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The NPPL 2011 Chicago Open and Living Legends IV – The Ultimate Vendor Opportunity!
When hundreds of the very best tournament paintball players in the world converge on CPX Sports Park in Joliet, Illinois along with thousands of scenario and recreational players, the result is the ultimate vendor opportunity! For the second year, the NPPL Chicago Open paintball tournament will be held alongside the amazing Living Legends scenario experience, bringing professional and divisional tournament players together with recreational and scenario players – both fun-loving and die-hard. The result is the best of all worlds for any paintball company, large or small, looking for the ideal event at which to vend and show off their products as hundreds of tournament and thousands of recreational and scenario players come together at one place, for one incredible weekend of paintball festivities!
May 20-22, 2011, some of the most famous people in the paintball world will make the trip to CPX Sports in Joliet for the Living Legends 4 scenario event, while others compete on the world stage in the NPPL Chicago Open tournament. Joining these paintball celebrities and professional athletes will be dozens of representatives of the paintball news media, ensuring that sponsors, vendors and their products receive massive coverage in words, pictures and videos spread around the world! Hundreds of divisional players will also compete in the NPPL Chicago Open tournament, while spectators, friends and family cheer them on! Meanwhile, thousands of camouflage-clad scenario and recreational players will hit the woods and remarkable themed fields of CPX to square off in the Living Legends scenario.
Paintball companies no longer have to choose between the large crowds of major scenario events or the cool atmosphere and massive media coverage of professional tournaments at which to display their products, greet customers and dealers and make sales: the NPPL 2011 Chicago Open and Living Legends 4 will bring it all together in one place, for one affordable price!
So here at ThisISPaintball.ca we decided that we would be silent for one full year from writing blog posts about paintball events, league updates, product reviews or new releases to show our concern over where the industry is heading and how the loss of the core values which paintball once held were really being throw to the side in the search for profits.
While there has not really been many of those issues disappear ThisISPaintball.ca is starting to create and share content again but will only be showcasing news from those companies which are building a healthy paintball industry and trying to showcase the local events which are really supporting true players which are keeping the industry afloat with buying & paying for their products.
Good luck to all teams & players in the 2011 season hopefully lessons can be noticed to the failures in the past few years in the paintball industry and adjustments made to make sure the sport keeps growing in the correct fashion without forgetting where the sport started off from.
The Eclipse Ego10. This 6th Generation Ego is the start of a new direction for Planet Eclipse and the focus of the engineering behind the marker. For the first time since the inception of the Ego model, the Ego10’s main design brief and focus has been placed on smoothness of shot and even finer resolved paint handling. Every previous Ego has been developed with the express intent of maximizing the cycle speed of the Ego design, speeding up rammer and bolt movement and minimizing pneumatic and electronic delays wherever possible. Whist this has produced arguably the fastest under-and-over poppet paintball marker on the planet, it can equally be argued that the Ego has not been one of the smoothest shooting.
Well that is all about to change. Paintball is changing. No longer is the perfect marker the one that will shoot and cycle the fastest. Today, more than ever, players want and need to be able to shoot the most fragile paint, with the smoothest shot. And this is the direction that the Ego10 will start taking us in.
Using some of the very latest Ultra High Speed Video recording facilities, as well as micron-accurate, 50,000hz sampling speed, laser displacement sensing equipment, the Ego10 has been developed to produce bolt speeds that are more gentle on the fore-stoke so that paint is handled in a much more gentle manner when being loaded, and that opens the poppet valve in a way that helps reduce sound signature, and then returns in a way to help minimize the recoil imparted into the body by the rearward motion of the bolt and rammer and reduce rear-stop rebound.
Yet even though the cycle has been significantly slowed down, due to the unique design of the direct-mounted solenoid, the Ego10 still has extraordinary pneumatic responses that mean no time from switching on the solenoid to the bolt starting to move is wasted. The result: Still 28+bps fire rates, but smoother, quieter, better-handling feel.
With a smoother cycle, come other benefits. Wear and tear are significantly reduced. Bumpers, valves, and all other dynamic components suffer less brutal forces on every cycle hence longevity is added to each of those components.
Mechanically the Ego10 incorporates some of the technology of last season’s SL94. The Zick2, which is an intrinsic part of the pneumatic drive system, is designed to both have a softer initial kick-off on the forward stroke, which helps load the ball more gently and helps minimize bolt-strike breakage of the paintball, but also cushion the system on the return stroke into its rear-stop position. Both these attributes are key to helping achieve the fundamental goals of the Ego10.
