@DaveWinpenny No problem, I think it is deserving of all recognition it receives.
He is right about E1 last year. It rained really heavily and one of the nations got their own little river. The mud got so bad that the sole of one person’s boot came off (I blame Wintermark for all the mud churning). The Navarr camp is in a wooded area, this means that you will have more protection from above but you will have a lot more mud (Also it is right next to the imperial orcs so be careful you don’t wander in unannounced, they don’t like it when you do that).
To use a shield you will need to spend 2xp to get the 'shield. To use a spear you will need to spend 2xp to get ‘weapon master’. You may use a buckler without a skill however if you go for a spear, you can’t use it as you must have two hands on the spear, at least 18" apart, while fighting. The spear is the only weapon you can stab with if it is stab safe, which gives you a huge advantage but a shield gives cover for you and your allies. It really depends on what you like to do. If you really aren’t sure which to pick, you can wait until you get to the event before spending your xp. They have computers in G.O.D (Games operation desk) where you can edit your character or make a new one.
I think that you would make money selling beef jerky but I think it is one of the more popular things to sell so you might need to have some kind of spin to it. You could use your music to attract people and then sell them the food while they are listening. This would require some help but I’m sure someone would be willing to do it. Selling food is a good way of finding conversation but with most people, if they aren’t busy, you can really just go up and start talking to them. Stand out from the crowd a bit and they may even come up to you but don’t go out of your way to do this as it could come across as a bit much.
If you want to try combat before actually sending your character in a possibly getting them killed, you can try monstering. It is at the end of the road that G.O.D is on. You turn up just before 9:00 and they give you a shirt, some armour, an orc mask and some black makeup. I had a go of doing this. It was good fun and you get to see what things are like without the pressure of having to fight well. As an orc, your main job is to give the players a good battle, this can be from your skill or from the lack of it. Of course, jumping straight into the deep end may be most enjoyable but it depends on what kind of person you are. If you want a more detailed look on combat then I can send you the link to one of my other topics about combat where I reveal I have no idea about archery and everyone else gives some good information.
Are you planning on wearing any armour?