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Beginners Guide to Nerf

For those of you just getting into Nerf (Also known as Dartsoft) or now getting back into it, it can be pretty confusing trying to pick the right blasters/gear for you, in this post I’ll try to help you get into the hobby, and learn some things about it so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Note, all prices I mention below will be in USD.
To start out, here are some things to keep in mind
- Proper Names - In the Nerf hobby we don’t call blasters, guns, and we don’t call darts, bullets. This is to help separate Nerf from real firearms. So the proper terms are, blaster and dart, and for Nerf Rival we usually just call those rival rounds or HIR’s (high impact rounds). Also, Nerf calls their magazines, clips, which is the improper term because by definition a clip and a magazine aren’t the same. Clip has kind of become a meme in the hobby, so just try to remember to call them mags (these things) and not clips. Also, don’t store your mags or any of your blasters with internal magazines loaded, (except for cylinder blasters) because it will ruin the springs over time and the mags won’t feed correctly. This video explains the difference between mags and clips well.
- Rule 6 - The Nerf sub only allows users to post every 24 hours, this is an effort to reduce spam on the subreddit. This is just good to know so you don’t post multiple times on your first day checking out the sub and have your other posts removed. This doesn’t really relate to Nerfing but this is just something good to know for being on the Nerf sub.
- FPS (Feet Per Second) - The velocity at which a projectile travels, which is used in the Nerf hobby to easily describe how hard a blaster fires
- Full Length Darts - The standard Nerf dart that you know, the best ones on the market currently are the Dart Zone Sureshot Darts (known as Waffle Darts in the Nerf community), you can get a pack of 200 for $9.99
- Half Length Darts - These are the main projectiles we use in hobby grade blasters, they’re about half the size of normal darts and they’re more accurate. There are different kinds, but some of the ones available now are the Worker Gen 3’s, Dart Zone Bamboo Darts (sold as a bundle with full length darts), and the QuikDarts (also known as Jet Blaster Short Darts), though I wouldn’t recommend the QuikDarts because in my experience the heads fall off easily and they’re really inaccurate. And now you can find half length darts in store for the first time, so I’d actually suggest buying the Adventure Force Half Darts, they’re $10 for 100 of them. Half darts are used in pretty much all 3D printed blasters and are used in a few brand name blasters, like the CEDA and CEDA S made by Jet Blaster, and the Dart Zone Pro by Dart Zone. Half Darts use a special kind of magazine, there are two main kinds, Katana Mags and Talon Mags. Talons are better and cheaper, and are the main used magazines for half darts. Most 3D printed blasters and half length blasters are half length only so there’s no need for an adapter, but some of them have compatibly between half darts and full length darts, so to use half darts they require an adapter. Katana mags only work in Katana adapters and Talon’s only work in Talon adapters. You can find adapters that can hold both talon’s and katana’s, but they’re a bit more expensive compared to the standard adapters which are like $3.
Though, Dart Zone may be releasing half dart mags in store because of the recent Nexus Pro blaster being released, so if they start selling mags in store I’ll update this post.
- Blaster Types - The main types of blasters used are flywheel blasters (electronic blasters) and springer blasters (blasters that need to be manually cocked/primed each time to fire). Flywheel blasters work by pulling a trigger (rev trigger) to make the two wheels inside the blaster spin, and when you pull the main trigger a projectile is pushed into the flywheels, launching it out of the blaster like a tennis ball launcher. Some homemade flywheelers have one trigger that both rev’s (spins the flywheels) and fires. Spring blasters have a spring inside the blaster that pushes a plunger inside forward after you prime the prime the blaster and pull the trigger, which causes the plunger to be forced forward quickly, pushing all the air out of the front of the plunger onto the projectile, launching it. This video explains it well.
- Modding - Modding blasters is a big part of the hobby, since most Nerf blasters are too weak to be used very well in a battle. Modding spring blasters is far easier than modding flywheelers. In a spring blaster, if you get a stronger spring and replace the one inside your blaster will shoot harder. If you want it to shoot even harder you’ll have to replace some more parts. You cannot use just any old spring for it, you have to get ones online specifically made for that blaster. Do not try to mod any blasters without having an idea of how you’re going to mod it, do some research online first so that you don’t wreck your blaster. Flywheel mods are much more complicated, as you have to solder and have a bit of an understanding of electronics, so before even thinking about modding a flywheeler you’ll want to watch videos and guides onlines on how to do it, and be prepared to spend a bit of money on all the parts needed. You cannot just throw higher voltage batteries in a flywheeler and expect it to shoot harder, it’s not safe, as the higher voltage will destroy your blasters internals if you keep them stock (stock, meaning a blaster that hasn’t had any modifications done to it) and could cause the blaster to actually set on fire, so don’t do it.
-3D Printing- 3D printing is quickly becoming a very big part of the Nerfing hobby, new 3D printed blasters are being made by the community all the time and every new blaster that releases will most likely have some kind of 3D printed upgrade for it available for it within a month. If there’s something you don’t like about blaster you have, someone probably has made some thing to fix it! If not, you could fix it yourself! If you really enjoy making stuff, and are willing to take some time to learn how to create 3D printed models, you could start publishing your designs for other people to use and help them out! If anyone knows a good starter 3D printer for new Nerfers then comment it below and I’ll update this part of the post.
Eye Protection - If you’re playing a game where you’re shooting at someone and they’re shooting at you, you both should wear safety glasses. You don’t want to get shot in the eye, especially when you get into playing with 150+ FPS blasters, then you really don’t want to be hit in the face.
- Brands -
Nerf
Dart Zone
BuzzBee
Xshot
These are the 4 brands of blasters you’ll find in store.
Nerf, as you know, is made by Hasbro and is the main company that people think of when they think about, well, Nerf. Nerf products usually seem to have the best build quality out of all the brands but other companies aren’t too far off. Nerf Elite blasters on average hit 60-70 FPS, they launch darts about 30 feet with flat shots and 50 with angled shots. Nerf blasters use internal mags and external mags. There are also sub-series of Elite like Zombie Strike, Doomlands, Icon Series, Fortnite, Microshots, and more.
Nerf Rival hits 80-100 FPS, with shots going 50 feet on average when fired flat and 70-80 feet when angled. Rival is pretty good, but after flying about 50 feet the rounds spin out of control and become inaccurate, making darts far superior. The types of loading systems Rival blasters use are internal mags, external mags, and hoppers.
Nerf Hyper is a brand from Hasbro that currently isn’t out, and not much is known about it. What we do know is that they will blasters that fire balls smaller than rival rounds, and we can pretty much guarantee that these rounds will be made of foam or rubber and not gel, because Hasbro likes to use flywheel blasters and gel doesn’t work with them very well. Also, gel blasters is a market that has already been tapped into by other companies, which basically means, Hasbro will avoid it. We know of three blasters so far, the Hail 100, Slam 60, Jab 40, and Rush 40. We have no pictures of any of these blasters yet, but we do have drawings of the Hail and Jab made by an industry insider who has seen a couple Hyper blasters. These drawings can be found on NerfHyper. It appears Hyper will mainly use hoppers.
Nerf Ultra should be avoided (in my opinion), the line is a cash grab from Hasbro, the blasters are gimmicky and the darts cost $.50 a piece, and they claim to have all sorts of great technologies built into them, when in reality they are just inaccurate projectiles that fall apart easily so you’ll have to buy more. Later batches of darts seem to be a bit more durable than the early versions though. They claim 120 foot ranges on the box, but the only way to hit that would to be angling your blaster up and firing it while lobbing it forward. If you want an Ultra blaster, go out and get one! If that’s what you’ll enjoy then don’t let me stop you from not getting one. They have modding potential and they still shoot rather hard, it’s just that there’s other options out there.
Nerf Mega isn’t all too practical, but it’s fun. Though the blasters can be more easily made to shoot harder due to their large plunger tubes. Some games use them as shield busters, and have them count as more than just one hit. There’s no real advantage to having a larger dart in Nerf, it’s just because it’s fun to launch big darts. Mega blasters hit 50-70 FPS and go about 30 feet with flat shots and 60 with angled.
The next brand is Dart Zone, which is quickly becoming the best brand for blasters you can purchase in store. Dart Zone blasters hit 80-100fps, and hit about 40-50 feet with flat shots and about 70 with angled. Dart Zone blasters are cheaper than Nerf, but don’t feel like significantly worse products. Dart Zone is the only brand with a Pro Line of blasters (which so far have one blaster sold in store and one only online) that so far hit 150+ FPS, so far the only blasters in the line are the Dart Zone Pro (also known as the DZP) and the Nexus Pro, but Dart Zone has stated more Pro blasters are coming in the future, at this time it’s unknown what they will be, what FPS they’ll be hitting for sure, and when they’re coming. Also, Dart Zone blasters (besides the DZP and Nexus) typically don’t use magazines, but it seems like they’re easing in mag compatibility because the recently announced Dart Zone Spectrum blaster uses a magazine.
Dart Zone Ballistix Ops are just Nerf Rival blasters made by Dart Zone, they fire rival rounds and hit the same velocities as Rival blasters do.
Next brand on the list BuzzBee, but their blasters are mainly sold under the “Adventure Force” brand, at Walmart. Adventure Force is a line sold by Walmart made up of all sorts of toy companies, so whenever you see Dart Zone blasters at Walmart they’ll be under the Adventure Force name, but so will BuzzBee blasters so it can be confusing. At other retailers, Buzz Bee is sold under the Air Warriors brand, but sometimes Air Warriors shows up at Walmart. It’s weird. BuzzBee sells cheap blasters that unlike Dart Zone, actually feel rather cheap, though this is all subjective and is just my opinion. Not all of them feel super cheap, but most. They hit a little higher velocity’s than Nerf Elite blasters, so they’re basically just cheap Nerf blasters. But the mag fed blasters from BuzzBee have the magazines a noticeable distance away from the trigger compared to mag fed blasters from other companies.
The last brand to mention is Xshot, they also create more budget friendly blasters but keep a quality feel. Xshot darts are for whatever reason a little shorter than normal darts, so they don’t work very well in flywheel blasters, so really they should only be used in springers, but even still their are better options like the Dart Zone Sureshot darts. X-shot blasters hit in the 80fps range and go 40-50 feet with flat shots and 70 with angled.
Xshot Chaos is just Nerf Rival but made by Xshot. There are only two blasters out so far and it’s unknown if the line will continue. Chaos blasters hit 80-100fps and fire rounds about 50 feet with flat shots and 70-80 with angled.
Alright! Now that we’re through all that let’s move on to picking blasters and gear for you to use in battle! There are a few things to consider when deciding a load out, you want to think about who you’re playing with and what blasters they’re using. Also you want to consider your environment you’re playing in. Ideally, you’ll want a primary blaster (Kinda like in a first person shooter video game where you have your main weapon, like an assault rifle), a secondary (Like your pistol in an FPS game) and then something to carry your extra ammo. A sling/strap could also be helpful, so you could free up both your hands to do something else in a game by just letting your blaster hang by a sling. There are many to choose from, but I bought this one and I like it a lot. Other things that are very optional for nerf games are melee weapons (like a foam sword or knife), rail attachments, nerf grenades (yes that exists, it’s not very good though) and more.
- Ammo Carriers -
For magazine fed full length dart blasters you’ll ideally want a vest or a holster, or a dump pouch that goes on your waist, like these examples: Nerf Elite Vest, Nerf Mag Carrier, Dump Pouch. And for darts you’ll want the Dart Zone Sureshot Darts which I mentioned above, they’re the best and cheapest full length darts available. And the type of mags you’ll want to use are probably 18 dart stick magazines, you can find them all over online for rather cheap prices, but you’ll probably want to avoid the Hasbro mags because they’re pretty expensive compared to the ones from other brands.
How many mags you want to carry is up to you, but usually I’d say carrying at least 3 or more would be ideal, so you have one in your blaster and two extras for quick reloads, and you’ll want to carry extra darts to go with them so you can reload your spare mags whenever you get the chance.
For half dart mag fed blasters, there are multiples types of darts you can buy but you’ll probably want the Adventure Force Half Darts for springers, you get 100 in a pack for $10, though they may not be out yet when you see this post. I’ll edit this post and remove this warning when the darts become more available. Half dart springers need the darts to have a tip that’s thinner than the foam, so these darts are ideal for springers. And for flywheelers, getting the 200 pack of Dart Zone Waffles (sure shot darts) and cutting them all down to half length size would be your best bet. You could cut all the darts without a tool, but it’s easier if you get something like this or this.
In terms of mags, talons are the best. Get those. They hold 15, but you can squeeze in 17, though it’s not the best idea since it will wear down the spring, but it’s an option. To hold your mags, I’d recommend this holstecarrier, along with dump pouch that you can wear on your waist so you can have extra darts to reload your spare mags. But again, if Dart Zone starts selling half dart mags in store and they’re a better option than Talon’s I’ll update this post.
For cylinder blasters, hopper blasters (Rival blasters like the Nemesis, Perses, and Prometheus), and clip blasters (this video explains what the difference is between mags and clips), all you really need is a pouch full of ammo so you can reload your blaster whenever you need to. For hopper blasters, you can use paintball pods to dump rounds into the hopper, so for those blasters I’d just suggest buying paintball pods.
Blasters - Next, I’ll recommend specific blasters for different play styles and give you some ideas as to what blasters would be right for you.
For casual play If you’re just playing at home with kids then honestly you can just go to the store and pick up whatever blaster you want. If you’re playing with young kids, you’ll most likely want to avoid high FPS blasters and just stick to things you find in store, stock.
If you just want to mess around and play Nerf with your kids then something like the Nerf Elite Strongarm or Disruptor, or any other cheap nerf pistol or rifle it would probably be a good idea. The Strongarm and Disruptor are 6 shot pistols that are pretty easy to prime and take normal darts. If you give a kid one of those blasters and then stuff their pockets with darts for reloading they’ll probably have a good time. Depending on the kid, mags probably aren’t a great idea since they’re more complicated to use than just a cylinder with darts. Unless they’re up for it, stick to cylinders, front loaders, (like the Jolt) and blasters with internal mags.
For CQB - CQB, which stands for close encounters battling, is what you call it when you play a Nerf game indoors or in a smaller space, where the engagement ranges are pretty close.
For CQB, you may want to avoid flywheelers since they make more noise than springers which takes away some stealth, but if you’re playing a game where stealth isn’t really needed then flywheelers are still viable.
Rival is great for CQB, since as I’ve mentioned before the rounds become inaccurate after flying around 50 feet, and since in CQB you’ll probably not be shooting at anyone from that far away, CQB is where Rival shines. Rival mags aren’t too practical though since their hold so little ammo in such a large space, so I’d recommend using rival blasters with hoppers or internal mags.
In terms of dart blasters for CQB, pretty much anything can be used for it since the engagement range is so small. Some blasters you can buy currently that feel like primaries are as follows:
Dart Zone Villainator - a 40 dart cylinder springer blaster, pump action with slam fire (you can hold down the trigger and quickly prime the blaster over and over and spray darts super fast) and a comfy stock for only $20 at your local Walmart
Nerf Accutrooper Pump action mag fed dart blaster for $30 or less if it’s on sale, with a stock and a drum mag
Dart Zone Savage Spin a flywheeler 45 dart cylinder blaster that uses a unique pump action system to rotate to a new cylinder, it’s nice so that you can reload your other cylinders while firing
These are just a few options, honestly for CQB just go to your local Walmart or any store that has toys and check the Nerf aisle, and get whatever you want. Remember though for a mag fed blaster you’ll probably want to buy some spare mags.
For HVZ - HVZ (Humans Vs Zombies) is a game mode that’s becoming pretty popular, where as the name suggests, there’s a human team and a zombie team. The humans try to complete objectives while fighting off the undead, and the zombies try to kill the humans. HVZ games typically have a 130fps limit, so you don’t shoot a zombie in the face with a 300fps Longshot (A really popular blaster for modding) Due to these FPS requirements and the different nature of HVZ compared to normal games, blasters that wouldn’t be as great in other game types really shine in HvZ.
The Rival Nemesis, Prometheus, and Perses are all really popular for HvZ as they have high capacities, they’re full auto, and easy and quick to reload as they have hoppers. Those blasters all hit 100fps out of the box, so you could use them stock and probably do just fine in a HVZ game. If you run one of these blasters, I’d suggest carrying some paintball pods on you since they’re pretty cheap and hold a lot of rival ammo.
For HVZ dart blasters, I’d probably once again recommend the Dart Zone Villainator. It has a 40 cylinder which you can reload while firing, making it good for zombie fighting action. Another option is also the Dart Zone Savage Spin which I previously mentioned above.
So far, I’ve only mentioned blasters you can find in store, but you don’t have to use a store bought stock blaster. If you do some research, you can mod a blaster to be exactly what you want, or maybe someone has already made a 3D printed blaster that is similar to what you want. If you don’t have a printer, you can get a commission for a blaster to be made for you with someone else’s printer but that can be pricey. But anyways, for the next section I’ll mention some blasters that you can’t find in store or blasters that can be made with some modding.
Super Stock and Ultra Stock Blasters, aka, the big boys with high FPS
If you’re playing with friends who are up for playing with high FPS blasters in a big area or if you’re playing with a local Nerf group, then these next blasters would be good ideas.
Ceda S - A pump action springer blaster that hits 150 FPS out of the box, takes half dart mags. It can be found on Evike.com for $65 when it’s on sale, and it goes on sale pretty often so I would recommend buying it at full price ($89 USD.) The Ceda S is more geared towards modders as it has a takedown feature where you pull out two pins and the blaster opens up, allowing you to (pretty) easily modify the internals. If you don’t plan on ever opening up your blaster to mod it and don’t want to have to order a blaster online, I’d suggest the next option below. Also, the Ceda S has been reviewed by many people and some have had assorted issues with theirs and some haven’t. Those issues seemed to be with earlier models and have been largely fixed now. The Ceda S comes with a katana mag, katana adapter, 15 jet darts, the Ceda S, picatinny rails, a buffer tube stock, and a buffer tube to attach airsoft stocks too. It is not sold in store.
The Nexus Pro This new blaster by Dart Zone is absolutely game changing. For the first time ever, a company is selling a blaster that hits 150fps out of the box in store, and uses half lengths. Set to release in August, the Nexus is a pump action spring blaster that hits 150 FPS, uses full length and half length darts, and is compatible with all currently existing half length mags like Talon’s and Katana’s. And, the half length mag adapter that comes with the Nexus is compatible with talon mags so you don’t need a separate adapter to use talons with it. The blaster features picatinny rails so you can use fire arm and airsoft attachments, an airsoft stock buffer tube, a dart zone full length mag and a half length mag, and a half dart adapter, all for $50 USD. If you just want a strong half dart blaster to use with friends or in a nerf group, it seems like you can’t really go wrong with the Nexus. Though I wouldn’t recommend it if everyone else you’re playing with are using stock blasters, since they’ll either never play with you again or not let you use it lol. It appears it’s a US exclusive at this time but it may make it elsewhere. Also, the prime weight of the Nexus is pretty strong due to the high FPS spring load so keep that in mind.
Dart Zone Pro Mk 1 and Mk 1.1 (Also known as the DZP) - The DZP is a high FPS blaster that hits 170 FPS out of the box, has rubberized grips and stock, and is a pump action springer. It’s compatible with full lengths and half lengths. The blaster can be hard to find online and is not sold in store. Right now, the Mk 1.1 is available on target.com for $150 USD. It’s the most expensive dart blaster that currently exists and is made by a company.
The Caliburn - A popular community made 3D printed blaster that can hit 100fps or 250+ FPS based off how you set it up. To 3D print it you need the files for it, and you need to buy the internals to put into the 3D printed blaster shell. You can buy the Caliburn pre-made, but it’s pretty highly priced. Its $125 for kit and about the same price as the DZP for a pre-made one. It’s a pump action springer that fires half lengths and full lengths.
Many kinds of Nerf Blasters - The Retaliator is a popular blaster to mod as it can (rather) easily be made to shoot hard and take half lengths, and also be modified to be pump action. This is just one blaster that is popular to be modded, most any blaster you buy from the store, if you’re willing to put the time into it, can be modded to shoot very high FPS. The Longshot is another popular Nerf blaster to modify because it has a very large plunger tube system, allowing it to take massive springs and make it shoot super hard. Brass breeches are also very popular with this blaster, as a brass breech makes the blaster have a stronger air seal and shoot harder. If there’s a blaster you really like that you wish you could use in a high FPS nerf battle, feel free to make a post about it and people will be happy to help answer your questions and give you some ideas on how to create your dream blaster. Alright, one more, the Stryfe is a very popular blaster in the modding community because it’s a flywheeler that can be basically modified to be whatever you want it to be.
3D Printed Flywheelers - There are a ton of these that exist, so it’s hard for me to recommend specific ones, also I don’t really use flywheelers myself so I’m not the best person to give advice on this. Anybody who would like to help me out by sharing some examples of good homemade flywheelers to mention, it would be greatly appreciated and I’ll shout you out in this section after I edit it as a thanks for helping out.
-Secondaries- I notice that throughout this post I’ve neglected to mention many ideas for secondary blasters. Anything can be a secondary, but usually you’ll want a pistol or something rather small. A good sidearm I’d say would be something you can whip it out if your primary runs dry and you need to fire off some quick shots. Usually if your secondary is shooting at least like 80-90fps in outdoor games it’ll be pretty good.
Thank you for reading, I spent a long time working on this post and if it helps others out with getting into the Nerf hobby I’ll be happy. Anything you think I missed or I should mention, feel free to comment it and I’ll edit my post to reflect it. And any questions you have, please ask them. There are no stupid questions if you’re just trying to learn more about the hobby, so don’t feel bad if you feel like you have no idea about what your talking about, we’re here to help you out. With the launch of the Nexus Pro and half lengths finally showing up in store it will probably bring a lot of new people into the community so we should be welcoming and helpful to them. Again, thanks for reading. Sorry if any parts of this post were slightly over dramatic, I get that this is a sub about kids toys lol
If there’s anything small I should mention in this post that will help others out comment it and I’ll add it right here, and just anything else I think of:
Yes, semi auto springers where you pull the trigger and it primes and fires the blaster at the same time do exist. The Zombiestrike Nailbiter is a good example.
Blasters where it’s a battery powered springer that primes the blaster then fires it when you pull the trigger do exist, the Nerf Stampede is an example
Also, PSA: Don’t host or go to any Nerf events right now, it’s not a great idea because of the current situation with Covid-19. Stay safe, and Nerf on!
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[Plano, TX, 75025] FS - Mice and Mystics, Rialto, March of the Ants, Saint Malo, many more

