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PostPosted: Tue Mar 05, 2019 9:33 am    Post subject: Phys Repping Chainmail - option? Reply with quote

This seller makes "knitted chainmail" that replicates the look of chainmail with knitting. Since chainmail is financially out of range for a lot of people, would this be an option for phys repping?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say no to knitted armor as an alternative to having chainmail. From far away the physrep would look fine, but the moment you get close to it then you would see that it is very obviously yarn. In the rule book it very specifically states that chain armor can use any of the same materials one would use for rigid armor (stainless steel, mild steel, aluminum, etcetera, heavy weight leather (9-10 ounce or greater, or cuirboulli (boiled or waxed leather), however fiberglass, carbon fiber, or heavy plastic (ABS plastic, thick molded polyurethane, etcetera) is also acceptable).

We try to work with people as much as possible when it comes to physrepping to minimize out-of-game inequalities affecting in-game experiences, but by the very nature of this being a LARP there will always be some issues when it comes to armor. Armor must be armor. We try to avoid the question of, "Is that supposed to be armor?" wherever possible.

Some of the rationality behind chain/mixed and Rigid armor having higher armor point values is because of the inherent drawbacks of wearing armor. Someone wearing heavy armor will be slower and less maneuverable in combat, and they will also tend to tired more quickly.

Beyond that, allowing for knit chainmail would give those players wearing it a massive advantage over those wearing metal. As I stated above, chain armor is heavy and has drawbacks. Knitted armor would not.

Purchasing chainmail can be very expensive. Sometimes buying the supplies needed and making it yourself can be cheaper. I haven't done a price comparison but it is something to consider. Places like and other bulk suppliers can help to make it decently cheap. There are always people willing to help teach.
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