Stichstock was an ancient broom game played in Germany (QA2).

The game is first recorded in a painting dated 1105, which features Günther der Gewalttätige ("Gunther the Violent").

Players took turns to try to puncture a dragon-bladder atop a 20-foot high pole, using pointed broomsticks. A "bladder-guardian" tied to the pole was allowed to use wand magic to protect the bladder.

The game died out in the 1300s (QA2).

The game would end when:

  • the dragon-bladder was pierced, or
  • everyone was too exhausted to carry on, or
  • the bladder guardian had jinxed all his or her opponents (QA2).


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