The 5 Basic Tips of HvZ Survival // By BasicNerf

I was requested by BasicNerf to put a post of his onto this site. Jason recently survived to the very last handful of humans at the Californian Camarillo HvZ event, and the experience taught him a think or two about zombie survival.

Per request, I give you a very very nearly almost direct quote from BasicNerfing (I fixed the grammatical errors) :]. I’ve also included my own thoughts on the issues he mentions. Any additional information I provide is listed in orange.

The last group of humans headed towards the final Summer 2012 Mission

In my two day long games at Camarillo (Day 3 Summer 2011) I’ve had fun, made friends, and learned a bit more about Humans vs. Zombies. I’m here to impart some of this knowledge to the newer players out there. It’s been about 5 weeks since the Summer 2012 game (July 20) so here’s 5 Basic tips, or points of emphasis, that should help you stay alive as a human for as long as possible.

1. Nutrition/Energy are essential for good performance.

The above photo is what I ate for breakfast of the Summer 2012 game, and it still wasn’t enough. My usual peanut butter and banana sandwich plus an egg on the side filled me up, but by lunchtime it was gone. The mods ran us around the park while removing our safe zone. I felt very drained and on the hungry side. Always make sure you’re appropriately fueled for games and missions. Not only will you feel better, but you’ll be more aware of your surroundings, more alert, and quicker to respond. I really don’t need to go into the benefits of proper nutrition intake during exercise and sporting events, since it’s a pretty common thing.

Jason is right, when the zombies are stalking you and you have to be at your tactical pinnacle, you don’t really need a gnawing, grinding stomach bothering you. Good meals = good performance, so fill ‘er up, and bring snacks!

2. Prepare to run, stamina is important

When you play HvZ, your probably gonna play with other people, and then eventually squads and teams will be formed. You gotta prepare to move faster than a simple walk, perhaps even jog or run. What you should really be prepared to do is run for your life if you need to get away from the zombies. In both of my games, I had to run for my life and dodge zombies due to blaster feeding problems and running out of ammo. If I hadn’t been ready to go, then I wound have not lasted until the end of each game. I had to book it in my first game; had to run and dodge in my second game, and I bet you I’ll have to do more running and dodging next game as well.

In the same idea, stamina is also important. You can run faster than the other person, but can you run faster then them in say about 15 seconds? Stamina is also important for keeping a high level of performance during the game and missions. Keep your stamina up in real life, and it’ll pay back in health and HvZ.

He’s right again. Zombies would LOVE to find a nice slow meal with tons of ammunition. You’ll get surrounded, run out of ammo, and have your face turned slurpy within five minutes. Get in shape dawg!

3. Get comfortable with your equipment, be practical, be efficient.

Guess who got nommed on early?

See the asian guy in the center with the tan pants? He seemed like the most HvZ ready equipment-wise out of everyone. He had a painted, minimized, modded Stampede, with an extra one in the back pocket of his vest. His vest could carry six 18 dart Stampede clips, and the hip MOLLE pouch carried 2 or 3 more. Dude even had hearing aids to help him hear zombies.

*totally envious of the hearing aides*

However, he later complained that his batteries weren’t working on his Stampede. About a quarter of the game through, and he’s already a zombie. My friend to the right of the screen, the one with the glasses, pretty much survived until the end with just what you see on him. No shots at that Stampede guy, but he should have fixed whatever problems he had before he came to the game.

I’m not going to give out loadout tips or how to equip yourself during games, but just know that you should be comfortable and knowledgeable with your equipment. Can you fix a jam? How about under pressure? Or while running away? Doing things like this make you proficient, which in turn makes you efficient. And trust me all these things factor in while you’re staring at a zombie [with an empty clip in your blaster, only the zombie doesn’t know it’s empty] and wondering if you can reload in time before he has a chance to know that you’re out of darts in your clip.

Again, this totally makes sense. People often get nervous with in the game, and that makes them function not exactly at the top of their game. I’ve even heard of people slapping their blasters to try and make them work because their hands were shaking too badly to operate it properly. Get comfortable with your loadout of choice, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about during the game.

If you would like to view the last half of this article, you may view it on the BasicNerfing website here.

 

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BasicNerf and the Zombies of Camarillo

BasicNerf took to the fields of Camarillo for a little HvZ action this past weekend. He used his GoPro camera, and teamed up with Coop from ClickClickBAMF, to make an AWESOME music video covering the event. Check out Basic’s first edited work below!

