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Chainmail? How about e-mail?

Monday, May 17th, 2010

"You're banging two coconuts together!"

Men (as a majority) seem to have a large fascination with violence. Things like wrestling, boxing and kung-fu have somehow been infused into our DNA to have that all-too-familiar “I can’t look away” gene.

But there’s something about the Medieval weaponry that gets some people roused every time. It could be from the countless pages about the historic battles for kingdoms, or mixing reality with fantasy by playing Dungeons and Dragons.

Most that enjoy swords and fantasy are those who are more inclined to watch any movies with swords or sharp objects (Blade, X-Men Origins: Wolverine), but for those who enjoy more than just imagining living in a world with blades, not bullets, there are those who seize the opportunity.

LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) is one way to live out those fantasies. There was a semi-accurate representation in the film Role Models, but essentially it’s a chance to dress up and hit each other with foam weapons while wearing chain armour.

Waiting for a time machine.

But wait, there’s more.

If foam weapons aren’t your thing, there is hope for those who are apparently looking for a sword that’ll do more than make your basement wall look “totally badass”.

Man, I wish I was as cool as he was…

Who says playing outside isn't fun anymore?

Seeing this raises the question: Do we need a sword like this?

Or is it knowing that the sword can cut a pig’s head in twain enough to have it? Why have a replica Aragorn sword from Lord of the Rings when you can have a two-handed piece of steel that can cut through the mightiest of leather boots (and the toes to boot)?

This will really step up your game when LARPing next weekend, huh? And to finish the deal, you could do a few chin-ups with your sword. Why? Because you can!

I may feel the urge to laugh (especially with those “totally badass” poses the demonstrator has), but the minute someone makes a lightsaber, I’m pretty sure I’m going to be arrested.

I think these kids are too young to be wielding such a magnificent blade.


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