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#101 sasquatch

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Posted 25 March 2006 - 04:28 PM

Oh,and should we start before dusk, so it's not like suddenly the neighbors see a bunch of guys running around in near pitch black with assault rifiles? It's just me, but if they saw some people running around with bright orange stuff before it got dark, they'd not be wo worrisome later on, as long as we're not yelling or anything...

That sounds like a good idea to me, and also that way we're not going way to late and tired (from lack of sleep) for the next day.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 06:05 PM

PJ?

On another note, who's going to be bringing obsticles to 'Geddon, and what kind are we going to need? Obviously, trash cans are good and not that hard to come by (provided we can get a pickup truck somewhere), but is there anything else we may want to consider?
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 06:15 PM

paintball bunker things I don't paintball but I've seen them at sports authoratie.
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Posted 25 March 2006 - 07:10 PM

Well, if Cx decides that he wants to bring those pyramid thingies, he's more than welcome to. I recall he wasn't all that thrilled with the CTF area, but I don't know if that would help the situation at all... Makes no difference to me.

I've already told my parents that I will be scheduling my lawn mowing the tuesday before Armageddon so that the grass will be picked up wednesday, leaving me with empty trash cans. We'll be putting our garbage in a plastic wheelbarrow we have. All 12 of my trash cans will be there.

No pickup needed. Nightwing's coming (remember?) so we got that covered.

Other than the trash cans, though, I can't think of a single thing that we'd really want to bring along. Most of the day will be played in the urban area anyway. There will be some CTF, but (as far as I know) the day will really consist mostly of west coast 5-hit in the urban area. And we don't need any more stuff in there...that'd just make it too cluttered. The only thing I think we'll be adding to that area ourselves is cones or something to mark the upper limits of the grass on the north side. We had a small bit of an issue regarding just how far from the building into the grass we should go. If it's too large of an area, then Tony (from bag's group) and some others will just sit up there being pansies and shooting at people with their LBB's from 110-120' away. If it's too close to the buildings, then there are a number of blind corners to be dealt with.

We'll see what distance from the buildings works best next weekend (April 1st) when Bags is in town and we have a skirmish in the afternoon. The day of, we'll use some orange marker cones or trash cans to designate the upper limits of the place.

Because campers suck, but blind corners suck more.

For those of you who are curious as to exactly what the hell you are to be expecting at this place (this is really for the out-of towners, but if you've never been there, no harm in looking), I drew up a map of the area when I got bored in my physics class. Granted, it's not really "scale" or anything, but the concept is there. I'm not trying to build the place, so it doesn't need to be perfect.

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The areas that are grass have grass-like sketching on them (go figure) the central east-west corridor is raised concrete. The drop from the concrete down to the grass in the north-south corridors is only about a foot (not including the rail height). The blockhouse-type thingy on the south side is a 3-walled garbage dumpster housing thingy. The morning of, I'll get there extra early so I can pull the dumpsters out, flip the lids closed,a nd push them back in. No need to be losing darts in the trash cans. We play with the door to the dumpster corral unlatched, so it can swing in the wind, as well as be pushed for personalizing your cover. However, there is a 3-4" gap at the bottom, so your feet can still be shot. Also, we go freely in and out of the corral, so there's all sorts of opportunity for cover there. To the west of the blockhouse, that rectangle is a metal circuit box, about eight feet tall. It's always closed, so it's a good source of non-high-voltage cover. You aren't screwed if you touch it or anything.

The rails are made extra dark. It should be pretty obvious as to where those are...

On the north side of the grid, the grassy place at the top, the ground is level with the base of the builings. For about two feet. Then, it sharply inclines for about 3-4 feet, and then it becomes a more gradual, gentle slope. But that first dip makes it a sort of trench running the full length of the north end of the grid.

The areas with angled hatching on them are sloped walkways that lead to classroom doors. They are metal, and they have a slight ring to them when you step heavily. But it's not too bad. The arrows on them dictate which direction sloes upwards.

I really don't know if anyone at all will find this helpful, or if you all just think I'm retarded/obsessed and/or have way too much free time. I won't deny the last part about free time, but I got bored. So there.

But there were some mentions about "Anybody can win on their own turf". Granted, I can't ship Cullen Elementary School out to Jersey, but I figured I might as well bridge the gap a bit.

If anybody has any more questions about the place, feel free to ask.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 12:29 AM

It depends on the 'before dusk' thing.

If neighbors are cool, yeah. But if not, its best kept under wraps from my experince. I mean, at night, people RARELY see things. Specially when your playing a game to hide/sneak/etc around your opponent. I think I personally, after about ten years of REALLY nerfing, NEVER had cops called on us (Cept in LANOs/YANOs). Otherwise, security has driven by, and litterally watched us, curious as to who would win. We've had more night games than I believe any nerfer, on a golf coarse, and once again, NEVER had a problem, because, in my experince, its best not for the people to have a clue that your out at night.

