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L11
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So, we were at our second venue today and although smaller it's a great place. We had good corridors with a main T junction (allot went down here), lots of side rooms, a second large empty car park with paths right around the building. All this lead to some really good stand offs and fire fights.

We had more Britnerfers than ever attend today which meant there were some serious blasters bring used. I also noticed that the non Britnerf attendees came with modded blasters too which is brilliant.  

We tried a few new games today courtesy of Boff and Oldnoob and they worked really well, King of the hill with a pyramid timer and carpe-testiculum (seize the balls). They where fun and will definitely on the games list from now on.

Unfortunately, Newportnerfer113 had to sit this one out so we won't have his usual footage and pictures but I'm sure some will emerge  (Welsh mullet)

All in all it was a great day and amazing too see so many members of this forum and community attend and offer to help out in anyway.

See you at the next one.

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Welsh Mullet
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Had a great game at the new venue, and was very nice to have more Britnerf folks with us!

Videos from my headcam will be uploaded to this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?...LHO3VPk-S4DeAtjUZlcY5xSRiKht40sx9

EDIT: All headcam videos are now uploaded!


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Boff
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Thanks for a great day, folks. It's nice to have a slightly different game on my doorstep.

Infection is always a lot of fun. I love playing zombie, between being able to walk around harrying and heckling the humans to sprint column charges where you're stacked up and popping around stunned zombies it's one of my favourite game types. We could use specials, that'd mix things up a bit.

Kill confirmed with the shield was great. The knowledge that if I took a Demo missile then I'd be completely toast was a very different game. I certainly recommend making shield users choose between using a shield and taking a blaster then if they take a Demo rocket, they're completely toast. They can't shoot in their own defence and have to work with their team to make themselves useful. Getting people to talk to me was the hardest bit. I know what I'm doing but I need others eyes and ears to pop their head round the corner and tell me if I can risk popping the shield round the corner to clear a T junction. Lots of room for learning there...

King of the Hill needs work on point location but as L11 said, with more pyramid timers you can turn it into a Domination game with 3 or more points. The timers can be had here.

Carpe Testiculum is another fun one. The main change here is to move the spawn points away from the buckets. OldNoob correctly pointed out that having them outside on the long sides of the chapel would work excellently. The fact I'm an evil power gaming shit meant that I just held onto the spawn point (now spawn timers) and fired the Stryfe one handed at targets coming from the left or right. Kids are great for CT because they love gathering things. In future, I'll just cover them while they do that. Very Happy

Gear:
Cross posted this section from the blog. Smile

The Stryfe gave me an early scare when I put the pack in and it didn't rev. I quickly whipped it open, reseated the acceleration trigger and closed it (less than 5 minutes folks!). It served perfectly for the rest of the day. I guess it wasn't happy that I had my side-arm with a pretty new Artefact Cage in it. The belt system was fine and I've done the write up for it here.

I'm rapidly coming to the conclusion that holstered side-arms are a neat little safety blanket that you use to make yourself feel better. Mine didn't get any use yesterday beyond the first KC round where I fired 12 shots from behind the shield and returned it to its holster. It did give me a nice little bruise on the side of my knee because I didn't holster it correctly so it wasn't totally useless.

One point sling configurations are glorious for day games. The ability to hand your blaster across a 180 arc in front of you is great. I could leave it hanging at the front during games or stick it in reserve between games if I pushed it around to the back. It really is a case of 3 belt mounted Mirandas and a QR sling and you're set of most UK games.

The vertical fore grip on the Stryfe was an interesting experience. It really does give you a greater amount of control on the muzzle end which is great when clearing corridors. However, I did find it got in the way now and then. I have a habit of drawing a full mag from my pouch, keeping it in my off hand, using my wrist as a shelf for the muzzle of the blaster and emptying the loaded mag before swapping. This is usually during engagements where I expect a lot of heavy fire and I had to slot my wrist between the back of the grip and the mag. Thankfully, I'm a skinny git so they fit but it does raise the risk of a breakage if I get knocked over. I'll try again with a vest configuration because that will have a lower risk of pouch fouling which is why I had the mag in my off hand.

