Battlescape LARP

ARMOR CONSTRUCTION GUIDE

To ensure the safety of all participants, it’s crucial to construct LARP armor that minimizes risks to others and enhances the overall experience. This guide provides essential rules and recommendations for constructing safe and secure armor/costumes.

a. Always prioritize safety when designing and constructing LARP armor. Taking a pre-existing cosplay costume or LARP gear and making it Battlescape LARP-safe may require some minor modifications which are elaborated below.

 

b. Wearing safety groin and breast protection is highly recommended, though not mandatory, to safeguard the sensitive area of your body during combat scenarios and prevent any accidental injuries.

 

Note: There is a very good chance you will get hit in those areas, on a consistent basis. It is up to you to safe-guard these areas, you have been warned.

a. Ideally, use appropriate LARP-safe materials such as foam, latex, leather, and durable polyurethane or plastic equivalent.

 

b. Hard material such as steel is perfectly fine but some materials like wood may break during combat and splinter and stab someone. Hard Materials and others are up to Battle Master discretion.

 

c. Be aware that some glues can set hard and create hidden sharp protrusions that could stab through foam armor.

a. Round all edges of hard materials and assure there is no coarseness to the striking surfaces to prevent injuries/harm upon impact.

Ensure that all armor/costume pieces have sufficient padding and cushioning inside to absorb impact. Wearing padding under your armor or costume helps prevent pinching by providing a soft and comfortable barrier between your body and any potentially tight or rigid components.

a. Before participating in LARP combat scenarios, it is essential to thoroughly test and inspect your gear to ensure its safety.

 

b. Check for any loose or insecurely fastened components, such as buckles, straps, or attachments, and tighten/repair them as needed.

 

c. Verify that all padding and cushioning are in place and adequately protect vulnerable areas.

 

d. Test the mobility and flexibility of your armor to ensure it doesn’t impede your movements.

 

e. Examine all edges and striking surfaces for signs of wear, damage, or sharpness. If you discover any issues, promptly address them by rounding edges or replacing damaged materials.

 

f. Pay particular attention to areas that could cause pinching or discomfort to the wearer, such as straps, seams, or interior surfaces.

 

g. Make sure there are no protruding or hazardous elements on your costume or armor that could potentially harm you or other players during combat.

 

h. Practice wearing your gear and moving around in it to identify any discomfort or potential issues that may arise during gameplay.

 

i. If you have concerns or doubts about the safety of any gear or costume pieces, consult with experienced LARPers or event organizers for guidance and assistance.

By thoroughly testing and inspecting your gear prior to combat, you can help ensure that it remains secure, comfortable, and hazard-free, contributing to a safer and more enjoyable LARP experience for everyone involved. Remember that the safety and well-being of all participants are paramount, and proactive gear checks are a crucial part of achieving that goal.

Note: It is your responsibility to ensure your costume/armor is safe to participate in Battlescape LARP battles and roleplay.

Be aware that Battle Masters will need to check over your gear initially and at random to assure there are no sharp edges or major protrusions that could cause harm or damage to players and people.

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