Toy Fair, Day 2!

Hi all! Just like the title says. Had my tour of hasbro so from here on out it will be any off-brand stuff like Prime time toys or something. In any event, I will have higher-res photos when I get home! The great folks at Hasbro were tight-lipped about the vortex in all regards except for the name and release date, and assurances we have not seen this yet. So, more info to follow in the coming months, true believers!

I also asked about the Nerf Dart Tag League, and there are some changes abound. No specifics, but something will be new this year.

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SO IT BEGINS! NDTL! NERF DART TAG LEAGUE!

Hasbro’s NERF Brand Teams Up Again with 2010 Dew Tour for the Second Annual NERF DART TAG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Competition
Regional NERF DART TAG League Tournaments Kick Off in Boston

PAWTUCKET, R.I., Jun 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) — –Fans to Compete for a Spot in the NERF DART TAG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP and $25,000!

Following an action-packed NERF DART TAG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP premiere in 2009, Hasbro, Inc.’s /quotes/comstock/13*!has/quotes/nls/has (HAS 41.28, +0.01, +0.02%) NERF brand is back at Dew Tour to bring fans an awesome way to suit up, compete and battle it out, NERF DART TAG style. This summer as part of the Dew Tour’s award-winning Festival Village, the NERF DART TAG League will host regional NERF DART TAG tournaments in Boston, Chicago, Portland, Salt Lake City, and Las Vegas. Teams will compete against one another in the NERF Battle Dome Arena for a spot in the final NERF DART TAG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP event.

At each regional tournament players will compete in teams of four in one of two age groups: 8-12 years and 13-17 years. The winning regional teams will enter battle one last time at the NERF DART TAG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP event in Las Vegas this October to show off their blaster skills and compete to receive ultimate DART TAG fame and win $25,000!

“The NERF DART TAG tournaments offer fans across the country a unique, competitive sporting environment to show off their blaster skills, strategy, and teamwork,” said Jeff Jackson, vice president of marketing, Hasbro, Inc. “As a sponsor of the Dew Tour for the second consecutive year, we’re thrilled to provide NERF NATION with an ideal arena for this popular competition and – based on the action we saw from our fans last year – to celebrate achieving the incredible with NERF!”

The 2010 Dew Tour features more than 150 of the world’s top action sports athletes, competing in Skateboarding, BMX, and Freestyle Motocross, and will make the following stops:

— June 25-26 — Skate Open, Boston, MA — TD Garden

— July 23-24 — Nike 6.0 BMX Open, Chicago, IL — Museum Campus

— August 12-15 — Wendy’s Invitational, Portland, OR — Rose Quarter

— September 16-19 — Toyota Challenge, Salt Lake City, UT — EnergySolutions Arena

— October 14-17 — Dew Tour Championships, Las Vegas, NV — Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

For more information on 2010 NERF DART TAG tournament rules, eligibility, registration forms, and the NERF DART TAG WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, visit http://www.hasbro.com/ndtl/en_US/Registration.cfm. NERF NATION can be followed on http://www.Facebook.com/NerfNation, http://www.YouTube.com/Nerf, and http://www.Twitter.com/NerfNation. Sign up for the NERF DART TAG League newsletter at http://reg.hasbro.com/Nerf/DartTagLeague/.

About Hasbro, Inc.

Hasbro, Inc. /quotes/comstock/13*!has/quotes/nls/has (HAS 41.28, +0.01, +0.02%) is a worldwide leader in children’s and family leisure time products and services with a rich portfolio of brands and entertainment properties that provides some of the highest quality and most recognizable play and recreational experiences in the world. As a brand-driven, consumer-focused global company, Hasbro brings to market a range of toys, games and licensed products, from traditional to high-tech and digital, under such powerful brand names as TRANSFORMERS, PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, PARKER BROTHERS, CRANIUM and WIZARDS OF THE COAST. Come see how we inspire play through our brands at http://www.hasbro.com. (C) 2010 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Dew Tour

