Ye'H.A.W. 2023

(Huntsville Armored Weekend)

November 10-12, 2023

About This Event

IMAGE: Ye'H.A.W. 2022
IMAGE: Ye'H.A.W. 2022
IMAGE: Ye'H.A.W. 2022

Ye'H.A.W. (Huntsville Armored Weekend) aims to bring armored and unarmored fencing together for a weekend of group combat, featuring mixed arms and tactics mimicking a 15th century battlefield. The goal of this is that everyone can play, regardless of how much armor they have, and will find their niche within the group scenarios.

The weekend shall also feature an unarmored tournament meant to simulate life-or-death duels using our wound timer system, where if you are incapacitated, you are out. Alongside the unarmored fighting with the wound timer system, competitors may fight single combats in armor under the same conditions.

New for 2023: This year not only shall archery be an obstacle during the melees, but on Sunday there is the opportunity for partaking in an archery contest in shooting for accuracy.

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Safety Information

In the interests of safety both on and off the field, the following shall be required:

  • All participants are expected to read and practice the melee doctrine for this event. This shall ensure unit cohesion and consistency in the unpredictability of group combat. As well as adhere to the gear requirements both armored and unarmored.

  • Use of Poleaxes and other heavy weapons shall be limited to those shown to have the restraint and control necessary to be trusted with them. At any point if a wielder of such is shown to be irresponsible with their weapon, they shall be barred from using it, regardless of if it is a privately owned polearm.

Rules and Regulations

This section includes links to rules documents and other important resources pertaining to this event. All participants are strongly encouraged to review all of this material before registering for the event.

Armor As Worn Melee Rules Document (updated for 2023)

Melee Conduct and Equipment Rules Video

Things to Know for Ye'H.A.W. (YouTube playlist of useful information)

Totentanz (Wound Timer System) Rules Document

Totentanz Timer Android Application

Event Schedule

Friday November 10th
5:00-9:00pm Welcome party, getting folks squared away with gear storage, and a light social at Ravenwood Meadery
Saturday November 11th
8:00-9:00am Setup at the National Speleological Society building, arming, and opening remarks
9:00-10:00am Muster (including gear checks and calibration for hits), knight killing 101
10:00am-12:00pm Guided melee scenarios
12:00-1:00pm Lunch and rest
1:00-4:00pm Open melee scenarios
4:00-5:00pm Arming down and packing up
5:00-7:00pm Refreshing and dinner
7:00-9:00pm Social at Fractal Brewing [tentative location]
Sunday November 12th
8:00-9:00am Gear up at National Speleological Society building and muster
9:00am-12:00pm Totentanz (Wound Timer System) tournament and armored free sparring
12:00-1:00pm Lunch and rest
1:00-4:00pm Free sparring and farewells

Registration Information

To register for this event:

  • Complete the registration form at the link below.
  • Submit your registration fee. Pricing is structured as follows:
    • Early Bird Discount - Fighting participant registering before August 1st: $40 (Early Bird period has ended)
    • Fighting participant registering after August 1st: $50
    • Non-fighting support participant: $20
  • Please ensure that your registration and your payment use the same email address!

Registration Form