Would you like to win a double pass to The Goblin Ball 2015 and two decks of Tarot Cards featuring your own design, presented in limited edition collector boxes?
Total Prize value $320
Dark Realm Events is looking for the next Goblin Artist to help design the official Goblin Ball Tarot Cards. These tarot cards will be sold at events hosted by Dark Realm. Dark realm is a company that prides itself on creating evenings of mythological and mystical immersion and this is your chance to become part of the magic.
The Goblin Ball Tarot Design Competition is open to all fantasy artists and enthusiasts alike. See the below guidelines to enter and if you have any questions we will use them to create a FAQ section below.
Submit your designs after reading the details below to AskUs@TheGoblinBall.com
The Tarot Suit
The Tarot suit that the cards will be used for is the Rider Waite suit. More details about the history of the Rider Waite Tarot here.
Send any further questions to AskUs@TheGoblinBall.com and we will do our best to answer them in 24-48 hours.
The Goblin Ball 2014. What can we say? So many astonishing guests and so many amazing adventures were had on the evening of the 14th of July 2014. The realm of Ember Rule was a far cry from the Ice Kingdom and everything was so different. We offer a reflection on our past and give hint to the future of THe Goblin Ball in 2015.
Photos in this post are on behalf of Ellen Duffy Photography who provided the photoshoot for the evening! Be sure to check your shots here!
The Goblin Ball 2014
The Goblin Ball: Ember Rule was phenomenal all thanks to our guests and the artists involved. Lizzie Sharp provided the makeup crew who created the creatures who inhabited the event and the photographers made all of our guests feel special.
Guests were welcomed to a Goblin Marketplace that had several amazing artisan stalls including Nightshade FX and Roseberry bay soaps.
Pintina arrived, forcefully returned to face a family of Gods who were quick to forgive. Guests were invited to choose her fate - Bless or Damn. In the end Pintina was presented at the end of the Walk of The Gods and Blessed with Demi Goddess status.
Through the evening Animata String Quartet played renditions of songs from Game of Thrones to Labyrinth allowing our guests to be immersed in the romance of the evening. Lamplight Circus and Lee from Melbourne Magic festival provided the wandering entertainment and Shimmy Bliss once again proved hypnotic. Omega kept the Gods inferno pumping with song requests in a red lit room of DOOM!
The Quests were more popular than we had intended with over 200 quests being completed before 10pm. Next year we will grow this side of our guest experience and maybe making things a little harder and more immersive!
By the end of the evening as guests had grown weary of photoshoots and adventures we closed the doors at 12. Pintina had double crossed Ember Rule by stealing the heart of the God and left a clue beckoning us to follow her to Terra Bayou.
Next years adventures will surely be interesting as we explore The Power of Voodoo!
The Ring Masters
Just Who were these Ringmasters who ran around the venue?
You may have seen the 5 Ringmasters running around the venue and sometimes talked to a few. But what were their roles on the evening?
The Ringmasters are actually the production crew who have been working hard (sometimes up to a full 12 months before) to make sure the event runs as best as it can.
The story line of the Ringmasters isn't something that was accidental. The Ringmasters are here by appointment of Jaggies - a mysterious figure who may be revealed in an event or two - but all you need to do is remember to seek them for help and fun on the evening.
The Ringmasters were all amazed by everyones efforts on the evening and we can't wait to see you again next year!
Pintina and the Acolytes
Congratulations, thanks to our guests Pintina survived another Goblin Ball. Last year the brat Princess schemed and harassed our guests to make sure they felt uncomfortable. This year with the possibility of being granted Demigoddess status, Pintina grew up a little and with some handy positive PA from the Acolytes from the realm of Ember Rule Pintina reached that goal - only to double cross Ember Rule at the final moment replacing the Gods heart with a Voodoo doll. This could only mean we must follow her to Ember Rule and experience the Power of Voodoo in 2015!
Our VERY valuable volunteers for the evening were wonderful in supplying help to the guests who were a little lost to find their way! Even the Guards of Ember Rule who provided Fire twirling and Belly dancing made quite the impression. Next year who can we expect to help our guests through Terra Bayou?
The Quest Masters worked tirelessly at taking our guests on adventures and making sure their motives where known.
Hasina made sure her love of Pintina won over the crowd and successfully won over the hearts of the guests. Would the fact that Pintina double crossed Ember Rule sway her devotion?
Amak from The Ice Kingdom was unsuccessful and grew in anger toward Ember Rule. We wonder if he will attempt to travel to Terra Bayou to gain revenge.
Bodhisattva was key in gathering guests runes to expose the future and she was able to use this information to expose that Maude was intending to steal the Gods heart - but did she know more than what she was letting on?
