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Roleplayers Seek Removal of Nerf Gun Ban

samzenpus posted more than 6 years ago | from the there-are-no-guns-in-darkon dept.

Games 547

An anonymous reader writes "LARP fans at Bowling Green State University may have to contend with a crippled game of Humans vs. Zombies after the University banned Nerf guns on campus. In the live-action game, players are either humans or zombies. The goal of the game is to change all the humans into zombies, or for the humans to evade capture by zombies for a certain amount of time. To defend themselves against zombies, humans may use Nerf guns. Players (most likely the human ones) are petitioning the University to lift the ban. The game had troubles back in 2006, when participating students were arrested. That issue has since been cleared up."

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547 comments

Title revision suggestion: (0, Redundant)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878318)

University Students Seek Life

Re:Title revision suggestion: (5, Funny)

bennomatic (691188) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878404)

no... University Students Seek Mooooore Braiiiiins!

Re:Title revision suggestion: (0, Troll)

chaoticgeek (874438) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878526)

Around here BGSU is known as the STD capital...

Re:Title revision suggestion: (-1, Troll)

uvajed_ekil (914487) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878562)

Around here BGSU is known as the STD capital...

Around here, a couple of hours drive to the East, BG was known as the slut capital of Ohio. That didn't seem like such a bad thing when I was younger(though it might be, if the above statement is indeed true). I would suggest some other activities for the folks playing those games if their toys are banned, such as perhaps chasing women or being normal, but given that they were playing with Nerf guns in the first place I won't bother wasting my breath. No one wants an STD, anyway.

Re:Title revision suggestion: (-1, Troll)

chaoticgeek (874438) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878732)

I'm just saying they had to get that name for a reason, so why are all the geeks there getting their jollys playing with nerf guns outside? With a nickname like that you would think they would be playing with nerf guns in private or what have you.

Re:Title revision suggestion: (2, Insightful)

Brian Gordon (987471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878798)

Playing with nerf guns seems like a pretty awesome alternative to the rather boring "get as many neurons as possible to fire in my pleasure center over the course of 4 years".

Why? (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878320)

We're banning nerf guns now? Why?

What are we now, "Land of the fee, home of the scared?"

Re:Why? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878460)

The same thing that motivates gun control in general: totemism.

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878548)

pretty sure that nerf guns don't kill people. And you can argue all you want about people being the ones who kill people.. a person without a weapon is far less likely to splatter brains everywhere within seconds of deciding to hurt someone.

Re:Why? (0, Redundant)

Hal_Porter (817932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878606)

a person without a weapon is far less likely to splatter brains everywhere within seconds of deciding to hurt someone.
Braiiiinns!

Re:Why? (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878758)

...a person without a weapon is far less likely to splatter brains everywhere within seconds of deciding to hurt someone.

What's a weapon? You can splatter someone's brains everywhere in seconds with almost anything.

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878846)

Chuck Norris? Is that you?

Re:Why? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878864)

yeah, but most things require at least a swing, maybe some force.

Sure, you could potentially always have the case of the expert killer, or the wild crack addict with a knife, or the enraged bodybuilder or whatever, but the presence of a gun makes every encounter a potential worst case scenario. Even with your angry 6 year old who somehow managed to unlock his dad's (otherwise perfectly safe) gun cabinet and stick a clip into a pistol.

Also, a knife, a baseball bat, or the like.. they don't accidentally kill innocent bystanders blocks away.

Re:Why? (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878970)

Oh please... Don't put this down to fucken civil rights or privacy. It's a university, and as far as I'm concerned, if the staff don't want students running round the place firing bits of foam at people, good for them. It is, after all, a place of formal education, not a summer camp. I don't see what the big deal is.

Re:Why? (1)

RKBA (622932) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878982)

The way I heard it was: "Land of the Fee, Home of the Slave"

Stupid ban (4, Insightful)

ameyer17 (935373) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878330)

So they're using nerf guns. What's the big deal. Even if an innocent bystander gets caught in the crossfire, no big deal. Shouldn't they have better things to do?

Re:Stupid ban (1)

ameyer17 (935373) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878348)

Just to clarify, the first "they" is the roleplayers, the second "they" is the administration.

