Boxwars is an epic battle where soldiers (or players) must rely only on primitive suits of armour and weapons constructed out of cardboard to fight 'til the bitter end. The bitter part is that all you have created is created to be destroyed.
This quirky-cool event originated with a group of friends building armour out of cardboard for fun and has become a popular event across Australia since it was first taken 'mainstream' in Boxwars #1 back in 2002.
Apart from the joy of destruction, one of the main goals of Boxwars is to realise the true potential of cardboard and its engineering potentials. The Boxwars Supreme Overlords (creators Hoss & Ross Koger) consider the discardment of cardboard the only good reason for war.
A scene from the scrum of Boxwars @ Boogie 8 Festival in 2013
The theme for Boxwars #21 is Battle Bots and Robot Wars - two TV shows you never thought would help you in the real world; until now. Check out a scene from Battle Bots here or click here for a clip from Robot Wars.
So go get crafting! Grab some friends or that crazy Uncle/Aunt who likes to build weird things in the garage and come up with the most slicing, dicing, smashing, whirling, whomping, raving mad design you can. Just don't get too attached...
A brave warrior laughs in the face of danger at last year's Mad Max themed Boxwar (Sydney Festival)
Materials advised for adhesives are strictly restricted to tape, hot glue and liquid nails. NO zip ties, rivets, staples, etc are allowed. Also, don't overdo it on the tape or glue - remember, your robo-themed suit is supposed to be destructible.
Outsiders who aren't up for a fight to the recycled death, or are under 18 can take part in Boxwars as spectators and cheer on the warriors.
Official Rules of Boxwars:
You can talk about Boxwars
There are no winners in Boxwars....only losers
Use common sense - don't do to someone what you wouldn't want done to yourself
You can only use Cardboard (recycled)
Take home all your rubbish from this event. Attendees must do their best to leave the park as they found it.
Warriors will forfeit their armour (intact, damaged or destroyed) to any minor who desires it post-battle. This ritual helps keep alive the fighting spirits of kids too young to participate in Boxwars.
Please note admission to the event is free and warriors must be aged 18 and over (or 15 and over with the signature of a legal guardian) to participate in the battle.
The Official Boxwars after party will be organised on the day of the event.