Friday, February 26, 2016

F2A Friday Five - Five Gametypes For Small Groups!

Thanks to Hummer, a blaster game runner from Wisconsin I game with regularly, on the help for this one! He runs his games with a Milwaukee area crew in Wisconsin, check out M.A.N.O. for their shenanigans. Nerf games don't always have to be groups of 20-40 people running around (though that's a lot of fun, and these games types tend to work well in small groups of 10 or less (5 v 5 ultimately, or even less.)

Hummer in action during a game



Gametypes:

1. Zombies. Zombies can be added into many gametypes in addition to being played with variations (Dismemberment, chopper, ect.) (Stampede chiming in here) Zombies are players who would normally be considered "out" but instead find a new life as a facilitator of game play, marching around the field and tagging players who are still alive. I like instituting this facet because it means people don't have to sit out during a game, and zombies help prevent standoffs/camping. The rules we usually play with this game are there is an OZ or two, and they start off unknown (like HvZ), tagging players. Getting hit with a dart means a 7-15 second stun for the player to get away. This can be altered as noted above with variations, including large ammo.

2. Catch 'em all/blob - best played with 6+ people, but not above about 15. (Everyone starts with unlimited lives, 15 second respawn. Free for all. When you get tagged, you respawn on that persons team. Play until everyone's on the same team).

3. Free for all - Make sure you set boundaries, otherwise, you'll get the one camper who'll come in mostly fresh on lives. Adding zombies helps with campers ;)

4. Freeze tag - getting hit with a dart/projectile/weapon results in the victim being frozen in place. A teammate may release/revive the tagged player with a touch to the frozen player's person (BE NICE. DON'T BE RUDE ABOUT REVIVING YOUR TEAMMATES.) Frozen players may be used as cover, with hilarious results.

5. Royal rumble
Royal rumble: Start off with one person in the field, with everyone else lined up on the sidelines. add a person every 15-30 seconds. One life. Go until there's noone left or keep cycling in the dead players 'til tired. Alternatively, you could try to enforce a lives system, where you have to get back in line every time you die.


Some gameplay video from a recent game he organized, taken by CrissWolfNerf.



Questions? Comments? Hopefully these game types or some variant will be useful to you!

Friday, February 19, 2016

F2A Friday Five: 5 Toy Fair 2016 Blaster Favorites

Five Takeaways from Toy Fair 2016
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note: there was so much great stuff at Toy Fair! The Five involved with this list are by no means representative of the whole experience.

Edit: previous version of the article incorrectly listed the company for RBS as Super Impact, that has been corrected as of 2/29.

1. Nerf - I'm cheating a bit here. (See the full gallery of images here) The Nerf booth had a ton of things that I felt will be huge in 2016. Heck, the Nerf brand in general is going HUGE in 2016 and beyond, from what I could tell. Even the Platinum Bow from Rebelle is a huge offering and regardless of it being Rebelle I intend to own one. Other blasters, like the BattleScout and the HyperFire, offer new twists on previous features, like the stripper clip (seen on the Magstrike and Powerclip, mainly) and a new camera, while the HyperFire has an increased Rate of Fire. The Nerf Rival Khaos is a ridiculous beast, and while the magazine compatibility is lacking, that is a seriously hilariously large blaster and magazine.

The Nerf blasters this year are incredibly eye catching, but with that comes a level of functionality in some blasters that may change the blaster landscape over the next year. Not just because the Tri-Strike makes most available ammo types usable in a single game play, or that the Hyperfire may arguably be the fastest Rate of Fire for a stock blaster to date, but because Nerf is showing confidence in its brand to try some crazy, oversized ideas. The Brainsaw is evidence the Zombie Strike line continues to produce some fun toys (yes, TOYS) while the Double-Dealer is another massive eye catching piece with its double mag setup. (The Double-Dealer was a non-functioning prototype when I was at the booth, so sadly no firing video. But the stock is in fact a magazine holder, if you haven't see it yet.) My main concern though is the main blasters are going anywhere between $30 to $80, and to a family that can add up, even to an enthusiast collector. But the fans have wanted bigger and better, and this year, Nerf served that up in spades.

2. Buzz Bee gets "The Walking Dead" license

 In addition to continuing to offer a low cost alternative to Nerf, Buzz Bee has the license for "The Walking Dead", which I can see a lot of people getting excited about. Especially the rifle at the bottom, which does not seem to use an ammo belt like the last rifle of this style I saw (not from Buzz Bee, I believe). It looks like the license is more for the comics than the TV show, but at this point it's  still "Hey! The Walking Dead!" There were some other prototypes at the booth (a blaster reminiscent of the Magstrike/Powerclip, air powered and still very cool) but this is what really caught my eye and has gotta be one of the most telling things for me that Buzz Bee has some serious plans for the future and bears watching even more than before.