Maude - framed or foe? Next year as we travel to Terra Bayou we may see more of what he was attempting to do with the God's heart.
Paiva the Fire Goddess was awaiting the return of not only her God but also of Pintina. When Ebon came with the promise of forgiveness the were able to accept Pintina into her rightful place of Demi Goddess.
Do they have forgiveness in their heart (the one left between them) to see past Pintina's shortcomings to allow her to reclaim her place in the family at a later stage or has Pintina escaped with the blessings, and the heart?
The Best Dressed
The Walk of the Gods at 10pm was amazing! There were so many fantastic costumes however Tracy and David (who came as a tree!) were the ones who the Gods bestowed the Title of Gods Honored. They took home a skull from Nightshade FX and double passes to next years trip to Terra Bayou. (Photos of the Tree Sentinel to come!)
From Ember Rule to Terra Bayou
So where do we go from here?
Terra Bayou is a world of New Orleans inspired Voodoo where we can be sure to see our Demigoddess Pintina explore and attempt to complete her next ulterior motive, but what could it possibly be?
Next year we bring an authentic New Orleans flavor to the Goblin Ball that includes Voodoo, southern charm and a little touch of death. Lets just say it won't be such a walk in Ember Rule for our dear Pintina. The Swampland of Terra Bayou awaits. Will you be invited to walk the Grand Mardi Gras for the Barons of Terra Bayou?
For updates and news be sure to follow The Goblin Ball on facebook and join The Power of Voodoo event!
We love feedback and it's all been wonderful however if you would like to give inclusions for next year feel free to submit them at The Goblin Ball page and we will do our best to consider your requests.
With The Goblin Ball almost two weeks away we thought we would let you guys in on a few secrets! On the eve of The Goblin Ball, creatures and royalty will be traveling from distant lands to pursue plans and party the night away. A magical night is planned for even the most mortal of creatures.
So if you are planning a night of drunken revelry or a chance to meet some like minded magical mates, The Goblin Ball will be a night where you can explore and take advantage of all the mysterious areas of entertainment.
In The Beginning…
Once upon a time there was a distant land called Ember Rule. The Acolytes of the land were nervous as rumors quickly spread from afar. Was the Fire God dead at the hands of the Ice Princess? Could the dastardly deed executed in The Ice Kingdom mean their most admired leader was nothing more than ashes? What could this mean for Ember Rule and was there any chance that these rumors were nothing but false words spread to cause unrest? The arrival of Princess Pintina is eagerly awaited as questions need to be answered.
A busy marketplace welcomes you…
As you enter the world of Ember Rule, as either a guest or a self made character you will be ushered into the Goblin Marketplace filled with many traders awaiting to eagerly take your money in trade of exclusive goods. Will you choose to take home a potion or magical lotion, maybe a horror replica or new costume is more your style? Perhaps you would like a psychic reading? We have many vendors who are happy to facilitate the removal of cash from your pouch. Don’t forget to cloak your cape!
The story begins…
In the Grand Ballroom the clock strikes 8pm. Pintina is ushered in from The Ice Kingdom after traveling one human year on the road (100 years for goblin kind). She has had a lot to think about before the faces she most scariest creature known to goblin-kind. Her birth mother. The Goblin Ball is officially launched and the revelry will continue till the clock strikes the magical hour of midnight.
Did you come prepared to swap a few goodies? You may find that fellow revelers would be more than happy to help with a few bribes. Feel free to look into what you may want to trade with fellow guests in this post. We find the sweeter the deal, the more favorable the outcome. Who doesn’t love to leave a party with a few trinkets?
A Quest is presented…
The Goblin Ball is in full swing but you wish to assist to show your alliance with a certain realm. In the Goblin Marketplace Quest Masters await your assistance.
Every good deed is rewarded with a prize, but will you be valiant or dastardly in your choice?
I’m ready for my closeup.
A selection of 6 professional photographers will be wandering The Goblin Ball ready to take photos of you and your friends. The hardest choice you will have is who will be bestowed the honor to take your photo and who you would like to be seen with on the evening. The Gods, Acolytes and Quest Masters will be more than happy to oblige you with a pose or two. Ellen Duffy Photography will also be located in The Goblin Marketplace offering a photo shoot experience for those who wish to capture the moment with friends.
Play the song of my people.
The Gods inferno is a DJ room taking requests for the evening of The Goblin ball between the end of the opening show till the wind down of the evening (approx. 8.15pm - 11pm). Light trinkets will be handed out by Acolytes to those who wish to party in the red room including glow bands and finger lights. In The Grand Ballroom from 7 - 11.30 Animata String Quartet will play string renditions of modern tracks including a selection of songs from the movie Labyrinth. What a great opportunity to grab your loved one and waltz “As The World Falls Down”.
