Boffer Frequently Asked Questions
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What is a boffer?
The term 'boffer' refers to a contact weapon (swords, spears, clubs, arrows, hammers, etc.) that is made from light weight materials and padded with
foam to prevent injury. Here is a picture of some boffer weapons.
What are boffers used for?
Boffering is the act of using boffers to play a form of mock combat. The combat is used for different reasons by different people. The most common
reasons to use boffer weapons include:
- It is a great means of exercise.
- It lets you get out your aggression in a safe way.
- It promotes teamwork and active play amongst groups.
- It allows people to reenact historic battles without the dangers of real weapons.
- It allows fans of movies such as Braveheart and Lord of the Rings to enjoy the stories in a "real-life" way.
- It allows people to practice a martial art in a safe way.
Does boffer fighting hurt?
Boffering is a contact sport and because of this it is not entirely painless. It is possible to get a bruise or welt if you are playing too rough.
However, with properly padded weapons, there is very little chance of injury. The pain in boffering is about equal to a pillow fight. Other sports,
such as football, baseball, or hockey, are more dangerous than boffer fighting. So if you can play those games, you should be able to handle boffering
Sounds like fun, how can I get involved?
There are groups of people all over the world that use boffer combat as an exciting means of recreation. Check the Links
Page under the Boffer Societies section to find a boffer group in your area. If there aren't any groups in your area you can always start up your
How do I make a boffer?
The techniques used for making boffers changes depending on what type of boffer you're making. If you've never made a boffer before, you should start
with the Making Generic Boffers Guide. For more experienced users, this site contains many guides for making
boffers, which can be selected from the menu to the left.
What is a LARP?
LARP stands for Live-Action Role-Playing. It's similar to the traditional table-top RPGs except everything is done in real life. Because LARPs do live
combat, they usually use boffers for safety reasons. This site does not cover LARPs but it will give you plenty of information about how to make boffers
that can be used in LARPs.
Is this some sort of cult? Do you kill people? Are you satan worshippers?
As silly as these questions sound, they are legitimate, so I'll answer them. People from any walk of life can boffer, so this includes all religions,
cultures, and races. It is used by many Christian as well as Pagans, Jews as well as Muslims, etc. I've never met a person who really believed that
boffer fighting was "real".
What exercises can I do to keep in shape?
Most people don't like playing in the winter and can slowly fall out of shape. Also, when you're without a sparring partner it's hard to mimic the
intensity of combat. There are many ways to keep in shape. Fencing, although a little more constrictive in it's rules will certainly give you a great
workout, and is similar to boffering. Dancing is also very useful, especially ballet. If you have access to a Dance Dance Revolution game it will really
help build up your leg muscles and provides great aerobic exercise. Step aerobics are very helpful and in-line skating will keep you in great shape.
Who's Lukrain? How do I contact him?
Lukrain is my alias for boffer fighting. My real name is Dean Tersigni. I've been boffer fighting now for 4 years, which isn't very much compared to
some of the veterans, but I feel it's enough to start this simple guide. The better I get, the better this guide will be. For more information about who
I am, check out my home page at www.thealmightyguru.com. If you want to contact me then send me an
Can I write articles for this guide?
Of course! I'm always looking for a little help in several aspects of making and using boffers. Since I'm not an expert myself, I can only give so much
information on certain techniques. If you have a guide written on building boffers or boffer technique send me your submission. If I like it, I'll post
it here with full credit to you. I will retain editorial rights for your submissions however to make sure it's properly punctuated and not offensive.
Also, if you already have a webpage with a guide, I might want to link to you as well.