Since he was very good in using his skills with an axe and a sword, he volunteered to be in the Games. It's later known that he became a very formidable tribute that year, gaining a massive amount of sponsors. After killing many tributes in the bloodbath, he allies with the Careers.
Thorburn describes his Games in detail in, "The 40th Hunger Games", "After getting on a train to get interviewed once again, it will take her 2 days to arrive to her destination. Because of this, she occupies herself on watching some more Hunger Games. She watches Raff's first. They are described in good detail, "First, I watch a career from District 1, Raff Lockhearst, a very strong and athletic tribute. He managed to kill 3 tributes, one from my district with a sword. His district partner is very whiney.
"Uuuugh!" She says, "Just kill them, you don't have to make it so gross!" She says.
"Well," Raff says, "I bet its what the crowd wants!" He has a point. Panem loves a death that's gruesome. The grosser, the better. She eventually gets killed by Raff for being so annoying. He also manages to stay away from infections, unlike the pair from 8, who's faces are swollen from a bite that they received by some scorpions and mosquito mutts. Eventually, Raff has to betray his own allies and kill them in the end." Also, his odds of wining were 9-1.
Not too long after Raff wins, he later becomes friends with Mags Flanagan.
During this time, he is mentioned being in the propaganda that the Capitol had sent to each district during the reaping. He was also mistaken as Baron Overwhill in the propaganda too at the same time.
Since Raff is still alive, he has a chance to be in this year's Games. Thankfully, he isnt picked, and later dies shortly after the Games, due to natural causes.
In one of the film places they used to shoot the first film, there were many pillars showing the names of each victor that won a Hunger Games. As expected, his name showed up on one of the pillars there, along with the other victors from his district.
- His name is German is a nickname for a tall thin man from Middle High German rave 'lath'. However, his appearance is quite different, with him being muscular.