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10 August 2010 - 01:51 PMOK, so after playing way too much mass effect 2, watching too much firefly, and being out of the game due to my complaints about regular paintball (everyone has the same range, everyone has too much ammo, and there aren't enough "hidden treasures" to be found around the field to make things interesting) I had an idea. A Sci-fi based campaign run like something between a LARP and a paintball game. Not all the actual "role playing" of a LARP, nor the classes, you'd still be mostly shooting and scouting like in a normal woods game. The main thing would be having lots of DIFFERENT equipment choices, and somewhat limited ammo, but with extra clips and creats located around the field (think video game-ish here), walls that can be blown up, armor, even possibly vehicles
This is sort of long winded, so I'll divide it into afew different parts, brief story premise first gameplay and equipment specifics/rules, then how one could actually go about doing this. Read what you like.
BRIEF UNDEVELOPED STORYLINE:
short version: you are a ground team on alien planets looking for resources to keep your ship alive.
It's the future. A solar system with several habitable/terraformed planets have been found there. Colonists were sent, cryogenically frozen. They unfroze, and something of some sort went wrong, leaving few survivors and most of the leadership dead. The ships, among other things, lost power to their guns, so this didn't become a big stellar dogfight. Instead, the survivors broke up into factions and decided to try to survive, collecting elements for maintaining thier ships and building colonies. Ground teams are used to scout planets and moons and hunt for anything they might find valuable. Often they come into conflict with each other.
Loopholes will be stamped out to allow for more battles and more story added if needed.
short version: all day and all night games, starting weapons kind of suck, limited ammo but extra on field, upgrades buyable with credits (in game money)
-There will often be more than two sides to a fight. the scenario/objective would change game to game.
-Games will last a while, usually all day and into the night, with a couple of breaks for food.
-Ammo will be limited from the start, but usually there will be extra supplies can be found around the field. Ammo can be collected from the pods of fallen enemies.
-Players will be divided into ground team members, freelancers, and NPCs
--Freelancers just get to use a semi or pump set to 230 fps with a magazine capacity no more than 15 rounds (ship issue carbine), these are folks who just show up without a quick online registration. They can also register at the end of the game and use any credits they've found.
--Ground Team Member's may upgrade thier weapon to either stay at the lower FPS limit and use something capable of 20 BPS and a 50 round hopper (SMG), or stick with the 15 rounds and crank the FPS up to 300 (Rifle). They may also purchase better equipment with credits they find/earn on the battlefield.
--NPCS are walk in's given equipment relevant to the scenario. usually they represent hostile aliens or colonists.
-Credits are like money. Anything worth money will have a tag on it with how many credits it's worth. Usually pieces of alien technology, rare minerals, ect... total credits brought back to base are split among members.
-Credits can be spend on any number of things, weapon allowances (Assault rifle=300 fps and 50 round hopper, sniper=use of first strike rounds, Heavy weapons means use of ONE heavy weapon of your choosing like a blunderbuss, grenade/missile launcher, or a 300fps gun with a 100+ round ammo capacity all must wigh at least 10lbs), armor (head shot only, very expensive), extra ammo clips/pods, drones (RV vehicles with camera), vehicles, grenades, smoke grenades, medkits, anything you can think of, we could assign a price to it.
-some equipment you will have to come up with a convincing physical representation for, and/or bring yourself (notably drones, vehicles, heavy weapons, and armor)
-When your shot, could till one minute, if a medkit isn't used on you by then, walk back to your base. Leave extra clips/pods, credits that are on you, and in-game items behind.
-You can return to base to stash items.
-There may be other things you might want to/need to get (blueprints, intelegence, fuel, etc...
HOW TO ACTUALLY DO THIS:
First thing would be to start small. Smallish scenarios, fewer heavy weapons, vehicles would probably just be mountain bikes and the like. Costuming would be up to players, Sci-fi costumes would be encouraged, but not required. Paintball masks already look pretty sci-fi. A simple vest with your ground teams color/emblem on it would be fine, might make up a bunch in advance. Obviously a place would be needed, or multiple places for different scenarios, ideas? If it grows, it grows, if not, it could stay small and fun, either is cool. The main thing would be to let players be creative and accommodate that. Price discounts for setting up the fields (like making some of them look alien, baloons with streamers as wierd plant forms, lighting for night fights ect...)
