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Justajolt

Grim up Nerf - Leeds February Nerf war post match report

Bigger venue. Triple the number of Nerfers. More game types.

Nerf in the North continues to go from strength to strength as no less than 27 Nerfers with a range of experience braved the snow (It snowed whilst I was travelling there. OK.. sleeted) to fling foam for three hours at our second very grim and very Northern Nerf event. The youngest had just topped two and the eldest was (I'm not sure, but insert correct age here!)

The borrow boxes and bags were raided, only just supplying enough spring-loaded, flywheel-spinning hardware to kit out the unprecedented volume of combatants who flocked to our banner, and we were incredibly grateful for the generous dart donations from OldNoob, FDT and Boff (I'm going to check if I've missed off any others...) which saved us from having to remove and hurl our socks due to lack of koosh-tipped ammunition.

Tri-Team Deathmatch kicked the afternoon off, seeing participants fighting on two fronts to survive relentless onslaught. Whilst this game ended in a draw, it was not for lack of ferocious and sustained effort on the part of all concerned; indeed the firefight may have continued to this moment had our old, manly and nerfish umpire not called a halt to the foam flinging.

After scrambling to relocate and reload ammunition, the same units faced each other again in Team Tag. The boundary between friend and foe shifted dynamically as tagged competitors were recruited into the tagger's team. In the final stages, paranoia set in, as the one remaining team relentlessly tagged one another just to be certain that the victory was complete.

Base defense games followed, as attackers sought to meet their objective of filling a target-tub with no less than 20 darts to secure victory. Despite being outnumbered, the defenders of the tub fought valiantly, taking advantage of the confusion generated by BlindGeekUK's smoke machine, allowing them to beat the assailants back and finally bludgeon them into submission with a relentless campaign of tactical genius and finger pumping. The second game was taken by the attackers, as the defenders found themselves unable to successfully prevent a veritable Yorkshire downpour of koosh-tipped foam into their hapless tub.

Then the zombies came. First in ones and twos: easily stunned by carefully placed darts, allowing retreat and regrouping. Then fours. Panic set in, as the growing hoard started to outnumber Nerfers. Finally, the hoard of desolation descended like Nerfers on doughnuts (ask Seiryuu... he almost didn't get any...) on the last remaining survivors to feast on their brains. Or tag them to end the game, but that doesn't sound as dramatic.

Cardboard boxes, festooned with cammo-netting, in the corridors of a church loaded with Nerf-toting runners and gunners is a sure recipe for an unforgettable experience: One which will be repeated... when it gets Grim Up Nerf again next month.
old_man_nerf

Was a lot of fun and that's an excellent write up. Hope everyone went away suitably tired but exhilarated. Can't believe how many people turned out and it was great to see parents who stayed to look after their kids picking up a blaster and getting stuck in. I think they got it Smile

HvZ wins hands down as the most popular game. We'll  review some of the other games and tune the rules for next time, and of course bring along more ideas to try - don't want to get complacent on the types of games we run.

Till next time...!
blindgeekuk

Well, that was a damn awesome event. This morning, with it snowing, and several of my mates having pulled out, I was apprehensive that we'd have enough to warrant the loaner box, darts or bigger venue.

Well, suffice to say that my much more skilled comrades made it happen, made it work, and are awesome

The venue was downright awesome. Latter day saints buildings are always bright and spacious and this was no exception. It had a great main hall, which we were able to set up a lot of cover. Several large side rooms were used, along with a long corridor in which we set up cover made from boxes. The fact we could also use the outside as well, with a huge car park and paths around the building was great.

We had a LOT of people, most of them friends from Justajolt's church, and it was nice to see families and even elder's/missionaries of the church joined in. I didn't keep count, we had 21 at the start, and more arrived after we started, and someone said there was 26 at the end. A marked increase from the 9 we had first time, and 4 of theose were missing! I'll admit I have reservations about so many kids, the often fail to follow rules, but the fact their dads joined in was good, even better Justajolt's wife joined us.

Justajolt brought a bag of loaners, I brought a box, and they all got handed out. There was just enough clips, but nowhere near enough darts. We had about 700 gen 3 koosh, and probably another 100-150 elites and gen2, and we were struggling to refill clips. The donations will be rapidly ploughed into more gen3, at least another 300! Dart casualties were surprisingly low! And i'm hoping the final dart sweep found most of the ones lost outside.

Kit wise, i'd slimmed down to demolisher and firestrike... in theory anyway... at times I used roughcut, eat, Hammershot, slingfire. I can't wait to get my holsters from Blastersmiths, though I pointed some people towards Boff, so I dread to think how many more orders he might get. The demolisher was awesome. 2 imr's and the thing revs up fast, mag lever worked great, camera mount was secure, recon red dot on it was useful. Would love some more range and accuracy, but that's a bigger job...

Game 1: Team Deathmatch, my team was myself, old_man_nerf's son who is cool, and an ex colleague and his family. We spawned in the corridor and were blissfully ignored to begin with, giving my teammates who had literally just arrived time to get used to the gear. I'd consider our team the winners, most of us had only lost 1 or 2 lives. The demolisher kicked arse here, and I got some good footage, but when the stockade my colleague was using fused, I handed it over, and swapped to the roughcut, and remembered exactly why I love it.

