REM War 27 October 2011 [Water War in a Dream]
So, a water war made it into my dream set rotation for the first time ever last night. I have a pretty vivid imagination and thus receive 1-7 dreams per night in stunning realism, every night, since I was about 8. Much of the time, it's far more interesting than being awake. Not only is 50%-all of the information retained, but I can remember every dream I have ever had. One thing that gives them such a realistic touch is that none are lucid - I don't know that it's just a dream, nor can I end them willingly. "School dreams" can last for up to 3 months worth of time in a single one-night dream and some of them are capable of running while I'm awake, so I fall way behind the next time that dream comes around (and the people in the dream like professors treat me like I'd always been there, always wondering why I haven't written papers or why I keep missing classes or can't find classes I didn't know I had). The dream sets most likely to recur are the ones that involve something I do in real life, or have thought about too much. Nerf wars have become particularly common and I've actually improved my real life skills because of this. Experience gained in a dream war actually transfers across because the memory is retained.
Anyway, very long story short, I finally had a water war dream. It's about damn time, too - I've only interacted daily with water warriors for like the past 7 years or so. It was a pretty unique war, featuring several members of the community.
So, I was at a nerf war in central Jersey. I'd finally convinced M4 and his cousins to come up, while Seal was able to make it down alone from New York. Nobody else could make it, which was a shame, probably too busy dodging slipper shells and jellyfish, dividing by zero, or serving time in a lego jail. Anyway, the 5 of us were down at this nerf war with nerfer types that I've been fighting with quite a lot this year. It was like a typical nerf war dream, except with water war people.
Now, in nerf wars there's often an hour break for lunch. Well, I'd brought some soakers with me just in case and you can guess it, everyone else had brought some just in case. So, we ditched lunch and brought out the soakers.
I had a gun that doesn't actually exist, but kicked serious ass for a gun of its class. It had an "SS 240" sticker and was like a CPS 1200, but with an AP pc and a massively wide reservoir. The cap was about as wide as a DVD and operated like a swing valve, so you poured water in and then it closed itself. It wouldn't always stay perfectly shut, but it wouldn't let any water slosh out by design. The PC and everything beyond the 2nd check valve were made of metal so it could take higher pressure than a normal AP gun. It was shooting 60ft without any modifications. The nozzle was about 4-7x.
Everyone else brought the guns they'd used in the 2011 Community War. M4 had a 2000 MK1 and an SS 100. His cousins had a 1500 and 2500, while Seal brought a 2700.
There was this abandoned barn nearby that we chose to fight at. It was just like the one I used to have when I lived in Jersey - pretty small, with a shitload of furniture inside. A very narrow stairway in the near right corner when facing it from the main double doors led to a 2nd floor. There was a rear door in the far right corner. The windows were boarded up except the front window which was half broken. We agreed not to try and shoot through that one. The 2nd floor had an empty hayloft with a 2nd floor window that could be opened and closed.
The game was simple OHK with no time limit. The first teams were M4 and his cousins defending with me and Seal attacking.
M4's team went in and closed the double doors. The signal to start was when the side door was closed. I talked with Seal and we decided that someone would likely be guarding each door, so one of us would handle the doubles while the other one tackled the side door. I guessed that Rambo and Will would be defending the doors and M4 would be back more and use his range to back either of them up. That, or he'd go up high and defend from the hay door, which would be a problem. However, we were all still getting used to the barn layout and no one went upstairs to start.
The side door slammed shut and the game was on. Seal went around to the side and I tiptoed up to the doubles. I stood behind the right one and yanked it open while staying low and away. A huge blast of water came flying out and Rambo with it, but that opening salvo missed to the center. Adrenaline got the best of me and my own shot missed just in front of him, so he was able to open the left door and take cover behind it. I could hear M4 yelling something, but I couldn't tell where he was. I backed up, staying out of the angle of the center so M4 couldn't get me from inside and tried to draw Rambo out. We exchanged tap shots when he came out, but then he ran back inside.
So, I carefully opened the right side door all the way and latched it outside. I then backed way the eff up and walked around to latch the left one. From the angle of the left door, I could see Will and Seal fighting through the side door, which Seal had managed to open, but couldn't get through. I didn't see Rambo, but peering through the darkness inside, I got a glimpse of M4. There was this huge coffee table in the center and his shoe was sticking out the side.
I was like holy eff and jumped back several feet. He realized that he'd been spotted and pulled his foot in and fired a tap shot. I got back outside and it came up short. We traded a few more shots like that until I made a break for a couch to the left and made it. Now he had to turn around to be able to fire at that side. And that's where I made a plan, seeing how long it took to bring that long ass 2000 around. I jumped off the couch right onto the top of the coffee table.
