Documenting what events I have played in with links to information
and pictures. I try to wear something that stands out so I
can find myself in the pictures later - look for the Urban
Camo in most of the shots and you will find me.
The 2012 EVENTS- 8 daysJune 2 Black River Rec Day. I
went out on my own. Started the day with the DM9, but switched
over to the Ego9. Weather was great, turnout was pretty good with
most games of about 20 on 20. I ended up shooting 2 cases.
2nd case was the left over Evil from May5. It really did not
May 5, Black River Big Game- Avengers. I
played with elements of Omen and friends. It was a long, hot
day. There was a pump tournament also at the field that
day. I parked right by it so I could watch the tournament during
breaks. I played the evil/bad guy team and we dominated.
Most of the game was played on the fort field as we pushed them back to
their base constantly. I played the whole day with the Ego, just
being generally unmotivated to pull any other guns out of the travel
bag. The Ref staff was pretty good. Since we controled 70%
or more of the field all day, missions were sort of minimized.
Total attendence was about 120 or so. Not too big, but a good
size game. I think this might be the last big game of the season.
April 14, Black River Rec day. Just
went to the local field to try out the new DM9 I purchased. I
ended up filming most of the games with my camera while I played.
About halfway thru the day the DM9 died due to battery. I just
switched over to the Ego.
March 18, Black River Rec day
March 10 Black River Rec Day
February 26, Black River Rec day Bachelor party for Mars. A
good day of pump play. I ended up forgetting a bunch of my
gear/guns as I grabbed the wrong bag leaving the house. Mars and
I shot our CCM guns and had a blast. The new fort structures on
the field changed up play a bit. My green chipley S6b performed
February 4, Black River Rec Day
- playing with Mr. Ken and his group. I tried out my new G3 -
which failed on me. I tried out my new Ion and I really didn't
like the feel of it. I switched over to the older blue Chipley
pump and the spring was really worn out. I was struggling to get
over 200 FPS. Ego - I twisted off the HPR and ripped the
o-ring. I ended up having to play with the BobLong Marq, which is
still set on full auto. Not a good day for guns.
January 24 Black River Paintball - The Glorious Cause,
First big game of the season. British forces lost the game yesterday.
Score 800 to 500 in favor of the Americans. Team turn out is getting
humorous. Rats were there with 2 players, Black Knights had one player,
Wolverines had one player for the British and the largest group,
winning MVT was Forlorn Hope with 8?. Americans had about 10 turn out
for Tango2 Alpha and 10 turn out for Carolina Cardinals.
I would guess overall turn out was about 200 players or more. It was
hard to gauge, but I had to park pretty far away this time.
The 2011 EVENTS- 18 days of play
10, Black River Big game. Jeff flew in and joined up. We
had to switch to the other team halfway thru the day to make sides more
even. I tried using my autocockers, but neither one worked
correctly. I snapped the battery connector off my drone board -
must resolder that at some point.
November 30 Black River?
November 23 Black River?
November Fulda Gap The only large team turn out of 2011. We had a really good showing at the event. Times were fun.
September Black River Republic of Pirates I joined Blackbeard's team
July 9 Black River Rec Day.
June 18 Black River Rec Day.
June 11 Black river rec Day.
May 14 Black River rec Day
April 15-17 Splatbrothers 24,
Supporting Otto and german side. We actually had a large group
attending this game. Weather was great up to Saturday night,
when the clouds dumped inches of rain within a 3 hour period.
Night play was cancelled, then back into great weather for
the final day of play. I purchased a very nice Axe at the
field that I used all weekend.
March 19/20 Paintball Charleston, Charleston
SC. Me, Ares, Maximus and Severe headed to this 24
hour game. Weather was perfect. Camping was great. MPP depended
too much on the PBJunkie site for getting their info out.
Now that it is gone, it seems it may be affecting his business.
Attendance was lower than the last time I was there, but still
a great field to play. I alternated between the DM7 and the
SP1 with the Havok mounted on it. With unlimited rockets,
the Havok really cleaned house on several sections of the
field. I would shoot everything I had to clear a path, then
advance and collect the used rockets for re-use. The final
hours I got to try out Ares' G3 - it is a fun gun, but I could
not get used tot he on/off buttons on the gun.
Feb 26 Call of Duty - at PB Central
Park. Another fun event run by Omen. The refs were
good and the players were decent. I started the day with the
Ego, which was again crushing paint. From there over to pump,
and then to Cyborg for the final hour to use up paint. The
field at PBC has been expanded and the low side base moved
back a good distance. The only problem was that this still
left the main battle lines in the exact same postion - at
the tower and large fallen logs in the middle of the field,
by the chornograph area. Not sure why this happened, but it
made the game play just like all the other events at that
field. The only bad thing of the game was the lack of consistant
chronographing during the day. Ares and I commented that the
speed of the guns was generally increasing during the day.
At final battle I saw a few players reaching out a good 30-40
feet more than I was able to shoot. End of day - Rats win
the most feared opponent role.
