Tea duelling championships

tea duelling Rules and regulations

Steampunk tea duelling rules are rigorous. That’s because the noble sport of tea duelling is a noble one. It requires audience participation, honour, biscuits and piping hot tea. Let the tea duelling commence!

Tea duelling is a Steampunk hobby that is played whenever three or more steampunks gather in what is known as a “Tiffin Party”.  It works best when the tea duellists are surrounded by a throng of excited onlookers eager to cheer on the victor and point out any instances of cheating to the wise and patient referee, known as the Tiffin Master.

A summary of the important bits of the rules of the Association of Tea Duellists is herewith presented;



  • Tea
  • Biscuits
  • Tea pourer, known as the Pot Master
  • Biscuit supplier and referee, known as the Tiffin Master. This role may be seconded to the Pot Master if insufficient players are available.
  • Two opponents, or Dunkers



1.      Only tea may be used. Coffee? Chocolate? Don’t be facetious. Only tea. Milk and sugar may be applied to taste.

2.      Biscuits are traditionally all of the same variety to ensure fairness. As tea duelling has evolved, biscuits may be varied to allow for opponent tactics and strategies. Will you take a round chocolate digestive or a sturdy little Custard Cream? The choice, sir or madam, is yours.

3.      Opponents must have cups of the same size and shape to avoid any ugly discussions of cheating.

4.      The opponents must first shake hands and bow, then sit opposite each other across a table on which the tea and biscuits will be placed. They may eyeball each other and make desultory comments designed to wilt the opponent’s focus as desired, but they must shake hands before the duel commences.

5.      The Pot Master must pour tea for the opponents, taking care to ensure that the tea is sufficiently hot to allow for biscuits to crumble, and also ensuring that the same quantities of tea are poured into each cup.

6.      The Tiffin Master hands the Dunkers a choice of biscuits on a serving plate and invites them to select their biscuit of choice with an announcement of “choose your weapon”. The Dunkers will each select their biscuit of choice. Once a biscuit is handled, it must be chosen, with no substitution.

7.      The Dunkers will hold their biscuits by the edge not more than six inches above the cup of tea.

8.      On the Tiffin Master’s command of “Dunk”, both opponents will immediately lower their biscuit into the tea and hold it there, ensuring that biscuits are fully dunked with not more than half an inch above the surface of the tea.

9.      The Tiffin Master will forcefully count to five. On a count of “five”, the Dunkers will raise their biscuits and attempt to eat them. The entirety of the biscuit must be consumed for a clean “Nom”.

If both opponents secure a clean Nom, the Dunker who last ate their biscuit is judged to be the victor.


Tea duelling entry form

This information is required to enable our Tiffin Master and Pot Master to correctly call upon you at the appropriate time during our event.  One would not like to mispronounce your name, or call you by anything other than your proper name throughout your Tea Duel. 

Your Steampunk Name *
Your Steampunk Name
Your Real Name
Your Real Name
Your Preferred Choice of Biscuit
Phone number
Phone number