Boots, knee pads and my Viper belt all held up just fine. I need to tighten the Viper a little bit for next time because it was a little loose and I needed to keep one hand on the mass to my right while at full tilt.

Looking forward to the next one. I've already got the gear bug to get myself a new vest made in time. I'll do what I can to attend ahead of Tech Day the following day. Aim for next time is to get kids to hold their position when confronted with opposing fire rather than melting away and leaving poor Welsh Mullet to himself.

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Treezy
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Well that was great fun, and I am suffering for it today. In fairness I was suffering last night, but after the hour's drive home I had to be taxi and go out for a friend's birthday, so didn't get a chance to decompress at all. Perpetually over-tightened hamstrings and shot knee ligaments are not conducive to running around and being all active! Where's the Radox....

On the subject of knees, I'd pondered about bringing my kneepads but figured that my knees are so shot to bits anyway there wasn't much point. However, after binning it onto the flagstones while charging down FDS and his army of minions, I'll be getting a cheap set of hardshells to slip over my combats. That's right, I shed blood in a Nerf war!

The Atlas..... sigh. It worked perfectly the night before after spending a few hours doing the single shot conversion, but let me down on the day. I later identified the problem to be that if primed too fast, there isn't enough time to for the round to load into the elevator tube properly, so I just ended up dry firing at UK Foam as he charged me down and tagged me out. Back to the drawing board for that one.

The Rayven....  Gotta say I think this is going to be my go to blaster now. Running on 3 IMR  batteries, Barricade motors on standard Rayven flywheels, it did me proud throughout the day. It did suffer with dart jammage with soft/flattened/worn darts a few times throughout the day, but on the whole fired pretty nicely; clocking a few 100+FPS on the chrono. Love the compact frame and single handed operation, and on a 1 point sling it was fantastic. And because it's a Rayven, it looks amazing. Got some tacti-cool mods planned for this one now.

My loadout served me pretty well across the day. Picked up another black mag holder from the surplus store last week, and realised that because they're bigger than my OG green ones I can get 4x 12 mags in each one; 5 at a push. Will try to pick up another one of these black pouches before the next event. The dump pouch I'd brought was a bit too big and bulky, and not very securely mounted, so I didn't run it. While it would have been useful for swifter mag drops, I may just start "doing a Dave" and drop my mags out of the way to be picked up later (because I've been smart and labelled them all now). Didn't use my secondary all day, so will probably drop that from my loadout for most games. Less definitely seems to be more for short games.

Kid zombies who don't chase people but instead hang around and wait for you to come to them, say hello, start a conversation with you, and then nom you: yeah, that's a thing, and it happened to me. Twice! In future I'm just going to shoot everyone on sight. Either that or just use the Atlas for HvZ because it still puts the fear of god into kids, even if it shoots blanks.

King of the Hill games were interesting. The first one was hilarious, as it was just shooting fish in a barrel. My highlight was going all John McClane and sliding out of the side room on my back to shoot the kneecaps of the guy who'd ingeniously created the chair barricades. The second run was just chaos, and I managed to do several awesome Neo impressions as I made my way up the corridor; only to arrive at the clock out of darts each time.

Carpe Testiculum was also a fantastic game, but I agree with Boff in regard to moving the ball collection points. Once all the balls were collected it just became a stand off trying to invade the spawn points.  Either that, or make the game time much shorter so that there isn't time to get to that stage.

The venue was great, and the central hall worked well for quick drop-off/pick-up/zombie transformation activities. It would have been nice to have been able to make use of the car park space a bit more, because the pathway on that side became a bit of corridor with no cover. I understand that from a H&S perspective it's difficult, but maybe if Britnerf members were to park their cars in line to create an edge to the game map, it'd still leave half the carpark available for other people to park in as normal.