Re:Stupid ban (5, Funny)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878364)

Nerf guns don't kill people; hordes of undead flesh-eating zombies do.

OK, your turn.

Re:Stupid ban (5, Funny)

calebt3 (1098475) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878502)

Nerf guns don't kill people; hordes of undead flesh-eating zombies do.

+4, Informative
That is sooo wrong...

Re:Stupid ban (5, Funny)

dlanod (979538) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878540)

Typical roleplaying games... always wanting to Nerf undead.

Re:Stupid ban (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878614)

That and humans ruin everyone else's fun.

Re:Stupid ban (5, Funny)

DKlineburg (1074921) | more than 6 years ago | (#22879000)

So, let's recap :

The undead were nerfed by the GM's,
Innocent bystanders submitted a report of greifing to the game server (University),
The humans in turn are nerfed by the game server,
Thus causing the humans to be ganked by the undead.

Yep, sounds like typical PVP role-playing MMIRL.

Re:Stupid ban (1, Redundant)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878544)

Nerf guns don't kill people; hordes of undead flesh-eating zombies do.

OK, your turn.
Braiiiiiiiins...

Re:Stupid ban (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878580)

Permission to sig that sagely remark?

Re:Stupid ban (4, Funny)

Fireshadow (632041) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878660)

Two.

1)When nerf guns are outlawed, then only outlaws will have nerf guns.
2)I've seen a picture of a rack of shotguns with the caption "The damn zombies aren't going to kill themselves."

Good night!

Re:Stupid ban (1)

More_Cowbell (957742) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878690)

Agreed.

http://drmcninja.com/index.html

May I suggest some great archives to peruse for your enjoyment. (Zombies don't appear until chapter four, as I recall, but all quite entertaining nonetheless).

Re:Stupid ban (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878958)

Is this game taking place during a weekend? If somebody is doing real work at the university, then they could be disturbed by the hordes of youngsters running around shooting toy guns. I know many companies where NERF guns are discouraged during working hours....

Urban Dead cosplaying? (0, Flamebait)

Itninja (937614) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878336)

I play Urban Dead often enough, but doing it in real life is very, very sad. At least I know there are bigger nerds than me still in the gene pool.

Re:Urban Dead cosplaying? (2, Funny)

deopmix (965178) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878368)

I need a +1 Introspective Mod.

Re:Urban Dead cosplaying? (5, Funny)

compro01 (777531) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878388)

hey, they're up and running around. they're doing their part to fight the looming obesity crisis, in addition to training to combat the looming undead crisis. =D

Re:Urban Dead cosplaying? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878570)

Yeah, doing stuff in real life is Sooooo much nerdier than having no fun outside of your computer

Re:Urban Dead cosplaying? (2, Informative)

aztektum (170569) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878630)

Wait, wait, wait.... You mean Urban Dead the online game?? How the *hell* is that any better than people, oh I dunno GETTING OUT OF THEIR PARENTS BASEMENTS.

Glad to know there are bigger nerds than me who have little chance of diluting the gene pool.

Re:Urban Dead cosplaying? (3, Funny)

fermion (181285) | more than 6 years ago | (#22879002)

How else can a geek hope to get embroiled in a international conspiracy which takes him to Germany, where he loses his virginity to a women who is only using him, and, though sheer heroics, proves himself to the woman he lost his virginity to as more than a convenient pigeon. Take away the nerf guns, and you condemn an entire generation to their parents basement, alone and loveless.

Why would anyone ban nerf guns? (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878354)

I mean seriously, those are toys, they are specifically designed in a way that tries to eliminate every possibility of injury.

Re:Why would anyone ban nerf guns? (5, Interesting)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878468)

Anybody remember Silly String? Do they even still make that stuff?

A few years ago (can't remember when exactly) some dumb kid in Boston shot at another dumb kid with Silly String. The kid with Silly String all over him then took out a real gun, and shot the first kid dead. Mayor Menino's response to this was a proposal to ban Silly String within city limits.

This isn't exactly the same situation, but the political logic seems strangely reminiscent.

Beware (1)

MacDork (560499) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878560)

Anybody remember Silly String? Do they even still make that stuff?

Beware the silly string! [youtube.com] You'll know what's about to happen when you see all those birthday candles!

