So, who's up for a repeat showing? Virtually all of the Commonwealth is intending to return for 2009, money and time willing, and we're looking to see the Commonwealth turned into an honest-to-god Division for 2009. (Not that you have to join the Commonwealth, but if you're going to travel halfway across the continent for some paintball, you might as well get into the best group around, and that's us in the maroon! (Those Germans with the 'Commonwealth Farces' shirts don't count, although you're more then welcome to join us next year))
First off, the costs.
Travel: The Winnipeg convoy, in the end, cost $350 a head. That was the cost of 2 rental minivans for a week, and all the gas it took to drive down there, as well as some other assorted expenses. I believe the Ontario convoy cost similar. Costs will vary, obviously, depending on the cost of gas, how many people are coming, how many vehicles needed to be rented, ect. $350 was for 8 people in 2 vans, BTW (You need both those vans, they were stacked!)
Also, make sure whatever cars you're bringing are in good shape. Change your oil, replace your spark plugs, bring a REAL spare tire (Not a donut!), top up your fluids, check it with your mechanic if you haven't recently. It's not a hard drive, as the roads are good and flat the whole way, but it's long.
Play and Paint: Paint is $65 a case. Registration is $70 a head for pre-registration. Pre-reg lasts until about May usually, at which point it goes up to $100. As for the game itself, I personally went through 2 cases. That was playing in 4 mini-games and the big game itself. I averaged out shooting...well, average-I played some games all-out, and some playing pump. Personally, I'd budget for 3, and buy 2 at the front gate. Have at LEAST a case for the big game-it's a long game, it's a long haul, and there are a LOT of people there. You don't suppress one person in a bunker. You and 20 other guys hiding behind hills supress 100 people re-inserting. Unless you've been there, you can't imagine the scale of the game.
Food: If you at all can, cook as a group. There's 2 on-field restaurants: The D-Day Cafe and the Goulash Canon. Both are very tasty, and very expensive. $10 a meal expensive. At 3 meals a day, plus snacks, that's a lot if you're going to be there for the full week. The 1st Canadian Parachute ran a communal kitchen that cost me $25 for the whole week to eat. And it was tasty, Doubt, Commish and crew are good cooks! Granted, everybody tastes better when you're out in a field, hungry, wearing dirty clothes and stuff, but still. Also, don't forget to budget for 3-ish meals and snacks on the drive down, because it's a long drive. It took us 20 hours down and 16 back from Winnipeg (No stops back, and no flat tires-I'm looking at you, Brad. ). We stopped at resturants and, again, spent $5-$10 a meal. Also, don't forget to budget for drinks and snacks. And, if you're of the sort, beer.
Equipment: Besides all your usual gear (Gun, mask, ect), bring a backup gun. And a backup backup gun. If you own them, that is. Still, even if you just pick up an cheapo Tippmann a week before, that's good. Because NOTHING sucks more then your gun going down the night before. Also bring spares. Lots of spares. And tools. There are a lot of on-site techs, though-the guys at the BT tent were really good.
Playing gear: Pack light. Get in shape. Milsim bad. Tourny good. That solid stock, foregrip and fake mag are gonna really suck after you hump them all over a field the size of a small city for 8 hours in 90-degree heat.
D-Day was one of the best experiences of my life. I'm going to register next paycheque, and the 1st Canadian Parachute is already, 2 weeks after the end of 2008, fuller then the entire unit was in 2007. If you can swing it, do it. It is an experience you'll never forget.
This post has been edited by Marauder_Pilot: 30 June 2008 - 10:35 PM