Tampa, FL (October 14, 2015) – Tampa Archery School will host its 3rd Annual Halloween Event – a fantasy themed event titled “The Battle of Nordsdale” – on Friday, October 6th from 6:00 to 10:30pm at its training facility in Tampa, Florida. Designed to provide the school’s students and guests an opportunity to experience archery in a fun and exciting way, this year’s Halloween event has students taking part in a combination scavenger hunt/role playing game, then capping everything off with a unique archery competition on October 30th.
According to Bryce Smith, Owner and Head Coach at Tampa Archery School, “Many of the students’ first exposure to archery was through movies, comic books, novels, TV shows and video games. So, each year we use Halloween as an opportunity to put on one of these events – one where students are dropped into a fantastic situation where the fate of the world or universe is determined by the draw of an arrow. The first year’s theme was zombies, and last year we were a sci-fi combat unit recapturing a spaceship infested with aliens. This year we have a fantasy theme, fighting a siege of Orcs, Ogres, Trolls and Goblins like in Lord of the Rings.”
To get people excited and into the overall theme, Bryce and the school’s Lead Instructor, Mark Irwin, drew from a variety of source material – video games like World of Warcraft and Skyrim; role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Warhammer; the novels of J.R.R. Tolken (of course) and a wide range of movies – to create an extensive backstory and an immersive universe for the school’s archers.
Here is a quick synopsis:
The Realm of Tambay is a peaceful kingdom located on the west coast of the continent of Vlarida. An unusually large and organized army of Orcs, Goblins and other baddies has assembled in the land of Orcala, and is marching toward Tambay, destroying everything along the way. The Crown Regess of Tambay has tasked the leaders of Tambay Ranger Academy to assemble a group of brave, clever and highly-skilled archers to aid in repelling this enemy (collectively known as “The Horde”). On October 30th these brave Rangers – fighting from the ramparts of Nordsdale Castle – will test their nerve, wits and aim against a nigh-unstoppable foe, with the future of civilization on the line.
The storyline is being unveiled a piece at a time via blog posts on the event’s website. To even further engage students and guests, as well as incorporate some of the fun of live-action role-playing, Bryce and Mark are posting “missions” that allow those who have signed-up the ability to earn “gold points”, “stat points” and “special items” that will give their team bonuses during the October 30th competition. The “Spymaster missions” are similar to a scavenger hunt and typically prompt students to visit a local landmark or business and capture a photo that is then e-mailed in or posted to Facebook. “Rangermeister missions” are typically archery shooting challenges that fit the theme and reinforce lessons learned in class.
According to Mark Irwin, Lead Instructor at the school, “When students sign-up for the event online, we have them select what type of character they want to play as. Each type has specific advantages and disadvantages, and each archer has to decide which best fits their shooting style. Additionally, they can use points from the pre-Halloween missions to acquire special items that give them additional bonuses. So far, the students have gotten really involved in the game, and the 30th is still several weeks away.”
The Battle of Nordsdale Halloween Event is not open to the general public to take part in, however people interested are encouraged to stop by and observe, talk to the students and instructors about getting into archery, enjoy refreshments and cheer for their favorite team of Rangers. The event starts at 6:00pm and runs until 10:30pm. The competition itself will start at 7:00pm or as soon as the sun sets. Information about the event can be found at www.battleofnordsdale.com.
About Tampa Archery School
Tampa Archery School is a certified archery “dojo” with a two-fold mission: introduce people to the sport in a friendly and welcoming environment, and provide fun and challenging training that fosters a life-long love and appreciation of archery for shooters of all skill levels. Located at 4405 W. South Avenue, Suite A in Tampa, the school offers archery classes four days a week, with Thursday evenings designated for open range practice. Kyudo is taught on Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. For a full schedule of classes, as well as class descriptions, photos and other information, please visit www.tampaarchery.com.
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