By standardizing the playing field? Now that the PSP has returned to 150' x 120' the dimensions are nearly identical (36 meters x 45 meters is 118' by 147.6') and so far this season the first two events of PSP layouts have been mirrored quite closely in the MS layouts. Except for the A (X) and the (new) 3D giant M how soon will it be before the rest of the bunkers sets align too? As it stands they are already pretty close. With the NPPL shifting over to the Race 2 style bunker set it makes too much sense for a company perpetually struggling in a tough economic environment to standardize the international bunker set--minus the unique center props--not to try and make it happen. My only question is are they, once again, acting independently of the leagues they provide bunker sets for or has there been some agreed upon plan to transition to a universal field set? Given past practices I'm assuming they are simply doing it and waiting for someone to notice as past objections--or claimed objections--have yet to result in forcing AG to change direction.
In a separate paintball mystery I wondering which pro teams currently retain a stake in the NPPL. Far as I can tell there's no way of knowing unless you're already a member and know the secret handshake and password. Last I heard the league had no formal (legally binding) contractual structure or bylaws and no formalized system for booting anyone once in out--but you know there are teams once on the inside that haven't competed in a couple of years--and they can't still be in, can they? Did they forfeit their stake by not competing? Does that mean that Impact is out? Did nay of the new pro teams pony up to buy in. The league wants to claim it's still a "by the players for the players" league but there's more secrecy surrounding which teams, if any, still have an owners stake in the league than when the Vatican elects a new pope.
Baca Loco is the forum name I first used at P8ntballer.com and kept when I starting writing for PGi magazine, the late, lamented Paintball Games International. At various times I did gun reviews, event reports, the occasional feature, How-To’s & a monthly column entitled, View from the Deadbox. At one time or another I’ve done most everything you can do in paintball other than own a field or run a tourney series. For the last several years I have coached a number of pro teams and generally made a nuisance of myself whenever possible.
About VIEW FROM THE DEADOX:
One purpose of this blog is to encourage a dialogue about competitive paintball and permitting commenter anonymity is intended to encourage the participation of those who actually know what they are talking about. The rest of you are also welcome, even encouraged, to comment as well. (I don't really need any encouragement.)
The other purpose of this blog is to provide a focus for my attention deficit disorder and hold boredom at bay.
About my views:
Brilliant, visionary and almost always correct. Get used to it. Oh, and I'm humble too. Feel free to disagree as long as you are prepared to be wrong.
How is paintball like golf? Golf is played outdoors on nice, well kept grass or, if something goes horribly wrong, off in the woods. Same with paintball.
How is a paintball made? What am I, Wikipedia?
Who are your sponsors? Who hasn't been one of my sponsors? I won't be trying to promote current sponsors on this blog nor will I take shots at non-sponsors. I don't give gun, goggle or gear advice so it really doesn't matter.
What's your view on cheating? It's wrong and has no place in the game. That's why I don't play scenario or Big Games.
What's your favorite marker? The free one.
Where did that awesome photo come from in the blog header? It is the work of photographer extraordinaire, Brandon Showers or the vixen with a Nikon (or maybe a Canon) Meagan Foster.
What's your favorite team? Grow up.
Who started the Rec vs. Tourney war? Some will say that's just the way it's always been. Others claim it's natural for the sides to be at odds. I say, aren't we all brothers under the goggles? I'm not sure but ask yourself who benefits? Follow the money. Could it be a covert plot of the Military Simulation Industrial Complex? As long as the war rages on there will be a demand for more paint, more markers and Big Paintball will continue to count its profits instead of the cost. Give peace a chance. That's all that I'm saying.
How do I get sponsored? You don't.
Will you send me any free stuff if I tell you what a big fan I am? No.
Is agg dead yet? Yes, it's time to move on to some new uber hip trendiness that everyone can follow to demonstrate their individuality.
Is it true the inside of Ollie Lang's gearbag smells like roses? No, strawberries and cream.
You don't really know any Pro players, do you? Rats, you caught me out.
What makes your opinion so important? It's my blog, d'oh! And has already been noted I'm almost always correct. There's quite a lot to be said for being right.