So overall, what do people think? Good Idea, bad idea? I'm not actually intending to do this anytime soon, just throwing the concept out there and seeing what people think.
15 November 2009 - 12:37 PMOK, so I haven't been in the game for a while, but I've been doing alot of custom-motorized bicycle building, and love building/fabricating things, so I figured I'd start a brainstorm thread on two questions:
How to modify ANY paintball gun to use FS rounds. Or at least pumps/semi's without eyes, etc...
My idea would be to take an older semi with a power feed, saw off said power feed, dremel out the feedport to be the shape of the FS round, and make a stick feed coming out the side at a slight angle (so the rounds will feed in with gravity and weld/braze it on. Anyone have other thoughts on it? I think making magazines would be difficult, which is why I'd avoid doing that. Unless Tiberius sells individual magazine components, in which case it might be doable.
As for making them, I was thinking about casting some sort of cup that would fit a paintball perfectly and be glued on with the smallest dab of superglue. I think conventional expoxy resin would be too hard/not biodegradable to be safe, can anyone else think of things that would be castable? I was thinking if there was some sort of bidegradeable plastic availible, or failing that using beeswax. Anyone know how corn starch works?
14 November 2009 - 09:12 AMSo, I've been out of the game for a while, and been thinking of getting back in, but there always have been afew things that bugged me, and I'd like to not have those things iif I start playing again.
The first thing that bugged me was the cost. Expensive. Field Fee, paint, etc...
Second thing is the fact that my 98C is not accurate at all. The thing just has no consistency from shot to shot, which sucks.
The last thing is that I am fed up with the fact that it goes from "la-la-la you can't hit me everyone is out of range to pop-pop-pop-pop-pop HOLY F****** S***** Q*****FATEFASFE full on fire fight because everyone has the same range."
Now the first two could be solved by selling my 98C and buying a pump/pistol, but unless I used those new rounds they have for the tac 9 that are insanely expensive the range issue is still a problem. Does anyone know a mouldable corn-starch that I could use to make fins-cups for paintballs with and then super glue them in? Thanks.
Oh, and also, as far as cheap-but-accurate pumps/pistols, go, what is there? I like the feel of a standard paintball gun without the hopper, so my ideal setup would be something clip fed+ my good old HPA tank (which needs to be hydro tested)
Also, in the past year, what has gotten much better in quality, what went down the tubes, what decent markers can be picked up a dime a dozen, etc...
02 April 2008 - 12:33 PMDisclamer: I respect all traffic laws and the officers who inforce them, do not assault people who hit my car, do not chronograph my markers in a moving vehicle, do not fire my paintball guns near other vehicles or animals, do not force my passengers to use wee bags, and am a generally sane person.
GTI vs. Miata vs. 500cc sport bike
So, it’s once again time to plan what sort of toy I will save up towards with my yet-to-be-earned summer job money. I have plans and parts priced out for a pedal-electric bicycle for around town use, but I need something that will take me on the highway. First and foremost I can’t rely on a butt-load of money. I might be able to scrap together 3 grand, but that’s about it. Second, after that, I can’t afford to fuel something that drinks to much gas, so it will need to get over 30 mpg. Next, it should be fun. If I’m going to pay for insurance, pay for gas, and try to obey traffic laws, I want it to be something that makes me happy. So I’ve decided to compare 3 vehicles, and how that would apply to my life. These are the Mazda Miata, The VW GTI, and a 500cc motorcycle.
All of them handle well, and all are economic. For daily driving, the motorcycle will be the most fun, followed by the Miata, and lastly the GTI. The Motorcycle’s acceleration (usually 0-60 in less than 6-7 seconds) beats the other two hands down. The motorcycle also gets better fuel economy. Now nevermind that I don’t know how to ride a motorcycle, but these things can be remedied. Both the Miata and the sportbike have the advantage of having the wind in your face. The bike is unusable during bad weather, but the other two will work. So in this field the flexibility of the miata wins.
