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Posted 13 April 2011 - 10:50 AM

Good points Tyger. I prefer the camel back route. With the drink tube you can keep your goggles on and hydrate while on the playing field.

I have some additional advice for the first timer. It could be the difference between the experience of a lifetime or the feeling of just another day at the field. Tyger, I apologize if you are going to touch on this in later episodes. I just felt it would be a good idea to get the information out now.

If you are going as an individual or a small group (up to 5 or so players) talk to the experienced players ahead of time. Don't just wait until the night before the event either. By now (between two and three weeks before the event) you should have a good idea as to what side you will be on and what teams will be on your side. Start talking to the teams on the forums and see if you can run with one of them. It will make your game play more enjoyable. You could even find yourself going for mission or objective points on your first time out. I know from experience that if you don't coordinate with experienced players and teams ahead of time your first scenario could have the feel of a continuous walk-on game. I still had fun at that first event, but I felt a bit lost and out of place. The second scenario game I attended I was able to coordinate with an experienced team. I did a lot of running and gunning, but I felt like I was actually participating in the game. There were times I was with a group that helped push back the opposing side so another group could complete the mission. There were also times I was with a group that helped keep the other side from over running an area we had control over.

While talking on the forum helps get your name out there, you also want to meet the players on your side when you get the the event. They will be able to put a face with the name. If you are following Tyger's advice and arriving the Friday before the event that is a good time to meet with everyone. Go find your commander and introduce yourself. Let him/her know what you are willing do do during the game. This would also be a good time to walk the field with the event map and some experienced players. At the very least it will make your walk back to your insertion point easier after you have been hit.

One other thing I want to touch on is the field map. Many promoters post an event specific field map on their site at least a month prior to the event. The event map could have the same layout as the generic field map, but it will have event specific markings. An example would be an octagon shaped bunker that was labeled Buddhist Temple for one event will be labeled Copenhagen for another. For this reason, it is a good idea to print a copy or three and have them laminated. A full page copy is great to review before hand and to have posted up in your staging area. A 4" by 6" or a 3.5" by 5" copy is great to have hanging from your lanyard or in your vest pocket for use on the field.
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Posted 20 April 2011 - 01:22 PM



So 2 weeks out, finally, and we're talking about what you're gonna take with you, and what kind of last-week maintenance you should be doing at this point.

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 08:04 PM

Once again some great points. I can't think of anything I would add.

Would be interesting to see someone start doing a scenario for beginners clinic.
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Posted 26 April 2011 - 07:52 PM



I was gonna call it the "Final Countdown" but then I'd need to add synth-cheese, and nobody wants that.

Final few days, some talk about final pack and prep, last second stuff to bring with you, and arguably some yoga.

And this'll close out the series, hope you guys found it informative and somewhat entertaining. More stuff coming VERY soon.

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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:11 AM

yay thanks for das info. you were speaking of playing in the rain, any helpful tips from your end?
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Posted 27 April 2011 - 08:27 AM

View PostEskimo, on 27 April 2011 - 10:11 AM, said:

yay thanks for das info. you were speaking of playing in the rain, any helpful tips from your end?


- Keep your paint dry! It's tricky, but do what you can to keep moisture away from that paint. Minimize or cover parts of your setup that are open to the outside or could allow rain in to your hopper or feedneck. Maybe play with an imported barrel to minimiize what gets into your barrel.

- Use rain gear if you can to help stay dry. Being soaking wet is miserable. You can go find a military suplus poncho for cheap from a surplus store, and it'll be in some camo pattern or plain colors.

- Pack extra socks.

Just some ideas that can help.
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