January 6, 2016

Happy 2016! A Postwar Report from Canada

WARNING: DUE TO LACK OF PICTURES, THIS POST IS PURELY WRITTEN WORD. YES, YOU MIGHT HAVE TO READ.

After a relaxing holiday season, I had the pleasure of taking a trip up to Toronto for an NIC event. I was up there at the beginning of August, attending the area's first war in many seasons.

This time around, we had a much better showing. We had 18 people show up, with fully half of the attendees being at their first war! Even better, several of the Canadian Nerf vets were able to come out, including Forsaken_angel24, Deaddumpster, and Curly. Finally, we had a surprise visit from several Americans, including Drac and Draculina, as well as Vlad from the Toledo, OH Nerf scene.

We held the war at an indoor athletic facility in Vaughn, ON (north of Toronto). It's basically a large metal warehouse with artificial turf fields, floor hockey rinks, and other fields and courts. Due to some scheduling errors, we ended up having access to two indoor fields for play, instead of just one. That actually ended up making all the difference, in terms of both room to play and use of cover - we only had five hastily-made obstacles due to our expected supply being with a sick Nerfer, but having two fields side-by-side meant that we could also use the building's support beams as cover. It also made for more flexibility in game types, as we could add in more objective-based games (Defend the Core, Payload) and other fun things (Civil War - line up the nerfers, take turns shooting and stepping forward, and see which team is left standing).

My loadout consisted of whatever I felt like using/could fit in my trunk. In addition to a couple Doomsayers and some modified pistols, I also brought stock Mega blasters, several modded Boomco blasters, a Big Blast with parts for both 1/2" and 3/4" stefans, and a few other random things. I got to use my modified Colossal Blitz a couple rounds, which consisted of "point the blaster at an area you don't want people to be". Very effective if you can secure cover, since you're essentially holding the blaster equivalent of artillery. In addition, my Rapid Madness proved invaluable during our round of dual Defend the Core. Use my modified Burstwave to take out people at a distance, trust teammates like FA24 to pick people off where needed, then rush the core and unload the Rapid Madness into it. We won 58-3, by the way. :)

After the war, we went out to Boston Pizza for dinner, and just generally got to chat and hang out. It was a pleasure catching up with my Canadian friends, and meeting some new ones. I also got to buy a few things on that side of the border - TRU had the new Xshot clip blasters in stock, and Dollarama had brightly colored foam rod in stock in the craft section, in 1 cm, 2 cm, and 3 cm diameters. Looking like a great cheap source for oversized stefan foam!

I didn't take any war footage - I ended up helping run things part of the time, and I simply felt like enjoying my time off. Check Drac's Youtube for war footage - as of this posting, he should have footage from playing with FA24's Eyes of Fire.

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