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Some Ideas for NERF Games You Can Play with Your Friends

September 10th, 2017 10:45 pm

NERF wars are great fun. HOwever after a while of shooting anyone and everyone, you might find yourself looking for something a little more challenging. So fear not, we have come up with some short and fun games to spice up your NERF wars (and feel free to check out this article for more NERF war games)

While this is not a comprehensive list, this compilation will give you a fairly good idea of what is possible with a few NERF guns and a little imagination.

TEAM DEATHMATCH

This is the classic team game of elimination. Split yourselves into two teams. Each player is given three hits before they find themselves out of the game – usually you do something like putting 3 handkerchiefs in your belt and lose one each time you are hit.

There are various rules for what to do after each hit. We like to have a respawn point, video game style, where you have to go after each hit to drop your handkerchief and start again.

Other versions have the hit player slowly count out loud to 15 and yell “clear” before they are allowed to re-join.

There are many variations on this basic game, so knock yourself out

MINNESOTA VIP

This game is a variant on the classic elimination game. Each team will select a VIP who will be marked accordingly using a brightly coloured hat, jackete, etc. If the VIP is tagged, the game is over, so protect your VIP.

Non-VIP players have infinite lives but when they are hit they must stay still for 15 seconds or return to a respawn area to rejoin..

This type of battle works best with set boundaries and in an area that is semi-open so that the VIP cannot simply hide.

CAPTURE THE FLAG

Capture the Flag is exactly what you would expect, NERFed-up twist on the classic attack and defend team game.

Each team has a flag, each positioned at either end of the playing area. Each team must defend their own flag while attempting to capture the opposing team’s flag and bring it back to their base to win.

To defend your banner, you may shoot oncoming attackers who will then be forced to to respawn. Some variations have people return to their home base to respawn, but we found this just reinforced their base and moved the respawn point to the middle of the playing area instead.

TREASURE HUNT

This is a variation on capture the flag in that there is only one flag to capture and neither team knows where it is!

The referee hides the object somewhere in the playing area, so neither team knows where it is. The aim is for the teams to get it back to their home base.

HUNGER GAMES

This is a twist on any of the above games and if you’ve seen the movie or read the book, then you know how to play the game.

To start off, nobody has any weapons. All the blasters, ammo are either placed in a pile or positioned around the playing area.

Then, on a given signal, all players will charge into the fray of whatever game you are playing and retrieve whatever they can grab without getting tagged.

We like to play a rule that you can only carry one blaster and whenever you are tagged you must drop it and all your ammo before returning to your spawn point. This is a great way of evening things up if some of your players are less well armed than others!

These are just a few games you can play with your friends and a few handy NERF guns, there are countless more, so get out there and happy NERFing!

How to Choose Gifts for Boys under Age 10

August 20th, 2017 10:49 pm

Gift-giving can be difficult. Even those people around us whom we think are “easy” to shop for can be hard to shop for because while they claim to be appreciative of anything, we seem to get in our head that we want to find the “perfect” gift for them.

When you are an adult, it can be even tougher to buy gifts for little boys and girls, since they are of the impressionable age to be influenced by the next great, hot thing that everyone is discussing. And since you are a grown-up, you are often excluded from these important topics by the cliques of kids at school or in Cub Scouts or at soccer practice. So what do you do to get insights in finding that birthday or holiday gift for that boy who is under 10 years old? Here are some quick thoughts:

Just ask. If the child is your own or is a friend of your child, have a conversation with him and ask what kind of toy or game does he want for Christmas this year. If there is something he is excited about, he will totally volunteer that information, whether he has played with it or not.

Browse shopping sites. Many websites that sell toys online will often have a section of “trending” or “what’s hot right now” in toys, and you can browse those to get an idea of the toys that are being bought or browsed for in recent days or weeks.

Talk to other parents. If you know parents of young boys at your school, Cub Scout troop, church, or anywhere else, talk to them about what their boy is talking about as a toy or gift that he wants for Christmas or did want for his last birthday.

Pay attention to movies. Boys are excited about movies. So pay attention to the movies that come out that your boy wants to see or knows something about (if it’s based on a book he has read or had read to him in school). After you see the movie with him, if he liked it, you can shop for items that are connected to the movie (games, action figures, apps, etc.).

This should give you some avenues to pursue so you can find just the right gift for your boy that is under the age of 10. If you do all of these tips, you may find your good suggestions through trends – chances are that one or more ideas will come out that are common among each of these intelligence-gathering methods.