3. The Precision RBS system (from Super Impulse) -


This wouldn't be the first time I've been taken with a new type of blaster and ammo, but there was something so elegant about the Precision RBS system it deserves a callout here. These are rubber band shooters. And not some specialty rubber band ammo, but every day standard rubber bands (three different sizes) which makes getting the ammo easy in a pinch. The larger models have integrated ammo holders, an integrated second blaster, multiple round firing (and the RoF is semiauto, in case you're curious). The guys who invented this really did their homework about rubber band shooters, and what players look for (even a separate firing mode) in general from a user standpoint, they really thought of a lot of things for this line. I look forward to seeing more from this blaster, that's for sure.

4. Paper Shooters



Finally! After years of communication, I finally met the owners behind Paper Shooters, and they look ready to hit the American market. Now, these aren't your typical blasters- it's a model kit first (so there is some build time to invest) and a functional blaster second. These are some pretty pieces of kit when you're done, judging by what I saw at their booth, and when you finally get the blaster built it's very satisfying shooting them. The shell ejection, the pullback lever, it all feels very cool (for lack of a better term) when shooting them. Even moreso cause this is a blaster you build from the ground up with the kit, so it's a very different offering from when you have a blaster and modify it, now it is your own you built from basically scratch.

5. K'Nex


K'Nex continues the K-Force line - now we have magazines, motors, and turrets to add into the mix. The beast pictured above is a custom build, but it's three linked triggers to fire three darts at once. I used the initial kits and found the build times a little long, but I attribute that to my unfamiliarity with using K'Nex pieces. All the same, I am glad this line is still kicking because of the customizability it offers, and really want to sink my teeth into some custom builds this year.

Questions? Comments? Did you want to add anything? More galleries and more in-depth writeups to come, thanks for tuning in!

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

Nerf Toy Fair 2016 gallery - up!


The Nerf Rival Khaos is big, along with a lot of the rest of the new Nerf blasters...
UPDATE: High-Res gallery is live! 



Check out my Facebook page for pics from today's tour of the Nerf Showroom - I'll get higher quality images in a better gallery later today (still working the show). Loved seeing the Mastodon, the Platinum Bow, and so much more.

Toy Fair Day 1 preview, found them! (Zuru, Buzz Bee, and so on....)


This little gem from Buzz Bee, the destiny. This is just the beginning! More on the way so watch this space.




Then some Zuru -




And Buzz Bee with the Walking Dead!

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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Toy Fair news Day 1 upcoming

Good morning! Just an update that I am at Toy Fair! Unlike past years though, I do have a gig at the show but I will do my best to get my photos and (hopefully!) video up promptly.

UPDATED NERF BLASTER LIST HERE (crediting UK Nerf for posting it originally)

On the docket, I have Zing, a new Rubber Band shooter, Zuru, Marshmallow Shooters, and Paper Shooters so far. Tomorrow, I am visiting Nerf in the morning! I'll be here thru the 15th though, and making a few last minute stops, including Sakar and their Nerf Drone. Wish me luck, and hope to find something that interests you!

From Toy Fair 2014

Wait, Nerf Drone? No new images sent yet, but here is some info:

·         Recon Drone Cam Copter a smaller sized multi-directional drone with a built-in 16.1 MP HD camera for capturing bird’s-eye-view high-definition videos and photos as well as the ability to hover, do flips, and fly upside down ($59) (size: 5.25 X 5.25 X 1.6)

 ·         Air Defender X Drone Cam Copter: a larger multi-directional drone with a built in 16.1 MP camera and HD video recorder ($99) (size: 13 X 13X 2)

·         Air Defender X Drone Cam Copter with Wi-Fi: a connected version of the Air Defender X with on-board Wi-Fi for real-time downloading of the footage captured by the drone’s 16.1 MP camera to the device of the user’s choice ($149) (size: 13 X 13 X 2)

Friday, February 05, 2016

K'Nex K-Force Blasters Continue at New York Toy Fair (ICYMI)...

K'Nex K-Force continues into 2016! The construction set blasters introduce turrets and motorized blasting with the new crop of blasters coming out later this year.





K-10V Building Set
Build your own K-FORCE Build and Blast K-10V blaster that fires up to 75 feet! Set features 83 pieces including, K'NEX rods and connectors, 1 blaster chamber, 1 quick fit grip, 1 preload ring and 5 foam darts. Customize and create your own K-FORCE blaster or combine with the K-FORCE Build and Blast Mini Cross Building Set (set sold separately) for an awesome downloadable combo build! All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $14.99. Ages 8+. Available Spring 2016.


