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Aaaaaaaaaaaand here it is! day 4!
Titled "Reenactment" because that is what i do... reenactment, and during one fight this year me and my fighting partner "Ross" worked together flawlessly, we blocked every attack, countered with precision and defeated all of our enemies so quick they had to find some other way to pad out the show.

We. Kicked. Arse.

also coloured in pencil because... i had pencil's... that's it.

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Type: Picture/Pinup
Published: 4 years, 3 months ago
Rating: General

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4 years, 3 months ago
... now I'm having memories of when I used to play Amtgard, and all the rules that went with it.  Sure, we used heavily padded weapons so they would generally be non-lethal, but one of the major rules of Amtgard was "don't aim for your target's head".

During the course of one afternoon, I took a grand total of sixteen blows to the head.  The first one was basically my fault (I was fending off an attacker, but was backing up in the process; when I ducked a branch, my attacker lunged forward with his padded sword and caught me right in the face, knocking me out cold), but after that, they just kept happening.  By the last game of the afternoon, the group was worried enough that I was going to get a concussion that I was allowed to just be an "observer".  Still, that first hit to the head was with a padded sword with a sixteen inch bolt in the hilt as a counterweight.

When I finally came to, four larger guys were standing over me.  In order, they said:
"Whoa, you okay?"
"Hey, you alright?"
"Um... dude?"
"Welcome to Amtgard."
4 years, 3 months ago
Amtgard huh? i'm guessing that's to do with LARPing? in reenactment it's a tad bit different, everything is real: real weapons, real armour, both being the same weight and material as they would have been back then and there have been many casualties, i knew someone who lost an eye, he knew someone who was killed and i almost died at least 4 times.

i've also taken a steel sword through the mouth, they struck at me and i blocked poorly, pushing their blade higher by mistake, the tip went into my mouth and out my cheek.
I have also been stabbed several times, had my jaw broken, had an axe go right through my arm and out the other end... that was fun, i've had a broken arm, a broken leg, a piece of wood through my back... basically i was picked up and thrown through a wooden fence, landing on one of the fences support planks which went deep into my back, almost paralyzing me.

i've been hospitalised 6 or 7 times so far.

but i love it!
4 years, 3 months ago
Amtgard really isn't LARPing in as much as it is "mock combat with heavy padded weapons so it's safe for the young'uns", of which there was a trio of little boys that were playing when I got into Amtgard, myself.  The main reason why I got into it in the first place was because of a local-ish furry that I found on a BBS, and he told me about Amtgard.  I decided to join up soon after that.  Amtgard also has rules for wearing armor; if you don't have any armor, one hit to your main body is pretty much instant death.  While I was playing, I went by the name "Wolf".  Because I never wore armor, I soon became known as "Wolf the One-Hit Wonder Warrior".  After I took all those blows to the head, that changed to "Wolf the One-Hit Wonder Warrior with a Purple Heart"... but that took too long, so it was shortened to "Wolf the Wounded".  X3

Admittedly, I never sustained any serious injuries while playing Amtgard; I think I risked more injury during high school playing paintball.  X3

I actually kinda miss Amtgard... just not all the repeating of power names.  Amtgard was the origin of the infamous "Fireball!  Fireball!  Fireball!  Fireball!  Fireball!" video, after all.  X3
4 years, 3 months ago
the casting spells one?... you cast spells in amtgard?... pretty much LARP then xD
4 years, 3 months ago
Well, I never cast spells (mostly because I was always a Warrior), but others did cast spells.  So, yeah, basically a LARP.  X3
4 years, 3 months ago
hehehe fair enough, how does that even work? what's stopping you from saying "no it missed!" "i have my shield up!" "i bounced it back!" like kids do... i'm guessing there is some way of proving you hit them?
4 years, 3 months ago
Actually, that's fairly simple to solve: you have to have something to use as a shield in the first place, and most shields are considered "physically attached to your body", so a shield hit doesn't count — "blocking with a shield" basically equals "not avoiding the spell ball", and attack spells are pretty much all designated by differently colored soft balls.  If a spell ball contacts a player, they're hit, and usually Amtgard has teams, and those that end up dead often time then roam the field as a "referee"; there are also sometimes just dedicated referees.  If anything comes into dispute, a referee is called.  Everyone still wants this to be a fair game, in the end, so often times there's also a sense of honor in just being upfront and honest about it.
4 years, 3 months ago
i see, well then it sounds very...adult, much less childish then i originally thought
4 years, 3 months ago
Despite it being somewhat adult in execution, it was designed to allow the little ones to play along, as well; of course, they had to be supervised.  I just remember watching "the goblin pack" (a trio of eight year old boys) just outright swarm Warriors almost three times their age.  It was... awesome and frightening at the same time!
4 years, 3 months ago
kids don't hold back, adults tend to think about the repercussions and try not to hurt people... kids swing as hard as they can and try to win, i see it a lot in reenactment, if a show calls for children to take part against an adult then the adult is given extra armour (if he will accept it) otherwise he gets badly injured.
4 years, 3 months ago
Yeah, well, it's almost impossible to intentionally hurt someone in Amtgard (unless you're like me, and took All the Blows to the Head™), but if anyone seemed like they'd find a way, it was undoubtedly the "Goblin Pack".
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