By Dede Kilic, Aneala

To give archers a chance to test their skills in archery against individual combatants, the Anealans developed a series of combat archery tourneys. These provide varying challenges and allow an archer to show their skill to the best advantage.

All of these archery tourneys can be run as a round robin or with one of the other related tournament formats such as double elimination.

Barrier Tourney field diagram

Barrier Tourney field

Colour coding for field layouts

Field Layout

This tourney would have the same layout as the Barrier Tourney but the barrier would be 2 vertical screens on each side set initially at 20cm apart.


Each archer is in a tower (one for a castle and one in a siege tower) they need to shoot their opponent through their own and their opponents archery slit.


2 archers with 6 arrows each.

How to Win

You need to kill your opponent. However, if you hit the slit edges then your archery slit is widened by 10cm each time.

Safe Viewing Areas

Assuming a safe distance of 15 metres and the front of the viewing area is kept to 20 metres. This makes them safe from any likelihood of an arrow reaching them. The arrow zones (light blue areas) were calculated by assuming the archer shooting an arrow is up against the barrier and their bow is over the line. It also assumes that their target is diagonally opposite also standing at the barrier. This should be the steepest angle the arrow is fired at during the tournament.


  • If your slot has been widened because you’ve hit the edges, then if you kill your opponent on another shot your slot gets reduced by 5cm. This would only work for multiple bouts per round.