The Dew Tour consists of five major, multi-sport events spanning across the country, with a cumulative points system, a $2.5 million competitive purse a bonus pool at year-end based on overall tour standings. The Tour features skateboarding (park and vert), BMX (park, vert and dirt) and freestyle motocross. At season’s end, the overall points leaders in the five disciplines will be crowned year-end champions and awarded the prestigious Dew Cup. As part of an Alli property, key lifestyle elements complement the competitions at each Tour event including the Festival Village, specialty competitions, and live, cutting-edge music. The Dew Tour is broadcast live on NBC Sports with additional competition and lifestyle broadcasts on MTV, MTV2 and USA. The Dew Tour is also distributed on Fuel TV, Universal HD, and internationally on Eurosport 2, Fox Australia, Extreme Channel and Allarco Superchannel. The Dew Tour partners include Mountain Dew (tour title sponsor) and Nike 6.0, Wendy’s and Toyota (event title sponsors). Associate partners include Ball Park, JCPenney, MATADOR by Jack Link’s, Paul Mitchell, PlayStation, PowerBar, Sony and Verizon. More information can be found at http://www.allisports.com.

SOURCE: Hasbro, Inc.

-VasTheStampede

Back to Basics – The Movie!

As is the custom here at FFA, when I go to a foam dart fight chances are I’m going to be bringing along cameras. These, are some of the highlights from Back to Basics:

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=11428495&server=vimeo.com&show_title=1&show_byline=1&show_portrait=0&color=&fullscreen=1

FoamFromAbove – Going Back to Basics! from Video Ninjas on Vimeo.

Enjoy! There’s a lot of stock ammo, a lot of happy faces, and more!

-VasTheStampede

And lo, the story breaks – 09/09/10 blaster news?

Well, I first saw this on Nerfhaven and it looks like amazon.com and other vendors started listing for a toy called the….

Nerf N-Strike Stampede ECS-50.

So what does this mean, besides Nerf finally naming a blaster after me? (A guy can dream, right?)

Well, naming conventions being what they are this thing’ll have 50 shots in some kinda automatic configuration (the listing says 6 “D” batteries needed, like the vulcan) and signs indicate clip system. It’ll be out 09/09/10, suggesting the initial “Big Blast” moniker was possibly a code name.

I’m going to avoid speculating, but this is actually pretty interesting, and exciting! I almost hope there’s an early release somewhere…

LET THE WILD RUMP-

Wait, no. LET THE SPECULATION BEGIN!

See you next time, but definitely at the release in September!

-Vas The Stampede (No, not like the Nerf blaster!)

Chicago Area Nerf 2010 – "Just in Case"

It’s about that time –

Once more unto the breach, dear friends! In the Midwest, a good number of folks that Nerf in IL shelved their blasters since Nov/Dec 2009, due to school, weather, weather, and no indoor venue to play. Well, it’s warmer now and a new round of Nerf/foam blaster battles have begun! Minnesota and Wisconsin had their events last weekend, and some of the folks in Chicago just theirs underway as well.

This event didn’t carry the same kind of weight that the usual wars carry. This was conceived in all of two-three weeks, when a fight usually has a date set months in advance to give attendees enough notice. Some of us were getting a little restless but were not able to make the trip up to the MN event that weekend. Snake, one of the Chicago Area Nerfers here took it upon himself to host a small local “warmup” to get off his butt and hopefully indoctrinate some new faces to our little slice of hobby heaven.

He took a different path from some of the past events. He actively banned a lot of specific types of mods and blasters (some homemades, for instance) and even ammo. The basic rules:

“If you don’t like it, don’t show.”
“Run your war how you want to run it.”
“The host has a responsibility to make sure his attendees have a good time.”

