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#1 Chooie

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 03:46 PM

I have seen lots of discussion on different forums where new players will ask "what do I need to bring" to their first scenario game. Although the correct answer to this question depends largely on what you own, I break it down into a few different categories:

  • Things required to survive and participate in the first place
  • Things required to play
  • Things that support things required to play
  • Things that are nice to have
This is the level of stuff that I feel comfortable with. Some people will say I'm foolish for not bringing a backup marker, hopper, tank, and car... while others will say I'm a pack mule that brought a lot of unnecessary stuff. I do tend to lean toward the conservative side of things, but I try not to go overboard - so I've gone with what I call a "reasonable and prudent" selection of reliable products that are durable enough and perform well enough to get me through a day's play with a reasonable expectation of reliability.

A special note for new players: If you are just starting out and you haven't got half of the stuff that I list... don't worry about it. Bring what you have, bring some water, and a positive attitude - I promise you will still have fun even if you've got a rental 98 Custom, gravity hopper, and 9oz CO2 tank.

In order to have an example of what I'm talking about, here is my one day, fair weather scenario loadout:

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Doesn't look like much, huh? Well, let's go through from the top, and I'll explain along the way.

Things required to survive and participate in the game in the first place
  • Hydration. I have elected to use a Camelbak for this purpose, but you can just as easily use a cooler and bottled water (or both).
  • Entry/Paint fees
  • Lunch (money or packed)
  • Vehicle/fuel
  • other emergency supplies (flashlight, cell phone, first aid kit, etc.)
Things required to play
  • fully functional and maintained paintball marker (including barrel, fresh battery, ASA, macroline, or anything else you may have scavenged for another project)
  • CO2/HPA tank with current hydrotest
  • loader of some kind (anything from a 10 round tube to a 400 round Pinokio will do)
  • Playing attire (pants/jersey if you've got them, socks, cleats/boots, pads, headband/sandana)
  • Civilian attire (to wear to the field and to change back into on the drive home)
  • Mask (with new/newish lens in good condition)
  • Pack or vest with pods
  • Barrel blocking device
  • Squeegee/swab
Things that support things required to play
  • Tools
  • Lube (I keep Monkey Poo, Dow 55, and Triflow in my toolbox at all times)
  • O-rings
  • macroline
  • Loctite
  • Burst Disks (1.8k and 7.5k)
  • Batteries (1 set of every type you use, and then 2 more 9v on top of that)
  • Microfiber cloths
  • anti-fog spray or cleaner
  • work mat
  • large towel
  • folding chair (since YOU are required to play)
Things that are nice to have
  • Paintball Caddy
  • HD mask camera
  • Barrel kit or other specialty gear (pistol, launcher, tank, etc.)
  • Trash bags for dirty and wet gear
  • Radios (required item for my team)
  • spare pods
  • spare anything else you can think of
Everything listed above is stuffed into that tote and backpack, with the exception of the folding chair that is already in my truck.

Here's how it breaks down:

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Everything fits snugly and is well protected within the lockable tote. My cleats are in the Blue's Crew bag. Note that I have the caddy inside the tote, but...

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The caddy itself stores smaller items, such as cloths, gloves, BBD, etc.

Inside the backpack I keep my tools, attire (except for cleats), mask, Apex 2 freak front, and electronic stuff (cell phone, netbook to offload videos and charge the Drift HD camera).

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Please note, that the above list is by no means comprehensive enough to satisfy everyone, and I've left off a lot of things that I would bring to a full weekend event that I didn't feel were necessary for a one day game.

Edited by Chooie, 17 August 2011 - 05:19 PM.


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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:43 PM

great list. alot of future questions can be answered with this
i suggest a sticky!

any chance ur goin to the OXCC scenario this weekend with blues crew and greg hastings?
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:49 PM

great list. alot of future questions can be answered with this
i suggest a sticky!

any chance ur goin to the OXCC scenario this weekend with blues crew and greg hastings?


