Hey guys, first time poster here.
I am starting up a new game at UT Arlington next fall, I am a freshman here. I have been reading through the forums and researching the game for months and we have learned what typically works or does not work. We have gone through all the correct procedures regarding getting permission to play. We were quickly approved by the head of campus recreation, the police and some of the higher ups. Then we had a meeting with residence life and they pointed out there is a toy gun ban in the residence halls. Since HvZ is aimed at on campus players, this poses a major problem. The rule states that you cannot even store the toy guns in your room. I tried to persuade them to let us have a trial run with nerf blasters allowed in the dorms, and if we had a positive reaction with students and staff, we could petition to change the rule. Unfortunately, they are extremely strict on this.
We could play the alternative game with socks only, but they understand that this will take a lot of the fun away from the game. We decided that would be the last choice. We think the best possibility would be to try to keep the players blasters with us in a storage area and only hand them out before the missions. After the scheduled mission is done, we would take the blasters back. The players would use socks for any play other than the missions. This has both positive and negative aspects to it.
-We will be using a reward system that offers points for humans, one for each day they survive and one for each successful mission they attend. Having to hand out the blasters before missions would help us keep track of who shows up and receives a point.
-Doing it this way would maximize our organization of the game. There will be no room for mistakes in the trial game. The higher ups would be impressed with the overall organization.
-If we have a large turnout with residence hall students, we could petition to have the rule changed for the second game.
-This could be very costly to us. We will be applying to be a student organization soon but we may or may not be granted storage space. If we are not, we would have to buy/build storage containers for hundreds of Nerf blasters.
-If we do have to buy/build storage bins, it would be time consuming to move them around.
-We may have issues with players trying to steal other players blasters. We would have a strict ID rule in place, but there may be mistakes. It could be costly to us in the end, depending on the blaster.
We have mostly kept this game under wraps to avoid disappointment if we were denied. Prior to our first meeting, we posted something quick on the UTA freshman page to ask for support for the game. We generated a large amount of support within the page and think we could do the same around campus with the right advertising. We are trying to do it right and do it big. Has anyone dealt with a similar situation? Does anyone have advice? Any help is much appreciated, thanks guys!