Prefer local, prices do not include shipping. Buy 4 $5 games for $15! BGG links included for convenience.
Mice and Mystics - $35
Awesome family adventure "dungeon crawl." Includes Tattered Threads of Reason and Needle Rapier promo cards. Also includes laminated playmats printed from BGG, and envelopes for each character to hold the character card, ability cards, party items, and equipment cards (if playing in "campaign" mode). Open, in great condition.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/124708/mice-and-mystics

March of the Ants - $25
4x (explore, expand, exploit, exterminate) type game with a very strong ant theme. I really like this one and it has great cards to vary gameplay, but I can't get it to the table enough to justify keeping it. Open, in great condition.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/156496/march-ants

Rialto - $20
Card-driven area control game by the master, Stefan Feld. Sadly my wife won't play this one even though it's by her favorite designer (and it doesn't play well at 2, unlike most of his games). Open, in excellent condition. Also includes a nice homemade tuckbox for the cards.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/119591/rialto

The Walled City: Londonderry & Borderlands - SOLD
Medium-heavy area control game where the players construct the areas. Actually contains two separate (though very similar games in the box. New in shrink.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/139508/walled-city-londonderry-borderlands

Saint Malo - $10
Roll and write where you build your own city/fort. Open, excellent condition (played once).
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/117960/saint-malo

Doodle Quest - $10
Spatial/drawing game where you draw lines on a transparency and then overlay onto a picture to see how well you accomplished the objective. Quite fun, but my kids have aged out of this (in favor of Looney Quest). I imagine could be pretty fun when drunk also :-). Open, in good condition.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/152757/doodle-quest

Piratoons - $10
Compete to build the best pirate ship, with an interesting real-time bidding mechanic. Open, in excellent condition (played once).
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/172560/piratoons

duck! duck! Go! - $10
A light simultaneous action selection movement programming game with a rubber ducky theme. It reminds me of a very simplified Robo Rally as the ducks bounce off each other and the walls, causing fun chaos. Comes with actual rubber ducks! We have two copies, so selling the extra one. Note that this is the version with 4 ducks, not 6 ducks. New, though it never had shrink wrap.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/35964/duck-duck-go

Abandon Planet - $10
Social game of shifting alliances and simultaneous action selection from the designer of The Resistance and Avalon. New in shrink.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/207117/abandon-planet

Hanabi - $5
Cooperative card game in which players try to create the perfect fireworks show by placing the cards on the table in the right order, but you can't see your own cards and communication is limited. Open, excellent condition.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/98778/hanabi

Dr. Beaker - $5
Speed challenge game with nice little beakers (actually Erlenmeyer flasks) and marbles where you're trying to shift things around to match the pattern on a card. Similar to Dr Eureka but I think it takes a little less dexterity. Open, excellent condition (played once). However, it was missing one purple ingredient/marble, so it can only be played three player until an extra marble is added.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/218637/dr-beaker

That's a Question! - $5
Party/social game by Vlaada Chvatil (designer of Code Names and Pictomania). Open, excellent condition (played once).
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/226322/s-question

Zooscape - $5
Animal-themed card game based on split-and-choose mechanic. New in shrink.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/187515/zooscape

Voodoo - $5
Zany card game with dice rolling and casting curses on other players to make them act in various ways. New in shrink.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/154880/voodoo

Machi Koro Legacy - $5
Legacy version of Machi Koro. Light, dice-rolling engine builder. My family played through the entire campaign. Thus, you can play the full game as intended (after the campaign it leaves you with a full game), or reset it and play through as Legacy (see BGG for threads). It can mostly be reset, though the player boards are named and have stickers on them.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/259081/machi-koro-legacy

Yardmaster Express - $5
Quick card drafting game with very light train theme. Open, excellent condition (played once).
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/158742/yardmaster-express

