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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?

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “Let’s Just Make The Teams Fair”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series

“Let’s Just Make The Teams Fair”

 

“Let’s just make the teams fair” is a common statement some promoters will use to adjust the teams to make the teams “Fair”. Some will also use this to shift the games to help a certain side win, as I’ve noticed in the past. While I agree the teams should be fair, I don’t agree with the way they determine who will make the switch. Some games offer the option for teams to make the switch prior to them selecting but there is always those teams or individuals they plan to move regardless.

One scenario event in particular, the sides were close. But they “chose” to move a few key players we had spent months recruiting “to make it fair”, they said. The disturbing part is it didn’t seem to matter to them that they registered under our team name as we recruited them. So my question for the generals is why waste your time recruiting when they can just take any part of your team at any given time?

The generals for the sides are chosen well in advance so they can start their recruiting prior to the game. The recruiting process is interesting for sure, as we generally get multiple attempts to recruit our team personally but it all boils down to us agreeing on what side to take based on the general. Or, we consult a few different teams we have alliances with. In past scenario games, we’ve chosen to go against teams we know based on our opinion of a general and their beliefs, or even based on which side the general will be playing from.

In the end we all are out to have a good time and winning is the ultimate goal. The player shifts and last minute changes to keep the game fair can be legitimate but are also tactics to swing the game to keep some individuals coming back to spend their money. I’ve seen these games played first hand and it’s sad that some promoters will do that to keep their pockets lined with money. Either way, I still continue to play due to my love of the game and the friends (both old and new) that I share the field with.

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.

Paintball Question Series….. Does Paintball Hurt?

 

Since I’ve been playing paintball I’ve received a ton of questions about the sport so today I’ve decided to take this time to answer the most asked question of them all. My most commonly asked question is “Does it hurt when you get shot”? While this answer will depend on who you ask I’d have to say not for me personally. In all the years I’ve played and all the shots I’ve seen here are some of the worst shots ever. Now keep in mind most of these shots have come from tournaments or scenario games and the typical weekend games yield far less than these but you may receive a bruise or welt from a weekend of play.

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For me to date the worst was a bruise I had pop up a few weeks after playing. During one 2 man tournament I took a spill on the field and landed on a barrel cleaner that I had in my pocket. While this hurt initially the bruising didn’t appear until 2 weeks after the event and the pic below will show what it looked like.

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Only you can decide for yourself if it truly hurts, but I’d compare it to the equivalent of being snapped with a rubber band. Yes it can potentially leave bruising but like all wounds time will heal them.

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Have you ever been tempted to try paintball? Are there any questions you’ve wanted to ask about paintball?

Little White Lie Follow-up

For those who read my last blog post “Little White Lie” I had promised a follow up so here it is. Early Saturday morning I arrived at Generals Cup 2013 at Gator Paintball in Hudson to find a sleeping campground still as it was early in the morning and if I had to guess, everyone was up late Friday night. So I pull into the parking spot that my “partner in crime” saved for me the night before and waited for the Crewe to wake up. The first to wake up was my accomplice and the one who I had intended the prank to be for. As I watched him climb out of his tent and stretch I couldn’t help but wonder what his first reaction would be. Suddenly I see a stare come in my direction and he squints, rubs his eyes and walks closer. Then straight out of left field he flips me the bird, laughs and comes over. He claims he knew something was up but there were less than a handful of people who knew (including the field owner and event promoter). The weekend was full of shenanigans and major bruising, but in the end our side lost and we had a blast doing so. Saturday’s team meal was at Hooters in Spring Hill just as I had wanted. The wife and I generally frequent the Clearwater Hooters and refer to it as “Our Hooters” as it’s our favorite out of them all. The weekend was long, but worth it in the end as the Wrecking Crewe took home two awards, one of which was from our opposing team which I consider to be the highest honor of the weekend. The team also had three individuals highlighted for individual achievements. All in all I’d say the weekend was a total success. The team had its first event, took home a few awards, but we also let the paintball world know we may be the new kids on the block, and we are a force to be reckoned with and now appear on everyone’s radar.

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What was your best prank ever? Did it turn out as you planned?

Weekend Fun

If you told me 3 years ago I’d be playing paintball let alone 2-day scenarios on a regular basis I would have said you’re nuts. Sadly enough Friday November 16th when I leave for work in the morning I’ll also be packing my truck with all my paintball gear to head out for a weekend scenario game. The Act of Valor game will take place at Gator Paintball in Hudson and it’ll be my second event. While our team has grown much smaller I feel it’s for the best as we have committed players (physically and financially) which seems to be the most common issues with all the other teams I’ve spoken with.

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The question that always runs through my mind as I pack is “what am I forgetting”? I’ll normally pack a primary and secondary gun. Normally I make sure they are full setups as well (including tanks and hoppers). Next on the list is the important part which would be all the components to maintain your guns and hoppers. Nothing is more irritating to go out to an event only to find you have an O-ring leaking but your kit is at home on the shelf. In my arsenal you’ll find a bag dedicated to gun maintenance which includes two O-ring kits, batteries (both 9 volt and AA), plenty of barrels swabs, micro fiber towels, allen wrenches, Teflon tape and much more. I know it sounds like a lot but when it comes to gun maintenance you can never have too much. The biggest part of my kit you may find this strange is actually my iPad. On my iPad I carry all of my gun manuals (and a few extras) in case I run into another player who is having issues but left their manual at home.

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Packing for any event is generally the worst as you’re preparing to leave your family for a few days but also double and even triple checking yourselves. I’ve found that I generally start to pack a week prior which gives me plenty of time to go through several times and make sure nothing has been forgotten. The guns, hopper and tanks are generally the last to be packed as I’ll spend time during the week going through checking O-rings and making sure they are lubed up and ready for play. The hoppers and tanks are the easy part as it’s generally swapping out an O-ring or a few batteries.

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A big part of the weekend whether it’s hot or cold is hydration. I’ve actually started to carry a large cooler with all my drinks (which 80% of its usually Powerade or Gatorade……which ever happens to be on sale). Snacks are definitely a must as you’ll work up an appetite while playing several hours straight. Breakfast will consist of breakfast bars or something simple and lunch you can usually buy at the events. Dinner is usually the fun part though. I remember last game we all went out for dinner and wore our team jerseys (some with comical names) and we were the life of the restaurant. I remember several people coming up and asking if we were part of a team. As always we’d politely respond “yes” but in the back of our heads we were like “What gave it away”? The even funnier part was random people coming up to us to have pictures taken. I’m not quite sure if they thought we were famous or just plain crazy, but either way we all had a great time.

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The saddest part is always the end of day 2 which is when we’re packing up our gear and anticipating who won. At the end of the day it’s nice to be able to say “We won” but I feel as if anyone who showed up are all winners. One thing I’ve noticed whether it’s been during a huge scenario game or even a normal day of play at the local fields is everyone seems to be willing to help others. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen people yelling and screaming at each other on the field (looking like they want to hurt each other), but off the field be sitting side by side working on an issue one of them is having and carrying on a normal conversation like nothing is wrong.

What’s the one thing you normally forget to pack when leaving for a long weekend? What’s your favorite part of game weekends?