Sitting above the Zick2 kit there is now a body-cut contoured Cure3+ bolt. The main body of the bolt carries the same upper profiling and cupping as the standard Cure3 bolt, which massively reduces both bolt-strike impact on the ball being fired, but also ensures that the bolts leading upper edge has the least amount of impact possible on the second ball in the stack. Impact fractures from the bolt on the second ball are common place when using force-feed loaders, and the Cure3 ensures those fractures are kept to an absolute minimum. But what is new on the Cure3+ bolt is a new 2-piece design. The new second piece sits inside the main body, is held in place with the bolt pin, and is removable and interchangeable without the need of any tools. The standard Cure3+ found in the Ego10 comes with a ramped insert that gives the air path from the valve to the face of the bolt a nice smooth transition through its 90 degree turn. But the real beauty of the design means that the insert can be quickly and easily removed and replaced for any future upgrades that may be developed for this bolt design.
Up at the front of the Ego10, below the lightened LPR cap, there is now an additional vent in the main body. This little vent hole is further testament of the desire to make the Ego10 the most reliable high-end marker out there. The little hole is nothing more than a vent, but its simplicity is its beauty, in that it makes it impossible for any kind of HP air from the valve chamber to bypass the internal LPR body seals and contaminate the LP air that feeds the Solenoid and Rammer. This added protection for the solenoid further enhances the durability and reliability of the whole marker.
Electronically the Ego10 has also had a complete overhaul. Of course the key features that have kept the Ego at the top of its game, such as Opto and Micro switch trigger actuation, are still there. But the heads-up display, GUI, microprocessor, solenoid drive circuit and expansion socket have all seen some major changes.
The four layer circuit board is home for a 16-bit, 16mips PIC microprocessor, running at 3V and with advanced power saving features. The increased number-crunching power of the processor allows for much more sophisticated control algorithms, leading to a smooth and seamless operation of the marker, and the 64K of internal program memory provides ample space for future firmware expansion.
The solenoid drive circuitry has been optimised with a focus upon the consistent and repeatable operation of the solenoid and multi-level prioritised interrupts within the control firmware ensure that timing fluctuations are virtually non-existent.
Standards have traditionally been a problem within paintball’s manufacturing community and so the Ego10 expansion connector supports UART, SPI and IIC interfaces, providing flexible upgrade capabilities. Planned expansion boards from Eclipse include USB and RF interfaces.
The liquid crystal display module (LCM) has been completely redesigned from scratch. This is not a commercial display, made to fit into a paintball marker but a custom unit
engineered specifically to withstand the rigours of the modern game. The chip-on-glass design is completely sealed against the ingress of paint, water and aggressive lubricants and is further protected by a plastic surround which also serves as a rigid mounting system. Transflective LCD technology means that the display doesn’t wash out in strong sunlight, contrast actually improves in brighter conditions whilst using significantly less power than OLED technology. When light levels are lower, a tru-colour RGB backlight can be configured to the user’s colour of choice via software.
The viewing area of the LCM has been increased by 92% over the previous model, improving the resolution while maintaining dot pitch and the Graphical User Interface (GUI) has been overhauled in order to take advantage of this larger viewing area. Readability has been improved with increased font sizes; Windows pop-up with useful status information; Range bars indicate the adjustability of parameters; Smart Menus reduce clutter by removing parameters when not required. Usability has been improved in a number of subtle, but important ways. It is now possible to scroll through the run screens with a single button press, allowing the user to quickly access all of the available information; The tournament lock can be quickly toggled with the press of an internal pushbutton; All of the user adjustable control parameters have been grouped into a single menu and can be easily viewed regardless of the state of the tournament lock. Along with the instant and peak ROFs the two Rate of Fire screens display historical data in the form of histograms allowing the user to monitor rate of fire consistency and thus analyse the way in which the trigger is being pulled. The Shot Counter screen features an adjustable and selectable Shots Remaining Gauge which allows the user to quickly estimate how much paint they have remaining.
All together, the changes made to the Ego10 have been entirely player-focused. It’s been designed to be easier to shoot, smoother to shoot, more reliable, more consistent, require less day-to-day maintenance, easier to adjust and just generally nicer to live with. What you won’t find different with the new Ego10 is our industry-leading levels of customer support, our commitment to support the players in the locations they use Eclipse products, and our commitment to educating and training technicians and service centres the world over.