Monster Derby - $5
Racing/betting game with secret agendas and variable powers using 25 different monsters. Open, excellent condition.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/4842/monster-derby

Bad Maps - $5
Pirate/treasure-themed action programming game with a twist - every player can program every character. Pretty light and a bit chaotic but fun. Open, excellent condition (played once).
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/252555/bad-maps

Land Without End: The Barbarossa Campaign, 1941
Free with purchase of another game
A two-player, low-to-intermediate complexity, strategic-level simulation of the German attempt to conquer the Soviet Union in 1941. New in shrink.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/29985/land-without-end-barbarossa-campaign-1941

Battle Cry of Freedom
Free with purchase of another game
A 2-player card game representing the American Civil War in both East and West theaters.
https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/7992/battle-cry-freedom

3 to 4 Headed Monster
Free with purchase of another game
Microgame of one vs many, where you're heads on the same monster. NIS.
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Something happened 65 million years ago, and I need your help to stop it! PART 1/3

I don’t have much time. I’m risking my life posing this. I never thought I would become a whistleblower, but here I am. This is too important to be kept a secret. My conscience won’t allow it. I’m also reaching out in the hopes that someone will be able to help me. Read the following testimony, and decide for yourself what you’re willing to do to assist me.
***
I’m Ian Foster, a paleontologist working at the University of Alberta. At least that is what I was before all of this happened. I don’t think any of this should be forgotten, although I don’t know if I can prevent that from happening.
I was working on a dig site in Mexico, excavating prehistoric invertebrates, when a woman named Kira Calder called me. She was with the Canadian Joint Incident Response Unit. I hadn’t heard of them before, but apparently, they were a sub-unit of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Command. Kira told me they had sent a plane to pick me up at the airport. She wasn’t at liberty to disclose any details over the phone, all she said was that there had been a discovery.
I couldn’t imagine what type of discovery would both involve the military and a paleontologist, but I was excited to find out.
As soon as I exited the plane at Pearson Airport, I was escorted to a military vehicle which drove me half a kilometer to a camouflage painted helicopter waiting on a defunct helipad at the edge of the airport. Armed guards had been placed around it. Kira, who turned out to be a young lieutenant, helped strap me in and sat down next to me. There was an elderly man in full uniform sitting in front of us. A general. He had black sunglasses on, but I could still tell that he was looking at me. I reached forward and offered to shake his hand. He smiled and gave me a firm handshake.
“I’m Ian!” I said as loud as I could while the rotor blades started spinning above us.
“You don’t have to yell.” I heard the general's voice in my headset. “I know who you are. I’m Jordan Simmons.” He turned to Kira and said: “You didn’t tell him yet, did you?”
“No, sir”, Kira said.
“Tell me what!” I said, still anxious to know. The helicopter was taking off now. “I don’t even know where we’re going.”
“She didn’t even tell you that?” Jordan said with a smirk on his face. “Well, what we’re dealing with is top secret so we can’t tell you anything before you’ve been given proper clearance and signed the NDA. We’ll take care of all that at the site, don’t worry. But I can tell you where we’re going. The site is located in Yukon. That’s where we are going now. Close to the border.”
“Are the Americans involved?” I asked.
Jordan laughed. “No, but by now they’ve probably noticed our recent activity in the area, so our ambition is to get this done as quickly as possible. That’s where you come in. You’ll be briefed about it at the site, so just sit back and relax for now.
Relax? I was bewildered. I began considering some far-out ideas that I would never have thought about if it wasn’t for the military presence and their secrecy. The one that intrigued me the most and that seemed the most plausible among my implausible ideas, was that they had found a living specimen of a prehistoric species that they now wanted me to identify. A living dinosaur? It was a ridiculous thought, of course, but still very exciting. It had been one of my most common fantasies during childhood, to get a chance to see a living dinosaur. Thinking about it now, I felt like a little kid again.
We landed on a field in the middle of nowhere. It was chilly, something made worse by the fact that I wasn’t dressed properly.
“You’ll be given some warmer clothes when we arrive”, Jordan said while we waited outside the helicopter.
Jordan lit a half-smoked cigar that he had kept in his breast-pocket. A military jeep appeared in the distance. The sun was about to set behind some white-capped mountains, making it darker for every passing minute. The jeep turned on its headlights and when it arrived, the stars had appeared in the sky. My heartbeat increased more and more the closer we got to wherever we were going. I imagined the so-called site to be a temporary base of operations, with military tents and some kind of storage unit where they kept the discovery.
This turned out to be wrong. About two hours later we arrived at a recently abandoned construction site in the middle of the boreal forest. The military personnel – only around thirty men and women – were using the facilities formerly used by the construction workers.
“You’ll sign all the necessary papers now”, Kira said. “After that, you’ll be shown the barracks where you’ll meet the rest of the team. You’ll all be briefed in the morning.”
After I had signed all the papers – and there were a lot of them – I was shown the barrack where the rest of my team was. They were already sleeping in their bunks, but Kira woke them up by turning on the lights. There were four people, all of them civilians just as myself. I recognized one of them from the conference I attended once. They shortly introduced themselves to me. We weren’t all paleontologists, it turned out, but everyone except one had experience in fieldwork on different dig sites. There were one more paleontologist and two archeologists. The last guy was apparently a railway enthusiast.
This set-up pretty much killed my childish dream of seeing a living dinosaur. We weren’t here because of my expertise in prehistory, but because of my experience with carefully digging things up from the ground. It made me feel ridiculous for even considering my far-out ideas. I also felt disappointed. Was this just some boring excavation of some forgotten cold war equipment or something? My confusion prevented me from getting any sleep during most of the night, and just when I felt ready to dose off Jordan opened the door and let in the light of dawn.
“Howdy!” he said, with a new cigar between his lips and a friendly grin on his face. “Please get dressed and step outside. I will brief you on the way to the location.”
Kira stood next to him with some papers in her hand. I was the first to join them outside of the barrack. It was chilly outside, but the morning sun still gave me a warm feeling. I could see my breath evaporating in the air. A few armed guards patrolled the area in the distance. I could hear some radio chatter in their direction. The next person to come out of the barrack was the train enthusiast. He was slightly overweight and maybe in his mid-twenties.
“I’m Rodney Timbrell”, he said. “I like trains.”
He had some trouble making eye contact, and he scratched his chin with his finger while he talked as if it was a nervous tick.
“I’m Ian”, I said. “I like dinosaurs.”
Rodney immediately looked me in the eye and smiled.
“What’s your favorite dinosaur?!” he said with an abnormal enthusiasm in his otherwise robotic voice.
“I–“ I began, but was interrupted by the others coming outside.
There was a woman my age named Jiang Chen and two middle-aged men named Stefan Williams and Miguel Boisclair. They all looked sleep-deprived.
“Okay!” Jordan said and began walking up toward the forest. Kira was a bit surprised by this and quickly ran up to him. “Come on, let’s get going,” Jordan continued.
We all followed.
“What do you think they’ve found?” Jiang whispered to me.
“I have no idea, to be honest,” I said. I didn’t want to admit what I had been thinking. “It’s probably some military equipment, maybe an aircraft or some weapon–“
“Two weeks ago the construction workers at this site accidentally unearthed something”, Jordan said as he continued to walk. “It’s the kind of thing you wouldn’t believe if I told you, so I’m going to show you. It’s not dangerous, though, so no need to be alarmed. It’s just… Well, it’s strange. Frankly, I’m hoping you’ll be able to give me a better explanation than I’m able to give you. Perhaps it’s nothing, and we can all go home tomorrow.”
We came to a clearing where the construction workers had just begun digging the foundation to a building. The military had put the hole under a camouflaged tent, and three armed guards surrounded it. It made me feel uneasy.
“Come on,” Jordan said. “Step forward and look down this hole.”
It wasn’t deep, but they had reached the bedrock. I couldn’t see anything out of the ordinary.
“You can’t see it, can you?” Jordan said. “It’s small, and I bet it’s too strange for your brains to even consider the pattern. But it’s there. Look at the corner.” He pointed with his cigar. “Look carefully.”
We all gathered at the corner of the hole and looked down. It wasn’t obvious, but after being told to look for something out of the ordinary it only took us a few seconds to recognize it. Rodney was the first to speak:
“Those are train wheels.”
“That’s what it looks like,” Jordan said. “Train wheels. Or to be more precise: fossilized train wheels.”
The pattern was obvious. Two train wheels, seen from the side. I didn’t know what to believe. If it truly was a fossil, it was older than any train that had ever existed.
Miguel laughed. “You brought us all the way here for this? Tabernacle! It’s obviously fake!”
“And how did you reach that conclusion?” Jordan said calmly.
“Because there weren’t any trains that far back in the past.”
“Well that’s the conundrum,” Jordan said. “There shouldn’t be fossilized trains, and yet here we are looking at one.”
“Well, it’s a hoax!” Miguel said. “Or someone’s art project.”
“The construction workers didn’t just dig this hole and found the train wheels like this,” Kira said. “They removed a layer of the bedrock and found this underneath. Unless someone was able to carve the inside of the rock, this fossil is genuine.”
“Or the construction workers removed a piece of rock that had been placed on top of it,” Jiang said. “I mean, what you’re suggesting here is impossible. Any other explanation is better.”
Jordan sighed and said: “We know this is real. Before we decided to bring you here, we successfully – albeit a bit unprofessionally – removed some more of the layer of rock and were able to reveal more of the wheels. So no-one has carved this pattern into the rock.”
“But sir,” I said with some hesitation. “These are the kind of rock we’ve found dinosaurs in close to Alberta. It’s millions of years old. I can’t say anything for sure without a closer examination, but I’m pretty confident that–“
“Before we brought you here,” Jordan said, “we had some of the rocks sent to a lab for dating. I’m no expert, but… Kira, help me out here, would you?”
“Sir, they used radiometric dating methods,” she said.
“And?” Jiang asked. “How old is it?”
“It’s–“ Kira cleared her throat as if she was about to say something she couldn’t wrap her own mind around. “It’s approximately sixty-five million years old.”
Jiang crouched down and put her hands on her forehead in disbelief. I felt the same way… I think we all did. There was a moment of silence, and then Jordan spoke:
“It’s a tough nut to crack.” He took a puff on his cigar. “That’s why we brought you here. We suspect there’s an entire train car hidden beneath the rock. And we need you to unearth it for us.”
“It’s a subway!” Rodney exclaimed with a huge smile on his face while scratching his face excessively. “The wheel arrangement hints at an electric train, most likely a subway car considering the size.”
Everyone looked at him.
“You can tell that just from this small part of the–“ Jordan said.
“Yes!” Rodney said. “I can tell.” He giggled.
“Well, there you go!” Jordan said. “I must admit I was skeptical of bringing you on board instead of a professional, but you’re already proving yourself useful. Is there anything more you can say about this train?”
“N-no,” Rodney said and began to rock back and forth a little bit with a concerned look on his face. “I don’t know.”
Jiang reached for his arm, trying to calm him down.
“Don’t touch me.” Rodney stepped back and began walking away.
“Kira?” Jordan said. Kira nodded and followed Rodney back to the barracks. “No one in Canada knows more about trains than Rodney,” Jordan continued. “He can identify any train from just seeing a tiny part of it. But, as you might have noticed, he’s a bit challenged. We all need to be calm around him, and for the love of God, don’t touch him. He hates that.”
All of this was difficult to digest, to say the least. A fossilized subway car, at least sixty-five million years old? Even though the evidence was as clear as day, I still couldn’t bring myself to believe it. But after working on the dig for about a week, it slowly dawned on me that this was actually happening.
With unlimited funding, the dig was a dream come true for all of us. The mystery of it all made it even more exciting. But it was hard work, probably the hardest work I’ve ever done on the field. We were short-staffed, given the general's order to keep as few as possible in the know, and we took a beating because of the cold weather. Still, we worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk every day. Little by little, more of the train car was revealed.
I worked closest to Jiang, to begin with because she was the only other paleontologist on the site but later on because we clicked in a way that I hadn’t clicked with a woman in a long time. We had a lot more in common than just our field of work, it turned out, and over time I began daydreaming of asking her out when all of this was over. She worked pretty far from me – at a university in Ontario – but if things worked out I thought I wouldn’t mind moving there. All of this was maybe wishful thinking, but I thought I saw some signs that my feelings were mutual.
About three months in, while exposing one of the windows in the middle section of the train car, we began seeing a truly disturbing pattern. It was one of the passengers. The only one we found. We could only see the person vaguely; as a partly eroded face, looking straight at us through the window. It was twisted into an expression of horror. After having excavated a larger part of this section, we could see that the person held something up against the window. All we could tell from looking at the fossilized object was that it was rectangular in shape. There were no details indicating what it could’ve been. They had vanished a long, long time ago. We all stood around the face in a circle, looking at it without saying anything
“Well I'll be damned,” Jordan finally said after having lit another cigar. “A person. It doesn’t look like he wanted to be there.” He paused and looked at Kira who stood next to him. “Do you think this changes things?”
“I wonder who it was,” Jiang said. “A time traveler?”
We had talked a lot about where the subway car could’ve come from. Miguel was still insisting on explanations that didn’t violate any laws of physics, but over time his explanations had become more and more constrained. After all, it only looked like one thing: time travel. Before this, none of us would’ have believed in it, of course, but aside from Miguel, it had now become our working hypothesis. We hadn’t been given any chance to talk about it with Jordan though, who didn’t want to discuss the military’s theories with us. It wasn’t until now, when staring at the face in the ground, that he spoke about it.
“An involuntary time traveler,” he said. “This does change things.”
“What aren’t you telling us?” I asked. “We need to be in the know if you want us to be able to do a good–“
“Alright, well…” he said. “All we have is speculations, really. Our team of experts back in Ottawa theorized that it was a result of some future experiments with time travel. A test to see if an object of the size of a train car could be sent back in time. Now, if that would’ve been the case there wouldn’t have been any passengers on it. So, yeah, this changes things.”
“Couldn’t they have used the train car–“ Stefan began.
“As a time machine?” Jordan said. “This isn’t Back to the Future. They wouldn’t pick a subway car as their vehicle of choice. Somehow, this happened by accident. And, frankly, that worries me.”
He stormed off and a few minutes later we could hear him yell something on the phone inside his barrack. We didn’t hear what he said, but it was clear that he was agitated.
We continued to dig for three more months before anything else happened. Early one morning, Jiang called out my name. She was working on what looked like the front of the subway car. I walked over to her and asked what was up.
“I just removed some rock matrix here,” she said. “And, well, take a look. What do you see?”
“It looks like letters,” I said.
There were three letters, all with some spaces between them.
“Exactly. The first one is B.”
The rest of the letters weren’t capitalized. They were “h” and “z”.
“I think it spelled a word once, but some of the letters are missing,” Jiang said.
“That would mean–“ I said.
A shadow appeared in front of us. We looked up. It was Rodney. He looked down on us with a huge smile on his face.
“Oh,” Jiang said. “Hey, Rodney.”
“Hey!” he said. “Those are letters.”
“Yes, they are,” Jiang said. “Are they telling you something?”
He began scratching his chin out of excitement. “Yes.”
“What?” I asked.
“Subway cars often have serial numbers or other types of designations such as names,” Rodney said.
“Right,” Jiang said, and then she continued in a whisper: “Rodney, can you make a promise?”
“Yes.” He smiled even more now.
“Don’t tell anyone about this. Don’t tell Miguel, don’t tell Stefan, don’t tell Kira, and, most importantly, don’t tell Jordan.”
“Wait,” I said. “What’s going on?”
Jiang picked up her rock hammer and smashed it down on the letters, destroying them.
“Whoah!” I said. “What are you–“
“Shh,” she hissed. “Don’t you understand?”
“What?” I said. “You just damaged the most important fossil ever discovered!”
“Time travel,” Rodney said, grinning.
I looked up at him, confused.
“Look, Ian…” Jiang said. “What do you think will happen when we’re done here?”
“I-I don’t know, but–“
“They will fly this beauty to some secret base, and that will be the last we see of it. We will be sent home, forced to keep this to ourselves or else be sent to some maximum-security prison for the criminally insane. We are just the dig team.”
I began to see her point, but I still didn’t dare to think it.
“Right now, somewhere in the world and for some unknown reason,” she said, “there’s a subway car that at some point in time will travel back sixty-five million years. And these letters might be the only way to figure out which one it is.”
“You don’t know that,” I said. “It might already have happened or it might not happen until a hundred years from now.”
“True,” Jiang said. “But don’t you want to know for sure?”
