Thursday, 18 December 2014

The end is nigh.

The Roster Season 3 Finale is upon us and we'll be honest with you, we're feeling quite emotional about it.

After a season of very apparent high and low points, our journey with Chicago Aftershock has definitely been one of discovery. From the initial search for new talent and how that process works for a low income team (or kind of doesn't), to the difficulties in maintaining a roster of players who have to fight for everything they have, is something we feel we've been very close to.

We've been exposed to every knock, every welt, every disappointment and every success along the way and we've felt like part of the Aftershock family. We've worked our asses off to bring you a series that educates and thrills but also generates a level of empathy and respect, regardless of team results, that we believe genuinely touches paintballers across the globe.

And now, we bring you the season finale. An hour-long episode that draws a big fat line under Chicago Aftershock's season.

As always, this will be released on our Vimeo channel for our season pass owners to enjoy before anyone else. PLUS, you get the option to view the uncensored version, meaning you get to absorb every word and every emotion of those Mikey Bruno team talks.

Simply follow this link to view ALL episodes...if you have a season pass, that is:

The Roster Season 3 featuring Chicago Aftershock

We hope you've enjoyed this season as much as we've enjoyed making it and please keep on following our Blog right here as we'll be posting some great follow-up content about all things Roster and Chicago Aftershock.

Thanks to Renick Miller and the Chicago Aftershock team for being part of The Roster and allowing us to let people into their world.

Thanks to Dan Napoli and his crew at Disconnected Media for making The Roster happen and bringing each episode to life.

And thanks to everyone who has supported The Roster this season and purchased Season Passes. Without you guys we wouldn't be able to make a show like this.


Tuesday, 16 December 2014

CBP - Brasil !!

Had a chance to visit soccers mecca,Brasil,but this time it was for Paintball! 

The city of Sao Paolo was host to the last leg of the 2014 Circuito Brasileiro do Paintball(CBP)..
The organizer of the event is none other than Rodrigo Fukuoka,owner of MegaPlay Paintball and Danilo Scalize/Field Manager..Over 30 teams from all over the country came to take a crack at being champion.

Some of the teams supported by Planet Eclipse included PapalettoTeam,Papaletto Dark,Bushido,Mega Redskins,MegaPlay Bonzai,BOOM,and Arsenal just to name a few.

Games started early Saturday morning and the weather was incredible for paintball, a cool 60°f was the high for the weekend..The field was is a lil smaller than regulation so played very fast and saw aggressive games. Quick bumps from bunker to bunker was the rule of the day as teams ran each other down..

After the first day of games it was out for a lil night in the beautiful concrete jungle.

Sunday morning games cracked off about 8:00am and teams were on deck ready for battle.
The referees were great handling juducial duties on the battlefield. By sunset in the Open Division it was 1st:Jungle Boyz /2nd:Ninjinhas /3rd:PapalettoTeam..

Top honors in the Amateur Division 1st:Papaletto Dark /2nd:Chacais /3rd:Lethal

Additionally ,congratulations to Papaletto Dark,series champion of the CBP Amateur Division.
On behalf of Planet Eclipse we would like to say congratulations to our supported teams for their dedication and support. 

Be sure to prepare for CBP 2015,
Planet Eclipse gots your Back!!!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Cementing Relationships

Team Xklibur and Tsunami, from Ecuador, decided that they wanted to play one last time before the year was over. They packed their gear and then they were off to Lima Peru to play in the last scenario game of the year. 

They joined forced with team LPC from Peru and they were on a mission to make sure their team was able to complete the missions together. The event was held in an old abandoned cement factory were the mission was to capture and hold on to the flags for a period of 30 minutes.

The mission started off the way we all expected it and our Eclipse team was able to capture and hold on to 4 out of the five flags. The second game was lost by the Eclipse team, with only holding on too two flags out of the 5. The third point was played with different rules were the purpose was to hold the position of the three center flags and not let the other team capture them. The Eclipse team once again executed this and did not allow any of the flags to be taken.

The next game was the Eclipse team trying to take over the three flags were they were able to capture 2 out of the three flags giving them the game and wining them the tournament.

 Excalibur and Tsunami would like to thank eclipse for the gear that held up even with the really demanding desert scenario. The guns shot great. PLANET ECLIPSE FOR LIFE....ONE WORLD ONE PLANET 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Gangland Turf Wars – Paintball Style

Words and photos by Jason “foolybear” Lineberger

After a great experience last year at The Swamp, I was eager to return for Turf Wars, a 24 hour scenario based around Prohibition-era gangsters and moonshine.  Think tommy guns, crooked cops, and backwoods stills.  Fun!

