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Help Wanted

The Pennsic Independent is currently seeking individuals for the following paid and/or volunteer positions.

UrchinsSell papers on assigned route throughout encampment and Pennsic Town for commission. Bonuses for good performance. Should be ten years or older. Contact Circulation.

Check the Urchin page for more info.

Circulation Manager (Urchin Wrangler) seeks a COOK. Please contact Circulation.


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Purchase a full- or partial-page display ad, or an unclassified or personal ad, in the Pennsic Independent print and PDF editions.


Display Advertisements with The Pennsic Independent

Merchants, it is time to start planning for Pennsic! Woo Hoo!

Studies show that advertising can increase sales by 25% to 75%. Display advertising in PI falls in the upper part of that spectrum! If you have never advertised before, especially if you are a new Pennsic merchant or have moved spaces, consider it for this War!

In the past, when you have advertised with the Pennsic Independent, you have reached more than 7,000 readers each day of the War!

One of the first things checked each day (after the Head Count) are the Display Ads. As we all know, shopping is an unofficial War activity. So many things can be found at the War that are difficult to obtain elsewhere. Our readers are looking for you, to see what you have and what you might have for sale.

We are continuing to increase our readership and to make your advertising dollars even more valuable to you. We are also making it easier to submit and pay for your ads. In order to do this, we are:

  • Taking subscriptions on-line, before the War.
  • Selling in more locations at the War.
  • Making the Midnight Madness issue even more mad with a special advertising section!
  • Publishing up-to-date news of the War on our web pages, before, DURING and after the War.

One column inch in the Pennsic Independent is approximately 3- 1/2" wide by 1" tall.

Display ads may be submitted in JPEG, PDF, or GIF. For your convenience, ads may be submitted to pennsicads@gmail.com. Please contact us at this address for information on submitting large files.

Advertising Price List

Display Ads

Prices are per column inch, approximately 3 1/2" wide by 1" tall


2018 Early Bird Rates

These rates are effective until July 20, 2018, and are based on your order and payment date, regardless of when you submit your actual ad.

$8.50 per column inch
(Discounts for four or more days)
$17/two days
$25.50/three days
$33/four days
$40/five days
$46.50/six days
$52.50/seven days
$58/eight days

Also, in consideration of the amount of time it takes to prepare ads with graphics, we have added a $10 graphic set up charge to those ads requiring extensive set up at War. To avoid this charge, please get your graphic ads in before July 22.

Please contact Tegan with any questions.

$9.00 per column inch
(Discounts for four or more days)
$18/two days
$27/three days
$35/four days
$42.50/five days
$49.50/six days
$56/seven days
$60.00/eight days

Midnight Madness Shopping Guide: $12 per column inch. Merchants are limited to four column inches for the shopping guide.

PDF icon Merchants 2008.pdf49.66 KB


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Midnight Madness Strikes the Pennsic Independent Again!

The Midnight Madness Shopping Guide was such a huge success, we've decided to do it again!

The section will be two pages of special Midnight Madness advertising appended to the Wednesday paper for convenient shopping. This will make it easy for shoppers to find just what they are looking for!

In order to give every merchant an opportunity to buy ad space in this special section, we are limiting the amount of space to four column inches per merchant. Space is available on a first-come, first served basis, so reserve yours early!

Space in this section is $10 per column inch.

To reserve your Midnight Madness ad space, send a letter of request, along with your check made out to “The Pennsic Independent” to:

The Pennsic Independent

2204 N 950 E

Lafayette, IN 47905

There is no need to send in your ad copy now. Copy is due to the Pennsic Independent office (located next to the Once Again Inn, across from the south side of the Barn) by 1:00 p.m., Sunday, August 15, 2004.

Contact Sarah Rogers (aka: Heirusalem Crystoma) with any questions you may have.


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Pennsic Independent Unclassifieds

Purchase Classified ads to print in the Pennsic Independent and online during the war! Pay via PayPal! It’s easy!

NOTE: The deadline for classified ads is 1:00 pm (EST) on the date prior to publication. We will try to get ads submitted after the deadline into the earliest possible publication. However, if you submit an ad after the deadline, please do not expect to see it in the next day's issue! Thank you!

Please contact pennsicads@gmail.com and we will help you submit your classifieds. The old form no longer works.

Thank you!

