Monday, August 31, 2009

BOSTON! HEADS UP!

Footage from the Boston NDTL stop is NOW LIVE on at Hasbro's Home Page!


Ch-ch-ch-eckitout!

Another Nerf commercial, haven't seen this one yet.



Forever The Sickest Kids - Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)

See how they roll, international style!

Our comrades in Singapore had their own version of a Nerf Dart Tag League event recently, so bop on over to SGNERF and see how they do!

Right off the bat, the arena was set up indoors, and had a more "American Gladiators-esque" look to it, with oil drums for cover and targets. I didn't see the use of the nerf-brand electronic flag, but I will admit there's just something so tactilely (I hope that's a word) satisfying about having a flag billow behind you as you run to victory.

See you later this week!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

WHEN DOES THE (NERF) RAID BEGIN? 09-09-09



A quick teaser of an ad from Hasbro for the upcoming Raider. I don't have one yet, but as soon as I can get my hands on it I'll be sure to put my own spin on it. Yes, I know that some people have already got their resourceful hands on them so there is already plenty of info out there. Should you feel so inclined, go crazy to search it out!

-VasTheStampede

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chicago Showdown... DOS (Two)!

From Nerf-CS2


August 22nd was witness to a day of Showdowns. In Chicago. Hence, CHICAGO SHOWDOWN hath come! Seriously, some familiar faces and some new ones showed to once again take shots and kick ass in Oak Lawn, IL. Already, I knew the day was off to a good start when I was in the parking lot unloading my gear. I had my BBBB (featured in "Blaster of the Moment" slung over my shoulder, when a police car rode up. The officer inside was cool guy, and simply asked "So where are you paintballing?"

I showed him my blaster. "Foam! Nerf, definitely not painball, sir." He only wanted to know what was going on, and he went on his way. A sigh of relief later, I made my way to the field. I had already dropped off barricades and obstacles, so what was left was getting locked and loaded.

It was most of the usual suspects from the Nerf Internet Community but there were a whole bunch of fresh faces, too. Not to take anything away from any of them these kids brought their game. It's made me start to think though about ways to get people to be better informed about events so they know what to expect. In any event, the games of the day were Team Deathmatch, Team CTF, Defend the Core (IN A PLAYGROUND, terrain = ftw), and even a bit of Team Powerball. Team Powerball was new to me, but it essentially followed in the spirit of Powerball from American Gladiators, only with nerf blasters.

Defend the Core took place on a playground, which was a lot of fun to watch. I videotaped and the footage will follow, but I'm a big fan of terrain that changes levels. High ground, cover, it's all a factor and it was just cool to see. Eventually though a lot of younger kids with their parents came by so a good half hour later we were done and had to relocated back to the field.

Our events now have street cred too! A cop actually came by to watch. It was in fact, the same officer from earlier. He was just interested and according to some of the other nerfer parents there, said we could be doing worse things. Hear, hear.

Probably the coolest thing I can think of was the new people from NHQ and the people who just jumped in with us near the end of the day. This is what I dig, playing a pickup game of sorts, and drawing people in to play. I think we all had a decent time, even though there was an imbalance of modded vs. stock blasters. But running and gunning all day with random strangers brought together to have fun? I dig it. Big props to the Des Plaines kids and those new kids we played against for jumping in with us.

Now for the PSA portion of our presentation:

1) If you're going to test fire a blaster, by all rights MAKE SURE THE AREA YOU ARE FIRING INTO IS CLEAR. This avoids shooting someone in the face when they're not expecting it. It's one thing to pop someone in the heat of battle, it's another when you're standing around talking and get whapped out of nowhere.

2) Shooting someone from behind when they're clearly not paying attention to anything and watching the flag go is considered UNSPORTING. Especially when it's from 10' away with a modded 2k.

3) This goes without saying, but definitely take care of taking shots in a playground. On at least one occasion a parent came over a little concerned their kid was going to get pegged. We're good about taking our shots, but all it takes is one accident.

4) I hate to say it, but if you're playing out in the open you're going to lose ammo. That's why a lot of the NIC makes their own darts, it's cheaper that way in the long run than buying even BuzzBee stock ammo. Not to mention even removing an AR means you can load other ammo down the barrel of your blaster and it makes an easier time of reloading.


Video soon, gallery now!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

PORTLAND ARE YOU READY?



(Image taken from http://www.hasbro.com/ndtl)


You're next on the Dew Tour stop this weekend, Portland! Bring the fury! Bring the foam! Most importantly, bring yourselves!


Enjoy the furyfires, tattoos, and wristbands :)

Holy crap! Scrimmages video hit over 1000.



-VasTheStampede

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Foamtalk #9!

Nerf podcast - Foamtalk #9 is up! May be some swearing, so listener is advised. May contain some insanity and rough language.

Playing Rock... BERSERKER!!!!

Hey hey folks! A bit early from my usually intended Thursday updates, so here you go. A vid on the Berserker from Buzz Bee. The only other one I've found was by TheNerfAngel on youtube, and honestly it was kind of difficult to see anything.



Any questions? Leave a comment!


Stampede

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Stepping off the NIC...

and into the real world. Decided to head out to Naperville today to go match blasters against a contingent from Naperville, a group I dub "Napervillains". A couple of their organizers showed up Chicago Showdown back in July, so it was only fair to return the favor and head out to see how their group rolls. Kane and Derek were the hosts, Snake from Nerfhaven and I were the NIC contingent.

The rules seemed basic enough for us: Gun hits counted, regular hits counted, could block melee weapons with your blasters, and respawns were at a predetermined respawn point. This group, in addition to including melee weapons during each round fashioned rules on "missile" projectiles (rockets, big blast rounds, even ballistic balls. They were considered a stronger hit and thus increased respawn time.

We only managed 2 game types, DeathMatch and Defend the Core. It was more than enough though as the Defend the Core round lasted more than hour, at least. However, that also meant we started to lose people like flies eventually.

My weapons of choice for the day started off with a vulcan, which did about as well as you could expect. Which means, not really. Honestly, the vulcan is not designed to run and gun. I would probably run as fast as the darts I was firing.

Truth be told, here was the hit I scored; I was being stalked by a member of the opposing team, and she was hiding behind a tree. I had to draw her out. I fiddled with my vulcan a bit and said loudly to no one in particular, "Is my button even on?!!?!"

She took the bait. Charged. I opened fire. I am wily like a fox!

That was about as epic as I got with the vulcan. After that, I ended up trading up for my RSCB'd BBBB. MOAR HITS.

Anyway, mostly stock ammo the rest of the day and good cover, really there wasn't much else to complain about. If anything, lightly modded blasters with modest range. It was a good time, with the added dimensions of melee and more damaging rounds tossed in it made for a new kinda experience as opposed to the sparse trees, mobstacles, and open fields I was used to. Additionally, say what you want about range, the trees rendered a 80' blaster useless. What really counted, was that we aimed correctly. Boy, did we.

In all, it was good to get to meet a new group of people and play by their rules. I'm here to experience the different games and see how people make nerf their own. The Napervillains certainly do that, and it's an independent group of the NIC, where Snake and I stepped off the reservation into the unknown even moreso than usual. And we're better fighters for it.

See you on the field!

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-VasTheStampede

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