The focus was to get back to running around in super close quarters with epic dodging and some sword/shield/axe blocking. Not being paced off at huge distances behind sparse cover with tons of No-Man’s Land. There’s been talk of a power creep in the midwest but that’s a topic for another day. Snake wanted to explore what going back to our roots with short ranges and stock ammo would be like after the previous few fights where this wasn’t the case.

Either way, there was a decent show of people. About 12 people from the surrounding Chicagoland area showed up, some with a few fights already under their belt and a few who haven’t been in a good fight yet. It was a good mix!

I personally had a good time. We were all laughing at numerous points during the day just out of the craziness of the action. The close ranges led to a lot of running and even though Oak Lawn has its own issues with cover the fact we could run and dodge pretty much compensated for that. The blasters of the day varied; the N-Strike line (Raider, Longshot, Longstrike, Recon, Nitefinder, Magstrike, etc.) all saw use in addition to one or two homemades, furyfires, and other off-brand blasters. The N-Force melee weapons also saw some action, coupled with shields. We didn’t use “larger ammo takes out shield” rules, mainly because we forgot, hah.

We were in and out of rounds really quick, too. Last Team Standing, Last One Standing, Capture the Flag (lots of capture the flag), Protect the VIP, and Center Flag Push were all orders on the day along with switching teams every few rounds. It was quick, fast-paced, and only really slowed at lunch or when we needed water. But we were all running, so much for each game. Heck, at one point we even got to use the park/jungle gym, which adds a nice dimension to CtF. If anything, we needed more gametypes to throw in.

It was a good first war for a lot of people, and they say they’ll be back for the next one. As far as being a good introduction for people into this hobby, I’ll say, “Achievement Unlocked.”

See you on the field!

-Vas The Stampede

How they roll in the Pacific Northwest!

A couple of weeks ago I was checking out nerfhaven, and found this little thread:

Nerfhaven thread announcement!

So from what I can tell this group out in Washington state has a publicly accessible old fort available for their foam warfare! Illinois unfortunately is short on supply on things like this (believe me, I looked. Do you know of something I must have missed and live in IL? Let me know – foamfromabove@gmail.com). Either way, judging from the pics (gallery links to follow) the site works for indoor and outdoor foam flinging – hallways, corridors, multiple levels, surrounding vegetation, it’s pretty intense. The group uses flagging tape and glowsticks, and even in broad daylight it looks like some of the rooms are just ripe for poorly lit “who’s there!?” moments. Awesome.

The rules for this group and location are as follows:

“Rules:

All players under 18 need parental consent. That means they have to speak to ME directly. I need to do this for each war. I can meet or call your parents before the war if you would like. Lawsuits suck.

Eye Protection. We have extras.

OFFICIAL NERF AMMO ONLY. We picked up a wide variety (White, black, gray, and red) of dangerous homemade ammo with metal weights and washers poking out at the end of the day last time. They look like they didn’t stand up to the concrete very well and we have no interest in having those things fired at us. I just picked up over 100 streamlines to replenish the communal ammo, so there is plenty to spare.

All modded blasters are subject to approval. These are point blank range firefights!

This is a state park. We keep it clean, respect other guests, and behave ourselves.

Any threats of actual violence, unsafe play, or other nonsense will not be tolerated.”

Stock ammo, and point blank encounters = probably very limited mods. But in an area like this I don’t see that being a problem. I haven’t been to a proper indoor war yet, but they look like a lot of fun and something like this where you have the potential of both worlds is an interesting scenario. It looks like they’re done for the year at this location but I am seriously jealous of you, Puget Sound/Pacific Northwest Nerfers.

Let this stand as testament that foam fighting doesn’t end at mods and open fields. It’s a big world out there, find some interesting places to play (preferably within legal statutes!)

Thankfully, “Flaming Hilt” was nice enough to let me link to his album:

Pacific Northwest Nerf!

And it looks like they had a freaking great time. Way to keep it lively out there, folks! One day, if I go to WA I’ll look you guys up. Thanks for the cooperation, “Gunther!”

’til next time, Foam Flingers!

Vas The Stampede

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