As it happens every year, the month before Longpoint represents the time when we really see how much we can get done in our lives. Over the past few weeks, Jake Norwood, Cory Winslow, Mike Edelson, and Tim Hall have all completed releasable drafts of the rules for their respective events. This covers Open Steel Longsword, Women's Longsword, Open Synthetic Longsword, Open Messer, Paired Technique, Ringen, and Cutting, which can all be found here. The Counted Blows Invitational, Team Event, and Triathlon all still need a releasable draft, but they will be coming soon!

We encourage everyone to read all of the rules for any tournaments they are participating in. Due to the size of our event, we will generally not spend time before each competition giving an overview and answering questions. Because the Longpoint Longsword, Singlestick, and Messer rules are relatively unique in the HEMA tournament world, we have put together an in depth video describing the rules and highlighting the changes we've made from 2013. Some of the changes are significant and are peppered throughout the video. Please take the time to watch it if you are involved in Longpoint 2014!

We will see you all in a few weeks.