Are You WAGG?

The term AGG has been around tournament paintball circles for years. The term, originally used to describe the Hostile Kids from Southern California, first cropped up around Y2K. Over the years the word AGG has evolved to become an expression of being cool or an elite player in an unexplainable way. AGG isn’t cool. AGG isn’t elite. AGG is AGG. From the way a player stands to the type and method of wearing his headgear, everything is taken into consideration when deciding if a player is truly AGG.

Dan Lapham of the Tippinators, a former All Star player in the CXBL, has noticed that woodsballers have their own unspoken set of standards for what makes a woodsball player unexplainably cool or unexplainably elite. Lapham has since coined the phrase WAGG, or WoodsAGG.

Unlike the tourney players whose AGGness is, for the most part, based on appearance. WAGG players must look good but also be functional in the woods. Here are some examples Lapham has come up with:

An authentic appearance:
Ghillie with matching mask and gloves:
New technology with a subdued traditional woodsball feel:
Decked out for woodsball with a different/exotic piece of equipment:

No yellow bandanas, pink hopper covers, nor jerseys three sizes to large here. These WAGG players are just woodsballers putting bits of their personality into their equipment, and appearance, in order to get the most out of the game they love.

The beauty of woodsball is that you don't need to dress a 'certain way' or have 'certain marker' to fit in, or stand out. The only thing limiting your WAGG, is your imagination.

Are you or one of your friends WAGG? Log on to the Special Ops Paintball Forum and show the world.

Photos by: Bruce 'Charon' Johnston

A tribute to a Founding Father

Founding Father of paintball that is! I was surfing across M. Carter Brown (a website which caters to collectors and those of us who enjoy playing in the oldschool style), and found these. Here's to you Glenn!

Glenn Palmer's tears cure cancer. Too bad he has never cried.
Glenn Palmer counted to infinity - twice.
Glenn Palmer does not hunt because the word hunting infers the probability of failure. Glenn Palmer goes killing.
If you can see Glenn Palmer, he can see you. If you can't see Glenn Palmer you may be only seconds away from death.


DDAY -- A remembrance, a reverence, and reliving

This day, June 6th, has a deeply felt meaning to whole generations. We honor those who fought for their countries, for the freedoms of others, and for their brothers in the battle next to them. It was the day that marked the end of an era for some, the beginning for others. And it is a day when we look with admiration and respect towards those who have volunteered to do the same today, both at home and around the world.

It is also the beginning of a slew of paintball games marking the invasion of Normandy, from small woodsball games and scenarios up to the largest scenario event in the world, Oklahoma DDAY. Players around the country will join together and fight with the common theme of DDAY on their minds. RECON, as always, will be providing coverage of these events. Make sure to watch for those in the issues to come.

Once again, we thank both those who served our country in those momentous days and today. You are the truest of heroes.