But what about security and safety? The GTI looks like crap, and isn’t the sort of car that gets pulled over, while the miata attracts more cops than Rodney King robbing a donut shop, especially if it’s red. I don’t see many motorcyclists getting pulled over, so as long as I keep the muffler on the bike I shouldn’t be in trouble. As far as security in bad neighborhoods of the city, the GTI will be safe. It has windows and a roof, as well as locks. As far as security goes, it’s hard to top that. If I brought the Miata to the hood the top would get slashed, and I’d loose everything in it. If I brought the motorbike to the hood, I wouldn’t have a motorbike anymore. Also consider the scenario of being slammed in the side by a Hummer. In the GTI I’d get out with a few bruises and procede to beat up the Hummer driver for ruining my volkswagon, and all would be well. I’d try the same in the miata, but brain damage from the accident and not having a roof would make me loose the fight, and I’d be promptly arrested. In the motorcycle I’d die. So in this field, the GTI wins hands down.
Lastly, there is the issue of space. Now I personally don’t want to truck around a bunch of friends. They’re annoying, and always need to stop to pee. If you tell them no, they’ll ruin your carpets. However, I would like to be able to take 1 other person with me, and carry enough gear for 2 people paintballing.
The key problem here is all my friends without licenses are small. The GTI is like a suburban to them, and you could easily fir 5 of them in there, or 4 with paintballing gear. This means I have 4 scrawny little irish boys wanting to pee all the time, and that’s not good. However, with bear bottles, holes in the floor, and wee-bags, this problem could be solved. Also the space in the GTI means I could set up a chronograph in the back and have one of the runts crono all the markers before we get to the field. And the GTI is so unassuming that we wouldn’t get pulled over if one or two paintballs ended up hitting other cars or endangered animals. Brilliant!
The miata could probably fit 2 of them plus paintball gear if we bought field paint (not going to happen) and only brought 2 guns each (definitely not happening). One would go in the passenger seat, one in the trunk with the paintball gear (and an in car crono station), and I’d probably have to put a marker ow two in the glove box. The issue with this is that when we get pulled over for cronographing our markers and driving a car that actually looks cool I’ll have to open up the glove box to get the registration. The cop will then see the marker, think it’s a pistol, and will shoot me. Not good. Also it will be too much effort and money to provide wee-bags for both the guy in the trunk and the guy in the passenger seat, which will result in soiled seats. Also the one in the passenger seat might feel a bit exposed while doing his business while driving with the top down, and I want to respect their privacy. On the plus side the Miata is good for dates.
Lastly, the sportbike. Without a sidecar, it fits me and a date, or me and my paintball gear, which are about the same as far as I’m concerned. Perfect. However, the small Irish howler monkeys I have for friends will want me to get a sidecar. Uhggg… One will go in the sidecar, another will sit on the motorcycle with me, and the paintball guns will be duct-taped to the fairing. This will ruin the aerodynamics and reduce my top speed and lower my gas mileage to about 6. Also I’ll have to stop to let them go wee, because not even I can come up with a system to allow them to TINKLE in the motorbike. Well maybe catheters. Also the whole scene will make us all look…well…a bit light in the paintballing shoes so to speak. I mean we’re from MA, and we would be wearing leather motorcycling gear, all clinging together, talking about lubing up our cockers and how we need condoms for our 12-inch stiffis…it will all seam…uncomfortable, to say the least. So the solution to this will be to burn any sidecars that come near my bike.
All the space situations seam equally awful in all vehicles, and they have each came on top in at least one other department, so I wonder which vehicles I should work towards?
12 March 2008 - 12:42 PMWebsite
Basically I saw this and it cought my eye. Personally I love odd and strage vehicals as well as engines, and this engine looked particularely nice. Read it though, it seams like a powerful, efficent design. The short version is that it's an engine that starts with a rotating motion (because thats what you want in the end anyway) and has a larger chaber for the expansion cycle as the air is hotter, allowing it to get more energy out of it, meaning more power/better fuel economy out of the same displacement.
I'd love to see somone build one of these things, and I'd love to have one to play around with. Be great so see these on cars. Better power, more efficency, and Diesel so switching to veggie oil isn't an issue for cheaper fuel and less dependance on Middle Eastern countries.
Anywho I just thought I'd share this thing I found, the engine design is so elegant.