Unclassified Advertising Prices-Online Prices
$1.50 per 50-character line


Being an Urchin for the Pennsic Independent

What's an Urchin, anyway?

Urchins are some of the most important people to the newspaper at Pennsic. An Urchin is generally a young person, ten years old or older, who sells newspapers around the campgrounds. Urchins receive 10¢ for each paper they sell, as well as any tips they receive. This year, we are also offering cool bonuses for our top performers.

How do I become an Urchin?

Read the rules with your parents. You can e-mail the Circulation department of the paper to let us know you want to be an Urchin. Then, when you arrive at Pennsic, come to the newspaper office with a parent and have them sign a permission form for you to sell papers. You don't have to sell papers every day, but the more days you sell them, the more money you will make and more bonuses you can earn.

Selling begins at 8:30 a.m. on the first Sunday of the event. The final selling day is the last Saturday of Pennsic. Urchins can report in and pick up a route from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All Urchins should complete selling and report back in by 4:00 p.m.

What's this about Bonuses?

Each Urchin who sells at least 25 papers each day they sell will recieve a coupon for cool FREE stuff from various Pennsic Merchants when they report in. These coupons can be taken to the merchant and redeemed for the bonus. So far, our bonuses include a free Urchin glass bead necklace from By My Hand, and 5 free Fairy Coins from Starhammer Arts. We are working with other merchants to get more bonuses.

Urchin Party

We are working on plans for an Urchin Party sometime during Pennsic. We need at least two Parents to help with this party. If your Mom or Dad is interested in helping with the party, please contact Circulation.


Urchin Rules

Our Urchins are very important to us. This year, the Circulation Manager/Urchin Wrangler (Aurora) will have a daughter at the War who will be an Urchin. The health, safety and happiness of each urchin is essential to their enjoyment of the position. Therefore, we have some rules each Urchin is required to understand and abide by.

As parents, we are sure you will understand our concern and help your child to understand and follow these rules before signing the permission form. Thank you.

  1. All Urchins must have a parent sign a permission and acknowledgment of responsibility form at the newspaper office before beginning selling. Parental responsibility for a child or children is not removed by the child or children volunteering to sell newspapers. With their signature, the parent verifies the accuracy of the information they have provided and acknowledge that they have not relinquished in any form their responsibility for the behavior and safety of their child or children.
  2. A parent or responsible teenager (“baby-sitter”, 13 years or older) must check children in at the beginning of each shift and out at the end of each shift. Urchin shifts will be strictly limited to four hours and will begin no earlier than 9:00 A.M. and end no later than 3:00 P.M. We do not keep track of Urchin whereabouts once they leave the newspaper office. However, if parents come to meet an Urchin at the end of the shift and the Urchin turns up missing more than once, the Urchin will be dismissed. Likewise, if a parent or responsible teenager or adult fails to meet their child at the newspaper office more than once, the Urchin will be dismissed. Urchins 13 years or older may, with parental permission, serve as their own escort.
  3. Urchins MAY NOT sell subscriptions or take money in advance for papers.
  4. All Urchins under twelve years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult or teenager on each route. Children age twelve and older may sell alone but are strongly encouraged to have another child, teenager or adult accompany them.
  5. Urchins must NOT enter ANY encampment other than the one in which they and their parent(s) or court-appointed legal guardian(s) are camping. Sell at camp gates only.
  6. Urchins must wear shoes or sandals at all times. If an Urchin reports in without shoes on, he or she will be sent back to camp to put them on before being sent on a route.
  7. Urchins must wear a hat or veil. If an urchin reports in without a hat, he or she will be provided with one which must be returned.
  8. In case of rain, all Urchins will be provided with a rain poncho. In a storm, Urchins should take cover until the storm is over, even if it means they will be late reporting in. We will understand those conditions.
  9. Urchins are responsible for the condition of their papers. However, if papers are accidentally ruined in rain or other uncontrollable conditions, they will not be held responsible for damaged papers. Simply return the damaged papers and get a new set.
  10. Urchins should be able to do math and make change. Begging for tips is not permissible. Always offer change. If you are polite, you are more likely to get a tip. Urchins will receive one warning if we receive a complaint about begging or withholding change. Two complaints is cause for dismissal.
  11. Upon reporting in after selling papers, any remaining papers will be counted, commissions paid at 10¢ per copy sold, and all tips returned to the Urchin. Discrepancies should be discussed with Circulation at that time. We welcome parents to come to us with any complaints or concerns.
  12. Urchins selling 25 or more papers each day they sell will receive a bonus consisting of a coupon for free merchandise from various merchants. We encourage parents to accompany their Urchin to the merchant to redeem their bonus coupons.
  13. Urchins are required to be quiet and polite while waiting for papers or reporting in after sales. We are very near several classrooms and conduct business near the Urchin desk. Inappropriate or rude behavior when reporting in is grounds for dismissal.
  14. Urchins will be provided with a selling pouch printed with their route number. Urchins should not "poach" other Urchins routes, although they may sell in their home encampment. If selling seems uneven, we will adjust routes to make things fair for everyone. Bus stops are fair game.
  15. Urchins sharing routes must reach their own agreement on splitting tips and paper sales proceeds.
  16. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have about these rules or anything else.


