09 July 2010

One Reason to Avoid 'Live-Action Role-Playing'

Toronto Police staged a display of weaponry to demonstrate “the extent of the criminal conspiracy” among hard-line G20 protesters, but several of the items had nothing to do with the summit....

Chief Bill Blair, who told reporters the items were evidence of the protesters’ intent, singled out arrows covered in sports socks, which he said were designed to be dipped in a flammable liquid and set ablaze.

However, the arrows belong to Brian Barrett, a 25-year-old landscaper who was heading to a role-playing fantasy game when he was stopped at Union Station on Saturday morning. Police took his jousting gear but let Mr. Barrett go, saying it was a case of bad timing.

In addition to the arrows – which Mr. Barrett made safe for live-action role playing by cutting off the pointy ends and attaching a bit of pool noodle covered in socks – police displayed his metal body armour, foam shields and several clubs made of plastic tubing covered with foam and fabric.

Full story here.


  1. Good thing I played at NERO Toronto before 9-11. We went as part of a two car convoy from NW PA to Ontario and my friend in the second car was being a smart ass to the canadian border cop.

    He got pulled to the side and gave him the full inspection of his car which was filled with NERO gear. Foam swords, armor, etc. Luckily the only bad thing was a wasted hour and a bunch of "Next time shut the fuck out." comments towards him.

  2. Amusing tale, Rob. Thanks.


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