Need help from OK D-Day Veteran
Posted 29 July 2010 - 07:14 AM
Posted 29 July 2010 - 10:44 AM
I was with the 716th Infantry Division 2007-2009 (three D-Days), wound up missing 2010. Hoping to have funds for 2011.
Oklahoma D-Day is an incredible amount of fun, but it's also a lot of hard work. With proper planning and generic knowledge of the outdoors though, most of the potential issues can be negligible.
So, without further delay, Oklahoma D-Day in a nutshell...
Players from around the world come together in this single place. You'll meet people from across the nation, as well as from all over Canada, Australia, the UK, and others (if I recall correctly, we had some Indonesians come once?) It truly is an impressive sight to see people from all walks of life from around the globe all come together for one common interest.
Of these players, it is quite common for friendships to be forged. The 716th has become almost a large family. We talk outside of this one game a year. Some of us attend other events as we are able. We look out for each other when hard times come (as has been the unfortunate case with one of our own, but that's 100% unrelated to D-Day itself). I also know several members of the Commonwealth units, and the Oklahoma D-Day Chaplain and his staff.
By bringing 4000 people from around the world, you get some of the best competition available in scenario paintball. There's a lot of talent all around the field. New and newer players are also welcomed openly, often the result of experienced players bringing friends and family from outside the game.
Naturally, the sheer scale of the game brings its own unique challenges and fun. There's a little bit of everything on the field to play paintball through.
The field is large, with a range of terrain. Overall, terrain is fairly hilly/steep. A fair amount is pretty rocky as well. This is not the place for sneakers. I'd recommend hiking boots/milsurp boots, but anything with reasonable ankle support is good to go. The terrain can be exerting for those who are not accustomed to such, but it shouldn't pose a serious health issue to anyone within anywhere near normal physical condition. I'm a big guy, and I can pull it off.
The biggest danger by far at Oklahoma D-Day is the heat. It is not uncommon for temperature in the day to be in the 90s or low 100s. You really need to understand hydration to prevent heat stroke, dehydration, or other serious problems. Plan to drink a lot of water the entire time you are there. Be willing to sit out an insertion to sit in the shade and rehydrate. The #1 cause of medical emergencies (and it happens every year) are people who push themselves well past their own limits and don't consume enough water to make up for what they're losing in that heat. It's not hard, but too many people just aren't used to that kind of environment and they don't heed the warning we give them.
Bring a camelback/hydration bladder. Bring water, and a lot of it. While the field does try to provide some water, do not count on them to supply you your water. Too many people not planning ahead generates a potable water shortage. Bring enough for yourself for the entire time you are there.
Feel free to ask any more specific questions.
This post has been edited by Thalion: 29 July 2010 - 12:41 PM
Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:08 PM
HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE. You will hear it from EVERYONE, a Camelback is less of an option and more of a requirement.
The only cons I've found about D-Day are the heat and the terrain getting treacherous at times (especially in the Valley).
There are various food vendors around, and many players will welcome others with open arms.
I run with the Commonwealth, specifically 1 CAN PARA, and the number of services that can be provided by each unit are different.
To help lower costs, the Commonwealth has the DFAC, last year you paid $50 for the week and got breakfast and dinner every day. There's CONEXs that can be rented for the week, and they make AMAZING shelter during the storms that can and almost certainly do happen over the course of the week.
OK D-Day is a blast and you'll make a ton of new friendships. Well worth the price you pay.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 02:18 PM
In their defense, there hasn't been one nearly as bad as the 2007 one in a while. 2008 had a pretty long rain, but nothing like the wind and lighting from 2007. 2009 seems to be quieter in my memory, but there could have been something.
Monty (Chaplain) didn't report any crazy storms this year, but there was a really nasty one that hit the entire state just days after D-Day was finished and everyone was already well on the way home.
It's a good idea to have shelter that will withstand a good thunderstorm. There's a few good structures open during the day, but have a quality tent at night.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 06:42 PM
You don't have to spend a fortune. I just payed the registration fee and bought two cases of paint and only ended up shooting about a case and a half. We camped out and took our own food. We got there Thursday afternoon and left Sunday morning.
The most important thing is to HYDRATE the day before and all day while playing. You have to have a hydration pack!!! but you can find a cheap one for $15.00 like I did that works great.
The next most important thing is comfortable footware. You will walk alot so make sure you have quality boots with ankle support.
D-Day is a blast and worth every penny and all the trouble.
Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:40 PM
Bring a camelback/hydration bladder. Bring water, and a lot of it.
My, I sense a pattern.
Did we mention hydrate?
Posted 29 July 2010 - 08:52 PM
Some guys threw me on one of those big trucks they use to transport troops back to camp and when I got back to the campsite I just fell over. I didn't get up until 10:00 that night. My headache got worse because the campsite smelled like cow crap. lol. Remember that guys? D-Day 2008. It rained ALL DAY the Friday before the game. I still had a blast !!!!