Rick “Mamba” Money and I represented Team Capital Offense with Mamba taking on the role of Al Capone.  On the other side of the field, Kevin Shimwell from Adventure Beach Paintball commanded the opposing gang as George “Bugs” Moran.  Most of the turnout consisted of long-running scenario squads like Death Dealers, BeBop, and fellow Planet Eclipse shooters, Pub Crawling, who brought their tank for some added backup.  1920s gangland shootout with a tank? Why not, it’s paintball!

Mamba as Al Capone (left) and Shimwell as Bugs Moran (right)
The Swamp has two basic playing areas.  There’s a large fort-filled space they call the Concept Field.  Think of it as a maze of buses, one and two-story forts, spools, a castle, and bunkers of all sizes.  When the entire space is open to play for scenario games, it’s one of my favorite spots for paintball; it offers so many options for great moves.  Surrounding that on two sides are the woods.  These range from thick to thin; there’s plenty of cover, and they’re deep enough for a flank move but not so deep that players ever lose sight of where they’re going.  The Swamp is also under new ownership, and his passion is building.  He has big plans for this super fun field, and after the blast I had at this game, I’m ready to return to see the improvements!

So here’s how the game worked.  Both teams wanted to build moonshine stills (illegal alcohol manufacturing facilities) that would generate revenue.  The gangs collected the money from specified money-drop locations.  Moonshine stills built in locations near the base would net some cash, but stills built closer (or in) enemy territory could garner higher rates.  Additionally the referees carried stacks of bills with them, and they’d toss them out whenever the action hit a stalemate to spur both sides to make some moves.

Even though there were only small contingents from both Planet Eclipse teams in attendance, the game producers pitted Capital Offense against Pub Crawling for this event.  And since Pub Crawling spent the weekend on the tip of the frontline, I got to run into them all day on Saturday and all day on Sunday.  Good shooting guys!  Our side had to fight out of the woods to reach the open spaces of the Concept Field where we could build a high-value still, and every time we tried to break cover we ran into Pub Crawling’s guns and their tank, so most of our Saturday points came from the other still we ran in the woods behind our base.  And even that wasn’t a sure thing!  Death Dealers and NRG kept creeping through the woods and either assaulting our hidden still or setting up ambushes that I walked into at least twice on Saturday.  Thanks Death Dealers.  We did make some key breaks out of our base, timed just right to take advantage of the top-of-the-hour point counts, so at the end of the day on Saturday we had managed to keep Kevin Shimwell’s gang from running away with it.

Night games have seen a sharp decline in popularity, so the folks at The Swamp tried something different for this event.  They set up a casino!  Players got chips for registering for the game, and they spent these chips on casino games worth points for their side.  While luck may not have been on our side during the day, we made up for it at night, and come Sunday we were in position to make our move.

Mamba got our team fired up, and we charged hard at the opening horn.  We spent our game cash wisely and stacked all of our equipment and moonshine jugs in one high-value location.  In casino terms, we put all of our chips on red and spun the roulette wheel.  We had to pull our guns from the rest of the field, so we were all-in on this single crucial location.  Fortunately our strategy paid off every time we rolled the dice on Sunday.  We caught up on points, and the momentum carried us all the way through the final battle for the victory.  Thanks to all the teams, refs, and field staff for a fun paintball weekend.  I’m looking forward to returning to The Swamp in 2015.

Quick Product Review

I used this game as a testing ground for the Planet Eclipse cleats.  I haven’t worn cleats since my tourney days, but the Eclipse cleats made it an easy transition.  They’re comfortable, super light, and at a field like The Swamp, they’re ideal for making those quick sprints between cover.  They’re a regular part of my gear bag now, so if you see me at a game, I’d be glad to show them off.  They’ll probably be on my feet though!

Foolybear plays scenario paintball for Planet Eclipse and as captain of Team Capital Offense.  His Instagram (@foolybear) is a steady stream of pictures of his paintball adventures.  You can also keep up with his travels on Twitter (@foolybear).   He’s currently mapping out his 2015 game schedule, so field owners – want to see foolybear at your game?  Hit him up on Twitter!

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Operation Raskals is Reborn !!!

Modelled and based on the original Planet Eclipse team - Operation Sandbaggers, to bring together old and retired players, Planet Eclipse Dealers and Event Organisers for each region. In Asia we have the local version of Operation Sandbaggers - team Operation Raskals. This team first came into being in 2009 PALS World Cup Asia and led by the man himself Ledz. It was reformed for PALS WCA 2014 to bring together and bond the regional Planet Eclipse Dealers in harmony and to create the suitable enviroment and atmosphere to bring this Emortal Army to life. 

