Posted 30 August 2010 - 02:29 PM
As far as I'm concerned, the badges didn't really help at all for me. A lot of people, who presumably showed up late (including myself), didn't have badges. The badges themselves were quite small and hard to read. I'm not sure how this could be fixed, but just a problem that I had.
For picking teams, yes we need a new system. Drawing chips or cards will work fine, but the war host will need to balance out teams accordingly to make sure the blasters are equal on each team. Balancing teams have always been a major factor in determining how well the rounds go. Picking normal schoolyard style works better for balancing teams if the team captains are competent enough to know which players to take based on other's blasters rate of fire, range, and blasters required to complete objectives. I didn't like the way we picked teams either. It seems faster to get one person to pick out all their teammates. It seems people get picked right away and don't pay attention to what's happening anymore (myself included). So this is something to think about. Also, "David vs. Goliath" almost never works out for "David" and results in a round that is undesirable for "David". Balancing teams is pretty important in my book.
A "Foam in the Fort" dart stash would be great. It's hard for us to supply darts for every war we attend to, and are trying to encourage each region to acquire their own dart stash. Right now our current method for making darts, is only one at a time, by hand, so darts are really expensive. Materials are pretty cheap for each dart (roughly 3 cents), but there is A LOT of labor involved, which is usually a premium. Also, Kane and I are particularly strict on dart construction and composition due to durability and most importantly safety issues. So this is another huge thing to consider. If Ambience or Getting Nerf'd would like to discuss this more, we can do so on the ning.
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We've been doing a lot of our planning on that site, and seems like it would be a good idea to discuss stuff like this there.
I felt the drawing was unneeded, but greatly appreciated by all of the nerfers in attendance. Although any ideas to make some extra cash to fund for more wars and supplies would be a good plan. The dart stash itself will be fairly expensive to purchase (or make) initially, and to maintain (replace broken/lost darts).
I had plenty of loaners at the war (though I didn't make much of a point to lend them out). I'm sure a lot of people don't mind lending out their guns, and I will do so in the future.
There's other things I'm missing but that's enough for discussion for now.