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Friends in Low Places

(**** Photo Credits all photos contained in this post are from Valken ****)

I have friends in low places as in Low Country Paintball in Ludowici, Georgia. After a few years of persistence from Jester Court Productions, I was finally able free up my schedule, pack up the trailer and make the trip to Low Country Paintball for a weekend of fun to check out the field. The game was “The Finale: Return of Krampus” and was the battle for Christmas. The best part of this weekend was the charity aspect. I mean, what better way to spend your weekend than on the paintball field shooting each other while helping raise toys for kids.

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When asked what I love about paintball, I always answer with “exploring new fields and making new friends”. The key to growing the sport is making the trip to explore different fields and to make new friends.

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We pulled in late Friday night, set-up camp right next to A-Train from Valken (who put together an amazing video recap), then started to walk around. We got in late so walking the field was out. We walked around to see what else was going on. Following the music, we finally arrived to the building where everyone was taking cover from the cooler temps. Walking thru the door we ran across Jami Hubbell, Mike Paxson, Damian Ryan and Rocky Cagnoni, amongst many other players there for one common cause… “To help save Christmas for as many families as we could”.

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Waking up Saturday morning to 29 degree weather and a light frost on the ground is not what this Florida boy is used to but I did it for the kids. With that being said, I hightailed it to my truck to turn on the heat and warm up a bit before getting ready to go out on my morning rounds. We had the traditional “Rules of the Game” followed by the introduction of both Kringle and Krampus and we then scattered to go spend the last bit of time we had until we all entered the field.

 

Saturday on the field we met with several hurdles and a group of worthy opponents who provided more than enough resistance to make the game interesting and make the game fun. Nobody likes an easy win but also nobody likes a cheater either. Saturday brought us a give and take with it seeming like Kringle wasn’t getting anywhere and that’s pretty much the truth. Krampus brought it to Kringle, and he brought it hard as we could tell based on our field position. Now don’t get me wrong I’m pleased with everything we did on the field but I would have loved to do more.

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On Sunday we woke up to even colder temps so once again I took up residence in my truck for a bit to warm up before getting ready for play.  Once the game started who cared about the colder temps as it heated up when we all started running our asses off. Battling back and forth, trying to gain every inch on the field with no luck, we had to rely on final battle. Final battle brought it all out for everyone and we left it all on the field.

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For the first time ever in all the scenario games I’ve played, once that final horn was blown, both members from both sides walked off the field side by side. There was no “Man that was a cheap shot” or whining. It was a lot of “Man that was a great shot” or “great game”.  This made for what I’d say is one of my best experiences ever on and off the field at an event and I look forward to the next time. We had it all that day…… The weather, sportsmanship, but most importantly the feeling of being able to help families in need while playing a game we love.

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series ” Get With The Changing Times”

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One of the many things we deal with as scenario players are the changing times as technology evolves. We’ve recently approached a scenario game producer to inquire about alternatives to Nerf rockets – as they are pricey and we find them to be pretty inconsistent – and we always get the same answer “No”. Can anyone tell me the difference between a foam stress ball and a foam Nerf rocket? Because I really can’t see a difference. But a group of whiny bitches surely can and I’m over it. I’m told the stress balls are unsafe, so show me the difference between the stress balls and a nerf rocket. They both seem to be made of the same material and the stress ball seems to be softer. Am I wrong?

Now where this comes into play is, one of my previous posts in regards to rocket launchers and their projectiles they shoot. How can using a stress ball be any different than being shot with a first strike round?  Do they hurt anymore if you do get hit? The purpose of a rocket launcher is to take out a structure or active tank on the field. The intent is to never shoot a player with them so where do they become “unsafe”? Who deemed them unsafe? And how? Have there been studies done and if so where are these studies published? I’m finding it pretty suspect that “studies” have been mentioned when turning down alternatives to Nerf rockets but I can never seem to find any of them anywhere. Maybe I’m not looking in the right sport or do they even exist?

