ABOUT THE GAME:"Nerf ArenaBlast" is a "first person shooter" computer game with a difference - players do not shoot "real" guns, as with the more adult-oriented Unreal Tournament and Quake III, but "nerf" weapons... "paintball", if you like. So, we play for points, not kills, and there is no blood, which makes "NAB" suitable for younger players, as well as people who prefer the less sinister approach. The Atari/Mattel Interactive computer game is widely available and played in America and Europe; it comes with a number of "arenas" to play in, but gamers themselves have made a lot of extra arenas (some original, some remixed from "UT") which can be easily downloaded and added to your map files. The online NAB community is not large, but it is friendly, so why not come and join us! A two-arena "demo" of the game can be downloaded - click the "Demo" button to try it.
Tuesday 5th November, 2002:
We have posted reviews of Tiggy's recent two maps now, Ascension and Ciguatera - and we welcome a new mapmaker, whose Manato's Nerf Page has been added to our links on the "Planet NAB" front page here. He's no Tiggy or SLAM yet, but our reviews and screenshots are now up, for Castle Run, The Run, Fun, Long John, and Fun 2 - though the last of those seems to run on the NAB demo rather than the 1.2 full version, at least for me!
Saturday 14th June 2003:
Well, there have been a few new NAB maps since our last update, as followers of the Forums will be aware - Chris has given us such goodies as Desert Storm, Foam Factory, Lava Center, Railroad, and, now, Fortress - some nice work there! And Sahib is providing two servers for our on-line playing pleasure, so visit his site for details of the maps you need to have if you are going to play there...as usual, almost all the map downloads you need are on the Tmon & Tux site; they've recently added the above-mentioned maps by Chris, which is good! You can normally find download links on our own review pages as well, though on older maps, the links may no longer be active, in which case, head for Tmon & Tux.
But the main news today is that Ace has released his CTFmod for NAB, along with one map to start us off, CTF-Hall of Giants Remix! This is the link you need, so what are you waiting for? "Capture the Flag" is a very popular game in Unreal Tournament and other fps games - and now at last we have it on NAB too! The bots don't, at the moment, seem to get the idea of how to play it, but online it should be great multiplayer fun. Capture the enemy team's flag, by taking it to your home base, and score 2500 points! Other maps should follow very soon - SLAM had a number desgned and ready, he'll just need to insert Ace's code and they'll be ready for release...
Sahib's Place -
Sahib's Place -
Friday 9th July 2004:
There have been a number of maps released since our last update - quite a few of the old favourites have been remixed to run on Ace's CTF mod, for a start, and the best way to check on those is to run over to Sahib's site and look at the list he's running on his dedicated CTF server, 28 I make it! A number of these were done for the first version of CTF, as opposed to the improved 2.0 version, and you may find that characters spawn at the wrong ends sometimes, but it all adds to the fun. Both versions of the mod are here.
So, the NAB Community does continue - if you don't already visit, do drop by the main Nerf Arena Forums to see what we are all up to. The number of NAB servers online is much improved over how it used to be, thanks to Sahib and one or two others, so if you've not checked out the online situation for a while, you may be surprised. If nobody is online when you look, well, Sahib's servers do have bots to play against, so play them and with any luck other players will see and join you!