Thanks for the input. As for this weekend, some of the WCP American Division will be at Splatbrothers near Richmond, VA for their RAW - The Alamo game. The WCP Canadian Corps will be at PRZ in Picton, ON.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:08 PM

only things i could suggest after thinking
extra socks and shoes
shopping bags for muddy shoes( IE food lion Giant)
a spare paint bag to put over your hopper in the rain( DXS Black bags work well :) )
and a poncho


all of the above are really for rough field conditions
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Posted 17 August 2011 - 05:15 PM

only things i could suggest after thinking
extra socks and shoes
shopping bags for muddy shoes( IE food lion Giant)
a spare paint bag to put over your hopper in the rain( DXS Black bags work well :) )
and a poncho


all of the above are really for rough field conditions


I did write this list from the perspective of a one day, fair weather game. I've never used a paint bag on the hopper, but electrical tape on the seams and the original lid instead of the speed feed do work quite well. I have a separate bag for my cleats (note the Blue's Crew bag), but I assumed you would wear whatever shoes you wore to drive there to go home - but I'll clarify that.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:38 PM

I smell a sticky !

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 11:40 PM

I smell a sticky !


/golfclap at OP as I see so many people come to the field every week without so much as a swab or a single allen key...I can imagine that people come to scenarios typically without half of this shit.

I find it nice to have sunglasses and/or a cap when around the pits or other off-field area.

Edited by Sydarm, 17 August 2011 - 11:43 PM.


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Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:10 PM

One thing that you forgot and makes the world of difference: toilet paper i cannot tell you haw helpful it is and prevents you from having to use moss ( i did once). my field is is a remote field and there are no toilets so it really helps trust me

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 12:16 PM

One thing that you forgot and makes the world of difference: toilet paper i cannot tell you haw helpful it is and prevents you from having to use moss ( i did once). my field is is a remote field and there are no toilets so it really helps trust me



Out of curiosity, how long was the game you were playing? I can't remember the last time I went to a field that didn't at least have porta-potties, this is going back to the mid '90s.



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Posted 21 August 2011 - 02:15 PM


One thing that you forgot and makes the world of difference: toilet paper i cannot tell you haw helpful it is and prevents you from having to use moss ( i did once). my field is is a remote field and there are no toilets so it really helps trust me



Out of curiosity, how long was the game you were playing? I can't remember the last time I went to a field that didn't at least have porta-potties, this is going back to the mid '90s.



My "field" isint really a field its basically a small clearing on crown land (i live in canada) where overtime people constructed bunkers and created bridges over streams. The area is about 1/2 a milbe by 1/2 a mile. Our " shop" is basically a guy that drived into the field and sells paint and rentals.
ive never had to take a number too in a scenario game but a year ago i was orienteering and i got kinda lost and the nearest porta pottie was 2 miles away ( we were in a national park)
and thats when it happened. Besides when youre in a day long scenario game you dont have time to go back and use a porta pottie if its 2 miles away and you really need to got.
Ive learned my lesson and i aways bring it, just a preventative measure

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 03:39 PM

Most scenario games are on developed fields with restrooms/porta-potties. Since you often have to go back to your car/camp/staging area for more paint/air/food/water I still don't think that TP is a necessary inclusion in this list, which - as I stated in my original post - is intended to help new players determine what they need for an organized, one day (not 24 hour) scenario day of paintball.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 01:13 AM

Something I've found useful, really, is a small box of cheap baby wipes. Where your microfiber cloths get dirty and gummy from wiping paint off your gear, you could just toss a baby wipe away and grab a new one.

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Posted 26 August 2011 - 04:19 PM

Sellotape.
For covering porting and mask holes for when it rains.
...also I've found it's great for dealing with blisters as an alternative to plasters.
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Posted 07 September 2011 - 04:37 AM

You're missing something very important... A kilt!!! Haha!

But this list looks top notch.

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