I’m curious as to what safety standards scenario promoters reference for tanks. How can allowing a full blown vehicle that used to be on the road and well capable of going well over sixty miles per hour be safe? I know of one tank that has not only caught fire but almost run someone over and yet it’s still allowed to be on the field.  How is allowing a 3000-pound vehicle on the field that you know is unsafe okay? I’m not calling out the team or producer but you know who you are and shame on you. Shame on you un-named scenario producer for allowing your “better judgement” to be swayed by peer pressure from a team. Shame on you for allowing the safety of all those who pay to come play and have a good time to be jeopardized. Shame on the team that continuously puts the safety of others in the back of their minds to be the big bad guys on the field.  They definitely know who they are because they are ones constantly getting their way and still bitching after losing because they are getting out-played.

I’ve found it interesting that some scenario game producers reference rules or regulations that haven’t been updated since at least 2007. How about getting with the times and updating them? After all, its 2016 for Christ’s sake. While surfing the web I have found at least one person deciding to move into the new era and updating what seems to be an antiquated set of rules, so kudos to you Billy Smith from Low Country Paintball for taking into consideration that time has moved on and these rules needed to be updated for their games.

What do the players think of the current rules? Anyone know of any others stepping into the 21st century and making theirs rules reflect the current times? What rules drive you crazy and wish they would change?

Crazy Crazy Saturday

Well, it’s another day and another post, but I’ve been missing the field. Looking at the calendar, I haven’t been able to hit the field a single time in 2016.  I did  make it out to play at one of the local fields , but we got rained out. If everything goes right, I’ll be able to play in the next couple weeks, but time will tell. Between my work schedule and a few extra remotes I have going on, coordinating can be a bit tricky. I may be able to combine work and play as the one weekend show Trophy Taker Outdoors is planning a morning outing to Off The Wall Adventures in Lakeland. They will do their morning broadcast followed by hopefully some paintball so I’m excited. My next stop on my tour of the town lead me to Right Trailers in Lakeland to do a bit of browsing and see if I can track down the particular trailer I’m looking for. Then we topped off the evening at Big Storm’s Pinellas tap room for their Saturday evening show one 102.5 The Bone. All in all it was a productive and exhausting day but I’m excited for what the future will hold for my ventures.

 

 

 

 

 

Paintballer4life is expanding

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Recent conversations have led me to believe its time for Paintballer4life.com to expand. I’ve been on the fence for a bit but thanks to those friends I’ve approached with my ideas, their opinions on how it may be received have helped. In addition to my blog, I’ll be adding some new features in the near future which will cover paintball and a few surprises here and there. I feel that timing is right and have a few friends that are more than willing to help out where needed. Overwhelmed is how I’m initially feeling right about now but in a good way. The outpouring of offers to help with some of the details that I wouldn’t be able to even begin to know how to handle is great. Now is the time to grow the sport… Whether it’s Paintballer4life or any other groups/individuals it’s time to step it up and bring paintball back to the spotlight.

 

 

 

Finally Got Off My Lazy Ass

 

Well it’s been years in the making, but I finally got off my lazy ass and built our team page. Its been about three years since I purchased the domain Wreckingcrewe.com and set out to build it, but something made me hold off. Maybe there was a part of me that wanted to be sure we’d last , but I truly feel as if it was sheer laziness. With every day that went by, it was always “tomorrow” or ” I’ll get to it later” only to find that time never came.

With the team starting to get recognition from other teams (both good and bad), we needed a presence on the web. Something to solidify our spot in the scenario world and make sure we continue to be active to help our team grow (on and off the field). Stay tuned and watch our site grow and our followers exceed what we would have never anticipated.

 

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “The Ref Who Cried Chrono”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series

“The Ref Who Cried Chrono”

This story was taken from a field I used to frequent awhile back and I had a run-in with a certain ref who liked to cry chrono. The field obviously will remain nameless but the events of that game are still fresh in my mind as if it had happened yesterday. The first and most important thing you do as a participant of any scenario game is to chrono your gun. This is done to insure that all players are playing “safely” within the allowed limits of the field. But that’s where my fun begins with this story.

