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What we do.

Amtgard is a fantasy based live role playing organization with a large focus on medieval combat. All of our weapons are safe, foam-padded, replicas of swords, daggers, arrows, and other medieval weapons. In addition to the fighting, we strive to better ourselves in creating new pieces of costume, armor, music, and art.

Alexar draws
Alexar draws.

Each weekend we hold battlegames around the state for fun and practice. There are also several camping events that take place each year. These events can attract hundreds of people to battle, socialize, camp out, and have a good time. Chapters also hold feasts every 3 months to honor our leaders and members that make this game a fun place to be on weekends.

The rules for combat are simple: a hit to a limb disables that limb, a hit to the torso kills you or a second limb hit kills you, head and neck are out of bounds.
Much like Dungeons & Dragons and other role playing games there are different classes to choose from. Each class has it's own special abilities and limitations, increasing in power as you gain experience. The abilities of your class can sometimes be the only thing keeping you alive versus a more skilled opponent or a horde of newbie warriors.

Where we do it.

Duchy of Pegasus Valley

Battlegames on Saturdays from noon until dark at Taylor Park (Indian School and Pennsylvania)
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Rio Rancho,
Shire of Storm Fall Mesa

Battlegames on Sundays from noon at Rainbow Park (North end of park off of Pecos Loop SE)

Nilifane in combat
Nilifane in combat

Santa Fe,
Shire of Wyrm Spire

Battlegames on Sunday afternoons at Herb Martinez Park (Camino Carlos Rey)

Las Cruces,
Kingdom of Dragonspine

Battlegames on Saturdays from Apodaca Park (Solano and Madrid)
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Shire of The Savage Highlands

Battlegames on Sundays from 1PM until dark at Wingfield Park (Wingfield and Center St.)

Everywhere else...
There are groups all over the world, see The Amtgard Atlas for locations on other chapters.

What you will need to play.

Waiver / New Player Form
You can get one up from the chapter's Chancellor or Prime Minister at the weekly meeting. If you are under 18 you will need a parent/guardian to sign it. The age requirements for combat are 14 years and up or you have to get special permission from the chapter Monarch.

Amtgard Rulebook
The rulebook can be downloaded for free. You can also get a rulebook from a chapter's Chancellor or Prime Minister by paying $10 in dues.

Harkilar prepares to Berserk
Harkilar prepares to Berserk

Amtgard Legal Weapon
You won't need one of these right away, there will be some loaner swords at the park for new people to use. Once you have figured out what style of weapons you want to use, ask someone to help you make your first weapons or come to an Arts & Sciences meeting where many people will be making weapons. A little bit of help from experienced players can prevent "first weapon syndrome" so that you have a safe weapon to hit people with.

Costume / Garb
For your first month it is not necessary to have garb. After that, a basic tabard or tunic plus a class sash is the minimum garb and can be put together for a few dollars in materials. If you have never sewn before, come to an Arts & Sciences meeting. Then you can learn to sew or bribe someone else there with snack cakes to have them sew for you.

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