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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “Making A Grown Man Cry”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series   

“Making A Grown Man Cry”

 

This story comes to you from a more recent scenario event where I got to watch a grown man practically cry. So, how do you make a grown man cry you may be asking… The answer is simple. Their team was immobilized by some outside-of-the-box thinking. A team managed to come up with an alternative to traditional rocket launcher projectiles, and went a step further and had the field owner say it was okay two times. Then, it was only to be reversed the day of by some whiney grown ass men because they were getting shut down.

These men chose to hide behind the net of their tank rather than stand on the field of battle. Behind the net they are free to do whatever (from shooting rocket launchers to shooting paintballs at those who stand before them). Where does the crying come in you may ask? It’s when they can’t reach you with a nerf rocket, however your field approved alternative methods can shut them down. They can’t beat you on the field so they take it off field to the owners, crying “it’s not fair” and “they’re tearing our netting”. At least they claim, so they pull us from the field. Once off the field the lies begin to flood the air. They’re tearing the netting on the tanks we’re told and our response is, let’s go look at your netting.  When no holes were found, the story changed to “they’re just unsafe”. The strange part is, I was watching the approved projectiles go thru the netting into their cabs. The disturbing part I found is the extent in which people will lie and twist the truth to appease those people they favor. I actually had someone lie and say they were using those same projectiles to shoot people, knowing full well this was a bold faced lie as I was next to that individual the whole game. The stories changed again once questioned on it and of course, left another grown man crying.

So after enough whining, the launcher is pulled from the field and they bow their chests thinking the game had been won, but where they oh so wrong. That just pissed off the other side to no end.  There were other shenanigans the second day with the final battle and all, but that’s another story for another day.

I guess it amazes me the extent that a grown ass man will go to all in the name of securing a win. A win that would be tainted by their blatant lies and disregard for the rules and the pure fun of the game. A grown ass man who claims to be about fair play and honesty only to try and utilize any lies they can to take out someone who managed to outsmart them on the field.

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

This weekend I’ve played a little prank on the Wrecking Crewe which all started with a little white lie. It all started about 2 months ago when the Crewe started planning to play General’s Cup 2013, a two day scenario game our side dominated for the most part last year. Our team last year consisted of eleven players on our team plus a decent number from another team which joined the side we played on. This year as the game grew so did the North as they are anticipating 150 players per side (North vs. South). The Wrecking Crewe is our current team and consist of three smaller teams of dedicated players whose combined years of playing totals well over thirty years. So as I’m sitting here posting I’ve already packed my truck, tuned my guns and iced the cooler for a fun filled weekend. So, why did I decide to prank them you may ask and I honestly only have this to say “Because I can”. It’s been hard to keep it secret especially with having to register to lock in the better pricing on paint. As time grew closer I had to involve the promoter and field owner who helped reinforce the fact that I hadn’t registered. One of my other accomplices from the team knew from the get go as we were having our new jerseys printed and I wanted to make sure mine made it to the field for game day. I will say part of me wanted to give in and show up Friday night as we normally do a big team dinner, which can be fun and sometimes a bit embarrassing at times. My plan all along has been to leave out of Clearwater at 6:00am and head up to Hudson, which should put me there right as their waking up. The goal is to be sitting there on the back of my truck when the roll out of their tents in full gear and ready to play. Saturday night will be fun as I’ll have to make them take me out for dinner; maybe Hooters would be in order (Hint Hint). Stay tuned to check out my next post to see how the prank turned out and most importantly who won the big game.

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Have you ever had to tell a little white lie to pull off a prank? How did it turn out for you?

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?

Speedball vs Woodsball

One of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do in paintball is figure out what style of play you’ll want to do. One thing you’ll need to ask yourself is “What type of paintball do you like to play”? There’s speedball (or air ball) which is common to those who like a fast paced game of 5 to 7 people per team. The games generally last a few minutes and are generally very intense. Fields are generally made up of specially made bunkers and usually emulate some of the more current PSP or other tournament configurations.

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Speedball Field

 

For those who like a slower game where you can use special tactics and more methodical moves, there is woodsball. The woodsball fields are generally larger in size and usually boast many more bunkers and man-made obstacles. Games are generally longer and there are many variations of play that can be done on those fields (Attack and defend, Capture the flag, last man standing and many more depending on the fields and their props). After playing many years I’m still torn between both styles. I love playing woodsball, but find myself addicted to the fast paced speedball games as well. What style of play do you find yourself playing and why?

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