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  1. DISCLAIMER This is a long essay length AAR regarding my own thoughts. Some of the thoughts expressed here were formed over several events, not only Iron Clad or AMS events in general. I believe many will be able to apply what is said below to this weekend, though some may not. I hope If you decide to reply that you read it in it’s fullness. Typing the disclaimer up last, this AAR is 3107 words. Enjoy. INTRODUCTION Hello everyone, My name is Dillon, but most of you probably know me by my (unfortunate) handle Mayo. I’ve played at most of the AMS events in the last three years and was the CO, XO, and 1SG for a few AMS events. I guess I’m relatively well known considering how often I’m stopped by strangers to greet me, which is always nice to see. I do apologize if I ever see people again who I don’t remember. I have an absolutely horrible memory for names and faces. Operation: Iron Clad is probably the second furthest event I’ve ever traveled to; Operation Sovereign Fury being the furthest. I and two friends of mine traveled to Mississippi to meet up with a group of gentlemen who planned on attending. Iron Clad was the first AMS event I had been to where I was not a part of some command staff since the first Broken Home event, so I was looking forward to relaxing and just playing as a normal player. Having played CoST for so long, I decided to play UFS for a change. However, due to some late registrations from our group and UFS tickets being sold out, we eventually changed to CoST and remained so for the duration of the game. PRE-GAME After an almost 11 hour drive we found our hotel, showed, changed, and headed out to dinner to meet our group at a place called MugShots as suggested by one of the Mississippi players within our group. Service was pretty terrible. Three of us got there, asked for a table for 12, and then waited for the next 30 minutes before the rest of the group showed up. However, during the 30 minutes, we weren’t even offered drinks, despite three or four waiters/waitresses serving the tables around us. When we finally did get drink, they were never refilled. When we finally got to order, it took forever. However, the burgers were absolutely delicious, so I suppose that was the silver lining. Actually, they were so good I would probably go again despite the substandard service. Probably one of the best burgers I’ve had personally. RULES Moving forward to actual airsoft related stuff, we arrived on the field around 0730 and got ready. We went through the registration line, which was small and quick, and got our registration bags. I would learn later we were missing kill cards, but that wasn’t an issue until later in the day. Which I’ll comment on later. We then went to the safety briefing and listened to Alex about the rules. Everything was the same as the prior events and the rules had not been changes since their posting on the AMS forums. Where I am in this hobby though, I feel like anyone attending an event like this should already know the rules before attending. I’ve always been a big pusher of printing the rules out and carrying them with me as well as reading them over before the event. It also helps that I was Command Staff so knowing the rules is rather important. Regardless, at this level, you should know the rules before attending the event in my opinion. Those unable to follow them should be removed from the game and punished accordingly. For me, I believe that some of the simplest rules should be met with the harshest punishments. I understand it can be hard to remember some of the most abstract stuff but things like wearing the correct uniform is a fairly easy concept to grasp. Just because it gets hot doesn’t mean that rules change either. I have not been to an AMS event yet where I have not seen someone in the wrong uniform out on the field. I know there were some OPFOR players on the AO, but I saw several players who I knew were specifically CoST players wearing black t-shirts. I feel like someone unable to follow such a simple rule as wearing the correct clothing is untrustworthy to remain on the field where we’re playing a game with relatively complicated and honor bound rules. Will you lose some players? Sure. I think losing players is completely unavoidable in running anything airsoft related. I think the goal of any airsoft business shouldn’t be to mitigate loses, but to have a hand in deciding which type of player stops coming to the event. HIT CALLING ISSUES Many always complain of hit calling issues, but I rarely have this problem for the most part. I think it’s fairly common knowledge that everyone at some point as shrugged a hit unintentionally. It’s a part of the game you either accept or eventually sell your stuff. Anything labeled MilSim will ever work as a competitive