Re:Why would anyone ban nerf guns? (1, Insightful)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878724)

Only in America do you infringe upon the rights of silly string owners, not the gun owners.

I mean seriously .. that is a textbook example of why constitutionally granting the right for people to own firearms is a retarded idea. Responsible gun owners have every right to be pissed when somebody abuses the right to own a gun, but it bothers me how they compare it to other rights idiots might have that don't result in insta-kills.

People ask why america is being pussified - its simple. The right for any emotionally unstable dude to own guns is so sacrosanct that if its an institution that can't be attacked, the only politically viable action is to ban the silly string or the nerf gun. Ban the gun or the knife or the sword .. omgwtfbbq ensues.

Re:Why would anyone ban nerf guns? (1)

SirSlud (67381) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878800)

oops, struck a nerve, apparently .. doesnt really answer my question tho. If people are so pissed off about banning silly string, nerf guns, etc because some moron abuses the power of guns, why not just regulate guns?

Re:Why would anyone ban nerf guns? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878926)

dude, anti-gun is anti-amerkin. it's in the constertushun.

Re:Why would anyone ban nerf guns? (1)

SnoopJeDi (859765) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878648)

Because the universities are trying to draw a line against other things. Airsoft [wikipedia.org] for example, is banned in a lot of places.

These things don't get banned until somebody abuses the freedoms of the system and screws it up for everybody else.

Same old shit. Hope they push a good deal and get their Nerf back.

Banning Nerf? (1)

Caboosian (1096069) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878360)

That's like banning my childhood.

The wussification of a people is complete.... (4, Insightful)

NewbieProgrammerMan (558327) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878366)

...when they're afraid of people getting hurt with a FREAKING *NERF* GUN!

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (4, Funny)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878424)

Can you even Nerf a Nerf gun????

*brain asplodes*

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (1)

cheater512 (783349) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878796)

*Zombies swarm around the brain gibs*

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (5, Interesting)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878476)

...when they're afraid of people getting hurt with a FREAKING *NERF* GUN!
My little cousin got a nerf bow at a birthday, first thing his big brother did when he got his hands on it was to stick a pointy toothpick in the foam arrow and to shoot at balloons next to the parents chatting in a corner.
My cousin can make ANYTHING a hazard. It's a gift (from the devil).

But this isn't about that, this is about appearances: Can't have people playing guns on a university campus! Think of the children!

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (2, Funny)

davolfman (1245316) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878496)

I dunno. If they're viral alien critters invading the North pole with a nerf allergy there's reason to be afraid.

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (2, Funny)

Gideon Fubar (833343) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878938)

+1 Obscure Web Comic Reference

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (0)

DerekLyons (302214) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878534)

No, they aren't afraid of somebody getting hurt [directly] by a Nerf gun. They're concerned about the consequences when somebody sees a bunch of people running around carrying weapons - and calls 911. Or decides to tackle the 'weapon wielder'. Or raises a vigilante posse to go after the 'weapon wielder'. Etc... Etc...

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878626)

No, they aren't afraid of somebody getting hurt [directly] by a Nerf gun. They're concerned about the consequences when somebody sees a bunch of people running around carrying weapons - and calls 911. Or decides to tackle the 'weapon wielder'. Or raises a vigilante posse to go after the 'weapon wielder'. Etc... Etc...
Because we all fear guns.

Bright, yellow, blue, and orange, guns.

Excuse me, I need to go clean my "Passion Pink" Colt. It's losing a bit of it's shine.

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (5, Informative)

Dun Malg (230075) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878656)

No, they aren't afraid of somebody getting hurt [directly] by a Nerf gun. They're concerned about the consequences when somebody sees a bunch of people running around carrying weapons - and calls 911. Or decides to tackle the 'weapon wielder'. Or raises a vigilante posse to go after the 'weapon wielder'. Etc... Etc...
seriously, have you never seen a nerf gun [adorablekidsdressup.com] ? No one would EVER mistake one of those oversized cartoon-color toys for any sort of real weapon. This is done on purpose. They're nerf guns, fer cripes sake!

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (1)

The Evil Couch (621105) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878934)

Anyone that can confuse a Nerf gun with a real gun is an idiot and needs to identify themselves, so they can be slapped.

