A Challenge tournament is probably the easiest style of tournament to run. You get all your fighters together, one fighter challenges another fighter, they fight, the loser goes to the lists officer to tell them who their opponent was (so the lists officer records the wins/losses for each fighter). This means fighters can fight as much as they like and more fights can be carried out at one time, although it also means that the hit list might become a little disproportioned. If one fighter only fights twice but wins both times, they have a 100% winning average, yet someone who has fought twelve bouts but lost four of them will only have a 66.66% winning average.
This system also works in ransom melees.
|Tournament Styles in the SCA|
|Bracket Tourneys: Single Elimination · Double Elimination · Round Robin · Counted Blows|
Point-Based Tourneys: William Marshall · Bear Pit · Animal Hunt · Bedford Points
Other Tourneys: Atlantian Speed · Bertie-Beetle · Challenge