This was one of the best weekends I've had in a while. Huge shout-out to Scott for hosting and thanks everyone for showing up. The war was way better than last year's, and I think it's one of my favorites so far. The only thing that I found kind of annoying was that many people (mostly the guests) got tired quickly and didn't want to fight or do anything after the first day. We got a lot of fighting in Saturday, but not so much on Sunday because of these issues. Sadly I don't really see any way around that, except to not invite the more casual players, which would put us down to like 5 people.
Most of the rounds we played were actually quite intense. There were no scoreless ties at all. I adopted a slightly more aggressive fighting style this war and got more kills than in almost any other war, while my death count didn't go up by too much, so I'm happy with that. However winning rounds was rather difficult most of the time because of the amount of newbies/casual players. It was a little annoying fighting with people who don't listen to you and just go off doing their own thing (and usually getting killed). Team tactics were almost nonexistent this war, except when there were several experienced players on the same team, at which times the enemy would be practically slaughtered. But the overall quality of the rounds themselves were definitely up there, and I had a lot of fun. This was also the first war in which I did not use my 2700 even once, preferring to use my 2000 instead, since it seems to be the most reliable primary I have right now. Nothing broke this time!
We also did other awesome activities, including driving around the DC area looking for adventure and places to skirmish, and exploring a MASSIVE abandoned factory complex in PA on the way home. I also wanted to stop at a Ferrari/exotic car dealer near NYC that we passed on the way down, but sadly we went a different way going home (plus it was getting late).
I am pretty tired today after all the fighting and exploring and driving, but I will see about starting a writeup for this war. Until then, here are a couple pictures from my camera. We didn't really take that many still photos; mostly video.
All of us on Friday night at the middle school we fought at last year. This was actually the only night we used it, as it was starting to get a little old. Instead we found some other schools which were better, at least for now.
The tail of a big ol' snake on Sycamore Island, which started disappearing into the bushes as I raised the camera. It was probably 3 or 4 feet long, and it was all black. Not sure what kind it was.
The whole group minus me with our gear on Sycamore Island, taken before the first round.
This was taken after the day's fighting on Sunday. Fortunately I didn't lose my car keys this time, haha.
Thanks again for the good time! Definitely worth the trip.