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1  General Nerf / General Off topic / Re: Battle of the bands on: March 28, 2008, 11:34:58 pm
There is no best band because all of them have certain virtues that, in the words of OriginalWhiteFolks are "often imitated, but never duplicated." That being said, I have found one of the greatest songs that I have ever heard.

Watch the Children Pray - Metal Church

~Zach
2  General Nerf / New Members / Re: Guess Who's Back... on: January 03, 2008, 10:34:33 am
I'll help ya with that.

Kreator - Riot Of Violence

This song alone has more testicular fortitude than the entire Metallica lineup combined.

~Zach
3  General Nerf / New Members / Re: Guess Who's Back... on: January 03, 2008, 10:00:11 am
Dang. It's been a while.

On the note of bands...

Kreator is thrashier than Metallica could ever be.

EVAR.

~Zach
4  General Nerf / General Nerf Disscusion / Re: The dying of Nerfx.net. on: October 24, 2007, 08:30:21 pm
The fog has lifted!

That is all.

~Zach
5  Fun / Forum Games / Re: The Best Forum Game You'll Ever Play on: June 27, 2007, 05:36:51 pm
*Last person didn't know that the costume had a recording of a mooing cow that played whenever it walked.*

*Moves out of the way and punches cow's hand/hoof.*

*Uses 20ft pole to knock a beehive onto the next poster's head.*

~Zach
6  General Nerf / War Tactics / How to play and win... on: June 27, 2007, 02:23:14 pm
I'm sure you all know what I'm talking about.  You're in a match and somehow, somebody manages to catch you off guard, you get hit, and you're just wondering to yourself, "How the heck did that happen?"

I plan to tackle that with decent efficiency in this article of mine.

I'll tell you right now, it isn't possible to be completely prepared, because you'll never know what they picked up until you see it. At the same time, you'll always have the factor on your side.

One thing that's always important is the mindset. If you want to win, you have to want it with every last fiber of your being. You need to be completely driven. If you don't entirely want to win, you won't win as much.

The next point is the weapons. I personally try to keep something of everything on my person, just because anything can happen. I usually have a RF20, a NF or a LBB, and a Mav. Yeah, that's a lot, but it helps to have straps or holsters. If you play by positions (sharpshooter, warrior, raider, etc.) you need to carry weapons to suit that, along with a backup that decently contrasts your lineup so that you're well-rounded.

Now is for the ammo. Always have as much ammo as you can carry without significantly hindering your movement. Last thing you want to happen is be stranded in the middle of a firefight with little ammo to pick up. Yeah, it can happen. Also, if you have a gun that doesn't use conventional ammo, you DEFINITELY should have a lot of ammo for it, otherwise it becomes a useless block of plastic until you find some.

Next is the almost equally important lack of ammo. Now you're thinking, "Where the heck did his mind go?" Don't worry, it's firmly in place, now let me finish explaining. What  I'm talking about is the hand-to-hand factor. You'll never run out of ammo with a light saber, but a RF20 is spent in two seconds flat. If your war allows you, it's a good idea to carry a H2H weapon on you, just in case you do run out of ammo, but that won't happen because you've got a bunch of ammo on you, right?

Being in good shape also helps, but it definitely isn't imperative. It does help with endurance and just about everything else.

How you play the game is the most important factor of all. It's reckless to run right into the midst of battle, but it's harder to hit your target from afar. It's easy pickings if you ambush a group of people, but then there's a good chance you could get shot too since you went right into the open and prolly sent out a huge wave of ammo. If you rush a base, you've got a good chance of getting shot as well, but if you succeed, it's usually well worth it, especially when it has an ammo horde or something. It all depends on what sort of "danger" you're willing to face and your preferred playing style. I personally like to raid bases, it's the most rewarding, it's usually fun, and there's a reason to carry two RF20's.

To sum it up, you need to want to win, you need to carry weapons to suit, you need as much ammo as you can carry, H2H weapons help, being fit helps, and be ready for what you plan to do that round.

~Zach
7  Fun / Forum Games / Re: The Best Forum Game You'll Ever Play on: June 27, 2007, 11:58:43 am
*Grabs shotgun before leaving house.*

*Holy crap! Drops and slide kicks Leon's legs out, stands up, shoots Master Chief in visor.*

*Runs to next poster's house and completely dresses them up to look like me so that I don't take the heat.*

~Zach
8  Fun / Forum Games / Re: The Best Forum Game You'll Ever Play on: June 26, 2007, 08:33:03 pm
*Administers lethal injections to the puppies.*

*Has a special bong for huffing kittens sent to the next poster's house.*

~Zach
9  Fun / Forum Games / Re: The Best Forum Game You'll Ever Play on: June 26, 2007, 11:04:34 am
Zach throws a few hundred programmers at the bug.

