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#26 Carbon

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Posted 21 June 2009 - 06:01 PM

Finally got to check my calendar...I'm in for this weekend. Looking forward to meeting the rest of the Chicago crew.
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 09:29 PM

I will be getting back from a camping trip sometime around the beginning of the month, and I have to persuade my parents to let me go. This might be rough. Count me in as a maybe.
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Posted 21 June 2009 - 10:44 PM

Finally got to check my calendar...I'm in for this weekend. Looking forward to meeting the rest of the Chicago crew.



This weekend? The war is in July, right?
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#29 Carbon

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 06:13 AM

Finally got to check my calendar...I'm in for this weekend. Looking forward to meeting the rest of the Chicago crew.



This weekend? The war is in July, right?

Oh, yeah, that's a bit unclear...I was trying to say this new weekend (the 11th) is good, as opposed to that old weekend (the 18th).

Take home message: I'm in for the 11th.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:21 PM

@Carbon - Glad to hear you can make it!

@Mehku - It was great at ChANO1, hope you can make it happen!

I've updated the first post with some pistol revisions. We'll see how it turns out, If anyone has any concerns let me know. Pics of Yankee Woods will be up by Wednesday. Yankee Woods has a pagoda, some open grounds and nicely wooded areas; which is very similar to the park where SPANO was recently held.

If anyone has any mobstacles, forcefields, or the like feel free to bring them and we can try them out. I've got some ideas for a few rounds where some extra cover would be useful.
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Posted 22 June 2009 - 01:23 PM

My buddy Scott is thinking about coming. He says he'll go, but but him as a maybe for now.
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 02:31 PM

already 2 weeks away... Zorn don't forget to bring the pile o'darts!
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Posted 24 June 2009 - 03:02 PM

Damn. Sorry guys, I can't come again. I'm really hoping that I can go next time. It was just bad timing for me because of the camping trip.

Well, have fun at the war!
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 04:27 PM

Do we have any mobstacles or cores that need to be constructed?

If yes, and no one is working on them, I'll try and make a trip to a hardware store in the next two weekends. I know Ryan, you said you're, working on a core design for MN wars, but if finish in time, want to have Scott test it out here?
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 04:40 PM

Do we have any mobstacles or cores that need to be constructed?

If yes, and no one is working on them, I'll try and make a trip to a hardware store in the next two weekends. I know Ryan, you said you're, working on a core design for MN wars, but if finish in time, want to have Scott test it out here?

Sure I could let Scott take it.

Basically I'm trying to have the core closer to head level so no one dares to camp in front of the core. I think it would make the game better altogether.

I'm going to work on that the next few weeks so you guys can try it out.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 04:53 PM

I've got the one mobstacle still, and this time with 100% more standing. There's also something I wanna try with DT vests this weekend, so I'll post how those come along when I figure it out.
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Posted 25 June 2009 - 09:33 PM

Basically I'm trying to have the core closer to head level so no one dares to camp in front of the core. I think it would make the game better altogether.

Excellent idea. It was a highlight of the day, but I was wondering how to make it more a game of marksmanship and trying to scatter the attacking team, rather than how to overcome meatshields.
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Posted 26 June 2009 - 04:57 PM

Ryan - Thanks for the new core. I would be honored to test it!

Zorn- Feel free to make a mobstacle or two.

I visited the site today. Pics to follow tonight. (Kate is at work with the camera.) The area is wooded a little more so than SPANO was. The brush is a little higher than grass, it needs to be mowed (If the forest preserve decides to mow it.) With that said make sure you have shoes that have covered toes and such. Shoes with good ankle support would be highly recommended as well.

If you don't want to pack a lunch, for $3 the lovely Kate will make you a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, water, and a bag of chips! The weather has been hot like ball soup, so dress accordingly and bring fluids. There are port-a-potties, but no water sources at the forest preserve.

The war is 2 weeks out, lets get some confirmations!!!
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Posted 27 June 2009 - 06:07 PM

A question about coming from points north: are construction delays bad on I-94 going towards Chicago? Any idea how much additional time should be planned on?
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#40 Ryan201821

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 04:50 PM

A question about coming from points north: are construction delays bad on I-94 going towards Chicago? Any idea how much additional time should be planned on?

94 blows. I know the stretch of 94 from my house to the location is mostly under reconstruction. You should allow yourself maybe 30-45 minutes due to reduced speed zones and maybe some light traffic. Traffic through the city can be hit or miss. If you're coming the day of, the roads should be pretty clear. Especially if you're coming early.

Anyway, I've finished 95% of my version of defend the core. I hope you guys like it.

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It measures a little over five feet tall. The best thing about it is that it can be adjusted to be one foot shorter or one foot higher. There's a coupler near the the box that allows this. It appears to be very sturdy even with the 20-30 mph winds we are getting around here today.

