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Calibration problems... a (possibly) simple solution...
Poster: Gary Bryers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am sure this has been brought up before, but not having paid much
attention to the 'Rose before, this discussion is sort of new to me. A
possible solution for calibration problems SHOULD be a simple matter to
fix: Make every contest begin with a calibration, where both opponents
deliver and receive a blow that they would consider to be good, and make
them agree on a level. That way, if Lord Rhino and companion seek to
club each other like baby seals, they might agree on that level, while
some other fighter, with lighter armour (or perhaps no need to prove how
thick his skin is) might agree, for a particular contest, to a lighter
In a war situation, such as Pennsic, their Majesties might come
to an acceptable level, and pass that down to their troops, prior to
If two opponents, or groups, happen to be familiar with each
other, and in agreement on levels, they might wave said calibration, but
otherwise it would be a requirement. A good marshal, having witnessed
the affect of the agreed-upon blows to each fighter, could reasonably
decide if blows were becoming excessive, or ignored, within limits.
This is something, however, that the Earl Marshal, and their
Majesties, would have to implement, and pass down to the marshals to
oversee. This could also be reasonably be requested by any given
fighter, anyways, before stepping into the list with an unknown fighter.
Just a thought...
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