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4533josh

2015 UK Nerf Jamboree, 5-6 September

In not-exactly-deep Wiltshire, there is a field.
My family own said field.
We're gonna play with toy guns in it.
Overnight.
Dates are not yet decided, I need to have a sit down and talk with my family about the specifics, but the key info is as follows:

Date is 5th - 6th of September

Saturday afternoon - Sunday afternoon

Number cap - 35. This has been fought for, but the reason for a limit is that we have worked out this is the absolute maximum we can support. After 15th July, I'll be opening this up to the GC LARP group as well, so any BritNerfers that wish to come are better served booking sooner rather than later.

Most importantly, the location is my home. For a general location, it's within 20m from Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Exact location will be limited to PM, for obvious privacy reasons as this is a public forum.

Confirmed the camping area, we have access to our barbeque, parents are insisting on 2 Portaloo's (for obvious reasons) and I'll be digging a firepit as well Smile

Game types planned at the moment:

- Warmup game of Awfuls/One shot tag

- Capture The Flag

- King of the Hill

- HvZ (Extended as long as possible, missions etc will be available Smile )


COMING:
Boff
CarrierII
Spud
OldNoob
+ Minion
+ 1 non BritNerfer

MAYBE:
UKNW
MarcusH
Drtosspot
Shady-daze
Davera
+ 6 non BritNerfer's

More info to come soon, this is a brief announcement at the moment!
Post below if interested Smile
Shady-daze

Would this location be close to/ in walking distance of a train station? someone is borrowing my car that week and unless someone is willing to do a car share I'm a bit stuck. However yes I would be interested.

What would be the ruling on blasters?
4533josh

Nearest train station is Kemble, at a 15m car journey. Taxis are available at the station, £15 fare to my house.
I believe Boff mentioned something about car things. On that subject, we do have an area that will be dedicated to being a car park.

Blaster rules, 130FPS limit for Elite blasters, 90 for MEGAs. No FVJ/Voberry/homemade darts.
Also, I would appreciate it if everyone assists with dart sweeps :p
OldNoob

I am not here for that weekend in August. It's family holiday time.
4533josh

Date is subject to change, I need to talk to my father in person about that. Expect this on Monday Smile
Boff

My post-GC brain is telling me we can go to 170FPS, metal free home made stefans and mandatory eye protection. I'd suggest an experience different from that sort of event... Smile
4533josh

Date is now 1-2 of September - THIS IS NOW CONFIRMED
Boff - maybe just one round, but eye pro will be mandatory anyway.
If people come to this, I should make something clear - the moment you step onsite, you are responsible for your own safety.
other than that, more info with regards to game types and such will be put up soon Smile
Boff

I would push for a high limit to allow us to play something outside of a LARP system. Especially if eye protection is mandatory anyway. We might want to consider melee rules, too come to think of it.

In terms of transport, if people can get to the nearest train station (Kemble, I think off the top of my head) lifts can probably be arranged.

josh4553, edit the OP to include the dates?
4533josh

I already did Wink
Melee will certainly be a thing, it really shakes up a game.
OldNoob

I will do my best to get there. Are accompanied minions permitted? Mine is fairly well trained as you have seen. He can be the pain test dummy if required.
If I make it, I will do at least one run to the station.
4533josh

He is certainly allowed, but as in the OP you take full responsibility for his safety. Also, I trust he's ok with camping in a field?
OldNoob

He's well used to camping and I am (surprisingly) well used to being responsible (ish) for his welfare or lack thereof. I will offer him a weekend out shooting you all then.
4533josh

All should be well then Smile
UKNerfWar

I'll be there... hopefully.
blindgeekuk

I'm a 'no'. I don't drive and using trains/coaches is prohibitively expensive and time consuming to get to the other end of Britain. Theres also the fact that I have no Nerf gun that fires in those kinds of fps ranges and no desire to mod one; I want Nerf guns that are safe to use around my kids.
MarcusH

I'm a maybe - purely because I have kit to buy to go to Borneo the following week and don't especially want to derp myself badly and not be able to go.

Am more than happy to supply stuff and advice though.
Boff

blindgeekuk wrote:
Logistics stuff.


That's entirely, reasonable - shame you can't be there but hopefully you northern chaps can get your own thing going a little more locally in the future.

blindgeekuk wrote:
Theres also the fact that I have no Nerf gun that fires in those kinds of fps ranges and no desire to mod one; I want Nerf guns that are safe to use around my kids.


