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#586 User is offline   omega85 

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Post icon  Posted 24 November 2008 - 11:53 AM

that was buitiful , rock on woodsballers :)
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Posted 10 December 2008 - 05:19 PM

View PostNiceguy74, on Oct 23 2008, 07:07 PM, said:

HELL YEAH!



i need this in recorded audio so i can play it over loud speakers like it was a General George PATTON speech.

That would be an awesome thing to do before a game.
"Do to others as you would have them do to you." Luke 6:31
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Posted 10 December 2008 - 09:35 PM

Is "Woodsball" really trademarked?

This post has been edited by songbird: 10 December 2008 - 09:35 PM

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Posted 12 December 2008 - 10:41 AM

Yeah..i seem to see Woodsball as trademarked on the Special Ops Site. I guess it would be trademarked, or else Spec Ops wouldnt show it as......Nice Creed, would be sweet if that was played before every game.
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Posted 12 December 2008 - 07:02 PM

That was awesome. Great job!
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Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:44 AM

Thats awesome perfect and true :P go woodsball players!!!!
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Posted 02 February 2009 - 06:00 PM

HOOO RAAHHH
thats what i like to hear!!! :dodgy:
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Posted 15 February 2009 - 11:29 AM

View PostTyger, on May 26 2005, 06:39 PM, said:

This is the final product, thanks to everyone for the input. See page 2 for more details / info.

-Tyger

- begin

Woodsball™ Manifesto
By: Tyger

We are Woodsball™ players. We are the core of paintball. Over 90% of the players play paintball in the woods, and yet 90% of all in-paintball media coverage ignores us. We play not for prizes or money or fame, but for the passion of the game. We play because the challenge is there; every weekend, all around the world. We just need to show up and accept it.

We are not the pretty-boys of speedball. We are the anti-heroes of the mainstream. You won't see us on posters or in videos sliding into bunkers with names like "cans" or "snakes", and that's fine by us. The real game isn't spit shined, groomed and polished or made for TV. It's down and dirty, in the literal trenches. Our fields are not well maintained lawns; it's terrain that both teams overcome. We don't complain about sand or dirt or uneven fields, its part of the world we play in. Scratches and dings in our equipment are displayed with pride, and we can tell you where they happened, and how deep in the crud we were when we got it.

We are the roots of the game that have been abandoned by much of the mainstream industry. We don't throw aside where we've come from to make the game more palatable for an audience. If nobody sees what we do, it does not make the effort or result worth less. We drive through back roads to fields that nobody knows about but ourselves. We know we're there when we lose our favorite radio station and the cell phones won't work anymore. We play under the media radar with no reward other than bragging rights because we want to play. There are no prizes, no million dollar checks, but that makes neither our tenacity to win no less fierce nor our games less meaningful for us.

Our chosen uniform is camouflage, not because we want to be militaristic but because it works. We use our clothing as a part of our game, something that escapes many of the "firefight specialists" that play only arena games. The paintgun is only one tool of a well rounded player, not the only tool. We know this; as we use all the skills and tools we have every weekend.

Based only on our clothing, our gear, and our chosen locations of play, we are looked at as inferior players. We are told we would never stand a chance in a "real game" of paintball. We understand your arena game; yet you refuse to understand our woods game? We are not throwbacks to a long dead game. Yes, we are living history, but we have evolved. We honor our roots, but we do not abandon them to follow the next "promise" in paintball. Long after the "flavor of the month" arena game has worn out, we will be playing in the woods. To know the past is to control our future, and we embrace both.

We are told that we should abandon the woods, for the better good of "the future of the game". Our presence threatens those who never have, and probably never will, understand what the origins of paintball are. They think we will scare away the media by looking like "militia members". Not that fist fights and blatant cheating will attract any better media attention in their games. Not that terms like "Bounce Engineered" or "Ramping Technology" mean anything to the true roots of what paintball started as; what paintball should be. Are the arena players scared of us or ashamed because we remind them what they should be?

We are woodsball™ players. Any given weekend we'll be playing our game with a grasp on the past and an eye on our future. Players that don't understand will come and go, we know this. They can play under the bright lights in front of audiences and pretend to be rock stars all they want. We'll be in the woods years after you retire, playing the game of paintball the way it always had been played; with honor, with integrity, and with friends. All 90% of us.

© 2005 Panther Free Press
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Open permission to print / distribute / repost on other personal web pages as long as this disclaimer, my web site and my name remain attached to the text. "Share and Enjoy" Any use of this article in a paid media (Magazines, paid or sponsored e-zines / paintball field pieriodicals or newsletters, and so on) is permitted ONLY if permission is given first from the author.


sniff, sniff......that's beautiful man!!!! (it really is..nice work!)
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Posted 24 February 2009 - 01:35 PM

Yes, well written and very nicely done. Bravo! I especially like the part about fist fights and blatant cheating. Not that this doesn't happen in the woods - jerks are jerks no matter where they play - but I've seen countless videos of speedball fighting and just unintelligible cursing and ranting. They're like spoiled rich kids and their reputation is as such even in the most local of fields when they show up. Not all, but the majority. It's this reason why our sport has a strange reputation and ONLY on the woodsball field will you see - in the majority of cases (90%?) - true camaraderie and a true love for the game. I've made far more friends in the woods than on the speedball field (yes, I've played both and definitely have moved back to my roots in the woods) because it's a different player in the woods, by and large.