Feb 12th Boss Paintball Battle of Bastogne.
I was in no rush that morning, so I showed up late, about
10 minutes after game start. I am not sure if it was my late
start or how things were being run, but I walked right up
to registration, paint, air and Chrono with no one in front
of me. I got all my stuff squared away and was ready to shoot
paint about 20 minutes after arriving. Probably one of my
most impressive starts ever. I can barely do this in Rec play.
Attendance was rather high at this event. I had to park at
the entranceway to the field, as the entire speedball field,
house parking and everything around there was packed with
cars. Since I missed the morning start it was hard for me
to gauge attendance numbers, but I would guess about 200+.
Air fills were a solid 4k all day. With 3 fill stations it
occasionally had some lines, but no more than 5-6 people in
front of you. The referee's we in abundance. I think it was
a little excessive. They must have had about one ref on the
field for every 5 players. I never saw them gather in clusters,
but they were always in the middle of the fights. I had to
hold a few shots back for fear of hitting some ref running
across the field. I mean this is awesome that they devoted
this much effort to policing the players, but I just wish
other fields could create this kind of support and field this
many staff members for a big game. Anyway, the field was fun
to play at. There were a few too many targets for me, so I
shot a whole case by about 3pm and decided to head home at
that point and skip the awards. Start late and end early,
and I still had a great time. I hadn't played with the DM7
this year, so I went back to it for this game. I guess that
is why I shot the whole case in just a part of the day. I
ran into a new problem with this gun. After a few shots, it
would just turn off. After some examination, I found that
the board in the grip was not sitting properly to line up
with the on/off button. A quick adjustment to the screw that
holds the board in place and never encountered that problem
Jan 29 Xtreme Kombat field - Rec day:
. So after working it last weekend, I was invited
to come back and play with some of the Rogue Cell players.
I had a good time. Now that I have played it, I can make some
commentary on the field itself. The red clay covers the whole
field, but is really bad in the parking lot area. Things were
slick most of the day. Also the parking lot area is very small.
Every on a small open day, people were forced to park out
on the main road and hike in. Dio the owner was very nice,
but overwhlemed with keeping up with everything. He really
needs to hire a few more staff workers. Most of the day there
were no refs in the games. Players just organized themselves
and marched off to play an area. Most of the players there
were first timers or limited experience players. Only about
10 % of the players had their own guns. Also, airsoft was
going on while paintball was being played. I had large amounts
of safety concerns. Overall, the field is nice, the people
are freindly and I will most likely be going back there for
something different from BR often
Jan 22 Xtreme Kombat field - Werewolf's
Red Dawn game: . Although I did not get to play,
I at least made it out for a day to help Werewolf run his
first ever game. I worked the chrono range for the morning
and then spent the afternoon following the American General
around the field giving out the mission cards and calling
in points. It was cold, but a fun day. As usual I think I
got more exercise reffing than playing. The field has lots
of room for improvement on the next game.
The 2010 EVENTS- 16days
Dec 11 BR Big Game: . The weather
was cold with rain through most of the day. Paint was unable
to cope with the weather conditions and it was real hard to
get paint to shoot correctly. The new game producer stepped
in to try his hand at the BR field and had some new and creative
ideas. Once again, I was the only player from my team to show
up. I played along side the Wolverines, which fielded three
players. We faced off against the Black Knights who had an
amazing showing of 12 players. They dominated the field for
most of the day and easily won the game.
Nov 5-6 Fulda Gap at Command Decisions.
I was still afraid of the cold, so I drove out Sat morning
and stayed in a hotel for the night. It sure made the trip
easier. The rules class was painfully long at 30 minutes and
only allowed about 30 players at a time to watch. I started
in lines at 7:30 Saturday morning and went from registration
(I was pre-registered) to rules class, to paint line to air
line to chromo line in about 3 hours. It was painful. The
field was great, I had a good time. There were two types of
paint. Cheap paint was crap and the good paint was, well good.
Air fills were again an issue. I think attendance was about
1000 players and the field can hold it. I am not sure the
owners can support those numbers. I shot the Ego-8 on day
one and played green pump day 2 and then switched over to
dm7 to dump paint in the afternoon.
Oct 15-16 Splat brothers Fall 24hr game.
A cold reunion with many familiar players. I had just picked
up my Ego-08 and used that for most of the weekend. It shot
fine for the weekend. Nice and lightweight and good on air.
It makes a good big game gun. Each night was pretty cold.
Sat night I went to bed early hoping to get into a deep sleep
before the chill came. I had some good firefights - mostly
with other Ronn Stern Campers who I knew. This was probably
the smallest attendance I have seen for a splatbrothers event.
They only had about 100-150 players at the event. Lines were
thin. The new online paintball magazine Paintballx3.com got
a good picture of me with the new green ego.
Sept 11 Private Army event at Command
Decisions. This was one of the best events put together
in a long time. Greenman from team ODX? held a private invitation
only event. Teams ranged from 3-8 players per side. I think
almost everyone had 5 players. There were 10 teams on the
field and each one had their own special missions to complete.