This is bit however, I would challenge. Yes, not modding blasters for safety around kids is fine. Not having modded blasters in the house because kids is also fine. However, you can still have fun at a war with a 170FPS cap when playing with stock blasters. It happens in the US all the time when SAMBO players turn up to NIC wars. Personally, I only shoot 115FPS with my Stryfe and there won't be many that go above even that level let alone >150FPS. The 170FPS limit is there to give a bit more head room when it comes to crazy builds given that we have mandatory eye protection. It's certainly not a case of 'you must have this in order to play' nor is it a 'you must have this in order to be competitive/useful' it's a 'this is the top end you can manage' sort of thing. Smile

OP, I'm a yes: I'll talk to the rest of the team and see if they're good to come too otherwise I'll see if I can hitch a lift with OldNoob.
old_man_nerf

Good answer Boff - can't disagree with any thing in that last post (for a change Smile )
OldNoob

Minor details- September 1-2 is a Monday and a Tuesday by my nice paper calendar.
People worried about "Not having the firepower required" plenty of people played at BAGW with stock stuff, including a Deploy! When there is actual cover range isn't all you would think, its nice but not the end of the world.
I will have most of my major primaries with me, I am happy to lend them to people for games. Mags is your problem, but blasters I have.
WTF is anyone going to bring that will be 170? I have stuff that will shoot that, but its not that great for wars where the game is balanced.
Boff- lift shouldn't be a problem.
4533josh

I done goofed - it'll be the 5th - 6th.
My post-LARP brain decided that checking which page of the calender I was on when deciding dates was unnecessary.
Boff

OldNoob wrote:
Minor details- September 1-2 is a Monday and a Tuesday by my nice paper calendar..


So it is. OP, you might want to see to that. Smile

I'm starting to mull over my rig for this. It's going to be weird to have to find a balance between the 4 hour engagements that GC throws at me and the 5 minute ones BUZAN does. Ah well, I've got 2 months to think on it!
UKNerfWar

That's my birthday weekend!

I'll have to check that the family have nothing planned but when it comes down to it, it will depend on who buys me the biggest present.
4533josh

I will give you a very big hug and a barbeque.
Boff

Just spoken to CarrierII and Spud here in the office, we should be up for it provided nothing else comes up. That means we've got at least 1 car available for lifting between the train station and the site, 2 if OldNoob wants to volunteer as well. Smile

Now to rig scheming...
drtosspot

I'll try and see if I can make it, an overnight game is something I can't miss out on. Now let's see if I can actually get time off work for it.
OldNoob

This thread is old,but totally relevant, unlike me.

Just a quick addition. Minion and I will be attending, clearance has been supplied by the boss. A probable world debut for the Krinkov at the event as well. Josh PM me if you need anything. I might have a few questions for you after GC4 as well.
Boff

OldNoob wrote:
This thread is old,but totally relevant, unlike me.


No comment. Razz It'll be awesome to play against you, I don't think I've done that in a very long time (if at all!).

josh4553, I'll bring our gazebo for shelter and miscellaneous other reasons, folding camping table or two and possibly chairs so we've got plenty of space for cook outs and the like after foam action.
4533josh

Excellent Very Happy

Confirmed the camping area, we have access to our barbeque, parents are insisting on 2 Portaloo's (for obvious reasons) and I'll be digging a firepit as well Smile

Game types planned at the moment:

- Warmup game of Awfuls/One shot tag

- Capture The Flag

- King of the Hill

- HvZ (Extended as long as possible, missions etc will be available Smile )
Boff

4533josh wrote:
- HvZ (Extended as long as possible, missions etc will be available Smile )


I'd request some rounds of just plain old infection because I don't think day game style HvZ is going to work in the space we have available. Drop CTF, too, it's crap to moderate in meat-space from my many, many years of experience. It throws the game off having to move the flag back to where the runner was shot with it and is just generally a pain. It was always our most complained about game at BUZAN so we dropped it in favour of KOTH. Speaking of which, does anyone else have any spare camping tables? They make for great cover if you deploy them around a central 'hill'. 2 is fine but 4 is better. If OldNoob is attending, could you bring your usual chess clocks for timing stuff?

I'd also suggest some sort of team last man standing type thing. Each player has a number of lives and they have to return to one of a couple of respawn points to respawn. Once their lives are spent, they're out and can heckle the other team from the side lines.

josh4553, I'm happy to hi-vis up and marshal a couple of games for you. Its been a while since I've run anything so I could do with the experience again. Then I'll remember why I stopped in the first place and get back to playing. Smile

Oh and who's coming with GoPros or other body cameras? Multiple angle video is something I really don't get to do at GC so the more cameras the better!

In case you hadn't noticed, I'm looking forward to this more than I am looking forward to GC4. Razz
OldNoob

I will add my prop box to the list. I have one chess clock. I have bandanas etc for HvZ and a pool noodle plus socks for spitters.
I have the de luxe bus this time, with all the toys and lighting etc in it, including a fridge. Boff, my Go Pro will be in attendance. I also suggest that everyone who attends gives at least £10 donation to the portaloo fund as those things are bloody expensive to hire.
Boff

I think a donation pot would work. josh4553, I'll prod you about that at some point. I think it's just a case of providing an email address or having a kitty at the event. Smile
Davera

I am thinking about attending. I am very new to the Nerf scene and have never been to an event like this before.