Take a walk
The Walk of The Gods calls those in amazing garb. From 8 till 10pm costume scouts will walk The Goblin Ball handing out tickets to parade for the Gods at 10 pm. If you are lucky enough to be awarded the opportunity seek The Ringmaster Darko or O at 9.30 for instruction on what to do in the main hall. The parade commences at 10pm so be organized early for you may be awarded the prestigious title of best dressed for 2014.
Marvel at Entertainment most amazing.
In the Grand Ballroom we have wandering magicians, jugglers and dancers who dazzle and perform for your entertainment. The style is close up entertainment and you may find your friends lucky enough to be audience to some of The Goblin Balls most magical entertainment. Lamplight Circus, Magicians from the Magic Festival and Shimmy Bliss will all make an appearance at this years Ball.
The Evening draws to a close
Commencing from 11.30 the evenings drama draws to a close and the story ends. You are now welcomed to join in the official dance of The Goblin Ball, “Dance Magic” with all who made it possible and dance to other favorite tracks from fantasy movies until the clock strikes midnight.
We can't wait to have you as guests to Melbourne's very own Goblin Ball. Much fun is to be had for those who seek to party but also for those who wish to play a character.
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At The Goblin Ball some of our guests have decided they will be playing characters for the evening. This helps add to the magical nature of the evening and if you would like to do the same, feel free to imagine your own character. This is an amazing way to interact with other guests and also can help create memorable moments not only for yourself but also for other guests. If you would like to see how to prepare for the ball you can click here for more inspiration.
Darko the Ringmaster decided to catch up with one of the Guests Queen Thela of Selene to explore what her character was doing at The Goblin Ball and what other guests could expect when interacting with her on the evening.
Thank you for agreeing to answer some questions Queen Theia of Selene. Maybe you could begin by telling us a bit about yourself and where you come from?
It’s a pleasure to make time for the Ringmaster of the Goblin Ball. I am Queen of the Moon and Regent of the night sky. I obtained my titles an era ago after a war I waged against the God of Darkness whom, at that time, ruled over the night. I sacrificed the bulk of my powers in order to create the moon, illuminate the night sky and defeat him. I have watched over the darkness as his predecessor ever since.
My kingdom, Selene, is situated on the dark side of the Moon and as such exists in an eternal night. Any citizen here will tell you the light side of the Moon is forbidden by our oldest and strictest laws. Selene is a place of old magic, from the days before magic had color or law. We don’t abide by the commonly accepted social definitions of right and wrong and it often shocks people to learn we allow the use of most forbidden magic here.
We believe the intent not the medium of application is what is important. I’ve seen white magic used for great evil in my time, and black magic used to for a greater good. Everyone here has sworn fidelity in exchange for the ability to be who they really are in freedom. Some are admittedly monsters, but there are advantages to having monsters in our ranks. This makes us formidable. As we need to be, to keep the real horrors of the night in check.
At the Goblin Ball this year we expect to see many royals from all corners of The Goblin Realm. What brings you to The Goblin Ball?
Circumstances have forced my hand. There is trouble on Selene. We have tried to keep the situation contained, but the Moon is falling out of balance and I’m afraid the effects are beginning to be bleed over into other realms. Reports from my informants in Terra Bayou are particularly troubling. The sun that shines over their realm is dimming and that does not bode well. There is a reason why our creed is “Night falls over all kingdoms.”
Selene is not the only kingdom thrown out of balance. The Ice Apples are stolen, the Ice Kingdom is powerless, the Fire God is dead. I have been absent from court for over 100 years, but I cannot ignore the death of a God. Not when the last person to murder one was me.
I’m attending to reestablish my presence in these matters, to form alliances and gather information. I have a very particular purpose for attending the ball and I’m determined to obtain my objective. Everything depends on it and time is running out.
You have decided to to attend with other cohorts, who are they?
I think you will agree Ringmaster, protection for divinities and royalties alike at this event is paramount. Even though the Goblin Ball falls shortly after the full moon, when my powers are strongest, I am taking no chances. So far attending with me is the Commander of my Queensguard, Fenrir, and several representatives from the Order of the Dark Moon, which comprises of the most powerful magic-users in Selene: Scylla, the head sorceress of the order, Evienne Stormwalker and a trainee Lucille who has recently come to us from the Ice Kingdom.