Game 2: Blob, chaotic madness! With the demolisher handed off, and roughcut nicked by some kid, I swapped to EAT and Hammershot. The clip alignment issue i'm having since the spring upgrade made the EAT useless. Hammershot on the other hand... I can't wait to put a 7 shot barrel on it. We need a better way of handling knowing what team you've swapped onto.

Game 3: Defend the Core. I started on defence, and we hadn't balanced the teams right, we covered the entrances brilliantly. When we switched to attacking, we were more focused, and we rushed the core, quickly dropping the required number of darts in.

Game 4: HvZ. We did 3 awesome rounds of this. I marshalled this, so got to watch as the zombies, on a 10 second freeze when hit, struggled to get a foothold. But once the first couple of humans joined the ranks, it escalated quickly, and became pockets of humans outside fighting off hordes with strongarms, until they ran out of ammo and got swarmed. Old_man_nerf's retaliator was awesome during this round, and special credit does to several of the kids for their zombie impressions!

So, what next? We're going to try and make this the second saturday each month, and Justajolt is already looking into a bigger venue. I'd like to reduce the loaners I have to bring, and I personally need more 18 round clips
Justajolt

Re Game 2:

In the car, Seiryuu said that when he played this with Assasins/Leeds Uni, they had to make contact with the person they were reviving and say something like: "I revive you as a member of team whatever". They had to say it all in order for it to count. If you get shot yourself before finishing, you are also dead!
blindgeekuk

That'd work if it had just been adults

Forgot to say... One of the best things, driving out of the carpark, and spotting a yellow dart at the side of the road!

Edit: the oh god I made it upstairs update
My knee hurts a lot, serves me right for kneeling on a plug
The smoke machine was fun but didn't add much due to us having all the doors open. Will leave that at home next time
We need more snacks!
My feet hurt, and this is after I switched from the steel toecaps I normally wear to trainers
41 gb of video footage from gun camera, drone camera in the entry hall, elite cam, and action cam on a chair in main hall. Most of it is rubbish, though the first bit is me being all tactical during team deathmatch, until my first reload!
Was considering a Nerf sword or larp sword, but not sure where it would fit in the game dynamic
Big thanks to Justajolt's wife for cleaning the church while we packed guns away
The stampede went down well! As did all the Rebelle stuff
Seiryuu's weird stuff went down well, especially the vortex stuff.
We need cover by the coat rack
Old_man_nerf is not allowed to Marshall next time, it's his turn to play stuff
SSGT

Justajolt wrote:
Re Game 2:

In the car, Seiryuu said that when he played this with Assasins/Leeds Uni, they had to make contact with the person they were reviving and say something like: "I revive you as a member of team whatever". They had to say it all in order for it to count. If you get shot yourself before finishing, you are also dead!


That's what we'd call "necromantic deathmatch". Everyone starts on their own team (although you could quite easily start with multiple teams) and decides upon a name for their team. You run around yelling your team name until you tag someone, or you are tagged, at which point they/you are "dead". The "dead" player is then "revived in the name of [INSERT TEAM NAME HERE]", they are now on whatever team the player who revived them is currently a part of and switch to saying that team name to identify themselves (it's quite possible that you are revived by someone other than the player who tagged you - you can even be revived by your own team if they get there first). The game continues until everyone is on the same team and everybody wins... quite literally!
Justajolt

@SSGT (So this isn't twitter, but it works!)  Wait... Durham.. Didn't you guys have a guild or something similar to Leeds Uni? Is that still going on?

@BKUK I'm really excited for footage and photos, whatever the quality!

I agree with you and what OMN said at the event; it'd be great to have more people running the games so everyone can join in. That way we'll also develop a bank of highly popular games we can use...

Finally, the food thing is tough, because I don't think we should supply it at a cost to ourselves, but in the same vein, it didn't seem like many people brought stuff to contribute (I'm also guilty... we brought our own lunch). I think it could work if we publicised it more, saying "Bring a pound and something to contribute to the snack table".

Maybe we're best of saying to people bring your own food until we have enough regulars who buy into communal snacks (sounds like something from the communist manifesto... "A collective regime of peace and snacks")
blindgeekuk

Well, i've trawled through 41 gb, about 5 hours worth of footage, from 4 different cameras...

Most of it is boring, but i've managed to extract 11 short clips from it. I've got the winning attack the core footage from 2 angles, I've got 'jeremy' sprinting through the hallway on his way to catch Seiryuu, and our shocked observation. I've got my precise demolisher missile shot on the shield (i'm implementing a rule - a missile hit destroys it!)

I have absolutely no skill with video editting though...
SSGT

Justajolt wrote:
@SSGT (So this isn't twitter, but it works!)  Wait... Durham.. Didn't you guys have a guild or something similar to Leeds Uni? Is that still going on?


