The Secret History of the CTFL
- First Rule of CTFL: Don't break your tube. In a duel, the last person with an unbroken tube is declared the winner. In the event that both participants break their tubes at the same time, the game is a draw, and both duelists are considered losers.
- No blocking or swinging with your arms. No body slamming.
- No stabbing. Lunges involving tubes are never allowed under any circumstances. Participants who exhibit this behavior will be ejected from the entire event.
- Try not to work the face. Hitting people in the face is heavily frowned upon and can force your ejection from the event.
- Once your tube is broken you must stop fighting.
- To participate you must be using an official CTFL tube, which will be provided at the event, and you must have signed a release waiver.
- You may not block your opponent's tube with your arms, hands, or legs.
- Your tube must always be held near the bottom. Holding your tube in the middle at any time is illegal.
- Shields are officially banned in tournaments.
WHAT IS A CTFL BATTLE LIKE?A CTFL battle is very different from a tournament mainly because there is only shared victory. When you arrive at the event you will be given a tube and a colored marker to designate your team. When the battle begins, you and your teammates attempt to break as many of the opposing team's tubes as possible. In a battle, a broken tube is any tube that is completely unraveled at the break, or is severed completely. The last team with any intact tubes is declared the winning team. Battles allow both cardboard shields and armor, and the participants with the best costumes are rewarded with prizes.
WHAT IS A CTFL TOURNAMENT LIKE?A CTFL tournament includes 48 participants. Each participant duels at least once. The winner of the duel is the person whose cardboard tube is not broken and the loser is he whose tube is bent. The winning participant will have dueled 5 times, without destroying their cardboard tube. The breakdown of the rounds is as follows:
- Round 1- 48 Participants- 1 vs. 1 matches
- Round 2- 24 Participants- 1 vs. 1 matches
- Round 3- 12 Participants- 1 vs. 1 matches
- Round 4- 6 Participants- 3 person chaos matches
- Round 5- 2 Participants- Tube and Shield 1 vs. 1 match Depending on the number of participants, there may be fewer rounds.
AN OVERVIEW OF CARDBOARD TUBES IN HISTORY
Cardboard tubes are cylindrical pieces of thick fiber-based materials which, while having many modern applications, were originally used as a whacking implement. The history of the cardboard tube dates back to the lesser-known cardboard age that directly preceded the Iron Age, in roughly the 14th century BC. During this time, cardboardsmiths found that wrapping cardboard in the form of a tube resulted in the creation of a highly effective swatting weapon. Becoming common in the era of classical antiquity, cardboard tubes were the weapon of choice for infantry in the Parthian and Sassanid Empires in Iran and were a common gladiatorial weapon among the Romans.
By the Middle Ages the tube had faded into obscurity, replaced by the Viking cardboard battle axe, which had gained popularity as a fierce weapon. Cardboard tubes saw a strong resurgence in the 4th century due to the weapon's superior effectiveness against the laminated linen armor favored at the time. The return of the cardboard tube gave rise in the 5th century to the lesser-known Cardboard Tube Knights of the Round Table, who mysteriously disappeared during a Saxon invasion in the early 6th century AD. Soon after this time historical records show widespread use of the tube across Asia with advanced martial systems recorded in Feudal Japan and in a number Chinese military engagements. By the 17th century a lighter dueling tube had found its place among civilian populations in Europe and had become an "essential" fashion accessory. During this time, tube dueling was often used as a way to settle matters of honor among the wealthy elite. With the rise of industrialized society during the modern age, advances in cardboard technology gave rise to lighter and stronger tubes, but also saw a decline in their use as a bludgeoning tool. Over the past century, the martial art of the cardboard tube has been maintained by children, who in the great wisdom of their youthful innocence have preserved its greater intricacies.
