Kansas City Live Action Role Playing (LARP) is alive and well! For the uninitiated, LARPing is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters’ actions in a real-world setting, as opposed to rolling dice and playing a tabletop game. A gamemaster decides on a story line, setting, and other rules, and facilitates game play. Players interact with each other in character and improvise speech and movements in scenes and battles to move the story/game forward.
Players often join groups of other like-minded folk and meet regularly to LARP. Amtgard is a worldwide organization of more than 10,000 LARPers, with a chapter that meets locally in the Kansas City area. I recently connected with one of their members to learn more about the group.
What is the name of your group?
How would you describe your group?
Amtgard is a world-wide organization dedicated to medieval and fantasy combat sports and recreation. We use padded weapons, fantasy and authentic clothing, and imagination to immerse players in a world of heroic combat, quests, crafts, and more.
No matter if your interest is competitive sports fighting, finding an outlet for your creative talents, or honing your leadership skills, Amtgard has something to offer you!
Centerpoint is the Kansas City chapter of Amtgard, we are part of the kingdom of Rivermoor located in Omaha, NE.
When was the group founded?
How long have you been a member, and what made you want to join the group?
I joined in Centerpoint 2007, I have been a part of the larger group Amtgard since 1992. I like Amtgard/Centerpoint because of it’s great mix of sword fighting skills and magic.
How big is the group?
Any given day 14 people and growing
How often do you meet?
Every Sunday at Noon
Where do you meet?
Antioch Park, 6501 Antioch Rd, Merriam , KS. Around Shelter 2 area
What do you do at meetings/events?
We have fun! We do sword fighting using padded swords that are light weight. It’s sort of a speed tag requiring skill, the closest real life equivalent would be rapier fencing.
What do you love about the group?
It’s great exercise, having fun with a good bunch of people.
Tell us about a particularly memorable moment in the group.
To encourage the arts and get warm food during the winter we had a hot food or drink competition every game day with one or two people bringing items each week. The winner received the Pie shield. The pie shield is a round shield that looks like an apple pie with a bottle of apple pie sent included.
What future plans lay ahead for the group?
We are currently a Shire but our numbers have grown lately and we hope to be a barony soon.
Where can someone find more information about your group?
Anything else you’d like to share?
The more people that play, the more fun there is to have. Anyone can join, no need to bring anything or have any knowledge. We have loaner weapons, are quite friendly and willing to teach. We are out playing all winter with only severe snow storms or unsafe conditions slowing us down.