Thrusting Weapons (101) for Socal Larps
What games can I thrust in?
Thrusting is not allowed in both Twin Mask (TM) and Dystopia Rising (DR).
Thrusting is allowed in Dying Kingdoms (DK), Empty Thrones (ET) and Rendallir Remembered (RR).
What consitutes a thrust-safe weapon?
No latex weapon is thrust safe.
DK/ET require that the weapon tip cannot fit in an eye socket and have 1″ of open cell foam. This is a minimum requirement, and I highly recommend at least 3″ wide tip, and at least 4″ of foam (mixed opened and closed cell) between the core and the tip.
I have a thrust-safe weapon, how can I thrust safely?
There are two primary ways to hurt somebody with a thrust.
- You thrust them in the face/throat.
solution: Avoid thrusting to the sternum, shoulder or collarbone. These thrusts are likely to get blocked up into the face, especially by newbs. Very tall people may get away with downward thrusts to these zones, but newbs will still manage to block the thrust into their head.
- You thrust them in their center of mass as they lunge at you. The target’s entire bodyweight goes into the thrust.
solution: Thrusts should be quick jabs, with none of your body weight behind them. They should be done with a loose arm, and a hammer/”ok” grip (only thumb and forefinger gripping tightly). This will allow your arm to move backward if the target lunges into the thrust.
A pistol grip on the weapon requires that you grip the weapon tightly, and constricts your forearm and elbow. A pistol grip is great for many other shots, and definitely gives you more precision with your thrusts. However, it causes issues when the target lunges into the thrust.