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.”