Safety is a very important matter when players and volunteers will be engaging in physical contact.

This section of our website is dedicated to outlining the safety requirements players must follow when attending our games and especially when bringing in their own weapons and other items. These rules apply to each and every one of our different game types without exception and will outline every type of weapon used in our games.

Players are expected to read and know this information before attending a game and no leeway will be given on unsafe behaviour, weapons, or other items.

All decisions made by Frontier Staff and Volunteers are final and weapons or other items deemed unsafe will not be allowed into the game. Our Crew also reserves the right to deny entry of any item we deem unsafe even if it does not directly conflict with the following rules.

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If you have any questions in regards to item safety or anything else mentioned here please feel free to contact us through our Facebook page or via email at thefrontierlarp@gmail.com

Note: While many of the rules may be similar for different types of weapons, the precise specifications do differ, please read carefully.

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Behaviour
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The most important part of Safety is a players behaviour, even a safe item can be used dangerously if a player is not careful. In all situations, and especially combat, we encourage players to use caution and common sense.

In all our games the term “STOP THE GAME” is our safe word. This should be called if you ever find yourself in a situation were you are experiencing some form of real harm, be it mental or physical. If this term is ever called all gameplay is to halt until the issue is assessed and resolved, then gameplay may resume.

We should also note that players are always welcome to remove themselves from gameplay should they ever become uncomfortable with anything that is happening regardless of whether the discomfort is physical, mental, or emotional. This is a game and we are hear to have fun.

Note: Before entering into our games all players, volunteers, staff, and participants of any nature must sign a copy of our waiver form. Attendees under 18 must also have their parents/guardian sign off for them. A copy of our waiver form can be downloaded here.

Below we list a few basic tips that will help to ensure everyone remains safe and has fun:

  • Be aware of your surroundings; know what is behind and in front of you, especially when entering combat.
  • Be aware of your emotional state; are you becoming tired? Aggravated? Then its time to take a break for a minute. Continuing play when in an unstable emotional state can lead to poor and unsafe decisions.
  • Be aware of others emotional states; sometimes other can become angry, or upset and may not know how to express this. Being aware of others emotional states will ensure that no form of roleplay (be it social or combative) is ever taken further than participants are comfortable with.
  • Frequently check your weapons for safety; weapons can break during gameplay and what was a safe weapon at the start of a game may not be later on. Checking the tip of a weapon to make sure the core is not poking through is a easy way to prevent injuries.

Prohibited Behaviour
Players who exhibit any of the following prohibited behaviors may be penalized, removed from the game, or banned from all Frontier Events. Anyone who observes these behaviours should report them to a Volunteer or Referee immediately.

  • Cheating: disregard for the rules of the game and disobeying referees or volunteers.
  • Vandalism: the intentional destruction of in-game items and props as well as damage to the venue itself.
  • Alcohol/Drug Use: due to the nature of our events players are not allowed to use or be under the influence of any alcohol or mind altering drugs during games. Anyone found in possession of these items during games will be removed from play immediately.
  • Excessive Physical Aggression: thing such as swinging a weapon too hard or any intention to harm another player.
  • Discrimination: The Frontier LARP is a place for people of all walks of life to come together, discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, religion, orientation, or gender will not be tolerated. We are here to have fun.
  • Physical Assault: outright physical violence against another player, staff, or volunteer.
  • Verbal Abuse: the use of insults and profanity to put another down. Any use of in-game insults or mockery should be clearly distinct as a part of the game and not containg any true venomacy.
  • Sexual Harassment: Any form of sexual harassment will not be tolerated, inlcuding verbal or physical.


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Weapon/Item Use
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Players should only ever use items for their intended use, this means:

  • Melee weapons shall not be thrown
  • Arrows or bows shall not be used as melee weapons
  • Nerf blasters shall not be used as shields or for striking
  • Any other in-game items such as tools or props shall never be used in combat in any capacity at all.
  • Never strike objects such as trees or rocks with your weapon
  • Do not lean on your weapon

 

Important Note: Under no circumstances should any item (including weapons and shields deemed safe) be used to strike another player in the face, throat, or groin.


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Melee Weapons
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All of our game types use one form of melee weapon or another. All melee weapons brought in by players will be inspected before every game for safety. Players should routinely check their weapons during games as well to ensure they have not been damaged and become unsafe.

Note: No melee weapon should ever be thrown unless specific permission is granted by our weapon raters.
Note: We highly recommend purchasing your melee weapons from online Calimacil or build your own using PVC pipe, pool noodle, and a cloth cover.