Does anyone out there have the patience to answer my 101 noob questions without me filling up the boards with them?
OldNoob

Davera- you can Skype me or put them on a long email/message. My Skype email is foamdataservice@gmail.com you can use this to ask anything you need to know. I can also help fill any gaps in your kit as I have a long commitment to game running and a good supply of spare gear.
There are no noob/stupid questions, just things we don't know.
Boff

We could do a pre-game Skype session/Google Hangout if people wanted to say hi ahead of time. Maybe one night about a week in advance?

Now to find my damn 3S Stryfe LiPo, it's gone walk about again...
MarcusH

I can't come but am happy to lend kit and advice. Have bits and pieces that might be desirable.
Boff

OP, can we get some promotion on this done?

CarrierII is happy to ferry people from Kemble station to the site for a fee (~£5 in fuel moneys) and he can link that up to the train arrival times from wherever.

Can we get a logo or similar that we can use to promote the event? I'd like at least something we stick on a piece of A4 so that people arriving at the train station can ID our erstwhile Technical Director. Very Happy I mean I could send him out in full tactical gear but that'd be a bugger to drive in.

Anything else you need from us, give us a shout and we'll see what we can do.
OldNoob

I will be happy to do 2 runs to the station, I will be in a big blue VW t4 with a blaster on the dashboard.
MarcusH

Boff wrote:
OP, can we get some promotion on this done?

CarrierII is happy to ferry people from Kemble station to the site for a fee (~£5 in fuel moneys) and he can link that up to the train arrival times from wherever.

Can we get a logo or similar that we can use to promote the event? I'd like at least something we stick on a piece of A4 so that people arriving at the train station can ID our erstwhile Technical Director. Very Happy I mean I could send him out in full tactical gear but that'd be a bugger to drive in.

Anything else you need from us, give us a shout and we'll see what we can do.


Give CarrierII the shield?  Surely that is obvious enough to people?
Boff

This isn't a BSUK event so I'm not planning on bringing the shield. Smile
Northwind

Not going to make it Sad Almost made it work!
UKNerfWar

For anyone who doesn't have Facebook, I'm organising a raffle for the Sunday. There is a shit load of prizes in said raffle including the 'Mystery Box' which is very exciting indeed.

If anyone wishes to donate anything then get in touch or just let me know at the event. It's a good opportunity to find a new home for stuff.

At the moment there are no plans to monetise the raffle but seeing how Josh is forking out for a couple of tardis' I am considering a small entry fee to help with his expenses.
Davera

What time are the games going to be held till on the Saturday? I have work during the day and am trying to figure out if it will be worth me driving up after work or not.
Boff

The current projection is that games will start later in the afternoon (1400 onwards) and will play into dusk and possibly beyond if people fancy night games. Then there's the possibly of more games on the Sunday morning but we have to have cleared the site for 1400 Sunday. Smile
OldNoob

I promise the evening will be a good laugh anyway! It's a social thing too, I can confirm that everyone attending from here are a good bunch of people to talk to and very entertaining. Obviously my standards of social interaction may be very low, but that's a chance you will have to take. BBQ should be decent too. Kev also does good cake,

EDIT- See below "Double Chance of Cake" what more could you ask for.
UKNerfWar

Plus it's my birthday on the Saturday so it's bound to be a hoot. Josh has promised me cake.
4533josh

Indeed there will be cake Smile
ON, PM inbound.

So for the BBQ, I would request people bring food, something like a pack of sausages or some such, I'll be doing food prep on the days leading up so there should be a dinner and breakfast for everyone.
However, this also means I'd appreciate the "Maybe" people solidifying if they're coming or not so I can plan appropriately.

Any pre-event questions should be sent to me by Wednesday 26th - I'll be preparing for/being at a 4 day LARP from Thursday Smile
Very tempted to Nerf in the make-up I'll be wearing for it, but I have a feeling I'll be jolly tired of it by the second day :p
https://gyazo.com/42df1c98e569c7851390def9b712f068
Boff

Have you got permission to outright advertise this at the GC player base? It might be worth showing those LARPers how real Nerfers play. Razz

I'll make sure we bring sausages, we've got loads in the freezer because I keep forgetting to make toad in the hole. Bread products, too.
4533josh

I've invited a whole bunch of people, but I have not received permission from TG to advertise, unfortunately.
Make toad in the hole and be gracious that you can, dammit.
UKNerfWar

Right. I'm a definite for this shindig. I'll provide a massive, slow moving target and oodles of inappropriate humor.

