I strongly urge anyone in the MN/WI area (or farther if you can) to make this event -- Wild Bunch does an awesome job producing the original storyline and running the event. Splat Tag is an incredible field with a range of challenges.
Best of all -- 100% of all proceeds of the Hunt are donated to the HDSA (Huntington's Disease Society of America), to go towards finding a cure for Huntington's Disease.
Great field, great story, great event, and great cause - what else could you ask for?
The game details are as follows:
When: May 2nd, 2010. Game runs 9am-6pm with a 1-hour lunch break at one.
Where: Splat Tag
Entry: $35 if registered before April 30, $45 at the door
Paint: FPO, Cost varies from $50-70/case, depending on grade.
The sides will be the Coalition (returning from last year's victory), led by Tim "AKA" Pearson of the Pelican Brigade, and Envision Anarchy (the new power emerging in the evolving storyline) led by Matt "Mustangman" Morin of Working Class Heroes and General of the 716th Infantry Division at Oklahoma D-Day.
Expect a hard, fun game. Wild Bunch will keep you guessing, and the storyline evolves from year to year. This means that your actions on this day could impact future Hunts to come.
I want to see each and every one of you out there.
Here's the published storyline info in the setting of the Hunt for the Cure (can be found at the website here)
Medipharmatronics is a mere shell of its former self. While the Coalition forces were able to take a small supply of the koolamula antidote and some of the recent fern harvest, much of the company's assets were still intact after the clash. However, its board quickly removed its CEO Rich Gruber because of his failures to protect the company and the serious American accusations that he was conspiring with Envision Anarchy's leader John Q. Public. The new CEO's first task was to improve the company's public image. As a result, its security force of mercenaries was greatly reduced and reined in to save costs and eliminate their black mark on the company's image. Yet, Medipharmatronics sits on the verge of collapse like many of the world's multinational corporations.
While victorious, the Coalition has also been weakened. The physiological effects of the persistent Global Depression, the chemical attacks of a year ago, and subsequent Envision Anarchy actions has eliminated in many people's minds the trust and belief in their current governments and economic institutions. A couple of the Coalition member nations have collapsed, including neighboring Mexico. Yet more unnerving is the number of governments that have taken authoritarian actions to forestall their own demise. It has gone as far as marshal law being declared in Germany and other countries. Even segments of the American population are advocating for a hard crackdown at home to stop Envision Anarchy.
Envision Anarchy has been strengthening over the past year and begun to rival some of the largest political movements in the history of the world. It has evolved from its beginnings of demonstrations and mass strikes to an armed movement, with capabilities that are beginning to move beyond simple terrorist acts. The call for complete revolution has gained followers from all walks of life. It has not been without setbacks, including the assassination of its first leader by Coalition forces. However another has stepped into the title of John Q. Public and seeks to take the group to new heights.
The entire world is ailing and on the verge of economic and political collapse, setting the stage for the 2010 chapter of the
Hunt for the Cure!
The next update was released today...
"Good evening America. In moments President Bruce Campbell will address the nation from the Oval Office in response to today's tragic events at the National Mall," soberly stated Brian Williams. "The deaths of dozens of demonstrators in the shadow of the Washington Monument bring back for many the painful events at Kent State forty years ago. A divided county was further torn apart by the Kent State shootings and one has to wonder if history is repeating itself. Our thoughts and prayers at NBC go out to the families that lost loved ones this morning."
An eerie silence had enveloped the production room with many wiping at moistened eyes as the special broadcast continued. The producer readying the next transition to their reporter stationed outside of the White House broke the silence. "Prepare for a split screen with Brian and Suzanne," the producer remarked when the bank of screens all went blank. Panic filled the air as the crew scrambled to figure out what was happening.
Televisions in living rooms across the country screamed the classic sounds and flickering images of black and white snow. However, a dark blue background and a middle-aged man in a black suit staring directly into the camera soon replaced it. "Please pardon the interruption," he apologized. "I promise we will take you back to the special broadcast before the President starts his remarks. However, certain things needed to be clarified before the 'official account' of today's massacre by the government is spun." The man half smiled and covered his mouth as he coughed lightly, "I am sorry, but I rudely forgot to introduce myself. My name is John Q. Public." His smile widened as he chuckled, "Undoubtedly many of you were expecting horns and a tail given the government's characterization of Envision Anarchy and myself."
"The march on the National Mall was to be a peaceful demonstration in protest of the greedy corporations that have liquidated their pension funds and recent steep benefit cuts in public pension plans. These actions have left millions of retirees with nothing to live off in their remaining years and stole any hope of a future retirement for those still lucky enough to have a job in this Global Depression."
"Instead of taking responsibility for the reasons behind the protest and the murder of innocents by governmental security forces, 'the powers that be' have blamed us for the massacre. While many of the demonstrators may have been supporters of Envision Anarchy's call for complete revolution, none of our actual folks were present. While we would have loved to be there in solidarity, we knew our presence would only have been used as an excuse if anything happened. However, it has not stopped them."
"Today's events remind me of a John F. Kennedy quote, 'Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.' The government's response to what was to be a peaceful protest is unfortunately just another in a long list of examples of how the leaders of our private and public sectors have fought peaceful change. Many before us have sought real reform by working within the system, only to be torn down by 'the powers that be' attacking their alternatives and using their ideals against them. It is why we have been forced to take an armed route in our quest for a true revolution and focus solely on tearing down the current system. As a result, it will be up to the children of the revolution to shape the new society that replaces the corrupt, repressive, and thoroughly broken one we seek to overthrow."
"As promised we will be returning you to the scheduled programming in time for President Campbell's address. However, as you listen to his pathetic attempt to blame Envision Anarchy for the deaths of Americans citizens at the hands of their own government and the announcement of new authoritarian policies and rollback of freedoms to protect us; please keep this quote from one of our Founding Fathers --Alexander Hamilton in mind. 'The instrument by which government must act are either the AUTHORITY of the laws or FORCE. If the first be destroyed, the last must be substituted; and where this becomes the ordinary instrument of government there is an end to liberty.' Now ask yourself under which one has our government and the rest of the world governments been acting?"
Back in the production room, the frantic search for a way to replace the image of the dark blue background and middle aged man in a suit, halted as the screens flashed back to Brian Williams in the studio staring at his television screen sunk in his news desk. Startled, the veteran newscaster welcomed back his audience...
EDIT - Fixed the copy/paste technical issue.
This post has been edited by Thalion: 01 April 2010 - 07:05 PM