What is the Urban Gaming Club?
The Urban Gaming Club (UGC) is a student organization that specializes in physical activity events that utilize the Ohio State campus. We are somewhat colloquially known as "the Nerf club" because many of our events require the use of Nerf blasters. Our events emphasize team-building and friendship, but in a much more laid-back setting than classes or other social events.
How can I help out with UGC?
We usually ask for moderator help at the beginning of our Infection games, but if you don't feel like being a referee for the game, you can always help out by cleaning the Schottenstein with us. If cleaning's not really your thing, we also have a donation page set up. If you have more questions, check out the "Helping With UGC" accordion below.
What do I need in order to play?
It depends on the game, but most of our events require a foam-dart blaster. Nerf and Buzz Bee both make UGC-approved blasters. UGC does not provide these blasters. Something else you may want to invest in is socks, but many of our games other than Infection do not allow them. Read up on the Rules and Equipment pages in our Wiki.
Where can I get a Nerf blaster?
The internet is your friend; it is as simple as searching "Nerf" in any marketplace site, such as Amazon and eBay. There are also two Targets close by that are accessible to students who do not have cars, but are willing to ride the bus with their free fare thanks to BuckID: Cota's #82 will take you across the river to the Lennox Town Center, and Cota's #2 will take you up north to the Graceland Shopping Center. It is also very easy to walk to the Lennox Town Center (only takes about 20 minutes-- there is a footbridge at King Ave. and one at John H. Herrick Drive). There is also a Goodwill on High and E. Hudson that occasionally has blasters-- Cota's #2 will take you there as well.
What is "Infection"?
Infection is a game of tag where the human team is allowed to use blasters and/or socks to keep from getting tagged by the zombie team. Infection tends to last a whole week at OSU, and there are night missions every night (except for the usual break day so people can catch up on homework). UGC formed in 2010 as a result of a group of people planning this game for OSU.
Do I have to use a blaster?
No, you do not have to use a blaster, though it is one of the best ways to play. Some people run around with only socks, some people don't carry any defense at all and just rely on their running or sneaking skills. Read the Rules section to see what you're allowed to carry. It is worth noting that investing in a blaster is a good idea if you would like to participate in other UGC activities, as socks are sometimes disallowed from events for balance purposes.
Are (Nerf) melee weapons allowed?
No. We do not allow melee weapons during Infection, as they are made for children and we, as adults, have a higher capability of swinging these things and doing damage. Feel free to strap one to your back, but do not ever use it.
How do I get achievements?
DO NOT ASK US. That is rule #1. If you ask for an achievement, we will laugh at you and give you nothing. If you do something cool and we happen to see it, or accomplish certain objectives, you may get an achievement.
What is "Nerf Wars"?
Nerf Wars is the title we have given to any event that uses Nerf blasters and is not Infection. We generally play games like Capture the Flag (Retrieve the Banner), Assault, King of the Hill, and other Humans versus Humans battles.
What the heck is a Paulball?
The Paulball is a large, spherical plush dinosaur made specifically for our Nerf War events for use in (currently) two gametypes. He was named after the beloved previous president and club founder Paul Gruenbacher. The Paulball is ridiculously cute, which made him an instant favorite with players. He also spawned the production of the Katball, which has one specific gametype.
Is it free to play?
Because the OSU Administration mandates that all players have the same bandannas, there is a $1 (one dollar) charge to get a bandanna. If you have an orange bandanna from the first Invitational, unfortunately you won't be able to use that one, so just get another when you get here. Other than that, the game is absolutely free to play.
Can I bring my underage friend?
The policy of UGC is that everyone must be 18-years old or above in order to play our games. So unfortunately, the answer is no.
Can I bring my homemade blaster?
No. Homemades, including darts, are not allowed.
Can I bring my super-long blowgun?
No. Blowguns follow Infection rules, and must be under 1 meter in length.
Can I use this awesome blaster that I've painted to look like a real gun?
Absolutely not. No black/dark/metallic paint is allowed on blasters. This is for your safety, and for ours. It is very hard to tell a real gun from a Nerf blaster from a distance, even with the legal orange-tipped barrel.
So you don't want to slum it at some random person's house:
There are a few affordable motels nearby that are easily accessed by the COTA bus that will take you to and from campus.
Red Roof Inn (Olentangy River Rd)
Varsity Inn (Olentangy River Rd, two locations [North & South])
So you want to eat someplace awesome:
There are a bunch of regular fastfood chains in immediate walking distance of campus (Wendy's, McDonald's, Taco Bell/Pizza Hut), but there are also a few great smaller places, too!
Raising Cane's chicken -- good chicken, but mostly known for their Cane's sauce [just don't put it in your pocket]
Apollo's Greek Kitchen -- great gyros and authentic Greek food
Buckeye Donuts (open 24/7!) -- at least 10 different types of donuts at any given time, but they also serve gyros, chicken fingers, and multiple sides
Hang Over Easy -- a great place with a diner-like atmosphere on campus without being a student cafeteria
Helping With UGC
I want to be a moderator! How do I do that?
Before every Infection game, we hold Info Meetings where you learn the rules and are able to take a moderator test. We then go through the tests and see who would be best suited for that game. If you do not get chosen, please don't take it personally and try again next event!
So what does a moderator do?
A moderator is essentially a referee for our games. Moderators are usually only required for Infection, though Nerf Wars and our other events occasionally need some extra help. Moderators oversee player disagreements, act as Non-Player Characters (NPCs), or help the organizers with objectives such as Static Respawns or other jobs. Being a moderator is not an easy/no-brainer job-- you have to be fair and unbiased when it comes to your disagreement rulings, know the rules as well as the organizers, and be okay with potentially doing a boring job every night. The organizers cannot be in every place at once, so you may be stuck standing in one place for the entirety of a mission. That is your job. But if you stick with it, you may be eligible to start helping the organizers plan other games.
So I'm a moderator, when do I become an organizer?
That's a good question. Becoming a moderator does not guarantee you a spot as an organizer. We reserve the right to revoke your moderatorship at any point, but we do not exercise this right willy-nilly. We judge everyone's candidacy fairly, and if you've shown that you have the drive, you may move up. You will probably be invited to mod meetings to help plan the basics for the next game, but be advised that your ideas may not be used. UGC is a democratic group that plans these games using the best ideas of the conglomerate.
So what does an organizer do?
Everything. It's not all sunshine-and-rainbows and planning awesome Infection missions. We deal with everything moderators do and then multiply it by twenty. Organizers plan the events down to the nitty-gritty details-- which often takes six months of weekly meetings, plus extra ones when the event dates get closer. We deal with the Administration: reserving rooms, playing fields, working with Student Safety to make sure our game runs smoothly, among other things. We gather and transport supplies for our events; we spray bandannas, buy and transport PVC structures for every gametype, and clean the Schottenstein Center to raise money to fund most of our events. Something many of the organizers don't get to do is actually play the games, as we are too busy making sure they are running smoothly. This is something you should consider if you want to help work with UGC: running these events (especially Infection) can arguably be considered a full-time job.