The game had three phases, each 1 hour long for each team
to complete it's mission. Each mission would allow one other
team to work with your team in a similar mission, while two
teams were in direct opposition to your goals. Also Boss Company
had about 10 players who would roam the field and attack anyone.
The game was interesting in that we spent more time wandering
around trying to decide if we needed to fight. After the first
mission we realized it was best of focus on the goal of completing
the mission - do that as quick as possible and then go out
and fight. WE successfully completed 2 out of 3 missions and
felt good about our playing ability. We definitely make a
good woods ball team. For our five we had me, Severe, Focus,
Hotshot and Viper.
21 BT Big game at Black River. Another game just
like the rest. Teams were about 40+ per side giving lots of
room to maneuver. No major teams present. I showed up to play
and Otto came along. I shot the dm7 all day, while Otto used
the blue chipley pump. I shot up my remaining paint from the
last event and shot thru a whole case before final battle
- which I skipped. I guess our team won. A few good pics turned
up from this event. I spent a good portion of the day attacking
the fort field pushing on their base.
July 24 Big game at Black River.
Hot, hot hot. I left early. I could not take the heat. Maybe
60 players made it out to this event and went smoothly. My
team started on the fort field end and we seemed to have the
more experienced players. I played the whole day with the
DM7 and failed to shoot thru a case. Strange days.
June 19 Open play at Black River.
All four Hoffman Brothers, Focus family and Ken and I attend.
In the end of the day events, Rats outnumbered regular players.
I sure enjoyed playing against some of the BR Wolverines.
They play fast and aggressive and very clean.
12 An-Naksah at Boss Paintball - hot, very hot. I
was very pleased with some of the events that happened and
disturbed by others. Overall the field attempted some new
and interesting styles of play and pulled it off well. Reffing
was ok, better that I would have expected. I got my first
building hit with the Havok launcher.
May 22 Open play at Black River -
Day of the pumps. We had three pumps and one electro playing
in most of the games that day. It was interesting. I used
Vicious's Mini for a game or two. I played with some older
guns, but most of the day I used the Green ccmS6.
April 16-18 Splatbrothers 24, Operation
Onslaught : My new tent is so awesome. I kept a work
table in next to my cot. I skipped night play as usual. It
got pretty cold, which caused the DM7, Dm9 and havok to break
down. Next time I have to remember to keep the guns warm at
night. Day 1 I used the DM9 and day two was the DM7. I got
some good film footage with the camera.
April 3 Paintball Central Modern Warfare:
Another great game at PBC. The field layout worked well for
what they were attempting.
March 21 Open Play at Black River
March 7 Gotchas Big Game First
time to a big game and did not win anything. Crazy times.
It was the standard field and play. Had some good firefights,
but nothing significant. Ran into George, ref from the old
The 2009 EVENTS- 25
days of play
December 5-6 Waynes World Grand Finale:
The worst Wayne game I have been too. "Yeah, the field
is cool and the players are great, but the customer service
at the field has sunk to a new low. I vow to skip this game
for a few years until it improves.
November 15 Open Play at Black River
November 6-8 Fulda Gap at Command Decisions:
Need to write....
September 20 Gotcha Big Game:
Ken and I again made it as the only Rats present for the North
Raleigh Gotcha big game. Turn out was even lower than normal,
I would say about 50 to 60 players total. Still the game was
lots of fun. I got double tapped in the lens, which shattered
on the Vholdr. I just wish I would have had the camera on
at that moment. I was just too focused on playing. I saw an
opportunity and had to take it with no time to wait on turning
on the camera. I also used my new pedometer, which showed
even on this small field I walked close to 4 miles. I am starting
to assume that any event is equal to about 4 miles walking
per day. Ken and I walked away with a large collection of
hats and t-shirts.
September 19 Rec day at BR:
Ares and I ditched the Wolf Creek and Splatbrothers games
to turn our focus on just having some fun at the local field.
We got in plenty of games from 11am to 3:30. I tried to break
out the old mag, but ran into problems. Instead I pulled the
Action marker Sentiel off the way to use for a few rounds.
I also played some with the Etek and also the Blue Chipley
Pump. I got some footage with the Vholdr camera, but learned
my lesson that I should constantly clean the lens. During
game one, I got a slight speck of paint on the lens, which
blurred the image for the rest of the day. Highlights of the
day include: playing speedball with a mechanical marker, watching
the playback of the pump in action, hearing some wierd sound
distortions from Ares scepter barrel kit.
September 5 Adventure Beach Army of
Darkness Big Game: Day two of the Vholdr camera and
got some better footage. I am still learning how to make the
films enjoyable. I played half day with the Chipley-Eblade
until the battery ran dry, then switched back to the old faithful
dm7. Two cases shot in a full day of play.