Re:The wussification of a people is complete.... (1)

FoolsGold (1139759) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878722)

They're not afraid of people getting hurt - They're afraid of being sued.

Nerf Cricket Bat? (1)

kidsizedcoffin (1197209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878372)

Zombie want soft-springy-foam Braaaaiiiinnnss. We're not unreasonable, I mean, no one's going to eat your eyes.

nerf (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878374)

They've nerfed the nerf guns? Damn.

Nerf Guns (4, Funny)

zippthorne (748122) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878390)

Wouldn't roleplayers support a ban on nerfing guns?

There're too many double negatives in that headline.

Re:Nerf Guns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878878)

Wouldn't roleplayers support a ban on nerfing guns?
Well, the 2d6 damage the d20 system gives for most handguns is pretty steep if you just drop them into a campaign built around archaic weapons. You'd probably want to do something about game balance. If you're already in a modern setting, though, it's probably not such a big deal. There are some "rounding losses" in the damage dice (e.g. same damage for .38S, .357, 9mm, 10mm, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP), but there's only so much nerfing you can do before an average joe can easily take a bullet and keep going.
Ok, I'll stop now.

Now THIS is news for nerds! (1)

Marbleless (640965) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878400)

Forget the rubbish about which OS has the biggest testes, or what our rights are that has been corrupting /. in recent times :)

parents complaining? (2, Interesting)

joyfeather (1167073) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878408)

I'm not sure if the college administration was making up the part about parents "complaining" or not. I still haven't figured out why parents want to treat college students like they are still in middle school, and why colleges are willing to go along with it!

Re:parents complaining? (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878430)

Have you BEEN to a college lately? I work in one. Take the fact that you can get all the way to college on junior high level knowledge and social skills, add the hormones of large groups of 18+ year olds who just moved out of home, then introduce alcohol and drugs to the equation.
I'd personally say middle school was MORE mature.

Re:parents complaining? (1)

joyfeather (1167073) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878482)

So what's new? It's been a couple of years since the LAST time I went to college, but college should be about more then just studying books- it should also be about learning to make your own decisions, and not have Mom and Dad make them for you.

Re:parents complaining? (4, Insightful)

Charcharodon (611187) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878834)

Didn't you hear? Adulthood has been moved up to 41.

Re:parents complaining? (2, Funny)

chromatic (9471) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878954)

I still haven't figured out why parents want to treat college students like they are still in middle school, and why colleges are willing to go along with it!

If parents are paying for expensive babysitters, why not oblige them?

Better than Uzi Water Guns (4, Interesting)

Nova Express (100383) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878414)

A friend of mine had one of these in college. We were running around zapping each other in a restaurant parking lot when a cop pulled up, lights flashing, and informed my friend he was about two second away from being shot before the cop realized it was a water gun. He was Not Amused.

Nerf should be fine as long as it's obvious that it IS a Nerf weapon. If not, or if it's taking place at night. be sure you play in a place where everyone knows you're in a game, or be prepared for some Very Bad Consequences if you're not careful.

Re:Better than Uzi Water Guns (4, Insightful)

Beer_Smurf (700116) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878456)

If you look at the pics from the original articles, they are brightly colored, oddly shaped and very obviously toys.

Re:Better than Uzi Water Guns (3, Insightful)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878638)

I'd have sued the crazy ass cop just for saying that. He could have drawn his weapon if they gun replicas and not obvious... But 2seconds from shooting you BEFORE even confronting you on it thats messed up. Endangerment to the people, have his gun revoked. (I say this being close to a number of cops who average drawing their weapons once per 25~30years ... but i'm in Canada so)

Re:Better than Uzi Water Guns (2, Interesting)

Cadallin (863437) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878942)

Far too many Cops in the USA have a very Cowboy attitude. And even more unfortunately, it seems the people in the USA have very little interest in doing anything about it. There is exactly zero chance of any kind of disciplinary action being taken against officers for dangerously aggressive behavior, up until the point that they shoot an innocent person. Even then, in my experience of cases I know about in detail, it is very, very iffy. If the victim is black, there's no hope at all, unless it is caught on tape. Hispanic victims are about the same. The only things I know that tend to get a reaction are if the victim is rich and white, OR if the cop blows up and shoots a brother officer in anger (which happens more often than ANYBODY realizes. Why? It often doesn't get prosecuted and is hushed up by the local media). That's about the only thing I know that will actually get a cop fired PDQ.