Gives the next poster the bad times computer virus.
10  General Nerf / Reviews/Articles / How to keep a Nerf website active... on: June 26, 2007, 11:02:45 am
I feel like I should contribute something to the site, so this is an article I wrote for when nubs decide to make their own sites Don't take this as me calling you guys nubs and try not to feel insulted in anyway if your site has anything that this article says not to. I honestly wrote this a long time ago and figured I'd give you guys a discussion piece.

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This is an article for all of you newbies who feel like running your own site.


There are quite a few challenges to be faced when trying to run your own site, the main ones being attracting visitors and being able to come up with fresh content on a regular basis.

People, people everywhere and not one is here for me!

To get people to come to your site, you need to give them a reason to come. Perhaps it would be good forums, good content, or even just a good environment.

Forums are generally a pain to keep going after you start them. You have to find a way to keep people posting, you have to constantly troll check, and among other things, it needs to be easy for the people and the admins to use!

A person in a confusing forum usually won't try to keep up. That person will just go to the next forum. Don't make anything more complex than it needs to be.

An admin won't be able to do its job in a forum with a tricky admin panel. Simplicity is the key.

If you know PHP/Perl/ASP/*insert other programming languages here*, you might be able to create your own forum, and if you can do that, you might be able to make it simple. Possibly even make it look similar to the rest of your site (as we all know, forums come stock with the horrid templates)...

But that's all assuming you're a code guru.

If you want to put a forum into the site, I'd reccomend SMF, it has good features in its stock form, is easily modified to fit individual needs, and is easily integrated with one's site.

How to make content out of thin air...

You don't.

Good content isn't whipped up in five minutes and put onto a site. Good content is given some time to stir in somebody's mind, is proofread, and is actually readable.

To do this, it'd be a good idea if you have not one, but several people submitting content to your site, those same people might also check that content to see if it isn't stolen or fake.

It's also the webmaster's responsibility to post it to their site.

The clean working environment...

This problem rears its ugly head in most any forum.

Trolls come in, spam advertisers come in, hackers...

Whack them before they can whack you. Make registration approved by admins.

If they have a suspicious email address, don't let them in. As for hackers, you're pretty much on your own. Make sure you use your secret question to log in as well as your password.

The other type of clean...

Don't let newbies ask questions that have been answered.

Don't let people flame on your site.

Don't let them cuss too much. Some is okay, but don't let them fill their post with them.

Above all, no pr0n links or pictures. Imagine a newbie going to your site and finding a link to a supposedly good site. Newbie goes there and finds a picture of boobs instead. Yeah, boobies rule, but what if the person's mom saw him go there? That's prolly the end of that site.

Easy navigation...

Don't make wonky navigation bars. Don't do things too out of this world, because if you do, it might be a pain for the users to use it and for the admin to fix it.

A simple navigation bar to the side of the page, maybe even one at the top and bottom as well of the page, will do fine.

Now for maintaining the navigation bar, a server side include could help greatly with that if you know a coding language. Don't use a frame unless you have to.

The rest of the page...

General rules of thumb here.

No monstrous banners.

No flashing backgrounds.

No weird backgrounds.

No disruptive pictures.

No banner advertisements. This applies only to people who pay for their host.

Don't use really long domain names.

Go go gadget...um...what the heck is this anyway?

Don't fill your site with every little feature you can cram in there.

If there's a guestbook, contact form, and maybe some forums or image galleries, you'll be fine. But don't jam every last fun-filled, useless invention in it.

It takes up too much space on the server and it distracts users from where you really want them; the content.

Remember, content before creativity.

Rules...

Don't make them too overbearing unless you need to, don't enforce them to the absolute last un-dotted i, and don't make consequences too steep.

This doesn't mean let your users have run of the house either.

Be the boss, but don't be a mean boss.

Last, and most importantly...

Get stuff done.

Hopefully this is able to help you all.

~Zach
11  General Nerf / General Off topic / Re: Video Games! on: June 26, 2007, 10:45:57 am
I've always been a pretty big Nintendo fanboy. In fact, if I count right, I've owned every single Nintendo system except the virtual boy.

I remember way back before I started school, I'd always wake up, have a glass of milk and cookies, then go play the heck out of some SMB3. Man that was fun stuff, Mario games were like crack to me and they remain my favorite games.

Right now I'm actually working on Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time. I can't beat the last boss.

~Zach
12  Fun / Forum Games / The Best Forum Game You'll Ever Play (Currently being devoured by General Cole) on: June 26, 2007, 10:36:01 am
I saw this one scrolling through a NerfOnline archive.

Basically, you type about doing something that affects the next poster, and then the next poster reactes and does something else.

I'll start.

Zach dips an enraged Domo-Kun into super glue and throws it at the next person.
13  General Nerf / New Members / Just Got Here on: June 26, 2007, 10:20:45 am
You know who I am, I need no introduction.

However it should be noted that a lot of my posts prolly will be in forum games and stuff. If you're good little boys though, I might make a contribution.

I'd have to say this could be a fun ride.

~Zach
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