For more than twenty years the Portland, Oregon area has been home to one of the best paintball big games in the world—the SuperGame. Founded in the 1980s by Bob Shano, the SuperGame is one of the longest running paintball events in the world—not just the Northwest. The game is now run (and has been for years) by Dan Bonebrake, an icon in northwest paintball. And the SuperGame is not just another big game. It’s a scenario, big game, night game, party, trade show, festival and all around great time all wrapped up in one giant three-day package.
We arrived at Sniperz Den, the current home of the SuperGame, late Friday afternoon (May 4) after finishing our field and store training class just 15 minutes away (Training.PaintballX3.com). This was my first SuperGame experience and driving onto the property is all I needed to see to know this game was going to live up to the hype. By dinner time on Friday there were already more than 1000 players on site and most of them set up camp for the weekend. They were already gearing up for the three-man tournament and the night game. Just steps from the campsites were the playing fields, the trade show area, food vendors, check-in and just about everything else you’d need for three days of paintball. The atmosphere was alive, the trade show hopping, there was DJ’d music playing, and excitement was building for the two-hour night game that was going to be played in just a few hours.