There are WAY too many dangerously unhinged individuals with the attitude of "I AM THE LAW!" running around in uniform.

Re:Better than Uzi Water Guns (5, Insightful)

Original Replica (908688) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878728)

when a cop pulled up, lights flashing, and informed my friend he was about two second away from being shot before the cop realized it was a water gun.

That's just a sign that cops are trigger happy. He should have been about two seconds away from a cop yelling "This is the Police! Drop Your Weapon!". Seriously, when the biggest danger of using a toy isn't the toy itself but the possibility of being shot by the cops, is it the toy that is a danger or the cops?

Re:Better than Uzi Water Guns (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878974)

Which is why Nerf guns are usually bright primary colors or hues of orange, pink, or red. They also look so ridiculous in terms of shape that they usually are not anything at all resembling real guns.

That being said, I've heard of LA gangs painting their real gun tips orange so as to look like airsoft guns...

I have a funny story about a similar Nerf game... (4, Funny)

AcidPenguin9873 (911493) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878428)

called Assassin that some frats and/or dorms play at UIUC. A guy locked himself in his room to avoid an assassin, who then camped right outside his door, ready to strike the instant he opened the door. Supposedly, the guy really had to do #2, but rather than open the door and lose, he crapped out his 2nd floor window.

Do you feel lucky? (5, Funny)

coren2000 (788204) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878438)

I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire 10 nerf darts or only nine?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a Nerf Dart Tag Magstrike the most powerful nerfgun in the world, and would tickle your nose with a perfect shot, you've got to ask yourself a question:

Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

http://www.hasbro.com/nerf/default.cfm?page=viewproduct&product_id=17890 [hasbro.com]

wow (1)

ILuvRamen (1026668) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878470)

And to think my college's AITP chapter was planning a possible airsoft gun event AT my college (on the weekend). We never got a dependable plastic sheeting to cover the floor to collect the BBs or empty room of permission though :( But both of our supervisors didn't think it was a bad idea.

I'm playing right now, and HvZ is awesome (5, Interesting)

wal9001 (1041058) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878494)

Penn State's spring semester game is just getting underway (stealth zombies period ends at noon tomorrow), and it's fucking awesome, just like last semester's was. Yes, they let us use nerf guns, and nobody's been injured except for one guy who broke his foot while falling down some stairs last game. That's why we make people sign waivers.

It's the best game ever. Hope they get the issues cleared up, as nerf guns and the associated modifications (yeah, I'm an engineering student) are a really fun aspect of it. If your college doesn't play, go get it started. I recommend talking it over w/ the campus cops first though, just to make sure you won't have problems like this.

Re:I'm playing right now, and HvZ is awesome (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878564)

And to top it off, at my school (UMass) "Still Alive" by Jonathan Coulton has become the semi-official anthem of Humans vs. Zombies.

This was a triumph. I'm making a note here: BRRRRAAAAIIIINNNSSSS!

Take a page from fantasy LARP (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878504)

To defend themselves, humans can use improvised foam melee weapons [googlepages.com] .

Bonus: It makes it more realistic (what are the chances you'll have your guns with you on Z day?).

Re:Take a page from fantasy LARP (1)

timeOday (582209) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878642)

Heck, they should just switch over to throwing tennis balls at each other. And if that fails, wads of paper. Try banning paper!

What do we want? BRRRAAAIIIIIINNNSSSS!!!! (3, Informative)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878508)

When do we want 'em? BRRRRAAAAIIIINNNSSSSS!!!!

Here at UMass Amherst we're currently in the opening days of our second game of Humans vs. Zombies. The first was played beginning last Halloween. I'm currently a zombie.

To all those telling us to get lives: we have them. Humans often get tagged because they tried to continue normal campus life during the game. It's not a LARPing thing: nobody dresses up; we just wear a band around our arm or head to indicate team status. Games usually last a couple of weeks, and consist of normal play coupled with "missions" that reward either human or zombie for accomplishing objectives as a team. One of those missions is always a food drive for the poor. Sure, we have to hide our Nerf guns during room inspections, but even the RAs really don't give a damn (like they apparently do at Bowling Green. To top it off, HvZ players are usually some of the coolest, most interesting people on campus (including numerous attractive women).