Anyway. Well, I'm not sure about USING my Tree, but I may, it all depends on how I feel. You know me, I'll use a lightsaber, pistol, rifle, I'm not much for rapid fire, but mostly just use whatever fits me at the time. Dude...can't wait till 22nd. Me and Dan have been waring one on one. Sad...



Ok, anyway, let's drop the Night war thing, mostly spam anyway.

I want a big war for geddon. Not stupid big like we had a few years back, but BIG none the less.

Whats the head count for geddon? (Who MIGHT and who WILL)
And who from the East coast, MIGHT make it, and WILL make it?

Edited by AnyaSeijin, 26 March 2006 - 12:34 AM.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 01:49 AM

PJ?


Come ON, Sage! You've met PJ...

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From the Knights:

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Sasquatch
Dorito
Sage
Panda

-Maybes-
Sputnik
Paul

And yes, all (or nearly all) of the guranteed guys will be staying at my place. The living room/dining room floors are connected. There won't be a space problem. Don't worry...

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#107 sasquatch

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 02:30 PM

From the Knights:

-Guranteed Attendees-
Falcon
Pyro
Nightwing
Apollo
Speed
Akai
Chronic
Snake
Sasquatch
Dorito
Sage
Panda

-Maybes-
Sputnik
Paul

Is it sad that I don't know who almost all of those people are?
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#108 Falcon

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 09:07 PM

You know them. You're just too used to yelling "real" names at people.

On another note, we had a small 4-man impromptu skirmish this afternoon. Myself, Apollo, Sasquatch, and Snake got together and ran around like madmen. We all pretty much had a good day. Another police visitation withouth a hitch. Life is good.

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Posted 26 March 2006 - 10:42 PM

How much is a drive from Gastonia to where we are holding this?
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Posted 26 March 2006 - 10:51 PM

How much is a drive from Gastonia to where we are holding this?

2,437 miles, and you're not invited anyway because you don't bother to read a damn bit of the thread before posting. Kindly remain in Gastonia.
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 12:29 AM

On another note, we had a small 4-man impromptu skirmish this afternoon. Myself, Apollo, Sasquatch, and Snake got together and ran around like madmen. We all pretty much had a good day. Another police visitation withouth a hitch. Life is good.

You're right. It was the the crazy PTA lady that was the problem.
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Posted 27 March 2006 - 01:12 AM

You're right.

I wouldn't relate the whole story to you guys, but it's pretty funny. You had to be there, but the way she was yelling...man it was funny.

Anyway, Snake was lobbing darts with a borrowed maxshot, and one of them magically decided it was going to hit my shoe. And get STUCK in it. He lobbed a dart, basically (if my foot wasn't there) INTO my shoe. I'm standing there thinking "That did NOT just happen..." and I say aloud "Son of a b***h."

Total slip. Not yelling or anything. Just a spoken exclamation.

I suppose understand where she was coming from/what she was getting at, but DAMN, that woman's voice was hilarious.

Out of nowhere, from the other side of the parking lot, we hear "WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE! YOU'RE AT AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!"

She had the whole "old woman" scratchy voice kinda thing going, too...Pretty funny.

Later on, Sasquatch and I were on the east side of the dumpster corral, while Apollo and Snake were on the west side of it. I vaulted up on top of the block wall, and began to creep across the top of it towards Apollo and Snake's end with my SF out. They have NO clue I'm coming, and just as Apollo's hat came into my view, again, from across the parking lot, this lady yells.

"GET DOWN! YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO BE UP THERE!!!"

If the police aren't so nice to us in Glendora, I would've shot at her on the spot. So we called a quick break so we could move away from psycho PTA-mom.

MAN that was annoying.

It made me smile though, to think of what she would've done had it been 'Geddon...she probably would've had a heart attack. Thankfully, she was just working on some bushes or something in the planters on the face of the main building. She won't be there every week or anything.

I'm glad, for her sake.

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 01:41 PM

Falcon, I've been thinking. How the hell are we going to fit so many people into the urban area? It's going to be really crowded, especially if we get ~30 people. Sure, we've played 18 (if I remember right) comfortably, but 25 or 30?

It was just a thought, and maybe you guys have already figured it out, but I'd like to know.

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Posted 02 April 2006 - 06:01 PM

We'll cram them in like sardines in a can.

It'll be insane, but they'll fit just fine. If there's really that many people there, then (this has been done in the past) they'll split it into two wars. Everybody'll eventually get to play everybody, but it'll get divided up a bit, so one group goes and plays CTF while the other uses the grid and visa-versa. Plus, as far as I know, there's supposed to be an East-vs-West bloodbath round using smaller, handpicked teams to "decide" this thing...

We'll MAKE 'em fit...

Oh, and to make things easier, I've taken to calling the "urban area" the "grid". We don't really have anything like the racquetball courts at Venado that we can name something cool like the "death cells" or anything, but we can at least be creative with calling the place something else...

For those who have been there, any ideas as to what to call the block house/dumpster corral thingy? I heard somebody (no clue as to who) call it "the block" yesterday when bags was here, but I really don't know...

So any suggestions would be nice...

