WHEN WE STARTED AND WHY
Splatmandu was born on December 26, 1994 because we needed a safe place to play. The State land had become too dangerous and Team TCB wanted a “Home Field.” Doing this enabled us to have scenario oriented paintball games. To introduce as many people to the GAME OF PAINTBALL as possible; that was, and is, the goal of Splatmandu. Work on the fields started January 1, 1995. The first season opened April 1, 1995 and the last “sanctioned” game was played September 21, 2014.
We were very receptive to the new player. Splatmandu only survived for so long because here paintballers had a choice. Friends and families could learn how to play the game and enjoy an awesome recreational activity.
In keeping with the club and membership mentality, we decided to create an elite group of people within the Splatmandu Club; the 110ers, or 110% Club. These people were the ones who contributed the most. Without them, there would be no Splatmandu. Their efforts were above and beyond most other club members. They supplied labor and materials, they worked on Saturdays etc…to maintain and keep the fields in shape. They gave more than is possible, consistently. They refereed when they wanted to play, they cooked when they wanted to play, and they contributed simply by being present. The 110ers were the backbone of the club. The 110% Club was a seasonal recognition; no resting on your laurels around here! Among them were the “Key” members. Their efforts expect no reward, yet we all benefit.
“PLAY WITH HONOR” is the Splatmandu motto. We view Paintball as a game of honor (and honor is what you have when no one is looking). Paintball combines both the physical and the mental: adrenaline, strategy, communication, and team work; all in one nice, neat package.
Splatmandu was a “Limited Paint Field.” In other words, we typically played our games with one full hopper, and only two spare paint pods. Our slogan is, “Limited Paint, Unlimited Fun”. We found that this was a very good way to play the game for numerous reasons, but the biggest reason was that it helped even the odds on the field when everyone carried the same amount of ammo. Besides full hopper, we also played One Ball. If you REALLY wanted to level out the playing field and see if YOU had what it takes play, try One Ball. It is a very inexpensive and beneficial way to learn and play. It is still our favorite way to play.
Although Splatmandu Paintball Club is now CLOSED to the public, we have not closed down completely. Even though we aren’t throwing paint around each Sunday, the usual suspects are still milling about the property, preparing it for our latest fund-raising endeavor…. SplatmanBOO Haunted Forest, lovingly referred to as “The BOO.” We started the Haunted event in addition to Paintball back in 2008 and since then we have continued. All proceeds for this ONE NIGHT ONLY event still benefit the Domestic Assault Shelter of Three Rivers, MI. This is a charity that has been at the heart of Splatmandu since inception; we will always do whatever we can to help the women and children in need through our events on Splatmandu’s property.
- Ted & Kathy Cross
One ball began in the early days of Splatmandu. Paint was $100 a case, and we were all broke. We had sweet guns (top notch at the time) but we wanted to play every Sunday, so we started One Ball. With 500 rounds you played all day. What we learned was invaluable. We learned our guns. We learned to play a field, when to move, when not to etc….we learned more than you just have to duck. You carry your paint in a pocket or pouch and remove your hopper from your gun. It’s simple, one paintball goes in your hand OR one paintball in your gun. . . game on! That’s One Ball.
The largest one ball scenario game ever played at Splatmandu was a 20 on 20…and in 1998* a team from northern Alabama challenged Team TCB from southern Michigan in a One-Ball (Civil War) game. The North triumphed . . . I mean really . . . hugely.
- Ted Cross
* This record was broken on July 6, 2008. We tried out a One Ball Scenario Sunday in July for the TIME WARP Scenario. In this scenario we re-created some elements from the Teesa Egg Scenario originally played in 1999. We had 90 players on the field that day and it was one of the most memorable games many of us have played out here.