You may have already seen them in battle behind Vandenberg and the OC or perhaps you’ve seen them carrying around their weapons of foam. They are the Dagorhir Club of OU. With about 10,000 members throughout North America and the UK, Dagorhir is a live action combat game where players engage in battle using hand crafted weapons made of foam.
Commonly used weapons are swords, clubs, glaives, bows and arrows, and spears. The game is limb based, and a player is ‘killed’ once they are hit either in the torso, or in any two limbs.
We spoke with the club’s president, Drew Hall, or Ryot, who says “The best part is the flexibility, you can be involved as much or as little as you want.”
Most members make all of their own weapons and costumes; Ryot even works his own leather. He lives by the motto, “If you can make it then you should”. This sport is not only an intense workout and a great way to meet new people, but also improves your craft skill.
What most people don’t know about Dagorhir is that it is not just for the Lord of the Rings and renaissance fanatics. People of all athletic abilities and interests are welcome and highly encouraged to come out and play. You don’t have to be dressed in full body armor or costume to participate. They even supply “community weapons and shields” for those who just want to try it out.
The club meets Tuesdays at 5pm and Sundays at 1pm in the field behind the OC. To join or for more information about Dagorhir you can contact Drew Hall at DTHall@Oakland.edu.