It's good clean fun for college kids that doesn't necessarily involve getting wasted (though you can, and we do, play wasted here at UMass). What's not to like?

also LEDs are weapons of mass destruction... (2, Insightful)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878524)

all of this trouble because:

The students were issued citations for disorderly conduct, according to Chief Jim Wiegand of the University police. Weigand said the students created a panic situation by carrying what appeared to be firearms on campus. "We do not allow weapons or facsimiles of weapons on campus," he said.
then I suppose they don't allow pencils or pens on campus because they resemble dangerous things like ice picks and no silverware of any kind because they resemble pitchforks and gutting knives. there's trying to prevent confusion of whether something is a deadly weapon or not and then there's bureaucratic stupidity. guess which this one is.

Re:also LEDs are weapons of mass destruction... (1)

Scrameustache (459504) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878568)

then I suppose they don't allow pencils or pens on campus because they resemble dangerous things like ice picks
When there's a rash of mass-murders on campuses using an ice-pick, they'll ban things that remind them of ice-picks.

For the meantime, lets just be happy you can still have a camera tripod [thestar.com] on campus.

Re:also LEDs are weapons of mass destruction... (1)

wizardforce (1005805) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878622)

When there's a rash of mass-murders on campuses using an ice-pick,
it'll happen some day. The only reason it hasn't happened already is that melee weapons require the attacker to be up close and personal with whoever they're after. It's not an option for them yet as it increases the risk of them being injured before too many people get hurt and secondly I doubt they want to see their work up close, they require some level of detachment that distance provides.

LARPers? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878530)

We have an assassin's guild at my university (Indiana University). We have not really had much trouble, with the heads of the university understanding that it is all just harmless fun and games.

The only involvement we have had with the police was when they saw a bunch of us gathered together at night and they asked us what we were doing and let us on our way. We also have rules banning painting the guns black.

And I'm sorry... but LARPers? It is not freaking larping, it is just playing a game.

Re:LARPers? (1)

lilomar (1072448) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878828)

Yes. A game. A Role Playing game perhaps? And look, It's Live Action too!

Now what would be a good acronym for Live Action Role Playing? Something to keep it from being confused with LARPing?

Re:LARPers? (1)

Admiral Ag (829695) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878894)

I can't believe no-one has mentioned the lightning bolt lightning bolt guy. Is this still slashdot?

WTF? (2, Insightful)

RoboRay (735839) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878542)

Someone call the NRA.

They're not being unreasonable (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 6 years ago | (#22878546)

I mean, no one's gonna eat their eyes.

Perhaps they should consider (-1, Troll)

taustin (171655) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878554)

Perhaps these students should consider that having a bunch of dumbasses running around campus, running in to people, yelling and screaming, leaving litter lying about, and generally proving they're dumbasses who shouldn't be in college in the first place because small children get in the way of studying, isn't exactly going to make them feel welcome.

Maybe these dumbasses should consider that reporting the nerf toys as real-looking guns is a ruse. Maybe the reason they're banned isn't becaues they're dangerous, it' because the dumbasses carrying them are annoying.

Maybe they should consider getting a life.

BG Represent! (1)

Asahi Super Dry (531752) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878572)

Heh, I went to BGSU. Apparently the zombie problems have only worsened in the 6 years since I graduated.

They are banned here too.. (1)

cdw38 (1001587) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878574)

They are also banned where I go to school - they play that game by tagging eachother now. Can't say I'm too disappointed not to have seen kids shooting nerf guns at eachother all around campus (instead they just run around like fools trying to tag eachother). Actually, not allowing nerf guns allows the rest of us to have some fun by straight charging at any group of people wearing the zombie headbands. Haha, they will disperse faster than any group you've ever seen.

