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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,130 ✭✭✭✭ Lemming


    Might I suggest that the thread title be changed to [Ground-Zero] National Airsoft Event 2012??

    I was at the 2007 event they mention on their front page; 1100+ players if I recall. When I went, their was a pistols & shotgun 'night' game on the Friday evening if you wanted, or just socialise at the camp. Then game on sat. morning; socialise after hours, or anoither night game. Then game on Sunday and pack up, go home.

    I enjoyed the experience at the time, although I should point out that this is a giant weekend skirmish; expect hi-caps, m4 stubby thrillers with box-mags, etc. etc. The big selling point of this for me would be the site itself - which is varied and large so you can make if it what you put into it, and the social aspect.

    It's a four and a half hour drive from Fishguard, or a five & a half hour drive from Holyhead. Or you can fly into South Hampton airport, but you still need to find your way to Ringwood in Bournemouth which is a good 20+ miles away.

    the original threads from 2007:

    Link
    Travel Thread link

    If you're looking for something a bit more 'intelligent' or demanding however, there are plenty of other games in and around the summer to attend.


  • Registered Users Posts: 391 ✭✭ TerrenceAnth


    no
    Yeah chris me Chairle, Steven and Cameron are going =D Then I think Dean, Deans dad and maybe lummers :p


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,524 ✭✭✭ Rooky1


    maybe
    I went to the 2007 event myself.
    I enjoyed it, but wouldn't be in a rush to return.

    I felt the organisers were more about how much money they could make rather than the game.

    It is a giant weekend skirmish as Lemming mentioned. I have to be honest and say I have always enjoyed Fireballs Summer Events a lot more.
    Fireball is just a full weekend skirmish as well, but the organisers always seem too put the game and the players first.
    Just my opinion.

    It is a great site and maybe you will enjoy the experience more.:)


  • Registered Users Posts: 269 ✭✭ ASI Casper


    maybe
    I'd be in full agreement with Rooky.

    I was also there in 2007.
    The site itself is large and excellent, the facilities were decent, the staff were pleasant and plentiful (although nowhere to be seen except flying past on quads or in landrovers for most of the first day), the players were friendly.
    The game objectives were ridiculously complicated though. It had various objectives running at the same time, all of which were based on various time slots to achieve them. If you didn't know the site, you were screwed. Plus, the respawn points were constantly overflowing. Even though it was a huge site (150acres gamezone & 50 acres safezone), it didn't seem anywhere near big enough for the numbers they had. In my opinion, it's just sheer greed trying to get as many players as possible.
    And considering that it's £80 this year, they run it on their own site and they're expecting 1500 -2000 people, I'd say it's outrageously overpriced too considering what you get for your money. I'd love to know what they're spending £120,000 - £160,000 on!
    Ian (wormbyte) charges not much more than this for TA Events games for 200 - 350 players and he has to rent out an MOD site (not cheap), pyrotechnics, radios, etc!
    The campsite seemed to be better organised than the game itself. The social side was great. But then, when we went, it was a scorcher of a weekend and there were a right few of us from Ireland (N & S), so it would have been difficult not to enjoy the social aspect in the campsite.
    The year we went (2007), it broke the UK record for attendance at an airsoft event with 1011 players. They've had even larger numbers year-on-year since apparently.
    Frankly though, I don't know what people see in it. I'd say it's a good site and definitely worth a visit, but not for their annual weekender.
    That said, 2007 is a long time ago and they've had 4 annual events there since. So maybe they've improved things since.
    There's a more recent review of things here: http://www.popularairsoft.com/ground-zero-weekender-2010-after-action-report-part-1
    If you do decide to go, there's a decent site map HERE (4.2MB)

    If you want to attend a good weekender skirmish event across the water and dates aren't really an issue, then as Rooky said, the Fireball weekender is the one to go to (IMHO).
    -Fireball is just as good a site.
    -It's just as big.
    -It's easier to get to (just outside Birmingham).
    -It's got better facilities (mcdonalds & large pub / restaurant just outside the entrance)
    -It's cheaper @ £65 (and that includes a light lunch on the Saturday and a patch)
    -The game itself is less chaotic, better organised and more enjoyable.
    -They have more sensible numbers that are actually suited to the site.
    -They're more about creating a fun weekend than generating profit.
    Personally, it's one of the events I look forward to.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 980 ✭✭✭ chris20


    no
    Thanks for the feedback lads,I haven't been abroad yet to any type of event,and since the mall was cancelled I am looking for one,not one as big as berget, one that isn't taken that serious,don't wana be thrown in the deep end for the first trip abroad ha


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,524 ✭✭✭ Rooky1


    maybe
    Casper put it much better than I could off.
    He is totally spot on.

    If it is your first trip across the water, then Fireball will ease you in nicely.:)

    I haven't played there in the last 2 years, but played 3 of there previous weekend events, 2 of the themed all day games, and 5 other standard skirmish days. And have never been disappointed. I hope to be back over there soon.:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,261 Puding


    maybe
    Personally not my cup of tea, but that does not make it a bad event.

    I have not have the best of experiences with Zero one airsoft ( run ground zero ) , the community in the uk is pretty split it a marmit issue, you either love or hate them.

    If you looking for an introductory game before something like berget, maybe look at ta event, first and only or brit tac, they all run weekend, milsim but not as punishing as berget depending on what event you go to.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,130 ✭✭✭✭ Lemming


    Just to echo what Rooky & Casper have said; Fireball Squadron rocks! I was fortunate enough to travel on the ASI ticket to the FS 2008 (I think?) game - Op. Arc Angel - and I have to agree with absolutely everything they've said regards comparing Fireball Squadron to Ground-Zero.


  • Registered Users Posts: 391 ✭✭ TerrenceAnth


    no
    Aw im going to berget Chris it is not that serious >_>..... Yeah thats the understatement of the year.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,261 Puding


    maybe
    ,don't wana be thrown in the deep end for the first trip abroad ha

    sorry just re reading this thread now im home, i would defiantly recommend a more milsim orientated weekend in the uk over this type of skirmish game, of course you can go to berget without that experience but attending a 24 event and staying ingame as much as you can will defiantly help you get more out of your berget trip :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 269 ✭✭ ASI Casper


    maybe
    The only problem for me in 2012, is that Fireball is the week before Berget and I'm hoping to go to both!
    Let's just hope I don't do myself an injury at Fireball. :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,261 Puding


    maybe
    that would not be good, i can imagine you throwing a coat of paint on the cast and heading of to berget :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 391 ✭✭ TerrenceAnth


    no
    Change of plan the whole team is pulling out of GZ and saving for berget 11. And after berget 10 i will be dead and broke so GZ was never a very good idea for me :p


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