Game – Nerf Wars @ The Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing Centre

OK, so I know I’ve been a little light on the mod posts recently and we’re about to get another ‘non-mod post’ but I can’t just sit on this one. A few months back I got back into indoor rock climbing. I used to climb when I was rather little, then worked at the Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing centre (CIRC) back in college, but really hadn’t done much since then. Then a few months back my partner and I decided to go looking for another sporting type activity to do after work a couple of nights a week. I roped in some friends (ha!) and we started climbing fairly regularly. Shortly after that I got the idea that the climbing gym would make a pretty good indoor nerf venue; it’s mostly a big open space plus a rather nice mezzanine level overlooking the main floor. I dropped in on the owner one evening, told him about my idea and before we knew it we had penciled in a date and I went home to organise the event.

Before we go much further I have to give a big thank you to the Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing Centre for letting us borrow their gym of the evening. It’s pretty rare to find an indoor venue to nerf in and they were very supportive. If you ever find yourself in Canberra I can highly recommend it. Indoor climbing is loads of fun and CIRC is a great venue.

Enough back story though, on to the games!

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We had an awesome turn out with over 40 people in attendance.

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All the gear was left up on the mezzanine level with the main playing to be done down stairs.

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I made up a few collapsible barriers specifically for the night. A how to on these should appear in the next few weeks.

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The first few games we ran were simple 6v6 single elimination games.

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The mats in the bouldering areas made for super comfortable viewing areas.

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Teams constantly rotated throughout the night so that everyone got a chance to be on a different team each time.

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In addition to the collapsible barriers I also strung up a few tarps as cover.

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The indoor venue and abundance of cover made for a very different game than what most of us were used to.

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It also made finding darts significantly easier than on the grass that we normally play on.

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After the straight up 6v6 games we switched to a ‘constantly respanwing 6 on the field at any one time capture the flag’ game.

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This game worked by having everyone split into two teams, then playing a single elimination capture the flag. The catch was that each team was only ever able to have 6 players on the field at any one time. When you were out, you simply ran back to your team’s starting point and tagged the next player in line. They would then join the game and you would join the end of the line and start reloading.

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In such a small venue this made for a really intense game.

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We ran a few rounds of that before switching it up again.

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The next game was a timed bunker rush. The attackers had unlimited respawns while the defenders had none. Each team took turns attacking with the winners being the team that could wipe out the other team the fastest.

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This was a little too broken and both games were over incredibly quickly (each game lasting less than a minute) but they were fun.

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As always, there were some rather interesting blasters in attendance.

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But that’s not to say those with stock blasters were ever really outgunned.

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It’s not very often that you can catch two darts in flight at once but you’re sure not going to complain when it happens.

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We ran a couple of Vortex only rounds where ricochets counted.

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Then turned off all the lights and did some ‘Firefly Tech’ only rounds.

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Finally, to round out the evening we finished up with another ‘constant respawn 6 on the field at any time’ game.

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I’ll just round out the post however with an assortment of photos from the evening as a whole.

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Again, have to give a huge thanks to Canberra Indoor Rock Climbing for the venue and general support, the Canberra and Southern NSW Dart Tag group for the photos and the event, Andrew/Arthwollipot for his photos, and the players for turning up and making an amazing night out of it. Couldn’t have done it without all of you.

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