History: The Suffusca Mors or, roughly translated, the "Brownish Death" is a tube of great historical significance￼. The first record of the Legendary Tube was it's use by Charlemagne's paladin Roland (Orlando in Italian) in the 8th century. It is said that the tube contained within it one tooth of Saint Peter, blood of Saint Basil, a hair of Saint Denis, and a remnant of the lesser known Virgin Larry. In The Tune of Roland, the tube is said to have struck down entire Saracen armies and been "unbreakable". It is even believed by some cardboard scholars that the La Breche de Roland was in fact created with the Suffusca Mors and not the legendary sword known as Durendal. Thought to be lost to the ages, the Suffusca Mors has recently resurfaced and is now in the possession of the Cardboard Tube Fighting League. The tube, which is valued at well over a dollar was the grand prize at the CTFL tournament held on September 30th 2007. For more information about the Suffusca Mors please take a trip to your local public library.
The History of Heaven's Will
History: Heaven's Will, or in Vietnamese: Thuan Thien, has historically been believed to be a mythical sword involved in the legend of Le Loi. Due to recent archeological discoveries, and advancements in translating existing artifacts, a better understanding has been gained of the story once believed to be simply a myth. In fact the most earth shaking discovery has been that Heavens will was not a sword but in fact a magical cardboard tube thought to be unbreakable in battle. Recently, Heaven’s Will has resurfaced and is in the possession of the Cardboard Tube Fighting League. The tube which is valued at well over a dollar was the grand prize at the CTFL event in San Francisco on October 28th. For more information about Heavens Will please take a trip to your local public library.
The History of The Mad King
History: Often thought to be myth, the Mad King was the cardboard sabre of the legendary Baron VonHiezer also known as the Baron of the Broken Tube. Instigator of the Cardboard Tube Wars that devastated Europe during the sixth century, this famed weapon allowed the Baron to singlehandedly ravage cities and countries throughout Eastern Europe. Many disturbing accounts from the time speak of how the Baron would consume his opponents' cardboard to gain their strength in battle. Lost to the dark ages, it recently resurfaced in an auction in Paris where it sold for an astounding $.83 USD.
The History of d'Artagnan's
History: Unknown to many, d'Artagnan, Lieutenant Captain of the first company of the King's Musketeers, was a master of the cardboard tube. He was arguably the greatest Musketeer, and easily the most famous thanks to the novels by Alexander Dumas. The other well-known Musketeers from the stories known as the D'Artagnan Romances include Athos, Porthos, and Aramis, all of whom are recognized by cardboard historians as having been lethal tube duelists. Buried in the basement of the Cairo Museum for almost a century, what is recognized as d'Artagnan's Cardboard Saber, was acquired by the CTFL and used as the grand prize at a CTFL tournament in San Francisco.
History: Quested after by the great Dwarf, Lord Davkul Gemviper, and the Halfling, Lady Therstina Silentall the Paladin, Thors hammer has recently been recovered from a treacherous dragon in the hills of The Tracherous Dragon. The hammer has been recently valued at over 10,000 GP and has the following stats: Thor's Hammer +1 crit: +1d6. Power (at will, lightning): free action, all damage with weapon is lightning. Power (daily, lightning): Free, when hit with weapon, target and each enemy within 2 squares of target take 1d6 lightning damage.
History: Svafrlami, a grandson of Odin, after trapping Dwarves Dvalinn and Durin, forced them to forge a tube that would never miss a stroke, and could cut through corrugated cardboard as well as heavy mailing tubes. In bitterness for being forced to create such a tube, the dwarves cursed it so that whenever it was drawn it would break another tube and cause three evils. This led to the destruction of the Library at Alexandria, Napo's march on Moscow, and George Lucas' return to the Star Wars franchise. The magical tube, now slightly less cursed, was given away at a CTFL tournament in San Francisco.
Boudica's Cardboard Claymore
History: The Tribal Queen Boudica lead an uprising against the Romans occupying forces in AD 60-61 when the Roman Governor Gaius Suetonius Paulinus began a campaign against the island of Anglesey. Boudica led both the Trinovantes and the Iceni against the governor in revolt. A little known historical fact is that the Warrior Queen Boudica often wielded a cardboard claymore with which she was said to have smote many of her enemy's in battle. With no cost being spared the Cardboard Tube Fighting League has recently purchased the legendary tube from the private collection of an unnamed thousandaire. The tube was one of the grand prizes at a San Francisco CTFL tournament.