Permitted Melee Weapons

  • Most Nerf weapons
  • Calimacil, Dark Knight Armory, or any other reputed professionally made foam weapon
  • Homemade weapons which meet our building requirements

Banned Melee Weapons

  • Any form of practice sword including those made from wood, plastic, or composite material
  • Any real or replica weapons made from metal
  • Sword Art Online foam replica swords including the Dark Repulsor
  • Foam Minecraft tools
  • Foam weapons sold from Spirit Halloween will be judged on a case by case basis as the foam used to make them varies in hardness.
  • Any weapon that is deemed too heavy

Melee Weapon Building Requirements:
-have a core of either PVC, Fiberglass, Graphite, or Bamboo
-have a minimum of 1″ of open cell foam on all striking surface
-have a minimum of 1.5″ of open cell foam on all stabbing tips
-have a minimum of 1/2″ of open cell foam on any surface that may accidentally strike a player
-have a minimum 1″ of open cell foam on the butt/back end of the weapon
-have a tip that is large enough to not fit into an eye socket, this is especially important on thrust weapons
-if coating your weapon in tape the tape should be run lengthwise along the blade, never wrapped around in a circular motion.

Acceptable Building Materials:

-Core: PVC pipe, fiberglass rod, graphite, bamboo
-Padding: pool noodle, camping mat
-Coating: cloth, duct tape

Prohibited Building Materials:

-Core: wood (other than bamboo), metal, or plastics (other than PVC)
-Padding: styrofoam, sprayfoam, Eva (foam mat) foam [Note: EVA is too dense for weapon padding but great for many other uses like shields and armor]
-Coating: packaging tape, electrical tape, any type of foil tape

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Thrown Weapons
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Players may desire to bring in throw-able weapons of one type of another. From daggers to grenades all thrown weapons brought in by players will be inspected before every game for safety. Players should routinely check their thrown weapons during games as well to ensure they have not been damaged and become unsafe.

Note: We highly recommend purchasing your thrown weapons from online Calimacil or building one entirely out of foam without any core at all.
Note: We do allow thrown packets made from cloth and bird seed to be thrown, typically used to represent magical spells.

Permitted Thrown Weapons

  • Calimacil, Dark Knight Armory, or any other reputed professionally made foam weapon
  • Homemade weapons which meet our building requirements

Banned Thrown Weapons

  • Any form of practice weapon including those made from wood, plastic, or composite material
  • Foam Minecraft tools
  • Any weapon that is deemed too heavy

Thrown Weapon Building Requirements:

-have a core of either PVC, Fiberglass, Graphite, or Bamboo
-have a minimum of 1″ of open cell foam on all striking surface
-have a minimum of 3″ of open cell foam on all stabbing tips
-have a minimum of 1″ of open cell foam on any surface that may accidentally strike a player
-have a minimum 2″ of open cell foam on the butt/back end of the weapon
-not exceed 5 feet in length
-have a tip that is large enough to not fit into an eye socket, this is especially important for weapons such as spears
-any thrown spear/javelin or similar weapon must have a “stopper” at the end of the core to prevent it from tearing through the foam tip, this could be a bottle cap or piece of tough close cell foam.
-if coating your weapon in tape the tape should be run lengthwise along the blade, never wrapped around in a circular motion.

Acceptable Building Materials:

-Core: PVC pipe, fiberglass rod, graphite, bamboo
-Padding: pool noodle, camping mat, soft foam footballs (for the tip)
-Coating: cloth, duct tape, hockey tape

Prohibited Building Materials:

-Core: wood (other than bamboo), metal, or plastics (other than PVC)
-Padding: styrofoam, sprayfoam
-Coating: packaging tape, electrical tape, any type of foil tape

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Bows/Arrows
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Bows and Cross bows can be a fun addition to any game but require increased safety measures. All bows and arrows brought in by players will be inspected before every game for safety. Players should routinely check their weapons during games as well to ensure they have not been damaged and become unsafe.

Note: We highly recommend purchasing your arrows from online Calimacil.

Permitted Bows/Arrows 

  • Any bow with draw weight under 35 pounds
  • Calimacil, Dark Knight Armory, or any other reputed professionally made foam arrows
  • Homemade arrows which meet our building requirements

Banned Bows/Arrows

  • Any form of compound bow
  • Any arrow with a tip smaller than 2 inches in diameter

Arrow Building Requirements:
-have a shaft of either fiberglass or wood (if using a wooden shaft we recommend coating in electrical or hockey tape in order to prevent splintering)
-have a minimum of 2″ of open foam on the tip
-have a tip with a minimum 2″ diameter so it cannot fit into an eye socket
-must have a “stopper” at the end of the shaft to prevent it from tearing through the foam tip, this could be a bottle cap, penny, or washer.
-if using an actual arrow as a base THE ARROWHEAD MUST BE ENTIRELY REMOVED
-if coating your weapon in tape the tape should be run lengthwise along the tip, never wrapped around in a circular motion.