“Say we find it,” I said. “What are you suggesting we do then?”
There was a moment of silence, and then I heard Rodney’s robotic voice over my head again:
“Time travel!”
Jiang had been right. After we had unearthed the subway car, we helped them fly it out of there and was sent home without any acknowledgment whatsoever. They interviewed Rodney for every new part we dug up, but he never said anything about the letters. He seemed to enjoy keeping the secret, feeling as if he was a part of our little group. And he was. Spending six months this close together, the dig team – including Rodney – felt a little bit like family.
Back at home, I missed that. The only person I kept contact with was Jiang. By now I was in love with her, but I still hadn’t brought it up. Since we lived too far away from each other to hang out, we had to resort to texting and occasionally talk on the phone. Even if nothing more happened between us, I was happy to stay in touch with her. It was nice to have someone to share the experience with. Of course, we didn’t just share memories about what had happened, we also talked about the letters.
I never returned to the dig site in Mexico. Somehow, digging up prehistoric invertebrates didn’t feel as exciting anymore. I couldn’t stop thinking about the subway car and neither could Jiang. We spent a lot of our free time researching different subway systems, trying to find a subway car that had a word with the letters “B”, “h” and “z” written on it. It was like finding a needle in a haystack. We didn’t have any success, and after a few months, I began to think that the subway car we were looking for hadn’t been built yet. It was time for me to move on, I thought, but just a few days later I received a phone call.
“What’s your favorite dinosaur?”
“Rodney, is that you?”
“Yes!”
“I’m happy to hear from you, how are you doing?”
“I found it.”
“You found it?”
“Yes!”
“A-are you talking about the subway car?”
“Yes!”
“Well, where is it?”
“It’s in Stockholm!” Rodney’s childish excitement made me smile. “The name of the car is Balthazar. It fits with the letters and the spaces between them. All the subway cars within the Stockholm metro have different names. This particular car is named after Professor Balthazar in the Croatian animated television series. It was made for children and focuses on an old inventor. It was produced between sixty-seven and seventy–“
“Okay, slow down,” I said. “I don’t need to know all the details about that. Are you saying this subway car is being used – right now – in the Stockholm metro?”
“Yes, aren’t you paying attention?”
I was texting Jiang as I spoke with Rodney: “Talking to Rodney right now. He has found it!”
“Rodney, have you talked to anybody else?”
“No, it’s our secret.”
“Okay, good. Where are you now?”
“In Stockholm!”
“What?!” I was more than surprised to hear this. “How did you–“
“First, I took a taxi to the Toronto Pearson Airport, there I bought a ticket to–“
“Right,” I said. “Well, have you localized the subway car?”
“I’ll wait for you and Dr. Chen. I’m staying at the Radisson Blu Waterfront Hotel. Get over here now! I don’t like to wait. Okay?”
I was excited to go to Stockholm to investigate the subway car. Given how extraordinary this discovery was, it would have been foolish not to go, and equally foolish to return before we had the answers we wanted. Hence, this had to be, if not a lifetime commitment, so at least a research project spanning years.
Jiang texted me and said that she was already packing, but I still needed some time to think it all over. In the end, however, I decided to take a leave of absence from the university. Jiang gave me some additional motivation to go, just by going herself. If I came along, it would mean I would get to meet her again and maybe get a chance to be with her like I had wanted for so long.
I bought the plane ticket to Stockholm, and almost packed my entire wardrobe since I didn’t know when I would return. A part of me wondered if I should have prepared more for the possibility of traveling back in time, but the idea of catching the subway car at the right time – if there even was such a time – still seemed insane to me. It would most likely take several years of traveling and even then there weren’t any guarantees. I was happy just going there to see if we could find some clues.
I didn’t meet Jiang until I came to Stockholm a few days later. It was just as nice to see her again as I had thought. Embracing her, even only as a friend, convinced me that I had made the right decision. We went to the hotel Rodney was staying at together. He opened the door with a huge smile. He had a white t-shirt on saying “I love trains” with a locomotive printed on it.
We started talking about what to do, and how to do it, almost immediately. I was just about to suggest my modest plan of trying to find clues – perhaps by investigating the tunnel system – when Jiang interrupted me by saying:
“I think the first question we need to ask ourselves is how we can make sure to be on the train the day it goes back in time.”
“Hold on,” I said. “We don’t know if it’s going to travel back in time. I mean, it’s still possible that one of Miguels more down-to-earth explanations is true. And even if it does travel back in time, it could be years – even decades – from now. During all that time, we would have to travel on this specific subway car every day.”
“So?” Jiang said. “I'm ready to sell my house if it means–“
“Oh, come on!” I said. “We would have to live like homeless people, giving up everything for the slight chance–“
Rodney’s smile had grown bigger and bigger while listening to us, and now he finally spoke up:
“You don’t need to worry. The Traffic Administration has ordered forty-eight new trains of model C30 at a cost of five billion Swedish crowns. The trains are manufactured in Germany and deliveries have already started. Right now, tests are being carried out without passengers. Thereafter, tests with passengers will be done and evaluated before the trains can be taken into full operation, probably in about one or two years. Initially, the new trains will only roll along the Red line, which happens to be the same line where Balthazar is being used.”
“That means we have a time frame!” Jiang said. “We know that the subway car will travel back in time before it’s put out of commission since there was a passenger inside the fossil.”
“T-two years is still a long time, and–“ I swallowed heavily. “We would basically have to live within the metro system during that time. How will we support ourselves? I mean – for crying out loud – how will we even be able to go to the bathroom?”
“They have public restrooms here and there,“ Jiang said.
“I-I don't know.”
“We will figure it out,” Rodney said. “It will be fun!"
“Still,” I said, “we will basically live like the beggars who are traveling the subway all day.”
“But we won’t be beggars,” Jiang said. “We’ll be on a scientific expedition, albeit an unusual one. And two years is just the worst-case scenario, and it isn’t that long.”
Rodney had grown impatient by all the talking and exclaimed: “I want to live on this train and go see some dinosaurs. I love trains and dinosaurs!”
I didn’t think it was responsible of us to bring Rodney along. He had been of great help to us, but he didn’t seem to understand how dangerous our plans were and if we would succeed with the impossible I couldn’t imagine him surviving for long.
“It’s not safe,” I said in a last attempt to save him from his own determination. “We might not make it.”
“I don’t care,” he said, rocking back and forth. “I want to go, I want to go as soon as possible. I can help, trust me, I know a lot about dinosaurs as well.”
We began traveling with Balthazar. It was a strange feeling seeing the subway car in our own time, knowing where it might end up. It was as if I was seeing something that had already happened. In the beginning, each trip from the start of the line to the end of the line filled me with excitement. Even though it was still difficult for me to imagine actual time travel, I still watched the other passengers and imagined myself spending the rest of my life with them sixty-five million years into the past.
We spend the time not traveling preparing and making it easier for us to be underground as much as possible. In the end, Jiang did sell her house to support us, and since I knew how to code I began working as a freelance developer which could be done on while sitting on the subway. We stayed at the hotel for a month before we were able to find a cheap enough apartment to rent second hand. To survive, we had to live frugally. We didn’t even bother with buying furniture, except for three collapsible beds and a table from IKEA. The idea was that we would only use the apartment for sleeping and meetings. There were a lot of things to figure out, for example, what to bring to the Late Cretaceous. It was a trip of a lifetime, both figuratively and literally. Most likely, if we were to be successful, we wouldn’t be able to get back to our own time. Getting ahold of firearms legally in Sweden proved to be too difficult, so we had to resort to other means. Surprisingly, it was Rodney who solved this problem after some intense research on the dark web. A criminal organization agreed to sell some hand grenades and two automatic submachine guns that were small enough for us to hide in our bags. A larger rifle would have been better, but it would have been too risky to travel with it. Other than the weapons, we also spent some time getting our hands on a research tent and some rolls of solar panels. Those items – together with two plastic buckets that we planned on collecting rainwater in – made our packing heavy, which wasn’t optimal.
We lived like this, like underground dwellers, for a long time. Days became weeks and weeks became months. People began to recognize us, probably assuming we were living on the streets. Some people even gave us coins. My beard, which was long and shabby at this time, most likely contributed to this.
This became our life. It was painful, humiliating, and degrading. We lost so much weight that we almost didn’t recognize ourself’s in the mirror. Jiang remained equally beautiful in my eyes, though. But it wasn’t a healthy lifestyle for any of us. The only thing that kept us going was the explorers' dream to go where no one had gone before and to see what no one had seen before.
After one year, Jiang became depressed. I felt the same. It wasn’t that she was giving up, it was just such a hard life. She cried a lot at night. I tried to comfort her, but for some reason it always felt uncomfortable. I had never confessed my feelings for her, mostly because she never showed me any signs of sharing them, but I think she knew which made my approaches awkward. Rodney didn’t seem to be as bothered by our way of life. He said it was similar to how he used to live before. He shifted his interest completely from trains to survivalism and living in the wild. During this time he read every book on the topic and had practically memorized everything.
Just before Jiang and I gave up under the pressure, almost at the two-year mark someone I recognized stepped on the train. For a few seconds I couldn’t place her, but then Rodney said:
“Kira?”
How had she found us? The train – filled with students going to Stockholm University – left the platform. A pretty long tunnel, the one between Tekniska Högskolan and Universitetet, lay ahead. Would this be the end of the line for us? I assumed Kira had come to arrest us. Or had they kept track of us to see if we would solve the mystery? But why show up now and not when we found Balthazar?
Kira picked up a gun from her jacket, pointed it at me, and yelled from the top of her lungs:
“Dr. Foster, get over here right–“
I remember the next moment as if it happened in slow-motion. A shockwave, coming out of nowhere, made the entire train shake. It was as if we derailed, and yet we kept moving forward. The lights in the ceiling flickered in and out. Some of the passengers screamed out of fear of Kira’s gun and some out of fear of the violent shaking. A lot of people fell down on top of each other. This was the day. I didn’t have time to think it, but I felt it deep down. This otherwise ordinary day in May was the day it happened. I felt bad for the rest of the passengers. They hadn’t asked to be a part of this. The lights went out completely and were replaced by total darkness. Panic erupted. People were stepping on each other, trying to get up. Here and there phones lit up, revealing frightened faces. I grabbed Jiang’s hand and pulled her toward me.
“It is happening!” I heard Rodney yell. “It is happening!”
A bang. First, I thought Kira’s gun had gone off. But it was too loud for that. Some of the windows exploded inwards from the sound. My ears were ringing. And then, in the blink of an eye, sunlight flooded the subway car and everything stopped moving. It took some time for our eyes to adjust to the bright light. A strange calm of confusion spread through the subway car. Slowly, I began to see shapes and colors outside.
“It’s beautiful,” Jiang said with tears in her eyes. “We made it.”
Everyone got up on their feet, trying to orient themselves and understand what had happened. Kira was acting differently though, she was in a different kind of distress. It was almost as if she expected something would happen. She panicked and tried to push her way through the crowd to get away from the window, but she couldn’t.
“Dr. Foster! You have to–”
I couldn’t hear the rest because of all the commotion around us. I saw tears forming in Kira’s eyes, and then she slowly turned around to face the window. She put her gun to her own head, but she didn’t have time to pull the trigger. Someone screamed, a scream that spread to everyone else. And in the next moment, my childhood dream came true.
“It’s blue!” Rodney said.
The feathered head of a Tyrannosaurus rex – with a blue haze to it – stuck its head inside the window and grabbed Kira with its gruesome teeth.
Everyone tried to get away from the window. A young girl – maybe just fifteen years old – cried as she fell down. She couldn’t get up, and after having been trampled her cries slowly faded out. An old lady was pressed up against the wall with so much force that she coughed up blood. People began jumping out of the windows on the other side of the subway car. They tried to run, but after just a few meters they saw something that made them run back.
I began feeling a bit unsteady, dizzy almost. It was the effect of the high oxygen levels in this time period. I wasn’t the only one feeling it. An elderly man fainted right in front of me. It would take some time to get used to the atmosphere, I thought.
“Please!” Jiang yelled. “Duck and cover!”
No one listened. The subway car shook. It was the Tyrannosaurus rex. It wasn’t alone. They were circling us, pushing the subway car as if to investigate its structure. My terror was mixed with a sense of wonder. They were majestic.
One of them stopped in an instant and tilted its head just like a bird would have done. It made a loud sound. It wasn’t a roar, more like a hoarse grunt. It made its mate stop as well, and then they took off in a haste. Everyone was crying, asking themselves what was going on. I ran to the window to get a clearer look at the outsides. We were in the middle of what looked like a savannah surrounded by dense jungle.
“We’re back in Canada,” Jiang said next to me. “Or, you know, in what will become Canada.”
“Somewhere in the north of the supercontinent Laurasien,” I said. “Why did they run away like that?”
“No idea,” Jiang said. “But look at that, what is that?”
She pointed at a strange mountain in the horizon. It was perfectly black, which made it stand out in comparison to the mountains next to it. Dark spires rose to the sky around it, and huge clusters of what I could only assume was some kind of pterosaurs circled the top.
“I don’t know–“ I said, and before I could say anything else I was interrupted by something that felt like a tiny earthquake.
“Herregud!” someone yelled in Swedish.
Everyone began to panic again. I pushed my way to the other side of the subway car and looked outside. Kira’s body lay on the ground, her head missing. But that wasn’t what had made everyone afraid. Something was coming out of the jungle. Thousands upon thousands of predatory-like dinosaurs came running toward us, shaking the ground as they ran across it. Jiang joined me after having to force herself through everyone trying to escape the subway car to get away.
“Are they Velociraptors?” she said. “I’m pretty sure they are.“
“But they shouldn’t be here,” I said. “They lived ten million years earlier, and not in this part of the world.”
“They look wrong too,” Jiang said.
“Don’t just stand there!” someone yelled at us. “We need to get the fuck out of here!”
I didn’t listen.
“They’re too white,” I said. “It looks like their feathers have been picked. And what are those black patches covering parts of their bodies? I can’t make it out. It looks like some kind of slime. And why are they moving like a herd?”
They were coming closer at an alarming speed. Almost all the passengers had climbed outside on the other side now and began running for their lives, but we stayed. The inside of the subway car was probably still the safest place we agreed on without even having to discuss it.
“They aren’t moving like a herd,” Jiang said with a tremor in her voice. “They’re moving like a swarm.”
The strangest thing was that amongst them, there were other dinosaurs too. I could see several Triceratops – common for this era – and a few Stegosaurus which should have disappeared millions of years earlier. They all looked equally white as if they didn’t have any pigment at all except for the black goo.
“They’re so pale,” I said. “They almost look dead.”
“This is insane,” Jiang said. “What the hell is going on here?”
“We won’t be able to figure this out now,” I said. “They’ll reach us in a matter of minutes. I think we should climb up on the roof, do you think we can do that?”
We left our bags in the subway car and helped each other up on the roof while the swarm kept getting closer. I climbed up first. Jiang yelled for Rodney to come out while I helped her up. Rodney clumsily fell out of one of the windows. He nervously looked at the swarm of dinosaurs, then at us.
“Come on Rodney!” Jiang yelled. “Take my hand!”
He ran up to us and stared at Jiang’s hand with more panic than when he had seen the approaching dinosaurs.
“I don’t like being touched!” he said.
“You can do it, Rodney!” Jiang said. “Trust me.”
Only seconds remained now. Some of the black mass covering the dinosaurs formed crystal-like spikes that grew out from their heads. Nothing made sense. Rodney scratched his chin frantically, spun around in some kind of frustration, and mumbled something we couldn’t hear.
“He can’t do it,” I said. “He’s going to die.”
“Rodney!” Jiang yelled with a desperate plea in her eyes. “You have to take my hand now if you want to live!”
The first Velociraptor ran past the subway car at an incredible speed, the second one – only a second away – had its eyes set on Rodney. Its large, drooling mouth, filled with razor-sharp teeth, reminded me of a sinister smile. Rodney closed his eyes and screamed, then he reached for Jiang’s hand. She grabbed it, stood up and tried to pull him up, but he was too heavy for her. I quickly reached for Jiang’s hands to help her. For a second, I thought it was too late. Rodney was halfway up. The Velociraptor jumped in an attempt to bite his leg. I threw myself backward, pulling Jiang with me and Rodney up on the roof just a fraction of a second before he would have been trapped in the jaws of that fearsome beast.
PART 2
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2020...so far