She made a personal request of me to permit her attend as part of the escort, which I permitted. I can understand and certainly reciprocate her desire to find out the truth of what happened in the Ice Kingdom. Other citizens of Selene and members of the Lunar Court are sure to attend, and we have operatives working to ensure our objectives from their respective factions.
I am, of course, interested in receiving communication from other dignitaries before the night of the ball. I’m more than certain we are not the only one attending with our own agenda and I’m sure some of them would align with other’s.
As you are probably aware, last year there was a murder most foul and this year Princess Pintina is being brought to face the Fire Kingdom. Do you think you will help her profess her innocence or will you make sure she pays for her crime?
Her guilt or innocence... Hm. I suspect there is more to the story than that, but I can’t afford to devote my support and resources on the night purely to uncovering the truth of whether or not she is guilty or innocent in all senses of the word. My objective will be preventing her from becoming Demigoddess at any cost, and I will support any objective that supports that outcome.
Put aside for a moment the murder of the Fire God, put aside the theft of the Ice Apples then what is left is the Princess herself. If her disposition is cruel then I will find a way to deny her divinity.
Simple. I have more experience than most with cruel Gods. I also have other matters to investigate. How exactly a mortal Princess managed to murder a supposedly immortal God would be the most immediately pressing. If a God can be killed, what makes a God or Goddess in the first place? What is divinity? What bigger plot seems to be afoot here? How far are the troubles on Selene involved? This are the questions that trouble me, Ringmaster.
Is there anything you would like to tell the other guests about your attendance and what they can expect if they encounter you on the night?
We are happy to lend assistance to the objectives of others on the night in exchange for support and information for our own objectives. Other guests may hear rumors about why the light side of the moon is forbidden, a folklore about a 'monster' that lives there. The terrible things that happen on Selene during a New Moon and on Eclipses.
The horrific deaths and the fact that the Queen doesn't age. Remember everything is connected and nothing is as it seems.
Guests of The Goblin Ball are a special breed of creature. To help in making the evening magical some choose to come as their own characters adding an additional magic for those who come to party!
The Goblin Ball Characters Players event page has been created to help those who wish to play out a character for the evening find each other and plot an adventure. We have put together a quick reference for those who wish to know what story will be played out on the main stage for the evening and the chance to do your own creative work with your creature creation.
The Goblin Ball is a unique fantasy event in the way that it has its own mythology. The Goblin Realm includes four main realms that represent the four main elements.
The Ice Kingdom, a land of frozen water from the heart of a cold cruel witch. Ember Rule is fueled from fire of the passionate love provided by a loving family who yearn for a reunion with their missing daughter. There amongst a world of Voodoo exists Terra Bayou, the swamps of an earth realm slowly dying but ruled by the Barons of the clay and plant. Above the tangible worlds floats the world of Starlantis, inhabited by psychics that drift in the ether.
In the earth year of 2013 The Goblin Ball was hosted in the Ice Kingdom to the bemusement of the creatures within. Known to the hosts of The Goblin Ball and under the instruction of the mysterious Jaggies, the Ring Masters busied themselves creating a distraction of grandeur. A murder had taken place the evening before in the Queens Garden. A body lay bare and the guests busied themselves helping to uncover the true perpetrator.
As the evening drew to a close the guests grew wise and due to her repulsive countenance the Ice Princess Pintina was rightly arrested for her vile crime.
Hark! Twists were uncovered! The body of the dead was that of the Fire God from Ember Rule, a neighboring realm and the brother of The Ice Queen! If things weren’t complicated enough the arrest was halted mid arrest when Amaryllis the old Hand Maiden of the Ice Queen provided additional scandal.
It was revealed Pintina is the daughter of the Fire Gods.
Kidnapped at birth and raised as the child of an Ice Witch, Is the evil in Pintinas heart able to melt, and if so - can her soul be redeemed with the elevation to demigoddess? Why did Pintina manage to smuggle out the last remaining Snow Apples from the Ice Kingdom? They were the source of the Ice Queens beauty - what purpose could they serve her?
This year The Goblin Ball is brought to the realm of Ember Rule. Acolytes await guests every whim and whisper. Gods and Goddesses aim to please with a kind blessing and a word of encouragement. The realm of Ember Rule is a world away from the harsh hostility of The Ice Kingdom.
The Ringmasters of The Goblin Ball have chosen Ember Rule for the human year 2014, but this year their motivation isn’t clear. The murderer has been identified and the perpetrator brought to answer for her crime, what could be transpiring?
This year The Ringmasters have caught rumors floating around that a mysterious guest is after the source of power from the realm of Ember Rule. The Gods heart is a hot commodity but would Pintina risk a penalty of death for the crime of stealing such a prize? And why have numerous market holders applied to bribe the guests with trinkets for assistance in their secretive tasks?
