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Pre-Game Meeting: Sunday, April 28, 2024; 1:00 PM

The pre-game meeting (aka "Picks") will be held on Sunday, April 28, at the Humanities Building on the UW-Madison Campus (providing that it has not been torn down; watch this space for updates as they become available). We meet in Room 1111 (or nearby if that's occupied). You can RSVP to the meeting via Facebook. Please note that we have changed the start time to 1:00 PM to accommodate families with kids who have school the next day, and people who want to attend who are coming in from further away from Madison (e.g., Milwaukee and Chicago).


1:00 PM: Introductory information for new players/refresher for returning players. Highly recommended for first timers!
2:00 PM: Park & Rules Update for all players! The latest on new construction at the Park, and updates to the rules.
2:15 PM: Character selection via lottery. One pick per warm body. After the lottery is complete, characters can be selected for non-present people on a first-come/first-served basis.
3:15 PM: After characters are selected, we invite players to split up into their teams for preliminary strategy discussions.

If you want to reserve a character after the Picks meeting or have any questions, call or text Jack at +1 (608) 234-0291 or email

GAME DAY: Saturday, May 11, 2024; 9:00 AM–5:00 PM!

The game is played in the "Hickory Ridge" area of Governor Dodge State Park. Note that we have moved the game to May to avoid being snowed upon (hopefully). You can RSVP to the Game via Facebook. We strongly encourage people to arrive early, to help us judge the 100+ players in the game. For incentive, players who check in before 10:00 get four extra points for their character; players who check in between 10:00 and 10:30 get two extra points. There are no extra points if you check in after 10:30.


9:00 AM: Judging opens! As above, we strongly encourage all players to arrive early in order to ensure everyone gets judged in a timely fashion.
9:00 AM–11:00 AM: Teams can use the time after they have been judged to discuss strategy and otherwise make plans.
10:00 AM: All wizards and hobbits must be checked in and judged by this time.
11:00 AM: Safety briefing and character introductions. Judging continues with a limited staff of judges, so anyone not checked in by this time may end up entering the game late.
11:55 AM: Gandalf starts game five minutes early.
12:00: Game begins for everyone else.
3:30 PM: Time at which Good team is allowed to cross the Mt. Doom perimeter.
5:00 PM (or when Sauron gets the Ring, or when a hobbit destroys the Ring, or when Saruman becomes the new dark lord, whichever comes first): Game ends.

Pre-Game Shenanigans: discontinued!

Due to a lack of attendance, the pre-Game camping activities have been canceled. Get a good night's sleep before Game Day!

Post-Game Party Information!

Until such time as the Repo Men come to take away my house, the post-game party will be held at Jack's Lair! You can RSVP to the party on Facebook.

WHO: Any and all Ring Game players are invited to join us (even if you weren't able to make it to the game).
WHAT: Relaxing and swapping stories from the game.
WHERE: 409 Bowman Ave., Madison, WI 53716, see map below.
WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2024, 7:30 PM*–2:00 AM.
WHY: It's fun.
HOW: Sodas and snacks provided. Bring your own beer or wine if you must (no hard liquor). This is an all ages party!
*Actually, "whenever Jack gets home." Could be as early as 7 PM or as late as 8:30 PM. Depends on the circumstances on the day.

I am going to presume that you can get from wherever you are to Hwy. 51 (Stoughton Road). If you're coming from the East Washington direction, go south (see red line); if you are coming from the Beltline direction, go north (see purple line). In either case, exit at Cottage Grove Road (Hwy. BB) and go WEST (toward Lake Monona). When you get to Dempsey Rd. (there's a KFC there), turn LEFT at the light. Roughly two blocks up, you'll come to a kind of wonky five-way intersection; turn LEFT again on Maher Ave. Dempsey St. is currently under construction, so you'll have to take an alternate route. Instead of turning left on Dempsey, turn LEFT a block sooner on Claire St. Follow it for two blocks, and turn LEFT at the T intersection (Pinchot Ave.), and at the next block, turn RIGHT onto Bowman Ave. One block up, on the southeast corner of Maher and Bowman Ave. is your destination: 409 Bowman Ave. Look for the Ring Game sign hanging from the garage (once Jack arrives). Make sure you don't park on the grass! Please enter through the breezeway.


Last updated: April 11, 2024.