So I tested it out, shooting from about 50 feet back. The first shot a dart pierced through the front and out the back. Damned 1500.

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So I cut a piece of polycarbonate to protect the front of the core and eliminate darts entering the box by going through the front wall. I'll most likely affix it to the inside of the box.

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The hole measures 10" across and 7" high. If so desired, a piece of paper can be taped over the front of the hole. Honestly I don't think it's necessary, but you guys can try it either way. The only thing left to do is go to the craft store and get some type of foam to glue to the back wall to prevent darts from either bouncing out or going through the back of the core.

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With that being presented, Scott will be coming for sure. I'll make sure he takes this with him to the war.

So, what do you guys think?

Edited by Ryan201821, 28 June 2009 - 09:57 PM.

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 09:43 PM

Awesome...the polycarbonate for the front will seriously extend the life of it. Maybe add some craft foam on the front to reduce the chance of dart tips shattering? (EDIT: Missed what you said about putting it on the inside...I'd say put it outside...the cardboard will get torn up really quickly.)

I would say do what you're planning for the inside back (polycarbonate and some foam), but then hang some fabric maybe two inches in front of it. That should pretty much eliminate any chance of dart bounce.

Edited by Carbon, 28 June 2009 - 09:44 PM.

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#42 Ryan201821

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Posted 28 June 2009 - 10:00 PM

Awesome...the polycarbonate for the front will seriously extend the life of it. Maybe add some craft foam on the front to reduce the chance of dart tips shattering? (EDIT: Missed what you said about putting it on the inside...I'd say put it outside...the cardboard will get torn up really quickly.)

I would say do what you're planning for the inside back (polycarbonate and some foam), but then hang some fabric maybe two inches in front of it. That should pretty much eliminate any chance of dart bounce.

Good suggestion. I'll add a layer of foam to the front to avoid flying debris from stefans.

As for the layer of fabric, I don't think it's really necessary. The foam should absorb most of the energy if it is thick enough. But I'll test both ideas.
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Posted 03 July 2009 - 09:32 PM

One week to war time!!! Let's get some confirmations.

Also, new location! Yankee woods wasn't mowed or cleaned up and presents a hazard to running Nerfers. The new location is an amazing park. Check the first post for the updates. If anyone needs contact information just pm me.
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 01:04 PM

Hey all! Just wanted to drop word quick. My previous mobstacle might have to be scrapped, so at most I've got one mobstacle, the one I just put together.


Here's how it looks, tho!


http://twitpic.com/9esq9


later!
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Posted 05 July 2009 - 07:02 PM

I just tripped up to Wisconsin over the last few days.

Carbon, avoid I-94 at all costs*. I-90 is your friend.

*It's not actually terrible. But there are 2 sections of 5-10 miles of road, the first under heavy construction, and the second further north that is right before some weird merge thing, and they look like they'd be total hell under any traffic. We left at a rather obscure time, so traffic was light, but even then speed on those stretches averaged probably 10-15 mph.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 08:10 AM

Sorry guys I cant make it, my friend cannot give me a ride there because he has work.
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Posted 07 July 2009 - 03:02 PM

Oh! Quick reminder, if anyone's willing to donate some DT vests to me so I can make mobstacles with them, please bring'em to ChANO. I already posted what they'll look like, and as you can see a few more vests'd go a long way.


Edit: Zorn, you've still got the MASS leftover darts from previous ChANOs still?

Edited by LiterSize, 07 July 2009 - 03:27 PM.

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Posted 09 July 2009 - 09:09 PM

A lot of the "communal" darts have found themselves in MN.

I still have a decent number of darts to give away (fit CPVC or 17/32 brass barrels) but I gotta reserve some for Beaver, and at this moment, Carbon has claim to the rest.

Also, I have 4 walls semi-built. They are 5' high with 4.5' of material. I have not determined width yet. I have enough material to make them 12' wide each, but that seems both excessive and structurally questionable.
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Posted 09 July 2009 - 10:47 PM

Update! That's 2 mobstacles I got! Managed to salvage the first one, plus the new one.



Weather tomorrow: Supposedly partly cloudy and 80s. Let's hope it holds, because I also heard it's supposed to rain tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed!


Snake - PM me your # and I will let you know in the morning if weather is a factor for my attendance.

Edited by LiterSize, 10 July 2009 - 12:44 PM.

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Posted 10 July 2009 - 04:52 PM

Tomorrow is war day!!! The weather looks good. Tommy Skilling (WGN weatherman and the best in the biz) says it WILL NOT RAIN!!!

Glad to hear the mobstacles are coming together nicely. I'm going to get some extra danger/caution tape as well as some bright e-tape in case of a gun looking too real. If anyone wants, Kate will make you a PB&J with chip and a bottle of water for $3 for lunch. If anyone has any questions call me on my cell. I believe most of you have my number.

LiterSize- I have the vests for you as well. You'll be getting a pm in a minute.
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