We tried to take photos when we first explored the place the week before Soakmore, but not many of them came out very well due to the darkness and all the dust. DX might have a few good ones, but most of mine are crappy. The one I used for the title image in the first post was probably the best I had.
But anyway, this war was quite different than anything I've ever done. The fighting wasn't quite as good as I was hoping, but that was to be expected given the experimental nature of this war. I think the main problem was that we didn't have quite enough lighting, and most people just kept their flashlights on. This made for less stealth warfare than I was hoping for. I only made like two successful ambushes, compared with well over 10 at Soakmore this year, where it was much brighter. The flashlights were supposed to be more for if you got lost or something, but we only had one lantern (and the glow sticks didn't help much, but at least they kept people away from the dangerous areas) so a lot of the cave was in darkness, which led to people using them often.
As far as the battles themselves went, I personally liked the first one best, even though there were less numbers (3v3). When we first started, my team didn't use the flashlights at all, and moved forward very slowly into the darkness. It was extremely intense. The enemy turned them on a few times, but only briefly. That was how we found them. That, and there's a lot of echo in there, so you can hear even the slightest footsteps. I think we were like 30-40 feet away from them when someone fired the first shot. Then people turned on their lights and got sort of locked into place, fighting around one of the old brick structures. I'd stashed my flashlight in my backpack, but I ended up taking it out so I could use it to sneak around and attack the enemies from behind. I used my really dim light, covered it with my hand, and pointed it at the ground so I could just see where I was going. I believe I was spotted before I could attack, 'cause of the flashlights, so I don't think I hit anyone but I think that got the enemy on the run. We spent the rest of the battle fighting around the large columns in the cavern, where the fighting became less stagnant. I had the most fun there. Well aside from the beginning, 'cause that was just pure intensity.
But then HBWW's gun started leaking, so we had to end the battle like half an hour early. By the time everyone finished getting new guns and refilling, it was about time for Duxburian to arrive so we went out to wait for him. When he arrived we started the second round, which ended up being 4v4 'cause I guess Tony didn't want to come. In my opinion, this battle wasn't as good as the previous one. It was nearly all fought in the middle area (with the most columns) where the first battle ended up. But this time more people had flashlights, including some really bright ones. It became a game of avoid the light, which was difficult because the cave is rather open aside from the columns, so it wasn't the most enjoyable game. Though it did have some good moments. This one ended early too, 'cause Bailey had to leave (which he didn't tell me until the day of the battle...). It was becoming rather stagnant/repetitive at that point anyway.
I don't know if I'll be able to do anything like this for a while, but if it does happen again, I think there needs to be more lanterns (if we had three or four of them it would've been perfect), and a big restriction on flashlights. Either nobody can use them at all except for emergencies, or still allow them, but they must be very dim. Despite the hiccups, I still had a good time. The whole war was probably the most intense I've fought in, especially the beginning of the first battle, when we knew the enemy was like right in front of us in the darkness, but we couldn't tell exactly where they were or how far away. So big thanks to all who came, and hopefully you had a blast.