Different Types of Tournaments and Rules

  • Joust - A series of elimination jousts over several days and an overall winner is determined. (see +news joust) This is not tilting. Jousting has no divider between the men and horses and collisions do happen! It's more ICly dangerous and exciting.

Joust Rules:
1.) Three passes (each opponent)
2.) Each pass, each knight will +roll name=Polearms vs opponents name=Horsemanship
3.) A Good Success or better shatters the striker's lance against the opponent.
4.) There are no points awarded for winning the opponent's Polearms roll - points are only awarded when attacking.
5.) To unhorse his or her opponent, a knight must win both their own Polearms vs Horsemanship +roll and their opponent's +roll in the same pass.
6.) The margin of victory determines the violence of the unhorsing.

Here is how it's scored.
1. Any Failure message is a miss.
2. Marginal Win = 1 Point
3. Solid win = 2 points
4. Crushing Win = 3 points

  • **Passage of Arms Chivalric Hastilude. - A Knight sends out a proclamation that he will take on all challengers at a specific time and place.

Rules for Passage of Arms:
1) The Knight selects where and when he will challenge, and the order.
2) The tournament only lasts as long as the Knight is unbested or there are no more opponents.

  • Sword on Foot Tournament - Knights fighting on foot with a sword (see +news sof in game)

Rules for Sword on Foot:

1.) All characters join in a single mock combat in the Combat System.
2.) The last one standing is the winner.
3.) ONE Luck point may be used during the event.
4.) Scoring will be based on the +roll from the combat system.

  • Melee on Foot Tournament -Knights fighting on foot with weapon of choice. (+news mof)

Rules for Melee on Foot:

1.) Same rules as for Sword on Foot, but with weapon of choice.

  • Archery -For both Men and Women, Lords and Ladies and commoner alike (see +news archery)

Game Rules:
1.) Each character takes a turn to make 3 +roll archery rolls
2.) Once all characters have had their turn, whoever scored highest is declared the winner.
If there's a tie for first place, the tied parties roll another round of 3 rolls.

Here is how it's scored.
1.) Any Failure message is a miss.
2.) Success = 1 Point
3.) Good Success = 2 points
4). Great Success = 3 points
5.) Amazing Success = 5 points

The Location

Tournaments last over several days and the location is allocated by the sponsor; often a rich noble who would finance the prize, or the crown, in a wish to invite others to his city. The tournament is usually, therefore, located on a field near to the nobles holding and local village.
The Lists are the designated area for jousting, fenced off in the center of the field. Wooden bench seats are sometimes erected but usually commoners just sit on the ground in view of the lists. The Nobles sit in the galleries - pavilions erected to provide shelter. The whole area is usually blazoned with color of all the Houses - the tents and sigils of the Knights. Even the horses are draped in flowing cloth, called a caparison, which is patterned according to its owner's heraldic signs.


Favors are gifts from ladies to a noble knights and non-noble knights to inspire them, and vary from the intimate, like a glove or something else that has been against the lady's skin, to more mundane things like ribbons, kerchiefs or other things in the lady's colors or that she has embroidered.

While provocative, it is not uncommon for ladies to give favors to knights other than their husbands, betrothed or family. Especially to vassal knights. A wife giving her favor to another knight (in the case of the Lady of the House, giving her favor to a vassal knight) would not be seen as shameful, or embarrassing to her husband.

Ladies do attend tournaments, watching the exploits of the men during the day and attending the feasts and banquets in the evening. The ideals of courtly love are dominated by the concept that honor should be done to a lady by her champion. The Rules of Courtly Love allow a Knight to express his admiration even for married ladies. Knights beg "tokens" from ladies and are presented with favors such as a veil, ribbon, or the detachable sleeve of a ladies dress. These 'favors would be displayed by the Knight attached to his arm, his helm or tied to his lance. The lady thereby shows her favor to the knight, who would then, in turn, dedicate his performance at the tournament to the lady

It is typically polite for the gentleman to ask the lady for a favor. A lady volunteering one would be seen as rather forward and unattractive. A knight carrying more than one favor at the same tournament would be seen as disrespectful, but it is not uncommon for a lady to give a favor to one knight at one tourney and to give her favor to a different knight at a later tourney.

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