Looking for inspiration I flipped through some old posts about real fighting. And then I mean the flashing, fierce, furious kind, which we try to simulate in our role playing games.
Then I noticed one of my linked through videos about bucklers was gone (copyright reasons)... So I looked up a few other nice SCA and swordfighting ones. As food for thought.
Here they try to hit each other harder, with foam blades.
Guess that Armour Class, Hit Points and THACO don't really simulate this for me!
Or how about Pennsic, with a full scale battle? Notice how both parties don't seem to look forward to full contact for a while. Even if they carry foam blades.
And then there's this view of the 2011 Viking festival in Wolin, Poland... with more realistic weaponry.
How to get that kind of feeling in to your RPG? Would be nice eh?