He shoots, misses. Every half-second adrenaline-flushed blood slams through his arteries, shaking his hands, wobbling his legs. That, and the poor ballistic quality of air-propelled foam makes the opponent hard to hit. The enemy is also fast; the enemy is agile.
Stay put and provide a base of fire or to storm the enemy base, a bean bag filled hula hoop. He must think fast.
The game is capture the flag. The battle: Nerf on UFV Turf.
Hosted by UFV campus rec and the physics students association last Friday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., the event was put on for students to meet other students, and play a variety of Nerf games. Some of the games included defend the fortress, humans vs. zombies, and capture the flag.
“Different games involve different winning conditions, but generally all games involve hitting other players with Nerf darts,” Perrin Waldock, physics student association president said.
Close to 30 students enlisted, with about 20 on the battlefield during the height of the Nerf war.
The event encouraged students to hang out on campus for fun and games. Waldock said this is part of the community he wants to see grow at UFV.
“Students often go to classes, then leave as soon as they finish,” Waldock said. “I want to build a campus community by encouraging people to stay on campus outside of class time.”
UFV campus recreation program manager, Cheryl Van Nes, said that she’d like to see more events like this on campus, but it requires students to come to her with their ideas and interest.
Van Nes and Waldock have already began talking about planning for September.
“My dream would be holding a large campus-wide event to engage our new students and show them that stuff other than classes happen at UFV,” Waldock added.
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