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Posted 10 April 2006 - 07:51 PM

I'm sure you're all sick of all my reassurances regarding the use of Cullen Elementary and all that, but I figure'd that this would be nice to know. So I'll make it short.

Today, we (of course; it's routine, now) had another police visitation. Except this guy was being a butt about our playing amongst the buildings. He wasn't planning to let us continue in the grid. However, when he left and we were starting to grab all our crap to head over to another area (he was suggesting we just stick to the grass...) one of the custodians stopped him. He kindly informed the officer that as long as we're not skateboarding, the school has no problem with our presence. His exact words were "These guys are here just about every weekend, they clean up after themselves, and they're doing nothing illegal."

The cop came back and told us what the "final verdict" was.

Case closed.
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 08:38 PM

Oh, and the Black Knights need to add the Churro to attendance list
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 09:04 PM

Is it for sure that he's coming?
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Posted 10 April 2006 - 10:14 PM

nearly, he said he'd do what he could to get there
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Posted 11 April 2006 - 09:41 PM

I think this year, I'll definately make Armageddon. I chose a video game tournament (Armored Core) over Armageddon last time and it didn't turn out so well for me. ^-^


I hope this Armageddon to be the best one yet! I'll keep checking back here for dates. If there is a date and I didn't see it, don't beat me in the face with an Ultimator.

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Posted 11 April 2006 - 09:54 PM

There is a set date. The tentative (sp?) date that Cx set in the first post is the date for Armageddon. And I have no authority here, so I couldn't beat you in the face with an Ultimator. But that doesn't mean someone else won't.
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Posted 11 April 2006 - 10:05 PM

Oh. I'm sorry! I guess I didn't see it.

... I really don't know how I didn't see it. Oh well. I'm airheaded like that. Forgive me!

The fifteenth it is.

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Posted 17 April 2006 - 11:54 AM

I decided not to pay attention in class, and instead to look around for flights for a "possible" trip out there. Finding a flight plan that would accomodate my work schedule and the million other factors at play isn't easy. Namely, I would need someone to pick me up at the airport (I searched flights going into LAX). I would also need a ride back to LAX on Sunday morning. This is in addition to the fact that I need housing. I can't book plane tickets now, on the account I am flat broke. That will have to wait another month and until (inevitably) the price jumps.

Right now it looks like this:
Flight $350-400
Arsenal Upgrades: $30-40 --> would be easier if you guys used megas
Food: $75
Tank of Gas for poor unforunate soul that drives me around: $(I don't want to know)
Bottle of <insert alcoholic beverage here> for person who houses me: $(depends)
Wiggle Room: $50

So the way I figure, this trip is going to be at minimum (if food gets cut down by going to a supermarket, etc) a $500-650 trip. Obviously, I'll be able to save some money if multiple people are being picked up and houses by the benevolent soul who helps make this possible; we can split the thank you gestures I mentioned above.

In about a month, I'll want to know which East Coasters are serious about this, and which ones aren't. I am in a state of non-committal. I'll be able to post more about this in the next 6 weeks. Pray that airline prices don't go up any further.
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Posted 17 April 2006 - 01:14 PM

For those to whom I have offered rides/housing, please check flights into ONT as well as LAX. If you can get a similar price, I would greatly prefer picking up from ONT as it is a far less crowded airport and a little closer to my house.

As for the tank of gas, I'll probably borrow Julie's Prius so that's not an issue.
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Posted 17 April 2006 - 06:15 PM

I don't want to speek for him, but Falcon has said that he doesn't really care who stays at his house. I know I am the night before and I live just about as close to Cullen as he does. And if you are staying with him, you're probably not going to need to give his family any alcohol.

And as far as using megas and stuff, you should be fine just bringing a bunch of youre own megas, and we just won't pick them up. Dart recovery is pretty good, especially in the urban, so you should be fine, and we do dart sweeps fairly often, so I wouldn't expect you to loose too many.

These are just my thoughts. Ignore them if you want, I don't really care, just figured I'd share.
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Posted 17 April 2006 - 07:18 PM

I think return fire is his main concern...

I'm perfectly fine with you guys shooting megas, quite frankly. If a decent group of you guys actually come out, there'll be megas everywhere.

If not, then well...yeah.

If it makes you feel any better, I might stick a piece of PVC in my back pocket and shoot a few back at you...

Regarding your whole situation...
Like Sasquatch said, I have quite a number of people who will be staying at my place. It is open if necessary. My whole clan (pretty much) plus AnyaSeijin and Daniel will be staying here with me (we've alreagdy got space worked out; there's more than enough room).

I don't know yet about rides from LAX/Ontario, etc., but if necessary (ie. if Cx isn't able to pick up anybody in particular) I'll offer my services as well.

About the bottle of booze...

Switch it out for a 1-liter of Dew, and you got yourself a deal.

It sounds like you may be staying with Cx, but since you're speaking about the housing situation out here, I'm putting my cards on the table for anyone who may be heading out.

So fill us in once you all know when you're heading out and what airport you're coming in to. If some of you have to come in at LAX and others into Ontario, I can cover one of them, np.
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