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

What are we doing here, people? On melee.

What you see is the N-Force sword, Thunderfury. Decent, got it on price-break for $10. Handles nicely, scuffs easily though so it’s limited use for sure. But that’s not what I’m writing about. I’d like to address the growing prevalency for melee weapons during NERF wars. Ok, ok, I know, I know we’re here already running around with children’s plastic toys but there is something I see a bit off here.

It’s one thing to want to use a melee weapon of some sort as a gag, but when I think of nerf fights, it involves blasters. Barrel taps, sure. Being smacked at with a pool noodle or having a sword thrown at me? It just makes me wonder why I even bothered to mod anything in the first place. It adds a dimension to battle, fine. It makes you want to compensate with a higher ROF and Range, ok.

But with someone who opts to NOT carry a melee weapon WITH their blaster, half the time gun hits count or they don’t want to have to resort to blocking with their blaster. Running the risk of possibly getting charged at by some douchebag who doesn’t know their own strength and swings for the fences on a blaster that, made of plastic, may not stand up well to a downward swing from a piece of PVC or balsa wood wrapped in pool noodle and duct tape. I know, crazy. Maybe we should all run around with scabbards and the like? But again, why did we even bother with our blasters if we’re going to be in CQC all day?

Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of melee weapons, especially now with the inclusion of the N-force swords. BUT there’s the focus of the blasters we came out to use to tag people with, and not show off our sword-fighting skills. Or end up getting shot at by someone after you’ve already engaged another person with a melee weapon. Great way to spend a round… not really.

Bottom line: If I wanted to start swinging a sword in a mob of people, I’d just go LARP or something. But I’m not. I’m there to shoot and be shot at. Dare I say it, we know what to expect getting shot at with a high-powered nerf blaster. We don’t really know how everyone’s going to use a sword in the heat of battle.

This might sound like sour grapes, but it really isn’t. I’m not upset about being hit with a sword in a gunfight. It feels like the melee weapons take away from the blaster side of a nerf fight, especially since unless we carry melee weapons there’s very little to do against someone hard-charging close quarters with a sword. We could go for the barrel tap or a block, but again our blasters then become at risk. Breaking my +bow because I went for a roll or a jumping shot are okay offenses. Having my +bow broken because Johnny Moron decided to swing hard is UNDESIRABLE.

They’re your fights, do what you wanna do. You want melee, allow melee. Personally, I’m not a fan and will not allow them in rounds I host nor will I participate in melee-only rounds. If I wanted to sword fight, I’d go to a sword-fight focused group, not here. Ah well, take care and keep your breeches clean. Oh wait, swords don’t have breeches.

*click*
RELOAD.

-Stampede

Once more, into the breach…

That’s not me in the above pic, but rather some excited participant!

I did indeed go inside and play a scrimmage. I feel the only way to truly represent something and write about it is through experience. You won’t see me writing about how to bake a cake unless I do it. In the same thinking, I could not bring this news about the NDTL and the Furyfire without putting myself in someone else’s line of sight. Once more, unto the breach, dear friends – literally. The NDTL Arena had a netted portal to enter, I would be lying if I didn’t say getting inside had a touch of intensity to it.

The videos and shots I’ve provided already show what I was looking at: a sea of orange/red/yellow inflatable objects littered around me. In the center, a large inflatable pyramid. A penalty box to the left, and the flag station to my right. Netting served as ventilation and spots where onlookers could observe the nerf hopefuls in their quest for supremacy. Goggled and jersey’d I was run through a quick briefing of the rules and how to operate the new Furyfire blaster.

Pumping rotates the barrel and primes the blaster. Pull trigger. Reloading means putting darts straight back into the cylinder assembly, nothing pops out. Got it. Return to the box when hit, wait for the light, etc. etc. etc. It got increasingly apparent to me that here I was, and I wanted to rock. At that moment, the flag was my objective, and the other four people on the other side were in the way.

Quickly introducing myself to my teammates, we called our assignments. 1 to defend, 1 up the middle, 1 down the right, and I would be heading down the left wall.

Locked, loaded, and crouched behind cover… the siren couldn’t come fast enough.

The first round was pretty fast. In a few seconds I had hurdled over a couple of barricades and ran the flag back in a few seconds. The other team had been preoccupied with my teammates on the other end of the arena.

Round 2 saw more of the same, only this time I ran smack dab into the entire team and ended up cooling my heels as they tied things up. We were getting our own points off of dart hits, but it wouldn’t be nearly enough to make a good show of it.

Successive rounds involved a lot of scrambling, jumping over darts, ducking others, and more flipping/hurdling over obstacles. It was up close and personal, down and dirty to make sure you got your hits and that they stuck. It was fast, manic, and awesome. The score? Unimportant. The fun? Best part of the entire thing and IMMENSE.

It was only five minutes, but in those five minutes we were heroes, fighters, and competitors. Bring on more Nerf Dart Tag League! We lived the dream, and I wouldn’t mind not waking up for a bit.

On a more serious note…

I wanted to bring to light these articles out of Singapore:

Don’t get trigger-happy with toy guns

And

Toy guns that might get you into trouble

They discuss modifications and the ramifications of modding your guns to look more realistic or for added firepower. Everything’s fun and games, but let’s remember to be safe, responsible, and working in accordance with the laws and regulations of where you live. Don’t kill the hobby by being a moron, people.

It started with Chicago.

On June 26th and 27th, Chicago was the first stop to a new experience… the Nerf Dart Tag League (NDTL). Videos to follow, but let’s get the skinny.