game like paintball. However, the fact that this concept is continually forgotten during play has become frustrating. I feel like if you are unable to understand these things then I don’t want to play with you honestly. Below are a list of factors I wish everyone would take into account before giving players attitude. SIZE MATTERS Firstly, BBs are 6mm in diameter. They’re very, very, very small. Have you ever thrown a BB at someone to miss them? This same factor applies to when you shoot it. Being just slightly off will cause you to miss. Anyone who shoots real steel knows this as well, especially military (300m+ targets for example.) Some would state this is negated at CQB ranges, but that’s just incorrect. Police train a lot more than most of you and I’ve seen several reports of some twenty shots being fired with only three or so hits confirmed. People miss more often than not in high speed situation. Target shooting is not the same as active shooting. So, taking into trajectory and size, the amount of dead space in a human body (under arms, between legs, over shoulders, etc) there is a good chance you just right out missed. This is especially true when you’re shooting without your sights. Which I see a lot. You might have your rifle lazily shouldered, but you’re not really aiming. It’s a bad habit that I’m sure we all find ourselves doing. This is why people train in real life; to establish muscle memory. VANISHING BBs Next is what I call the ‘Vanishing BB’. Because BBs are small, they are hard to see past a certain range, even with 20/20 vision. When you shoot your airsoft gun, the BB is pushed out the barrel by compressed air. During it’s ejection it goes through the hop up which uses a rubber piece to put a backspin on the BB. The backspin allows the BB to travel straight for a longer distance. You can see this by coming shots from a gun with the hopup turned completely off and one with it turned on. Turning the hopup too high will cause the BB to go flying up. When people tune their guns, they are typically attempting to get the most range out of it possible while still maintaining a fairly straight trajectory. However, the BB loses energy as it travels. From what I’ve seen BBs tend to lose their energy and immediately drop in height right about where most people lose sight of their BB. What does this mean? It means you’re seeing a BB flying straight, and then as soon as it ‘vanishes’ it’s dropping straight into the dirt. You can see this by shooting with and without a magnified scope. EGO Next is just a matter of one’s ego, which everyone has. Some just allow it to speak more than others. Just because you are shooting more or there are more of you shooting at one person doesn’t mean you’re any more accurate. Multiple people can miss back to back. One of the friends I drove with, who is a honest good man who’s integrity I trust completely and have ‘taught’ some things to personally was accused of cheating this weekend during a firefight. The people on the wall argued “There are three of us shooting at you man, c’mon, we know we hit you multiple times in the arms! We saw them hit you!â€. Indeed, my friend was shot. But only once. After he shot all three of them. How do I know it was only once? He had one small black welt on his forearm. That was all. So yes, one person with superior cover, moving faster, or with better aiming abilities can in fact shoot multiple people before being hit himself. TIME Which brings me to the next point; time. It is completely possible to shoot someone and get shot by that person as the same time and/or after you hit them without that person cheating. We find this in situations a lot where people get mad at being shot after saying hit. When you pull the trigger, it can take anywhere from 1 to 6 seconds for the BB to impact where you’re aiming. Taking into account that the other person is shooting at you, there is a nice window of opportunity for BBs to hit both parties after they’ve been hit themselves. To explain, I shoot at John Doe at 0:00. The BB strikes John Doe at 0:02. At the same time, John Doe shoots at me at 0:01. John Doe says “Hit!