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If you happen to be driving by Evergreen Park in Carbondale on a Wednesday or Sunday, you might think you’ve stepped into the medieval past. Local college students and gaming enthusiasts who share interests in fantasy literature and role-playing games (RPG) participate weekly in “Amtgard”, a boffer fighting group featuring fantasy medieval recreation with foam-padded weapons. Amtgard is part of a national organization known as “Dagger Here” or “Battle Lords.” This organized event has specific rules and guidelines; battles operate on a point system. Although many participants get involved for the battle recreations, other jobs are available, such as writing, sewing, cooking, and constructing weapons and garb. Whether you want to battle an opponent or just meet new people, Amtgard is a fun and enjoyable adventure.

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