What larping really is about

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.

Click here to listen to Ajani Bakari talk about the larping government

“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.



Chattanooga woman charged after stabbing daughter in the back

By: Natalie Meyer


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (UTC/TheLoop) — Police said a Chattanooga woman has been arrested for stabbing her 15-year-old daughter in the back, just above a kidney.

A police statement said Donna Alicia Ray was charged with aggravated child abuse Sunday night following the stabbing in an argument between the two.

Police reports show Ray came home, smelled smoke inside, saw children outside and assumed her daughter had been doing something wrong.

In the argument that followed, Ray allegedly picked up an iron and her daughter picked up a knife. At some point, the daughter tried to walk away but Ray retrieved a larger knife and stabbed her daughter.

The teen underwent surgery and is in stable condition. Ray was taken to the Hamilton County Jail. Police did not have any record of a lawyer.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.