Nerf war

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A team playing the Nerf-war-style game Humans vs. Zombies.

A Nerf war is an activity involving Nerf toys or other toys. Nerf wars can be a wide range of combat, from informal shootouts in offices and basements to well-organized outdoor battles with high-powered modified blasters and toys.[1] Since foam-firing guns are relatively safe and cheap with practice, Nerf wars can include participants and battlefields otherwise unsuitable for airsoft and paintball.

How to play[edit]

Nerf wars can take place anywhere. Any area with a good balance of open space and cover can be a candidate. Basements, offices, and backyards are common locations for informal wars. For larger wars with more participants, bigger venues like gymnasiums, public parks, forests, ravines, and schools make good battlefields areas. The inside of a large hall such as a room can may be turned into a trap by turning tables onto their sides.[2] [3] When planning a Nerf war in a public area, the organizer typically reserves the space and watches out for non-participants to reduce any liability. The ability to play in free locations is an important element of a Nerf war's accessibility.

NERF Internet Community (NIC) Wars[edit]

Many wars across the United States are organized and promoted through the forums of enthusiast sites like OZNERF, PDK Films, NerfRevolution, Nerfhaven,[4] NerfHQ,[5] Foam Universe,[6] and Heart of Nerf.[7] The members of these forums are collectively known as the Nerf Internet Community, or NIC.

The NIC holds large annual wars on both the East Coast and West Coast of the United States[8] and certain locations even have bi-annual or monthly wars. All around Australia there are wars as well, and a yearly event called Reign Of Foam.[9] Some colleges and youth groups have active clubs and associations that host Nerf Wars regularly.[10]

Rules of participation are set by the wars hosts to create a safer and more balanced game. Over time, the NIC has centered on a widely accepted set of standard rules, regulations, and battle types.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Modifying blasters - NHQ". 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  2. ^ "Hundreds Of Kids Take Part In Owasso Church's 'Nerf War' - - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - |". Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  3. ^ Erin, Eleanor. "How to Win a Nerf War".
  4. ^ "Nerf forums, comics, modifications, homemades, galleries, and more!". NerfHaven. 2012-07-07. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  5. ^ "Nerf HQ". Nerf HQ. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  6. ^ "Nerfers Unite! - Index". Foam Universe. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  7. ^ "Home - Heart of Nerf". Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  8. ^ "Nerf Wars - NHQ". 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  9. ^ "Australian Nerf Event". Reign Of Foam. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  10. ^ "Freshmen unwind with Nerf wars - Variety - The Augustana Mirror - Augustana College". The Augustana Mirror. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2012-08-21.
  11. ^ "Nerf War Etiquette". NerfHaven. Retrieved 2012-08-21.

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