In the weeks leading up to Crazy Bill’s Ultimate RISK event, having been personally present to assist, this writer/photographer/videographer can certainly attest to the HUGE amount of work and sheer determination that went into the planning and execution all working towards seeing a successful game happen. Owners Carl Ethridge, Kateya Scanlan and company poured their hearts and souls into this by attending to every last detail from building the fields and grounds keeping to insuring there was sufficient lighting for night play. Lets not forget TONS of pyrotechnics AND some delicious BBQ to round out a great game beginning to end.
Having attended a few hundred paintball games, Ultimate RISK was by far most interesting as far as the formatting yet so simplistic to execute. Having been involved in the creation and running of paintball events myself, it is no small task, above all else it is very important to adopt the KISS theory. Keep It Simple Stupid. Time and time again I have noted added complexity only causing confusion on a field with players having no clue what to do aside from firing their paintball marker at the opposition. In this case four Generals were appointed to include Josh Saumure (Citrus Connection) Marc Ryan Ariss (High Resolution), Scott Delisle (SAS Canada) and Tyler Wood (Danger Close), representing the United States, Canada, UK and Australia on the RISK board. As the day began all sat down at the round table for a game of RISK complete with dice and cards. Rolls of the dice determined which regions would be played for. The General choosing the region to be fought over would then allow the other General to choose which field would be played on for the round. With five different areas to choose from players moved from the Chemical field to the Tac Town and across to the Castle field as well as the Woodsball field…. even the Speedball field was in play.
With over 100 players in attendance, the game play was intense right out of the gate. Despite the heat, The Catshack Reports Paintball News witnessed top notch sportsmanship and camaraderie on the part of teams and players not to mention some very skilled paintball. Australia hit the field somewhat unsure of themselves initially but gained momentum as the day wore on to achieve victory over many of their matches. Both the UK and Canada each held their own but it was the United States that hit the field and headed for board dominance immediately. The US lost very few of their matches with one game lasting the full twenty minutes ending in a loss to Australia with one player left while the Aussies still had three.
“Thanks to all the players who endured a long game playing late into the night and early into the morning. Great event, great players, fair play and I have to thank Marc Ryan Ariss, Scott DeLisle, and Tyler Wood for being easily the most chilled, most friendly and best overall team players I’ve ever had the pleasure of competing against. When 4 generals can work together to ensure that all of the players on all the teams are happy and having a good time everyone wins” stated Josh Saumure of TechPB’s Citrus Connection on his Facebook profile. “As one player put it, it’s like a brotherhood! I personally saw many examples of it”Â Paul Williams mentioned who was also in attendance for the game. Speaking of Paul, props on a special raffle he put together raising $260 for Erin’s Army.
As the dust finally settled, the game itself that had started at 1pm Saturday July 14th finally ended around 8am Sunday July 15th on account of some rain. It is the Catshack Reports understanding that both Australia and the UK forfeited as a majority of their players wound down or ran out of paint. Congratulations to the United States on their victory overall and lead by the highly aggressive Citrus Connection. Congratulations to all the players that came out for some pretty stellar paintball making for a successful event. Last but not least reffing staff did a bang up job of insuring that calls were being made and that the matches played out fairly.
Special thanks to Recon Paintball and Buypbl in attendance as well as Canadian Paintball HQ supplying paintball gear for sale to the people and yes even the Lethal Ladies went above and beyond preparing a bake sale to feed the masses some scrumptious desserts.
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