1. Is camping available?
Yes, we have PORT A JOHN restrooms, and no showers. It is free to camp.
We also have potable water available for campers as well but water
Campers and RV's are welcome in the camping area, but for
convenience we will have a camper section (no hookups available). Please know that you may
not be able to park your RV in the general camping areas, even if
that is where the rest of your team is camped. SPACE IS LIMITED. Generators are permitted,
but we ask you turn them off by 11pm. Our field is located in a
residential area and we prefer not to irritate the neighbors.
2. What is the age limit?
Our insurance regulations changed as of 2012. The field only permits those players
12 years of age, or older. CDWC retains the right to refuse
admission to anyone who appears younger than 12 and who cannot
provide evidence of their legal age. CDWC also has the right to
request identification to verify age. Your parents must sign your waiver if
under 18. We would prefer 15 or older if not accompanied by parents.
3. What kind of paint, how much, and can I bring my own?
We will have several grades of exceptional Valken brand paintballs made
especially for Fulda Gap - starting at $55 a case for the field paint
and going up to $65 for the mid-grade/tournament grade. Paint may be
pre-purchased on Scenariosupply.com between July 15th and November 1 at
a discounted price. For Fulda Gap, you may not bring your own paint
onto the field. You must use field paint. Failure to follow this
rule will result in expulsion from the game. If your paint fill is not
a regulated SHELL AND FILL color, your hits do not count, you will get
a warning punch, you will get escorted to the store to buy the right
paint, AND you may risk expulsion from the game. Use your old paint in
the chronograph range, but do not take it onto the field with you. CDWC
has the right to check paint pods and hoppers for event paint
4. What happens when I get hit by a paintball?
YELL HIT HIT HIT as loud as you can and immediately cover your
barrel with your barrel sleeve. Raise your gun barrel up towards the
sky and when safe to do so, walk out of your position to your
nearest dead zone. You will be required to go to a "Dead Zone" or
recharge area. You will then be recycled back into the game. You can
do this as often as necessary. Gun hits DO COUNT. When in doubt,
call a referee for a "paint check" on YOURSELF. You cannot
call paint checks on another player - YOU CAN, however, talk to a
ref about a player you feel is not playing honorably.
5. What team or unit will I be in and how do I know the difference
between the sides?
If you PreRegister EARLY, you can choose your unit. 1st to register 1st
choice. We cannot guarantee placement on your preferred team but
pre-registering early will get you the best chance! Once the units
get full, we will start posting their unavailability. If you wait
until you get here to register, you will be put in a unit that needs
you (most likely the 82nd or the Czech units because they enter
later). But you can still have a great time no matter what team
you are on. It is best to PreRegister, especially if you have a
particular unit you would like to be in.
The sides will be differentiated by colored ribbon on the front and
back of the player's masks. Do not hide the tape or attempt to
mislead another player as to what side you are on. Each player will
also have an identification badge and bracelet that should match
their colored ribbon.
6. Will there be HPA/CO2 at the Dead zones, and to what psi?
No, there will be no fills available in the dead zones. We have a
centralized fill station. Fills at our field are consistent and
quick but there will still be a line (although we do keep it short
and we do keep it moving).
7. Will there be water available?
Yes. We will have good drinking water at the camping area and all
dead zones and at other stations around the battle field, including
the aid vehicles. We still highly recommend carrying some sort of
water container, such as a hydrostorm/camelback/canteen.
8. Do you have markers for rent?
We do. You can check with us when you arrive to see if any are
available, or call in to reserve yours. We charge $10 per day for
rentals and rentals must be returned on Saturday night and re-rented
on Sunday. Players may not take rental equipment off of the field's
premises. There will be plenty of
vendors there, and they will have some good deals on markers as
well. The field does not rent air tanks only (CO2 or HPA).
9. What are the field boundaries?
The boundaries will be marked by orange or yellow tape. This is a
large field. If you come into areas that look like homes, business,
neighborhoods, or pastures, chances are you have gone too far. Be
sure to print off a game map
10. Do I have to complete the special mission brief to be in a
Yes. All special units, which include US Special Forces and Soviet Spetsnaz, will need to be briefed .
The members on each of these units are assigned by the GENERALS. The reason
for the briefing for each unit is that these units
will be tasked with unconventional warfare tactics, and will need to
understand their requirements. The course will be on Friday
11. Can I be an officer or commander?
All positions of command, from squad leader to company commanders
are decided, and appointed by the Divisional Commanders (Generals).
If you are interested, contact them directly through the unit page
that you are most interested in or through the forums. Divisional
commanders are selected and appointed by the Generals in conjunction
with the game producer.
12. Can we have campfires and cook our own food?
Campfires will be allowed with a fire ring, or Coleman stove etc.
You can bring food to cook and we do permit ATTENDED grills. You will not be 'required' to eat
at the field. We, of course, encourage you to try our vendors. We
also strongly encourage "community campfires". Feel free to share
your fire so there are more room for campers! BE SURE TO BRING CASH
for the vendors as many of them do not accept credit cards and there
is not an ATM on the field's grounds.
13. When does the first game actually start?
H-Hour, Fulda Gap 2016 will be 10:00 am Saturday. That is when 'Game
On' is sounded. The Americans and Germans will be inserting into
their bases as early as 0800. Latecomers will be forced to join the
airborne units, which do not insert until 1200. You MUST go through
safety orientation to play, and that means you have to be there no
later than Saturday at 0700 to get through the lines. We highly
recommend getting to the field on Friday to get everything taken
care of before the game starts!
