FIELD UPDATE 03/25/18

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We have been making a ton of progress over these last few weeks. Despite the Nor’Easter’s and constant threat of snow, and windy weather, we have managed to build our first field “GRIMM TOWN” which is on 1.4 acres. This field will be in constant change over the next few months. As we play we will make adjustments to make sure players of all skill levels will enjoy it. GRIMM TOWN has more buildings on half the field than our entire wooded area back in Candia. We only plan to add more, and make them bigger over time. We will also be adding vehicles once the snow clears and the ground hardens up. Some of our staff, and volunteers had an opportunity to play on this a couple weeks ago and they had a blast. Below you will find pictures.

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We are working hard everyday, getting ready for March 31st. Our parking area is looking better everyday, along with our staging area. We had our shipping container transported this past week. It has been cleaned out, and will start being loaded up shortly. Grading the land during the winter time is no laughing matter, especially with the amount of top soil at this location. Never the less we are getting it done.

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Special Delivery

 

We have already started our next field. It is located next to GRIMM TOWN, and almost right in front of our parking area. This field is simple for now, and once the snow melts, and the ground hardens we will begin planning larger more permanent structures. This field will be great for parents and friends to be able to watch while being protected by our netting that prevents paintballs from being shot into the parking area.

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We say we are “under construction” to make sure everyone knows that despite having the largest field in New England, it won’t all be developed right away. It can take a paintball field years before becoming fully developed. Even than a paintball field is going to constantly change. We plan to grow as rapidly as possible, while also looking to create a unique experience. We will not become complacent we will always look for ways to improve the experience for the first time player, and keep the weekend warrior guessing as to what they will face next week. We look forward to seeing all our regular players, and new ones on March 31st. Put down the controller, turn off the TV and video game, come down to MVP, and “BECOME THE GAME”

 

 

What a new player should know before purchasing a paintball mask.

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Paintball is a fun sport. It can be as expensive or as cheap as you want it to be. Playing a limited paint style with a pump, or magfed marker helps reduce the cost of having to buy paintballs. If you have a bigger budget than playing with an electronic marker and throwing 10 balls per second might sound more appealing. Regardless of your play style one thing all play styles require….VISION. Being able to see your target is the most important part of paintball. It doesn’t matter what brand or quality of paintball you’re shooting, if you can’t see your target you might as well call your self out. I mentioned paintball can be as expensive or as cheap as you want, however one thing is clear, when it comes to paintball masks, you usually get what you pay for.

Before buying a mask most people resort to asking questions on facebook groups, message boards, or even asking other players at the field. These are all good ways to get an idea of what people like, and the pros and cons on each mask. When it comes down to it we all experience each mask differently. It’s important to take everyones opinion with a grain of salt. The best way to pick a mask is by putting it on, and getting a feel for it. Look in the mirror, make sure it is protecting your face sufficiently. Not every mask will fit the same, some will feel heavier, others will be lighter. The lens a mask has can also make a world of difference, and changing the lens is as equally important. A dark lens on a cloudy day in the woods can hinder your ability to see the opponent. This would be a time when a clear or HD lens would be ideal. On sunny days, you would want to have a darker lens to prevent the sun from blinding you.

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Being able to change a lens can become a daunting task depending on the mask. Most new masks have come with quick change systems, making a lens change much easier than past mask designs. Having a spare lens is a requirement in my gear bag. When your mask takes a direct shot to the lens it impact the future durability of that lens. If you start to see small cracks, or notice that your mask is fogging when it never used to than those are signs that lens change is needed. You don’t want to be out on the field playing, and your lens breaks while playing. This can cause a serious or even permanent injury. 22310451_10159503944075078_5546589136656306447_n

 

Inspecting your lens after taking a hit will be the best way to guarantee you’re not putting your self in danger. Keeping a spare lens for those situations is crucial and will also keep you playing in the event a mask hit cracks your current lens.

The paintball mask is the equivalent to the basketball sneaker. They are heavily used, and players like a variety in colors, designs, and styles. Once you purchase your first mask, you will play with it for a season, and find your self looking at different ones. Not that anything is wrong with your current mask. Manufactures are always coming up with new color ways, designs, and different features. For example a new mask brand just launched call Push, the nose bridge on the mask is adjustable. The Dye i5’s being worn by me in the first picture feature a ratchet strap making tightening and loosening of the mask very easy only requires one hand. Others like the EVS claim to have the widest vision available.

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When it comes down to it you want to try on the mask, and live in it for a few minutes before buying it. Most paintball stores will let you put them on, and walk around for a bit. As long as you do that you should be able to pick a mask that fits your unique requirements.

FIELD UPDATES

Truck load #we lost count.

Truck load #we lost count.

 

2017 OVERVIEW

 

As you all know last season was filled with many successes for MVP. We had record breaking turn-outs on multiple weekends, our scenarios have been introducing more and more players to paintball. Our field team SAS Woodsball hosted their third annual “SHOOT FOR A CURE” and raised over $13,000.00 for the American Cancer Society. We couldn’t be prouder for the work, and time our referees, and player volunteers have put in to make MVP what it is today. A community of players not just looking to go out and shoot each other every weekend, but also a community of people dedicated to helping the sport grow. All this success has come very fast, we have only been in business since 2014.

 

BIGGER, IS BETTER.

 

Our Candia location has treated us well. Conveniently located right off a major highway. We just out grew the location and the possibilities it offered. We are now located on a 73-acre piece of land located in Epsom NH right next to the Bobcat dealership. This location is very large, and it also now makes MVP the largest paintball field in New England. It is still easily located off of exit 15 East on Rte. 93. Or just a couple miles West of the Epsom circle on rte. 4 heading towards Concord. The image below will give you an idea of how big our new location is. The area in yellow represents the playing area and our staging area. The blue area is roughly the size of our Candia Location.