Amak a soldier from the Ice Kingdom is looking for Pintinas persecution. He wants your assistance with bringing her to justice, but does he wish to create a distraction to pass the blame should the opulent organ vanish?
Hasina the all forgiving high priestess of Ember Rule is looking to grant Pintina the power of Demigoddess status. Should she succeed is she looking to grab the heart and take the Fire Gods place on the throne?
Maude the Poppet Peddler of Terra Bayou. The world is crumbling and rotten from the inside out. Voodoo required the ultimate sacrifice, maybe he needs the heart to shine like a sun on the land to breathe new life.
Bodhisattva the Psychic from Starlantis could always use another star in the night sky. The heart of a god, shining in the middle of a new solar system should sit nicely with her realm. But why would she need one when the Psychics know all? Maybe that is the problem.
This year The Ringmasters of The Goblin Ball encourage you to seek the truth behind the motivations of our market holders and choose whether to bless or damn Princess Pintina.
The outcome could save a God and the world of Ember Rule, or leave the realm open to the same fate as the Ice Kingdom.
For those who wish to come in character and play with each other we have set up a separate event page where you can plot and plan on facebook. Hook up with other players and be sure to catch up on the evening to solve the mysteries!
The Goblin Ball Character Players is a page set up for guests. Guests support is minimal as it is set up to assist guests meet each other and plan their evil deeds.
Some tips to help create your evening
1. Respect Each Other
The Goblin Ball prides itself on being an all inclusive event regardless of race, gender, gender identity and sexual identity. Discrimination or bullying of any kind is not allowed.
2. Safety First
Make sure if you are meeting someone for the first time, do not arrange to meet outside of the event. Meet inside to make sure your safety is covered.
Plan some fun activities, plan to work together on some of the quests for the evening and plan to bribe each other to get these jobs done! Maybe a little jewel can persuade an unexpecting guest to join your cause.
4. Character Interaction
Our creatures have gone through extensive training to help bring The Goblin Ball to life. Please be mindful of physical contact as our creatures are not allowed to engage in physical combat. Keep physical contact if needed during photo opportunities respectful and always feel free to ask for a hug.
5. The Storyline and Set Design
Bring your own motives and mythology and feel free to share them around. Words can be powerful and your mythology helps create the world we play in. Just be aware though - to avoid being arrested by Goblin Guards - please for your own safety keep off the thrones or set unless invited by a Ringmaster who would be happy to supervise your photographs if possible.
6. Use the Facebook Page
Guests are looking to play with each other and the easiest way to share your story before is to log on and post your story. Others may be swayed into joining your cause!
7. Have Fun
The Goblin Ball isn't to be taken too seriously. The best way to start a new adventure is to say "yes" to anyone who proposes a new idea or adventure. There are break out areas through the venue to allow you to converse and regroup. There are quests in the Marketplace to give you some jobs to complete! Choose wisely because once you choose a job you are aligned with that kingdom for the evening.
We hope this gives you some ideas on how to have an amazing time! Be sure to join The Goblin Ball Character Players for more fun!
At The Goblin Ball we love watching fantasy movies and although we have many favorites, we thought we would share our top 5. We know we have left out heaps of movies that you may have drawn inspiration from so please feel free to add your favorited in the comments below.
5. Queen of the Damned (2002)
This may seem like a long shot but the late Aaliyah dazzled as Akasha showing that beauty can be brutal. We put The Queen of the Damned at number 5 on our list for a few reasons. Firstly Ember Rule, the fantasy world where The Goblin Ball is set this year takes its costume and styling from Egyptian Revival. Our costumer Jodie Welch spent countless nights in front of Art Deco and Egyptian books looking to create that special blend of Goblin Mythology and an ancient flavor to give the evening it’s otherworldly feel. Also our acolytes who serve as the event slaves have been clothed in haramesque style garb. Should you think that these creatures are a little brainwashed and subservient you could almost be forgiven for thinking the Fire Goddess has cast some mind spell to keep them all in check.
4. The Princess Bride (1987)
For its softer, more fairytale inspiration The Princess Bride comes in at number four. The Princess Bride is classic. There are amazing gowns paraded by the women and the mediaeval sharpness of the men mean there is something for everyone. The Princess Bride is a movie that although with a little time, recreating or gathering inspiration from this movie is achievable with not too much of a headache. For men, Westley’s costume is very simple but effective and with the right amount of charm anyone could pull off the style. Buttercups “nightmare scene” gown could also be achieved with a repurposed wedding gown and a bit of elbow grease. This movie is classic all the way.
