Monday, September 3, 2012

NERF Dart Tag Tournament Format

Ready for some intense NERF action this weekend? Does your team have the right mix of speed, agility, strategy and teamwork to blast your way to victory? Read up on the tournament format below and prepare yourselves accordingly.

Players use NERF Dart Tag blasters to "tag" opposing team players and capture their "flag".

4 players per team, identified as blue or orange (following NERF Dart Tag jersey colours).

Team NERF Dart Tag Gear:
Swarmfire x 1
Speedswarm x 1
Speedload x 1
Snapfire x 1
Sharpshot x 4
2 x 25 dart ammo belts at base
Jerseys (blue or orange) x 4
Vsion Gear x 4
All blasters start the match fully loaded.

Round robin, each team compete against 3 other teams to score points to qualify for semi-finals.

Game mechanics for each match of 3 minutes duration:

1. Players of each team start at designated "base".

2. Upon commencement sound-off by game marshal, players may proceed to attack/defend against opposing team according to their strategy.

3. A velcro dart sticking on a player's jersey is counted as a "tag". "Tagged" players immediately hold up their blaster above heads (signify "don't shoot me") and proceed back to team "penalty zone" / respawn point. Upon reaching the "penalty zone", the player must remove the velcro dart from jersey and place on "penalty zone" velcro vest to signify 1 tag scored by opposing team. Player then starts 10 second timer penalty countdown before they can rejoin the game.

Team "VIP" protecting flag
4. To capture an opposing teams "flag", the attacking players must "tag" the defending team's "VIP" with at least 3 darts from minimum distance denoted by court perimeter markings. Once the "VIP" has been tagged, the attacking team players may enter the defending team perimeter and claim the "flag" to return to their "VIP". If a player is "tagged" while carrying the "flag", that player must immediately drop the "flag" and return to his team's "penalty zone" to serve 10 second penalty countdown. Any player may then pick up the "flag" to return or capture. The team with their opponents "flag" at end of match scores bonus points.

5. Once a "flag" has been captured and re-located to the capturing team's "VIP", the "flag" may only be recaptured under the same conditions, i.e. "tag" opposing team's "VIP" before entry to claim a "flag". A player may only carry 1 "flag" at any time.
Base ammo reload belts
6. Players may reload ammo darts only from the ammo belts, placed at team "base". Darts on ground may not be collected by players for re-use during match time.

7. Players who have exhausted all ammo darts in their blasters and with no refill ammo left are considered to have ended their gameplay and to immediately return their blasters to base then raise their hands and move stand behind the "VIP". They are no longer targets to be "tagged".

8. Game ends after 3 minutes, or complete discharge of all legal ammo in arena by both teams.

9. Game marshals will call out "tagged" players by team colour and jersey number, e.g. blue 1, orange 3, etc. Players are to remember their jersey colour and number for each match.

10. Players in breach of the above rules of play may instructed to exit game or disqualified by game marshals.

Scoring for each match:
  • team with higher number of "tags" against opposing team recorded from "penalty zone" scoring vest earns 2 points.
  • if a team's "tags" more than double opponent's "tags", that team earns bonus 1 point.
  • if both teams have the same number of "tags", each team scores 1 point.
  • team capturing opposing team's "flag" earns 3 points.
For example, blue team ends with 12 "tags" and opponent's "flag" and orange team ends with 4 "tags" and opponents's "flag", then blue team earns 2 (higher "tags") + 1 (double opponent's "tags") + 3 (captured "flag") = 6 points, orange team earns 3 points only (captured "flag").

4 highest scoring teams determined by cumulative scoring from 3 rounds will enter semi-finals. In event of even scoring, tie-breakers will be teams with the highest number of captured "flags", then highest number of "tags".

Players are to collect darts from ground between each match and reload their blasters & ammo belts to reset for their match.

Players should NOT run blindly within arena and beware of safety considerations at all times.

Please heed instructions from game marshals or face the "axe" from matches by our NERF N-Forcer!

More detailed instructions on the matches will be made available in tournament day.

NOW, are your NERFers ready? Plan your team strategy in advance. But many well-laid plans fly out the window the moment action starts, so you may wish to test theories first in practice matches prior to tournament time. Standby for Tournament Day itinerary coming soon.

Excited to join the action? It's not too late. Just purchase minimum RM50 of new NERF Elite range and Vortex Pyragon products to participate in the Open Category. Register online here.

It's NERF or Nothin'!

NERF and its associated trade names are copyright to Hasbro Inc. used with permission by Outpost Events as the appointed agency by Hasbro Malaysia to organise the NERF Dart Tag Tournament Malaysia 2012.

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