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).