The Power Of One - CS1

Saturday, 21 November 2015

Team Capital Offense Delivers the Best Upgrade




Paintballers at all levels are always looking for the latest upgrade.  In our sport the slightest edge can mean the difference between hanging the flag and dragging feet to the deadbox.  Line-of-Fire Paintball offers players of all ages a chance to upgrade the most essential aspect of the gear – themselves.


Each summer Line-of-Fire puts on a three day paintball skills camp.  Campers range from 10-years-old to 60, but they all come for the same reasons: to have fun, to improve their skills, and to add some new techniques to their repertoires.  This year’s experience covered the basics that everyone needs to play the sport, then focused on some skills specific to the scenario side of the sport.


Jason “foolybear” Lineberger, Joel Krenzer, and Brian Radford, all of Team Capital Offense, served as the camp instructors.  Each day began with skill work on the airball field, including: gun fighting essentials, movement, communication, teamwork – aspects of the game that can be honed in the confines of the airball arena but that can be applied to any game on any terrain.  The drills then moved to the close-quarters battles of the town field and then on to the woods.  Players also took part in games designed to work on specific paintball skills.  One favorite forced a small team to sharpen their abilities to move quietly in the woods, to choose their battles, and to spring an ambush at the right moment.  Campers capped off eight hours of paintball with just-for-fun games, and the final day concluded with a camp dinner and awards ceremony.


Big thanks go to Planet Eclipse for their continued support of this paintball camp.  The campers loved their daily prizes!  And many of them have also upgraded their kit by purchasing new PE markers and playing gear, equipment they had a chance to test at camp.  Thanks also to Enola Gaye who sent the awesome smoke grenades that added excitement to an already high-energy camp experience.



Line-of-Fire’s 2016 camp will take place on June 29 – July 1 near Asheville, North Carolina.  Looking for a great present for that paintballer in your life?  Think about the gift of paintball camp!

Jason “foolybear” Lineberger is the woodsball wizard for Planet Eclipse and captain of Team Capital Offense.  You can catch him on Twitter (@foolybear) or on Instagram (@foolybear).



Thursday, 12 November 2015

Bounty Hunters – Playing for C-Wood




As the Bounty Hunters arrived at Indy’s Battleground Paintball “Predator’s Bane” scenario game on October 17, our attention was divided. Aside from the usual excitement that comes with playing the game we all love, our thoughts were also with the man for whom we all gathered to support. Chris “C-Wood” Woodell serves as a mentor to many paintball players in the Louisville, KY area. Many who have taken the field with him over the years consider him a friend and a brother. On August 28, Chris was involved in a horrific car accident. He suffered several significant injuries. He was airlifted to the hospital, has undergone several surgeries, and likely has several to go. To help with his mounting medical bills, Indy’s Battleground Paintball decided to host a scenario event with 50% of admission and five dollars of each case of paint being donated to Chris’s GoFundMe campaign.

The Bounty Hunters joined the NATO Special Operations Forces, with our own Tyler Winn serving as general, to battle against the Karl Mauzy and the Blackwater company for control of Predator’s Bane. Competing along with us was the team with which Chris Wooddell plays, 502nd SOG, and the team he started, Sods. 


To start the game, Blackwater quickly took control of their end of the field and pushed into the city. The majority of our forces were held in or around our base in the city for most of the morning. Repeated attempts to start missions were thwarted by a relentless Blackwater attack. Eventually, we were able to push out of our base and take control of the field. However, the amount time Blackwater controlled the field allowed them ample time to run missions and control flag stations, resulting in a 1225—790 Blackwater lead at the lunch break.

The high point of the day occurred during the lunch break. Chris Wooddell arrived at the field shortly before the break. As players exited the field, many of them stopped to greet him and offer words of encouragement. Chris later described the day as “a great day of therapy”. He had planned to stay for only a couple of hours but ended up staying the rest of the day.


Play picked up after lunch with the teams switching sides of the field. Neither team was able to consistently control the field as most areas of the field were hotly contested throughout the afternoon. The Bounty Hunters gathered every player we could find to undertake a tiered mission to locate, assemble, mount, and defend a series of antennae. The first two parts of the mission had been issued in the morning. However, due to Blackwater’s early dominance, neither part was completed in the morning. This left too little time to complete all three parts of the mission, resulting in NATO leaving a lot of points on the field. With only the final battle remaining, Blackwater had been able to slightly increase its lead to 2551—1962. NATO would need to dominate the final battle to have a chance.

