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Country vs Hard Rock Scenario
at Hurricane Paintball
By Bill Mills   Feb 05

On January 30th 2005, “General” Chester Bombriant moved from being an experienced scenario paintball general to the role of scenario producer.  As one of the owners of General Chester’s Paintball Bombriant provides equipment rentals, air fills and paint sales at Hurricane Paintball, a municipal paintball field operated by the City of Palm Bay, Florida.  The field, in its second year of operation has previously been host to a Nocer Productions event, as well as a scenario organized by the Rogue Warriors Paintball Team.

The six hour game was based on the premise that the battle between two genres of music in the recording industry was as big has become so great that it is literally a shooting war.  According to Bombriant, the game is not his first move into becoming a major scenario producer, just a fun event for the Palm Bay community.  With an entry fee of thirteen dollars, the scenario was priced almost as low as the parks normal walk-on fees, with the exception that it was a field paint only game with DraXxus Blaze selling for $50 a case.  

National Paintball Supply delivered the paint fresh from their Tampa warehouse, and brought along a show trailer.  This was a first for the city park – having mainstream paintball industry representation on site at an event.  Paul “PGP” Bollenbach and Mike Michaud of the Jax Worriors manned the trailer talking to players and spectators throughout the day.  Local radio station Pirate Radio 95.9FM showed up on site, broadcasting live for a couple of hours from the game.

Bill Wheeler of the Rogue Warriors took the role of the Country music general, while Anthony of Ghost Corps generaled the Heavy Metal team.  The game’s format was rather simple.  The teams would collect props and complete missions to earn Chester bucks.  This game money could be used to bid on props that would be key to completing other missions, and for the game’s ultimate prize, a gold record that the general would have to carry across the field and out of an exit point to secure the world’s greatest recording contract to win the game.  

Mark Goodman from The Paintball Bunker spun the tunes on a portable sound system, literally performing as a DJ while also playing the role of a DJ who might play country or metal.

Around two o’clock in the afternoon the two generals bid on a helicopter, that would be critical to use on a mission to capture some rubber duckies.  The size of the sealed bids they placed showed how strong the country music team’s lead was at this point – one hundred million Chester Bucks versus 8.  General Chester himself had a role in the game – that of Mr. Big, a high roller in the recording industry.  Mr. Big went around the field buying props for Chester Bucks, fueling the economy of the game.  Many items went unfound, such as a 100 point dress stuffed in the rafters of one of the fields huts labeled “Dolly Parton’s House.”  

One of the reasons the Country team had a strong financial lead was that they played a big creatively – they held up Mr. Big and robbed him of his Chester Bucks.  While that had a fast payoff for them, he was much more accessible to the more trustworthy Heavy Metal team the rest of the day – doing business where he was less likely to be mugged.  Despite easier access to the money man, the Country teams early lead held, and often held more ground on the field.

By the end of the game it was official, Country music had won out over Heavy Metal with the gold record and the mother of all recording contracts. 

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