The "cheery folk" of Crimson Wood

Armed villagers, soldiers and archers converged on Eagle Park in Rohnert Park, California when Amtgard's Duchy of Crimson Wood took on the Barony of Thor's Refuge recently for a fantasy battle. Mary Callahan of the Press Democrat interviewed members.

Callahan writes:

But there is no blood. The “clash” of swords more closely resembles a smacking sound than the clang of steel. The stricken rise to fight again — multiple lives being an advantage in the fantasy world of Amtgard. That may explain how adherents to the medieval-combat-based, role-playing pastime manage to be so serious about their fighting skills, personal honor and the rules that govern Amtgard, and still be among the world's cheeriest folk. They're having a blast.