Re: [SCA Newcomers] Boffer.
- I don't know about you all, but I've been hit pretty
hard by a boffer before. Even groups that focus on
boffer fighting rather than heavy combat have rules
and regulations for their construction and use. They
are no more a toy than the rattan sticks heavy
fighters use. People can still get hurt. (have you
ever been smacked by a funnoodle...just because it's
foam doesn't mean it won't hurt.)
I can imagine that if you pull out boffers at an event
(whether a kingdom has rules about it or not) and
start fighting, there's a decent possibility that a
member of event staff (steward, security, etc.) may
tell you to put them away due to safety issues. There
are all kinds of issues with people having random
unregulated combats. The biggest of these has to do
with the insurance policies that cover these events.
For instance, say someone gets hurt in an unautorized
martial activity (and therefor not covered by the
insurance), well, that brings on a whole pile of legal
issues and other messes.
If this is something that you really want to do, it
would probably be a good idea to check with the event
staff and as Justin said, the marshallate before just
starting an impromptu battle (or even playing
around)at an official event.
Sorry if I sound like a party pooper here, I'm just
trying to give you the perspective of those hosting
the events and the things they have to consider. My
friends and I do use boffers at each other's houses.
They can be fun and very helpful in training, but you
can also get hurt pretty badly (seen fingers jammed
and broke and just as many bruises as the heavy
fighters get) if they aren't used correctly.
I hope you find this perspective helpful.
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