Canadian Scenario Paintball Operations launches new scenario player website
DEC 21 2006
Associated Press/ Wire services
Canadian Scenario Paintball Operations did a trial run to evaluate market demand for a new type of scenario paintball they coined "
immersive entertainment". What they dubbed the "Secret Radio Operation" in mid-December 2006 was a success.
"Immersive entertainment in paintball means that players will feel like they are someone else for the day they are playing paintball.", says Kris Taylor, one of the group's two founders. "Military Simulation [mil-sim] that the airsoft community embraces is too intense for the mainstream audience. Having some 15 year old kid bark orders at other players because he is annointed as the Seargant really turns off adults. Somewhere in between this and the standard paintball scenario we've found a happy medium".
Kyle Thorpe, the other founder states, "We use a fresh location each and every time so everyone is equally ignorant of the terrain and on the same level. We keep the location hyper-secret until the actual game day, when we transport everyone from the meet up point to the location. Our goal is for the players to have that pit in their stomach thinking, 'maybe this wasnt such a good idea' because there's no turning back once you're on the transport."
The group stresses safety above all else. "To play in virgun woods, unless you're playing with a group of good friends, safety issues arise. There are not always trained staff to operate the compressed air tanks, and sometimes players are shooting paintball markers at levels close to two times the safe limit at any paintball field. Outlaw can be fun, but people who dont practice good safety practices risk damaging the image of our game."
Taylor and Thorpe also stress that the group isn't in it to make money. "We do an all inclusive full case ticket for as little as $90, that includes air, 2000 paintballs, transport and even food," Taylor states, "thats less than half of what you would pay at a paintball field. There's a little extra in there to cover the objectives and recon to get the game ready".
They have created a website, www.canadianscenariopaintballoperations.com
to serve the new community. "By opening up our website to players, paintball fields, and retailers our site has become a hub for the woodsballer.", Taylor states. Thorpe adds "I played woodsball for years and couldn't find any website that focused exclusively on woodsball in Canada.".
Inspired by Special Ops Paintball in the US, the group initially contacted that company to see about extending support into Canada. "They werent interested.", states Thorpe. "They said they had no representation in Canada and weren't interested in bringing the SPPL or the Special Ops Recon team to Canada because the player count wasn't high enough."
Canadian Special Paintball Operations can be contacted through their website, www.canadianscenariopaintball.com