†at 0:03.The BB that John Doe shot while alive though is still the air though and hits me at at 0:03. I say “Hit at†0:04. Seconds are very long when you think about it. Say 1 Mississippi and then think about how many times you pull the trigger on semi-auto in that time frame. How far you are moving at a sprint in that time. Most of the interactions are happening in fractions of a second. Even when you are hit, it takes time for your brain to receive the message and send it back to you so you can yell ‘Hit’. Things take time. I bring these points up because of how people are constantly putting their own flawed logic over the simplest of rules; if you are hit, you are ‘out’. During breaches of several buildings I was told several times that they were not calling their hit because they shot me first. This game seems to have become more about arguing to each other about the rules than actually following them for many of the players. Every single excited adrenaline filled moment of this weekend was interrupted by players attempting to discuss rules, yell, or something. Not once was I able to enjoy my death without some player ruining the immersion. It makes me very upset. However, I don’t bring it up during gameplay unless asked. Why? Because other people are still playing. Which is such a huge commentary on people’s mindset in this game and brings me to my next point. PAIN & FAILURE You are playing airsoft. BBs hurt. It astounds me how much people complain about being hit, how close, where from, where at, etc. If you do not want to get shot in the face, where a mask. If you do not want your teeth to go missing, wear mouth protection. If you do not want to get hurt, go find another hobby. For me, I find it insulting when I hear so many player’s go on and on about how they respect the military and how the play as a way to show homage to soldiers but then complain every time something stings. How many of you seem to perceive pain also seems to be a contributing factor into why you are not nearly as good as other players. For these people, when they get hurt, they blame the other person. Those that blame themselves and use pain as a learning tool, they get better. They try to avoid it. For those of you unable to accept failure, you will always be a failure in everything you do in life. For those of you who accept their failures and strive to solve those problems, you will succeed. RESPECT & OTHER PLAYERS Most of you don’t seem to respect or care about your fellow players. This includes admins as well. Respect needs to be shown to all individuals on the field at all times. What started as a community hobby that pushed core values of community and respect has become a showcase of selfishness and hot headedness. Instead of simply shutting up and allowing others to continue playing, you want to stop the whole game and get onto someone or discuss it with them. No one wants to argue with you in the middle of the game. Especially when everyone else is trying to kill them. You’re letting your ego take control of you. Sit down and let them play it out. Did they make a mistake? Maybe. Is it your place to correct them? Absolutely not. For most of you it seems like once you’re dead, you no longer care about the flow of the game or whether others are having fun. When I die pushing towards a building, sure I curse to myself in my head, but I also enjoy the fact that I was able to provide that experience for someone else to enjoy. I curse at myself because of the decision I made that led me there, not because what the other person did was wrong. It just seems like more and more people do not have the mindset required for this hobby to thrive. For it to work we have to trust those we’re shooting against. How can we ever trust those we do not respect and do not respect us though? Most of you don’t seem to care anything about the people you’re playing with or against and how you affect their experience. This weekend I watched a gentleman stick their gun around corners and shoot several dead players. Why? He found it more important not to die than to provide his opponent with a clear shot. I watched a very well known player sit and shoot in bursts from his rifle. Why? Maybe single fire wasn’t enough volume to kill the enemy. Maybe his gun malfunctioned. Doesn’t matter. I watched people refuse to drag other and reload their magazines out on the field. For all of these people, it was more important that they shot someone than to provide everyone with an authentic experience. Which brings me to the next part. THE EXPERIENCE VS COMPETITION Oddly enough, this will likely be the shortest segment of my essay length AAR. Simply put, it seems like more and more games have become solely about the competition rather than the experience. It seems like constant fire fights and winning is now more important than the experience. I feel like the player base coming to American MilSim events are becoming more and more focused on shooting and winning than actually enjoying the experience itself, watching it unfold, people work together, and coming together. RESPONSIBILITY VS PROFITS Every business wants to maximize profits. I would even go far enough to say that a lot of businesses judge their success based on the profits they make. However, I do believe that those of us that profit from this hobby have a responsibility to shape the communities how we see fit. I really want to see more emphasis on content provided from hosts about tactics, communication, mindset, rules, and how to be a better player for