I was playing with my primary gun that I always ran with, a Dye DM 10 Aloha Edition, which is for sale if anyone is currently look for one hit me up on Facebook. Those who know me and my guns know that they never go over 285 and I tend to hold them back to about 260 to 265 for consistency and just overall performance. The morning in question, my gun was shooting in the 250 range and I chose to keep it there instead of taking the time to adjust it so I could spend extra time preparing for the game.

Once the horn blew and the game started, I made way to my spot on the field and dug in for what was going to be a long fight, or so I thought. Within a matter of minutes, I had a ref storm in yelling at me “you’re shooting hot” and proceeded to tell me I need to chrono. When I asked him to chrono me he replied “I don’t have one, you need to go back to base” I chose to play on. Mind you, I had a ref standing next to me giving away my position to those approaching and really pissing me off, to be honest. While I understand he was doing his job, if he bothered to look at my card he would see I was already checked prior to starting. As the other side, was creeping up on my position, the ref was there to lend a hand in pointing out my position. When they finally managed to take me out I went off the field to replenish the air tank and empty pods.

Here is where the story gets interesting… When I reinserted at the base I asked to verify my gun and the findings were astounding. The first shot was 240 then 242 followed by a 238 so I was obviously under the field policy that is 285. The base ref then proceeded to throw me an allen key and told me I could “crank it up” so I did. So after fighting my way back out to my previous spot I managed to take out a few people and then that same Ref came over yelling again that I was shooting way too hot and I needed to chrono. I asked him to chrono me and once again he tells me “I don’t have one, you’ll need to go back to base”. Determined to chrono me, we argue while I continue to play and I told him if he wanted to chrono me he’d have to go get one. I managed to shoot 3 people while arguing and their wiping paint was blatant as it’s hard to wipe a goggle shot. So, I asked him to go check and I’m surprised he did but he then called all 3 clean. My next action I’m not proud of but it got my point across to him that I was over his “Shenanigans”. While he was standing there I took the opportunity to take a “pot shot” at him and I nailed him in the stomach and he doubled over. I did feel a bit guilty but I think the point was well taken by him. While advancing up the field, I did stop by really quick and asked “if that felt hot to him” in which he replied “no”. I then told him I had chrono’d back at the base and they actually had me turn it up.

I normally wouldn’t act like that towards a ref but his blatant disregard for fair play got the best of me and I took it out on him. Now I’d normally say that 2 wrongs don’t make a right but in my case the point was well taken by him and he moved on to harass another person that game.

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “Point Shenanigans”

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“Point Shenanigans”

 

So, one of the goals I’ve set for myself this year is to be more active on my blog. This year, I plan on doing a lot of heads-up blogging on events I’ve witnessed throughout the different scenario games I’ve attended. I’m sure some will surprise you but most probably won’t shock you at all.

Rather than overload you with all the details at once, I’ll spread them out over time. This will be about 6 years or so of playing scenario ball and it always amazes me the amount of shenanigans that goes on behinds the scenes. Anything from point manipulations all the way up to teams throwing a fit and if they don’t get their way “They Walk” as I’ve heard it put. This series of blog posts will shed to light some of the personal things I’ve witnessed over those 6 years. For the sake of not hurting anyone’s feelings or them getting their panties in a wad, the names of the fields and participants will remain out of my posts. However, those with even only half a brain cell could easily figure them out.

My first experience was at the beginning of my scenario days and at a field I had played at prior to the one scenario game in question. This particular was played to the best of our ability and we were winning as of Saturday night. Mysteriously, by Sunday morning, the numbers had changed. Now keep in mind, no play had happened between the previous number tally and the next morning, but the numbers changed.  When questioned, the response was they had forgotten to add in some missions that the other side had completed. I found this strange as the one side that was winning had numbers that had decreased. Coincidence or slight of hand to keep the losing team coming back to future events?  The winning team took it to heart and decided to go out giving 150% and do what they needed to and it wasn’t even close at the end. Yet when the numbers were added up it was “oh so close”. I’m assuming

“point shenanigans” were evident that day and the game results survived as the team that was winning in the beginning took back what was already theirs.

While I know these accusations are hard to prove they shed to light that at any given time a sneaky promoter can swing the same results to help line their pocket for the next game. Keep in mind not all promoters and game writers do this but always keep an eye out for the “Points Shenanigans”.

