Friday, June 25, 2010

Last chance

Do these shoes belon to anyone you know? Been in my trunk since
Sherwood game I think.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Fwd: Invitation to view a photo from hofpaintball's Picasa Web Album - First Annual HOF-B-Q

Sent from my iPhone

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From: hofpaintball <>
Date: June 20, 2010 7:44:47 PM EDT
Subject: Invitation to view a photo from hofpaintball's Picasa Web Album -  First Annual HOF-B-Q
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You are invited to view a photo from hofpaintball's photo album: First Annual HOF-B-Q
Message from hofpaintball:
Hello all - this is Gina, Rick's wife. We had a blast at the First Annual HOF-B-Q! I like to thank our awesome hosts John and Christy for having us all together. I am personally grateful to meet all the wives/girlfriends, one day we all need to team up and take on the men in a paintball game of our own! Unfortunately I don't have enough space in this message to individually thank everyone for their contribution, but I must say you all display team work on and off the field. Hope to see more of you next year
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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Synergy D-Day 2010: Impressions from the Axis General

This is my third year playing Synergy's own D-Day game, the second year as Axis General. This year's event may not have gone as smoothly as previous years have, but I can't really complain. Synergy has consistently offered fair prices, a great field to play on, and friendly staff for all their events. Yet again Synergy has provided us with the opportunity for which to not only play our favorite sport, but to honor those who fought and died for the freedom of our country. Thus, recreating possibly one of the most infamous battles that our country had been involved is our way of paying respect to the soldiers who died that day. To put yourself in the shoes of those men and experience a small fraction of the fear and uncertainty they dealt with on that day is a fitting way to remember them. For this I am grateful.

The day began for me at 5am Monday morning. I didn't have the best planned logistics for getting 5 guys with all their gear crammed into a midsized sedan for a 2 hour trip. But I have to say we did get there, just not on time, and for this I apologize. Once we arrived to the field I surmised that I wasn't the only general of an army showing up late, and for this I will thank Tangus999 (the Allied general) for taking some of the blame for the lateness of the game.

After the morning briefing, we took the field and prepared for the game to start. I stopped to encourage my guys stationed at the forward position and headed back to the German headquarters. By the time I got there, the siren blew and the game was on. The eruption of hundreds of paintball markers firing was loud and heavy, even at my position at the back of the field. One of these years I'll actually get to witness it, but it sounded impressive!

For Synergy's version of this scenario, heavy emphasis has been placed on a point value for capture of the generals. For this reason, I made every effort to stay in play. With the exception of some time spent in the German HQ respawn area to take my mask off and recoup, I spent a lot of time in play fielding questions, giving orders, and waiting for missions to be handed down. For the most part I was either defending our headquarters (which sadly didn't see much action) or at Fort Synergy witnessing Kry0 launch rockets at the Allies with a joyous glee borderline on insanity. After our first mission was handed down, to locate and recover ammo crates, I designated a couple teams to go on a search mission and head to the fort to get some action.

I'd have to say that this next part was probably the most exciting part of the game for me. When I got to Fort Synergy there were probably 40 of us inside and about the perimeter. At approximately noon, about an hour before lunch break, the Allied were able to take ground and make their way back to the fort. We were taking fire from all angles. In a testament to the fort's design, there weren't a whole lot of positions one could take up and not have at least one firing lane to guard from. In the course of the hour we took a heavy beating, and the dead players were rerouted from the respawn inside the fort to the one further back at headquarters because there were so many of us eliminated. We went from about 40 to less than 10 players defending the fort, with the Allied still hot and heavy about our perimeter. I had put in several calls to Total Resistance and NEOSMUT for support and was anxiously awaiting retrieval. My main concern at this point was for an extraction so that I could make my way back to base and receive the next set of mission objectives. When it looked as if we were about to lose our position to Allied, we got the call that NEOSMUT was on hand and ready for an extraction. With perfect form and execution, I was guarded from enemy fire, led through the thick underbrush towards the German HQ with no casualties in the squad. A lone Allied player wandering through the woods was eliminated rather unceremoniously for having the misfortune of being along our path and I was deposited at my base within minutes of the game breaking horn.

After all the dust settled, it turned out that the Axis Army had bested the Allies in this, an alternate universe version of the events at Normandy. But there's always next year…

I want to thank NEOSMUT, Total Resistance, the Pentagon Crew, Funnyman and his crew for all coming out and providing excellent support for the Axis army. I'd also like to thank Cleveland Hybrid, Odyssey for putting up a fight. Lastly I'd like  to thank Tangus999 and the Devils Lot for stepping up and leading the Allied Army. After all, you can't have a game without an opponent.  Hand of Fate salutes you all!

There are so many other highlights to the game, and players that really brought the scenario to life that it'd be a shame to try to list them all and miss a few. If you're interested in finding out more, please register for and visit the forums to read the highlights. If you participated in the game then help us relive the day with your own version of what happened.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Update from the Fate!

Greetings all. Another event has passed on our 2010 calendar, and we're gearing up for the next. Here's the latest from the HoF!
1. Synergy D-Day Event
Yes, we won =)
But not without plenty of help from the other teams. A special thanks to NEOSMUT, Total Resistance, and the Pentagon crew for being at my beck and call when it came time to handle bidness. I hope you all took an opportunity to thank an Allied player, for without opponents, there would not be a game!
For not being on the team calendar, we had a great turnout to this event. I'm pleased to say that we were able to field 8 team members, which is an excellent number considering a handfull of us had just dropped a considerable chunk of change to play the Sherwood game a little less than a month prior.
We have no photos of the event from team members, so if you happen to know where any are located, please pass 'em along!
I will be posting a full impression of the days event on our blog and forum soon.
2. New Member
I would like to welcome Joe "Death Dealer" Laster as our newest team member. He played his first event with us this past Monday, and proved to be a great addition. Joe is a recent transplant from North Carolina, to the Masury area. He's no stranger to paintball and fits in rather nicely with our rascally group of rapscallions. Another big plus is that he came into the team already rockin the marpat, and the teams unofficial marker, the Phenom. Next time you see him, give him a high five.
We have a few other new prospects. If you are considering joining the team, or know someone who is, let us know. Next year we will be enstating a more formal member enlistment process so now is the time to get in good.
3. Team Social
We are having our first official team BBQ on June 19th. Thats in two weeks. The event is open to team members and families and/or significant others, along with a couple of other special invites. I have sent out an invitation via email, and will do so again. If you are coming, please respond so that we can get an accurate count of who will be there. This will be a pot luck style dinner, with our very own Gimly Girt doin' the BBQin'. Food, drink, games, and mebbe a little back yard ball will rule the day. If you have any questions, contact myself or Beefy.
4. EPZ Games
I've added the EPZ games to our team calendar, which is found on our website. As you know, the EPZ crew is a network of woodsballers that play on private properties from Jamestown NY all the way to Grove city and further. These games are well run, well attended, and very affordable as there are no field fees and paint requirements (no walmart paint please!). If you are interested in playing a specific game, let me know and we can organize a showing.
See you on the field!