Boxwars is when a bunch of people fight each other using homemade weapons and armor constructed from cardboard. It looks like great fun! Great Big Story went to Melbourne, Australia, to meet some Boxwars participants and watch a battle.
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Ready for combat? Grab some cardboard, tape and hot glue for a battle of epic proportions. Welcome to Boxwars, the bizarre medieval-inspired sport that’s given adults the chance to play. Boxwars is both art and destruction using the near perfect medium of cardboard.
The point is to build something from cardboard, then destroy it, which destroys the point. The battlefield is a place of contradictions + burrowed originality which sets a perfect stage for war. There are no winners in Boxwars only losers.
Participants get together to create a full range of battle gear using nothing but reclaimed cardboard and packing supplies. Originally devised by a small group of friends over drinks, Boxwars has grown to become a global phenomenon, with teams across Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan.