There are two basic types of contest - the Matter of Honour and the Competition.
Matters of Honour. From time to time well mannered steampunks may find a point so contentious as to require a method to settle the argument. In this way a Tea Duel meets the demands of the more violent forms of duelling.
A duel should be launched as a challenge by one party to the other. The challenged party has the priveledge to choose the time and location and is responsible for appointing a Tiffin Master The seconds of the two parties should meet to confirm arrangements and the challenger should approve the Tiffin Master. The Tiffin Master has the right to appoint a Pot Master at his/her own behest.
Only a single round of dunking is ever carried out in a Matter of Honour. If the Tiffin Master announces a bagging penalty the offender automatically forfeits. Whatever the outcome honour is seen to be served.
For competitions please see the page "run a competition".