My brother and I fight with swords made out of the plastic tubes you'd find in old golf bags that kept the clubs seperate. Each time they bent, we'd curl up another tube and shove it inside the sword to make it sturdier. This had the result of baking the swords more dangerous at the same rate as our ability to defend ourselves. At this point we're going to make some swords out of aluminum, because by now our "tube" swords are more bats than swords, because they're pretty much solid.
We also have a bunch of nerf guns that we get together and play with the neighborhood kids with.
We never mix the two though. Here's why:
The attitudes in sparring with swords and playing with nerf guns are very different. Nerf is lighthearted and carefree by nature. No matter how intense you get about it, the whole arrangement boils down to a bunch of guys playing with plastic guns, albeit plastic guns that are a bit more dangerous than the developers intended. The appeal of danger that makes sword fighting attractive is also what differentiates it from nerf. When nerfing, once you get started and get rid of guns and darts that are dangerous, you don't have to worry too much about getting hurt. When you're sword fighting, if there's no danger of at least a little pain, there's not a whole lot of incentive to defend yourself, and the fight degenerates into two guys trading blows. You can't mix the Nerfing and Sword Fighting because the danger or lack thereof are integral to the respective activities. If you mix them, somebody is going to get hurt, garunteed.
Edited by zaphodB, 13 June 2008 - 08:33 AM.
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