Acceptable Building Materials:

-Shaft: fiberglass, wood
-Padding: pool noodle, camping mat, cushion foam
-Coating: cloth, duct tape, hockey tape

Prohibited Building Materials:

-Core: metal or plastic
-Padding: styrofoam, sprayfoam, EVA (Square mat) foam.
-Coating: packaging tape, electrical tape, any type of foil tape

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Hands/Feet/Grappling
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For players own safety grappling or using ones hands, feet, or body as a weapon is prohibited in all of our games. Any player caught striking a volunteer or other player with their hands or feet will be removed from play.

Exceptions:

-Zombies and other volunteers may deal damage to players by “tagging” them with their hands, this will always be an open handed tag.
-Strength skills, in some of our games there are in-game skills related to strength, players may use these stats to role-play grappling. The key difference between role-play grappling and actual grappling is the amount of actual force used compared to pretend force. Players engaging in role-play grappling must still give verbal consent to each other beforehand and the outcome will be dictated by who has a higher “strength” stat and not the players actual strength or skill.

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Nerf Blasters
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Many of our games use Nerf and other brands of Blasters which fire foam darts. All Nerf and similar blasters brought in by players will be inspected before every game for safety. Players should routinely check their weapons during games as well to ensure they have not been damage and become unsafe. A Nerf gun may never be used as a melee weapon including both striking and blocking blows.

Permitted Blasters/Darts

  • Any Nerf Blasters which shoot foam darts or discs
  • Any Nerf knockoff brands which fire foam darts
  • Any Nerf brand darts, any knock off or aftermarket darts with soft rubber tips

Banned Blasters/Darts

  • Nerf Super Soakers
  • Xploderz or any other gel shot blasters
  • Any form of Airsoft or BB gun
  • Any form of Paintball marker
  • Blasters that have been modded to fire faster than 140 fps
  • Aftermarket darts with hard plastic tips
  • Home-made Stefan darts

Modding Restrictions
-Players are permitted to mod Nerf blasters including but not limited to removing air restrictors, installing stronger springs and more powerful motors provided they have a firing speed lower than 140 fps
-Players MAY NOT modify their NERF DARTS in any way or use any homemade darts which include materials such as plastic, metal, or wood including Stefan darts.

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Explosives
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All forms of explosives are strictly PROHIBITED in our games including, but not limited to the following:

  • Fireworks or Firecrackers
  • Smoke Grenades (including ones with flame-less ignition)
  • Flares or Flare guns
  • Paintball Grenades
  • Any form of homemade explosive


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Armor/Safety Equipment
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Players are not required to wear any safety equipment in our games with the exception of both our Combat LARP and Junior Combat games where all participants must wear helmets. Although not required, wearing helmets, eye protection, and other forms of padding is always recommended.

In all of our games players will be granted additional bonuses for wearing armor. These bonus stats will vary from game to game but armor will always be rated on the following factors:

  • Visible Effort
  • Looks and appearance
  • Actual materials used

Permitted Armor Types

  • Cardboard
  • Plastic
  • Foam
  • Leather
  • Metal

Prohibited Armors

  • Any armor that has sharp blades or spikes made out hard materials such as metal or plastic will not be allowed into the game. Players should also avoid armor with sharp edges which can cause scraps and damage weapons making them unsafe.
  • Any piece of armor deemed unsafe to either other players or the wearer, this may include items such as metal armors worn without the appropriate padding underneath.


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Shields
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Players may also bring in shields to the majority of our games.  All shields brought in by players will be inspected before every game for safety. Players should routinely check their shields during games as well to ensure they have not been damaged and become unsafe.

A shield should never be used as a weapon, this includes punching with shield or throwing/kicking shields at others.

Permitted Shields

  • Shields purchased from Calimacil, Dark Knight Armory, or any other reputed professional LARP store.
  • Homemade shields which meet our building requirements

Banned Shields

  • Any non LARP toy/replica shield made from hard materials or with sharp edges
  • Any shield that is deemed too heavy

Shield Building Requirements:

-in order to be classified as a shield the item must be at least 1″ thick (A single sheet of cardboard or foam will not count) and must be able to be worn on an arm or held in hand.
-a minimum of 1″ of foam (open or closed cell) around all edges
-If you shield base is plastic you must have a minimum of 1/2″ of foam (open or closed cell) on the front, outward facing side of the shield.

Acceptable Building Materials:

-Base: cardboard, plastic, camp mat foam, foam tiles
-Padding: pipe foam, pool noodle, camp mat foam, foam tiles
-Coating: Duct tape, material, soft leather, plasti-dip

Prohibited Building Materials:

-Base: wood, styrofoam, or metal
-Padding: styrofoam, spray foam
-Coating: any type of foil tape