One of, if not the, first and luckily still going strong. We've been really lucky with new members actually, there was a point a few years ago when there weren't that many joining. We still do games every term (both city wide assassin-type "longgames" and more traditional Nerfing "widegames") and we still host/go to annual Varsity games (it was Leeds hosting last year, unfortunately their last one, and it's York hosting this year).
Justajolt

When's the York event? is that open to anyone?
SSGT

This coming weekend but I think it's only open to other assassin societies this year (I may be wrong, it's a ticketed event but all tickets have been sold). It's a full weekend and we're staying there over two nights.

Next year should be Durham hosting again and we generally let anyone come when we host but I can't confirm that'll be the case this time round.
blindgeekuk

I don't have Dark Kittens video skills.. but i've put the decent clips together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYXk23TZlCY
old_man_nerf

Lessons learnt - we need to design games that break up the corridor/make use of the rooms off the corridor more.

And that HvZ is fun for all the family - young and old.
Seiryuu

SSGT wrote:
That's what we'd call "necromantic deathmatch". Everyone starts on their own team (although you could quite easily start with multiple teams) and decides upon a name for their team. You run around yelling your team name until you tag someone, or you are tagged, at which point they/you are "dead". The "dead" player is then "revived in the name of [INSERT TEAM NAME HERE]", they are now on whatever team the player who revived them is currently a part of and switch to saying that team name to identify themselves (it's quite possible that you are revived by someone other than the player who tagged you - you can even be revived by your own team if they get there first). The game continues until everyone is on the same team and everybody wins... quite literally!


Thankyou, I forgot the original name but that's essentially how Leeds played it. Personally, I prefered the larger initial teams we started with because your entire team name being wiped out by one early kill is quite demoralising but the use of team names that are either repeated regularly, or even just available on request, makes everything so much clearer.
It also prevents things like my last revival where I was ressurected from behind by someone who ran off instantly, leaving me with no way of knowing my team at all.

blindgeekuk wrote:
Seiryuu's weird stuff went down well, especially the vortex stuff.


I was under the impression that most of my loaned out stuff was somewhat saner this time (mostly due to space issues) but I still brought my Pyragon. Simple, elegant and probably the highest stock range of the vortex line, loved by most for its ridiculous disk capacity.
In a way, it might have been the predecessor of the Hailfire, only with the rotating mechanism automated and internal to its 40 disk drum.
The Dark Kitten

blindgeekuk wrote:
I don't have Dark Kittens video skills.. but i've put the decent clips together

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYXk23TZlCY



Email me the footage if you want at
Rockn9090rollstar@gmail.com
And ill see what work i can do
The Dark Kitten

https://youtu.be/p8vgGTysBl4
Here we go. Its very similar to Blingeeuk's. Still kept me busy for a while.
Great game, great players, great venue. Shame i missed it but still great score!
blindgeekuk

Cheers mate, I have no idea how to do any of those effects!
The Dark Kitten

All i use is Movie Maker and it all hands it to you on a plate. Really simple.

Were you and Old_Man_Nerf using BSUK gear? It looked like it through the footage.
blindgeekuk

Movie Maker just crashes constantly for me!

Old_man_nerf has a bsuk battlebelt, not sure if he actually got chance to wear it or if its visible in any of the vids.

My rig is an old style Nerf bandolier, airsoft holster for the firestrike (being replaced by a bsuk on), a dump pouch, and a camera pouch for 2 6 clips.
The Dark Kitten

Oh! It really looked like you had a BSUK firestrike holster!
Justajolt

Nice editing! We've got quite a team here! Camera men, editors, marshals... Go Grim Up Nerf!
FDT

Awesome footage! HvZ in multiple rooms/a corridor just looks amazing.

Hopefully this goes from strength to strength Smile
old_man_nerf

The Dark Kitten wrote:

Were you and Old_Man_Nerf using BSUK gear? It looked like it through the footage.


The young man in the red top is actually my son wearing his Nerf tac vest and the sledgefire holster my mum/his gran made for him - see, yer mum can be useful at any time of life. Currently we have her working on some Roughcut holsters ready for the next event Smile
The Dark Kitten

Quote:
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It looked like good handy work and through the footage looked like it worked! Very Happy

EDIT

Please stop block quoting an entire response if you're just replying to the one above yours. As a rule of thumb, if your reply is longer than your quote you are doing it wrong.

Thank you,

-Boff

blindgeekuk

Found some software I wrote that lets others experience how I see the world...

Here's what it looked like for me during the Nerf war

The Dark Kitten

Looks fun. ..
I'll take you enjoy being shot at
Justajolt

Seeing three darts for every one shot must be intimidating! Which one do you dodge??
blindgeekuk

3 would be amazing, or me having an eye closed. I see 6 at a minimum, all the time... and then I get psuedo fusion of each of those with each other... average nowadays is 9 images, worst has been 29...

And then you get the really funky bit that confuses the experts... each of the 6 images is 'real', as real as the image you see with an eye closed

But I might see dart from left eye image 1, door frame from left eye image 3, gun from right eye image 2. Blink, and they all change...

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