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bigal123

Unusual Venues.

So following on from a bit of chat on Discord about new an unusual places to Nerf I've been thinking about this place a lot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpFoohaxxeA&t=2s

I used to live 10 mins from this place and went there a lot in the past when the wee one was little. Unfortunately it shut down several years ago and has never re opened but as far as I know its still mostly intact but getting a bit more run down. I had a sneaky wander about it a couple of years ago which was after this video was filmed and it was still much the same. I would love to try and see what its like these days and see if the owners are up for letting some foam be flung around it for a day, if its safe enough.
Rab

That looks awesome Al, get some zombie clowns in there and it could be the carnival level off House of the dead.

We often play a game with the kids when travelling in the car to a Nerf war where we have to think up awesome places.

Here's the abandoned gothic mansion near me that I keep threatening to have a poke around, definitely on the list of things to do over christmas.







I'd love a game in an old hospital or school or something,

Any other unusual venues anyone can think of?
UK Foam

Amazing location! Very Happy
In bristol we play in Chapel but an abandoned place would be amazing.
WalcomS7 uploaded a great war venue too!
Welsh Mullet

Abandoned hospital that looks like it would be a cool Nerf / airsoft venue if cleaned up... I wonder if it's for sale

http://www.derelictplaces.co.uk/m...-south-wales-february-2016-a.html
Northwind

Grim Up North: Pripyat
blindgeekuk

My huge concern on any abandoned building/venue is safety - crap on the floor, broken windows, roof tiles, exposed electrics etc
Boff

blindgeekuk wrote:
My huge concern on any abandoned building/venue is safety - crap on the floor, broken windows, roof tiles, exposed electrics etc


Fair enough but your game organisers' job is to get there early and sort that sort of stuff out. For a venue like that, you'd add a couple of extra hours before guests start arriving in order to go around with brooms, hazard tape and what not to secure the place. You also get a more in-depth safety briefing prepared and sign a liability waiver to the effect of 'if you get hurt then it's your own fault'.
Northwind

There's abandoned and then there's abandoned... Where's that house? Looks awesome, and in pretty good condition- a 60s unroofing or something? Grounds must be kept from the looks of it, that's not abandonment overgrowth...

OTOH I wouldn't touch that theme park with a 10 foot pole  Laughing
blindgeekuk

Footage from inside Dunmore Park, that abandoned mansion https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbV-3v6-hno
Sparky2504

Wouldn't fancy a dart sweep at the theme park lol love the idea of unusual venues, somewhere like that hospital may let you use it for free if you agree to clear it out first (which would need to be done anyway)
OldNoob

You won't ever get "official" use of abandoned/derelict buildings. It would be over 18 only, at own risk and be prepared to talk to plod.
bigal123

Yes I was thinking it would need to be an adults ish only type of game if you used such a place and need a hell of a lot of preparation and forward planning to sort it out. Even just getting together a smallish group of 12 to 16 people would make it fun though and it would give you some awesome footage in some of the really atmospheric places.
Rab

Its in Airth, between falkirk/stirling Northwind.

Guy from my work nerfs there with his kids. Structural its all supported with steelwork so it wont collapse on you !

Will report back
Aldegar

You guys are so lucky to have old world structures and the history that goes along with them.
Northwind

Ah the place with the pineapple! Cool.
OldNoob

Aldegar- you guys have most of Detroit...
Aldegar

OldNoob wrote:
Aldegar- you guys have most of Detroit...


lol, yeah and a vast wilderness too but sadly no castles of old.
Franksie

You don't have traditions yet either, merely habits!
Justajolt

I'm pretty sure there are some old ruins in the North of Leeds near round hay park. The problem with anywhere which doesn't have a flat floor is dart recovery afterwards.

I know that people use school buildings sometimes in the states. Not sure how that would work here. I'd be inclined to think it wouldn't happen, but I might ask at the ones I have contact with. Most are open during the holidays for staff to work, but some evenings and Saturdays might be an option.
Aldegar

Franksie wrote:
You don't have traditions yet either, merely habits!

