personal differences with them, but because they are an objective public nuisance and willfully do not respond to lesser measures.
§ 1.4.2. Likewise use kicking with care; do not kick in order to assert naked authority, but because someone has wilfully demonstrated poor ethical behaviour in accordance with our Constitution and has not submitted to verbal indications.
§ 1.4.3. Importantly, the Minister of Peace should bare his office lightly, that is, with discretion; he shall fulfill his role with few words, and, when called to action, shall act moderately and in due haste.§ 2.1. Election§ 2.1.1. An Officer submits an applicant for membership, who then comes under the scrutiny of the Chief and the advisement of the Officers. The Chief shall designate training and testing rituals and submit his recommendation to the Officers for a vote; the Officers may then elect to hold a trial by fire. A majority vote is sufficient to a elect a Member, but a unanimous ratification is required to elect an Officer. An Officer must have already been elected a Member.§ 2.2. Dismemberment.§ 2.2.1. An Officer submits a Member or an Officer for dismemberment, who takes his case before the other Officers. A Member may then be called upon at the discretion of the Officers to come to his own Defense; an Officer has the unalienable right to Defense. A majority vote of the Officers suffices to dismember a Member; while a unanimous ratification is required to demote an Officer to a Member, and a further vote may be required to dismember him.
Drafted 12 January 2002, Cambridge
Revised 9 January 2003, Hinterzarten