14. Can I use a laser sight?
You cannot use a laser pointer sight. It could damage a
person's retina if accidentally shined in their eyes. However, some
sights have a laser dot in the viewfinder, these may be used, as
long as a beam does not project from the sight.
15. What do I get for my pre-registration entrance fee?
Your fee entitles you to camp for the entire weekend if you would
like. You will be entered in a number of drawings for prizes,
including the famous CDP end of game door prizes. Your air or CO2 is paid
for the entire weekend. You can participate in most of the activities
without extra fees. The TAPSAC competition does have additional registration fees, but also offers cash prizes to the winner.
16. If something happens and I can't attend, what is your refund
Your pre-registration or registration fees are not refundable.
player package you have purchase is transferrable and You may sell
your registration to another player. Just let us know if you have
someone else taking your place and we will adjust the registration.
AGAIN - We do not refund player fees. There is no rain date for this
event. We will play, come sun or come rain.
17. Can I use grenades?
Yes, you can bring paint and smoke grenades, and they will be sold
at the event. However, you must use field paint in all other
circumstances. The only restriction is on smoke grenades. If it
happens to be dry, smoke grenades will be prohibited, and even if it
isn't, NO HOT SMOKE (i.e. fused smoke or smoke you have to ignite
with a lighter)! We will announce this at the
event. NO HOMEMADE GRENADES of any kind. Only manufactured units
will be allowed. We do not permit trip wires or land mines. ORANGE
SMOKE is reserved for general use ONLY! Using unauthorized orange
smoke may end up having points deducted from your side.
18. Can I use a gun with a response trigger, and or use my gun on
Yes, this year you can. You can use a marker with an electronic grip
or response trigger. However, we have a 13 ball per second rule.
Please be a responsible player and do not overshoot! Overshooting
will not be tolerated and will result in a warning punch on the
identification badge of the player. Three punches and the player is
expelled from the game. No refunds.
19. Can I use night vision equipment for the night game?
Yes. However, it cannot interfere with the safe, normal wear of your
mask. You cannot remove your paintball mask for any reason while on
the field. It is dangerous, and if a referee sees you, you will be
told to leave the field. There will be a limit of 15 night vision
units per side and no limits on flashlights or spotlights.
20. Can I "reserve" a camping site?
Unfortunately, no. We have over 15 acres to camp on, and it is first
come, first choice- there will be plenty of room for those who set
up early. You will be
assigned ROUGHLY to an area to camp when you check in. You will be placed with
other players from your unit according the Unit camping map. Camping
is primitive - we do not have showers, nor do we have power that
will reach to the camping areas. You may bring generators but they
must be off after 11pm due to our county noise ordinance. We do not
have hookups for campers.
21. Can I take pictures or movies on the playing field?
You are allowed to take pictures and movies for your own personal
use, not for sale to others, or redistribution. There will be
professional photographers taking pictures, as well as reporters. If
you do not want your picture taken, please advise the camera
personnel and try to stay out of the photos. Photographers with the
intention of selling the photographs MUST GET CONSENT from players
in the pictures. Fulda Gap and Command Decisions Wargames Center
does not collect this consent from players on the field waivers.
22. Does my Dad (or guest) have to pay to just watch me?
No. Only players (participants) are required to pay the registration
fee. You can bring whoever you like, and there is no charge! If you
are a player, your guests are also welcome to camp with you as long
as they like! Anyone going onto the field of play, regardless of
whether they are holding a paintball marker or a camera, MUST
complete a field liability waiver.
23. Need referees?
Always! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
24. What about prizes?
Prizes will be provided during AND at the end of the game by our sponsors and
the field. Our prize packages are becoming quite famous, especially
the " almost everybody leaves with something" package.
25. Do you need vendors?
Our vendor spaces fill up quickly but it's first come first assigned
Please feel free to contact our general manager at the field or (704) 880-8574
for more information. Vendor information and applications can be
located on the "How to be a sponsor"
26. I have tried to call the field,
but it seems I only always get voice mail. Why can't I get a person
to talk to?
and most importantly - the field at Command Decisions Wargames Center
is only open on Saturdays from 9am until 5pm.Our Field Manager, Bill
"Greenman" Ford can assist you for help with questions; please contact
him at (704) 880-8574. The BEST way to reach us is to send an email
describing your question and contact information at email@example.com . WE WILL
return your call if you leave a message at the field phone (828)
495-4155. Thanks for your
patience and understanding!
27. I heard there is an online
safety briefing I can watch and take a quiz RATHER than stand in
line and wait for the safety briefing bus to empty. Where do I find
it at and what should I do?
YES! You CAN watch the safety
briefing online at (http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=cdwc-paintball-fulda-gap-2016) and then, to prove to us you
took it and that you know the rules, you can click on the link to
take the "quiz". The quiz is a 10 question quiz. You must score a
90% (9 out of 10 questions correctly) in order to pass. You have two
opportunities to try under one email address. Once you have
completed and passed the quiz, print out your safety certificate and
bring it with you to the field when you check in for the game. We
also found many of our airsoft participants had saved it to their
phone and that was FINE by us! If you have not completed the online
safety quiz or cannot present evidence to us that suggests that you
have, you will need to be safety briefed at the field prior to game
More questions? Send us an email or check out the forums!