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Shield edge playtest

Posted: 2016-06-09
by Lord Valfryn
Preface: after the NC determined that the shield edging tactic by itself is "not inherently unsafe" , I'd like to propose a playtest to see how Darkon fares with shield edging.

Cosigners: Braxus, Caetrel

Playtest length: 6 months, option to extend/add to rulebook at the end of playtest.

Currently:
‘Shield bashing’ is permitted, but it must be performed by pushing or bashing into an opponent with the flat of the shield.
Participants may never strike an opponent with the edge of a shield. You may only shield bash or tackle an opponent from the front.
It is also permissible for a participant to push kick the flat of an opponent’s shield from the front with one foot, as long as the other foot is planted on the ground. Participants may not perform a shield kick or shield bash to an opponent on his knees.

Suggested change:
‘Shield bashing’ is permitted, but it must be performed by pushing or bashing into an opponent with the flat of the shield.
Participants may strike with the edge of a shield, but may not strike opponents in the neck or head. You may only shield bash, shield edge, or tackle an opponent from the front.
It is also permissible for a participant to push kick the flat of an opponent’s shield from the front with one foot, as long as the other foot is planted on the ground. Participants may not perform a shield kick, shield edge, or shield bash to an opponent on their knees.