TRACKING ENVELOPE AND MARKER. All players need one of these, especially the survivors. The envelope should contain your hidden identity that begins with "you are a..." Glue the tracker to the front of the envelope, and the hazards summary to the back. Then tape the cap of the marker to the envelope, so you can easily get the pen out when you need to mark anything. Here's what a finished Tracking Envelope should look like.
SINGLE SHOT NERF GUN. You can often find these second hand at thrift stores. Pictured here is a modded and painted Nerf Niteshot, and an unmodded one. If you paint your Dart Guns, be extra careful not to wave them around at bystanders who might mistake them for a real gun! When in doubt, use a brightly colored unmodified version.
FOAM MELEE WEAPON. Any
kind of soft foam weapon will work, but it is best if all
players have weapons roughly the same size for a fair
fight. Pictured here is a foam Mace made from Pool Noodle,
plastic pipe, and foam insulation.
UTILITY BELT. These are
optional, but very handy for players to carry their
gear, tins, water, and envelopes. Pictured is a
nylon webbing Tool Belt, which has nice large pouches
for easy access to gear, and an adjustable belt to fit
any size player.
FLASHLIGHT. These are
optional, but recommended for dark indoor play
areas. Pictured are a regular mini LED flashlight,
another one that is clamped to the top of a Nerf Gun
using a bike flashlight mount, and lastly a headlamp for
MAP OF PLAY AREA. These
are optional, but help players understand the play area
boundaries, and can add to the fun of the game,
especially if the locations have names the players can
use to say where things are.
ROTHEAD MASK. This
is how players know who is a Rothead, so it is very
important! You can just tie a cloth or bandanna
over your mouth and nose, but pictured here are special
dust masks that stretch over your face and neck and give
a more menacing look. The white skull
mask is cheap and easy to find, but more elaborate
colored masks cost more and look great.
can use foam melee weapons like the survivors, but a fun
variation is the Radsword. This is a toy
Lightsaber with a red foam Pool Noodle slid over the
blade so it still lights up and makes great
noises. The handle and base of the foam were
weathered with black and brown Acrylic paint.
Indoor ambushes are very exciting with one of these.
RAD HAZARD LIGHTS. You
can use battery powered, color cycling lights to
indicate a room or area that is a Rad hazard.
These are light up coasters, but you can look for
pumpkin lights or the like, especially around Halloween
time in the US. Large lights that take at least
AAA or bigger batteries are best- you get more light,
longer life, and much cheaper replacement batteries.
ARMOR. This is
totally optional, but makes your Rotheads look very
menacing! These are football shoulderpads
purchased from a thrift store, and decorated with
aluminum tape and glue-on spikes from a craft
store. Then it was weathered with acrylic
paints. It looks best when worn over a leather
jacket or military clothing (which can also be purchased
from thrift stores).
this is a good alternative to armor as it is just a bit
less insane looking and won't freak out bystanders as
much. Starting with a leather jacket from a thrift
store, Kneepads were taken from some baseball Catcher's
shinguards and pop-riveted to the shoulders and the
whole thing weathered with acrylic paint. Although
it looks cool, it does get warm, so don't wear these in
the middle of summer.
but this can give a Rothead a real advantage in a fight
if needed. This shield was made from anti-fatigue
foam floor mat that had a diamond pattern on it.
The foam was glued to Cardboard to add stiffness, and
then distressed with a knife to look battered. The
foam is painted with a coat of black Plasti-Dip spray,
then with Antique Bronze paint and finally weathered
with brown acrylic paint. Rubber straps were
hot-glued to the cardboard back so it can be used
but these make your Rotheads more menacing
looking. Starting with costume welder's goggles,
the lenses were replaced with plastic cross stitch
grating and painted with brown acrylic paint.
Spikes were added around the lenses too. The mesh
lenses let in more light than the original tinted ones,
so these work better in dark areas.