Also: How does this make the front page? (1)

cdw38 (1001587) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878600)

One more thing - how the hell does this make the front page of /.? So what, a school doesn't need a bunch of kids running around shooting nerf guns at eachother. Imagine if you were visiting as a high school student and saw a bunch of kids in green bandanas running wildly from someone just launching nerf bullets (or whatever you'd call them) at them. Maybe I'm crazy, but I'd think twice about attending (playing tag with green bandanas doesn't come off as quite as strange)...

Re:They are banned here too.. (1)

AySz88 (1151141) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878664)

The Cornell game used rolled-up socks as a replacement in lieu of nerf guns or ammo (though I'm pretty sure the nerf guns aren't banned). Unfortunately, the game is probably dead now - it used to be at http://www.zombiesattackithaca.com/ [zombiesattackithaca.com] . For the curious, here's an article on it [cornellsun.com] .

Nerf Guns??? What's Next??? (2, Insightful)

Skeetskeetskeet (906997) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878590)

Hanging up neon cartoon characters flipping people the bird in Boston????

They may have banned Nerf GUNS... (1)

UnCivil Liberty (786163) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878752)

...but not Nerf CROTCHBAT!

Hit 'em right in the zombie junk!

Wow... (1)

Idiomatick (976696) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878764)

Not to sound overly harsh but... CHILL THE FUCK OUT. Arresting people for having fun? Anyone who has had a childhood knows that nerfguns are BIG, NEON and shoot 3 inch long bright SPONGES. Danger of getting hit by a sponge vs outlawing a game that sounds pretty awesome. This is ridiculous, I hate watching universities cave to every little whim, taking absolutely no risks. One nice example, some schools aren't allowed to play anime at all, since they find it bothersome to verify whether or not every rule is being followed for ownership and playing. I wish people would show some backbone over this kind of thing. But then again, the police would probably have any students doing sit-ins forcibly removed http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/03/21/campus-protest.html?ref=rss [www.cbc.ca] ....

I know why they're banned (5, Funny)

tooler (36824) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878824)

The only explanation is that campus administrators are zombies. The cheating bastards want to make sure nothing stops them from eating more brains.

Re:I know why they're banned (1)

lahvak (69490) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878888)

The only explanation is that campus administrators are zombies.

Yes, but that's no news. I mean, doesn't everybody already know that? I didn't know NERF guns worked on them, though. I think I will get one for my office, and carry it with me to meetings.

Hey, a local subject! (1)

nifboy (659817) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878836)

Is it really that surprising that a campus that hosts some 20,000 students will have more than a few students that don't trust LARPers with anything even remotely resembling a gun? Especially considering: * They tend to travel in groups and wear matching armbands (interpreted as "gang-like" behavior) * The average LARPer is already something of a social deviant (not quite anime-convention-strange but strange enough) * Recent high-profile college shootings, which some people were personally affected by (or knows somebody who knows somebody who was) It's basically a recipe for raising suspicion and paranoia, especially in the first year when very few people on campus knew about the game until the police started arresting people.

Re:Hey, a local subject! (1)

kognate (322256) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878988)

Another thing to remember is that Ohio is a Concealed Cary state. With all the high-profile shootings at schools (if I were an administrator at the school) I'd be more worried that the players would come up against someone who didn't know it was a game and was trying to Save The World.

OT: Zombie lifetime (1)

GodfatherofSoul (174979) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878908)

Waaay off topic, but I'm a big zombie movie fan and I'm glad to see that the rules account for the often unanswered question, "So, how long does a zombie live?" Forty-eight hours according to the rule set I looked at.

University in the US? (1)

WoollyMittens (1065278) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878950)

Wait what? I read in the comments about campus cops, room inspections and complaining parents. It sounds to me like a cross between military school, prison and kindergarten. What business have parents complaining about 18 year old adults?

I feel safe... (1)

laughingcoyote (762272) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878996)

I'm very glad to know that American citizens are being protected from this terrible danger. I've heard, in fact, that more American children have been attacked by Nerf weapons than by all other types of weapons combined. We're taking a good first step toward eliminating this terrible menace.

If we must all be turned into zombies, well, that's just the price we pay for safety. Besides, we'll be completely safe that way, nothing hurts a zombie! What's to lose?

So... (2, Interesting)

mrmeval (662166) | more than 6 years ago | (#22878998)

Is it the same penelty to carry NERF as it is to carry Colt?

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