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Safety + Playabilty + Realism = Fun. That is the basic equation of foam fighting. When at a practice and events use common sense to use that formula and all of us benefit.
SAFETY - includes not striking the head and neck. Avoid over hand strikes if you are new. We also advise that you stick to blue weapons (single hand swords and such) for a while. This is a fast, full contact sport but we do not need to cause undue hazards for the sake of winning a combat. Safety also includes bringing water to stay hydrated. We will require that all participants sign a waiver (notarized for those under 18). You can find one of those here. Please print one out and bring it with you or fill one out online here. Knowing the rules helps as well, click here and read over them here.
PLAYABILITY - indicates that we use weapons that usually approximate the more common types of weapons used on battlefields of the middle ages. If it something that a knight in armor would have used it is a good place to start. Unusual weapons are allowed but it is best to acquire some equipment that you can use immediately while you work on your more exotic stuff. Playability also includes having your own equipment. The Realm has some weapons that you can use to try out our game. If you are going to keep playing then you will want your own things and allow the Realm weapons to be freed up for more newcomers to use.
REALISM - is about wearing garb at practice and events. Even if you are not a combatant your costume sets the mood for the practice or event. It will put you in the mindset of this other world we share...our shared fantasy where heroic deeds are the order of the day. Garb is required at official events so you will want to have something soon. It is not terribly difficult and if you ask for help it will be given.
FUN - If you are a gamer that wants to get a feel for the real thing, a sport lover looking for a new challenge or are just trying to find something different that lets you use you imagination as well as include some action this may be for you. When you are at your first event and see the combatants arrayed across the field, experience the clash of arms, and then count yourself among their number while feasting afterward...you may just realize that this is fun.