I also have a fairly certain +1

Can we nail down a time for a Skype call so we can work out who's bringing what?
Blue Sun Merc

I'm in. Everything from blowpipes to a terradrone Smile
Boff

I'm organising another BritNerf Skype chat in part to finalise details and generally chat about stuff and things. There'll be a thread in Members Only in short order with a poll for dates./
Davera

Sadly I won't be able to attend. Have work until 4 and back in at 7. Can't get the logistics to work to make it worth while.

Have a blast and I hope to catch you all at the next one.
Boff

If people need lifts from the station, we're still able to accomdate from 1300 or so. Just drop me a PM and I'll make arrangements.

We've selected our awful for the event, based on today's trials:

MarcusH

Boff wrote:
If people need lifts from the station, we're still able to accomdate from 1300 or so. Just drop me a PM and I'll make arrangements.

We've selected our awful for the event, based on today's trials:



Needs a drum  Boff for extra jam potential.
Blue Sun Merc

Mutter sulk, have to work a full day now Sad (was going to sneak up after a morning shift).

Grrr.
Boff

Sad We'll scrag 'em for ya...

On a lighter note, my rig is now prepared for tomorrow:



A pair of Miranda pouches rounds out my ammo carrying capacity. This rig is very much a day war thing with my water pouch attached directly to my back. I may add my canteen to my belt but it's unlikely.

It'll be nice to be back in black and red... Very Happy
OldNoob

I just want to say thank you to Josh and family for hosting such a fun and relaxing event! Now tired....
UKNerfWar

My knee hurts, my back hurts, my toe hurts and I'm still a little hungover.

What an amazing weekend of silliness. Massive thanks to Josh for hosting and providing the most luxurious port-a-loo I've ever seen.
Boff

Thanks to 4553josh for organising a great event. It was fun to play and even better to prove to OldNoob that the EATs can certainly hold their own. You didn't hear Ymbirtt, CarrierII or I complaining about ammunition shortages... Razz

I got footage of the awfuls round but being a bit silly I forgot to clear the card after GC4 so I ran out of space. I got something at least!
OldNoob

I got 1 round of HvZ, forgot to start the camera on PvP where Kev shot me in the eye and deleted to portaloo review by accident, do I didn't fare much better. I have all the load out footage to edit up though. Ammunition shortage was entirely my fault for not bringing my extra mags, but I never had an EAT get close to matching my distance shooting and the rate Tim and Steve can move I needed 5 darts just to bracket their jinking!
One day you and I might be on opposing teams and I will have the blaster and rig I actually planned for instead of what I ended up with!
I still had enormous fun and minion has been trying to nutshot me with the Thunderbow at every opportunity since we won it in the raffle, so you guys made him happy too.
Marcus- The clear "Deploy of Destiny" has also been passed on to us, as minion drew it in the raffle. It will be preserved, awful round played, then next year handed on again.
UKNerfWar

You'll be glad to hear that my camera and I were on fine form so I have footage from all of the games. I did forget to put the image stabilisation on for the first two rounds so it's a bit shakier than usual but still pretty cool. For now you'll have to make do with this little gem.

https://youtu.be/vn5wYyCRVXs
Antonius

UKNW, what video processing app do you use?
Most these days can do a lot of image stabilization for you.

I know for certain that Final Cut Pro X can…
Big_Poppa_Nerf.

Dang it! It looked awesome and I missed it! Hopefully with my hours panning out, I will be attending some of our UK wars soon!
OldNoob

Would have been great to have had some more players. Look out for another game soon. PM inbound.
Davera

I'm really gutted to have missed this. Really hope I can make the next one!.
UKNerfWar

Antonius wrote:
UKNW, what video processing app do you use?
Most these days can do a lot of image stabilization for you.

I know for certain that Final Cut Pro X can…


I currently use 'Windows Movie Maker' because I am a total noob. I am looking for something (anything) better since I now have a camera that is worth making videos on. It needs to be completely idiot proof though. Someone showed me final cut years ago and my face went blank.
OldNoob

Ha ha, I have that problem too. I just use iMovie. Before that I did everything on Movie Maker. I would look for a simple processing program, one that just does formatting, stabilisation and maybe cropping then do your edit in MM.
Antonius

Final Cut has gotten far more user friendly since X.

/Official Hat: My day job involves tech support for FCPX so I know how to use it. Don't ask me q's about it here though, as I'm not getting paid! Razz
Northwind

Vegas is easy to work with and there's usually free month demos to try it out. Though I think I had to add a plugin for image stabilisation and it was pretty clunky
OldNoob

EDIT

Before this topic drifts too far off course, as the event is now finished I am locking it. Feel free to start a frothing/video thread separately

UKNerfWar

Got me some new software for this video. I'm still trying to work it all out but I've managed to cobble this video together. Image stabilization needs some work though.

Awfuls Round

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