Over the weekend, I dropped in at the Des Plaines Park District for their 4th (pretty sure it was their 4th) annual Nerf tournament! Nerf was nice enough to send along prizes for the players, thanks so much to them for that. Players braved the heat and humidity for a few hours of foam slinging fun, and got a blaster for their efforts. I sincerely hope everyone had a great time! This park district is consistent at their love of the hobby, and is one of the few Park Districts I know of that implements blaster games in their events. Their rules are a little different from the usual NIC rules obviously, using stock blasters and ranges, but given the size of the playing field and the layout, it still makes for some fast-paced gameplay. Keep it going, Des Plaines, and looking forward to the next one!
Wow, I really let this one get away from me! A few months ago I helped out the Des Plaines Park District (thanks for the referral, Basic Nerf) by providing them prizes (directly from NERF, thanks for the support!) and an extra pair of hands at their tournament back in July. It was just myself and TrekkieB47 but it was a great time and a lot of fun was had by all. Given the community, it gets tough to remember that these are still kids’ toys, but something like this is a nice reminder about where we all may have started when we first picked up a blaster. Thanks to the park district for putting on the event!
See some of the fun here, but I can provide some pics too –
Fresh from JT Splatmaster… they’re starting a way to introduce newcomers to league play and competition!
(my original review here: http://foamfromabove.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-jt-splatmaster-z100-z200-and.html) I was a fan of it then, and am still a fan of it now. Between the accuracy and the comfortable feel of the Splatmaster line, it’s a solid buy if you’ve been thinking about it. It’s nowhere near as painful as paintball (due to the decreased fps) but tons of fun at closer ranges than you might expect with paintball.
Registration: $75 for a 3 person team. But here’s the part where I find it interesting….
oNo previous paintball tournament experience
o4 players max per team roster
–12 and under
–13 and older
oEquipment – Must use provided event equipment to participate
–JT SplatMaster z200 Shotgun
–JT SplatMaster Ammo
–Quick Load Tube
–JT SplatMaster Versus Vest
–30 balls per player per point
oSimple Rules –
–4 minute matches
–If a player is hit directly by a ball that player is eliminated
–If a ball breaks on the bunker and sprays on the player that player is not eliminated
–No foul language
–No physical contact
oPrizes Per Age Group –
–Trophy per player
–JT SplatMaster z200 Shotgun per player
–Medal per player
–JT SplatMaster z90 Pistol
–Medal per player
So there you go. If you’re an adult and not quite sure how you like regular paintball (like many of my friends), a parent with a 13+ child and looking for a fun activity to get into together, or just looking to introduce yourself to the sport or try something new, this might be the way to go!
Nevermind that CPX is known worldwide as one of the best fields in the nation (if not the world) but just to get out there and try something new.
I do love Nerf and everything that goes along with it, but I also keep an open mind. I’ll be checking this out, and hope to see you on the field.