August 22 Splatbrothers 3 Musketeers
Big Game: I tried my best to run thru 2 cases in
this one day game with the DM7, but was limited to 1.5. This
was also the first event I was filming with the new Vholdr
Camera. I mounted it to the side of my goggles and had limited
success. Storms swept in and game was ended early. The final
battle lasted only 14 minutes, but it was better to end early
and be safe. The Wolverines set up near us in the parking
lot and there were some interesting discussions going on.
Our Mascot was hijacked at one point for their team photo.
July 15-19 Ronn Stern Paintball Camp
and Skirmish Invasion of Normandy Event: 2 days of
training, then 2 days of paintball. I made a point to stick
to 1 case of paint per day. I could have shot much more. Day
one was with the 'Borg, then it rained so I switched to the
Etek, then over to the S6 to conserve paint. More poor little
Etek got hammered. I used it as a shield most days.
June 27 Paintball Virginia BigOne.
Bart planned for a two day big game format in the likes of
Michigan BigOne and other mid-western favorites. What Bart
got was a hot, hot day with average attendance. We had about
70 players at the peak of the day, but heat took its toll
and the average field was about 20 vs 20. It was bring your
own paint, so I shot at anything that moved. Of course I used
my DM7. Three cases and I still have left overs. I need more
of these events. Case count now stands at 17 shot this year.
The field layout changed a bit from the last
time I played. The airball field and hyper-pipe field were
in play and had two flag stations. This made it so upon insertion
you could take the long way around the field and get to the
big points, or go for small points and quick battles on the
airball field. It really allowed for many different types
of playing styles.
Bart adapted play as needed over the course of Saturday.
If this was another field, I think I would have been upset
by the numbers. Even with the small amount of players on the
field at any given time, I was always able to find a fight.
The field has some key areas and the Rats nest is damn hard
Bart had a two hour break in the middle of the day. I think
this was a good idea for this event, but might not work well
in the future. I used the time to rest and rehydrate and felt
great after two hours in the shade. With only one hour I am
not sure I would have gotten my gear together and had enough
rest to go at the battle for another couple of hours. Once
the heat dies down, I think this could be shifted back to
Bart had excellent food. Then he had to top it with bringing
the Ice Cream truck out. This was an excellent addition.
I found several ticks that told me they wanted to be in NC,
so they hitched a ride back with me. I think they would now
preferred to stay in VA.
Bart ran this like a true mid-west big game. Points/scores
were posted in a central area that all could see. Scores were
based on holding certain positions at times. Easy to figure
out and even easier to see where we stood. For example, we
saw at one time that the opposing team got points for several
of the flag stations on the back line. Focus and I then inserted
and went right for them. See - you know where the battles
should be even before you enter the field. Why can't anyone
else run games like this?
June 20 Splatbrothers Paintball.
Severe's bachelor party or something like that. We were in
almost full attendance with almost 20 players from our group.
We played, then camped for the night at the field, which made
things much easier. I played with the newer Blue 'Borg, which
had some air issues (in that the main reg was not properly
set. 150PSI input is good for not breaking paint, but goes
thru lots of air quickly.) I did spend a good chunk of the
day using the Green Chipley pump. Two cases eliminated from
my inventory of leftover splatbrothers paint. The missions
were good and Rats walked away with the MVT for our side.
I really think another team deserved it, but I don't get to
make the call. After the day of play, camp got a bit crazy,
as we had no paintball for the next day. Severe got in some
good pictures. Overall a hot day, but lots of fun. The humidity
made many paintball rounds go rubbery, so it got painfull
towards the end of the day.
April 18 Paintball Central Game - Wild
West. This was an interesting game. Goblin from Omen
was a general of one side, so me and Focus headed out to help
him. The game field can be narrow at times. I played the day
with the Ego again and walked about 4 miles. My full write
up on this game can be found
4-5 Paintball Charleston 24 hour game. This takes
care of one of my new field adventures for the year, only
3 more to go. I had a few issues, as discussed
in this link.
March 22 Gotcha Big Game. Wow
- another fun game at Gotcha. It was wet, muddy and not very
crowded. Weather was good. I figured the mud was going to
get bad, so yet again I grabbed the Ego for some dirty conditions.
It help up just fine, but late in the day I switched over
to the Blue s-6. I recovered a large amount of the balls/tickets
in the first half of the day, but did not do so good in the
afternoon. I walked away with several prizes - mainly the
2nd place item of a Halo loader. I shot 1.5 cases and walked
over 4 miles. Four miles is a big deal considering the size
of the field. I died often and did the sprints back and forth
to reinsert to make sure I got my share of prizes. Overall
not many players,I would guess about 50 on 50 tops. The players
were very good and honest. The Refs were really spread out
and doing a great job. I think they had about 30 refs there,
and made things very fun.
March 14 Splatbrothers Robin Hood Game.
Weather was supposed to be really bad, but it held out with
no rain until 2pm, then just a light rain for the rest of
the day. We had about 6 Rats at the game. Splatbrothers had
some really good changes to the rules and insertion methods.
