For some time I've been puzzling over just how optional routines work in En Garde!
I'm not even sure I fully understand how the Parry-Reposte routine works, let alone the Optional Block and Optional Parry routines.
Let's say I have the advantage, so start with a short sequence. I might write out the sequence Parry(Repost), Parry(Repost), Lunge, Slash:
-P-(R)- -P-(R)- -X-L-X- -X-S-
If my opponent starts with a Furious Lunge, I believe our sequences would go:
So I would Parry the initial Lunge, which triggers the Reposte, my second Parry would have nothing to protect against, so I would go on to my Slash, meanwhile my opponents Cut would strike me before my Lunge connected.
If my opponent starts with a Furious Slash, I believe our sequences would go:
My parries would not be effective, so I wouldn't get a Reposte, and my Lunge and my opponents Cut would strike at the same time.
Finally, if my opponent started with a Lunge/Slash combo, I believe our sequences would go:
So my first parry would be ineffective, the second would trigger a repose and our Slashes and Lunges would both hit at the same time.
So, are my sequences correct and beyond this, how do I use the
-OP1-OP2- routines? These I just can't even start to understand how they might be used.
If anyone can provide some example sequences of how these might be used, I would really appreciate it.