How it all started How you started paintballing
Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:29 PM
The person who got me into the sport was allegedly one of the fathers of the sport, the late James "Skip" Dower. According to the story he told, he was there when the idea of shooting dye-filled balls at people was first thought of when he lived in New Hampshire a few years earlier and they used Nelspot-like devices to mark trees for logging. The company he worked for at the time I knew him was Roy Brothers, which may or may not have been the company to allegedly allow its employees to shoot each other with the dye balls.
When I was a young 'un, I went to school with his son Jerry, who mentioned paintball to me a few times, but I never went and never played for months. Somehow he convinced me to play with them one day, and I did, and lo and behold, here I am some 21 years later still at it!
James Sr. and James Jr., and Jerry ran a field called The Game in Princeton, MA, until the early to mid-1990s. It is there that I played almost all of my first games until perhaps 1992 or so, when another local who frequented The Game opened up his own field, R&R Paintball, located somewhere near Millbury/Upton/Sutton, MA.
Posted 26 January 2008 - 02:35 PM
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Posted 27 January 2008 - 11:58 AM
Good topics you should read:Poll for Poll Jukie's I-II-III-IV-V -VI ALWAYS WEAR A MASK Make your own paint grenades Stay hydrated in-game Smoke grenades A new mask idea
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Posted 30 January 2008 - 09:02 PM
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:14 AM
When I was younger, in my neighborhood we'd play war games with toy guns. Lazer Tag hit big in my neighborhood when I was 10. I remember running through the neighborhood at night watching for the oppositions' sensor lights. It was fun.
I got older. I'd heard about paintball many times in my teens and early twenties, but I assumed there were no fields near where I was living. I was wrong. An employee/friend of mine started talking about paintball at work. I told him I really wanted to try it out. I was 25 at the time, and I remembered the good times spent running around in fields and woods and back yards when I was younger.
I went out to the field. I rented some gear. I played. I don't remember much about that day, but I do remember the thrill of crawling through underbrush on my belly. I remember charging haphazzardly towards an enemy flag station. I remember getting hit and thinking it wasn't that bad. It was fun. It was just like being a kid again.
So I continue to play. It doesn't matter the format of the game. If I'm allowed to run and shoot, I'm happy. There's nothing like getting the blood flowing and the heart pumping to reassure you that childhood games don't have to be foresaken just because you grow older.
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Posted 01 February 2008 - 09:25 AM
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