A blog wherein I scribble about various role-playing games (Classic Dungeons and Dragons, Advanced Dungeons and Dragons [1e], Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition, Mythras, Call of Cthulhu, Middle-earth Role-playing [MERP], Adventures in Middle-Earth, Against the Darkmaster, Swords and Wizardry, Crypts and Things, Stormbringer, etc.). I also write about fantasy and science-fiction films, novels, art, TV shows, and the like.
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.