So how bad has it been? When I started this, it was because I was bored. I wanted to see just how much shit has happened. Midway through, I was shocked. Then finally sad and angry.
-Enjoy!
2020
Jan 1 -Australia is on fucking fire. Like all of it. And Hong Kong is too?
Jan 2 I think Turkey just murdered an Iranian general in broad daylight. Great start so far, 2020. HK police are reported to have used excessive force. See, America is still an influence on the world!
Jan 7. I heard there is a virus named because you drink Corona beer?? Shit sign me up, I can use a few days off.
Jan. 8. Remember when Iran launched two missiles at a US Base? Also, Russia may have shot down a Ukrainian airline killing 173 but I'm not sure.
Jan 11. That virus just killed someone. Shit don’t sign me up.
Jan 16. Seriously, does anyone remember that the impeachment of President Trump was this year? I sure as shit didn't.
Jan 20. The first 'Rona case in the US. Yes, this thing has a meme.
Jan 23. Lockdown in Wuhan. Not the rap song, an actual lockdown of 11 million
Jan. 26 fuck.
Jan 31 I am sorry, did you say Brexit actually HAPPENED?
Well January, you sucked. Taking Kobe was a real dick punch, but February has to be better.
Feb 4. Iowa Caucus-shmacus, what is the hold up here?
Feb. 5 How do you fuck this up? Trump really gets to stay. Wow.
Feb 11 Due to the impact on Latin-created beer the virus is now known as Covid-19
Feb 24 Is this really the highlight of the year? Harvey goes to jail for being a rapist.
Feb 27 Dow drops over 1100 in one day. Speculators rejoice! Meanwhile in Syria, Russia shows how much fucks it gives again and strikes 33 Turkish soldiers dead.
God damn it, what the hell 2020?
Mar 5 ICC allows for the Afghan War Crimes inquiry allowing US citizens to be investigated. Bet you didn’t know that one, huh?
March 9 Dow drops 2013 in one day making Feb 27 look like baby cakes.
March 10 Hey, remember when they locked down an entire city? Italy said, "I think that we can top it."
March 11 The WHO declares the coronavirus a pandemic. What. The. Fuck.
Mar 12 Dow drops 2352 in one day making 1929 look like baby cakes. Also, MLB postpones their season and I can decide which is more important here.
Mar 13 RIP Breonna Taylor. President Chump, err... Trump declares national emergency finally.
Mar 14 Spain lock-down
Mar 15 Ides of March, aye?
Mar 16 Dow drops 2352 in one day making... wait, is this the new norm?
Mar 17 Iran announces millions may be infected. 90% of cases so far in the Middle East are here. Sorry Iran, shitty year for everyone, we will get through it.
Mar 20 20k dead from Covid-19 so far. Oh man this is going to be bad. CA becomes first US state to lock-down. Ahh, no place like home.
Mar 24 India goes into full lock-down. India. Yeah, the billion-plus India. Plus, no Olympics this year. Bummer.
Mar 27 North Macedonia becomes the 30th country to join NATO. God damn it I am reaching for something good but I got nothing. NOTHING!
Mar 30 A passenger train derails near Chenzhou, China, killing one person and leaving 127 people injured. Oil drops below $23, lowest since 2002 - ladies and gentlemen, start your engines.
Eyes closed:
April will be better. April will be better. April will be better. April will be better. April will be better.
Open eyes:
FUCK!!
Apr. 1 What the hell is Tiger King?
Apr 2 Covid-19 coming in hot, number of cases passes 1M worldwide
Apr. 4 Turkey hides Ministry of Interior after riots erupt in a large prison due to fears of Covid-19.
Apr 5 QE II addresses the UK for the 5th time in 68 years. Also, do people really think 5G will give you Covid-19?
Apr 6 Russian Imperial Movement is labeled a terrorist group. They are, but it also happened today.
Apr 7 Japan passes $990B in relief of Covid-19. or 20% of their GDP.
Apr 8 Say it ain’t so, Joe? Biden becomes presumptive dem nominee as Bernie drops out.
Apr 9 NY state declares more Covid-19 cases than any country in the world. Yep, you read that right.
Apr 10 Russia shows how much fucks it gives yet again by saying they do not have plans to discuss oil market turmoil. Death toll for Covid-19 hits 100k worldwide. And the first case of Ebola since Feb...wait, what the fuck? One virus at a goddamn time, 2020!
Apr 12 Pope Francis live streams the Urbi et Orbi blessing for the second time in just a month. This is only supposed to happen at Christmas or Easter. Jesus. Christ. Literally.
Apr 14 US President Trump announces the US is suspending funding of the World Health Organization (WHO). Yeah you read that right. Suspend during a fucking pandemic. Your President ladies and gentlemen. IMF also says we are going into something akin to the Great Depression.
Apr 15 Tax Day delayed, so there is that. Covid-19 passes 2M cases worldwide. Tour de France also delayed. I guess steroids don’t work on the virus.
Apr 17 UN announces Myanmar has been carrying out daily airstrikes that at least 32 civilians (mostly women and children) have been killed since March 23
Apr 19 Israel hits the streets in protest to Bibi and his corrupt government. 17 dead in a killing spree in Nova Scotia. Unrest starts to break out in Paris, Berlin and other cities opposing the lockdown
Apr. 20 So let me get this straight, oil is so cheap you will pay me to take it? I see you, 2020, I see you. Also, The Industrial Bank of Korea to pay US$86M and will enter a 2yr deferred prosecution agreement to settle with US DoJ and the state of NY for a 2011 scheme to help transfer US$1B to Iran. Bibi finds a way somehow again to stay. Tom Thabane resigns from Lesotho as PM, showing that killing your ex-wife is wrong there too.
Apr 21 Mozambique police say 52 male villagers were killed by Islamist militants for not joinging.
Apr 22 Iran's Islamic RG Corps deploys the country's first military satellite.
Apr 25 separatist Southern Transitional Council (STC) announces the establishment of a self-rule administration in southern Yemen. This is bad, like, really bad. Also, the global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 200,000.
Apr 27 The Pentagon formally releases three videos of "unidentified aerial phenomena" encountered by the United States Navy. Cases of COVID-19 passes 3 million worldwide
Apr 28 Protests erupt in major cities across Lebanon for the second day over the country's continuing economic problems.
Apr. 29 Who didn’t see this one coming? An asteroid zooms past Earth with an approach of 0.042 AU (6.3 million km; 16 LD). That’s pretty effing close, man.
Apr 30 The government of Sudan criminalizes female genital mutilation. OH MY GOD SOMETHING POSITIVE!!!!!!
I don’t want to do this anymore.
May 3-4 Silvercorp USA and Operation Gideon. Blackwater eat your heart out. Silvercorp, you too. Please. Literally. I think we lost the driver of this bus somewhere in 2019.
May 5 The UK death toll from COVID-19 became the highest in Europe at 32,313 after exceeding the death toll of 29,029 in Italy.
May 6 New evidence indicates that an Algerian-born French fishmonger, who had not traveled to China and did not have contact with any Chinese nationals, was treated for pneumonia from an unknown source, now identified as COVID-19, on December 27, 2019.
May 7 11 people die and over 5,000 fall ill from a styrene gas leak in India
May 9 Chinese and Indian soldiers are injured in a cross-border clash at Nathu La
May 10 The Iranian Navy frigate Jamaran accidentally strikes the Iranian support vessel Konarak with a missile, killing nineteen sailors in friendly fire. The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 4 million worldwide. Wuhan, the original epicenter of the pandemic, reports its first coronavirus cases in more than a month
May 12 Gunmen storm a maternity hospital and kill 24 people in Kabul. In Kuz Kunar a suicide bomber kills 32 at a funeral.
May 14 The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 300,000.
May 18 UN announces 700k affected in recent 2020 East Africa floods
May 25 RIP George Floyd
May 26 And the people react.
May 27 RIP Tony McDade. RIP Calvin Horton, Jr. RIP David McAtee. RIP David Patrick Underwood. RIP Myqwon Blanchard.
Also, China closes autonomous Hong Kong with legislation. U.S. death toll passes for Covid-19 100,000 - more Americans than were killed in the Vietnam War and Korean War combined and approaching WW1 levels.
May 28 The Denver Post photographer is struck with pepper bullets. Not an accident.
May 29 Omar Jiménez arrested while giving a live CNN television report in Minneapolis. Linda Tirado, a freelance photojournalist, was hit in the eye with a rubber bullet or a pellet by the police in the same city. In Louisville, Kentucky, an officer fired pepper bullets at a reporter from NBC affiliate WAVE who was reporting live on air for her station.
May 30 RIP Barry Perkins. RIP James Scurlock. RIP Sarah Grossman. RIP Chris Beaty. RIP Marvin Francois. RIP John Tiggs. NYPD vehicles were recorded ramming into protesters. a Reuters crew were fired on with rubber bullets in Minneapolis. Deutsche Welle journalist Stefan Simons and his team were shot at by police in Minneapolis. Lesson of the day: DO NOT EVER GO TO MINNEAPOLIS.
May 31 RIP Dorian Murell. Police pull Taniyah Pilgrim and Messiah Young over, breaking the windows, yanking Taniyah out of the car and tasing Messiah. Justin Howell. Minneapolis PD thinks they are in GTA San Andreas and do drive-by chemical sprays. Adolfo Guzman-Lopez, a reporter for Los Angeles NPPRI affiliate KPCC was hit in the throat with a rubber bullet. Los Angeles Times reporter Molly Hennessy-Fiske reported reporters and camera crews being at the receiving end of tear gas by Minnesota State Patrol, while the same happened to an KABC-TV news crew in Santa Monica. Detroit Free Press journalists were pepper sprayed by the city's police, as was KSTP reporter Ryan Raiche along with other journalists. BBC cameraman, Peter Murtaugh, was purposely attacked by police on May 31 outside the White House. Murtaugh filmed a line of police officers charging without warning, whereby a shield-wielding officer tackled Murtaugh to the ground. Also, the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 6 million worldwide
We are killing each other.
I. Don’t. Want. To. Do. This. Anymore.
June 1 David McAtee RIP. Italia Marie Kelly RIP. In Cicero, Illinois, two men were fatally shot in separate incidents following an "afternoon of unrest" - Jose Gutierrez and Victor Cazares Jr RIP. In Las Vegas, police shot and killed Jorge Gomez RIP. Australian journalist Amelia Brace and cameraman Tim Myers assaulted by United States Park Police. President Dickhead clears a path to an old church for a photo op with a bible. That path is cleared by tear gas, rubber bullets, and flash grenades.
June 2 Blackout Tuesday. Unidentified looter in Philly shot and killed and another severely injured while attempting to break into an ATM. RIP David Dorn. RIP Sean Monterrosa. Leslie Furcron shot between the eyes with a bean bag. Grand Rapids PD goes ballistic and pepper sprays everyone. $5B class action lawsuit is filed against Alphabet Inc. and Google, alleging the company violates users' right to privacy .
June 3 RIP Robert Forbes. General Keith Ellison increases the charge against Derek Chauvin. Cyclonic Storm Nisarga hits Mumbai. 20,000 tons of oil leaked into the Ambarnaya River.
June 4 Buffalo PD shows just how tough they are when they almost kill a 75 year old man. Then say Martin Gugino attacked them, only to change the story yet again when the video comes out. I see a running theme here with these folks. Also, Prez Chump puts new fencing to expand the White House perimeter, and continues to hide in a bunker.
June 7 COVID-19 pandemic: The global death toll from COVID-19 exceeds 400,000.
June 8 In Seattle, wannabe anarchists attempt to steal BLM movement with Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone. COVID-19 pandemic: The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 passes 7 million worldwide
June 9 George is finally laid to rest, RIP.
June 11 NASCAR bans Stars and Bars 150 years after those traitorous assholes lost. I guess better late than never. But 150 fucking years! Oh yeah and some jackass named Ray Ciccarelli quits because of it. Ugh, it never ends does it?
June 12 Ok at this point 2020, can you please just give me a week where nothing happens that signals The End is near? How about a rainbow, you got any of those anymore?
-OUT
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Ignore this post, I’m working on a post for the nerf sub and using this to edit it and then I’ll copy it and post it