This really puts those guys ahead in my book. They are always
thinking what can we do to improve, not just adopting other
fields ideas, but creating new solutions to the problems and
bottlenecks in the process. I used my CCM-5 Mech for the first
part of the day then switched over to the Ego. I ended up
shooting 1.75 cases and walking 3.75 miles. Player numbers
were low, meaning, if you wanted to walk around the backside
of the field and go straight for their base, you could do
it. Overall, I felt our general/leadership was inexperienced
and lacked the view of the big picture. They bogged down players
at the main base for too long waiting for missions. They did
not manage the final battle properly. They failed to follow-up
on the destruction of the enemy CP by capturing supplies.
I was just there to shoot people, so they did better than
me managing the team.
February 21 Black River Rec- Day.
We decided to join Otto for a day of Rec play at BR. Crowd
was over 200, but no sign of Otto. Ken, Focus, Ares and some
other tag alongs played. I set up the DM7 for play, but ended
up trading guns many times during the day. I played a few
games with Focus' SP1, then on to the Tippmann 98 from Doc,
then over to Ares G3. By rotating guns, it became a very different
experience for each game. I was surprised how capable the
SP1 and G3 are compared to other sub-$500 guns. Both of these
guns are well worth the money. The 98 is just plain fun to
play with. I had a real hard time trying to get one shot at
a time out of it. The RT trigger gets very excited at times.
In the end I shot my one case of paint and went home early.
February 7 Adventure Beach.
So far the best game I have played this year. Kevin the owner
is a good business person. This event was the most expensive
to get into, but Kevin charged a premium and gave a premium
service. Fee included lunch both days, entry both weekend
days. Also, the item that won the most respect from me was
the water jugs at the rest areas on the field. Sometimes the
little things mean the most. The field is flat, just long
and narrow. It turns into a lot of walking. Instead of different
grades of paint, they had one color for each team. This created
some fun moments when I picked up unbroken paint that was
shot at me and shot them back at enemy players. I know this
field and thought I could easily shoot two cases, so I went
conservative and shot the new green chipley pump. It worked
great and I shot just shy of one case thru in the day play,
then switched to the Silver Borg and shot a quarter case for
night play. Night play was interesting, in that he had us
limited to the town area and wearing glowing rings around
our necks. Rats won the MVT on the winning team.
January 31st Black River BOBIII.
Ehh- I shot some paint. I walked away from this event generally
not thrilled, but not unhappy. It was just kind of bland.
With over 400 players present it turned into the same static
lines of fighting. Not too cold. I had two halo's fail, causing
many crushed balls. I thought it was the Ego chopping balls,
but then when I switch to the Cyborg it did the same thing.
Once I got a new loader, no more broken paint. We had a larger
than expected turn out of Rats and even Krisis made an almost
full team appearance - giving Grendal MVP and the team MVT.
I guess the only thing decent to say is I got a Maxx55 paintball
marker for the wall and a new sweatshirt with the BR logo
on it. I shot about a case and a quarter of paint. I later
dicovered I made it into Fooleybear's
documentary on how to play Front - as seen on YouTube.
Another magic moment - wait for him to actually hit the front
lines and you will see him discuss tactics with me (wearing
Blue mask and Blue pants) then wander off to do his killing.
January 17th Splatbrothers Last of the
Mohicans. Temperature never got above 30 the whole
day. The paint had plenty of issues, but we all survived.
Some minor changes have taken place to the SB field, but overall
the same playing areas were dominant. 7 Rats played. I shot
1.25 cases with the Ego, which was bleeding paint from the
eyes by the end of the day. The temp and paint were brutal
on all the guns. I figured the Ego did an excellent job of
shooting thru the cold paint.
January 3 Black River Rec ball day
- It was about 6 of the RATS total at this regular day of
play. Sunny and about 60 degrees, it brought out a record
attendance of over 200 people. This is larger than many Big
games they host. Lines were long, but tolerable. The games
were good and turn around was quick. I shot only left over
paint, but still got about two cases out. I used the Etek
all day. It was acceptable, not too quick, but fast enough
for Rec play.
The 2008 EVENTS- 24 days of play
December 5-7 Waynes World Grand Finale -
A smaller group than prior years, both on our team attendance
and total attendance. I would guess there were about 1200
players total, down from about 1500 the year before. The road
trip was fun. We had 7 RATS, with Joe and Jeff, then about
9 more with the Klein family in the site next to us. We again
played Southside, in year two of the Warhammer 40K themed
game. South side was Imperial Marine and North base being
Chaos again. The game was completely dominated by our side.
We spent most of the weekend in an assault on their base.
There was very little action elsewhere on the field. I think
I shot only about a case and half the whole weekend. I played
most of the weekend with the DM7, but switched to the new
Green S6 for the final battle. Jeff used various Borgs, and
Joe used the Etek most of the weekend.
