Nerf N-Strike Elite: Centralized

Collected a number of the videos posted about the Nerf N-Strike Elite press kits and put them all in one playlist.  We all see things a little differently, so maybe there’s something here for everyone!

So far: Rogue1283, BasicNerf, and ClickClickBAMF all have videos up that I’ve found:

Curious about other parts of the Nerf N-Strike Elite line like the new bandolier, Tactical Vest, and even the Nerf Vortex Pyragon will price out:  Shining Foam went and got the whole listing straight off Nerf’s website.  Go have a look! 

At first glance, the Hailfire and Pyragon are going for $39.99, the Rampage is at $29.99 (different from the $34.99 listed in the press kit), and Nerf N-Strike Retaliator at $24.99.  Good lookin’ out!

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.

ChANO 2… THE RETURN (or Electric Boogaloo)

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And there we were. 14 guys taking pot shots at each other with foam projectiles on the University of Chicago campus. This was nerf war, this was ChANO… 2 (Chicago Area Nerf Out… 2)!

Once again hosted by Ice Nine and Zorn’s Lemma, this would mark the final ChANO on the U of C grounds, as classes were finishing up and Ice Nine’d be making his way to the west coast. Starting at 10 AM, the foam was primed and we were ready to continue this madness with a bang. From a +bow.

The day’s events included a few things… like running.
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Game types included Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, Wingman, Defend the Core, Capture the Flag, and pistols-only rounds. Luckily, the chill from the previous ChANO had gone, and the wind was pretty still.

Highlights included one gent, Daniel Beaver taking the free-for-all round armed only with 2 nitefinders. Later in the day he would use only an Arrowstorm during a round. Ryan#s and Ice9 cemented the mythology surrounding +bows, especially Ryan seeing as how he tagged me seeking cover behind a barricade from a good distance away. Cripes.

– Snake managed to get a few blocks with a crossfire shield, demonstrating that yes, Virginia there is something besides a Manta you can use. To be fair, Crossfire shields are only allowed depending on the war. Maybe in Chicago, we can start the trend.

– Living the “It’s away!” dream when I used my longshot/rocket storm integration to bust the core wide open when Team Caution was on assault during Defend the Core.

– The Vulcan? Still not building a case that it’s proper for the battlefield.

– The wildfire’s “Loud as hell” and pretty good for keeping people away from the core.

– “Indiana Jones” moment reaching for my sidearm and finding it fell out of my holster.

– THE XXL BAZOOKA WAS USED IN BATTLE.

– I even spent a round wearing a clone trooper helmet, defending the honor of the Republic.

Alright, let’s look at some things that I learned over the course of the day-

* Zig-zag running, very important if you’re not speedy. Probably would have helped in the aforementioned shot I took from Ryan.

* I knew this was a bad idea, but for one round I was packin’ a spider-man wrist blaster, the XXL Bazooka, and my blastfire. Too many cooks in the broth, and it was hard to keep everything loaded not misfire the spider-man blaster when reaching for my blastfire and vice versa. 2 at most when going into a fight, unless you’re packing pocket blasters.

* I think I need to weight my darts more, my accuracy will thank me.

* Beaver and Snake I think got into a pretty decent discussion about the necessity of sidearms. If you’re good with your primary, you really don’t need it. Even Zorn admitted his NF was only there to take up space. After my 3 gun round experiment, I agree.

* OBSTACLES ARE NICE. I need to rework the legs on mine, but I’ve got pieces to make some more, and this definitely needs looking into.

Anyway, that’s a good bit of what she wrote. ‘Til next time… keep your barrels loaded, Space Cowboy.

The time cometh…

In a few days, ChANO 2 takes place. A few weeks after the first Chicago blaster battle, we’re all geared up for round 2. This time, I intend to make things a bit more interesting than just going in with my single-shot pistol/crossfire shield combo. Being so limited in battle experience lately, I’m not entirely sure how my playing style’s going to evolve. Some things to keep in mind, for sure-

1) Dealing with range, counter rushing after a PAS or the like takes a shot. If they’ve got a magstrike, good luck.
2) Roadie run is your friend, but don’t get tagged in the head.
3) EVASIVE MANEUVERS. I refer to how to avoid gunfire by moving in a zig-zag formation.
4) I’m tempted to test the vulcan out myself, but after the testimonies before I’m not so sure. Maybe from a mounted position?

Either way, some stuff to consider. Until then, I’m just going to let the itch in my trigger finger stay unscratched.