Announced: JT Splatmaster Tournament is coming to Chicago(land!) PSP Chicago, June 2013!

Fresh from JT Splatmaster… they’re starting a way to introduce newcomers to league play and competition!

(my original review here: http://foamfromabove.blogspot.com/2012/10/review-jt-splatmaster-z100-z200-and.html)  I was a fan of it then, and am still a fan of it now.  Between the accuracy and the comfortable feel of the Splatmaster line, it’s a solid buy if you’ve been thinking about it.  It’s nowhere near as painful as paintball (due to the decreased fps) but tons of fun at closer ranges than you might expect with paintball.

All the rules and regs are listed here:
http://empirepaintball.com/jt-first-shot/. More, after the break.

Players must NOT have any tournament experience!

When:
  • Saturday, June 22
  • 8am-6pm
Where:
2903 Schweitzer Road
Joliet, IL 60436
Registration: $75 for a 3 person team.  But here’s the part where I find it interesting….
Divisions
  • JT SplatMaster
o   No previous paintball tournament experience
o   4 players max per team roster
o   Age Groups
  12 and under
  13 and older
o   Equipment – Must use provided event equipment to participate
  JT SplatMaster z200 Shotgun
  JT Goggle
  JT SplatMaster Ammo
  Quick Load Tube
  JT SplatMaster Versus Vest
o   Paint Consumption
  30 balls per player per point
o   Simple Rules – 
  4 minute matches
  If a player is hit directly by a ball that player is eliminated
  If a ball breaks on the bunker and sprays on the player that player is not eliminated 
  No foul language
  No Alcohol
  No physical contact
o   Prizes Per Age Group –
  1st Place
  Trophy per player
  JT SplatMaster z200 Shotgun per player
  2nd Place
  Medal per player
  JT SplatMaster z90 Pistol
  3rd Place
  Medal per player
So there you go.  If you’re an adult and not quite sure how you like regular paintball (like many of my friends), a parent with a 13+ child and looking for a fun activity to get into together, or just looking to introduce yourself to the sport or try something new, this might be the way to go!
Nevermind that CPX is known worldwide as one of the best fields in the nation (if not the world) but just to get out there and try something new.  
I do love Nerf and everything that goes along with it, but I also keep an open mind.  I’ll be checking this out, and hope to see you on the field.

New York Toy Fair – TekRecon Debrief

The “flag” QR code scanned with app.

Havok and the Hammer Head

Hammer Head

Havok and Magazine

How the magazine comes out of the Hammer Head

From the press release:

Tech 4 Kids To Revolutionize Boys Action Experience with Tek Recon!

With innovations never seen before, Tech 4 Kids is set to revolutionize the action blaster category with
Tek Recon! Tek Recon is a new line of blasters that integrate cutting edge design and the latest in
gaming technology to provide the ultimate targeting and boys action experience. By bringing blasting
capabilities to new heights, and by adding revolutionary app-enhanced gameplay features comparable to
those of sophisticated video games, Tek Recon truly takes the category to the next level. Simply attach
your smartphone to the blaster’s mount and you’re ready for Tek Recon Advanced Battle Systems that
include GPS radar, voice communication capabilities and tons more gaming features!

Tek Recon blasters are the ONLY in their category to feature:

  • App-enhanced video game quality multi-player battles and team play, in REAL LIFE!
  • High performance rapid fire blasting (rubber rounds) with real recoil kickback

Additional features include:

  • Futuristic blaster design
  • Massive capacity of rounds (30 with Hammer Head, 90 with Havok), reusable with no mess
  • Long blasting distance with modifiable blasting modes
  • Fast trigger blasting with quick clip reload

Advanced Battle Systems:

The optional smart phone enhanced features are industry leading in bringing video game like experiences
into real world play and include:

  • Reality /Digital Convergence (RDC) to capture real world actions through the lens of a smart
    device jam packed with popular, in demand gameplay features
  • Heads-up Display (HUD) with customizable vision modes, sound effects, and scopes for
    enhanced scouting of targets and objectives
  • Massive closed circuit gaming experience where players can use GPS to track the movement of
    teammates and opponents through Tek Recon Radar
  • Downloadable upgrades and links to a global social community, where screen captures can be
    shared, personal stats can be tracked, and team leader boards populated
  • Flashlight for night vision, surveillance video and camera, inter-team walkie talkie features

3 Popular, Familiar, and Exciting Game Modes:

  • Isolation: every person for themself tagging battle – last person standing
  • Team supremacy: team battle, eliminate opponent team through tactical maneuvers and tagging
  • Intel recovery: team reconnaissance mission – locate and scan all flags before

The app works with iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPod Touch devices as well as select Android
devices.

Available Fall 2013
Suggested retail price: $19.99 (Hammer Head), $34.99 (Havok)
Ages 8+

Please visit http://www.tech4kids.com.