Waco: Local Nerf enthusiast group holds gaming event

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Published: Jan. 8, 2017 at 8:32 PM CST
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Nerf enthusiasts met at Hewitt Park Sunday afternoon for their monthly gaming event.

The group known as the "Rival League" was created in 2015 after the Nerf Rival model was released.

They meet every second Sunday of the month.

The groups's founder, Patrick Clancy, said the events are well organized and aren't just about blasting the foam pellets.

"We're legit. We have these custom made barriers, and we have very specific rules that we do. We are trying to make this a much bigger and better thing," said Clancy

He said the monthly events foster a fun and competitive atmosphere for members to relieve some stress.

Rival League member Emma Swope said she commutes from Dallas because she enjoys attending.

"It's a really great community out here. I get to have fun with all my friends. Nobody is stressed or anything like that, and we get to stay active and have a lot of great times," said Swope.

Unlike the original Nerf Blaster that was released in the 1980s, the Rival series is targeted for an older audience.

Jacob VandeVeegaet is a member of the league, and said he has collected Nerf guns since he was a child.

"I've grown up with them. I still remember getting my first one for Christmas. I just kept going from there. I've never really stopped collecting them," said VandeVeegaet.

The league is open to anyone who wants to join. The only requirement is ownership of Nerf Rival gear.