3. LEGEND (1986)
This movie would require a LOT of planning and a bit of gold to be able to produce the elaborate costumes from Legend. To recreate The Lord of Darkness much effort would have to go in to prosthetics and hiring a team of makeup artists to create Tim Curry’s iconic look. Princess Lilly wears an AMAZING ensemble in her dark phase of the movie and this is a look that would both strike awe and terror in fellow guests. Dark Lilly is definitely one of the most iconic looks from the movie Legend.
2. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Okay so this isn’t so much an old classic but more of a NEW classic. Last year for The Goblin Ball: The Ice Kingdom, the production crew watched The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe countless times to gather inspiration for our creatures and were mesmerized by the costumes. Jadis' costume changes with the seasons till she herself becomes the lioness and the other creatures are SO amazing that even the supporting cast deserve a hit of the rewind and pause button when spotted.
1. Labyrinth (1986)
CLASSIC. There was no doubt that Labyrinth would top the list. The reasons Labyrinth is our number one are so numerous that we have to cut back or you would be reading an extended essay. The costume designer for Labyrinth had Brian Frouds immersive mythology to work from. Froud created not only a cast of amazing characters but also the in depth Labyrinth universe. If you are looking for inspiration, we suggest getting yourself a bottle of red, a note pad and a number two pencil to sketch the numerous gowns, masks and venetian costumes. In Labyrinth the look is flowing, an overuse of material to create movement and an abuse of costume jewelry are also the main focus. Just as Sarah had no idea where to look when she entered be ball, guests of The Goblin Ball would have no idea where to look when you step in front of them.
So add your inspiration. What movies or books have helped create your character? And don't forget Tickets are Pre-book only!
We can't wait to see you on the night!
As told with Labyrinth Graphics.
The Goblin Ball is an event of grand proportions. Class and elegance is important if you are attending as royalty, or grit and grime will suit those creatures from the depths of the Goblin Gutters. With so much on offer on this evening it is easy to be unprepared to experience everything on offer so it is wise to do some planning before to maximize your experience.
BEFORE THE EVENT
This may sound like a simple thing to remember however we have had the occasional goblin attempt to bribe their way in on the evening. As the venue of this magical evening is quite strict on letting rabble through the gate, tickets must be purchased before the event. You can do so here and it is recommended to purchase at least a month beforehand.
Costumes make a statement about who you are and why you are there. The grander the costume, the grander the character. Are you a regal being from another dimension there to seek the admiration of your fellow guests or are you a traveling gypsy who is looking to deal and steal their way through the evening? Chose simple additions and embellishments to give a silent nod to where you come from. If you come from an earth realm, maybe include faux leaves and beads that represent your world. Those from a celestial plane could incorporate battery operated LED lights for a cost effective but powerful impact.
Makeup is important. Some see it as their war paint or a way to elevate themselves above the commoners. Check out this interview with Mad Dame for some amazing tips on how to approach your makeup for the evening. If you have the funds and would like to have someone do it for you check out the resources part of the Attractions page here. If you would like to wear some interesting contacts to enhance your look further check out Crazy Contacts for some very affordable eye bling.
This is something that isn’t really featured in many events. At The Goblin Ball our guests seem to like the experience of sharing things from their own worlds. Some guests in the past have brought little trinkets to trade with each other such as jewels, handmade jewelry, spells and talismans. Although this is an optional addition to the evening, you may find it fun to trade trinkets and bribe other guests into doing some crazy things with a little gift. A quick search on ebay can help you find hundreds of bulk trinkets for a small fee. You could even take a trip into nature to gather your own pouches of shells, nuts or treasures to trade. With a little preparation and creativity you would be surprised how valuable your creations become in the right environment.
On the Eve of The Goblin Ball
Food in your belly
Make sure you are fed beforehand. The Goblin Ball is a LONG evening of revelry and it is easy to get exhausted and hungry. There will be food trucks in the area till approx 9pm however they will be a short walk away. Come satisfactorily fed and ready to dance!
Money in your pocket
Although entertainment is included in your ticket price, the goodies for sale in The Goblin Market and drinks at the bar will require human money. If you think you would like to leave with a limited edition Goblin Balm or Horror prop replica make sure you have some funds to cover your purchases as not all stalls will have card facilities.
At The Goblin Ball
The Grand Event
So you have arrived at The Goblin Ball and everything is happening at once! Where do you go first? The Goblin Ball can be disorienting for those who have not experienced an event like this before so there are the amazing Acolytes of Ember Rule waiting to guide you in the right direction. If you need additional help you can ask a Ringmaster dressed in red and black to assist. They may be evil, but they know how to get a job done.
