Sunday, February 28, 2016

Poker and Nerf Guns

I love poker and I love nerf guns.

A player aiming an N-Strike Stampede ECS

N-Strike is the main line of the Blasters toy series. This line consists of toy guns that fire rubber-tipped foam darts. While the blasters have been offered in several different colors, the N-Strike's main colors are yellow and orange, despite some models being offered mainly in blue. Blasters released before mid-2010 bear the original N-Strike badge, which has the motto: "Enlist, Engage, Enforce". The N-Strike name was formerly used for one set of three blasters (Titan AS-V.1, Hornet AS-6 and Scout IX-3), which has since been renamed the Unity Power System.

The Recon CS-6 is a "build-your-own" Nerf Clip-System Blaster that was released in 2008 under the N-Strike series. It has five interchangeable parts: a barrel extension, flip up sight, dual-mode light beam, stock and main blaster. It resembles the M4 Carbine Rifle.

In 2011, the Stampede ECS - a tripod-mounted, battery-powered gun which is loaded with ammo magazines[5] - was awarded "Boy Toy of the Year" at the 11th Annual Toy of the Year Awards, which is held at the American International Toy Fair in New York City.[6] Popular Mechanics praised it as "the best overall Nerf gun ever", being easy to use and less prone to jamming than earlier battery-powered Nerf models.[5]
N-Strike Elite

On August 1, 2012, the N-Strike line was succeeded by the N-Strike Elite, which consists mainly of existing blasters with improved internal mechanisms for better firing distances. Firing distances are up to 75 feet (23 m) feet for the U.S. models, while international models (identifiable by their gray triggers) have a maximum firing distance of 15 metres (49 ft). The primary colors of N-Strike Elite are blue, white and orange.[7]

Elite XD is a sub-series of N-Strike Elite, but with advertised ranges of 85 to 90 feet (26 to 27 m) for the US version and 22 metres (72 ft) for the international model. Although advertised as having a longer range than the Elite, the only difference in design is the blue-on-white coloring.[citation needed] It started in the beginning of 2014 with the Demolisher 2-in-1 and Cam ECS-12. The N-Strike Elite Mega line was launched in 2013, with the Centurion as its flagship blaster. It is another sub-series of the N-Strike Elite series. This series comes with a custom type of mega dart.
Dart Tag

Dart Tag is a Nerf sub-line that differentiates itself from the main N-Strike line by being more competition-oriented. The line consists of blasters that fire Velcro-tipped foam darts. Players wear Dart Tag vests or jerseys lined with patches of Velcro, and scoring is determined by where the opponents are hit with the darts.[8] Over the years, Dart Tag blasters have been sold in different colors and mostly in pairs - either red and blue or orange and green. From 2011 forward, the main color of the blasters is yellow, while the jerseys and eyewear are offered in different colors.

In 2009, Hasbro started the Nerf Dart Tag League, an official Nerf sport held annually in the United States. The most recent event in 2011 was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.[9]

The current Dart Tag lineup was first introduced in mid-2011, featuring a more uniform yellow, black and blue color scheme in contrast to the multicolored blasters of the previous lineups. In 2012, Hasbro retooled the internals of the blasters to make them fire darts at longer distances. These improved blasters are distinguished by their blue triggers and highlights.
Nerf Vortex

Unlike the N-Strike and Dart Tag lines, which use foam darts, Vortex uses XLR (Xtra Long Range) discs[10] - green, white or glow-in-the-dark plastic discs wrapped in foam. These discs are capable of traveling at greater distances than foam darts (up to 65 feet[11]) and also ricocheting off of walls.[12][13] As with other current Nerf and Super Soaker blasters, the Vortex blasters are designed with tactical rails to accommodate scopes and other accessories. The Praxis and Nitron have accessories that are also compatible with other Nerf blasters.[14] To further differentiate from the yellow-colored N-Strike and Dart Tag blasters, the Vortex blasters are colored kelly green and vermilion except the Pyragon, Revonix360, and Diatron, which are colored white, gray and vermilion.
Zombie Strike

Zombie Strike is a sub-line introduced in mid-2013 for fans of Humans vs. Zombies games.[original research?] The sub-line consists of N-Strike Elite and Vortex blasters that sport post-apocalyptic designs. An N-Force sword is also included in the sub-line.[15]
Combat Creatures

The Combat Creatures lineup is a joint project between Nerf and Wow! Stuff. It features remote-controlled robots that can fire Elite darts. The first robot, the Terradrone, was released in Fall 2014. An early-release version is now on the market.

Rebelle is a sub-line introduced in fall 2013 aimed at the female demographic. As such, the Rebelle blasters incorporate feminine designs and pastel colors.[16] Its slogan is Step Up and Stand Out. [17]

Rivals is a line of ball blasters aimed at 14 to 20 year old males that was released in the fall of 2015. The current line of blasters to be listed are the Zeus MXV-1200 and Apollo XV-700. Its ammunition can reach up to 100FPS