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K&Q Rapier 2014 - Tournament Format

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Hi, everyone!

Here are the conventions and format for the upcoming King's and Queen's Rapier Champions Tournament. If there are any questions, feel free to direct them to me and I'll clarify them immediately. Hopefully this will be mostly straightforward, and we can look forward to a day of great fighting.

Please note that any authorized rapier fighter may participate in this tournament, but only those who are willing and able to perform the duties of a Champion of the East Kingdom and affirm as such when signing in with the MoL will be able to advance from their round robin pool into the sweet sixteen.

First, conventions for the day.

Single Rapier: For the purposes of this tournament, single rapier will be defined as a single sword which is clearly intended to be used one handed. If there is any disagreement on the day of the tournament as to whether a weapon qualifies, I will be happy to make the determination on the spot. I hope, however, that the spirit of this ruling is clear.

Offensive Weapon Form: For the purposes of this tournament these fighting forms consist of rapier and dagger, case of rapier, and two-handed sword.

Defensive Weapon Form: For the purposes of this tournament these fighting forms consist of rapier and rigid parry, and rapier and non-rigid parry.

Double Kills: In the Round Robin double kills will be re-fought once per pairing. After that, dead is dead and the pass will be recorded as a loss for both combatants.

Re-centering in the List: We will not be re-centering fighters when they hit the ropes. We expect that if you have placed yourself in a corner, you must want to be there and the fight will continue as such.


Tournament Format

As has become common, the tournament will consist of three parts - the round robin, the sweet sixteen, and the finals.  There will be 8 pools.

Part One - Round Robin: Fencers will be divided into eight pools of a size based on the number of combatants.  Each fencer in a pool will fight two bouts against all of the other fencers in their pool (see note below). The second bout will be fought immediately following the first without exiting the list.  Each fencer must fight one of the passes using an offensive form and the other of the passes using a defensive form or single rapier.  There is not a sequence requirement for the form selection. Just that it must be done.  There is not a requirement to match forms in either pass.  Points will be awarded as follows:

  • Winning only the first pass: 3 points.
  • Winning only the second pass: 2 points.
  • Winning the first and second pass: 4 points.
  • Double kills: 0 points.

The top two fighter(s) in each will be selected to advance to the sweet sixteen.

NOTE: In the event that we have more than 87 competitors the Round Robin will have to be a single pass per pairing within the pools.  This is due to the estimated time requirement to complete Part One given the number of fencers.  If this situation occurs the scoring will be changed to one point per pairing and fencers will be required to use a Defensive Weapon Form or Single Rapier.

Part Two - Sweet Sixteen: This will be a double elimination tree. Each pairing will consist of the best of three bouts. For each bout within the pairing, the fighters must choose one of single rapier, an offensive form, and a defensive form. Fighters may not repeat from among these three categories within a given pairing. Fighters are not required to match forms.  If fighters are not able to agree on the sequence of the forms a call and respond will take place with the first call decided on a coin flip.

Part Three - Finals: The winner of the Winner’s Bracket and the winner of the Loser’s Bracket will advance to the finals.  The finals will be decided as a best of five bouts. Before the finals begin, each fighter will lay out their chosen five weapon selections. While each of these must be substantially different from each other, they need not align with the weapon authorizations we've all come to know and love. For instance, rapier and stick is considered to be different from rapier and buckler; two different bucklers or two different stick-like objects are not different. A single-handed rapier is different from a two-handed rapier. If there are questions as to whether something is "substantially different," I'm happy to field them over email off-list or at the tournament.

This does mean that a fighter could, for example, lay out: Rapier and Dagger, Rapier and Stick, Rapier and Buckler, Two Handed Sword, Case of Rapier.

The fighters will be able to look over the weapon selections of their opponent and we will ensure that they are all acceptable to both combatants. The fencer coming out of the winner’s bracket gets the option of call or response in the first pass.  The fencers will alternate call/response for the remaining passes.

I'm really looking forward to this day. Good luck to everyone!