the community than more brand advertising. I was absolutely astonished by the fact that there was an Elite Force banner strung across the mosque. Maybe I’ve just never noticed it before, but this weekend really hit me hard on how more and more like paintball this is beginning to feel to me. There is nothing wrong with paintball or general airsoft fun, but that isn’t why I attend these events. I enjoy that kind of fun on the off weekend. I want hosts to be excited about airsoft and milsim. I want them to put their hearts into it, not just their attention. I think there is a responsibility there to mold these communities to be what we want them to be. Respectful, honest, and inviting. I don’t mean to hold hosts 100% accountable for the actions of their players, but I do hold them accountable for trying. Which brings me to the next point. ENFORCEMENT & EXCUSES Rules need to be more strictly enforced. There is a player base that follows the rules and does everything according to the plan set out for them. I completely understand that you can’t just kick people off of the field because someone accused them of not calling their hit. Opinion is one thing. However, I’m constantly seeing people showing up in the wrong uniform. If these people could not even read the uniform requirements for the event, I highly doubt they will know any of the important rules during gameplay. Not everyone has to like you for you to enjoy your product. If anything, I feel like if everyone likes you you’re doing something wrong. Please stop giving us excuses. We know why things are the way they are. We look towards you, whoever that may be, as a pillar of the community, to find a solution. Also, please do not tell us to follow a rule you are not willing to follow yourself. ENDING STATEMENT In the end I’m not sure I’ll be attending many more AMS events in the future, and instead begin focusing on running my own events. There is nothing wrong with the product that AMS is selling, but I yearn for something different, something more fitting towards the mold I envision things to be. Not that my envision is the only right one, but that I wish to create it. I look forward to seeing everyone in the future and will still be actively attending other events. Despite all the negativity this post brings to mind, I enjoy getting out there and meeting people from different communities. I hope some of you will join me in the future and wish all of you the best of luck.
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  3. Firstly, for those of you who don't know me, I'm Mayo and I'll be the CoST 1SG for Operation: Broken Home 3. CoST players with questions can contact us at the google voice number below. Please feel free to contact us any time from 9am to 11pm. If we're unable to answer your phonecall, please leave your name, a phone number you'd like to be reached back at, and your questions/concern. Due to OPSEC, we will not be discussing tactical information over this phone line. However, feel free to keep this number and contact us with any information you need, even during the day of the event. (405) 753-0660 As always, CoST Pride.
  4. MAYO

    Camo

    It would be smarter to get another one.
  5. No, you don't. Flashlights will put most NOD users on the same level if you apply them correctly. Do not spend any money on Gen 1. Gen 2 minimum, works well for the most part. Would advise just saving up the money you'd spend on Gen 2 to get Gen 3 though. Gen 3 works extremely well and will give you an extremely high advantage during a night game. You won't need an IR light. You can see just about everything just fine (depending on the moonlight and so on). Don't let anyone lie to you though. If you're not a perma-bad player, playing most night games with Gen 3 is like shooting fish in a barrel. However, again, flashlights are just fine. Just USE them. Too many players try to act sneaky with their lights off.
  6. Hats and the like are fine to wear, but MUST match your uniform pattern or base color. AKA, If you're on CoST you need to be wearing some sort of green headgear. If you show up on Green team wearing a 3 color desert hat (Yes.. it has happened) I will call you "That Guy" and ask what the hell are you doing.
  7. MAYO

    Camo

    MARPAT Woodland = CoST (Green [winning team]) MARPAT Desert = UFS (Tan [losing team])
  8. I need to add more OPs to that list...my penis got smaller since then.
  9. There were like 6-8 players on the field who were CoST, myself being one. We had full uniforms. I'm sure there was areason AMS did not announce this. Jackets are easy to fix. Put them on, then put your camouflage over that. 90% of people didn't do it because it doesn't look cool. Anyways, just wanted to post about the whole CoST thing. I'm sure there were full camo players on the field besides us too though.