Now that defined what a shot of adrenaline is. I was shaking as I rushed to try and get my gun down under the edge and I'm sure he had the same reaction trying to shift around and get the 2000 around. It was easier to point a gun in there then bring it around 90 degrees, so I got him. Never actually saw where the shot went, but I heard his reaction and knew it hit.
Seal had also taken out Will. Will had been shooting a bit of mist while Seal's 2700 like never runs out of water so Seal was able to press in and get him.
However, I was getting up and then a huge shot of water hit me in the head. I was like WTF and looked up and there was a huge hole in the ceiling with a 2500 nozzle sticking out of it. So that's where Rambo went.
And so it was just Rambo and Seal. Seal started shooting up at the hole, but Rambo had the better angle and Seal couldn't find cover in time. Rambo got him on the 3rd shot when Seal was scrambling for a better position.
So M4's team won the first battle. We came back together and refilled and talked about how awesome that was, then switched sides. This time I would defend with Seal while M4 and cousins would attack.
Our strategy would be different because we had the short stack. M4 would be able to have 2 people storm the double doors, so I decided we should start the defense from upstairs. Seal would cover the stairs and I would cover the hay window.
I went downstairs without a gun to close the double doors. Since I'd have to close the side door then get up those narrow ass stairs, M4 might have time to get the doubles open first. Therefore I pushed that couch in front of the doors and piled some other stuff on top of that to block the entrance and buy some seconds.
Then I slammed the side door and booked it up to the stairs. The double doors flew open and I heard expressions of surprise. They started de-piling the barrier, but that gave me time to get upstairs and to the hay window. By the time I was in position, they got about half the stuff out of the way and felt it coming. M4 had them withdraw to the outside. However, he realized that all of them could just go around to the side door and I couldn't do anything about it from that angle. So, they did that instead of challenging the hay window.
So now all 3 were inside and I shifted to the hole in the floor. Will shifted quickly and made it past my shot. M4 then covered Rambo and I had to get back to avoid the 2000 stream. M4 then ran across before I could reset.
However, they now had to get up the stairs and with both of us covering, it was a nigh impossible (always wanted to use that phrase in a sentence!) obstacle. They were smart enough not to try and force it, but came up close and probed the defense. With my SS 240's range, they couldn't even come anywhere near the first step. Even with M4's covering fire, nobody managed to touch it.
It was a pretty bad standoff. We had no intention of moving or shooting anymore unless they came up close. Having already won the first battle, M4 was like whatever and had them all just bum rush the stairs so we could get on to the next game. It was actually more effective than you'd think, as that 2000 stream really makes you get out of the way. With M4 shooting over Will and Rambo, they managed to keep me from coming over the top of the rails and the 2000 range made Seal have to move back. I did come back to the rail, but M4 almost took my head off with another blast.
So, I jumped back, got down, and crawled up to the rail and pointed my gun down over the side. The sound of *Ahhhhhhhwhwhhhh* was a good one to hear. But, it turns out I only got Rambo. I completely demolished him, but we had to let him come upstairs to wait since there wasn't enough space to turn around on the stairs. M4 and Will were able to improve their position when this happened. Now M4 was high enough on the stairs to shoot over the rail, so I moved back, but remained in range to hit the top of the stairs.
Seal kept trying to arc 10x shots down and in between 2000 blasts, was able to get one in to eliminate Will. M4 pumped while Will came up and out of the battle.
At this point, with Seal in killing range and me covering the side, M4 was screwed if he stayed there for another second, but he couldn't leave the protection of the rail either, and he knew it, so he unloaded the entire thing on Seal as I rushed in from the left, ensuring that he got something in a blaze of glory. So we won that round, although it was kind of cheap that they got to advance up the stairs while Rambo got out of the fight.
We walked back down to refill and this time decided not to use the upstairs. That, and we'd be switching up the teams and making it like CTF, except the objective would be more like FTF - find the flag. The defense would hide some bright object in the barn and the offense would have to find it among all the junk. There would still be no time limit. The defense would have unlimited lives with a 30 second respawn, while offense would have 3 lives.
We were about to divide up the teams when the dream unexpectedly cut out and I woke up. That sucked and I was unable to get back into the dream.
And that concludes my awesome water war dream.
marauder wrote:You have to explain things in terms that kids will understand, like videogames^ That's how I got Sam to stop using piston pumpers