You mean Americans?
Minky

OldNoob wrote:
over 18 only, at own risk and be prepared to talk to plod.


Guerilla Nerf. Love it. I'm in.

That abandoned mansion looks like something straight out of resident Evil or silent hill.. Can you imagine it at night?!
OldNoob

Give everyone a red gel covered torch and let the shitscary HvZ begin! That mansion is a very "safe" venue compared to uncleared abandoned buildings.
Shady-daze

I would be hesitant to use any abandoned building without knowledge of its structural integrity, lose roofing and rotted floors are something that your not going to take too much notice of while running around. Even places that look stable can be difficult to know for sure, I remember spending a night camping in a Serbian ghost town (abandoned by the war most likely) and you could hear parts of the the concrete buildings crumble apart occasionally.
bigal123

Yeah. I definitely wouldn't be jumping into any old building to have a game but even just a game in the grounds of some of these places that are clearly not safe to go in with that as a back drop would be good fun but to find one safe enough to play in is the holy grail.

There is another great place I've been thinking about as well, it's called Mccaigs Tower in Oban up here in Scotland. It's a smaller replica of the roman coliseum and sits on a hill overlooking the town and looking out to sea and the Western Isles, Stunning place and very safe, open to the public and some great surrounding grounds as well would make for a great game. Also is accessible as a day trip on the train from Glasgow, might have to speak to some of the locals, I know a few folk up there Very Happy

https://youtu.be/hPw5Jx_Bgi0
Northwind

Thinking about this, it's mostly about feel... It'd be cool to play in an abandoned factory or asylum or something but you'd have to be out of your mind to take any responsibility. But you can get the right feel elsewhere in big old funky shaped buildings. Like, this isn't practical because it's a commercial venue for weddings etc and would cost a fortune, but Summerhall in edinburgh- an old vet school- would be incredible, all random corridors and different sized rooms and balconies and mazes... Or Teviot House student union for that matter (I totally bemoan our lack of any student Nerf societies in edinburgh...)

Or, I went to Gencon back in 1945 or something like that at UMIST and it absolutely breathed "abandoned lunatic asylum", all massive wide echoing corridors and interesting rooms... The uni I work for is all 1970s H-blocks and completely boring but old universities could be ideal.
FDT

I've fancied running an event at Craigmillar Castle for ages now, less than a mile from my house. It's been really well preserved and has a great history. Loads of levels and rooms to explore, but on the plus side it's not too large for a Nerf War.

Sod it, I'm going to speak to Historic Environment Scotland. They hire it out for weddings so hopefully I can convince them to let us in  Very Happy

https://www.historicenvironment.s...-place/places/craigmillar-castle/
Minky

Nice one Big Al,  very 'Way of the Dragon'
OldNoob

I would suggest the first rule of abandoned building Nerf is everyone is responsible for their own personal safety and that's where liability ends!
I think it's great that people are already considering hiring alternative spaces, I have always believed our hobby's biggest strength is that it can be played anywhere without risk of damage to interiors and with good dart sweeping, very low environmental impact. There is no reason why our heritage sites shouldn't be considered as venues.
Rab

Yeah , being responsible for yourself has to be a given.

When I first got into Ultra running it wasnt very popular and there was limited races available.

If you were to organise your own race you had two options, one go the full hog with proper insurance, race permits, check points and whatever, which quite often ment race organisers and crew out numbered actual competitors.
Option two was to be a bit less official knowing that the people involved could look after themselves with little additional support. This form of race has mostly died out due to a much larger feild of runners that the race directors dont actually know personally.

However, theres absolutely nothing to stop a group of responsible runners meeting up on there own and going for a long run in the hills,

Which is how id see this playing out with regards use of unusual or abandoned venues.

**EDIT**
just had this drone footage of the abandoned mansion pop up in my youtube feed.
Really gotta go there now.
https://youtu.be/LaNbfbWF9X4

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