October 18 Paintball Virginia Blood Right
- more of a Purdue reunion than a big game. I met up with
Paul Eiff and Pat O'donnel from my old days with the Purdue
Paintball team. Since Bart, the owner is an EX-AKA tech, there
was a huge amount of AKA guns at this event. The field is
amazing. I really enjoyed the layout. Since the weather was
bad, there was only about 30 people playing the game. I plan
on going back to more of these games in '09. I shot just shy
of two cases of paint with the DM7. I got a cool shirt from
Paul - one of the Team Purdue X-ball uniforms. I look forward
to hanging this on the wall of the museum.
October 11 Black River Rec day - all alone.
I shot the DM7 some more and also switched over to playing
with the blue S6 for part of the day.
October 4 Paintball Central Fuel of War
- With just days before the event Otto took the general of
one side and Severe took the general of the other side. We
had a very large attendance of RATS at this game, so we thought
it would be an easy victory. Within the first 30 minutes we
were pinned in our base camp. We fought over and over again
to get control of more than our 1/3 of the field. The change
finally happened at noon and from then on we had them pinned
in their base. We continued to collect points and finally
overcame their lead from the morning. Again I shot the DM7
at this event.
September 27 Rec play at Black River
September 14th Gotcha Big game- Ken and
I walked away with no significant prizes. He at least got
a halo loader - which he sold. The field there has had some
major improvements. The center of the woods field is dominated
by a fort of significant size. It was a good time. Only about
60 people came to play, most with limited experience.
August 16 Black River Fayetteville - Valor
Vs Venom a nice field but can barely handle the crowd in attendance.
I got some new camo's, but ripped thru them before he day
was over. I traveled to this game with Paintslinger99/Daniel
- hopefully another Purdue paintballer.
July 19th Wolf Creek paintball Heat - Hot
and Wet. It rained for a large chunk of the afternoon. Nothing
like being 90+ degrees and raining. My ability to see more
than a few feet was limited. The vegetation was very thick,
so games were intense.
June 28 Black River Rec day after helping
Severe relocate. I wanted more tigger time with the DM7. We
(ken and Ares) got there about 2pm and just mowed thru paint.
At one point Areas and I went head to head on the speedball
field and shot about 1 case of paint between us in one game.
I should mention he just acquired his new E-mag for this event.
A bright green monster that is amazing.
June 22 Black River Rec day with Slammy and Focus - first
day with the DM7
June 7 Paintball Central Omen production of FEAR
- Damn hot!!
May 31 Black River Bebop game Dead Force Arise
April 19 Bebop productions Battle of Wilmington at Black
April 4-5 Splatbrothers 24 hour game, day of the Immortals
March 29th Rec day at BR
March 1 Splatbrothers Big Game. Lines and
boredom. I got there about 9:45 and walked on the field at
1:00 due to the registration lines. Paint was bad and the
teams were very, very lopsided. When I found a target I shot
everything I could, because it could be hours before I found
another good opportunity. I shot the AM Diadem the whole day
and still was able to rip thru a case in half a day, due to
the final battle.
February 16/17 Camp Blanding Florida 24 hour game.
Not as bad a drive as Waynes World, but still a haul to get
to Florida. This was my first time playing this facility,
and I had some doubts. I hate building combat, so I stayed
in the woods around the site and had a blast. My urban camo
worked amazingly. I think this is a site every player has
to experience once. I am not sure about how many times I will
head back, but once sure was fun. Oh, also our team got MVT
while we were there. I used the AM Diadem and CCM Series 6
for the most part. I did pull out the Tac-Mag for night play.
February 9th Black River Battle of the Bulge part
II. Yeah, I got to be XO under General Allen of the
American forces. I faced off against the Germans lead by XO
Otto. We won, more details here.
February 2 Rec day at Paintball Central.
I played out there with Badger and Goblin from Team Omen.
They have really improved the woods sites at PBC and the management
was very interested in expanding this. I shot my case of paint
using the Chipley5 Cocker and got my first use of the Diadem.
Both shot great during the day.
January 5/6 Local Rec games at BR. Some
of the first warm weather days of the year, and I had nothing
to do but play paintball. I shot just about 1 case each day.
On Saturday the paint did not work well in any gun, so I ended
up using the Viking. On Sunday, the same paint shot great
and I ended up swapping between Chipley S5-#5 and Cyborg.
Game turn around was fast and I got plenty of good playing
in. I really need to spend about one whole weekend just cleaning
gear. I saw some photographers there on Sunday. I wonder if
I can track down some pictures.
The 2007 EVENTS -20 days of play
December 1-2 Waynes World Grand
Finale. Another great end of year event. We were able to really
spread out this year, as only about 1200 players participated
this year. It seemed to be just the right size to play on
that field. They changed some of the layout and some of the
rules, but overall it was the same good weather and fun as
the prior years. I ended up playing the whole 2 days with
my Chipley S6. Jeff used the Viking and Joe used the Tac-Mag.
