HOLY SHAMALOEYS!! It's paintball time!!

Discussion in 'Chicago, IL' started by JodoKast74, Mar 23, 2007.

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  1. ObiWanBottari Jedi Knight

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    I like CPX a lot, which is why I have gone there for at least 5 scenario games, usually pitting the dirty commies against the lousy Nazis. The movie set creations that they have are like nothing else. Yet I will admit nostalgia for the place where you first introduced Emma and I to the sport of paintball. Some of the games there were pretty excellent, and compare better at least in ingenuity if not art to those of CPX.
    Something about the exceedingly rustic and Dogpatchian atmosphere of Blast Camp, the radiant faces of the tattooed and toothless ex-carnies manning the store, so reminiscent of the old west, the long expired inspection date on the port-a-potties to read over as you use the john, still has the appeal of a real warfare situation, where men are men and sheep stampede at the sight of them. Somehow Tattooine and the Cantina come to mind.
    I also think some of our battles at Blast Camp have become legendary, and places like the Embassy, the hill, the octagon, etc., where we injured and ridiculed each other so mercilessly and with such sincere affection will always be remembered, if for no other reason than they allow filming. It is also a place where we bonded, grew up a little bit, and I do feel some nostalgia in that sense.
    We all have our stories to tell about that place, and maybe we will also have the same for CPX one day. I hope I can be there with you.
    Old Fossil Bottari
  2. Bosh_Talk Jedi Master

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    Hell, now I miss Blast Camp.

    Bosh
    "Albeit mostly for the times I spent in the out-dated port-a-potty with that toothless ex-carny."
  3. darthgoat Jedi Master

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    It was a great time despite our low turn out.

    I wish Haz and Carrie could have stuck around.

    It wasn't sloppy but we did resolve our differences. I'm happy for that. We exchanged a few kills on each other including some crazy screwball shot by Bryan through a window dead center in one of the loops on my vest. I still can't figure out how he did it. Well played sir. Good games all around.

    As far as CPX goes. I liked the amenities much better than Blastcamp. Flushable toilets and on-site food (FREE BEANS!) were nice. Plus they had a decent pro-shop on-site as well in case you forgot anything. The paint is also of higher quality. However you do pay for that. $55 fee even if you have your own gear is a little steep IMO. The fields are pretty nice although I understand the best one, Armageddon, was closed unfortunately. Overall I think it is a pretty fun place to play especially when the weather is cooler. I still prefer Blastcamp overall though.
  4. Fett402 Jedi Knight

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    I had a great time yesterday...my legs are killing me right now, and man walking up and down my stairs yesterday was a small challenge.

    As far as CPX vs Blast Camp...I've only been to both places once, so I really can't compare the 2 like most others. I liked the fact that CPX is only 20 min from my house, so that's a major plus! But as far as the fields go, if a few weren't closed down at CPX, I think we would have had more to compare it on.
  5. darthgoat Jedi Master

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    Surprisingly, I'm not sore at all. I guess all that "Spartan Training" is paying off.

    I am pretty sure I have a slight strain in my left quadriceps but I think that is the result of not stretching enough.
  6. EliteMacFreak Jedi Knight

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    CPX was fun, but I hope that we go to Blast Camp next time. It was nice to change things up, and if/when we do go back to CPX in the future, we'll probably have more fun because Armageddon and that jungle map won't be closed.

    CPX Advantages:
    -A lot of the maps are pretty impressive-looking; someone actually spent some money on that stuff.
    -No food/water in the base camp = no distractions
    -Free air and decent bathrooms
    -Shorter drive

    Blast Camp Advantages:
    -Despite the lack of visual flair (like a field filled with burnt-out cars), most BC maps seem to play better. Embassy and Balls To The Walls rule.
    -Cheaper, especially for people with their own stuff
    -Shorter walks to and from base camp
  7. darthgoat Jedi Master

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    Agreed completely.

    Maybe we can have one outing at each? I'm always up for something new too.
  8. ObiWanBottari Jedi Knight

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    I guess I would have to opt for Blast Camp for our group next time, it just didn't seem to same at all at CPX. I wonder if it was the pricing that made the difference, because we sure had a low turn out. But it was clear who the hard core was, and my compliments to Laura for putting up with the Curmudgeon Corps.
    There's just something about a familiar surrounding that gives nostalgia a boost, the memories of past victories (and defeats) with great people just adds to the desire to get out there with them again.
    But CPX was good because finally the 501st was represented a bit better, and I got to float my fantasy about restaging the battle of Endor with scout troopers using foam rubber armor sprayed white and Endor rebels in their motley green outfits to a sympathetic ear. "I'd be down for that," he answered.
    Cutting "skinned" carpet pad foam to the shape of scout armor and figuring out a way to mount it would be my idea of some additional fun. If mounted with spray adhesive to cloth, it could have the full complement of velcro fasteners and even give one good protection against paintball hits. But then, I love to costume. This was done already in Canada, and I learned about it when some of their equipment from their games was offered on eBay.
    We did originally call our outings Mandellorian (Mayhem?) or something, which gave it a far more nerdy appeal to those of us whose perspective on the world was formed in our mother's basements surrounded by thousands of action figures and dimly lit by a Tandy 2000. We might even structure our own games and make up our own rules, based more closely to the scenario in the movie. I know a guy who was into paintball that costumes Princess Leia, and you have all seen me in my yang persona as Darth Paintball. Now I am fantasizing a fanfilm, thinking to add some script, special effects, a midget and younger family members in Eewok cameos, etc. This could be very funny.
    Since costume Club is resurrected, and all 501sters are invited, maybe we could do this. I offer my resources and Jedi powers.
    Love, the Force, and Evil Empires,
    Oldy Wansa Fantasy

  9. darthgoat Jedi Master

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    Interesting ideas Lionel.

    What if we skipped the armor and all that and just came up with SW based scenarios to feed our ref? I'm only thinking of skipping it because of the time it might take to make the stuff. We could make white chest pads to simulate TK/TB armor. I know that stuff adds to the ambiance though so who knows.

    Onto scenarios, I recall the one year we did the downed X-Wing Pilot Escort which was really fun. We could do a Battle of Endor re-enactment on a field like Trenches where the flag or some item could simulate the charges and the bunker could simulate the shield gen. This is definitely doable in the short term. Instead of Ho-Chi-Minh we could have had the Republic Commandos vs. Droid Army. Even though I hate the prequels that sounds fun.

    Anyone have any ideas for scenarios?

    If there is enough interest maybe we could organize a trip in the summer and test them out.
  10. Bosh_Talk Jedi Master

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    Haz had come up with some interesting ideas a few years ago.......foam lightsabers rock!!

    It seems to me like a "Rescue the Princess" scenario in the buildings could be worked out. Where you have trooper-guards with VERY limited ammo relative to a small heavily armed rescue team.

    An Ewok vs. Trooper battle with players who only have paint-grenades and pistols vs. a heavily armed trooper force.....and kind of like "football" where you have to set a "thermal detonator" in the entrance of a bunker for XX.XX time to win.

    And stealing one from JK:II.....Everybody only gets 6 paintballs......but there's a "fully armed and operational" paintball marker in the "armory"....and whoever gets it....is JEDI. JEDI also has to carry a flag in their other hand...so they have a handicap...and an advantage.

    Of course that one Haz came up with where the first team that has every member touch their tongue to his, wins, has possibilities as well.

    Bosh
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