By: Natalie Meyer
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn – Participants interested in extreme jousting meet at Chamberlain field on UTC’s campus Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays to take part in “larping.”
“Larping is a form of role playing dating back to the early 1980s and stands for live action role playing,” said “Champion” Ajani Bakari.
Gamemaster Hannah Hudgens said it’s also called Amtguard and it originated from the society for Creative Anachronisms who also do Victorian Reenactments.
“Essentially what could kill you in live combat, kills you in this game,” said Hudgens. “For example, two hits to any body part is a kill.”
Hudgens said when people larp, they are “pursuing the goals with story settings represented by the real world, while interacting with each other in character. The outcome of player actions maybe intervened by game rules or by vote among the other players.”
Bakari explained how Amtguard is an international game, with a government. They are governed by the kingdom of Everwinter, which is located in Florida; and they have 14 different kingdoms in the United States.
“Amtguard was started by hippies who wanted to preserve medieval and historical reenactments,” Bakari said.
Hudgens said they average about 25 members to sign in on a normal day of larping.
Their normal meeting days are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays.