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By Jason “foolybear” Lineberger
Over the past six years the paintball media landscape has shifted. Not long ago the average player could walk into his local bookstore or even grocery store and buy 200 pages of articles, photos, and ads for the latest gear. Players in the right markets could pick from half a dozen choices on the magazine rack. Paintballers whose tournament experience culminated at three man pick-up games on pallet-and-barrel local speedball fields could immerse themselves in the national tournament scene, the teams, the standouts, the game-winners.
Fast forward to the present day when any paintballer with internet access can pull down massive amounts of high quality photos, video, and text from all corners of the Web. It’s a media-rich environment, but that doesn’t necessarily translate into a new positive for paintball. For every slick clip of paintball action, there are ten poorly-written posts, five long unedited practice videos and a couple of hard-to-watch gun cam movies. What the magazines offered was a curated experience. The better magazines gave readers a balanced and insightful look into the current paintball scene. They had tournament coverage, scenario write-ups, tips to improve one’s game, gear reviews, and commentary written by experts. The editors who refused to shy away from long articles gave their writers the chance to develop a story, flesh out the characters, and hook their readers. Boiling a tournament or scenario event down to 500 words (or less) might make for a quick read, but it’s not facts that spark the imagination or that develop loyalty, it’s people and their stories.
All one has to do is look at the meteoric rise of the UFC for proof. They realize that they can pull in a small hardcore audience for any fight, but to really draw big numbers they have to tell a story and get their audience to care about at least one of the fighters. That’s why, before every big event, they produce these sharp video bios of the competitors, so the viewers can see them as people. That’s why they love it when fighters appear to have bad blood between them; it’s a story – the oldest story – anger or jealousy or bitter rivalry. When there’s a fight between mismatched opponents, they hype the underdog’s chances, because everyone loves a Cinderella story. The UFC knows what sells, and the fight itself is a relatively small part of the equation.
That bring me to ETV’s The Roster. In 2004 I read every paintball magazine cover to cover. I started playing tournaments. I could name just about every rostered professional in the game. By 2009, except for the few who had remained on teams, I could hardly name anyone. As the magazines disappeared and article length shrank, I didn’t find the stories or the people to create any loyalty. Patrick Spohrer’s films (of Monkey with a Gun fame) would have been just the right fix, but without the articles to make me want to learn more, I was reluctant to spend the cash on DVDs about a side of the sport that had lost my interest. Enter the Artifact series. Quality filming combined with a depth of story-telling and analysis drew me back into the tournament scene. On the back of the Red Sunday series, I cheered for Omaha Vicious. That spurred me to actually watch PSP tournaments, as they aired, live on Paintball Access. And now, with the new season of The Roster, I’m catching the episodes on the day they’re released. The show gives me, a die-hard scenario player, a reason to watch tournament paintball. I’ve learned the story of X-Factor, their players, their struggles. I’m actually replaying games from 2013 because I have a reason to. I’m hooked, and I want more.
Paintball needs new blood, and if tournament paintball is going to grow, it has to have fans. Paintball can pull an audience if people are drawn to the players and their stories, otherwise every match is just another fight, and only the hardcore fans (the players themselves) will watch. So, do your part to build the sport. Show someone The Roster. Give them a reason to cheer.
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014
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Thursday, 20 February 2014
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Ryan Greenspan tell us about Dynasty first event of the year....
We are starting to make a tradition of this; year two of our, now annual, trip to the first UWL of the year! Last season Dynasty, with a newly revamped and fresh team, got the guys together early for a fun, team bonding game in the woods. We ended up taking second place last year in the opening event, a great jumping point for a great season last year. This year, so far, only differed from our placing…
The team is still lazily coming off our off season and we decided it should be fun to brush off some dust in the woods again. A lot of people don't quite realize that the core of Dynasty started before an air ball bunker was even created, let alone ramping paintball markers! So, we have a bit of experience in this area.
For those unfamiliar with the UWL rules, there are five players on each team that include a "heavy gunner" who gets an uncapped fully auto marker. There's a "ranger" who gets to break out five seconds before the rest of the team, giving him a head start. Then the rest of the roster is compromised of regular "Infantry" players possessing no real bonus perks. The objective, like most games, is to secure a flag, or in this case flags. There are two flags on either tape line along the 50 yard line which, when raised in your team's color, give you one point per minute. Then there is one flag near each team's starting base which gives the opposing team 15 points when raised. Then there are points awarded for each elimination and another bonus item hidden in the middle of the field worth another nine points. It certainly takes some time to get used to, but it makes for a very fun game!
For Dynasty; Yosh, Tyler, Blake, Dalton, Brandon and I were there all draped out in camo and ready to rock the woods! These events are much more laid back than a normal tournament and players seem to share more "war stories" with each other than your typical PSP event. there is something about playing woods ball that really takes you back to the first time you played, there is a crazy bit of nostalgia. You are more in the action it seems as every tree branch can frustratingly be in the way of a seemingly clear shot. the spray from hiding behind a stick pile is intense. There is a lot more riding on the side of the field you choose to start from because one side has more cover than the other.
The event was run in just one round, with the final game being between us and the GI Factory team comprised of Dave Bains, bear Degidio, Alex goldman, Damian Ryan and Rainy Stanzack. This was certainly our toughest game. It came down to a crazy fire fight and a timed reincarnation which allowed both teams to come back in full force. Luckily, for us, Yosh and Brandon had pushed through to their flag base in in the first half to secure the 15 points, along with blake and Tyler grabbing each 50 yard line flag for the duration of the game. It came down to Dalton, in his last day as a Dynasty player, coming through and stopping Damian Ryan from "back dooring" us!
The end was a great win for us, but most of all, it was fun and that is what paintball is at the end of the day; a fun game played with your friends!
Thanks to Tom Cole for organizing this event. Thank you to Planet Eclipse for outfitting us with the perfect woods ball markers. Thank you to HK ARMY for creating some great scenario gear for the team to experiment with. And thank you to The Paintball Park at Camp Pendleton and Paintball Tickets for giving us a fun set of both tournament parks and woods ball fields to play on!
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Sunday, 16 February 2014
Open Trails being filmed for ETV's The Roster Season 3.... Is this your time to come out of the shadows?
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