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Umbra Serpens

Member Since 09 Aug 2012
Offline Last Active Mar 21 2013 07:16 AM

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In Topic: International Megawar

30 August 2012 - 03:47 AM

Also interested, and I'd be using homemades if I came. I would appreciate some guidelines for how powerful is too powerful, as I can tailor my arsenal to whatever is OK with you. I'd most likely be using a tagger-HAMP or a blowgun, both of which can be fired very softly as necessary at close range, but when fired hard will shoot a tagger about 50' flat.

My Alpha Trooper gets 70 feet max, and we use it every game with no injuries or complaints. Hell, NERF ELITE guns get between 65-75 stock. Your tagger-HAMP doesn't sound like a problem at all.

What about mini-marshmallows? Are these a viable type of ammunition to use?

No, standard foam darts/discs only. I apologize if this is a major inconvenience for you.

In Topic: International Megawar

18 August 2012 - 12:11 AM

Iowa wouldn't be out of the question for me, especially if you're allowing homemades (which are pretty much all I use). However, if you are allowing homemades (which are typically much high power), I'm concerned that you're specifically allowing (if not encouraging) headshots in your rules. It's not nearly the concern in a stock dart war, but in this case I don't want people intentionally aiming for my head.

Otherwise, it sounds fun...different than the rules I'm used to, but I'd give it a shot.

We prefer attendees with an overpowering homemade be equipped with a less powerful second primary for closer combat, and use the homemade as a loser. We also recognize that some people don't have that option. For these people, we ask that headshots not be fired within 20 ft of the target. Needless to say, there are chances that you'll walk into the path of an already fired dart, or someone could be an idiot and ignore the rule. Unfortunately, not everything can be accounted for. If you're worried, take the necessary precautions you feel necessary to ensure your protection. You could wear anything from a thick hood to a cardboard helmet.

I'm glad that you consider the event worth trying, and I hope to see you there!


On another note, the use of Stefan darts was not approved.

In Topic: International Megawar

17 August 2012 - 06:05 AM

As someone who has been hosting nerf wars for almost 15 years, and has hosted apoc a few times, I feel like I might have one valuable piece of information for the soon to be hosts here. Bigger, in nerf war terms, is almost never better. Now, maybe you've hosted your share of wars and know exactly what you're doing. If that's the case, feel free to dismiss my advice. However, if you're fairly new to this you should consider that hosting small local wars is not only usually a lot more fun, but invaluable, in terms of preparation, for the hosting of larger nerf wars. Don't rush to make everything crowded and impersonal. When given the choice between 50 or 15 nerfers, I'll choose 15 every time.

Thank you for the advice. I've been hosting wars for two years, coming up on my third. The largest war I held was the August war from the article in the OP, which consisted of 50 participants who were almost all local. The Dart Dragons own wars consist of 10-15 people every other week during Summer. In my (much shorter) experience, both sizes turned out to be really fun. I think the reason for that may be the size of the area(s) we have available for use. If I do it right again this coming June, the guests will have as much fun as they did this past August and more.

Ooooh good to hear umbra! I've been away from the NIC for some time now but I'm glad to hear things like this are happening. Just thought I'd give my 2 cents. Now then, might have to blow the dust of the guns I have left and plan for a nice little road trip next summer...

That's great! I look forward to having you attend, should you make the trip.

In Topic: International Megawar

16 August 2012 - 04:59 PM

News flash! It doesn't have to suck, open up the rules a little more and make it more general community friendly to attract more people. To the people who don't think it will become of anything, your not helping. It won't become of anything of everyone shuts it down and doesn't go, why not have everyone possible all just get together as a community, plan to go, and have (hopefully) a hell of a time at a war that has potential to become legendary?

That's pretty much what happened at the August Megawar this year. It is open to the community, and we already have people from the last war ready to join in this one, too. It's currently guaranteed 50 people will attend, our goal is to increase the number to 100 by June.

We'll probably lower the age requirement, though.

In Topic: International Megawar

15 August 2012 - 04:06 PM

Homemades are permitted, provided they have orange accents and tips. Stefans may be permitted, provided they don't contain BBs. I'll discuss that with the other hosts this evening. Carpe has been approved, and will be an included gametype now.

like Mysterio said, expect few to no NIC members to attend if homemades, stefans, and moderately/advanced blasters will be banned. Just a heads up.

And no carpe? Count me out.