Battle Royale: Las Cruces! (New Mexico)

Below is a press release! If you’re in New Mexico, maybe take a look at this event? I know about Battle Zone primarily from Instagram, but they have been operating for some time and this is the first I’ve heard of an event in New Mexico. Best wishes to Battle Zone and success on this event!
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LAS CRUCES NERF BATTLE ROYALE
Largest public Nerf battle in New Mexico history

PUEBLO, July 5, 2019 – Battle Zone will host the Las Cruces Nerf Battle Royale on Friday,
July 12th, 2019 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This event which will be held at Young Park in Las Cruces, NM will feature 100 players ages 5+ in four hours of action-packed Nerf battles.

Event is open to public.

During the event, players will engage in games of team versus team competitions including missions such as Team Elimination, Capture the Flag and Protect the VIP. Battle Zone will provide all equipment for the games, but players are welcome to bring their own favorite dart blaster for the games.
Admission is $10 per player and includes 4-hours of game play and rental of all equipment for the games to include safety eyewear, team jersey, dart blaster and foam dart ammunition. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.bznerf.com/events. The game will have a maximum of 100 players.
“The Las Cruces Nerf Battle Royale will be the largest public Nerf battle in New Mexico
history and is expected to draw a large crowd to watch these fun and exciting games”, said Duane Gurulé, founder of Battle Zone.

About Battle Zone

Battle Zone was founded in 2015 and is Colorado’s only mobile Nerf dart tag entertainment company. For more information about Battle Zone, visit www.bznerf.com or www.facebook.com/bznerf.

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#NerfNationShow Episode 2 rundown! Zach King Tours the NERF FORTRESS

Zach King teased it earlier, but episode 2 of the Nerf Nation Show rolled out last week! It looks like they’re trying to do a video every Friday, and there was just a bit more structure to the episode. This episode ran about 5 minutes, and it looks like there will be blaster features (obviously, it’s a marketing tool and commercial. Kind of like an episode of Transformers back in the 80s), Zach mentions challenges (possibly in future episodes), and a running sketch about a robber being foiled.

Zach does the grand tour of the “Nerf Fortress” as they’re calling it, and it is a pretty sweet setup. Some highlights are the panic room, the fireman’s pole, and a zipline. There are a number of portals to blast from and multiple routes to get around, so how they battle in it will be interesting. No inflatables that I saw yet, like the ones from the initial preview videos.

According to Nerf’s Instagram, if you tag #NerfnationShow to a pic of your own Nerf Headquarters/Fortress, you’ll get a chance to be featured. Not quite the scale of Zach King’s but it’s a nice touch to think they’ll give you a shoutout. But how are you liking “The Nerfnation Show?” As the product is financed by Nerf, mods will most likely never be part of the programming. It’ll be skits, glitz, and commercial, but Zach King’s illusion and “magic” setups keep it neat and entertaining. Another episode could be out Friday, guess we will see what happens next.

Nerf N-Strike Elite… Bottom line

As we close in this week on the Nerf launch party for the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hailfire, I figure it’s only fair to finally do some actual writing, this being a blog and all.

So the Nerf N-Strike Elite line.  Hit or miss?

I’ll give it a hit, but tentatively.  I really want to love it, I really do!  And I’m impressed, don’t get me wrong.  But until I have the actual Hailfire in my hands to test and check out, I’m going with reservations.  Mainly cause I don’t want to think the novelty and newness of everything is clouding my judgment.  These are some sweet new toys, and I think they’ll add a lot of value to Nerf games far and wide, but let’s still maintain a grain of salt.

What we’ve seen so far are UPGRADES to existing blasters.  Nerf’s already received some fire for reshells (Spectre was a five-shot Maverick, the Alpha Trooper was functionally a Raider, and nevermind the countless repaints.)  I like what I’m seeing, but slam-fire and a single-shot modular blaster are things we’ve seen already.  The Hailfire has a new loading mech, but functionally it’s a Barricade or a Nitron that it’s a flywheel blaster and shoots one dart at a time as opposed to say, a spread of darts/discs.  But it’s either of those blasters on steroids.  UP TO 75′, and 144 shots (at max capacity) before having to refill another magazine.  It looks small, which might defuse bulky arguments, but that remains to be seen on what magazines will actually fit and how many (the speculation leads to: 35 rnd drums).  In any event, what functional hilarity this adds to the battlefield remains to be seen, and I can’t wait to try dual-wielding it.

Thanks to SGNerf for the photo!

All the skepticism aside… let’s get to it.  The Nerf Vortex line big ranges flat, but the discs fell victim to crosswinds more severely than darts.  They were also green, which made it harder to find in well-grown grass.  The Elite darts hit 50+ flat, but the advertised 75′ comes at an angle which is to be expected.  Either way, whichever range you hit that’s more than 20-30’+ that we’ve come to expect out of recent Nerf blaster releases.  So whether you like discs or darts, anything you’ve bought previous to Vortex and Elite will find you at a slight disadvantage.  I’ve managed to shoot straight with a Nerf Nitron, and the Retaliator and Rampage are pretty accurate at 40′ and a bit more than that even.

Those of us that hold stock-ammo/blaster games are going to have some fun with this new stuff, for sure.  It changes the field a lot, having this kind of range and accuracy straight outta the box without any additional work.  Everything from the previous N-Strike line is compatible with the Elite and vice versa, so don’t fret about all the streamlines you’ve already bought!  Just use them until you can’t anymore, and go buy Elite streamlines.  They fly a tad better than the originals.