Entering The Goblin Ball
From 7pm you may enter the world of The Goblin Ball to explore and gather your bearings. Entering via the main bar you can buy a drink and socialize then move into the Goblin Marketplace and have a photo or two or cloak your outer garbs. Around the venue there are run sheets of the evening posted so you will know key times for events and their locations.
The Beginning of The Goblin Ball
At 8pm be sure to enter the Grand Ballroom where Pintina will be brought to answer for last years murder. The Goblin Ball will officially commence and essential information will be provided on the running of the evening.
After the official opening, The Quests (party games) will be ready in the Goblin Marketplace where you can help a creature with their secret plans and earn a prize. The Gods inferno will be open for your song requests and light tinkers will be provided for those who wish to dance the dance magic. The string quartet will continue to provide elegant entertainment in the Grand Ballroom and you may spin around the dance floor with a loved one (current or possible future) or relax with friends and plan your next move.
The Middle of the Goblin Ball
Judges will be roaming the venue to provide those with astounding costumes the opportunity to walk the red carpet and try their hand at the best dressed. The Walk of the Gods (best dressed) will be held halfway through the evening to parade those chosen. With the blessing of the Gods it is possibly that even you may be crowned the King or Queen of The Goblin Ball.
The End of The Goblin Ball
At 11.30 The evening winds down in the Grand Ballroom where the evenings story is drawn to a close and gratitude is paid to all those who have toiled long and hard at making the Goblin Ball a reality. As per Goblin Ball tradition, we dance until 13 O’clock (12am) with guests to the official song of the Goblin Ball - Dance Magic.
We can't wait to have you experience this magical evening with us and the companies that have worked hard to bring this event into reality. The Goblin Ball is a collaboration between countless individuals and many companies who have worked tirelessly together who are united by the passion of retro fantasy, magic and the love of a night to remember.
And remember... It's only forever.
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In the lush rain forests of Victoria, creatures gather to celebrate the uniting of their kin. The Elves of Australia have been gathering together in the past few years to pass down the secrets and traditions of Elven kind via such workshops as bow-making, leather-craft, Elven cuisine and even Quenya, the most ancient of Elvish languages! Humans and fae alike who are brave enough to join in the festivities are rewarded with a weekend away that they won't forget.
David Ibbetson of Elven Kin is the leader of the movement called Yomenie. With his enthusiasm he brings a whole experience to Australia not found in many places in the human realm. The Yomenie Camp runs once for each season of the year, allowing Elf enthusiasts the opportunity to live as Elven folk for a weekend and learn the ways of the Yomenie. Additionally, monthly workshops are held to pass down the knowledge and skills that any would-be Elf would need to survive life under the stars.
Darko the Ringmaster decided to ask David a few questions about Elven mythology, and ask him what brought him to bring this amazing idea to life.
So David, Yomenie is an interesting name. I haven't heard about it before in the Goblin Realm. Where does the name originate?
Funnily enough, "Yomenie" is an Elvish word meaning "a meeting", and denotes the combination of more than two. The Yomenii (plural) that we hold are based on an ancient Elven tradition of mutual good-will. Ancient Yomenii were crossroads between distant Elven villages where both friends and foes would meet, present their skillfully made wares, food and miru (alcoholic beverages) to each other as a sign of kinship, and as a way of diversifying the villages in the hopes of strengthening all Elven kind through the simple act of kindness.
So The Yomenie is a camping experience like no other. What does a typical Yomenie include?
A Yomenie typically lasts three days, the first of which is usually spent in academic pursuits such as Elvish grammar, vocabulary and writing. The second day (Aran Mereth) is a day of festivities, all of the workshops revolve around music, dance, song and other performance skills such as fire twirling or juggling. At night, we hold a large traditional banquet feast and are fortunate enough to enjoy entertainment from our network of dancers, musicians and circus artists. In addition, we host an Archery Tournament, and offer a large selection of other workshops and activities such as jewellery crafting, bow-making, arrow-making, leather craft, belly dancing, and we'll even regale you with classic tales of long-lost Elven heroes around the campfire.
If I was to attend a Yomenie as a humble Ringmaster, who wanted to learn the ways of the Elven Folk, what skills would I be able to walk away with?
Our most popular workshop is the Archer's Workshop. People can attend without any experience and go home having created their own full archer's kit including custom made Elven longbow, bowstring, quiver and arrows. All the skills are taught and then put into practice within the workshop. I think that this really encapsulate the group's purpose. We offer a wide range of workshops, and they all require individual hand-skills, but the resounding take-home benefit are knowledge and experience in the application of such.