Yours in Service,

Don Nathaniel Wyatt
Kings Rapier Champion

Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 February 2014 10:44

Applications for Kingdom Marshal of Fence

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Unto the East Kingdom,

The Crown, the office of the Seneschal and the Earl Marshal of the East will be accepting applicants for the office of Kingdom Marshal of Fence. If you would like to send a letter of intent for this position, please send them to:

Please have all letters sent in by November 30, 2013

Last Updated on Friday, 01 November 2013 08:03

Seeking Applications for Deputy Society Marshal for Rapier

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The Society Earl Marshal is currently seeking candidates for the position of Deputy Society Marshal for Rapier (DSMR).  Applications for the office will be accepted through August 15, 2013.

The DSMR's duties include the following:

  • Supervision of all Kingdom rapier combat rules to ensure they adhere to current Society rules.
  • Maintaining, updating and enforcing the Society rules for rapier combat.
  • Acting as a resource for Kingdom Rapier Marshals (KRMs) and all rapier marshals throughout the Society.
  • Acting as a resource for other Society and Kingdom officers for other combat disciplines when coordination is needed.
  • Review and approval of experimental rapier combat proposals which Kingdoms may wish to explore
  • Coordination of bids for the annual Known World Academy of the Rapier (KWAR).
  • Administration of an electronic mailing list for KRMs.
  • Regular reporting to the Society Earl Marshal and through him to the Board of Directors.

The successful candidate should have the following skills/competencies:

  • Excellent communication skills: written, oral, and electronic.
  • Ability to work with other Corporate, Society and Kingdom officers and deputies.
  • Extensive familiarity with Society level armored and rapier combat rules.
  • Strong knowledge of the differences in rapier "culture" between the various SCA kingdoms.
  • Knowledge of current Society Rapier policies and issues currently facing SCA rapier combatants.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Familiarity with SCA Corporate and Kingdom structure.

As easy accessibility is a vital part of this office's responsibilities, and as the bulk of the management of the office is now done electronically, a reliable internet connection is also required.

The current Deputy Society Marshal for Rapier intends to step down after submitting the 4th quarter report on December 16th, 2013.

Please include a resume describing both SCA and modern experience, and references (SCA preferred). Send resumes to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”)

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At the July 2013 Board Meeting, the Additional Peerage Exploratory Committee (“APEC”) proposed that the Board of Directors create a new Patent-bearing Peerage Order parallel to the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican. This Rapier Peerage would be for the related martial arts of rapier and all forms of cut & thrust in the SCA.

As announced in the Board’s original call for nominations to the APEC in March 2012, the APEC’s report is now published to the membership for comment. To access the APEC report go to http://sca.org/BOD/announcements/APECProposal.pdf. The commentary period is open until December 15, 2013.

Once the commentary period has expired, a larger and more representative Review Committee will then review the APEC’s proposal and all comments received from the membership on the proposal. The Review Committee will be established by the Board and will be comprised of representatives selected by the relevant groups and organizations within and across the Society (e.g., the Kingdoms, Peerages, Heralds, Seneschals, Grand Council, Rapier Fencing Community, and C&T Fencing Community) as a final input into the process.

The Board will work with the Kingdoms, the College of Heralds, the Seneschallate and the Grand Council to request their nominees to the Review Committee. The Board now solicits letters of intent from individuals willing to serve on the Review Committee as representatives of the Orders of the Chivalry, the Laurel and the Pelican, the Rapier Fencing Community and the Cut and Thrust Fencing Community. Hard copies of resumes (both professional and SCA related, including offices held and honors) must be sent to the attention of The Board of Directors, SCA, Inc., P.O. Box 360789, Milpitas, CA 95036-0789. Electronic courtesy copies should also be sent to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The Board welcomes all commentary throughout this exploratory process from the populace at large. Please send commentary to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and include "Potential New Peerage" in the subject line

Comments are strongly encouraged and can be sent to:

SCA Inc.
Box 360789
Milpitas,  CA 95036

You may also email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Day Shades on the Pennsic Battlefield

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If you or your Non-Royal group wants a Pavilion or day shade on the Battle field at Pennsic, please fill out the Google form below.


Your answers will be auto filled in to my spreadsheet and time stamped.


Thank you,

Syr Silverthorn
DM Martial Activities Pennsic 42

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 June 2013 09:24
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