Anvil 2019 Rules

Anvil 2019 currently has four divisions that are open: steel longsword, steel messer, youth steel longsword and single elimination single hit leather dussack. The rules for longsword and messer are similar to those used at Longpoint 2013, and are as follows:

The ring will be staffed by four judges and one referee. Any of them may stop the action in case of a hit or for safety reasons (equipment failure, injury, etc). In case of a safety issue it will be rectified and the fighters shall reset at their corners if the fighters can continue. After each bout the judges shall rotate positions around the ring clockwise so that each judge will view a different angle with each new bout. In the case of a safety stoppage, even a spectator may call a halt to the action.

Bouts are fought to seven points and have a 90 second time limit. If the allotted time elapses without either fencer reaching seven points, the fencer with the higher score wins the bout. Time is stopped when the action is halted and resumes when the Referee calls for the fight to continue.

In the event of a hit, the judges shall bow their heads so as to not see the other judges. The referee shall then call for each of the following primary criteria: Contact, Quality, Target, and Control. These criteria function as follows:

Secondary Scoring Criteria



Anvil 2019 includes a single-hit, single elimination open dussack division. Fighters will fence with leather dussacks with the head as the target. The first fighter to score a solid hit will be declared the winner of the bout. A double hit results in a loss and elimination for both fighters. Opponents will be drawn randomly after each successive round until one winner remains. Afterblows will not be counted for this event. Other secondary scoring criteria as mandated for longsword and messer likewise do not score, but may be used to set up a scoring hit. In this event, a fighter may strike a downed opponent, and may strike his opponent during a ringout, and points for ringout are ignored. The technique of hit determination will be updated at a later time.