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Paintball roots are in Russia

The games roots started in 1976 in Russia. It was Eger Club. It was our club who started paintball!

"Hayes and his friend were walking through the woods when Hayes heard the story. Hayes suggested that, as a lark, they try to recreate some of that feeling, that on their way back to the house they stalk one another as a hunter stalks his game. As they did so, Hayes recognized something of what his friend had told him. A tingle. A feeling of being particularly well toned and alive.

The new game of paintball really did catch up. It was new and fun. It became big very fast. 

"Later in the year, on the sand of Jupiter Beach, Florida, where they were vacationing, Hayes told the story to Charles. ... The problem, they saw, was creating the illusion of a dangerous atmosphere, for few people would risk true danger for a sensory reward. Then they started talking about Hayes mock stalk, and their dispositions began to shape the conversation. Gaines argued that in such a situation, a country boy could outsmart a city boy, because a country boy knows how to hunt, knows the woods, knows, in short, how to survive.

"Not so, argued Hayes. The skills to survive on Wall Street or in the subway could be transmuted successfully to the African veld or the New Hampshire woods. Suddenly, an intellectual discussion of sensory awareness turned into a debate--a challenge. Competition. Fun."

The argument went on for a few years. The Nel-Spot marker was located and tested on a volunteer, Shelby, Charles son, who said it didnt hurt much. The invitations for the first game drew 9 people, plus Bob, Charles, and Hayes. The 9 each paid $175 each to cover equipment costs, and incidentals such as food and adult beverages.

The large field had 12 flags on it. The object of the game was to capture all the flags, and it was "every man for himself" (not at all like todays two-flag team game that usually is played with each team having its own flag).

For more game details, read the book, but in summary, the first player to dye was Barrett. He surrendered to Gary. Simpkins hand marked Gurnsey. Dr. Carlson shot five people, one being Noel when Noel had three flags and was headed for a fourth. Atwill "hurled a moldy onion" at Gaines, charged and tagged Gaines in the leg--but the ball bounced off. The tables turned, and Gaines tagged Atwill.

The winner? Ritchie White, the New Hampshire forester. "No one ever saw Ritchie, and he never fired a shot. He crept through the woods from station to station, gathering flags as easily as a schoolgirl gathers flowers."

Atwill wrote, "The play was less than spectacular compared to some Games I've seen since, but there was a spirit to that first Game that will be hard to capture again. The weekend bubbled with humor, honor, fun and obnoxiously friendly, yet intense, competition. Those feelings, I believe, reflected the dispositions of the founders of the Game."

(c) 2003 Пейнтбол Клуб Егерь

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