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Cancellation

Postby Universal Gunner » Tue Apr 10, 2012 9:45 pm

Well I am VERY sorry to hear this. I have been looking forward to this event since it was first announced; bought the book (!); made sure I was free on the date and have been vague about other invitations/events in May because I wanted to make sure I was free to go on the training weekend. It has been difficult to appear enthusiastic online because of the nature of the event/mission and I didn't want to hassle the organisers via PM altgough I of course made my interest known.

The first Airsoft and WW2 event I went to was Hauptmann Horn. I only fired about 20bbs, didn't hit a thing but had such a fantastic time that I dived headlong into other events. I bought my scout suit for Schaulen but was unable to make that event hence my wanting to make sure I didn't miss Foxley.

Speaking briefly to Pete/Sgt Heide at The Drop he said that The Real World had been encroaching on the organising of this event and I just want to state here that I love the ethos behind the CiA events and appreciate very much all the hard work that they put into them. I hope that the rather depressing tone of the cancellation announcement is only because of the disappointment at having to cancel the event and does not indicate anything more terminal within CiA. I for one think that would be a bloody shame.

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Re: Cancellation

Postby Seanebabes » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:38 am

Well I'll second that UG. I desperately hope this is not the end of CIA events (any reassurance gratefully received :good: ). Absolutely superb spirit and organisation to all their events. Every one that I made it to I loved, bar none. You lads have immersed us in events that gave a feel for the period and living as a citizen soldier in the field.
I couldn't commit to this one as I will have a new baby to look after and 'mum' is taking a very boring view to my popping out for the weekend in July. But... I am already saving brownie points for the next one. :twisted:
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Re: Cancellation

Postby prideofengland » Wed Apr 11, 2012 7:53 am

Yes truly a great shame, I had been looking forward to this one. As already stated by others I hope this is just the cancellation of an event rather than anything more. It is always good too see a variety of styles from game organisers for events and CIA have become legendary for theirs. :cry:
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Re: Cancellation

Postby Mattywheels » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:02 am

Just to echo the others, sorry to hear this event has fallen by the wayside. Big thanks to the organisers for all the effort that they would have already put into this event, its always appreciated :good:
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Re: Cancellation

Postby MrSlippyfist » Wed Apr 11, 2012 8:16 am

sad to hear it also , but i expected it. Its been a hard year or 2 for Pete, Steve and Guy trying to get this game going and the lack of interest and splinter airsoft groups forming has really taken its toll.
I hope this isnt the death of CIA as they do host the best WW2 airsoft events by some distance IMO.
I would like to thank Pete, Steve and Guy for there efforts over the past few years and its been a great time with you guys, but this is also the end of WW2 airsoft for me.
I will be selling my kit on the forums soon.
I have tried other WW2 games but none have the atmosphere or tension of CIA and blat fests or dressing up has never interested me.
So see you all, its been fun.
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Re: Cancellation

Postby HeadShot » Wed Apr 11, 2012 10:39 am

Thanks for the support chaps.

It seems you're now in the minority though and that most people aren't really interested in this sort of event. A LOT of the people who used to come along to our 24 hour/weekenders have moved on and there doesn't seem to be any demand for it any more. Whether that's to do with the style, misconceptions of 'hardcore' play - which we constantly strive to dismiss, that people just don't like us any more or just that people prefer to stop for lunch at a burger van, I'm not sure.

One thing I've been really trying to tackle with the other organisers is that I feel there are too many events that is really dividing the already very small player base to the point where people can't commit to more than one or two per year. As Pete has said, we have not wanted to dilute our style or broaden the player base by reducing age limits as we wouldn't then enjoy our own events - and that was our main reason for organising events, so that we could go to games that we enjoyed being part of ourselves. Unfortunately it seems I'm the only organiser who feels this way and that others are confident that more games is better for the community, regardless of whether they clash date or scenario-wise. Still, market forces dictate, and the market for the sort of events we want to organise is no longer big enough for us to be able to justify running them.

I just hope someone else organises events that I'd like to go to, but it's not looking very promising at the moment - with the exception of Patton this weekend.
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Re: Cancellation

Postby Wraith666 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:13 am

It is sad to hear this, I was looking forward to this, had been preparing my kit and working on my soe skills by sneaking up on the dog, had it down to a T with him jumping when I tagged him, really love these kind of events, hope this is not the end, just a holiday break.
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Re: Cancellation

Postby marsha » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:44 am

I was looking forward to this sorry to see this cancelled :(

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Re: Cancellation

Postby Lardassmonkey » Wed Apr 11, 2012 11:45 am

It is a great shame indeed. I think I was looking forward to this event more than any other this year and it is a real blow that it will never happen.

