So our hosting made some unexpected changes which broke the site, and after trying to deal with technical support people from two different companies and a database that resembled a dumpster fire, I gave up and reset the site back to the latest viable backup (thanks to Doom for providing backups). We lost about a weeks worth of posts, but the problem appears to be resolved. Thanks for your patience during the downtime.
Looks good, can't wait for the writeup. Any plans to add pump-action?
My biggest complaint with the earlier revisions is that the stock is very wobbly and easy to twist. It could add a lot of stability to the stock if there were a third support extending diagonally from the bottom of the pistol grip to the bottom of the butt plate. JLego's plusbow variants all have something along those lines and their stocks are solid as a rock.
PS - I'm just going to say it right here and now. The LGLF logo is the best logo I have ever designed, for any group or organization, period.
Every time I drink with Ted and I get a little too sloshed he tries to talk me into getting it as a full-sized chest tattoo to match the t-shirts. And every time I get a little too close to actually doing it.
Here's the LGLF logo over the years, and some work Groove shared with us while he was working on the current iteration.
14 years ago today, I met up with my friend Fred from highschool and we modified a nerf blaster, committed an act of petty larceny, and signed up for a Geocities account. The blaster was actually a Super Soaker XP 150 modified to shoot nerf darts, the theft was a garden gnome from the garage-sale addicted hoarder down the street, and the Geocities account was for the LGLF homepage. 5 weeks later we joined up with one of my nephews (Left Nut) and found ourselves at the first annual Apocalypse nerf war, where we met Vacc and Spoon (the original founders of NerfHaven), One Man Clan, and the members of the Lawn Chair Mafia nerf clan. A couple of weeks after that we hosted our own war, and called it GnomeFEST. We were the baddest group of toy-gun-toting dorks in New Jersey.
Over the next few years I met Talio and we all went on a road trip down to the D.C. area to nerf with Crankymonky and Groove (Edit: yes, and THIRST.). Shortly after that, Hasbro sent a designer and an engineer out to a GnomeFEST to meet us, and they recruited Talio and One Man Clan into an early version of their Nerf Ambassador program. The designer from Hasbro is still working there, leading the team on the Rebelle line. We nerfed around Philadelphia and some paintball field in bumfuck Delaware, and had a few more Apocs and GnomeFESTS. Around 2005 One Man Clan agreed to pick up some kid from Hoboken who he'd never met on the way to a war. They sat in uncomfortable silence for about an hour as OMC wondered how this guy was going to load a nerf gun with only one arm. That guy was JLego, and he turned out to be the fastest most impossible to hit nerfer at that event. We met lots of other people over the years, and some drifted away or stopped nerfing, including Fred, and then eventually, me.
When I came back in early 2008 after a two year hiatus, I reconnected with Talio and JLego, and they introduced me to some new guy named Splitlip. We all agreed to carpool down to a DCNO later that spring, and in an alcohol fueled surge of collective nostalgia, the four of us decided to re-boot the LGLF. A month later Talio joined the Mag7 in the worst act of betrayal on American soil since Benedict Arnold. But that was okay, because we would add Muttonchops in 2009 and Gears in 2010. Our old allies Crankymonky and Groove would both join us in 2011, and (though he'll deny it) TED joined in around 2012.
Over the years we traveled all over the east coast, to Maryland and Virginia, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Chicago. We went to Penn State for Humans vs Zombies, and some of us flew out for Armageddon in Los Angeles. We made a lot of friends on those trips, and even more came out to visit us every year at Apoc. We met the Sex Dwarves of Pittsburgh, and the U3 and Rainbow Clans from Chicago. We played with nerfers from Ohio, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington, Georgia and Florida. We helped host Geddon, DCNOs, ECNOs and NENOs. We ate Hasbro's Pizza and we drank their beer. We busted UIN13s balls, hit on Lord Draconical's girlfriend and pooped in Forsaken Angel's toilet.
I got a little carried away there. What was I saying? Oh yeah.
I love this clan, and the people who are in it. It's been an incredible 14 year journey and I wouldn't trade it for anything. I know we're scattered all over the country now, and I'm well past my nerf expiration date, but I'll keep going if you do. Thanks guys.
The best weight for a stefan is the maximum weight allowed. For Apoc, that would be a #8 washer, but it can be challenging to make a slug with a #8 washer and keep all the metal covered. It can also causing jamming especially if your barrel material is on the tight side.
I used to build lightsabers. Yes, I'm a huge fucking dork.
I cannibalized a couple of the widgets from this for other builds, but this was my first saber hilt, I built it in 2001 or so with help from NH user The Fred, who I started the LGLF with a year later. It's kinda similar to building SNAPs. You wander aimlessly around a hardware store looking for cool looking tubes that will probably fit together. This one is mainly made out of a sink tailpiece (also a good crossbow plunger tube replacement) and some thinwall PVC. The design above is one I got from this ancient website but there's so many other places you can find instructions now it's ridiculous.
I've also done some fancy knotwork with paracord. Here's a hiking stick I've worked on
And here's the handle to a SNAP I built
I learned how to do the spiral hitching from Frayed Knot Arts but Paracord Guild has a good tutorial. The rest is just different kind of Turk's Head knots. There are a million different places online that show how to do a Turk's Head, but it didn't really click for me until I found this article. It's much easier to work from one of those templates than do the over/under counting you see in most youtube videos.
Mention in the beginning of your post or in the title that you're in the Buffalo area. NY is a big state.
Describe what kinds of darts are allowed/banned and what blaster restrictions there are. You mention springers will have to be checked but what about airguns? What are you checking for?
You don't need to copy paste a bunch of rules from my thread, you can just link to it. You can explain the finer points on-site at the war, and include the things people need to know ahead of time in the war thread (like what darts/blasters are allowed)
I'm not sure if you're new to the hobby or just new to NerfHaven, but it would be helpful to mention wars you've done in the past and how many of your friends you expect to bring, so that people know what they're getting into.
If you aren't planning to bring a bunch of your own people, and you are relying on people from the internet who haven't met you before to come to this thing, the best approach is to post to find out who is in your area and try to coordinate with them. It's way easier than just setting a date and jumping in head first with a date if you've never done this before, and will ensure that people actually show up.
Topic: Sceptors, QEV blasters, HPA and de-escalating the nerf arms race.
As usual we will be talking about anything nerf related that comes up, and answering any questions. This topic is just a guideline and jumping-off point.
If you would just like to use a real IRC client instead of the web interface linked above, I recommend downloading Pidginor mIRC. mIRC is a Windows IRC client. Pidgin is a mutli-protocol chat client that works on most platforms and connects to google chat, AIM, IRC and others (facebook chat support available with 3rd party plugin). There are also plenty of IRC clients for Android and iOS. Just enter irc.Darkmyst.org as the server and join the #NerfHaven channel. You may also take a look at IRCCloud, which is a web based service that lets you stay logged in to the IRC channel even when you're not online.