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SuperGame XLIII

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in Scenario Coverage

For more than twenty years the Portland, Oregon area has been home to one of the best paintball big games in the world—the SuperGame. Founded in the 1980s by Bob Shano, the SuperGame is one of the longest running paintball events in the world—not just the Northwest. The game is now run (and has been for years) by Dan Bonebrake, an icon in northwest paintball. And the SuperGame is not just another big game. It’s a scenario, big game, night game, party, trade show, festival and all around great time all wrapped up in one giant three-day package.

We arrived at Sniperz Den, the current home of the SuperGame, late Friday afternoon (May 4) after finishing our field and store training class just 15 minutes away (Training.PaintballX3.com). This was my first SuperGame experience and driving onto the property is all I needed to see to know this game was going to live up to the hype. By dinner time on Friday there were already more than 1000 players on site and most of them set up camp for the weekend.  They were already gearing up for the three-man tournament and the night game. Just steps from the campsites were the playing fields, the trade show area, food vendors, check-in and just about everything else you’d need for three days of paintball. The atmosphere was alive, the trade show hopping, there was DJ’d music playing, and excitement was building for the two-hour night game that was going to be played in just a few hours.

Clowns vs. Zombies scenario game

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in Scenario Coverage

Every October Paintball Explosion puts on a big game called Clowns vs. Zombies.  This big game pits killer clowns against brain-eating zombies to see which team will come out on top.  With the sponsorship support of companies like Ninja,

With companies like Planet Eclipse, Valken, Tippmann, FogDoc, and Flurry Industries, and with the number of players that were coming and dressing up for the occasion, this year's event was sure to top the last one!  Along with the amazing sponsorship line up, they were able to recruit some famous General's and XO's to lead this year's troops.  Leading the clown team was none of their than famed scenario legend Blue Hanse from Blues Crew along with his XO Skeletor from Behind the Bunker.  Leading this year's zombie team was Gino Postorivo, CEO and owner of Valken Sports along with his XO yours truly (Rob Leary) from Ninja Paintball.

NPPL Chicago Open

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in NPPL Tournament Coverage

I remember last year when NPPL had the Chicago Open at CPX Sports in Joliet, IL and the weather was beyond awesome.  Temperatures hovered around high 70’s, no humidity and only a small chance of storms, which nicely passed right over the event.  This May when NPPL Chicago Open went back to CPX the weather was not so cooperative.  We were in the 90’s with around 85% humidity and I for one do not play nicely with humidity!  As well, no matter how many events I attend that have this kind of weather I am so amazed at the amount of players (and these are athletes we’re talking about) who forget to hydrate.  It’s so simple, when you’re sweating that much you need to replenish your body, but once again we saw a number of players down due to heat exhaustion.  All right, there it is, my you must drink water and hydrate yourself speech and now I’ll step off my proverbial soapbox and move on to the actual event.

NPPL Las Vegas World Championships

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in NPPL Tournament Coverage

Season finales are always bitter-sweet. The last events of the PSP, NPPL or Millennium Series are always the best attended of the year with the most on the line—and they are the events that decide which teams win the series rankings titles. It’s also the last get-together for much of the industry and many of the teams and players. And of course the season finales also bring home the reality that the cold winter months are coming in much of the country.

This fourth and last event of the NPPL series for 2012 brought together 76 seven-man teams and five pump teams. In the Pro divisions four teams had a legit shot at winning the title coming into this event—Dynasty, XSV, Infamous and Tampa Bay Damage. Arsenal, Chicago Legend and San Antonio X-Factor were mathematically alive in the title race but it would take a near miracle for one of those three to pull it off.

NPPL Surf City Open, Huntington Beach 2012

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in NPPL Tournament Coverage

This year marked 10 years of the NPPL being on the beach in Huntington Beach and ironically enough this event almost didn’t happen.  At this point, the NPPL appears to have come full circle within the industry.  When the NPPL was reformed after bankruptcy four years ago it appeared there was not much support from the industry, in fact that first year being USPL it was a little like going to a regional event.  Little by little the industry came back around to support the NPPL and things started going well, until this last year when all the merger talks failed.  The industry strongly believes that there should only be one league or maybe it’s that they only want to support one league, I’m not really sure right now.  Fact is, the largest companies are backing the PSP and they have a strong track record but the PSP is also owned by some of the same industry companies that don’t seem to be supporting the NPPL.

PSP MAO

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in PSP Tournament Coverage
The fourth event of the PSP season has seen its fair share of venue changes and ups and downs in attendance. It makes sense that the event sandwiched between the very popular and well-attended Chicago and World Cup events would see some drop-off, as teams playing the divisional and less sponsored levels would opt to play those two if that’s all their budgets and time allow. This year’s event was moved away from Top Gun Paintball in south Jersey to OXCC in Maryland, just outside of the Delaware line. If you’ve never been to OXCC it’s one of the true paintball gems on the east coast, with a ton of property, plenty of parking, a pro-shop onsite and more than enough airball fields to host an event of this magnitude. Maybe that’s why this year’s fourth event drew so many teams and players. With 130 teams, 1500 players and 25 vendors, I’ll bet no one in the ranks of the PSP is disappointed with the turnout for this event.

2012 PSP Chicago Open

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in PSP Tournament Coverage
The 2012 PSP Chicago Open took place June 21-24 at Challenge Park Xtreme (CPX) in Joliet, Illinois about thirty minutes from downtown Chicago. Last year the PSP moved the Chicago Open to CPX after years of hosting the third event of the year at various Chicago-area venues, and most recently at Badlandz and Bolingbrook Aquatic Center. Chicago has a very rich professional (and amateur) tournament paintball history that dates back almost to the start of tournament paintball. Lively Productions ran the Windy City Open tournaments in Chicago in the mid and late 1980s and the NPPL and PSP have run dozens of events there since the early 1990s. Suffice to say Chicago is a hotbed for paintball competition and it likely always will be.

PSP Galveston Island

Written by  |  Tuesday, 04 December 2012 00:00  |  Published in PSP Tournament Coverage

You can’t even imagine what this event was like if you were not there. It’s almost impossible to describe what happened on Friday night. The rain came, the winds came—and the fields just got crushed. Weeks of work and months of planning went out the window for the PSP as they had to scramble to make something out of less than nothing. The league had to face the fact that not all the games could possibly be played this weekend. The PSP did what good businesses do when things don’t go as planned—they ditched Plan A and went to Plan B. They brought in lights to play night games, the rebuilt fields… they worked their @$$es off.

2012 PSP World Cup

Written by  |  Thursday, 15 November 2012 00:00  |  Published in PSP Tournament Coverage

By Thomas Allegretto, Photos by Michael Mohr

The buildup leading to the PSP World Cup is nothing short of amazing every year. For the top teams in each division the PSP season is a year-long journey with the focused goal of winning events and even a season title. For most teams this journey starts in January after a break between the previous year’s World Cup and the year ending holidays—and once that journey begins the breaks are few and far between. For most it’s training during the week and team practices on weekends—and the closer you get to the world Cup, the more intense the training gets.

2013 Paintball Extravaganza

Written by  |  Published in Event Coverage

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