The demise of CiA will truely be the end of an era. I know its been coming for a while now but it would be unfortunate not to go out on a high. I'd just be sorry that I missed the last ever CiA event, although I think I can proudly say I was there for most of the best.
Your events have always been special and hold the top spots for the best I've ever played. Its just a shame so many of the old guard have moved on and most of the current crop don't know what they're missing. If it really is the end then all the best for the future for all involved and Steve I hope you find the games you're looking for. :good:

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Re: Cancellation

Postby pvtjohnny » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:54 am

This is sad news indeed. :cry: This event sounded awesome and different from the blatfests other organisers run. CIA were the people who showed me what the ww2 airsoft community could offer and Devils Hill got me hooked. The generosity, ethos and game play you guys brought to the scene should not be under estimated.
The last game you guys ran, Volturno, was in my opinion one of the best i have played. You were developing the squad/tactical approach way ahead of others and the effect it had at Volturno was very pleasing.
You guys have given me some of my best memories of ww2 airsoft and have brought me about as close as I could ever get to experiencing the life of a ww2 infantry soldier.
Please consider your continuation, even if it is one event a year. I felt Volturno looked promising for the future of CIA as lots booked on, loads of new faces and all enjoyed it. For all the excellent games provided by the likes of Gunman and AGS, you guys provide an experience, not just a game.

Either way, thanks for all your efforts, they have been greatly appreciated. WELL DONE CHAPS! :happyclap:
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Re: Cancellation

Postby Death Warrant » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:01 am

That really is such a shame as it looked to be an excellent event.

Had been gutted when i couldnt get the weekend off work to go.

I just hope its not the last of its type, as judging by all the hard work it was going to be something special.

Certainly hope its not the end of CiA as we know it, theres far to many things wrong with the world as it is!

Keep up the great work! :good:
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Re: Cancellation

Postby Jimmiiee » Thu Apr 12, 2012 7:41 pm

Death Warrant wrote:That really is such a shame as it looked to be an excellent event.

Had been gutted when i couldnt get the weekend off work to go.

I just hope its not the last of its type, as judging by all the hard work it was going to be something special.

Certainly hope its not the end of CiA as we know it, theres far to many things wrong with the world as it is!

Keep up the great work! :good:


Pretty much the same here (Though it was my lift finding out he couldn't book the weekend of lol!)

I would love an opportunity to go to a CiA event
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Re: Cancellation

Postby CHThree » Thu Apr 12, 2012 9:29 pm

:( This is a shame, I was thinking about booking on as a civilian, I hadn't "expressed an interest" because I wasn't sure if I could afford it yet and was willing to take my chances with the event being fully booked later on. I'm not really au fait with the economies and pracicalities of running an airsoft event, but it does seem premature to cancel 3 months before the date because of low bookings, especially given the current economic climate when people may be less willing to commit their funds in advance.
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Re: Cancellation

Postby Sgt.Heide » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:17 pm

Problem is Ranj', is that WE have to commit funds and an awful lot of time on site recce's, a working gameplan, research and a load of other things well in advance of even announcing an event, so, we are out of pocket before you guys even know about an upcomng game. As Steve and I have already said, the effort outweighs the reward these days, as it appears that the majority of players aren't really into weekend events, nor into the type of events that we put on. It's nice to hear all of the comments made on this thread but, let's be honest, they're only from a handful of players - nowhere near enough to merit putting the event on.

We had some great things planned for Foxley, noone is more gutted than I am that we have had to can it. With the lack of support for this type of event, it seems only logical to wrap things up and move onto other things and be left with good memories. I now have more time (and funds!) to devote to my real hobby of bushcrafting/wildcamping (call it what you will) and can pick and choose which (if any) airsoft events I go to as a paying punter. None of the WW2 games on offer after Patton Stalled have that extra "something" that I'm looking for - hopefully, that may change in the future but, with things as they are, I can't see that happening.
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Re: Cancellation

Postby rifleman6925 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 11:28 pm

Well Pete, Guy and Steve, I can only mirror what has already been said, however, I am sadly disappointed that the game has had to be cancelled and the end of CIA, who for me have organised some of the best WW2 airsoft events I have had the pleasure to attend. . Good luck to you all and I will see some of you at future games, all the best, Tony.
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