Are You Ready for Some Paintball? Again!

Recently we discussed my friends and I getting back into paintball in the article, Are You Ready for Some Paintball? Now we have an update. A big shout out goes to Boston Paintball in Whitman who spent a heap of time helping me pick out equipment and answering questions.

My Spyder Sport was upgraded with a 14 in blue aluminum Proto barrel. The barrel is a one piece construction featuring straight porting to increase accuracy while making it quieter than ever before. Not bad for $29.99. (Click the pic for a closer look)

Next up was some protection for myself. This came in the form of a pair of JT Body Force kneepads. Rolling around in the ground and diving to avoid incoming fire is bad on the knees. Decent protection cost only $9.99. (Click the pic for a closer look)

I also needed a barrel sock because fields, now, don’t let players use the plugs. One lime green PMI barrel sock fit the bill at just $4.99.

Last, but not least, is a pair of black Empire Contact SE Player Gloves. Costing $39.99 they were my most expensive purchase but they fit like a glove, no pun intended, and will serve me well in the field. (Click the pic for a closer look)

Now all I need is an athletic supporter, don’t want to get hit in the groin with a paintball, squeegee, oil, and other necessary spare parts/maintenance equipment. I think I also want to purchase a harness and spare paintball holders. It’d suck to run out of ammo in a game.

Are You Ready for Some Paintball?

Paintball? Why the heck are we discussing paintball on a gaming blog? Aren’t gamers under or over weight asthmatics who cannot do anything remotely considered exercise like walking up/down stairs?

Those are the usual questions I receive when I told people I wanted to discuss paintball on this blog. That gamer stereotype, while often true in the people I see, is a negative pigeonholing of people and isn’t always true. Many gamers that I know love paintball and FPS like Halo or Counter Strike. Think of paintball as life imitating art.

Several of my friends and I are gearing up for our first paintball outing. I dug out my paintball gear, cleaned it up, and made a shopping list. My paintball marker is a Kingman Spyder Sport semi-automatic (click below pic for closer look).

If you’re starting paintball as a casual player, like myself, I suggest reading the Atomic Paintball Reviews “Finding the Perfect Marker for Beginners” article.

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Poll: Monthly Gaming Expenditures?

How much do you spend each month on gaming?  New models, dice, board games, CCGs, boosters, and all the other product to go with it.  It adds up and becomes costly in a hurry.

Our new poll hopes to gauge how much, on average, a gamer spends each month to game.

Be heard by voting in the poll!


American Leadership & War Animated Map

A former co-worker and friend of mine recently clued me into a great website showing maps, and animated maps, relating to war. Since this is a wargaming website I’m sure the maps will be of interest to you wonderful readers. From time to time we’ll share a map and do our best to tie it into gaming. By nature some of these maps will be political but I will limit that as much as possible.

The first map we’re sharing is American Leadership & War courtesy of Starting with the Founding Fathers, thank you Daddy Washington, the map shows the wars/conflicts America has been in and the casualty total. It compares the political parties (Founding Fathers, Democrats, and Republicans), color coding, and at the end shows which president was in office for each bloodshed.

What party do you think got us into the bloodiest wars? You may be surprised.

Did you guess correctly?  If nothing else this map shows many more conflicts than most people even know about.

New Poll Debates The “Right” Price for Clix Games

We just unveiled a new weekly poll to initiate a debate on the “right” price for clix games. Collectible games are very costly. Clix, collectible minis, and collectible cards use the “gotta get them all” mentality thereby leeching all availability money from hapless gamers looking to get their fix.

I am a collectible gamer and I spend far too much money on collectible games. Their shiny pre-paintedness, the fun poses, the easiness of it all and playing out of box with little effort draws me in. Give the clerk money, rip open box, analyze contents, read rules, play game. This sequence takes far less time than one expects yet costs bundles of greenbacks in the long run.

You can be heard by voting in the poll (booster = 5-7 minis)!