Friday, things have kicked into high gear. With the 5 man competitions out of the way, the 10 man event is in full swing. The jungle like atmosphere of the fields here at Paintball World don't leave much room for spectators to see the action, let alone for the competitors to see each other. Often players are painting palms, bushes, and bunkers in the general area from which they think paint is coming. In sharp constrast is the Ultraball field on which some of the games are played. Constructed by Brass Eagle for this event, the Ultraball field consists of large plastic pipe barracades in a screened arena. Some of the pipes, 4 feet across or more, stand vertically, with angled supports, while others are on their sides. This layout provides a perfectly balanced field, with a few surprises. It is not uncommon to see a player emerge from the end of a pipe and back door an opponant who had been using that pipe end for cover moments earlier. One side of the arena features bleachers, often filled with spectators, and the other is the location of the Brass Eagle VIP hospitality tent. On location shooting video of the Hyperball games was "Unbelievable Sports", a production of ABC/Kane Productions International. In another quieter unveiling, Dennis Tippmann Jr., and Dennis Tippmann Sr., made the rounds with the new Tippmann 68 Carbine. While at first glance, this new marker's roots in the Pro-Lite are clear, but get ahold of it, and you will feel that it is lighter. Start looking at how it is built, and you will notice a more modular construction style meaning that it will be much more easily upgraded than their previous models.
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