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The games have evolved from board games like Dungeons and Dragons into online games involving tens of thousands of players.
The games have been known to transfix college-age students, and some end up spending almost every waking moment sitting in front of a computer monitor.
But a real-life alternative is now available. It takes a lot of creativity to design costumes and characters for role-playing. Add to that battles fought with Boffers, a kind of padded armor that contestants also design, and you have an activity requiring both concentration and physical strength.
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