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Scenario Story Contest Winner Announced
In January, Mackz Xtreme Sportz put out the call to all scenario players to submit an original story to be considered for the production of the June 14-15 "Armies of Armageddon" scenario MXS will produce at Challenge Park Xtreme in Joliet, IL.
Twenty-two entries were received, "Far exceeding our expectations," says Diane Howe McKinnon, MXS scenario director. "The quality of the submitted stories resulted in five finalists whose works were so enjoyable, we had to bring in a tie-breaker on the judges' panel at the last minute!" she said.
The submitted stories had to pass a stringent list of criteria outlined in the contest rules - and more importantly - the stories had to be viable for a 26-hour paintball scenario game.
The winning entry was submitted by William Thompson, from Connecticut. His submission was inspired by "In Nomine" by Steve Jackson Games, the book "Good Omens" by Neil Gaiman and the theme of the MXS/CPX event, "Armies of Armageddon."
As the winning entry, Thompson receives: a free entry to the CPX event; a case of CPX event paint; all-event air; a lifetime membership to CPX; $100 merchandise gift certificate for the CPX Xtreme Pro Shop; motel accommodations for Fri.-Sun. evenings of the event; MXS Gear, as well as recognition at the event and online and press publicity.
The runner-up of the contest is Kenn Mikos of Chicago. Kenn will receive a free entry to the "Armies of Armageddon" event, a case of event paint and MXS Gear.
Billed as "the ultimate battle between good and evil," Thompson's modern-day story takes place in the jungles of Brazil, where German forces hid Hitler's vast collection of supernatural artifacts at the end of World War II. When combined, some artifacts could construct the "celestial chain" - binding The Dark One for a thousand years of peace - or, other artifacts, when combined, would begin the last battle on Earth: Armageddon. The two armies racing to
find these artifacts are led by Lawrence, the Archangel of the Sword, commanding The Host, and The Dark One, commanding The Horde. Getting into the mix are the Lilim, who deal with both sides for amnesty by the ultimate victor.
Players may choose to be major role characters - the Angels or Demons - as well as supporters of either side. The players in "Armies of Armageddon" will be able to utilize specialty items they've come to recognize at MXS scenarios: LAWs launchers, tanks, satchel charges, Atomic Ordinance paint grenades, paintball mines (with approved fill), simulated aircraft and plenty of props to put together the pieces they need to secure their ultimate goal.
Pre-registration is now open for players who wish to participate in this ultimate paintball scenario event! A $50 entry fee is earmarked for players whose registration forms are mailed to Challenge Park Xtreme and postmarked by May 28; the entry fee increases to $60 after the deadline and on the day of play. Registration forms can be printed from the MXS website at:
Players will also find the story line and major role characters - and can check out all the scheduled activities which will occur prior to the game - on the MXS website (www.mxsportz.com).
Information about Challenge Park Xtreme and the event can be found on their website at www.challengepark.com or players may call 815-726-2800.