Starting this weekend, the NDTL is an attraction inside the Mt. Dew Action Sport Tour’s Festival Village. This means at each of the following events:

Nike 6.0 Open Chicago, IL – June 26-27 (COMPLETE)
Skate Open Boston, MA – July 24-25 (NEXT)
Wendy’s Invitational Portland, OR – Sept. 17-20
Toyota Challenge Salt Lake City, UT – Oct. 15-18

There are two divisions, 8-12 and 13-17. Each division has a regional champ selected from the competitions at each Dew Tour event, and the regional champs from each division then square off at the Dew Tour’s final stop. Let’s do some quick math:

Each regional – 8 teams x 5 cities for each regional champ = 40 teams in the total field, @ 4 members a team = a possible 160 people total, in EACH DIVISION ALONE.

The final showdown at the NDTL World Championship:

Playstation Pro Orlando, FL – 10/15-10/18!

Each regional champ squares off against each other in their respective divisions, going to having one final World Champ in each age group.

Grand prize: Prestige, and $25,000 split four ways.

I participated in the free-round scrimmages, and this is what I can tell you about the rules:

GEAR:
– Furyfire per player, fully loaded
– NDTL Jersey, covered with velcro strips for the darts to stick to
– Eye protection

RULES:
1) Timed round of continuous play. Siren starts/stops the action.
2) Players start each round in a “penalty box”. More on this in a minute.
3) A team’s flag is kept NEXT to the penalty box.
4) 3 refs in the arena with the players, whistles signal a hit.
5) When a player is hit, they return to the penalty box for a 10 second penalty. They hit a button and a red light inside the penalty box flashes. When the green light flashes, a player is allowed to reenter play. Inside the penalty box, there are ammo stations with darts attached, allowing the player to reload their blaster and remove all darts for a clean start while they wait for the penalty to end.
6) If a player is hit carrying the flag, the flag must be DROPPED right at the point of contact. Obviously, the refs are there to determine when and where a hit occurs to place the flag.
7) HITS ONLY COUNT IF THE DART STICKS TO YOUR JERSEY. If it bounces off your hand, blaster, whatever, the hit is not counted.
8) The only hits that count are darts to jerseys. Melee is not allowed. If you run out of ammo in blaster players HAVE to return to their base to reload.

These rules are what I figure after going through some scrimmages. The official ones from the Hasbro website may say otherwise.

SCORING:
– Hits on opposing players = 1 pt.
– Flag captures = 10 pts.

Whoever has the higher score at the end of the round is the winner.

PICS:



Full gallery available soon!

-VasTheStampede

Fresh from the inbox!

Word from a nice PR lady at Hasbro!

· The 5 stops for DTWC are as follows:

o June 26-27 Nike 6.0 BMX Open Chicago – Grant Park

o July 24-25 Skate Open Boston -TD Banknorth Garden

o Aug. 13-14 Wendy’s Invitational Portland, Ore. – Rose Quarter

o Sept. 17-20 Toyota Challenge Salt Lake City – EnergySolutions Arena

o Oct. 15-18 PlayStation Pro Orlando – Amway Arena

EDIT: The event is tomorrow! Here is the schedule I pulled off Hasbro.com:

The 2009 Dew Tour features more than 150 of the worlds best action sports athletes, competing in Skateboarding, BMX, and Freestyle Motocross! This year NERF has signed on as an official sponsor of the tour and the biggest new addition to Dew Tour’s award-winning Festival Village.

The 2009 Dew Tour will visit the following cities:

* Chicago, Illinois (June 26-27)
* Boston, Massachusetts (July 24-25)
* Portland, Oregon (Aug. 13-16)
* Salt Lake City, Utah (Sept. 17-20)
* Orlando, Florida (Oct. 15-18)

Nike 6.0 Open Chicago, IL

Friday 6/26 1:00pm – 5:00pm Scrimmage
4:00pm – 7:00pm Ages 13-17 Tournament

Saturday 6/27 11:00am – 12:00pm Scrimmage
12:00pm – 3:00pm Ages 8-12 Tournament
03:00pm – 7:00pm Scrimmage

So as the months roll on, keep an eye out when these stops happen in/near your area! More this week after I hit Festival Village at the BMX Open.

MOAR NEWS – NDTL – (Nerf Dart Tag League)

So there is this:

Yup. Hasbro’s gone and started a league of competitive nerf events, the Nerf Dart Tag League. It kicks off with the Mt. Dew Action Sport Tour in Chicago, IL the weekend of June 26th and 27th. That’s right, the Nike BMX 6.0 event.

There’ll be a winning team from the cities on the tour, culminating in a Championship Finale in Florida. The games will be decided using dart tag and capture the flag rules, meaning competitors wear the vests and will have scores determined by where they hit the vests on opposing players in addition to flag captures. The link contains the full rules, but it does sound like something. There’s even prize money!

Anyway, so what do I think about this? I actually really enjoy the idea. I even hope to get a glimpse of everything at Festival Village next week. I just hope my expectations of seeing the new CTF Dart Tag set are founded. I think taking stock ammo and darts is a good thing, and trying to garner attention to nerf fights with something like a league is brilliant. People will form teams, they will gather, and they will see. Not quite what the NIC is used to, but to even get the idea out there is plenty reason. I don’t care what anyone says about goobers or other elitist thinking. We run around with children’s toys, some more modified than others. Bring people in, let them figure out what more they can do. And that’s what introductory things like this mean. I look forward to checking it out and seeing what’s what, and getting out there. I invite other nerfers in/around Chicago to check it out. Hasbro needs to know that we’re in support, even if we do make such a small population of the market. Nerfers… come out to play-ayyyy…. NERFERS…. COME-OUT-TO-PLAY-AYYYYYYY.