Ringulf wrote:That is true Eledwhen and I must say that I have used those weapons and feel that the trade off (if any) is more than acceptable and have encouraged my group to consider them. But our larp is much more of a place were folks who are not fighters can still go in and be something that they otherwise could not be. this is a bit irksome to some of us who can fight and shoot and all but as you say, it depends on the group. If I were not so driven by my passion to make Boffer weapons as safe and realistic as possible I would be right there with you.
A lot of folks need to have things more realistic to get them into the right frame of mind or in game as they say. I have always been the type who could battle dragons with broomsticks and garbage can lids and have more fun than people. I Suppose it is harder and harder to do as we move away from childhood. Being a chronic Peter Pan syndrom nerd manchild, I am in my element you can take it from there.
The guy who owns our larp says quite often:
"Do whatever you need to do to stay in game and in character, because if you don't we are just a bunch of sweaty nerds running around in the woods beating each other sensless with plumbing supplies."
Such a harsh reality, I don't know where he gets off...the nerve!
Haha, that's pretty priceless actually.
And yeah, I can also certainly see the appeal of anyone being able to come in and play if they so choose. In fact, this is a good way to run a skill-based game, because those with actual training in swordplay, etc. will likely trump those without it 9 times out of 10, so it encourages the inexperienced to learn quickly.