Now, there is a lot of homologous behavior going on at paintball fields today. Many woodsballers are using speedball guns, which has changed the forest forever. But as we all know, it's not the marker that defines the player or the arena, it's the player. I carried a Shocker for nearly three years. I stripped it down in December for the last time and I was proud (as the manifesto above mentions so colorfully) to see that the eye was broke, the anodized surface had worn down to the silver undercoat in many places, scratches and dents littered the surface, the trigger was far too loose, the grips were torn, etc. I ran that marker into the ground, but never once cheated and put it on "ramp" mode in the woods. Semi-auto - one shot, one kill. People told me that I was a better sniper than guys who had mil-sim sniper markers and wore ghillie suits. I went through four loader shells on my electronic hopper, refusing to succumb to the latest and greatest fads that plague speedballers. When each shell cracked, I duct-taped it to hold the battery chassis in place; only when it was cracked beyond repair would I get a new shell, not the latest and greatest loader. I didn't care about looking pretty out there, I just wanted to play. I didn't care about bragging up my marker, I wanted to prove that I was a fast, smart, strategic player while carrying any marker.

There are those of us who have played speedball and haven't sold out. I went back to my roots after a very brief stint on a speedball team because it wasn't my scene, it couldn't be my scene. I now help design mission games for Mission Masters Paintball games and the rewards have been nothing short of amazing. The friends and family bonds I have with woodsball overshadow anything the speedball arena has to offer. That's not to say that I believe the speedball arena has nothing beneficial to offer in terms of raw paintball knowledge and tactics - I believe there's something to be valued there - but I do believe that when it comes to knowing and understanding paintball to its fullest, the buck starts at the treeline. It's no wonder the media has it all wrong...they are pretty backwards 99.9% of the time in the real world as it is. Do you really expect them to get paintball right? :)

This post has been edited by Drothghight: 24 February 2009 - 01:42 PM

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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:26 PM

im new to the game well new to actually being ingulfed (<misspell) by its greatness lol..but i love those words...me and a friend are building up our tippmann 98s (i know a lil oldschool) but were newbs and he has 5 acres of dense woods that were going at with machetes and an axe to build paths throughout it ..have a few good sized cuts from it and a gash from the axe :blink: but i feel were pretty dedicated for newbs to the game now we just need the restless days of experience..ne way enough rambling... good words ..ima make a shirt wit em..(and include ur name) u gotta get credit for em
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Posted 01 April 2009 - 09:40 PM

im new to the game well new to actually being ingulfed (<misspell) by its greatness lol..but i love those words...me and a friend are building up our tippmann 98s (i know a lil oldschool) but were newbs and he has 5 acres of dense woods that were going at with machetes and an axe to build paths throughout it ..have a few good sized cuts from it and a gash from the axe :blink: but i feel were pretty dedicated for newbs to the game now we just need the restless days of experience..ne way enough rambling... good words ..ima make a shirt wit em..(and include ur name) u gotta get credit for em
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Posted 10 April 2009 - 08:44 AM

hell yeah! i went and played yesterday with some friends, we all had 98 customs, most of us with an upgraded barrel. and we had a blast! it wasnt about who could shoot the fastest, or who had their velocity all the way up. we all turned our guns so they shot straight, and we were off. we made due with what we had and rolled with it. we all shared each others paint. we shared the air that we had. and we had a kick butt time!

"We are woodsball™ players."



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Posted 12 April 2009 - 06:49 PM

Hells yes Tyger. We are a totally different breed of warrior than the speedball boys. Nothing compares to moving through a forest, wondering if the opposition is five feet in front of you hidden in a bush or quietly creeping up behind you. Absolutely nothing compares to the adrenaline high of Woodsball. :ghillie:
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Posted 16 April 2009 - 08:53 AM

Hooha, pure poetry, man. And i agree with Ghozt, a big thank you to spec ops, tippmann, and opsgear for supporting us woodsballers. I live in rural Montana, and there are no tourney fields anywhere, but there are woods, endless, glorious woods... crap, now i wanna go play right now.
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Posted 28 April 2009 - 08:18 PM

That was a great speech. I think woodsball should be covered with a video cam. It's amazing how just staying still as the bush can get a few good shots. This sport has so many odds and ends that are not recognized like flanking and certain formations and vantage points. If I owned a camcorder I woulds record it but there would have to be like 5 cameramen. It would be awsome footage though!

Once again Awesome speech!
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