So, do you want to join a Boffer group?

So, would you like to find a boffer or LARP group near you? Well, first you have to choose what kind of group you would like to play with.

There are many groups you can join there:

  • amtgard
  • ACS
  • Belgarth
  • BLACK

That’s not to say there aren’t a lot more, but these are the main groups.

There are also three different genres of boffer groups.

  • LARP (Live Action Role Playing Game)
  • If you like to act or love to play Dungeons and Dragons, you will also love playing with these groups. You choose a race and a class (just like in the popular game WOW)

Once you’ve decided who you are and what you do, you can dress accordingly, with chainmail, plate armor, and period clothing. With your group you will go on adventures (usually in parks) earning money and experience, killing monsters and completing quests and quests. These groups are usually floor oriented. NERO is considered a LARP and so is Belegarth.

  • Work groups
  • Boffer groups are more simplistic and battle-oriented. These groups are the kind of groups that go to a park or a big backyard and can start playing with very little preparation.

These are the types of fun games where you have a high adrenaline rush and can keep fighting from dusk till dawn. The weapons in these groups are always different. The mote on their weapons can be very different from group to group because in most cases, they make up their own rules or borrow from other groups. These groups are a lot of fun and can be started with just a few bosses and a couple of friends.

  • recreation groups
  • Reenactment groups are like the people you’d see at a Renaissance Faire. These people are rigorous for their authenticity. Reenactment groups are also battle-oriented groups, and are generally better connected to each other, having realms and rules that are more widely followed than simple boffer groups. These groups must also register to join a realm, before they are considered a real group. Sometimes these groups will don homemade plate armor and use rattan (hard, solid bamboo) swords and other weapons. These would be groups like the SCA and Belegarth.

So now that we have talked about some of the types of boffer groups, you can now decide what type of group you would like to join. Start by searching for colleges near you. They are almost always good places to find boffer groups. It may take you some time to search and find a suitable group for your interests.

If you look around and ask, you can usually find someone who knows what you’re asking. Another great way to find a group is to ask a few of your friends if they’ve already left. Believe me, they are always looking for more people who want to join and play. If all else fails, go to Google or Yahoo or whatever your favorite search engine is and search for boffer group in (your area) and you’ll usually get a couple of good results and a lot of information. Craig’s List is also a great way to meet and find groups. You can also usually find someone who knows reenactment groups at local Renaissance fairs.

Don’t let the fact that there is currently no group in your area be a deterrent! If all else fails, you may as well take matters into your own hands. You can gather a group of your friends and depending on the type of group you want to form, create your own group. If it’s just a prank group, you could try getting your school to start one. If you already know a LARP, you can find ways to make groups with them. Or you can start your own LARP group, with your own races and stories.

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