Knowledge Base Articles

Getting Started in Steel Sword Fighting

Having helped a number of fighters get geared up, and doing it myself a couple times, I wanted to take the time to list out some of the commonly asked questions about how to get started.  


A Flanker's Handbook

The runner's position is that of a fast moving, agile chaos element. This can mean turning a flank and getting into the back field; it can also mean cutting an inside line, sprinting through a formation hole and turning a tight loop, or even cutting straight across between lines to distract and confuse the opponent.

Because the runner frequently winds up without much support and separated from the main team, it is critical that the runner maintains field awareness and is able to keep a cool head. It is frequently the runner that tips the scales of a fight and makes a critical play, be it a take-down or an assist or a pull.

The rest of this short handbook is broken down into three sections: techniques, tactics, and training. We start with descriptions of individual techniques that make up a runner's arsenal.

We then move on to tactics we've found useful as runners; even with excellent technique, a runner with poor tactics is minimally effective. Tactics, and the ability to call the right play at the right time, are critical to success as a runner.

We conclude with some thoughts workout regiment and diet.