HEMA Game Archive


Welcome to the HEMA Games Archive

This is an online resource to help people store, and most importantly find training games for HEMA.

The difference between a drill and a game is that in a game both participants are actively trying to win, and the rules are set in such a way that they explore the techniques and tactics that the curriculum is looking to develop. This means that any learning about how or when to do a technique takes into account incompliance and is not a result of someone feeding a stimulus (which may be more or less realistic/compliant).

Games can be super simple:
- We plant our feet, and stand stationary. If I can throw an attack faster than you can parry I win. If you parry you win.

Or they can be full sparring scenarios with scoring tweaks to encourage a specific tactical or technical behavior:
- 'Deep' can only score with a hit to head or torso, 'Shallow' can only score with a hit to arms or leg.

Latest Games:

  • S64 (long long s-word) Game by Sean Franklin on 2024-05-14
  • Jump In Game by Sean Franklin on 2024-05-11
  • Fencers vs Judges by Sean Franklin on 2024-05-03
  • Avatar (The Last Airbender) Game by Stephen Cheney on 2024-05-02
  • Grublein am schwert by Stephen Cheney on 2024-04-17
  • Cat on a Hot Tin Roof v2 by Sean Franklin on 2024-04-06
  • Kakariko Chicken by Jack Berggren-Elers on 2024-03-24
  • Krump Game by Sean Franklin on 2024-03-24
  • Direct Attack Rally by Sean Franklin on 2024-02-11
  • Wilson Game by Sean Franklin on 2024-02-11
  • Information Updates/Comments:

  • Soviet Foil Rally by Connor Kemp-Cowell on 2024-05-12
  • Sabre March by Stephen Cheney on 2024-04-23
  • Ruinous Remise by Stephen Cheney on 2023-12-22
  • Electric Buckler by Nathan Weston on 2023-12-08
  • Sabre March by Tea Kew on 2023-11-11
  • Feder vs Schwert by Sean Franklin on 2023-10-01
  • Finnish Chicken by Nathan Weston on 2023-09-16
  • Can Opener by Sean Franklin on 2023-06-05
  • Despot in the Hole by Sean Franklin on 2023-04-08
  • Defend The Book by Sean Franklin on 2023-03-22
  • # of games: 127
    # of game contributors: 9
    # of unique tags: 130
    # of tags attached: 491
    HEMA Game Archive
    Developed by Sean Franklin
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