@Kimi Dwarven drinking contests apparently involve ax throwing at targets and if you missed the target (or missed completely) you took so many drinks but if you hit the target you got to give so many drinks depending on how close to the bulls eye you were.
It turns out Megan was pretty bummed at Nogar's death, even if he gets raised from the dead. Her husband Casey talked to her on the drive home and it was more of me not managing expectations in that D&D you can die and be brought back from the dead pretty easily (the cleric is now 9th level so he has access to the raise dead spell). They do plan on bringing Nogar back because Nogar is their whirlwind of destruction.
As for Jason's question of how long we have been playing. Not long. We did a long campaign in 3.5 (1-20th level) that I wrote in about where after the game ended the GM passed away from cancer. We still wanted to get together and play, partially as a salute to him and partially because we are addicted gamers, and one of the things I offered to run was Expedition to Castle Ravenloft. One more 3.5 thing for the road, and a mini-campaign from 6th to 10th levels. Megan decided to join at this point and made Nogar. It became Axe Day relatively quickly after that.