  10. Sorry about the inconvenience. We're currently in a odd situation with the website right now. Our original webhost was for some reason blocked by all AT&T ISPs and therefor no one using AT&T could access our website. We moved the website to another webhost but the same day that specific server went down shortly after. The website should be back up by Thursday or Friday night from what tech support as told me. You can still register at www.kingscourt2.eventbrite.com if you'd like. I'll post some of the information here for people interested though in the mean time. The game consists of United Federation forces conducting a raid on a Porasha Militia training facility. However, unknown the Militia being trained their by Porasha military, weapons are also being production facility with intelligence pointing to biological weapons due to a recent kidnap of a world renown biologist. United Federation forces are setting up to raid the facility, recover the biologist, and uncover any information regarding biological (or other forms of WMDs) in the facility and extract before Porasha military units arrive on scene. Story line aside, here is some other information regarding the event. -200,000 sqft indoor Airsoft field (most walmarts are 120,000 sqft I think?) -2 floors -Respawns handled by adjustable timers/buzzers to keep players respawning in 'waves' rather that individually. -Specific locations will grant commanders small bonuses to be used during gameplay. -No medics due to the CQB environment (easier just to have the dead remove themselves from hallways, etc). Also keeps players on their toes as high traffic areas can be taken by a well placed assault. -Half of the field varies from low light to very low/no light -While the bottom floor is more 'open', a fog machine will be used. -400fps limit -No MED -Squad Specific Missions: As designed, every squad will have a minimum of 1 per half (2 for the day), but likely more, objectives/missions assigned to the commander that that squad only can complete. This should assure squads who are given 'defend' orders by the commander will be used at some point. -Players who attend King's Court 2 will be given half off at TA Airsoft's outdoor field on Sunday if they are interested in trying out other local fields. The main differences you'll see between King's Court 2 and some of the AMS events will be some of the more expensive items, such as pyro, being missing, as well as more condensed rules regarding play due to it being indoors (no vehicles, no medics, timer respawns, etc). Definitely would suggest coming out, especially if you haven't been to the facility before. Very fast paced and target rich environment. However, I'll admit this: getting shot at our field will likely hurt more than usual due to the FPS limit and the no MED lol. Not for everyone, but definitely has cut down on a lot of 'rule lawyering and such". Oh yeah, 2 more things. 1) If the player is under 18, they are REQUIRED to wear lower face protection. However, ALL players are recommended to wear lower face protection. 2) We run a "no conflict" field. What this means is that no one on the field has authority other than the admins and at no point should players attempt to 'educate' other players while on the field. All players are expected to bring problems to an admin's attention for us to resolve. We will expect all players to understand the rules prior to play. If there is a cheater on the opposite team, you yelling at them to "call their f***ing hits!" is not going to suddenly make that player re-think his life decisions and go "You know, you're right". If anything, it makes players do the opposite and not calls hits from you. Also, if they're cheating, they'll never admit it. So players yelling at other players only brings the game down for everyone else around them. Thus, let the admins handle it. If you have any other questions, feel free to post or message me. You can also go on facebook to reach us. www.facebook.com/stockyardairsoft EDIT: Sorry for the messy structure and what-not. It is very late at this time and I wanted to address it before heading to sleep. Thanks for the patience.
  11. Simple video on how to alter a facemask to be a bit more 'stream lined' or whatever. http://youtu.be/OPXhbC1xL_k
  12. While I wasn't able to play directly with my team due to having to step up as US command here is the footage of Praetorian at End State 19. I'm sure I missed some cool shots..but there was a LOT of walking footage lol. Going to have to discuss when to turn cameras on with my guys lol.
  13. I'd like to note that in almost all cases, red is the color of bad, and blue the color of good. See Star Wars for reference. Thanks.