So the only real gripe is I’m still looking for something way out of left field from Nerf.  Everything here looks impressive and I am impressed with how things fire, but the functionality still feels similar.  Even their vaunted Pyragon is a disc-shooting Raider.  While things look cool, I want to see something blow my mind both in how it looks AND how it plays.  I think the last blaster to do that was the Nerf Unity Power  System because it had 3 different blasters, one of which was essentially a shotgun.  When I saw the Raider for the first time it was awesome, but then boiled down to still putting out one dart at a time, just faster.  The Deploy was hilarious in function, but past the transformation (and nobody was fooled) it was a pump-action single shot blaster, or a Furyfire.

Still though, one step at a time.  Nerf’s given us souped-up ranges, a sleek color scheme, and dark blue darts. (I hope they make the darts brighter though… given the issue with green discs, white elite darts would be easier to find than dark blue.)  The Hailfire is going to have a reloading mech that looks promising at adding new body mechanics (I will admit, I liked the thumb switch on a Proton.  Made it feel very tactile and was satisfying on some level; the little things that count) to handling a blaster, which might be enough to sell it.

Speaking of selling – here we go once more with the pricing:

Nothing outrageous, and honestly I thought the Hailfire was going to cost more.  But that’s enough talk.  Time to get back to blasting, and shooting foam at anything that moves.  The Elite line shows a lot of promise, and I would definitely suggest picking them up and giving them a go.  The darts are new, the blasters are new (on the inside), and it looks like Nerf’s paying attention to what you, the fans want.  Better ranges and accuracy.  So show your support for what you wanted, and make sure Nerf knows this line is going to sell!  The blasters should start popping up around 8/1/12, and the Hailfire around 9/9/12.  Get on it, it’s time to upgrade.

Quick edit: I was asked if the Recon barrel changed in diameter for the Retaliator, but found this instead.  When pics first surfaced people speculated but I took a pic of my clear Recon for confirmation.

Nerf N-Strike Retaliator barrel extension

Nerf N-Strike Clear Recon barrel extension

I do declare, is that rifling I see?

Walk the ladder, compadres.
@VasTheStampede

P.S. – This Thursday I’ll be back here posting LIVE from the Nerf Hailfire Launch in NYC (New York City!)  Posting – Youtube:  http://youtube.com/foamfromabove
Twitter: @vasthestampede
aaaaaand this very blog!

HUMANS VS ZOMBIES – NERF BLASTERS, FOAM, OTHER BLASTERS OH MY!

Just a quick shot from the Humans Vs. Zombies game at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, thanks to Random Fun Events , where folks from the Chicagoland Dart Society and Wisconsin Parkour also made grand appearances as fantastic mods and kickin’ Original Zombies, respectively.  It was the first time I’ve played HvZ proper, and it was definitely a good time meeting everyone, flinging some foam, and seeing some wicked stunts.  I’ll have a more proper writeup soon, once I’m done going through the grand ol’ POV footage 🙂

NERF VORTEX – THE BREAKDOWN

NERF VORTEX NITRON Blaster

(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $39.99/Available: September 10, 2011)
The first fully automatic, clip fed disc blaster in the NERF VORTEX line, the VORTEX NITRON blaster takes NERF blasters to the next level! Featuring a removable clip that can hold up to 20 discs, an Electronic Targeting Scope accessory, a front handle to help steady your shots, and the Tactical Rail System compatible with most VORTEX and NERF N-STRIKE Mission Kit accessories (each sold separately), the VORTEX NITRON blaster embodies the ultimate in innovation and technology within the VORTEX series. The NERF VORTEX NITRON blaster requires six “C” batteries, not included. Electronic Targeting Scope accessory requires two “AA” batteries, not included. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com on 9.10.11

NERF VORTEX PRAXIS Blaster

(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/Available: September 10, 2011) Go the distance with the new NERF VORTEX PRAXIS blaster! Designed for long range disc-shots, this pump-action blaster features a 10 disc clip, removable shoulder stock and Tactical Rail System. Compatible with all VORTEX and most NERF N-STRIKE Mission Kit accessories like scopes and sights (each sold separately), the Tactical Rail System allows users to create one of the most epic N-STRIKE and VORTEX blaster hybrids yet! Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com on 9.10.11

NERF VORTEX PROTON Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: September 10, 2011)

When you need that last shot to secure success, grab the compact NERF VORTEX PROTON blaster. This single-shot blaster comes with 3 VORTEX discs. Simply pull out the back chamber to load one of the discs and blast away even while you’re on the move No batteries required. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com on 9.10.11

NERF VORTEX VIGILON Blaster
(HASBRO/Ages 8 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $15.99/Available: September 10, 2011)

In a heated NERF blaster mission, there’s no time to waste. The NERF VORTEX VIGILON blaster offers rapid-reload capabilities and features a built in disc clip. Simply release the drop-down clip with the push of a button, place in up to five VORTEX discs, and activate the pull back mechanism to fire. The VORTEX VIGILON is also compatible with the NERF Tactical Rail System and most NERF N-STRIKE accessories (each sold separately). Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and HasbroToyShop.com on 9.10.11

Photos!

Well, by the grace of Nerf I had the fortunate opportunity to attend a media event party that you’ve probably seen publicized all over the place by now. (Nerfhaven, gizmodo, nerfhq, the list goes on). I could prattle on about the showcase of 40 years of products Nerf put on display (no crossbows, calm down), I could tell you about the unveiling of the Stampede ECS and it’s rate of fire and decent range (more to come when I actually get my hands on it), the camo ammo, the vest, or the N-Force Battlemaster Mace… but I have…

PICTURES!

http://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf

Enjoy! If you have questions, please comment below or fire off an email at: Foamfromabove@gmail.com

-VasTheStampede