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Dagorhir Battle Games

Dagorhir is everywhere you want to be! Dagorhir Chapters span much of the United States, from Washington, DC to California, from Michigan to Florida

Website: http://www.dagorhir.com
Location: USA
Members: 18
Latest Activity: Jan 3, 2014

Dagorhir is everywhere you want to be! Dagorhir Chapters span much of the United States, from Washington, DC to California, from Michigan to Florida. Dagorhir Chapters vary organizationally, ranging from Kingdoms to loose confederations of "tribes" depending on the local chapter, its history and its membership. Chapters vary widely in size, age, interests, membership and geography, but a common interest in Dagorhir unites us all. Dagorhir includes a vast nationwide membership, and we encourage new members. If there is no chapter near you, we will help you start one with advice, experience, enthusiasm, publicity, and weapon/costume designs.

Dagorhir Battle Games are many things to many people. Dagorhir combines fast-paced full-contact combat simulation with elements of live action role-playing. Dagorhir combines elements of both history and fantasy. Dagorhir is both a sport and a game. Dagorhir’s participants experience their fantasies on a variety of levels. This wide ranging appeal is the reason for Dagorhir’s nationwide success.

Dagorhir was founded in 1977 by a bunch of college friends who shared an enthusiasm for Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and medieval history. Regular "battles" were held, and friends were encouraged to come out and play. Over the next couple of years, Dagorhir was featured on a number of local college radio shows. Demonstrations were performed at Maryland's local Renaissance Festival. Dagorhir's membership began to expand in the Maryland/Virginia area. Dagorhir was featured on a variety news show called PM Magazine in 1982, and hundreds of new members joined. This show was featured across the country, and new chapters (Realms) sprouted in various locations including Ohio and Illinois. By 1986, a national event called Ragnarok was held in Ohio. Ragnarok has grown every year, drawing hundreds of avid Dagorhir enthusiasts from all over the United States.

As with many well known role-playing games that started as a fad in the 1970’s, Dagorhir was originally based on Lord of the Rings. The name "Dagorhir" is derived from Tolkien's Sindarin Elven language, and translates as "Battle Lords.". While there are some similarities between Dagorhir and role-playing games, Dagorhir boasts many advantages.

Dagorhir is a sport, not a tabletop game. Dagorhir is athletically challenging. Its participants learn sportsmanship in an environment that fosters healthy competition and team spirit. You do not have to be an athlete to enjoy Dagorhir. Dagorhir caters to everyone. Dagorhir is an exciting form of exercise that improves coordination and balance.

Dagorhir is social, and allows for interaction among a diverse group of people. Role-playing games restrict social interaction to one’s immediate friends. Computer games are even more limiting in this respect. Dagorhir’s participants include a vast range of people, including college professors and high school students, construction workers and accountants, computer geeks and goths.

Dagorhir challenges creativity and imagination. Dagorhir members make costumes, armor, and (safe) weapons for use in Dagorhir events. Dagorhir inspires historical research. Our members learn knowledge of arts and crafts as they build and create accessories to help them more fully enjoy the game. Members interact improvisationally with characters they develop and portray in a historic/fantasy setting.

Dagorhir is also a healthy outlet for aggression and frustration. Though Dagorhir is hard-hitting and physical, there is an emphasis is on safety. Dagorhir "weapons" are well padded to prevent injuries. Dagorhir’s combat rules outline safe conduct for all of our members, and these rules are strictly enforced by the "Heralds" (referees). Within the rules, combatants may slam, wrestle, and even "kill" their opponents. In our civilized age this "weekend warfare" is a gratifying relief from the stresses and anxieties of everyday life.

First-time participants create a historically or fantasy-based persona to portray. This imaginary "character" should coincide with the participant’s fantasies. A new member must bring or borrow a costume and weapon for their character to use. They will be required to sign a release form and provide proof of age. Minors ages sixteen and up may participate only with parental consent (minimum age varies from one chapter to another). All participants are required to submit themselves to the "check-in" process before the event starts. During check-in, experienced Dagorhir members will evaluate each participant. Each weapon is measured against stringent safety standards, each costume must meet the minimal requirements, then members pay their dues and register their characters. New members are often discouraged when they are confronted by skilled participants with many years of experience. Don’t be discouraged. By your third event you will begin to develop a "combat sense," and reflexes that will help you to survive.

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Comment by Dept of PMM Artists & things on January 3, 2014 at 9:54pm

Skip Lipman

Skip Lipman 9:05in the evenin' Jan 3
Hello Dagorhir friends just got the word from the producers of Drunk History that we will have Rash Field on next Thursday for a LARP event from 1 to 5pm. That is January 9th, In addition there will be an after party at Mothers Bar & Grill at 9pm here in Baltimore! I wanted to make sure that this was open to everyone in the area, all are welcome. The Drunk History folks need RSVPs so that we have enough food and refreshments on hand at the day event, and a list for the festiveties at the bar. Please get back to me as soon as possible.
 

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Vendertainers that brought many things to a show and are know for helping out where ever they can.

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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