November 10 Operation Last Word Vital
Paintball. Vital is a nice field and a good change
of scenery for me. There were only about 20 people in attendance
and we split up Rats and Bebop players for the day to even
things out and have some fun. The field should be perfect
for about 50-80 players. At 20 players it was a lot of hiking
looking for a fight. They have some hilly terrain, but a well
built field. I look forward to playing there again. I did
get to utilize Decker's A-5, which was very entertaining to
October 28 Boss
Pro Shops Freddie vs Ghostbusters. Jet was generally
one side and asked for volunteers. The field was ok, but the
paint prices were great. We had some issues with the other
teams integrity and insertion areas. I found some good pump
players on the other team that made my day interesting. Otherwise
I doubt I will return to this field for any other events.
October 20 BR Big Game. Angels vs Demons.
It was time to dump some of the BR paint that had been gathering
in my bag. Many of the Rats-Krisis-Bebop group were there
and we played together against WereWolf and Rouge cell. Saint
was our general and did very little during the day, as we
controlled 90% of the field for hours on end. The horse play
got out of hand at times. It appears we cannot take games
at BR seriously anymore.
October 13-14 SplatBrothers 24 hour
game. MXS event. I walked away from this event with
the impression of same old SplatBrothers game. I think it
was the largest group of players together at one time from
all our various teams. We got our asses kicked both days,
but had lots of fun. I enjoyed TP-ing the enemy base on Friday
night. I also enjoyed seeing Booyah's massive explosion on
Sunday morning as he continued to get clobbered with the rest
of us and didn't enjoy it as much as us. The night play was
pretty lame. It was the first use of Captain Searcheye, the
20 million candle power light.
October 6 12Monkeys game at Adventure
Beach Paintball. I was the only player from the Rats
group to attend. I enjoyed the field last spring and thought
coming back would be a great idea. The field is now under
new management and this was their first big game. With all
the other games going on at the time, they had very low attendance.
Maybe 40 or 50 players tops. The new guys running it did an
amazing job of adapting the play to fit the attendance numbers.
I walked away thinking this was some of the best play time
I had all year. This game made it in the APG magazine with
pictures of me and also direct mention of me in the text.
September 15 SplatBrothers Final RAW
game. Committed to Mars and the American Side. It
was fun, but nothing special.
August 19, 2007 BR open Rec
day. Joined Webby and Bob at Black River. Bob has some amazing
vintage guns that still work great. Webby used the Chipley-5
pump and I used the Chipley-6 pump. With only about 30 players
out there that day, about 8 were playing with pumps, an amazing
turn out. Nothing like playing 5 on 5 speedball with 2 pump
players per team. I still shot about a case of paint, with
a pump, in about 3 hours. Weather was amazingly hot, so I
played in shorts/t-shirt.
June 30, Black River, Big
Game We Were Soldiers (turned into We Were Roosters)run
by Bebop with Saint from Krisis as our team leader. The new
expanded field worked out great, but turned into much walking.
I had blisters all over my feet. It was a good photo event
for the latest Team Rooster shirts. We only sold a few, but
we stood out. I played the whole day with the CCM-series 6
pump. Some other pictures here.
June 16, SplatBrothers - Battle
for Okinawa Big Game. Otto of Krisis was the general for the
American side. This was the premier of the new Team Rooster
t-shirts with Myself, Otto, and Lurker playing with visiable
shirts. I tried my hand at playing a role and took up the
position of Engineer. I figured it would give me a job with
little or no responsibility. It was fun. I fixed a few buildings,
got some extra points for the team and pelted several times
in the process. My first lesson was that Engineers get to
be immortal when they are removing the tape on buildings.
Overall the game was fun, but we lost badly. Our base was
overrun several times. I switched throughout the day from
CCM-6 to CCM-5-auto. I did try the cyborg for a few rounds,
but the change in paint from tube to tube was making it very
unhappy. I am starting to understand that it and my DM5 both
work best on the premium paint. More Pictures of the event
can be found here.
May 12, SplatBrothers game
- Operation Starlight. 8 hour big game format. 5 Rats signed
up with the American side and fought a battle on all sides
while trying to survive the heat and humidity. I got 3/4 of
a case through my new Chipley S-6 and it has proved to be
super reliable. I traveled to VA with Mars and Vicious of
Bebop, D-Prodigy of Krisis and Severe. The Wolverines made
another tremendous showing achieving both MVT and MVP. The
game got called short due to weather problems, but we still
got in plenty of fighting to make it a worth while day.
May 6, Gotcha Big Game. About
50 players in attendance. About 400 raffle tickets were given
out and at the end of the day, Ken and I had a combined 55.
Ken walked away with the grand prize, an Evil Minion marker.
My body is now cover with welts from 2 days of play with hard
May 5, Black River
Big Game by Bebop - Fast Food Wars.
Otto, once Bebop player now renegade back suited somewhat
Krisis player was captain of our team - Burger King. We faced
off against the clowns, which included some of the SplatBrothers
mainstay of Trapper, Coyote, Dan/Twister and Ron Stern. It
was the best game yet at that field. About 150 players with
high integrity were there. Again, the Stinger paint was very
painful, but the higher brands shot great. I used my new Chipley
S6 pump and S5 autococker.