We have, ahem Ladies first;

1. Ms Jane Koh - Planet Eclipse Dealer from Singapore, team Owner and Planet Eclipse sponsored team Red Seven, Owner and Organiser of the Singapore Paintball Series - SPS and PALS Singapore

2. Mr Tom Chinveerbhand - Planet Eclipse Dealer from Thailand, team Owner and Planet Eclipse sponsored team Demonic, Owner and Organiser of the Thai Paintball Official Legaue - TPOC and PALS Thailand.

3. Mr Reza Badrian - Planet Eclipse Dealer from Iran,  team Owner and Planet Eclipse sponsored team Ariyaman, Organiser of the Iranian Paintball League - IPL.

4. Mr Andrew Loh - Planet Eclipse Dealer in KL,  team Owner and Planet Eclipse sponsored team Dragonz, Owner and Organiser of the WPPL - World Paintball Players League.

5. Mr Robert Podzerka - Planet Eclipse Master Tech - Original member of team Operation Raskal in 2009

6. Mr Dean CK Lau aka the Bear - Founder of team Raskal and pioneer of the paintball Industry in Malaysia. Original member of team Operation Raskal 2009

7. Mr Mohd Khairulanaur aka Squiffy aka Ghost - Flatliner and still got up to play from team Raskal!!!

8. Mr Kamarul Nadly aka Kecik - latest member to team Raskal and the smallest size.

9. Mr TC Gan - oldest member and almost heavyweight.

Team Operation Raskal preformed extremely well in the preliminaries without losing a game in PALS WCA 2014 but somewhat ran out of steam on the 2nd day and missing the the final cut to the semis but some ED points. The most important point for this team is the coming together of all the Planet Eclipse Asian Dealers and getting to know each other and understanding each other’s region and to promote Planet Eclipse paintball products to their masses in their respected countries. 

Together we are the Emortal Army Asia. March On….

'It's still allowed to be about FUN'

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Winter is Coming !

Words and photos by Jason “foolybear” Lineberger

If you have to drive over 400 miles to play paintball at Bearclaw in Tennessee (and I do), and you can only do it one time a year, go ahead and schedule October on your calendar, because it’s going to be worth your time.  That’s when the folks at Bearclaw team up with Ben Torricelli from Millennium Paintball Productions to put on their annual Game of Thrones scenario.  This year I met up with fellow member of Team Capital Offense, Kris Wilson, to enjoy the great hospitality at the field and from our new friends, Black Karma.  While I made it a point to try to run ahead of them on the field all weekend (and the key word there is “try”), they did beat me to the punch by posting their coverage of the game before me.  If you haven’t read it yet, click here and get your read on.  I’m just going to fill in the blanks, then show you more pretty pictures!  Here are five cool points about this game:

We won.  Black Karma is far too modest!  Both sides played super hard and Saturday was a back-and-forth battle.  Sunday looked rough too, early on, but House Lannister rallied and squeaked out a victory.

The HDE pattern on this Etek makes it harder to spot than the rest of the player!
The King’s Tourney was a one-on-one tournament that ran concurrent with the game.  Players signed up before the scenario began then reported to the small town field at their appointed times to battle it out in a single elimination battle to the end.  The winner took home a sweet longsword too!

Yellow side, House Baratheon, in the midst of their Sunday morning offensive
Black Karma talks about how much they love taking the farmhouse.  Let me just interject and say that taking that house is hard!  Not only do you have to fight your way to it, but players inside can shut the doors, hug the interior walls, and cross their guns while shooting out the windows.  And there’s a second floor with more angles and spots for bad guys to hide.  I could tell Black Karma had taken that fort a few times, but even so, it takes guts to bust through the door with enemy barrels only inches away!

Black Karma on their home turf.
MPP does scenario right.  Ben knows how to control the flow of the game.  When there’s a large battle for land in the center of the field, Ben channels the missions to the edges, and if the action slows down, he directs players towards the middle.  It’s an art, and if you’ve never played an artfully-orchestrated game, then you’re missing out.  I had a great time being right in the thick of things in the large shootouts, but I probably enjoyed the smaller battles, 10 on 10 or smaller, even more.  And this year I think I hit every square foot of Bearclaw’s ample acreage.

The Iron Throne, the leaders of Houses Lannister and Baratheon, and Ben Torricelli
The details make a good game great.  More than enough parking and camping space.  Short air lines.  Paintball and food vendors.  Flushing toilets and a bath house.  A motivated reffing staff who are willing to get in the thick of things.  Heck, they even had a throne of swords at the player briefing!  Little things like those will keep players coming back for more.  I know I plan to be there in 2015.

Foolybear plays scenario paintball for Planet Eclipse and as captain of Team Capital Offense.  His Instagram (@foolybear) is a steady stream of pictures of his paintball adventures.  You can also keep up with his travels on Twitter (@foolybear).   He’s currently mapping out his 2015 game schedule, so field owners – want to see foolybear at your game?  Hit him up on Twitter!