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Behold, a battle in Mistyvale

Amtgard players Brooklynn Overton, 22, of Citrus Heights, left, and Robert Mott Jr., 21, of North Highlands battle briefly at Howe Park in Sacramento on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016.
Amtgard players Brooklynn Overton, 22, of Citrus Heights, left, and Robert Mott Jr., 21, of North Highlands battle briefly at Howe Park in Sacramento on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2016. rbenton@sacbee.com

Dressed in medieval garb and armed with padded weaponry, a group of adults and children gets together for weekly meetups in Sacramento’s Howe Park to take part in Live Action Roleplaying as part of Amtgard, a worldwide organization devoted to “swords-and-sorcery”-style combat activities.

Founded more than 30 years ago in El Paso, Texas, Amtgard boasts 300 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, with other groups sprinkled around the globe. Amtgard chapters are organized into regional kingdoms, with each serving as its own incorporated entity, operating according to its own corpora of bylaws and electing officials to six-month terms.

Sacramento’s group, called the Barony of Mistyvale, was founded in 2013 and has more than 200 players.

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