Late last year I was asked by a reader to show everyone what blasters I take to a typical game. I kinda did that, but also included a few other things that my housemate and I will normally take to a game.
Ok, starting from the top left we have an esky, gas bottle, a bag full of bbq tools, portable bbq, bags of springs and tools, blaster bag, dart buckets, and the clip bag.
At most games I attend I try to run a bbq for lunch. The theory is that I load up on sausages, bread an drinks before a game. We then sell sandwiches and drinks at effectively cost price.
I’ve then got two Nerf ammo boxes full of springs.
The group will run group buys every few months from aftermarket blaster upgrade suppliers. I’ll normally pick up a few extra things to cover any players who miss out on the group buy to cover us between orders.
All of which were recently reorganised.
In the next bag we’ll find tools and electrical components.
Upvolted batteries, battery holders, convertor shells, chargers, and modified stampede trays. All standard kit available for purchase at or below individual cost price at our games.
Tools! Most of these have been covered off in my post last year on Tools and Consumables. Although this is a smaller subset that comes to games. Being able to fix blasters there and then is always a nice touch.
There’s two different dart buckets; the first for streamlines/elite darts (yes, there’s very few elite darts in there at the moment, I’m trying to run through my stock of streamlines before moving fully across).
I also like to keep a marker-jig in the dart bucket as well. My tag for darts is two red stripes so the jig makes things significantly easier.
The second bucket then contains whistlers, suctions, taggers, etc.
Now we actually get to the fun stuff. Clips on the left, blasters on the right.
The clip bag…
In which you’ll currently find 8 drums, 3 double 18 clips and an assortment of 6 clips.
The blaster bag…
In which you’ll currently find two Rampages, one Raider, two Stryfes, one Hailfire, one Stampede, three Triads, three Firestrikes, a Retaliator and a Foam Magnum.
One Rampage has a BT spring (writeup here), the other is stock.
The Raider has a Black Tactical v2 spring (writeup here).
The Stryfes both have their safeties removed and have been upvolted (writeup here).
The Hailfire has been minimised, upvolted and had the clip advancer improved (writeup here).
The Stampede has been minised, has a BT kit, upvolted, and an inbuilt volt-metre (writeup here)
Two triads are stock, the other has an aftermarket spring.
The three Firestrikes are all still stock (just haven’t had the time to mod them yet).
The Foam Magnum has been simplified and has a brass barrel (writeup here).
The Retaliator has a stock NiteFinder spring in addition to the stock spring (writeup here). There’s normally a second Retaliator but I broke mine at the last game. Something’s jammed inside it and it won’t cock. I’m sure it’s fixable, just need to get around to pulling it apart.
Why so many blasters? Depends what I’m feeling for a game. I rarely take more than one blaster on me at a time though. The exact makeup of blaster in the game bag also changes fairly regularly, as I like to make sure I try out lots of different blasters.
Playing to win? Stampede with 2×18 clips – Good range, great rate of fire, not the best at everything but handles more situations better than any other blaster.
Still want to be competitive but want to work a little harder? Raider/Rampage – Same pros as the Stampede, just a little bit worse at everything.
Lots of running? Retaliator with a 6 clip or two – Never going to be as good as the above two options but still good fun. Also the default choice for games where we limit people to 6 clips.
Pistol round? Foam Magnum – No brainer, stupid range and still easy to use. The FireStrikes are mostly there as loaners in case other players don’t have any single shots.
Triad and Stryfe? Haven’t actually used either in a game yet. The Triads are stupidly good fun when messing about around the house, not convinced they’ll be the next big thing in games but should be fun all the same. Stryfes I’m just not quite sure on yet. They could be good, but they’ll probably just end up being worse than a Stampede on all fronts. Still willing to give them a shot though.
Hailfire? Continuing on from these posts, I though the Hailfire *could* have some potential. Having played with it in a few games so far, I don’t like it as much as my stampede. Yes it carries an incredible number of darts but then it gets heavy, it needs two hands and despite it being vastly improved over stock, I don’t like the clip advancement mechanism. Expect a full post on the in-game abilities of the Hailfire in the not to distant future.
What’s missing? I’ll sometimes throw a decently modded Longshot in the mix. The range is fun but it doesn’t suit my play style.
There will be a RoughCut or two added shortly. In the process of modding one at the moment which will need play testing.
A couple of Rayvens were in there recently but were removed once the Stryfes appeared.
Might bring a BBUMB or Triple Shot if I’m feeling overly adventurous on occasion.
Finally we have the bag full of spare batteries. I think this was a gift bag I got a bottle of wine in this Christmas? Either way, it was in the house at the right time to get co-opted into new duties.
A healthy range of standard AA’s and 14500’s.
And there we have it folks. You asked, so I showed you what I take to games.