Online Subscription Form

// Work around register_globals
while (list($name,$val) = each($_POST)) {
$$name = $val;

if ($next) {

// Check for required fields

$ErrMsg = "";

if (! $name) { $ErrMsg .= "Please enter your Modern Name
"; }
if (! $scaname) { $ErrMsg .= "Please enter your SCA Name
"; }
if ($ossub || $ossets) {

// Check for group camping with

if (! $group) { $ErrMsg .= "Please enter the name of the group you are camping with
"; }


if ($msetsus || $msetsca) {

// Check for mailing address

if (! $address1 || ! $city || ! $state || ! $postalcode || ! $country) {

$ErrMsg .= "Please enter your complete mailing address


if (! $ossub && ! $ossets && ! $msetsus && ! $msetsca && ! $pdfsets) {

$ErrMsg .= "Please choose at least one subscription option


if ($pdfsets && ! $email) {

$ErrMsg .= "Please enter your email address


if ($ErrMsg) {

// We have some missing fields

print '

Please correct the following errors:

' . $ErrMsg . "


include "1.inc.php";

} Else {

if (! $ossub) { $ossub = 0; }
if (! $ossets) { $ossets = 0; }
if (! $msetsus) { $msetsus = 0; }
if (! $msetsca) { $msetsca = 0; }
if (! $pdfsets) { $pdfsets = 0; }

$st_ossub = sprintf("$ %6.2f", $ossub * 5.25);
$st_ossets = sprintf("$ %6.2f", $ossets * 6);
$st_msetsus = sprintf("$ %6.2f", $msetsus * 9);
$st_msetsca = sprintf("$ %6.2f", $msetsca * 12);
$st_pdfsets = sprintf("$ %6.2f", $pdfsets * 6);

$grandtotal = sprintf("$ %6.2f", ($ossub * 5.25) + ($ossets * 6) + ($msetsus * 9) + ($msetsca * 12) + ($pdfsets * 6));

print <<< END

if ($extraadress) {
print <<< END

print <<< END

Please confirm your subscription information:
Modern Name: $name
SCA Name: $scaname:
Street Address: $address1
City: $city
State/Province: $state
Country: $country
Postal Code: $postalcode
Email Address: $email
Group Camping With: $group
Number of on-site subscriptions ($5.25): $ossub
Number of on-site sets ($6.00): $ossets
Number of PDF sets ($6.00): $pdfsets
Number of sets to be mailed (US, $9.00): $msetsus
Number of sets to mailed (Canada, $12.00): $msetsca
Additional Mailing Address
Subtotal, on-site subscriptions: $st_ossub
Subtotal, on-site sets: $st_ossets
Subtotal, PDF sets: $st_pdfsets
Subtotal, mailed sets, US: $st_msetsus
Subtotal, mailed sets, Canada: $st_msetsca
Grand Total: $grandtotal

} elseif ($finish) {

// build the sql statement

$sql = "insert into subscriptions values(NULL,'$name','$scaname','$address1','$address2','$city',";
$sql .= "'$state','$postalcode','$country','$email','$group',now(),$ossub,$ossets,$msetsus,$msetsca,";
$sql .= "'$pdfsets','$extraaddress',0,'no')";

// Database setup info. The user should have insert privs

$host = "localhost";
$dbname = "pennsicindependent_com";
$dbuser = "pi_com";
$dbpass = "6jcgGsP";

mysql_connect($host, $dbuser, $dbpass);


$results = mysql_query($sql);

$userid = mysql_insert_id();

if (mysql_affected_rows() < 1) {

print "

There was a problem saving your subscription


} else {

print "

Your subscription has been saved. Click the button below to pay via paypal



$grandtotal = sprintf("$%.2f", ($ossub * 5.25) + ($ossets * 6) + ($msetsus * 9) + ($msetsca * 12) + ($pdfsets * 6));
print <<< END

You can also mail a check to:

Pennsic Independent

2204 N 950 E

Lafayette, IN 47905

Checks should be payable to The Pennsic Independent and must arrive before July 30, 2004!

