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Old May 31st, 2005, 11:03 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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Woodsball™ Manifesto
By: Tyger

We are Woodsball™ players. We are the core of paintball. Over 90% of the players play paintball in the woods, and yet 90% of all in-paintball media coverage ignores us. We play not for prizes or money or fame, but for the passion of the game. We play because the challenge is there; every weekend, all around the world. We just need to show up and accept it.

We are not the pretty-boys of speedball. We are the anti-heroes of the mainstream. You won't see us on posters or in videos sliding into bunkers with names like "cans" or "snakes", and that's fine by us. The real game isn't spit shined, groomed and polished or made for TV. It's down and dirty, in the literal trenches. Our fields are not well maintained lawns; it's terrain that both teams overcome. We don't complain about sand or dirt or uneven fields, its part of the world we play in. Scratches and dings in our equipment are displayed with pride, and we can tell you where they happened, and how deep in the crud we were when we got it.

We are the roots of the game that have been abandoned by much of the mainstream industry. We don't throw aside where we've come from to make the game more palatable for an audience. If nobody sees what we do, it does not make the effort or result worth less. We drive through back roads to fields that nobody knows about but ourselves. We know we're there when we lose our favorite radio station and the cell phones won't work anymore. We play under the media radar with no reward other than bragging rights because we want to play. There are no prizes, no million dollar checks, but that makes neither our tenacity to win no less fierce nor our games less meaningful for us.

Our chosen uniform is camouflage, not because we want to be militaristic but because it works. We use our clothing as a part of our game, something that escapes many of the "firefight specialists" that play only arena games. The paintgun is only one tool of a well rounded player, not the only tool. We know this; as we use all the skills and tools we have every weekend.

Based only on our clothing, our gear, and our chosen locations of play, we are looked at as inferior players. We are told we would never stand a chance in a "real game" of paintball. We understand your arena game; yet you refuse to understand our woods game? We are not throwbacks to a long dead game. Yes, we are living history, but we have evolved. We honor our roots, but we do not abandon them to follow the next "promise" in paintball. Long after the "flavor of the month" arena game has worn out, we will be playing in the woods. To know the past is to control our future, and we embrace both.

We are told that we should abandon the woods, for the better good of "the future of the game". Our presence threatens those who never have, and probably never will, understand what the origins of paintball are. They think we will scare away the media by looking like "militia members". Not that fist fights and blatant cheating will attract any better media attention in their games. Not that terms like "Bounce Engineered" or "Ramping Technology" mean anything to the true roots of what paintball started as; what paintball should be. Are the arena players scared of us or ashamed because we remind them what they should be?

We are woodsball™ players. Any given weekend we'll be playing our game with a grasp on the past and an eye on our future. Players that don't understand will come and go, we know this. They can play under the bright lights in front of audiences and pretend to be rock stars all they want. We'll be in the woods years after you retire, playing the game of paintball the way it always had been played; with honor, with integrity, and with friends. All 90% of us.

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Old May 31st, 2005, 11:43 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Old May 31st, 2005, 12:09 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm still curious as to why people started TM'ing woodsball. SpecialOps paintball does it as well.

...Well written though.
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I dont play woodsball, but im glad someone finally stood up for them decently.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 01:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
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yeah, it seems that around here woodsball has a bad rep.thanks for pointing out the flaws in thinking by some.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 03:06 PM   #9 (permalink)
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F*** yeah. the tourney players still wont listen, and they'll call us noobs, but i dont care. have fun pretty boys, the real men are still playing.
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I don't think 90% of paintballers play in the woods...
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Old May 31st, 2005, 05:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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i've never played speedball..there's only 1 real speedball place near where i live and it just closed down cuz some other company bought them out...so i play woodsball...i love it personally, except all the times i've been there its been a "foggy" situation...but i got my profiler and i'll be kickin ass in no time
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Old May 31st, 2005, 05:10 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I don't think 90% of paintballers play in the woods...
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Old May 31st, 2005, 05:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
 
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Eh... way too dramatic, but it was a good article none-the-less.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 06:46 PM   #16 (permalink)
 
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this is good, but somebody needs to write a heartwarming article about how tourney ballers are called pretty boys and how they deserve respect
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Old June 4th, 2005, 08:39 AM   #17 (permalink)
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I do seriously doubt the 90% claim, I will agree more people probably do since many start out there, some people may not live close to an actual paintball field and many younger players don't have the money since it costs more to play (fast gun, field admission, all day air and you use more paint). Around here for example (In the Orlando area) we have a few hundred people that come the different fields, I highly doubt then we have a few thousand people playing woodsball since if 90% play in the woods that means the people playing on the fields are only 10% of Orlando area paintballers, highly doubtful.

From the majority of people who play woodsball I have talked with, it does seem like they fall into 2 main catagories, of course so go outside those two and want to play in the woods simply because they like it more, but they seem much more rare:
Cat. I- Someone just getting into paintball
Cat. II- Someone who doesn't have the money to play speedball regularly while playing in the woods, their busget can allow them to play regularly (every weekend).
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so..ur saying basically that its rare for experienced players to enjoy playing woodsball?

plus ur basing the 90% stuff on ur area...im sure theres places in the midwest/northwest (like where i live) where theres no speedball only woodsball so just because ur area isnt90% woodsball doesnt mean woodsball doesnt take 90% of the game.
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bob and just because your area is full of woodsballers doesnt mean that they are 90% of the game.
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Great article. I enjoy both woodsball and speedball, but i understand what they guy in the article is saying.
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Old June 4th, 2005, 07:38 PM   #21 (permalink)
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Thats the dumbest crock of **** I've ever heard. EVery one of you that gave a hoorah to that should be ashamed of yourself.

You are juts as worse as the "arena ballers" who alegedly 'make fun of you".

You are all tearing the sport in half.

WHY THE **** DOES IT HAVE TO BE SPEEDBALL OR WOODSBALLS?

Why not paintball?

I dont know about you guys, but I'm sick and ****ing tired of all this bull****. This is worse then the democrat vs republican ****.

Why does it have to be one or the other? Why can't you make up your own opinions.

I was at the field the other day and I wore camouflage. I sat over near the 'speedballers". Nobody wanted anything to do with me.

When I changed to my jersey and pants and played a few games of airball, that suddenly changed.

That stupid article made it look like the speedballers are the bad guys. You are all just as bad by saying that. By poking fun at speedball...

That article, specops paintball, its all bull****.

Play paintball god damnit. Not speedball, not woodsball. PAINTBALL.
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Yeah he's right the regular woodsballers and speedballers should stop fighting. Then as a combined group we can go after the scenario ballers
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Alpha, that was better written then that article.


apologies if my comment starts a war
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Old June 4th, 2005, 11:22 PM   #25 (permalink)
 
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I saw a statistic that said 88 percent of pb players play woods. (close to 90)
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