Give it ’till 1:17 for the action to start. Oh, and just braggin’ on him, Basic survived until the last five humans. That’s my man! Check out the original post here.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage Review

BasicNerf and I have completed the next episode of our N-Strike Elite Reviews. Jason brought his good looks and the blaster, I brought commentary and editing. Check out the video below!

The N-Strike Elite Rampage has many of the same features as the Raider CS-35, its predecessor. It is a pump-action shotgun-styled blaster that features slam fire capabilities, along with several attachment points for accessories. However, nearly all its features are upgrades to what the Raider offered. It is more powerful, more accurate, and more comfortable than the Raider could ever hope to be. Full discussion of the blaster is below.

The Drum – The blasters 25 round Elite drum is an improvement over the Raiders 35 rounder. It is sleeker, and symmetrical. This means that it does not impede vision as the 35 drum did. It also is more economic in the fact that it does not jut out to one side while docked in a blaster with a vertical clip bay. This makes it beneficial to right handers and lefties alike. BasicNerf also believes it to be a smoother, faster alternative than it’s predecessor when it comes to chambering the next round.

The Barrel – While not removable like the Retaliator, the Rampages barrel is rifled, meaning greater dart accuracy will accompany any user of this blaster, regardless of dart type used.

Attachment Points – the Rampage has two accessory rails running along it’s back. Any Nerf N-Strike,  N-Strike Elite, or Super Soaker tactical rail accessory can be equipped here (including the Stampede shield in either location). The blaster also offers a stock hold. Again, any Nerf stock may be equipped. Lastly, the handle of the Rampage features a D-Ring attachment point. A bandolier strap is suggested here.

Extra Ammo Housing – The handle allows a single, final dart to be stored within it; perfect for that last ditch effort to get you out of a pinch or secure victory for your team.

The Nerf N-Strike Elite Rampage, available August 1st for $29.99.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Retaliator Review

BasicNerf and I figured that you all needed a full review on the upcoming N-Strike Elite Retaliator, and so… we made one! In the video below, Jason gives his thoughts on the performance and “feel” of the blaster, while I give info. on the tactical aspect that comes along with it. We hope you like it!

The break-down The Retaliator comes with several cool accessories that allow you to customize it to suit your needs. Each accessory is actually functional, and definitely not just for show.

The Stock – Many Nerf Stocks lack in the strength department, and players often worry about breaking their stock in the heat of battle. That isn’t a problem for the new Elite Retaliator stock. It features thick walls and a solid butt plate for pocketing into your shoulder. There is no give to this stock, and no fear of breaking.

The Barrel – The new barrel attachment offers a new Nerf feature, rifling. This is where grooves molded into the barrel cause the dart to spin as it exits the blaster. This spinning causes the dart to stay on course, and increases blaster accuracy. BasicNerf’s firing tests have proven that the rifling does in fact improve blaster performance.

The Fore-grip – The Retaliator comes with an assault grip that attaches to the bottom of the barrel extension. This grip makes holding the blaster more comfortable, and makes turning and aiming the blaster quicker and easier.

The 12 Round Retaliator Clip – A 12 round half-clear clip is included when you purchase an N-Strike Elite Retaliator. This clip offers twice the ammo capacity of the blasters predecessor, the Recon CS-6, and features a large window to monitor ammo levels. Very useful for mid-battle ammo checks.

The Pistol Itself – The Retaliator is a pistol, although an extremely versatile one that can turn into an assault rifle-styled blaster. It offers a new, smoother priming motion and an increased dart range of 75 feet. It is comfortable to hold and is compatible with all Nerf N-Strike accessories.

BasicNerf unboxes the N-Strike Elite Retaliator and Rampage

We have a couple more videos from BasicNerf! For those of you who haven’t watched his first video, he’s landed himself a package from Nerf that contained the new (yet to be released, mind you) N-Strike Elite Retaliator and Rampage. Here he shows us his unboxings, and if you weren’t excited before, you should probably start now. Let the jelly-ness ensue. ^_^

Retaliator

Rampage

BasicNerf receives a package

Several more renowned bloggers have received some very special packages from Nerf. One of those people is my buddy Jason from BasicNerfing. He got the new Rampage and Retaliator blasters, both from the N-Strike Elite line, along with a new clear 18 round clip and a ton o’ darts. Give his video a check, and just think, only another month and a half until you can get them! :]