On-site subcribers, you MUST pick you your subscription card at the Pennsic Independent Office (near the barn) before you can recieve your paper. You will be able to get your paper either at the office, merchants who carry the paper or the ever present street urchins


if ($pdfsets > 0) {

print <<< END

You MUST pay with Paypal for PDF sets. To download the PDF copies of each issue, go to
. The username and password will be emailed to you once payment is recieved.




} else {
// THIS CAME FROM 1.inc.php
$wpi_provinces = array(
"AL" => "Alabama",
"AK" => "Alaska",
"AB" => "Alberta",
"AZ" => "Arizona",
"AR" => "Arkansas",
"BC" => "British Columbia",
"CA" => "California",
"CO" => "Colorado",
"CT" => "Connecticut",
"DE" => "Delaware",
"DC" => "District of Columbia",
"FL" => "Florida",
"GA" => "Georgia",
"GU" => "Guam",
"HI" => "Hawaii",
"ID" => "Idaho",
"IL" => "Illinois",
"IN" => "Indiana",
"IA" => "Iowa",
"KS" => "Kansas",
"KY" => "Kentucky",
"LA" => "Louisiana",
"ME" => "Maine",
"MB" => "Manitoba",
"MD" => "Maryland",
"MA" => "Massachusetts",
"MI" => "Michigan",
"MN" => "Minnesota",
"MS" => "Mississippi",
"MO" => "Missouri",
"MT" => "Montana",
"NE" => "Nebraska",
"NV" => "Nevada",
"NB" => "New Brunswick",
"NH" => "New Hampshire",
"NJ" => "New Jersey",
"NM" => "New Mexico",
"NY" => "New York",
"NF" => "Newfoundland",
"NC" => "North Carolina",
"ND" => "North Dakota",
"NT" => "Northwest Territories",
"NS" => "Nova Scotia",
"NT" => "Nunavut",
"OH" => "Ohio",
"OH" => "Ohio",
"OK" => "Oklahoma",
"ON" => "Ontario",
"OR" => "Oregon",
"PA" => "Pennsylvania",
"PE" => "Prince Edward Island",
"PR" => "Puerto Rico",
"QC" => "Quebec",
"RI" => "Rhode Island",
"SK" => "Saskatchewan",
"SC" => "South Carolina",
"SD" => "South Dakota",
"TN" => "Tennessee",
"TX" => "Texas",
"UT" => "Utah",
"VT" => "Vermont",
"VI" => "Virgin Islands (US)",
"VA" => "Virginia",
"WA" => "Washington",
"WV" => "West Virginia",
"WI" => "Wisconsin",
"WY" => "Wyoming",
"YT" => "Yukon Territory"

print <<

Modern Name (required)
SCA Name (required)
Street Address (required for mailed sets)
City (required for mailed sets)
State/Province (required for mailed sets) <Please make a selection>
foreach($wpi_provinces as $abbrev => $province) {

print "

if ($state == $province) print " selected";

print ">$province\n";

} // foreach($provinces as $abbrev => $province)

print <<< END

Country (required for mailed sets) < Please Select >

print ' if ($country == "USA") { print " selected"; }
print ">United States\n";
print ' if ($country == "CANADA") { print " selected";}
print ">Canada\n";
print <<< END

Postal Code (required for mailed sets)
Email Address (required for PDF sets)
Group Camping With (if applicible, required for on-site subscriptions or sets)
Number of on-site subscriptions ($5.25)
Number of on-site sets ($6.00)
Number of PDF sets ($6.00)
Number of sets to be mailed (US, $9.00)
Number of sets to mailed (Canada, $12.00)
Additional Mailing Address (if applicible)

// END 1.inc.php