Candlemas XXV
February 25th, 2012


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Rapier Activities


10:30-12:00 - Max’s Rules Early Bird Reverse Bear Pit of Socialism

12:00-1:00 – Lunch and authorizations

1:00 – 1:30 – Youth Warder Gauntlet **ADDED**

1:00-2:30 – Swiss Five Round Robin **UPDATED**

2:30-4:00 - Pairs Double Elim

4:00 – Duck, duck, goose


Max’s Rules Early Bird Reverse Bear Pit of Socialism

Winner gets 2 points, loser gets 1 point.

Reverse Bear Pit: Loser stays in for up to 3 losses. Winner is responsible for reporting both scores to the list minister.

Early Bird: Get there early, get to fight.

Max’s Rules: Class 5, off-hand dagger. Class 4, primary hand dagger. Class 3, rapier only. Class 2, Rapier and parry object. Class 1, Rapier and dagger or 2 rapiers. Bronze Rings (and equivalents) start at Class 3. Cavendish Knots start at Class 2. All else start at Class 1.

Of Socialism: As you win points you are penalized to make things fairer. At every 20 wins you go down a category. So at 20 wins a Bronze Ring will go to Class 4, and a 40 wins to Class 5.


**ADDED** Youth Warder Gauntlet

Each youth participant will fight each youth authorized Warder 5 passes. The youth from each category with the most victories wins a prize.


Swiss Five Round Robin

Fight each person best of five passes, once in each form (single, dagger, case, rigid, non-rigid). You must match forms. If someone is not authorized in a form, the opponent will match. We will split into pools if necessary. **ADDED** Youth will fight simultaneously against appropriate opponents.


Pairs Double Elim

Pair up. Fight it out. Only one Bronze Ring (or equivalent) per pair.

In all tourneys, dead is dead.


Duck, duck, goose

In light of the Society change to what rapier blades are legal for use; I will host a game of “Rapier, duck, duck, goose” at Candlemas on 25Feb. I encourage everyone to bring out your rapiers, both pristine and questionable, and let’s see if the average marshal can discern a good blade from a bad blade by merely looking at it. If you want to bring a hunk of metal cut with a band saw or found at Home Depot you are more than welcome to see if it passes. But it has to look like a rapier. Please no sharps. Duh.

 At Candlemas, bring your rapiers to me and I will tag them with your name (and a number if you bring more than one) and stand it up in a bucket. Throughout the day everyone (not just marshals) will be welcome to inspect each of the blades and decides if it is acceptable for use. Please record your assessment on a slip of paper. At about 4:00 pm, after the tourneys are done and before court, I will hold up some rapiers of my choosing and shout, “Duck, duck, goose” (oh yes I will). Each person in attendance will then either quack if they think the blade is a duck* and honk if not (just because). We will then ascertain with a voice vote if that rapier is legal. Any rapiers not receiving a universal “Quack!” will be discussed. I will bring a device to measure flexibility, but it will not be available for use until the end of the day. I encourage everyone to do the same at every event and practice you go to for the next several months (you know you want to). Feel free to forward to other lists. 

Warder Max of the MidRealm

*The duck argument. If it looks like a duck, acts like a duck and smells like a duck, it’s a duck.


To perform the flex test:


Note; this video uses a 3 ounce weight. The Society standard is to use a 6 ounce weight. Place it 1 inch from the tip.

SCA Rapier Rules