“Damn those stupid numbers, no HEMA Rating’s going to tell me what my odds of winning are!” While on an individual level there are a ton of other factors that the rating doesn’t capture, does it do a good job overall?
How has the CombatCon Longsword tournament changed year over year? We crunch the numbers and see.
How has the SoCal Longsword tournament changed year over year? We crunch the numbers and see.
I bet you never imagined a connection between why bugs are small and why large tournaments are run a certain way. But here we are.
Tournament organizers gave different point values for different targets, and you’ll never guess what happened next!
The more I think about tournament rules, the more it becomes apparent to me that a zero-sum solution to scoring will never get us the results we want. Also: lemon pie.
The afterblow is supposed to make fighters act with more concern for their safety. But whether it does or not is a different story. Lets have a look at the problem with the power of math.
A follow up to “How Much Does Initial Point Value Discourage Safe Attacks?” in which I sort the results based on participant skill.
I recently came across a statement to the effect of “Having a 4 point target with only 1 point deducted for afterblow is too little. No matter what you still get 3 points and it doesn’t encourage the fighter to protect themselves.”