An Eclipse Marker is more than just a collection of metal and wires. It is the Complete Package.
Weight – 903g/1.98lb Including 14″ Shaft3 Barrel, Battery, Feed Tube, OOPS
Length – 531mm Including 14″ Shaft3 Barrel
Height – 208mm
Width – 26mm
Social Networking & Growing The Sport Of Paintball
(Originally Posted on PBGossip.com)
Strangely I think that it finally has happened, maybe it took the recession and the terrible hit to the paintball industry to get some of the largest companies in the sport to have a OMG type of realization and decide that they should be promoting themselves and the sport on the many available social networking sites that have some of the largest audiences on the internet. Let the year of 2009 not only be a low point in the history of the sport but hopefully the start of a new age of how paintball is promoted.
While I will commend some companies like Planet Eclipse who have had committed a large amount of their time and resources to creating some of the best exposure in the sport so far on their Planet Eclipse ETV YouTube Channel or even displaying their newest products on Flickr. I also want to send a message of warning to many companies who will jump into things without having the correct knowledge or understanding on how this type of technology will help you grow your brand, increase consumer relations or just help you understand who your main demographic of customer support is.
Having operated ThisISPaintball.ca for a few years now and taking the initiative to ensure the proper operation of Facebook Fan Pages for companies like Planet Eclipse, Virtue Paintball, Smart Parts, Exalt Paintball, major paintball leagues like Paintball Sports Promotions and the Millennium Series and of course any team that I have played in what you could loosely call my paintball career combined with working for tech organizations and even the UN you learn a few tricks along the way.
If you do decide do use Web 2.0 profiles please follow some of these suggestions to ensure that you are not creating more harm than good. Make the profiles consistent across all platforms so it is easily noticed that they are officially representing your brand. Don’t use a RSS of content that is available other places online it comes off as slightly lazy and does not allow for additional interaction to those who are members of that network. Allow interactive and creative ways to interact with your audience, creating contests are one way to help increase exposure and can range from prizes of stickers or t-shirts to going all out and using some of the companies air miles to fly the winner to attend one of the major events of the season. No matter how large or small of a prize you offer it will be greatly appreciated by whoever receives it.
The bottom line is that if we are to keep the sport alive and hopefully make it back to where things used to be a few years ago we need to bring in some new people to the support and to also help retain those who are still currently playing. While many PR campaigns use traditional methods of print media and advertising at paintball fields the biggest problem with using that route is you are preaching to the converted. Which is still not a bad thing but with seeing that Facebook alone currently has more than 250 million active users worldwide that would seem like a good place to try and grow the sport.
Examples of Paintball Companies Using Social Networking
JT Sports is yet another company who has been using social networking to interact and even give back to the players in the sport. They recently held a contest where anyone following JT Sports on Twitter could Win A Custom JT Flex Mask. All by doing what you might ask? By just sharing some information on their 40 years of being around as a company. The cost of providing one of your products to the market place for free can easily be well worth more than the amount you would have made in the retail sale of that one item.
Dave and all those smart folks over at Dye Precision Inc recently hopped onto social networking with great force that only a company of their size can do. They have pro players contributing on many of the networks and will be announcing the winner of a Ollie Lang Ironmen DM9 contest that they ran which is one sure way to kick off stepping into using Web 2.0 as a marketing tool.
While there are many more examples that could be thrown out there aside from the companies above there also is a great amount of exposure that you can do for sponsors of your team. Some great examples would be Dynasty, XSV or Explicit all which are providing content on the major networking platforms. The key to the best interaction goes way beyond keeping fans up to date but tearing down the barriers which are in other sports. Paintball seems to be one of the few sports that those at the professional level interact with anyone and everyone at the events, so why not also extend that to the online platforms to showcase your sponsors and share the sport with others.
The list of paintball related profiles, channels and pages on Facebook, YouTube, Myspace and Twitter is always growing so don’t be the last to realize that this is one of the biggest and best ways to promote the sport of paintball. If your a company or team that is looking for help with using Web 2.0 to improve the knowledge of your paintball brand get in touch with Adam (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or if you need help setting yourself up properly on these networks.
Editors Note: Adam Actually Won The JT Sports Twitter Contest And Proudly Owns The Custom JT Flex