swordplay
Accuracy in Dungeons & Dragons Combat: Hit Points

Accuracy in Dungeons & Dragons Combat: Hit Points

Those of you that are familiar with Dungeons & Dragons and real swordplay are probably screaming at me right now. Don't break out the torches and pitchforks just yet! I'm going somewhere with this, I promise. First of all, let's have an explanation for the...

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About Daggers and Grips in the Medieval Treatises

Further to what I was blathering on about yesterday - here's Matt Easton talking about the ice-pick grip versus the hammer grip. Some great information on why either grip can be used, and some historical context for both. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVhQbOREvPw

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Being a Swordfighter

Being a Swordfighter

Today, I will have been a swordfighter for exactly one year. Sometimes it feels like I’ve been one forever, and sometimes it feels like only a moment. I can remember feeling very out of place, initially, when I first stepped into the Warrior Fundamentals class in...

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Let’s Talk about the Bind

Let’s Talk about the Bind

Two fighters size each other up. They strike and parry, back and forth, then their swords lock together dramatically as they hurl snappy one-liners at each other. They shove and circle around, and split apart again, and the fight continues! Except... nah. This is the...

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Why Swords of Power(TM) Don’t Work

Why Swords of Power(TM) Don’t Work

Here's a thought - what do you think of as the ultimate sword? This is another trope that shows up quite often in all kinds of media: the concept of the ultimate blade, the Sword of Power, the mystical weapon before which all others go crying to their mommies....

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The Swordmaster Trope

The Swordmaster Trope

So here's the common trope: there is a master swordsman. This swordsman has a single Sword of Power(TM) and has never been defeated in battle. There can be only one, etc etc. The swordsman will face many opponents with many different kinds of weapons, and emerge...

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Video Games Swordfighting Fun

Video Games Swordfighting Fun

You know, I spend a lot of time talking about movie swordplay, but do you know what's really awesome? Video game swordfighting. For pure silliness, you just can't beat the balls-out crazy that usually goes into game combat. Movies can get away with their silliness...

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Let’s talk about sword weight!

Let’s talk about sword weight!

This is my longsword. It's 51 inches long, 38-inch blade. Leather wrapped hilt, scent-stopper pommel, unusual triple fuller. It's loosely based on the 15th century Oakeshott Type XVIIIb longsword, so it's basically a regular hand-and-a-half sword with an extra long...

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A video on strength in swordplay

Take a look at this - something to think about when you're writing about swordwielders 🙂 Long story short, swordplay requires a certain amount of basic strength, but after that, swordplay requires skill and dexterity. Skallagrim has an enormous number of really...

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Lightsaber Ballet

Lightsaber Ballet

Yes, lightsaber ballet, people. I have a particular dislike for the Star Wars prequels. Honestly, I remember sitting in the cinema, my head full of stories that my dad had told me of what it was like to see the original Star Wars - how much he had loved it, how it had...

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The Swordplay of Legend of Zelda

The Swordplay of Legend of Zelda

So, as some of you other gamers may know, Awesome Games Done Quick 2015 is running now. For those of you who DON'T know, it's basically like the Olympics for video gamers. Look it up on www.gamesdonequick.com if you're curious. It's a marathon livestream of gaming...

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