Ren Faire LARPers
We've seen the ninja larpers...
What's your take on the Ren Faire Larpers?
People that dress up and bash at each other without considering about technique. I tried to explain it to them twice, but all I got was a porcupine reply and a good laugh. Alas, they still frustrate me in the long run, however.
Here's the video that got me started.
YouTube - Dane Fury
I think they're trying, but in the end all they get is a good bash.
well, they're having fun playing a game. It's like rolling up on two kids wrestling in the back yard and starting to lecture them on not holding position correctly.
"That's not how you sprawl! Choke him already!" He yelled at the 4 year olds covered in mud
looks like my friends and i when we did boffer weapons and our only instruction was trial and error through pressure testing.
they're going harder then the SCA larpers.
Really? The SCA larpers i've seen banged the **** out of each other with rattan sticks. They just did it with weak technique.
Also, there's nothing wrong with Larping as long as you're doing it to Larp.
Because there are no surviving Viking Age combat manuals or treatises, any attempt to recreate Viking hand-to-hand combat is automatically speculative. It's certainly possible to "retro-fit" tactics and techniques from later, more detailed sources, combine that with information gleaned from the Icelandic sagas etc. and pressure-test the whole thing using accurate replicas of the appropriate weapons and armor, but the result would still be speculation. IMO there's nothing wrong with that as long as everyone is clear about the process.
In this case, while it looks to me as if these guys may not have done much research, they are fighting very hard with steel swords and their only armor appears to be mostly-open faced helmets, and their shields. My main concern would actually be for their physical safety, but hell, some people free-climb mountains for fun.
Here's a very different, more technical demonstration of combat with the Viking shield and sword, from the Hammaborg HEMA club in Hamburg, Germany. They have retro-fitted some of the large shield techniques shown in Talhoffer's fechtbuchen (combat treatises) and similar sources to develop a speculative Viking style.
YouTube - hammaborg talhoffer variations for viking shield and sword
YouTube - hammaborg viking shield and sword I
YouTube - hammaborg viking shield and sword II
YouTube - hammaborg viking shield and sword III
It's kind of silly to compare renfaire LARPers to ninja LARPers because the ninja LARPers think they are doing The Real **** and the renfaire people know that they're LARPing. It's pretty much where the concept of LARP (as a hobby, not an insult) comes from in the first place.
When somebody refers to banging at each other as a "fight", it really doesn't sound like they're LARPing anymore. And judging from his answers to my slightly criticising posts, he does think he's the Real ****.
Originally Posted by Rivington
i still wouldn't compare this to ninjer larping.
just the aliveness alone would make an entire tard of ninjers **** in their jammies.
not that we use swords and shields much now a days, but they do have some good moves and would definitely be able to cut up some ninjas!
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