  14. 1) Just to clarify, not refering to airsoft in general, but events. I support the use of ranks to ID rank structure throughout an event. Rank is used to provide structure to a hierarchy. We're running around playing soldiers, teams being called Rangers, Seals, etc, with people wearing impression load outs, playing pretend soldier, but the use of yellow shoulder rank is crossing the line? During my time in training when I first joined the Army and was a Private, we used SGT, SSG, and CPT ranks for exercises despite being privates. Ranks are routinely used in reenactments. I don't see how MilSim is that far off. Like stated before, the Salvation Army has LTs, Captains, and Majors even. There is a difference between these statements: "I was a Lieutenant of the United States Army", "I was a Lieutenant of the Salvation Army", and "I was a Lieutenant at Operation XYZ". 2) MilSim.. isn't the whole thing homage to real soldiers? I've seen several people make this statement, including AMS staff. We have videos, praised by everyone, of people larping wounded soldiers, use CO, XO, and 1SG, but ranks are too far? Yes, CO, XO, and 1SG are leadership positions, but they're earned all the same. If anything those titles are more prestigious than the ranks, as not every CPT becomes a CO, not every LT becomes a XO, and not every MSG becomes a 1SG. Airsoft is not real. 3) There are people much more qualified than anyone who has posted so far who actively support Lion Claws events, despite the use of 'real' rank during the gameplay. These men have action figures made of them.. action figures. Action figures. If these guys are cool with it, I don't see why many of you aren't. PS - I'm not really upset at anyone, or find you to be stupid people. So, please don't take insult to anything I say personally. Just as you might think my point of view is stupid/ignorant I'd hope you wouldn't just write me off as a stupid person. One idea/stance does not identify a man/woman. My initial statement might not have been the best composed, but I still stand by the over-all note. Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion, and a company is allowed to do whatever it wishes under the law. This is obviously something people feel strongly about, so I won't try to 'convince' people, but I'm more than happy to debate any specific point. I'm never the one to not admit if I'm wrong or if my point doesn't make sense. EDIT: Dave pointed out that 1SG isn't a rank. I was under the impression that it was, and only E8s could hold the position/rank. MAH BAD DAVE.
  15. The following was posted on AMS's facebook by "Guys and Gals. This is a very sensitive topic and we as a community must recognize this and do what we can to prevent it. Please feel free to share and lets give our men and women the respect they truly deserve. Thanks! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83psR_d7xMI " So I figured I'd post it here with my response so that everyone, including AMS, can get a nice little read. Why? Because I'm so egotistical that I think everyone needs to know what I say...or because I think this is a stupid fucking subject that started because some douchebag felt insecure. Anyway, my reply: "This is stupid. Stop putting Rank on a pedestal. Just stop. Should people walk around in today wearing rank on their clothing because they think it's fashionable? No. Should airsofters use rank to setup chain of commands in airsoft. Why the hell not. Airsoft, if any community, respects veterans obviously. But rank is not some magical item that was earned with blood and sweat like some of you believe. As a prior service member I can tell you this: getting rank is pretty random person to person. People gain ranks by having enough points. The amount of points needed to achieve your next rank is determined by your MOS, their need, and how many people are in that MOS. Person A could be a total piece of shit and gets SSG because his points are only 350 or whatever. While on the other hand Person B is an AMAZING leader and excells at EVERYTHING and can't get SSG because his points are maxed out at almost 800 points. The Salvation Army uses rank for God sakes. The only people I can think of who bitch about rank are either 1) People who want to make their rank more important to everyone else because it's SO important to them, to feel special, etc, and 2) People who get swept away by the people in group 1. Do men and women in the military die during their service? Yes. But they're also wearing combat gear, which we're wearing as well. It's fucking fabric. Christ. Rank patches mean absolutely nothing. Wearing a Captain's bar doesn't make you a real army captain. Just like how running around airsofting doesn't make you a fucking soldier; OBVIOUSLY. Rank is there for a chain of command. That is it. AMS uses CO, XO, 1SG in their OPs yes says they think rank should be left out? Literally one of those positions IS A RANK. The ONLY patches I see a problem with are Special forces, rangers, combat patches, etc. To finish it up, soldiers are soldiers and in no way will I ever believe that a Major in the Army is more important than a Private in the Army. Both are soldiers. And unfortunately, this is usually what it REALLY comes down to. If people were wearing Private and Specialist patches, no one would give a fuck. So stop. Please. Just stop. AMS, and every other milsim event organizer, PLEASE implement ranks into your gameplay more and please do not give into small thinking. You're where you're at because you aren't a small thinker."
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