If our guests were to join the Yomenie on the realm of the internet, what kind of creatures could they expect to meet, what are the Elves like online and where can we find you?
Luckily we're the only Elven Culture Workshop Group online that has an Elvish name, so to find us, one could either summon us through the wizard Google or keep up to date with all the chatter by clicking www.facebook.com/groups/yomenie
Online we're visited mostly with Elves and Firyar (humans), although we have a large variety of fae friends who join us regularly including people of Faerie, Orc, Vampire and Fawn persuasions.
And David, we hear you are attending the Goblin Ball as a united front. Last year Pintina was charged with Murder of the Fire God and we have heard rumour that Amak the Ice Elf is looking to call for her death as payment for destroying the Ice Kingdom. What is your ultimatum for attending? Do you expect to cause a disturbance or are you there to gather together your own kind?
Lala, [Elvish for LOL] Maybe one first, then t'other...
Tickets are still available for The Goblin Ball. Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment and you too can play with the Elven folk!
An Introduction to The Goblin Ball 2014
The Main Event
Welcome to The Goblin Ball 2014 where imagination becomes reality. From the Grand Ballroom to the Goblin Marketplace we have a unique experience for those who are brave enough to enter the world of Ember Rule*.
The Goblin Ball was originally inspired by the 1986 movie Labyrinth starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly. The Goblin Ball has developed far from its original inspiration and brings to Melbourne a unique blend of fantasy and performance art for those who wish to experience a night of magic and mystery.
In The Grand Ballroom the evening begins with a tale of epic proportions and transforms into a classic viennese style masquerade where dancing with a stranger is encouraged. Who is behind the mask of your dance partner? Will you find out before the clock strikes Midnight?
The Grand Ballroom is host to many wandering entertainers with Magic and Acrobatics a specialty. Will you be fooled by the close up magician or will you join in with the jugglers who require your assistance to perform an amazing feat of skill?
The Goblin Marketplace has many traders and a photo area for you to get the perfect group photo snapped by Ellen Duffy Photography.
For an additional cost you can pick up limited edition Goblin Ball trinkets from one of the vendors ranging from costumes, jewelry, soaps from traders and even goblin remains from the amazing Nightshade Effects.
In The Goblin Marketplace there are also games that are free to join (we call them Quests) and rewards are granted for simple tasks. You can take home a trinket or two with little effort by helping one of four dastardly characters who have travelled from various magical realms.
The Gods Inferno is a DJ room where you can request a song or two and dance the night away to more contemporary tracks. With free trinkets including finger lights and glow bands this inferno is HOT! DJ Omega is spinning from 8 - 11 in the red room bringing a little Dance Magic to those who seek it.
The Walk Of The Gods held at approx. 10pm on the eve of The Goblin Ball is an amazing opportunity to parade your costume should you be elegant enough to join in! Best dressed is awarded during The Walk Of The Gods, will you be outstanding enough to be granted one of the coveted 20 places awarded to walk?
Feeling a little lost? Do not panic! We have a team of 10 Acolytes (Slaves to The Goblin Ball) that can assist you find what you are looking for. Just grab ask of the many Acolytes to be directed to the area you need to find! They are most helpful and may impart secret wisdom about The Goblin Ball at the same time.
Why is there no food on the night?
Last year catering added a large cost to the evening, so we believe your money is better left in your pocket. Cheaper tickets mean more celebration at a lower cost.
For Those who require a little more magic
The option to play a character
The Goblin Ball allows those who wish to come as a character to play out an adventure they have imagined themselves. This is entirely up to the attendee and is not a requirement of the ball.
After last years amazing effort on our guests behalf we couldn't go without mentioning the amazing imagination that helped create the world of The Goblin Ball in 2013. If you would like to create your own character watch this Blog for some tips on how to create your own Goblin Ball character or go it alone.
There are no rules and if you want to live your character for the evening then feel free. If just turning up for the party is what you have in mind, don’t worry - we have you covered!
*The World of Ember Rule
The Stage Show Last year was The Ice Kingdom. A world of snow and ice welcomed the guests and the rumor of murder most foul ran rampant! This year the Ice Princess Pintina has been brought to the world of Ember Rule charged with the crime of killing the Fire God.
Will Pintina be found guilty of her crime or will she be granted the most opulent title of the Fire Demigoddess? Her fate is in your hands.
The story continues this year, but is a small portion of the nights celebrations.
With all that is to offer at The Goblin Ball make sure you book your ticket early!
Last year sold out before the night and no tickets are available at the door so book now to avoid disappointment.
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