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Pompfen, boffers or weapons?

A question is rattling around El Uhus little brain for some time now. How should we specify the "weapon" we are using in Jugger?
Since a weapon is by itself a little (or big) nasty thingie to injure or to kill, that term might be used well to put gravel on the wild and anarchic aspect of Jugger. But it certainly doesn't fit to describe the stuff correctly.

At least in Germany, Jugger Pompfen are a type of padded "weapons", some designs not comparable to LARP weapons, while others, like Hamburgian/Heidelberg staffs, are also used at LARP events. Some designs are specifically made for high-speed sportive use and have their own tight safety regulations, measures and materials, based on years and years of experimenting and usage (for example, a Jugger Pompfe does not have blade-style applications or points). Nota bene: The term "Pompfe" is also used for LARP weapons as well.

In Germany, the term "Pompfe" has more or less won the race. It is told that it roots back to LARP events where it has been derived from the sound it makes at impact. For the English speaking world, it might be a bit unusual to pronounce. Or not? What do you think?

I stumbled across the term "boffer" for LARP weapons in the US (see corresponding entry in wikipedia: Foam weapon), which sounds great in English. So that could be a real alternative for international use.

It would be interesting to hear what Juggers think - which term fits best for Jugger "weapons" to describe their qualities best?

a.) (Jugger-) Pompfen,
b.) (Jugger-) Boffers,
c.) ... do you have a good idea?

Australia has also set up a poll related to this question.

International Juggertournament in Ireland - and we survived...

The tournamend is over and after a week full of calmness and well-working showers,
I feel strong enough to write the experienced down.

First of all, I want to start with a great success i didn't expected:

My team "Bang" that was formed only for this tournament reached the
4th. place.

Here is the the list with the positionings of all teams:

1. Torpedo Senf (Hamburg)
2. Hobbits A (Heidelberg)
3. Last Zela Standing (Bad Oldesloe)
4. Bang (Lüneburg)
5. Setanta (Dublin)
6. Gang (Lüneburg)
7. Hobbits I (Heidelberg)
8. Hobbits Alpha (Heidelberg)
9. Chuchulainn (Dublin)

The tournament was completed with a very enthralling finale between
Torpedo Senf and Hobbits A - But the Hamburger Team dominated and
took the first Irish Juggercup home.

After the games on sunday we to reassembled in an irish pub (with an unpronounceable name)
and Mark gave some extra prices to the worst smelling player, the best haircut, the most
swearing on the field and many more.

After some hours of sleep we went back to our country but we are looking forward to next
irish tournament.