For those of you just getting into Nerf (Also known as Dartsoft) or now getting back into it, it can be pretty confusing trying to pick the right blasters/gear for you, in this post I’ll try to help you get into the hobby, and learn some things about it so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Note, all prices I mention below will be in USD.
To start out, here are some things to keep in mind
- Proper Names - In the Nerf hobby we don’t call blasters, guns, and we don’t call darts, bullets. This is to help separate Nerf from real firearms. So the proper terms are, blaster and dart, and for Nerf Rival we usually just call those rival rounds or HIR’s (high impact rounds). Also, Nerf calls their magazines, clips, which is the improper term because by definition a clip and a magazine aren’t the same. Clip has kind of become a meme in the hobby, so just try to remember to call them mags (these things) and not clips. Also, don’t store your mags or any of your blasters with internal magazines loaded, (except for cylinder blasters) because it will ruin the springs over time and the mags won’t feed correctly. This video explains the difference between mags and clips well.
- Rule 6 - The Nerf sub only allows users to post every 24 hours, this is an effort to reduce spam on the subreddit. This is just good to know so you don’t post multiple times on your first day checking out the sub and have your other posts removed.
- FPS (Feet Per Second) - The velocity at which a projectile travels, which is used in the Nerf hobby to easily describe how hard a blaster fires
- Full Length Darts - The standard Nerf dart that you know, the best ones on the market currently are the Dart Zone Sureshot Darts (known as Waffle Darts in the Nerf community), you can get a pack of 200 for $9.99
- Half Length Darts - These are the main projectiles we use in hobby grade blasters, they’re about half the size of normal darts and they’re more accurate. There are different kinds, but some of the ones available now are the Worker Gen 3’s, Dart Zone Bamboo Darts (sold as a bundle with full length darts), and the QuikDarts (also known as Jet Blaster Short Darts). And now you can find half length darts in store for the first time, so I’d actually suggest buying the Adventure Force Half Darts, they’re $10 for 100 of them. Half darts are used in pretty much all 3D printed blasters and are used in a few brand name blasters, like the CEDA and CEDA S made by Jet Blaster, and the Dart Zone Pro by Dart Zone. Half Darts use a special kind of magazine, there are two main kinds, Katana Mags and Talon Mags. Talons are better and cheaper, and are the main used magazines for half darts. Most 3D printed blasters and half length blasters are half length only so there’s no need for an adapter, but some of them have compatibly between half darts and full length darts, so to use half darts they require an adapter. Katana mags only work in Katana adapters and Talon’s only work in Talon adapters. You can find adapters that can hold both talon’s and katana’s, but they’re a bit more expensive compared to the standard adapters which are like $3.
Though, Dart Zone may be releasing half dart mags in store because of the recent Nexus Pro blaster being released, so if they start selling mags in store I’ll update this post.
- Blaster Types - The main types of blasters used are flywheel blasters (electronic blasters) and springer blasters (blasters that need to be manually cocked/primed each time to fire). Flywheel blasters work by pulling a trigger (rev trigger) to make the two wheels inside the blaster spin, and when you pull the main trigger a projectile is pushed into the flywheels, launching it out of the blaster like a tennis ball launcher. Some homemade flywheelers have one trigger that both rev’s (spins the flywheels) and fires. Spring blasters have a spring inside the blaster that pushes a plunger inside forward after you prime the prime the blaster and pull the trigger, which causes the plunger to be forced forward quickly, pushing all the air out of the front of the plunger onto the projectile, launching it. This video explains it well.
- Modding - Modding blasters is a big part of the hobby, since most Nerf blasters are too weak to be used very well in a battle. Modding spring blasters is far easier than modding flywheelers. In a spring blaster, if you get a stronger spring and replace the one inside your blaster will shoot harder. If you want it to shoot even harder you’ll have to replace some more parts. You cannot use just any old spring for it, you have to get ones online specifically made for that blaster. Do not try to mod any blasters without having an idea of how you’re going to mod it, do some research online first so that you don’t wreck your blaster. Flywheel mods are much more complicated, as you have to solder and have a bit of an understanding of electronics, so before even thinking about modding a flywheeler you’ll want to watch videos and guides onlines on how to do it, and be prepared to spend a bit of money on all the parts needed. You cannot just throw higher voltage batteries in a flywheeler and expect it to shoot harder, it’s not safe, as the higher voltage will destroy your blasters internals if you keep them stock (stock, meaning a blaster that hasn’t had any modifications done to it) and could cause the blaster to actually set on fire, so don’t do it.
-3D Printing- 3D printing is quickly becoming a very big part of the Nerfing hobby, new 3D printed blasters are being made by the community all the time and every new blaster that releases will most likely have some kind of 3D printed upgrade for it available for it within a month. If there’s something you don’t like about blaster you have, someone probably has made some thing to fix it! If not, you could fix it yourself! If you really enjoy making stuff, and are willing to take some time to learn how to create 3D printed models, you could start publishing your designs for other people to use and help them out! If anyone knows a good starter 3D printer for new Nerfers then comment it below and I’ll update this part of the post.
Eye Protection - If you’re playing a game where you’re shooting at someone and they’re shooting at you, you both should wear safety glasses. You don’t want to get shot in the eye, especially when you get into playing with 150+ FPS blasters, then you really don’t want to be in the face.
- Brands -
Nerf
Dart Zone
BuzzBee
Xshot
These are the 4 brands of blasters you’ll find in store.
Nerf, as you know, is made by Hasbro and is the main company that people think of when they think about, well, Nerf. Nerf products usually seem to have the best build quality out of all the brands but other companies aren’t too far off. Nerf Elite blasters on average hit 60-70 FPS, they launch darts about 30 feet with flat shots and 50 with angled shots. Nerf blasters use internal mags and external mags. There are also sub-series of Elite like Zombie Strike, Doomlands, Icon Series, Fortnite, Microshots, and more.
Nerf Rival hits 80-100 FPS, with shots going 50 feet on average when fired flat and 70-80 feet when angled. Rival is pretty good, but after flying about 50 feet the rounds spin out of control and become inaccurate, making darts far superior. The types of loading systems Rival blasters use are internal mags, external mags, and hoppers.
Nerf Hyper is a brand from Hasbro that currently isn’t out, and not much is known about it. What we do know is that they will blasters that fire balls smaller than rival rounds, and we can pretty much guarantee that these rounds will be made of foam or rubber and not gel, because Hasbro likes to use flywheel blasters and gel doesn’t work with them very well. Also, gel blasters is a market that has already been tapped into by other companies, which basically means, Hasbro will avoid it. We know of three blasters so far, the Hail 100, Slam 60, Jab 40, and Rush 40. We have no pictures of any of these blasters yet, but we do have drawings of the Hail and Jab made by an industry insider who has seen a couple Hyper blasters. These drawings can be found on NerfHyper. It appears Hyper will mainly use hoppers.
Nerf Ultra should be avoided, the line is a cash grab from Hasbro, the blasters are gimmicky and the darts cost $.50 a piece, and they claim to have all sorts of great technologies built into them, when in reality they are just inaccurate projectiles that fall apart easily so you’ll have to buy more. Later batches of darts seem to be a bit more durable than the early versions though. They claim 120 foot ranges on the box, but the only way to hit that would to be angling your blaster up and firing it while lobbing it forward.
Nerf Mega isn’t all too practical, but it’s fun. Though the blasters can be more easily made to shoot harder due to their large plunger tubes. Some games use them as shield busters, and have them count as more than just one hit. There’s no real advantage to having a larger dart in Nerf, it’s just because it’s fun to launch big darts. Mega blasters hit 50-70 FPS and go about 30 feet with flat shots and 60 with angled.
The next brand is Dart Zone, which is quickly becoming the best brand for blasters you can purchase in store. Dart Zone blasters hit 80-100fps, and hit about 40-50 feet with flat shots and about 70 with angled. Dart Zone blasters are cheaper than Nerf, but don’t feel like significantly worse products. Dart Zone is the only brand with a Pro Line of blasters (which are only sold online, not in stores yet) that hit 150+ FPS, so far the only blaster in the line is the Dart Zone Pro (also known as the DZP), but Dart Zone has stated more Pro blasters are coming in the future, at this time it’s unknown what they will be, what FPS they’ll be hitting, and when they’re coming. Also, Dart Zone blasters (besides the DZP) don’t use magazines.
Dart Zone Ballistix Ops are just Nerf Rival blasters made by Dart Zone, they fire rival rounds and hit the same velocities as Rival blasters do.
Next brand on the list BuzzBee, but their blasters are mainly sold under the “Adventure Force” brand, at Walmart. Adventure Force is a line sold by Walmart made up of all sorts of toy companies, so whenever you see Dart Zone blasters at Walmart they’ll be under the Adventure Force name, but so will BuzzBee blasters so it can be confusing. At other retailers, Buzz Bee is sold under the Air Warriors brand, but sometimes Air Warriors shows up at Walmart. It’s weird. BuzzBee sells cheap blasters that unlike Dart Zone, actually feel rather cheap, though this is all subjective and is just my opinion. Not all of them feel super cheap, but most. They hit a little higher velocity’s than Nerf Elite blasters, so they’re basically just cheap Nerf blasters. But the mag fed blasters from BuzzBee have the magazines a noticeable distance away from the trigger compared to mag fed blasters from other companies.
The last brand to mention is Xshot, they also create more budget friendly blasters but keep a quality feel. Xshot darts are for whatever reason a little shorter than normal darts, so they don’t work very well in flywheel blasters, so really they should only be used in springers, but even still their are better options like the Dart Zone Sureshot darts. X-shot blasters hit in the 80fps range and go 40-50 feet with flat shots and 70 with angled.
Xshot Chaos is just Nerf Rival but made by Xshot. There are only two blasters out so far and it’s unknown if the line will continue. Chaos blasters hit 80-100fps and fire rounds about 50 feet with flat shots and 70-80 with angled.
Alright! Now that we’re through all that let’s move on to picking blasters and gear for you to use in battle! There are a few things to consider when deciding a load out, you want to think about who you’re playing with and what blasters they’re using. Also you want to consider your environment you’re playing in. Ideally, you’ll want a primary blaster (Kinda like in a first person shooter video game where you have your main weapon, like an assault rifle), a secondary (Like your pistol in an FPS game) and then something to carry your extra ammo. A sling/strap could also be helpful, so you could free up both your hands to do something else in a game by just letting your blaster hang by a sling. There are many to choose from, but I bought this one and I like it a lot. Other things that are very optional for nerf games are melee weapons (like a foam sword or knife), rail attachments, nerf grenades (yes that exists, it’s not very good though) and more.
- Ammo Carriers -
For magazine fed full length dart blasters you’ll ideally want a vest or a holster, or a dump pouch that goes on your waist, like these examples: Nerf Elite Vest, Nerf Mag Carrier, Dump Pouch. And for darts you’ll want the Dart Zone Sureshot Darts which I mentioned above, they’re the best and cheapest full length darts available. And the type of mags you’ll want to use are probably 18 dart stick magazines, you can find them all over online for rather cheap prices, but you’ll probably want to avoid the Hasbro mags because they’re pretty expensive compared to the ones from other brands.
How many mags you want to carry is up to you, but usually I’d say carrying at least 3 or more would be ideal, so you have one in your blaster and two extras for quick reloads, and you’ll want to carry extra darts to go with them so you can reload your spare mags whenever you get the chance.
For half dart mag fed blasters, there are multiples types of darts you can buy but you’ll probably want the Adventure Force Half Darts for springers, you get 100 in a pack for $10, though they may not be out yet when you see this post. I’ll edit this post and remove this warning when the darts become more available. Half dart springers need the darts to have a tip that’s thinner than the foam, so these darts are ideal for springers. And for flywheelers, getting the 200 pack of Dart Zone Waffles (sure shot darts) and cutting them all down to half length size would be your best bet. You could cut all the darts without a tool, but it’s easier if you get something like this or this.
In terms of mags, talons are the best. Get those. They hold 15, but you can squeeze in 17, though it’s not the best idea since it will wear down the spring, but it’s an option. To hold your mags, I’d recommend this holstecarrier, along with dump pouch that you can wear on your waist so you can have extra darts to reload your spare mags. But again, if Dart Zone starts selling half dart mags in store and they’re a better option than Talon’s I’ll update this post.
For cylinder blasters, hopper blasters (Rival blasters like the Nemesis, Perses, and Prometheus), and clip blasters (this video explains what the difference is between mags and clips), all you really need is a pouch full of ammo so you can reload your blaster whenever you need to. For hopper blasters, you can use paintball pods to dump rounds into the hopper, so for those blasters I’d just suggest buying paintball pods.
Blasters - Next, I’ll recommend specific blasters for different play styles and give you some ideas as to what blasters would be right for you.
For casual play If you’re just playing at home with kids then honestly you can just go to the store and pick up whatever blaster you want. If you’re playing with young kids, you’ll most likely want to avoid high FPS blasters and just stick to things you find in store, stock.
If you just want to mess around and play Nerf with your kids then something like the Nerf Elite Strongarm or Disruptor, or any other cheap nerf pistol or rifle it would probably be a good idea. The Strongarm and Disruptor are 6 shot pistols that are pretty easy to prime and take normal darts. If you give a kid one of those blasters and then stuff their pockets with darts for reloading they’ll probably have a good time. Depending on the kid, mags probably aren’t a great idea since they’re more complicated to use than just a cylinder with darts. Unless they’re up for it, stick to cylinders, front loaders, (like the Jolt) and blasters with internal mags.
For CQB - CQB, which stands for close encounters battling, is what you call it when you play a Nerf game indoors or in a smaller space, where the engagement ranges are pretty close.
For CQB, you may want to avoid flywheelers since they make more noise than springers which takes away some stealth, but if you’re playing a game where stealth isn’t really needed then flywheelers are still viable.
Rival is great for CQB, since as I’ve mentioned before the rounds become inaccurate after flying around 50 feet, and since in CQB you’ll probably not be shooting at anyone from that far away, CQB is where Rival shines. Rival mags aren’t too practical though since their hold so little ammo in such a large space, so I’d recommend using rival blasters with hoppers or internal mags.
In terms of dart blasters for CQB, pretty much anything can be used for it since the engagement range is so small. Some blasters you can buy currently that feel like primaries are as follows:
Dart Zone Villainator - a 40 dart cylinder springer blaster, pump action with slam fire (you can hold down the trigger and quickly prime the blaster over and over and spray darts super fast) and a comfy stock for only $20 at your local Walmart
Nerf Accutrooper Pump action mag fed dart blaster for $30 or less if it’s on sale, with a stock and a drum mag
Dart Zone Savage Spin a flywheeler 45 dart cylinder blaster that uses a unique pump action system to rotate to a new cylinder, it’s nice so that you can reload your other cylinders while firing
These are just a few options, honestly for CQB just go to your local Walmart or any store that has toys and check the Nerf aisle, and get whatever you want. Remember though for a mag fed blaster you’ll probably want to buy some spare mags.
For HVZ - HVZ (Humans Vs Zombies) is a game mode that’s becoming pretty popular, where as the name suggests, there’s a human team and a zombie team. The humans try to complete objectives while fighting off the undead, and the zombies try to kill the humans. HVZ games typically have a 130fps limit, so you don’t shoot a zombie in the face with a 300fps Longshot (A really popular blaster for modding) Due to these FPS requirements and the different nature of HVZ compared to normal games, blasters that wouldn’t be as great in other game types really shine in HvZ.
The Rival Nemesis, Prometheus, and Perses are all really popular for HvZ as they have high capacities, they’re full auto, and easy and quick to reload as they have hoppers. Those blasters all hit 100fps out of the box, so you could use them stock and probably do just fine in a HVZ game. If you run one of these blasters, I’d suggest carrying some paintball pods on you since they’re pretty cheap and hold a lot of rival ammo.
For HVZ dart blasters, I’d probably once again recommend the Dart Zone Villainator. It has a 40 cylinder which you can reload while firing, making it good for zombie fighting action. Another option is also the Dart Zone Savage Spin which I previously mentioned above.
So far, I’ve only mentioned blasters you can find in store, but you don’t have to use a store bought stock blaster. If you do some research, you can mod a blaster to be exactly what you want, or maybe someone has already made a 3D printed blaster that is similar to what you want. If you don’t have a printer, you can get a commission for a blaster to be made for you with someone else’s printer but that can be pricey. But anyways, for the next section I’ll mention some blasters that you can’t find in store or blasters that can be made with some modding.
Super Stock and Ultra Stock Blasters, aka, the big boys with high FPS
If you’re playing with friends who are up for playing with high FPS blasters in a big area or if you’re playing with a local Nerf group, then these next blasters would be good ideas.
Ceda S - A pump action springer blaster that hits 150 FPS out of the box, takes half dart mags. It can be found on Evike.com for $65 when it’s on sale, and it goes on sale pretty often so I would recommend buying it at full price ($89 USD.) The Ceda S is more geared towards modders as it has a takedown feature where you pull out two pins and the blaster opens up, allowing you to (pretty) easily modify the internals. If you don’t plan on ever opening up your blaster to mod it and don’t want to have to order a blaster online, I’d suggest the next option below. Also, the Ceda S has been reviewed by many people and some have had assorted issues with theirs and some haven’t. Those issues seemed to be with earlier models and have been largely fixed now. The Ceda S comes with a katana mag, katana adapter, 15 jet darts, the Ceda S, picatinny rails, a buffer tube stock, and a buffer tube to attach airsoft stocks too. It is not sold in store.
The Nexus Pro This new blaster by Dart Zone is absolutely game changing. For the first time ever, a company is selling a blaster that hits 150fps out of the box in store, and uses half lengths. Set to release in August, the Nexus is a pump action spring blaster that hits 150 FPS, uses full length and half length darts, and is compatible with all currently existing half length mags like Talon’s and Katana’s. And, the half length mag adapter that comes with the Nexus is compatible with talon mags so you don’t need a separate adapter to use talons with it. The blaster features picatinny rails so you can use fire arm and airsoft attachments, an airsoft stock buffer tube, a dart zone full length mag and a half length mag, and a half dart adapter, all for $50 USD. If you just want a strong half dart blaster to use with friends or in a nerf group, it seems like you can’t really go wrong with the Nexus. Though I wouldn’t recommend it if everyone else you’re playing with are using stock blasters, since they’ll either never play with you again or not let you use it lol. It appears it’s a US exclusive at this time but it may make it elsewhere.
Dart Zone Pro Mk 1 and Mk 1.1 (Also known as the DZP) - The DZP is a high FPS blaster that hits 170 FPS out of the box, has rubberized grips and stock, and is a pump action springer. It’s compatible with full lengths and half lengths. The blaster can be hard to find online and is not sold in store. Right now, the Mk 1.1 is available on target.com for $150 USD. It’s the most expensive dart blaster that currently exists and is made by a company.
The Caliburn - A popular community made 3D printed blaster that can hit 100fps or 250+ FPS based off how you set it up. To 3D print it you need the files for it, and you need to buy the internals to put into the 3D printed blaster shell. You can buy the Caliburn pre-made, but it’s pretty highly priced. It’s a pump action springer that fires half lengths and full lengths.
Many kinds of Nerf Blasters - The Retaliator is a popular blaster to mod as it can (rather) easily be made to shoot hard and take half lengths, and also be modified to be pump action. This is just one blaster that is popular to be modded, most any blaster you buy from the store, if you’re willing to put the time into it, can be modded to shoot very high FPS. The Longshot is another popular Nerf blaster to modify because it has a very large plunger tube system, allowing it to take massive springs and make it shoot super hard. Brass breeches are also very popular with this blaster, as a brass breech makes the blaster have a stronger air seal and shoot harder. If there’s a blaster you really like that you wish you could use in a high FPS nerf battle, feel free to make a post about it and people will be happy to help answer your questions and give you some ideas on how to create your dream blaster. Alright, one more, the Stryfe is a very popular blaster in the modding community because it’s a flywheeler that can be basically modified to be whatever you want it to be.
3D Printed Flywheelers - There are a ton of these that exist, so it’s hard for me to recommend specific ones, also I don’t really use flywheelers myself so I’m not the best person to give advice on this. Anybody who would like to help me out by sharing some examples of good homemade flywheelers to mention, it would be greatly appreciated and I’ll shout you out in this section after I edit it as a thanks for helping out.
-Secondaries- I notice that throughout this post I’ve neglected to mention many ideas for secondary blasters. Anything can be a secondary, but usually you’ll want a pistol or something rather small. A good sidearm I’d say would be something you can whip it out if your primary runs dry and you need to fire off some quick shots. Usually if your secondary is shooting at least like 80-90fps in outdoor games it’ll be pretty good.
Thank you for reading, I spent a long time working on this post and if it helps others out with getting into the Nerf hobby I’ll be happy. Anything you think I missed or I should mention, feel free to comment it and I’ll edit my post to reflect it. And any questions you have, please ask them. There are no stupid questions if you’re just trying to learn more about the hobby, so don’t feel bad if you feel like you have no idea about what your talking about, we’re here to help you out. With the launch of the Nexus Pro and half lengths finally showing up in store it will probably bring a lot of new people into the community so we should be welcoming and helpful to them. Again, thanks for reading. Sorry if any parts of this post were slightly over dramatic, I get that this is a sub about kids toys lol
If there’s anything small I should mention in this post that will help others out comment it and I’ll add it right here, and just anything else I think of:
Yes, semi auto springers where you pull the trigger and it primes and fires the blaster at the same time do exist. The Zombiestrike Nailbiter is a good example.
Blasters where it’s a battery powered springer that primes the blaster then fires it when you pull the trigger do exist, the Nerf Stampede is an example
Also, PSA: Don’t host or go to any Nerf events right now, it’s not a great idea because of the current situation with Covid-19. Stay safe, and Nerf on!
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What do you make of Alfonse?