 K-25X RotoShot Blaster Building Set

Get ready for rotating blaster action with the new K-FORCE K-25X RotoShot Blaster

Building Set from K’NEX! The K-25X RotoShot blaster allows you to construct an incredible blaster, and then fire off 5 shots without reloading! Set includes 1 NEW RotoChamber, 5 foam darts, 1 quick fit grip, 1 preload ring and downloadable instructions for 4 additional custom blasters and targets. Models can be built one at a time. Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $39.99. Ages 8+. Available Fall 2016.







Super Strike RotoShot Blaster Building Set 

Rotating blasting fun is what you will get with the new K-FORCE Super Strike RotoShot Blaster Building Set from K’NEX! The Super Strike RotoShot blaster allows you to build an amazing blaster, and then fire off 5 shots without reloading! Set includes 1 NEW RotoChamber, 5 foam darts, 1 quick fit grip, 1 preload ring and downloadable instructions for 4 additional custom blasters and targets. Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. Models can be built one at a time. All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $39.99. Ages 8+. Available Fall 2016.








Flash Fire Motorized Blaster Building Set

Blast darts as fast as you can with the K-FORCE Flash Fire Motorized Blaster Building Set! Build your blaster and then load the clip with up to 10 darts, and the new motorized rapid fire chamber will fire darts as fast as you can pull the trigger! Set includes 1 motorized rapid fire chamber, a 10 dart clip, 10 foam darts, 1 quick fit grip and downloadable instructions for 6 additional custom blasters and targets. Compatible with the entire K-FORCE Build and Blast line. Batteries required, but not included. Most models can be built one at a time. All K'NEX rods and connectors are made in the USA. Suggested retail price is $49.99. Ages 8+. Available Fall 2016.






 
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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Nerf Fall 2016 - The Story So Far (ICYMI)

New Nerf blasters announced in the last week or two... and they're BIG. Really Big. If you haven't seen'em yet, sit back and take in 7 blasters coming from Nerf this Fall that will get your attention. (Info and pictures provided by Nerf unless otherwise indicated).


UPDATE:
Thanks to UKNerf for getting the info on some of the new blasters - 
NERF ALIEN MENACE RAVAGER Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Win the battle for humanity’s survival with the ALIEN MENACE RAVAGER blaster in hand. The RAVAGER blaster boasts 8 dart pump-action firing power and rotating barrel.
Includes 8 ALIEN MENACE darts.

Available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us.



 NERF DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE LONGARM Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Stride confidently into battle with the DOOMLANDS: IMPACT ZONE LONGARM blaster in hand. The visible mechanisms
allow fans to see as the 5-dart rotating cylinder blasts away opponents near and far. Includes 5 DOOMLANDS: IMPACT
ZONE darts. Available exclusively at Target.



 NERF REBELLE TRILOGY Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Take aim, hide out, and let the darts fly with the NERF REBELLE TRILOGY Blaster! Small in size, but big in power, the TRILOGY Blaster fires three darts in a row over 90 feet! This mini blaster packs high-performance power and is small enough to stash in a pocket or purse while still having room for triple-dart storage!
Includes blaster and three darts.

Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.



NERF REBELLE CORNERSIGHT Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2016)
The NERF REBELLE CORNERSIGHT Blaster allows girls to battle in a whole new way! Featuring bendable mirrors on both sides of the blaster, the CORNERSIGHT Blaster allows you to shoot four powerful shots around the corner without ever being seen. Take targets by surprise with this stealthy option while shooting the darts up to 75 feet!
Includes blaster and four darts.

Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.
 NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TACTICAL GEAR Assortment
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 2016)
When it comes to high-intensity missions, the only way to succeed is to upgrade! Plan the best battle strategy, then add
on gear that delivers a tactical advantage. Includes tactical light, targeting beam, and two-shot rail mount grip. Available
at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

 NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TACTICAL GEAR Assortment
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 2016)
When it comes to high-intensity missions, the only way to succeed is to upgrade! Plan the best battle strategy, then add
on gear that delivers a tactical advantage. Includes tactical light, targeting beam, and two-shot rail mount grip. Available
at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

 NERF RIVAL ATLAS XVI-1200 Blaster
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Double the shots, double the action with the RIVAL ATLAS XVI-1200 blaster! Fans can grab the ATLAS XVI-1200 blaster to
support their team, firing two NERF RIVAL foam rounds at a time. This blaster features a 12 round capacity magazine and
includes 24 foam rounds. Available in red or blue, each sold separately. Includes 24 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Available
at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

NERF ALIEN MENACE INCISOR Blaster 
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Defeat otherworldly foes in epic fashion with the motorized ALIEN MENACE INCISOR blaster, featuring motorized blasting power! The INCISOR blaster includes a 16-dart capacity, and unique ALIEN MENACE designs. Includes 16 ALIEN MENACE darts.
Requires 4 “AA” batteries, not included.

