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Ralph is a paintball player of 10 years, playing as a member of the Wild Geese in New York. He is now turning his love of the game into a career producing custom paintball paroducts as well as writing and producing scenario games. We sat him down in the Hot Seat to ask him a few questions about his paintgun collection and Divine Craft Paintball.
What got you started in the sport of
I first saw an issue of Action Pursuit Games about 11 years ago and was hooked ever since.
I was a paintball "orphan" when I was younger, My father didnít play so I discovered the sport for myself at the age of 10. The geese took me in because they liked my attitude and the way I played, Bryan Keker and his father Paul Keker were my segregate paintball family. As well as the captain Jerry Jameson who taught me a lot about life in general. The wild geese are the Oldest Paintball team in the world founded in 1982, and really just a bunch of friends who are more like family.
Iím a collector of many things, pretty much anything I have a passion for. To learn more about the roots of the sport I started collecting markers. The only way to learn it is to live it - so I played for many years with my collectorís markers.
Right now my collection has to be around 100 some odd guns. The peak of my collection was over 150.
When looking for a new addition I look for make, model, number produced, and condition. But its getting very hard to find something I donít already have.
My most expensive gun is Rhadamathus a completely custom $3500 pump gun [built by Palmerís Pursuit Shop.] As far as sentimental, my Spyder, that was the gun my dad got me for xmas one year and it was my first semi. I had asked for a PGP, and I got it and the Spyder. I had a Trracer already and I thought "Wow! I have three paintball guns, I could have an infinite number!" Iíve sold the gun, unfortunately and I wish I could track down who has it. I would love to be able to buy it back because it was what inspired me to start collecting.
Divine Craft Paintball was started by myself and Bryan Keker. We have a clothing line, making active gear and also a line of cleaning products for your gear, as well as a full custom machine shop setup for milling, anodizing, and powdercoating.
Iíve been involved playing big games for about 10 years and after going to college for theatre and screen play writing I realized that by adding paintball you can have some great scenario games. As I said Iím college educated it being a playwright, backstage tech and prop master. Which is all you need to make a great scenario.
EMR Paintball Park in New Milford PA. I think it went well. Everyone seemed to have a great time. It ran as good as could be expected with a torrential down pour and snow.
Lessons, hmmm, lets seeÖ Never rely on Mother Nature because she is a spiteful wench. Also, that the paintball industry as it is growing is producing some very nice people, and Iím Glad Iím one of the industry family now.
Debra [Krischke] from [Team Effort Events] called me one day and said she saw some of my work and she was looking for new blood to do a game, an in reality you can get much older new blood then me. Iím 20 years old and have been playing since i was 10.
IAO is going to be great, lots of real looking props, a very easy format to follow and, lots of surprizes. There will be special missions. There will be props that players can return for prizes. There are going to be tanks there as well.
I would like to thank Mike "Blue" [Hanse] from EMR Paintball Park for helping every step of the way, he is my paintball business role model, and I would not be what I am today without his advice. Iíd also love to thank my parents for having faith in me and holding in while I started this business. Even though I am in the public eye the most for Divine Craft Paintball, my partner Brian Keker is also involved in everything.
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