Though a very minor character in the grand scheme of things--if memory serves, he makes only two appearances, only speaking in one of them--Alfonse, who works in some capacity at the Blue Room club, is for me one of the more interesting bit characters in L.A. Noire.
At first, it's easy to assume that Alfonse is nothing more than a host at the Blue Room; a front of house manager at most. It is he who first attends to Roy Earle, Cole Phelps, and Stefan Bekowsky when they enter the club. (A separate employee greets them just outside the main entrance). However, something Roy says implies that Alfonse has some larger stake in the business, and is perhaps even an owner or co-owner.
When Alfonse tries to dissuade Roy from visiting Elsa's dressing room backstage before her set, the detective is indignant, warning Alfonse to never again tell him what to do. "You've got a nice club here," Roy says. "Don't spoil it."
That Roy threatens the club itself, as opposed to Alfonse's job, seems deliberate, even if the point is never again explored. Alfonse's being both an immigrant--a "French Negro from Africa," as Roy puts it, who then specifies to Cole that he is a native of the Congo--and an African-American in the mid/late 1940s, makes him a somewhat unlikely business owner, and his apparent accomplishment here quite impressive.
While Alfonse does ultimately let Roy through with no subsequent resistance, the fact that he dared to stand up to Roy in the first place (not to mention addressing him by his first name, not 'Mr. Earle' or 'Detective Earle') suggests that he's no pushover. That Alfonse expresses concern for Elsa implies a personal acquaintance, perhaps even friendship between the two. Personally, I like the idea that they might be friends, bonding over the similar prejudices they both endure as relatively new immigrants to the United States. (Elsa from Germany, a bitter American adversary in World War II; Alfonse from the Congo, at a time of largely unchecked racial prejudice against nonwhites). However, I admit that there is no other evidence for this. Alfonse vaguely tells Roy that Elsa is "pretty beat up about something." Taken at face value, this would imply that Elsa doesn't confide much if anything in Alfonse, since he doesn't seem to know what's bothering her. On the other hand, Alfonse likely wouldn't give Roy any specifics while trying to steer him away from visiting Elsa, both because this could represent a breach of confidence, and additional details likely wouldn't change the unsympathetic Roy's mind anyway. Elsa makes no mention of Alfonse or any of her other co-workers in later dialogue.
Alfonse and Cole seem to hit it off immediately. In contrast to Roy's impolite treatment of him, Cole makes a point of shaking his hand and saying, "A pleasure to meet you, Alfonse." In a later cutscene, the normally introverted Cole can be seen warmly greeting Alfonse at the Blue Room, before sitting down to watch Elsa's set. This implies a level of mutual respect--Alfonse appreciating the refreshingly unprejudiced detective, and Cole respecting Alfonse's success in spite of the prejudices of the time. If Alfonse is acquainted with Cole and Elsa, I can't help but wonder if he saw signs of their mutual attraction before the ill-fated affair begun, and what he might have thought of it. Elsa later tells Fontaine during a therapy session that her relationship with Cole has helped get her drug use under control. If Alfonse does care and worry for Elsa as a friend, it stands to reason that he would be happy about that. On the other hand, Elsa carrying on an affair with a married man puts her in dangerous emotional territory. Even if they both seemed happy in the moment, could Alfonse truly be happy for either? Inevitably, Elsa's relationship with Cole doomed her to be either a mistress (if the affair stayed under wraps) or a homewrecker (if the affair went public, and Cole's wife filed for divorce). Needless to say, neither is an ideal situation. While one could argue that both should have known better, Cole is the more responsible party no matter how you slice it. Elsa, reeling from the recent and sudden death of longtime partner Lou Buchwalter, was vulnerable to falling in a 'rebound' trap.
The game never makes clear exactly how the damning photographs exposing Cole and Elsa's affair came to be--although the fact that Marie Phelps's father seems to have a divorce lawyer lined up the very same day suggests that they are pretty X-rated--but it's reasonable to guess that Roy at the very least got a lead from an informant at the Blue Room. (Recalling that he taunts Cole with the knowledge that he is a frequent attendee of Elsa's sets several chapters before Roy turns on Cole and presents the evidence to Chief Worrell). I'd be willing to bet with about 99% certainty that the informant in question is not Alfonse, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Alfonse didn't realize that Roy was moving against Cole. It's not hard to imagine Roy willing to play pretty good money for juicy blackmail material on Cole, the amount of money a struggling restaurant/club employee living paycheck-to-paycheck would find pretty difficult to turn down. If Alfonse were to find out about such a hypothetical scheme, then move to fire the employee, Roy could presumably threaten him into submission yet again. Something Cole would probably understand, though he still might resent Alfonse for not giving him a heads-up.
As a final note, it's interesting that while Cole's previously sterling reputation takes a serious hit once the affair is made public, one he never truly recovers from, Elsa's public image doesn't noticeably suffer. While many presumably see her as the "German junkie whore" Roy describes, I don't recall anyone explicitly faulting her as a seductive homewrecker who destroyed a good man's career and marriage. (A narrative many in the press/commentariat could conceivably go with). While one of Cole's co-workers in the Arson division taunts him with a rude "what was it like porking that German whore?" on his first day there, we never see Elsa heckled with similar crude remarks while performing at the Blue Room, nor does she ever seem to be in any danger of losing her job or apartment as a result of the scandal.
Is it possible, then, that Alfonse might have stepped to Elsa's defense in a way that none of Cole's colleagues in the L.A.P.D. never did? Perhaps resisting calls to have her fired, and expelling any hecklers who came by to hurl abuse, rather than watch her perform.
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[COMETS HARVEST] Utica Comets (29-20-3-2) vs. Rochester Americans (30-17-4-4)