Overall, a great day, and I can't wait for next month. Looking forward to seeing some of the footage from the day.

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L11
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Here are my personal experiences, I kept them separate from overview as that was on behalf of the organisers.

Kit - I ran my BSUK belt with Molle yoke. I made a few tweaks from last time and it paid off, everything felt fluid in terms of reloading and placements.  I need to visit BSUK and get a dump pouch soon, I think that will help allot.

My RS at the beginning was jamming allot but I found out it was the cheapo mags I bought from China, the darts seems to slip out the top  all the time (note to self, pay for quality). When I dropped those and got to my normal mags all was well.

My Mastodon well, the rewire and lipo made it war worthy and it was great fun to use. Seeing people's faces when they turned in the corridors and I was there holding a Mastodon and Boff in front with a shield was priceless.

True to my word I used my Deploy for loosing the bet with Davera, I didn't get a single tag with it.... Honestly I could have thrown darts further.

And for the last HVZ I had the honor of using Boff Stryfe. That blaster is brilliant, it's accurate as hell and has fantastic range. I truly enjoyed using it. I'm hoping to have mine up and running for BB7.

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Zenif
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Thanks for this event, we all had a great time. It got a bit intense in this smaller venue, kids are saying they have completed a tour of duty and have a 100 yard stare..

Alyssa did ok for the first few games loving the upgraded fearless fire but during one of the timer games she hurt her leg and was trying to get into the safe zone but kept being shot in the head and neck. The middle corridor was a death zone and I have never seen so many darts in the air in my entire life! To cheer her up I have now got her a full face mask and some sparkly/pink paint, and she will be decorating it herself.  Rolling Eyes Plus KFC after Nerf heals all welts!

Little David had lots of fun running around with the new Rayven and apparently even shot people with it! Glad I could fix it (was an ebay spares/repairs) but it needs a serious upgrade on the motor side! I also want to try and get him more into games he just stood there at one point staring at the timer on some games Wink

It may be best if the access to the safe zone is not just via the main choke point! This was solved later on but it may be best to set this up at the start!

For me the kill confirmed is always a winner as are the HvZ rounds.. could have done with some more death match and jelly beans, kids missed the jelly beans!

New games were good could be interesting if the spawn points were in the two car parks and the objectives in the building.

My new ex- army webbing was awesome roomy and comfortable, if running slightly hot, now I have a new problem of reloading 7 mags after every round! The fact it can actually take 7 mags plus 2 pistols is something I may try out next time!

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David is the best reviver in Kill Confirmed ever. I only got tagged out a single time, by Treezy. Every other time he was small enough to use me as a meat shield then tag me back in. It's a unique talent you should utilise next time.
The whole main corridor is not a place to walk in game. Maybe you guys should look at an outside door being open to aid returning to base?

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Boff whats the damage? I have spent over 3 times my Nerf budget this month already. Part of me is trying to be a responsible parent/husband/house owner. The other half is just says 'Ahhhh, Screw it!'.
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Zenif
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OldNoob wrote:
David is the best reviver in Kill Confirmed ever. I only got tagged out a single time, by Treezy. Every other time he was small enough to use me as a meat shield then tag me back in. It's a unique talent you should utilize next time.


Normally it's NewportNerfer or me who get his awesome +5 medic skills.

Our favourate game is kill confirmed, such a good team game! Thanks I let him know and he was very happy!

He now wants a 'medic bag and visor'.. so we will have to see what we can do for BB7!
Hopefully NewportNerfer can also make it to BB7!

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Boff
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I could lend him my combat medic helmet... Razz Nowt wrong with a full size helmet on him at all!

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I have aconverted early 80's grenade bag he can have, I will negotiate with its current guardian. If not I will have some spare 1st aid boxes somewhere from work.



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Boff whats the damage? I have spent over 3 times my Nerf budget this month already. Part of me is trying to be a responsible parent/husband/house owner. The other half is just says 'Ahhhh, Screw it!'.
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