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Nerf enthusiasts on the Peninsula have been invited to take up arms against the zombie hordes.
McCrae musician Eddie J Fury and his 12-year-old son, Wolfie, have launched a Facebook page to gauge interest in organising HVZ – human versus zombie – tag battles after Wolfie recently took part in one in Melbourne. 

“Lots of people had a lot of fun in the city but there were no organised Nerf wars down on the Mornington Peninsula, so I decided to make one so then people will have something to do,” Wolfie says. “I’m a lot of the time on my iPad, and it’s just good to get some exercise. And it’s fun, so then I have a reason to modify my Nerf blasters.”

HVZ “is pretty much gang-up tiggy with Nerf blasters”, Wolfie says. “Four people start off as zombies.  If you’re a zombie you have to get all humans by tagging them with your hands or a pool noodle.  A match is 20 minutes long but we’ll end any time when all humans have been tagged. Zombies gain power-ups during the match; for example, five minutes in, zombies get a pool noodle to extend their reach; 10 minutes in they get a riot shield to block darts; 15 minutes in they get a grenade (a soft foam ball) so the zombies have a projectile, and if you get hit, you’re a zombie.”

If the interest is there, the first match could be staged during the summer holidays.  It’s likely to be at a park, with a barbecue to follow.  There’s pretty much no age restriction because there will be adult supervision, but Wolfie does warn that the foam darts do hurt a bit when they hit.  Safety glasses must also be worn when playing.

Since his son got interested in Nerf wars, Eddie says he’s discovered a whole Nerf subculture; while you can pick up a blaster for $20-$30, some enthusiasts spend hundreds on modifications and the tools needed to do so.

Wolfie got his first Nerf blaster when he was six or seven; he estimates he now has about 10.  For a 20-minute match he’ll carry two – a sidearm and a primary.  But the main requirement, he says, is good footwear. “It doesn’t matter about the Nerf blasters; it’s the shoes, because you’ll always be running a lot.”   

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