The final battle contained one major objective: to control the main flag. Points were also awarded for time controlling the flag and for retrieving props. Blackwater attacked from the city while NATO attacked from the open field. At the starting horn, NATO forces laid down a covering fire as players slid into the berms surrounding the flagpole. Due to the aggressive attack, a NATO player was able to walk up to the flagpole and raise the NATO flag. NATO players repeatedly retrieved props, and stopped Blackwater advances in their tracks. By the time the final horn sounded, NATO controlled the flag and retrieved nearly all of its props while allowing Blackwater to only retrieve one. The result of the final battle tipped the score in favor of NATO, who claimed a 2859—2576 victory.


The best news of the day came after the final score was announced. Due to donations from admission and paint sales, along with contributions from a silent auction at the field, a total of $2100 was raised for Chris Wooddell’s GoFundMe campaign. 

Bounty Hunters Paintball encourages anyone interested in contributing Chris’s GoFundMe campaign to visit https://www.gofundme.com/c-wood. Every donation helps and will be greatly appreciated.

We would like to thank Planet Eclipse for supporting our team. As always, our success is due in no small part to the reliability of our Ego and Geo markers, which enabled us to stay on the field and make a difference in the final outcome.

Congratulations are in order for Jay “Shadowfox” Jordan and James Hineman for writing and managing a complex and exciting game. It’s not often that we get to play events that have such an impact on something bigger than the game, and these guys knocked it out of the park.

Please check out Bounty Hunters Paintball on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/bountyhunterspb

Thanks to BillyJack Mefford of Integrity Shots Photography for providing the photos for this article.


Thursday, 5 November 2015

Capital Offense – They Shoot, They Score!


 
It’s been a busy fall paintball season for Team Capital Offense.  Fields and producers, amped on surging numbers of players, have put out more scenario action than teams know how to handle!  Here are a few highlights from the past few months.

In August the team split for the Star Wars vs. Star Trek game at OXCC in Maryland and the Borderlands scenario at Boss Paintball in North Carolina.  The NC contingent fought under former Vicious pro Matt Sossoman as we rocked the front lines in a hard-fought contest.  Capital Offense shooter, Brian Radford, racked up the award all players want – the one given for being the biggest threat to the opposing team.


September once again saw the team pulled in two directions.  The northern contingent made a strong showing at SplatBrothers, while the southern crew set up shop in North Myrtle Beach, SC for the annual Invasion of Japan scenario at Adventure Beach Paintball.  Team members brought families along for a mini vacation, but on the field it was all business as TCO stepped up to play for the American side – the attacking side of the scenario.


The opening hour of the game resulted in a stalemate, but the scenario went downhill quickly after that – for the Japanese team.  For this event the TCO squad opted to be the main mission team, which put Port City Militia in the role of the assault force.  As they ran up the center of the field, TCO made their push through the woods, engaging with the other side’s mission squads, and racking up win after win.  At one point on Saturday afternoon we had forces completing two objectives, while a third part of the team was secretly dropped behind enemy lines. The resulting massacre was, as one of our players put it, some of the most fun he’s ever had in paintball.


The field at Adventure Beach played beautifully, as usual, and the predicted foul weather held off and offered up, instead, ideal conditions.  Our first mission Sunday morning put our team directly in the path of an equal-sized crew running mag-fed markers.  They played well, but when you combine the Eclipse LV1 with a team that has gelled with each other and the field, you have an equation for quick, decisive victory.  We charged through to our mission point without losing a player.

That’s not to say that we didn’t take our share of lumps during the game, but a highly motivated medic made sure that we stayed in the game and pushing towards our goals.  One of our guests, Josh Beam, ran radios for our general and kept us informed on the current state of the game.  For his hard work he brought back the MVP award.  Capital Offense also got Most Valuable Team for the victorious American side.


Next on the slate is our traditional year-ender, the Fulda Gap Mega Game at Command Decisions Wargames Center.  This large-scale event is the one that caps off the year for many east coast teams, and since this year is the 10th anniversary, it’s a scenario that players from around the world will attend.  If you’re coming to Fulda Gap, come by the Capital Offense compound to say hello!

Jason “foolybear” Lineberger is the woodsball wizard for Planet Eclipse and captain of Team Capital Offense.  You can catch him on Twitter (@foolybear) or on Instagram (@foolybear).