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LONG ROAD AHEAD

 

With the expansion comes a long road of transporting materials, equipment, bunkers, poles, tables…the list goes on and on. Not to mention clearing the land for staging and re-assembling the bunkers at the new location. We have been working hard getting everything to the new location, and we are just about done. Obviously not all 73 acres will be “playable” meaning actual bunkers, and buildings built. We plan on having a few fields built by opening day which will be the end of March. Below are some images of the woods in their current state. Almost everything is gone, except some stick bunkers, and netting.

Devils Playground

Devils Playground

Comm Station

Comm Station

 

Victory Valley (South Side)

Victory Valley (South Side)

 

As you can see we have been working long and hard. These fields used to be filled with buildings, and other bunkers.

 

BUILDING

 

Our new location is already filled with the materials we need to build, and once we are done in Candia, all our efforts will put towards preparing the new staging area and building the new fields. Our main objective is a CQB style field, filled with buildings, and even some vehicles. If mother nature is on our side, we should have multiple fields ready to go by March/April 2018. Plans are in place to build another speedball field at the new location, but our main focus are the CQB fields, and staging. If you or anyone you know has any interest in either earning some extra cash or wants to play paintball on the cheap by helping out, contact us on Facebook or by phone.

Just a pic of some of the materials we have moved to the new location.

Just a pic of some of the materials we have moved to the new location.

 

 

Is it your first time playing paintball? Need to know Info.

If you are reading this, chances are you have been invited to a party, company outing, or you and your friends are looking for something new and exciting to try. Don’t hesitate to share this blog with friends and family that are also considering playing paintball. We are faced with many questions from new players all the time, we want to address some of those questions here.

 

FUNDAMENTALS

 

Paintball at MVP is played in a variety of ways. We have “Woodsball” paintball played in the woods. We have “Speedball” paintball played on a tournament style field with inflatable bunkers. Woodsball is more geared towards people that want to play while completing objectives. We call these style of games, scenarios. Think Call of Duty meets Halo meets paintball. Speedball is more predictable, structured, and fast paced. Two teams fight for a certain period of time with points being awarded. Our woods are ever changing, with our new 73 acres location, we are looking to build large structures, trenches, tunnels, towers and castles. If you can dream it, we can build it. The inflatable bunkers in the speedball field can also be moved around, so our courses here at MVP are always changing.

 

PLAYING ATTIRE

 

  • Long sleeve shirt and pants are recommended during most days. It can get pretty hot out here so breathable cloths are a must. We find that players have the most fun when they are comfortable.
  • Proper footing is important, preferably something that can grip. We suggest hiking boots/shoes, maybe ones that are a bit water resistant. Some would say cleats, but if you’re in the woods some of our structures have wooded floors, and cleats become very slippery.
  • Headband or something to keep sweat from dripping into your eyes. You don’t want to completely cover your head since that can contribute to fogging inside your goggles. Completely covering your head only leaves the body heat to escape thru the mask, which increases fogging.
  • “SHOULD I WEAR A CUP?” Is a question we get often. Ultimately it is up to the player. Our refs might get hit in that location once or twice a season. Wear one at your own discretion.
  • Chest protectors are something we recommend over additional layers of clothing. They are padded, and allow for ultimate breathability. We have them available for rent

 

WHEN YOU ARRIVE

 

First things first, you want to fill out the liability waiver in advance HERE from our website. We have them onsite but this saves a great deal of time. You can also print one and bring it in. When you pull in and park, look for a green shipping container. There you will find the owner, or a referee willing to get you checked in. Once checked in you will receive all the gear you need to play. We accept all major credit cards, and we can also run a tab in the event you need more paint. We have a variety of rental packages to suit your groups needs.

 

SAFETY BRIEFING

 

After you have checked in and found a spot to bring your gear, a referee will conduct a safety briefing. This is the most important part and all players in your group should be in attendance and listening diligently. The referee will go over the safety rules, show you how to use your rental equipment. Afterwards if you are playing with the “Walk-Ons” you will cycle in with them, or wait for them to exit the field and then join in. If you are a private a group a referee will be assigned to you, and they will make sure you have an unforgettable experience.

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WALK-ON?

 

Walk-on is the term used for players what show up and just want to play. These might be regular players, or a couple friends looking to try something new. Our regular players tend to be looked at as “pros” in the eyes of the rental player. This intimidation factor is something we are very aware of here at MVP. We pride ourselves on having the most honorable players a field could ask for. Our “regulars” will help you, fight for you, and they will even risk getting shot for you if it helps your team win. Ultimately our “regulars” want you to become a regular, and help grow the sport we all love.

 

YOUR FIRST GAME

 

Imagine staring up at a hill with a flag pole in the middle of a building. You are surrounded by your friends, and new teammates. You are discussing the best point of attack. You can feel your heart beating faster and faster as the referee is asking if both teams are ready. You know the enemy team is just on the other side of the hill, but the referee begins to count down. 3…. You feel your heat jump into your throat. 2….You find your footing and prepare to launch into a sprint. 1….  Everything goes silent, you can hear yourself breathing franticly, and you clutch your paintball gun as hard as possible….. GO, GO, GO, GO!!!!

 

DOES IT HURT?

 

A question as old as time (technically since the 80’s) The best answer I have heard is “It doesn’t feel good” Getting hit by a paintball has been compared to a bee sting, only a bee sting lasts much longer. Most of the time you’re feeling such an adrenaline rush you don’t even notice being hit. In the event you do, you’ll go from yelling “OUCH!” to smiles and laughing, and having the best time of your life. If you are really worried about the pain factor we have a low impact option that should take care of that.

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