Amtgard is a live-action fantasy roleplaying and boffer combat game primarily based in Texas, though Amtgard has spread across the United States to more than 29 states and several foreign countries. There are more than 16 Kingdoms worldwide, with new groups constantly spawning.
The motto for this game is “Where Your Imagination Begins.” The current Monarch of the Kingdom of the Wetlands, Erin Forsaken, the Fire Giant King, says, “Amtgard holds a place for everyone whether it be fighting, creating, designing, helping, writing, singing, doesn’t matter, we got something for you to do.” Obviously there are people around the world who feel the same way, and come together to share their interests at local parks and larger gatherings.
Amtgard even has it’s own Wiki, where groups from the smallest park to the largest Kingdom, individuals, Households and Fighting Companies, are all represented. There are online photo albums full of images (like those seen here), how-to’s and instructional videos, and even arts and sciences competitions.
The current ruleset and local Corporas (from the Latin for “body of law”) are all available online to help those with an interest get an idea of how things are run. While each Kingdom may adhere to some differences in how they are run, there is only one ruleset. This allows players from one area to be able to play effectively in another area without a lot of hassle.
Events range from weekend long camping events with tournaments, games, and a feast, to individual park events that might include battle games, tournaments, feasts, arts and sciences competition, teaching leathercraft or chainmail, storytelling and music, and so much more.
One enterprising young group in Texas is hosting a monthly Court Night, where players may come together in a decorative setting to enjoy some live action role play in their best garb and with their courtliest gear and manners. You can find out more about this event on their Facebook page.
Speaking of Facebook, most of the Kingdoms and chapters have pages on Facebook, using them for volumes of communication, role play, current calendars and event announcements.
Come play a game where your imagination can run wild!
— Ann Cathey
Photos by Denah hap Tugruk (Cat Osborne)