Budget-Friendly Paintballer Gifts

So as the holiday season is quickly coming up on us and my wife has been hounding me, I figure now would be a great time to put together a post containing a few cool items that you may want to consider for the budget conscious paintballer in your life.

 

1: Exalt Universal  Goggle Case – While everyone always thinks gear nobody really considers protecting that investment. The case not only has a cool looking exterior but microfiber lined inside to help protect the lense.

 

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2: Exalt Loader Case –  Loaders being one of the more expensive and necessary pieces for the paintballer in your life Exalt has stepped up their game and created a great looking functional case lined in micro fiber so it’ll help the loader from getting all scratched up during travel.

 

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3: Exalt Tank Case – Tanks being another expensive investment  they’ve now come out with tank cases. They went the extra mile and lined these in micro fiber as well to help prevent scratching  and preserve that new look to our gear.

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4: Exalt Carbon Universal Lens Case —  This was one of my first purchases when they came out. I always carry multiple lens and hated trying to transport them without scratching them. Now I don’t have to worry as the case fits my lenses perfectly and they sell individual dividers to go between the lenses as well.

 

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5: Exalt  Microfiber Pod Swab —  Definitely a must have  for those who are constantly having to wash their pods.  This makes it so much easier and really reasonably priced.

 

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6:  Exalt Barrel Case – One thing we love is our barrels. I’m guilty for having  several and find the case to be the best way to keep them organized and protected. This right here will be an investment for those who carry multiple barrels.

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All these items are manufactured by Exalt and look great. The best part is all the above mentioned carry a price tag of $30 and under so they won’t break the bank but they will keep that Paintballer in your life happy while protecting their investment.

MyRaceRagz.com Review and Giveaway

 

**Disclaimer: MyRaceRagz.com provided me with a custom shirt for review and one free giveaway. All opinions are my own and not those of MyRaceRagz.com.**

 

Being active means having the right gear. Living in Florida, we have hot and humid summers. It’s best to wear dri-fit style clothing to keep sweat and moisture off your body. Since I am active in both paintball and running, I like to wear shirts that suit both purposes, on and off the field. And I recently had the chance to order a custom shirt from MyRaceRagz.com to try out.

When designing my shirt, I decided to go with a long sleeve shirt. I have many sleeveless and short sleeve shirts, and decided a long sleeve would be nice for when it finally cools off. MyRaceRagz.com offers men’s and women’s short sleeve, tank tops, and long sleeve. All materials are light weight.

 

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The website and ordering process is very user-friendly. Whether you use a stock design or have your own, you can easily customize your shirt in minutes. I went the custom route, using my own blog logo. MyRaceRagz.com will even tell you when the images you upload are not good quality based on the size you are trying to use. In addition to the logo on the front, I also did a nickname and number on the back of the shirt in football style.

After ordering my shirt, it arrived in about a week. I ordered a 2X and feel that it was very true to size. This shirt will be perfect for both running and playing paintball in.

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Great day at the field

Yesterday I decided to dust the cobwebs off the paintball gear, clean the cleats and head out to the paintball field for a few hours of play with some friends. We all decided to meet up at RumbleWoods Paintball in Tampa to just shoot a few paintballs and have a few good laughs with the gang. The day seemed to go fast and you could tell by the way I was playing that I hadn’t been out since the last time we all participated in the Zombie game back in October. As the day progressed so did my play and it felt like I hadn’t taken any time off, which was a great feeling for me. The best part of the day happened to be meeting new players in which we share the same passion which would happen to be paintball.

The guys were out for fun as well but were getting in their last few games before they all pack up and head for Ocala. In December, paintballers from all over head to Ocala for Wayne’s World Grand Finale and it is truly an event I wish I could attend but alas I have to work and am unable to attend. As we left the field I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad. Sad knowing that this is probably the last time I’ll get to play for a bit but also sad that I won’t be attending Wayne’s World’s Grand Finale this year. It’s truly an event I’ve waited for all year but once again I’ll be sitting on the sidelines. Best of luck to all who will be attending, all who attend generally have a great time.