Available exclusively at Toys ‘R Us

 NERF N-STRIKE ELITE POCKETSTRIKE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $7.99/Available: Fall 2016)
Don’t let the size of this blaster fool you! The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE POCKETSTRIKE Blaster is small enough to be pocketsized,
but doesn’t compromise on power. Includes two ELITE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.

 


NERF REBELLE EPIC ACTION Bow

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Fall 2016)
The NERF REBELLE EPIC ACTION Bow is a perfect addition to any NERF REBELLE collection delivering high performance. Take aim with real bow action and show off your dart-firing skills! Load a dart into the barrel of this true-action bow, pull back the string and release it to send the dart soaring through the air.
Includes bow and three darts.

Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on HasbroToyShop.com.






NERF DOOMLANDS DOUBLE-DEALER Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Defend the barren landscape with the possibility of taking down targets two at a time with the DOUBLE-DEALER blaster.

This high-capacity blaster features two clear 12-dart clips, clear top design with visible firing mechanisms, and boasts pump-action firing with slam-fire capability. Each pull of the DOUBLE-DEALER blaster trigger fires two darts simultaneously! Includes two 12-dart clips and 24 DOOMLANDS darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.


Picture taken from the Popular Mechanics article

NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE BRAINSAW Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $29.99/Available: Fall 2016)

For the ultimate zombie hunter, the NERF ZOMBIE STRIKE BRAINSAW Blaster offers two ways to repel the hordes! Fire up to eight ZOMBIE STRIKE darts at the undead, and then finish the job with the spinning foam saw blade. Includes eight ZOMBIE STRIKE darts. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.




NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HYPER-FIRE Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Surprise your targets on the run with the fastest-firing NERF blaster! The NERF N-STRIKE ELITE HYPER-FIRE Blaster fires an impressive five darts per second on unsuspecting targets. With full-auto rapid-fire speeds and a high capacity 25-dart drum, the HYPER-FIRE Blaster will dominate the NERF battlefield! Includes 25 ELITE darts. Requires 4 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.




NERF MEGA MASTODON Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $79.99/Available: Fall 2016)

You can dominate NERF blaster battles with the first-ever motorized MEGA blaster! The NERF MEGA MASTODON Blaster boasts incredible rapid-fire speeds to send MEGA Whistler darts screaming through the air with an integrated 24-dart drum. Bring the MEGA Mastodon into action to overwhelm targets with its imposing size. Use the shoulder strap for easy maneuvering to be ready for NERF battles anytime, anywhere. Includes shoulder strap and 24 MEGA Whistler darts.

Requires 6 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.













NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TRI-STRIKE Blaster

(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $49.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Blast away the competition three ways with the NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS TRI-STRIKE Blaster! Customize the performance for each battle with ELITE slam-fire action, MEGA pump-action blasting, or a missile launcher for extreme firepower. Includes 10 ELITE darts, MEGA barrel with 4 MEGA darts, and missile launcher with 1 missile. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.







NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS BATTLESCOUT ICS-10 Blaster
(Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Dominate the battlefield and record every victory with the NERF N-STRIKE MODULUS BATTLESCOUT ICS-10 Blaster!

Featuring a high definition MODULUS camera, this 10-dart integrated clip-fed blaster captures the excitement of every mission. Share videos and photos of battles with friends to see who has the best shot! Includes detachable 720pHD camera and 10 MODULUS darts. Requires 4 “AAA” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyshop.com.


Picture taken from the popular mechanics article

NERF RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 Blaster
(Ages 14 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $69.99/Available: Fall 2016)

Send a barrage of NERF RIVAL foam firepower flying toward the competition with the RIVAL KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster.

The first fully automatic NERF RIVAL blaster, the high-capacity KHAOS MXVI-4000 blaster, boasts a 40 round magazine for battle domination. Available in red or blue, each sold separately Includes 40 NERF RIVAL foam rounds. Requires 6 “D” batteries, not included. Available at most major retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com.

Don't forget! I'll be checking out New York Toy Fair in a couple of weeks, and hopefully these blasters will be fully functional. Stay tuned for info and pics from the show!


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