So... That was one heck of a day. I'm sore, and I'm tired, but I have a lot to say!
There were some epic dodges, shootouts, balloon deflections and sneak attacks. Big guns and small guns and no guns oh my!
First off, the weather. After having a record setting whole month of nothing but sunshine, on the (poorly) chosen day of the waterfight all of us wake up to cold and cloudy grey skies. The waterfight was set for 1 pm, I'm glad I decided to go but the sun didn't come out until the very last minute! It definitely hurt attendance but the day turned out well (I got sunburnt!) and there was definitely more people than last time. There was supposed to be almost 1500 people coming with almost 1000 maybes, but in the end less than 500 people showed up. There was a band, and lots and lots of cameras. I'll try and see if any good stuff pops up.
I brought two Vindicators and my trusty CPS 1500 3X. In the early parts I was using a Vindicator plus my 1500. I have to say, using the vindicator with the stock strap is annoying. It's just hard to use one handed. The pump is also quite stiff compared to the 1500. It can take more abuse though; the 1500 is pretty finicky with somen minor pump lag and the fragile nozzle selector. I used the 1500 99% of the time, with one (or both!) Vindicators as backup.
I will say, refilling sucks. That's when you get buckets dumped on you. Next time I would like to take my solar shower backpack.
I ran into my friend Joules after about an hour, who didn't bring his Colossus with him this time. Also returning: "Rambo" with his two Pulse Masters, Captain "Nerf" America, and Eddy. Joules borrowed one of my Vindicators for the rest of the day (which he was very impressed with) while crazy Eddy ran around like a maniac the whole time with the Steady Stream 2 he brought. He was quite the maverick, not much of a team player, and he refused to use the other Vindicator. I like that guy. Anyways, the three of us were unshakable allies.
First let me say that this time I was impressed with the blasters I saw. A CPS 3200, 3000, 2500, two 1200's and a super faded brown 1000! Not to mention a blue Blazer, green Tiger Shark, Orca, Tarantula, two Gorgons, three to six Drench N Blasts, two or three Renegades, an XP 110, 4 foot long Stream Machine, and an SS100. Not to mention a Hydro Cannon and two Quick Blasts, which I will get to later. Oh and lots of other nerf SS crap. The Shot blasts were surprisingly effective when you get shot in the face, though. All three of the heavy CPS cannons belonged to the same guy, and they were in amazing condition. Interestingly enough, all of the people with CPS guns sort of just acknowledged me and then left me alone. Then again, anyone smart would say "don't shoot the guys with the big guns"... 'cause if they did they would get soaked good.
The battleground: A waterpark and a bridge. I guess I should have taken a pic of the area, but I'll give you the best idea I can. I started the day under the bridge, where there is a tap that is OK for filling. Then there is a sidewalky area that passes between the bridge and the waterpark. The waterpark starts with these big umbrella things that squirt water everywhere, people swarmed there but it takes forever to fill and you can get dumped on. Then it goes right, towards some ground sprinklers and a fort where the best filling spot was. This was our base of operations for most of the fight.
In a lot of cases, having a good gun didn't matter. With the ample supply of water, anyone with a bucket or a bag could douse anyone without too much effort. There were also several piston pumpers (including a homemade ABS pipe) in action, which were used to great effect. It wasn't about getting people wet so much. Everyone was soaked or standing under the water fountains, so regardless of how well I, Joules and Eddy soaked people, they were still nailing us in the eyes with those little streams.
Oh and the little kids were nasty! They would nail you with those dollar store syringe guns, and they were everywhere. I got hit by six or seven water balloons (none of which popped) and some of which hurt. I mean seriously. Oh, and then there were these women who would throw down towels and sunbathe like ten feet from the edge of the waterpark. And they would freak out if you got close (and scream if they got wet!). In hindsight I kind of wish I would have hosed them down for their uptightness before I left. It might have been funny.
It got to the point where it was me, Joules, and Eddy against twice as many people with a Hydro Cannon, Gorgon, two Quick Blasts, a guy dual-wielding spray bottles, and someone borrowing a Pulse Master from Rambo, along with Rambo, who went rogue several times with the second Pulse Master.
One thing that definitely became clear is that having staying power was important. Intimidation is good, but a determined person with a piston gun will just keep shooting. Heck, the guy with two spray bottles was more annoying than anyone, the output is small but they just keep going and going. And as for the Quick Blasts, I hated those things. They just kept nailing me in the face and regardless of what I did with the 1500 people just kept coming at you. You either hit an run or got hit blindly.
At one point me and Joules snuck onto the bridge where some lookee loos were shooting from and hosed them down from behind as we ran by. I didn't need to go up there to soak them (I shot them pretty good from the ground too) but it was fun.
I got 4 pictures, they are all kind of hazy from the bag my phone was in, but I got a shot of various CPS guns and a view of the waterpark from under the bridge.
At the end of the day, I'm hoping to see three new faces on WWN, maybe so, maybe not? WOOOO!