An Introduction From Emrys Fleet Himself
Here then is a condensation of Rat Puck.
One begins by adopting a rat of his very own from
Then one secures a satisfactory pucking stick that
meets the criteria. The criteria being that the
stick is of natural wood only and the business end
is no wider then the first two knuckles of Emrys'
Now one addresses one's rat and, after giving the
fore warning cry of "Cheese!", one pucks
off! Failing to cry "Cheese!" before
pucking results in a "Stroke penalty!"
The pucking continues until every pucker achieves
the goal. The pucker with the fewest strokes is
As long as the play is a sanctioned tournament the
winner shall become a Master Pucker and shall be
awarded the Coveted Crimson Rat.
Any conflicts are resolved by referring to the
unilateral rules committee which is made up of Emrys
Fleet. In the absence of Emrys, the unilateral rules
committee shall be made up of any present Master
It must be understood by all that one does not
become a Master Pucker on strokes alone, rather by
embracing the spirit of the game, elevating the
spirit of mankind, and most importantly, gifting!
Some Puckers A'Puckin'
Friar Beasley Pucking His Rat
Master of Masters Alan Lines Up His Shot
Some More Basics of the Game
Rat Puck is a game much like the Scottish game of Golf, but
much more fun! Instead of a ball and a club, Rat Puck is
played with a rat and a stick. Ostensibly, the object of the
game is to strike the target of the hole with your rat in
the fewest number of strokes, and thereby finish all of the
holes with the lowest total score.
The basic Rat Puckin' shot starts with your rat lying upon
the ground. You then address you rat by putting the tip of
your stick under your rat and using your foot to settle your
rat upon the end of your stick. The rat is then pucked, or
flung, toward the target with one motion of the stick. There
are a wide variety of shots that can be made in the game of
Rat Puck. See the section on Puckin' Techniques for an
Here is a list of some of the basic rules of Rat Puck.
The first and most important rule is that since Rat
Puck is Emrys Fleet's game he can change the rules
anytime he likes!
The next most important rule is that you must always
call the warning cry of, "Cheese!" before
every shot. Since Rat Puck is often played where
there are crowds of people this cry is required so
as to give fair warning to those who may be in
danger of being struck by a rat. To forego the cry
of "Cheese!" is a "Stroke
Striking a Gentle (i.e. faire customer) with your
rat is a "Stroke penalty!" This is to
encourage puckers to be considerate of others while
puckin'. Similarly, having a gentle touch your rat
even as it is lying upon the ground is also a
You must address your rat with your foot in order to
get it positioned on the end of your stick. The only
exception is that you may use your hand to ready
your rat for the first shot of a hole only. To touch
your rat with your hand in preparing for any other
shot is a "Stroke penalty!"
Puckin' sticks are generally made from a
piece of wood such as a downed tree limb.
The puckin' end is usually carved to form a
flat spot to rest the rat upon. This flat
spot cannot be any wider than two of Emrys'
fingers, nor can it include hooks or other
uneven ridges to help keep the rat upon the
stick. Metal of any kind is not permitted
anywhere on the puckin' stick. Puckers can
be found using all sorts of shapes and sizes
of sticks -- it is mostly a matter of
It must be noted that just about any stick will do
in a pinch. In fact, one day in 1997 I forgot to
bring my puckin' stick with me to the faire so I
went off into the trees and scrounged up a small
scrap of a stick that was just lying on the ground
in the scrub, and managed to puck with it right
well. It just goes to show that it's not the stick,
but the skill of the wielder that counts!
Offical Rat Puck Gear
Emrys Fleet now has a convenient place on the internet where you
can acquire all the offical Rat Puck gear and accessories you
He's set up his nice market stall at: http://www.scarlettrat.com/stuff.html
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