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What the Duct is Boffing?
- Two boffers.
- An open space.
- A friend who doesn't mind getting beaten with a PVC pipe in exchange for the chance to return the favor.
- 3/4" PVC pipe. This stuff is sold in ten-foot lengths, so one piece will suffice for both boffers.
- 3/4" foam-rubber pipe insulation. You're going to want almost enough to cover the PVC pipe completely from one end to the other twice.
- Duct tape. One roll will do.
- A saw, if you don't already have one at home. If you don't, a simple hacksaw will work just fine. This is for cutting the PVC pipe.
- A file, or sandpaper. This is for smoothing the ends of the pipe after cutting.
- Scissors. You probably already have these at home. They're for the pipe insulation (If you can't tear the duct tape by hand, what business do you have trying this in the first place?).
- A marker. I like Sharpies.
- Pull your swings. Even covered in foam, you're still swinging a piece of pipe at your buddy, and it can hurt. Don't hit your friend any harder than you'd want to get hit, especially if you're using fewer layers of padding.
- No head or groin attacks. Strikes to the head or groin don't count.
- No throwing of weapons.
- Glancing blows don't count.
- Strikes on an arm or leg cut off that appendage. A player can remain standing and even walk, but cannot run if they lose a leg. Losing both legs reduces a player to sitting on their knees. Likewise, lost arms cannot hold weapons.
- Strikes on the hips take out both legs at once.
- Strikes on an arm that has already been lost carry through to the torso.
- Strikes on the torso are deathblows (a common variant is to allow hit points for torso blows).
This seems kinda like backyard Dagorhir, especially with the rules.
This used to be (And may still be, when summer comes around again) my gaming group's exercise program. Run around in the nearby park and beat each other with foam weapons. My one friend always likes to dual-wield, while I prefer to two-hand it. I've also seen axes and clubs made in similar styles. Many years ago, my friends tried other weird weapons, such as a flail (The rope was deemed too much of a risk) and arrows. As in, find a thin stick, whittle it down, (keep the end bluntish) and wrap a big wad of foam over the end... And then shoot it out of a bow. This probably wasn't very safe, really. I've also LARPed a few times with spell packets and what-not. Still got some pictures of me in full getup floating around out there.
I've been boffing for nearly six years now. Awesome fun. We have an yearly event of 500-600 fighters (pics:  can't find info on it in English, but if somebody is interested I can gife a more detailed explaination). I generally fight with a shield and sword combination. As in, find a thin stick, whittle it down, (keep the end bluntish) and wrap a big wad of foam over the end... And then shoot it out of a bow. This probably wasn't very safe, really. In larger events those likely wouldn't be allowed, but with a small group I guess injuries are less likely. Though you might like to look up the proper way to make boffer arrows online.
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