THE COMETS HARVEST

 
This time last year, the Vancouver Canucks made a blockbuster trade, 1-for-1, Erik Gudbranson for Tanner Pearson.
 
This trade-deadline, the Canucks dealt Zane McIntyre for Louis Domingue, while calling up Jake Kielly from the Kalamazoo Wings.
 
McIntyre had a great start to the season as a backup, winning 6 of his first ten starts.
Unfortunately, the Comets' aggressive offensive-game and lack of detail-oriented defensive play coincided with McIntyre's plateauing gameplay.
 
Zano-Insano's save percentage this season, and goals-against-average both feature bleak trendlines for where the rest of his season was heading
 
Honestly, full-credit to Jim Benning for getting Domingue for McIntyre straight-up, especially considering the goaltending fiasco last season when Demko was injured. In that ordeal, they spent a pick and blew a contract slot on Marek Mazanec and Michael Leighton. Here they acquired a player with objectively, better stats, playing on worse teams than McIntyre.
 
Domingue might not see AHL action for quite some time, so for now, Jake Kielly will slide into the backup role down the stretch while the Comets push to retain their Calder playoff spot.
 
I can't speak to how the Kalamazoo Wings play hockey, but Kielly's numbers are quite unimpressive. The Wings themselves are dead-last in the western conference with 48 points in 54 games played. Kielly holds the third-highest goals-against-average in the ECHL and the eleventh lowest save-percentage. So I think it's safe to say that the Comets will be leaning heavily on Di Pietro heading into a very tough March schedule for the Comets.
 
The Comets, fortunately, are coming off an impressive 6-3 win against the Belleville Senators. Tonight, they take on the surging Rochester Americans; an opponent the Comets just took on last Wednesday, where the lazy effort of the Comets resulted in a 3-2 loss.
 
The Amerks and Comets at one point in the season were neck-and-neck, competing for the second and first spot in the division. The Comets weak 2020 performances have seen the Belleville Senators vault into the uncontested first-place position, with the Amerks leapfrogging the Comets into second-place with a five-point lead.
 
According to the Utica-OD's Ben Birnell, the Comets had nearly a full roster of formerly IR-players present at Monday's practice, except for Vinny Arseneau. A plethora of healthy bodies and the momentum of an impressive win over Belleville could be all that it takes to push this Comets team to make a significant run.
 
The giant asterisk, however, is that this is the same team that currently holds a 48.4% Corsi-For at 5-on-5 while being outshot in 33 of their 54 games.
 
Di Pietro is still young and learning, and depending on how the Comets play over this upcoming stretch, that workload could become overwhelming. The team has to play like they did against Belleville, a game in which they did get outshot, but, a game where they collectively did much better at limiting the number of high-danger shot-attempts and scoring chances faced by their goalie.
 
Fingers crossed the team can ride that wave of momentum and make it two in a row tonight here in Rochester!
 
THE STARTING LINEUP
 
LW C RW
Baertschi (#47) Camper (#19) Boucher (#24)
Lind (#13) Stevens (#16) Bailey (#95)
Goldobin (#77) Jasek (#9) Bancks (#34)
LeBlanc (#3) Malone (#17) Stevenson (#26)
 
LD RD
Brisebois (#55) Rafferty (#25)
Juolevi (#48) Sautner (#6)
Blujus (#8) Chatfield (#5)
 
G
Michael Di Pietro
 
INJURY REPORT -- -- -- -- --
David Pope (undisclosed) Vincent Arseneau (season done) Jonah Gadjovich (ill) Francis Perron (head) Wacey Hamilton (foot) Tyler Graovac (foot)
 
Healthy Scratches -- --
Josh Teves Matt Petgrave Mitch Eliot
 
Quite a few bodies technically listed as healthy-scratches, but team says (according to Ben Birnell of the Utica Observer-Dispatch) they want to get the guys returning from lengthy layoffs some ample practice time before getting into games.
 

1st period

 
Comets in White
 
 

The score at the end of the 1st period: 1-1 Tie

 
Rochester was picking the Comets apart with their puck control and speed through the majority of that period. Despite their early lead and early aggression on the puck, the relentless pressure of the Amerks offence seemed to cause them to wilt a bit under pressure. The powerplay try off the Chatfield minor-penalty gave the Amerks serious momentum through the back-half of the period. The Comets can't ever be in a place where they are getting out-shot 14-to-2.
 

2nd Period

 
 

The score at the end of the 2nd period: 2-1 Comets

 
Comets are barely hanging onto a lead here after 40 minutes of play. The Comets did better at generating scoring chances and legitimate shots on goal, but they're also allowing a disgusting amount of high-danger shot attempts from high-percentage scoring areas.
Look at the shot-map and how many shots Di Pietro has had to turn away from inside the slot.
Lind left the ice under his own strength but had a bloodied up mouth, not sure if he returns to the game. Hopefully, he does, though, as the Comets could use someone with his tenacity on the puck in the final frame.
 

3rd period

 
 

The score at the end of the 3rd period: 2-2 Tie

 
Frustrating way to close this one out, but the Comets will get another five minutes to win this one against a tough opponent.
 

Overtime

 
 

The score at the end of Overtime: 2-2 Tie

 
Couldn't get it done with the extra five, so it'll come down to everybody's favourite skills competition!
 

Shootout

 
 

Final Score: 3-2 Utica Comets Shootout Win

 

Scoresheet

 
Period Team Goalscorer Primary assist helper type
1st UTI Brogan Rafferty Nikolay Goldobin Reid Boucher PPG
1st ROC Casey Mittelstadt C.J. Smith Andrew Hammond 5v5
2nd UTI Sven Baertschi Dylan Blujus -- 5v5
3rd ROC Scott Wilson C.J. Smith Andrew Oglevie 6v5
 

Shootout

 
Team Player Result
ROC Taylor Leier save
UTI Brogan Rafferty miss
ROC Andrew Oglevie miss
UTI Justin Bailey miss
ROC Casey Mittelstadt miss
UTI Reid Boucher Miss
ROC Sean Malone save
UTI Kole Lind save
ROC Lawrence Pilut save
UTI Sven Baertschi GOAL
 

Takeaways

 
 

Comets Three Stars

 
The Comets Trajectory?
 
The Comets turnaround is much better this week, as they return this weekend to the Adirondack Bank Center for a homestand double-header that starts with the Toronto Marlies on Friday, followed by Jesperi Kotkaniemi and the Laval Rocket on Saturday.
 
Also, leap year this year, so Saturday is February 29th! How neat is that?!
 
As always, if you want to read up on this Comets Harvest or the 2018-19 Farmies editions, you can find them all at my Comets Harvest Blog here
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