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of planning and smack talk finally came to a head on a beautiful
spring day, the sun shined all day and reached a gorgeous 60 degrees,
a perfect day for paintball. The team generals were gathered for
their briefing and much to every teams despise the Australian and
the returning Japanese champs were allied together, months of animosity
made this quite a pairing. This also left the Russians and Chinese
allied together for the first half of the day. After the safety
and game briefings the game kicked off promptly at 10:00 am.
ARC Troopers and Referee's with Greg Hastings
The teams were separated, half starting at the command Hq's located in the woods
and the other half from the new parking lot respawn entrances. At
the sound of the horn everybody took off like a shot straight for
the city in an attempt to establish early dominance and flag positions...where
they all ran smack dab into the 13th who had already occupied the
city and began fighting tooth and nail to keep the other armies
out for as long as possible. Eventually the 13th left the city to
the occupying armies and moved to their fortress on "Omaha
Beach". Eventually the Generals made their way to the command
tents and became more organized after the initial landings, except
the Russian General who abandoned his duties in order to fight like
a common soldier, his place was taken by Cory Jurgle, Battlefronts
first female General.
An Japanese player brings honor to his country
while protecting his allies 'Australian' flag.
fighting for control of the city was intense, but basically a stale
mate, control of flags was established but neither allied army seemed
to be able to cross the center of town and take control, armies
moved into the woods and clashed in an attempt to outflank each
other. Eventually the Aus\Jap team managed to push the Chi\Rus teams
out of the city and establish control, however it didn't last long
and they regrouped and pushed the Aus\Japs back across the city
and began taking ground. The fighting remained intense all day in
the city and the surrounding woods, which was made even worse by
the 13th Demi who under General Hastings and Colonel "Hannibal"
Brandau kept randomly attacking positions through the whole morning
when they weren't being hired by an army. At the end of the morning
the Australians were ahead, with the Russians nipping closely at
their heels. The Chinese were third and the Japs bringing up the
Chinese troops hold their flag at the western edge
of the city.
At the start
of the second half the teams were switched up with the Chinese and
the Australians versus the Japs and Russians. The armies again started
from the two positions at the parking lot and the HQs, and nobody
was sure where exactly the 13th had disappeared to. At the sound
of the horn the teams once again rushed forward to try and claim
the early flag count, all was going well until they ran into the
13th playing their own game of reichstag. With all four armies attacking
from all sides the 13th managed to hold the reichstag against all
comers, opening a wide and impassable hole in the middle of town
and disrupting all the armies plans. Finally after about 25 minutes
the reichstag was abandoned by the 13th, not because they were fought
out of it but because they were hired for duty and simply walked
away from it. The battle continued to rage much as it had during
the morning, intense fighting in the woods and even more intense
fighting in the city, the armies pushing each other from one side
of the city to the other. The Chinese decided they were to far out
to win the whole thing and instead pull themselves fully into protecting
the assets held by their Australian allies. The Japs and the Russians
were still fighting for their own glory and their flag count was
split more evenly.
Japanese troops advance on the city with help
from the Lightning Force Tank.
Force and Total Resistance Tanks rolled through town making troops
scatter until a rocket launcher could be brought up to stop them.
The Japanese kamikaze plane smashed into buildings all day long
and eliminated mass amounts of players huddled within their walls.
All day long under anybody who would pay them the 13th smashed headlong
into their opponents and cleared entire areas for their allies to
occupy, but on more than one occasion troops were left hanging in
the wind when time ran out and the Mercs walked away.
The Japanese kamikaze plane on "final approach".
The last half
hour of the day brought upon the final battle, only 2 flags were
worth anything, the center flag and the thunderdome flag. For the
last half hour the 4 armies charged each other back and forth in
an epic struggle to control the flags for as long as possible. The
flags went up and down several times for the whole half hour until
finally with over one million paintballs fired, the horn sounded
and the game ended.
|During the last hour hour of game play only the
two main flags were in play.
the Winner is...
After the game,
Greg Hastings awarded R7 pod packs to people who returned his special
rockets to him and thanked everybody for a great game. In the end
the Australians were victorious, the Russians under the command
of Cory Jurgle, who replaced the guy who was supposed to be general
struggled from a losing first half to come close to the second place Russians and the Chinese believing the Australians were the key
to victory sacrificed their own chances to support them and came
Tom Domitrovich won the charity raffle including
a marker package and BFPB Annual Membership
ARC Troopers would like to thank everyone who keep coming out to
make these events larger each year. Your sportsmanship is always
beyond compare and this event was no exception. We heard
nothing but compliments about both the game and the players involved,
and witnessed great sportsmanship and camaraderie when teams came
together to help stomp out the occasional brush fire.
We would like
to thank everybody who participated and hope to see you all back
next year for World at War 3: The Irregulars.