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How did your paintball journey begin?

24 December 2014 - 12:08 PM

A recent video uploaded by Mike caught my attention, in particular because of the surprising amount of flak he took for suggesting that new/rental players should be fully integrated with all of the players day one. In part, because, heck that is how I thought we all learned to play, hence this thread. My belief has always been that playing better players will help you grow into a better player faster than playing exclusively with other walk-ons (true of any sport really). Thus, imagining a field where the experienced players would deny new players the oppurtunity to learn from playing them is just sad to me, it seems way more elitist or snobby to refuse to play a player bc of their experience/skill level than to show them the respect you would show any opponent and compete as hard as you can. I am not saying bunker a 10 year old and light them up like a christmas tree, but bunkering them and getting them a few times is actually going to help them learn that staying down the whole time is worse than getting shot from farther away earlier. In any case, the point of this is to talk about how you were introduced to paintball and how the more experienced players helped you grow.




For me, I started playing back in 2000 when I was 12 with a bunch of older kids in the neighborhood. Most of the people I played with were 3 or 4 years older and had been playing for a few years before me. Never-the-less they went after me tenaciously my first year playing, which made me grow into a skilled player very quickly. Just in order to join the paintball crew you had to run down the railroad tracks while getting shot at (everyone I play with regularly has done this), while this may seem to be hazing or bullying to some. I was glad to have done it, because after getting lit up once you know how getting hit with a paintball feels and no that it won't ever get much worse than that. Did I quit because of it, heck no! I thought the adrenaline was awesome, and in spite of not getting anyone out (that is right, zero eliminations) my first 3 days of playing with them, I still loved it so much. I think a large part of this was because I knew when I finally got one of those guys it would be because I had earned it with the skills I had aquired.  When that first elimination finally happened, all the older kids celebrated with me. I know it can seem unfair when you have a rental marker against a bunch of customized high tech wrecking machines in capable hands, but if you hang in there you WILL be better off for it. Heck, if it weren't for older more experienced players dragging a younger newbie around I may have never played. I look forward to reading some of your stories and hope that this thread is enjoyable for all :)

What or who are you thankful for? (paintball-wise)

26 November 2014 - 09:44 PM

This is a thread made in the spirit of the holliday. As the title would suggest, just name who or what you are thankful for having been able to play paintball.


I am thankful for all the older kids in the neighborhood who got me into paintball when I was only 11 years old 15 years ago.

What is your favorite marker and why?

10 November 2014 - 01:49 PM

The point of this thread is to discuss your favorite paintball marker and why you enjoy it so much, not to argue over which one is better. What makes your version of your marker unique or different from the stock one on the shelf. You can count me among those who believe the skill of the player determines the outcome much more so than the marker they choose to play with. Still, I have always felt that a paintball player without their marker is like a samurai without their sword.. or a Jedi without their lightsaber. So please feel free to share what your favorite marker is, and why it is a force to be reckoned with when in your hands!


For me this has always been the 98 Custom or a variant of it (I use the platinum now). While many people complain that the hopper sticks out when shooting right-handed, it actually becomes an advantage if you learn to shoot with both hands as I have (I recommend everyone learn this). I also enjoy the advantage of the Flatline, especially in situations where arcing my shots is not possible. While it may always be viewed as an entry-level or rental marker, in my hands it is a base clearing wave of destruction. I have been playing for over 15 years now, and for most of them I used a Tippmann. The durability and innovative upgrades like the flatline have earned me a reputation in northeast Ohio and western Pennsylvania as a very good scenario player along with my teammates. I just think that with the right technique and enough practice you can be a force with anything. I look forward to hearing some of your stories and seeing some of your unique paintball markers!  :tup:

Woodsball Stories

13 July 2014 - 11:11 PM

I have been playing paintball since I was an 11 year-old kid playing in the backwoods of Solon, Ohio. I had a 98 custom then, I have a 98 custom platinum now; things have changed, but not that much. I still try to learn every game I play, and still enjoy hearing a good paintball story after a long day of games. I think that is a big part of why I still play after 15 years. I would like to hear some of your stories about playing out in the woods.