Even though it was Labor Day weekend, players came from all around to play paintball. What drew them away from cooking and hanging out with friends and family like most of country was doing? Was it the sport they have a passion for or was it the family away from home? It was both! They came out to Old River Paintball in Ocklawaha, Florida to sling paint and spend time with their paintball family. It was overall, a fantastic weekend – the weather was perfect and what a field!
Old River is a 50 acre field which includes a hyper ball field, woods ball field, and three different bases. I covered a lot of acreage at the field and yet I left feeling like I missed something. There were bunkers tucked away in the woods that until you walked up on them, you did not actually know they were there. Buildings, tires, hay bales, abandoned cars, you name it and it was there! Field owner Rex Green has done a fantastic job not only building a great field, but maintaining a field. Located in Florida where vines grow rampant, swamps are found everywhere, and storms can blow through in an instant; Green has maintained a clean, easily manageable, and all around fun field.
Kerry “Warhawk” Griffin did a fantastic job writing/producing this event. He made sure players saw the entire field and got to take advantage of the many hiding spots available. The moment this event started, things went crazy! Almost immediately, there was a fire-fight in the village near the Wuxing Corporation base. While the Saeder-Krupp Corporation was holding their base area. Throughout the day I noticed various groups on missions; others caught up in fierce battles to overtake bases, many successful; and of course the tanks! There were two on-field tanks, both very impressive. I was especially taken aback by the tank that had a rotating turret!
The final battle was intense to say the least! With players unable to use the surrounding woods for cover, they were forced to use much the smaller bunkers of trees, hay bales, and various 4â€™ wooden structures. Being in the middle of this, I can promise you it was intense, fierce, slightly painful and awesome to see. Griffin also made reentry fast which meant players never had to actually leave the field and could jump right back into the fight.
Overall, the event was successful and fun; which is how we all hope events go. Green and Griffin made a fantastic team and I thoroughly look forward to attending one of their games in the future. If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend checking out the field.
Courtesy of Kelly “Pistol” Brennan
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