April 22, played in the BR
Pick 3 tournament. Played with 2 people I didn't know, but
had a great time. We tied for 4th, but got bumped out the
finals, due to our previous loss to Doc's team, who tied us
for 4th. I played with my Cyborg the whole day. I did not
use the PSP 1-2-3- full auto mode. I left the Cyborg in the
ramping mode that I normally play with. I ended up shooting
as fast as I needed to and only shot about 1/2 a case of paint.
I am now super stock piled with BR paint and ready for the
May 5 Big game.
March 17th, open Recball day
at Black River. I met up with many of the regulars at the
local field to go waste some paint. I spent the day playing
with the Tac-1 automag, which I haven't used in years for
day play. I kept paint consumption down with it and still
had some fun.
March 10, Adventure
Beach Paintball 12 hour big game run by Jet. I drove down
to the SC border and played at this new field. It appears
that Adventure beach has historically been a speedball field
with some very nice courses, but is now trying to break into
the Scenario players market. The game brought in about 100
players. Lufen from Bebop played with me, the only RAT present.
Too many Rats had been burned in prior years by bad games
at the field and had chosen not to return. This game was run
very well. I had no complaints, except the long walks to tag
back into the game. The field is long and narrow, with a center
road running down it, to make tanks the ultimate weapon. I
ended up leaving after about 6 hours, as the drive back home
was going to be long and painful in my busted-radio Jeep.
February 24th, SplatBrothers
in Hopewell VA 8 hour game, Chosin Reservoir. Just a day trip
to SplatBrothers. At times it seemed it was Raleigh teams
vs. the locals, as again Bebop, Krisis, Rats and Wolverines
were on the same team. Bebop had just acquired their sponsorship
by Smart Parts and were utilizing the new SP8 guns. Overall
another great day at SplatBrothers, with me winning a Tippmann
98 as the grand prize.
January 27th, First Big game
of the year at Black River paintball. Run by Jet of Bebop
with the two owners of the field playing the generals. The
RATS split on this one going on both teams. It was fun playing
with and against RATS. This was the first time I brought a
camera on the field, and overall the pictures were real bad.
The new software I'm trying created this page to view of the
The 2006 EVENTS
December 17th Black River 3v3 Tournament.
I normally stay away from Tourney play, but BR added a nice
twist - they randomly pick the teams based on the players
that show up. We had a good group of RATS show up and play
on most of the teams. 30 players attended, making 10 teams.
Severe's team nabbed 3rd place, and mine placed just behind
at 4th. The RATS had a huge support group and filmed and photographed
most of the event. Some great videos now exist on You-Tube.
Thanks for the support guys.
December 3-5 Waynes World Grand Finale 2006.
Same basic scenario and rules as all the prior years. Abundant
tanks and role players. Night play was better than ever this
year. Some pictures here.
13-15 Splatbrothers, Western Front. Produced by MXS.
The RATS, Krisis and Bebop fielded a coalition of about 20
players, representing a large force in the game. This field
is laid out very well and supports about 500 players perfectly.
September 2006 Black River presents Clear
and Present Danger, produced by Jet from Bebop. We once again
played under a Bebop general, MARS. Very similar to the prior
BR game, but we really dominated the points by running missions.
Team Krisis was present with their new tank.
At some point I traveled to Command Decisions Paintball....
June 3, 2006 the first ever, Black River
Paintball Big Game. About 150 players showed up with Jet from
Bebop running the event. The Rats and Team Krisis joined up
with Otto from Team Bebop to play the German team. It was
a fun day, a little wet in the morning. More
on this event here....
April 2006 BlackCat Paintball GI JOE event
at Skyline Paintball Virginia. This
was a great event. I tried out my new Rino GPS communications
gear. They were fun to play with, but didn't actually help
out much. The field was not huge, maybe 40 acres at best,
but very easy to find your way. The
RATS teamed up with Bebop and Krisis and seemed to dominate
the event. Several times we had them pinned in their starting/staging
area. Overall the weather was real bad and rain storms plagued
us most of the weekend. When it cleared the weather was great
and we played on.
December 2005 Waynes World Paintball Last
Blast: Revenge of the Sith. Another Drive to Florida to play
in the annual WW big game. The first night turned into a hard
core drinking night with only one fight between drunks and
non-drunks. I think the Rat
got the worst of it.
2005 D-Day Skirmish PA About 20 of the Rats drove
up from Raleigh and met with Team Bebop to share a camping
spot. The tent city at Skirmish seemed to extend for miles.
We survived crazy rain storms and mod bogs in the parking
lot. The paint sucked and was very expensive. The shopping
deals were great and the Poconos are one of the best places
to play in the summer months. No bugs and nice and cool. I
we might head back this year. Yeah, I don't take many of my
own pictures, but Severe took many for the group. It is
hard to see on this left picture, but the woods line was covered
in smoke and created some amazing firefights and some amazing