Just got back from Avid Paintball's Game just north of Oklahoma City.
New Management for about 6 months. Done a LOT of work on the field. Built a 3200 sq ft two story castle.
Unfortunately, they didn't tell me that they didn't have any tank roads I could use along with the other tank. We wound up with a 300 yard strip of road we could run up and down. Their refs couldn't get the tank rules straight and they changed the tank rules Mid day Sat about where and how the tanks insert. Cause chaos and I just pulled my tank from the game and left. Idiots. In 6 hours I was still on my first HOPPER of paint. Totally ineffective for both tanks. Only fun was shooting the heck out of their tank with my autoloading cannon. Score 6 to Zero. Their one bazooka got me about 6 times as well but he always got me AFTER I just blew of their tank. He was not very good at protecting it but WAS good at being in position to eliminate me when I could support a mission to one of the objectives off that tank road.
Still, the field is new and I can honestly say the problems were simply growing pains for the field. They have a LOT of property and could build a LOT of tank roads which they plan to do. They just weren't ready to let tanks at the game.
Their first scenario game and problems cropped up they did not anticipate and were inexperienced in dealing with them. But that was 1000 miles on the truck, 6 tanks of gas. I conveniently blew the water pump in Tulsa and drove right off I 44 into a Pep Boys that was open on Sunday. $451 bucks over budget for this trip.
Fri Night we got a down pour for several hours. The place was a mud hole but the game didn't start until noon and that soil is clay and sand and pretty hard packed. Rutted and dried out quick. When I hit a mud puddle, it would spin and dig down about an inch where the ground was solid and kept chugging out of the mud hole. Before they changed all the tank rules, I was told both tanks could go anywhere we can see the grass is short enough not to run over anyone. Spent all day THURSDAY scouting paths and clearing overhanging branches and big logs to get into our bases. I amazed the refs and players with where I went with the thing. I was able to wander between trees and literally park right on top of our objectives. Then they closed half the field to tanks access and the strip of road they gave us had so much dense brush on the sides that I could not get into the open wooded areas with the objectives except 3.
Paintball Schedule for 2013. The only potential games are Oct 26 th in Omaha NE at Mad Cow. Not sure I want to drive that far without someone splitting gas with me.
Ditto, Nov 9-10 a Viper game in Houston but it is a 600-700 player game with lots of tanks. 10-11 hour drive. At least a 3 day weekend if not 4 days. Could split driving and get there in the middle of the night Fri and be dog tired and getting back Sunday in the middle of the night. Going to work Mon would just plain suck.
Plan B the same weekend is White River in Indianapolis. Been there before. Depending on the tank rules it would be a very good game as well. Still 6-7 hour drive. Less brutal with a work schedule.
There are the Halloween Zombie shoots up towards Chicago and I'm pretty sure there will be on here in St. Louis at Wackys. No tanks, no bazookas, just paintball.
So unless some games are posted I don't know about yet, that is 2013.
Thought about calling Bing and Extreme and seeing if they would like a Scenario Training day where we just do mini missions on an open play day to entice rec players into scenario play. Give them a taste of what it is like to play with tanks and bazookas, helos and such.
It would be a great opportunity for us to get the scenario players in St. Louis to know each other doing a training day.
However, my wife has other plans for non scenario game weekends. We will see.
Otherwise, we plan for spring. I get back from Mexico Mid April just in time to file a tax return extension. So keep in touch via e mail that works MOST of the time down there. Send me yours via an e mail to me. Mine is firstname.lastname@example.org