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Title: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: aswayze on October 28, 2013, 08:48:11 am

Operation East Wind 7 (http://www.operationeastwind.com) dates and location have been set.  

When: March 8th - 16th 2014

What: Operation East Wind is a 9 day long 24 hour per day immersive milsim event set in the closing days of the Cold War.  From the moment you arrive till the moment you leave, you are surrounded by and living in the life of a soldier deployed on an alert in the Cold War.  

You may choose to be part of either the NATO forces (http://www.operationeastwind.com/wiki/NATO_Forces) or the Warsaw Pact (http://www.operationeastwind.com/wiki/WARPAC_Forces) with each side having it's own specific options,  requirements, advantages, and disadvantages.

At East Wind, you are involved 24 hours a day for the entirety of the event.

You will know the feeling of walking out on a multi day patrol, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/5573063639/in/set-72157626260168989) the sound of a  truck delivering your hot food (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/5593348533/in/set-72157626212639557/)  (if you are lucky) and the sights and sounds of dark forest seemingly teeming with the enemy around your little patrol base in the black of night.  You will use night vision, you will use mines, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/8609145125/in/set-72157633137353151) you will ride in military trucks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/3605259013/in/set-72157607289936209/) and armored personnel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/4468460730/in/set-72157623591371905/) carriers, you will be supported by armor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/5010554256/in/set-72157623741038236/) and you will use period correct comms equipment. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/4761725031/in/set-72157623741038236/) You will know the boredom of a 03:00 TOC shift and the sinking feeling in your stomach when that shift suddenly STOPS being boring.   You will know the true value of a  hot drink (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/2746904701/in/set-72157606632159560/) on a cold rainy day, you will learn to lament T-rations, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/2801296105/in/set-72157606977969144/) you will know the joy of walking into the mess tent and smelling hot A-rations. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/2801372867/in/set-72157606981368037/)   You will know how lonely the world can be when your little outpost is under attack and you know that the nearest help is way too far away.   You will know how piercingly bright a parachute flare is on a moonless night.  You will know the smell of a  canvas tent on a sunny day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/3403701814/in/set-72157615999452864/).   You will know how nice and cozy a stove is on a cold wet day. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/4474953645/in/set-72157623741038236/) You will know what it is like to transition from  peacetime (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/2733796953/in/set-72157606551711747/), to  alert, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/2746903685/in/set-72157606632159560/) to war. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/7514583264/in/set-72157630449519056)  

Who may participate?
Attendees must be 18 years of age or older unless pre-approved by event administration.    

How much does it cost?
The fee structure for Operation East Wind is broken into two categories:

The cost for participants attending for up to 4 total
 days is $215.  For those attending from 5-9 total days the cost is $250.  All attendees are provided with all meals, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SkSIPprJ5P4/) including snacks and drinks for the duration of the time they are in attendance.   Additionally, attendees are allowed to check mission equipment out from the supply tents including correct night vision systems, flares, IR systems, Claymore and POMZ mines, radios (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shoobe01/5544580343/), telephone systems etc.  

Sign up is now open and will close on Feb 1st, 2014.  At signup, a non-refundable deposit of $50 is required with the balance due on Feb 1st  2014.  

Where is East Wind 7 being held?
We are proud to announce that East Wind 7 will again be held at D-Day Adventure Park in Wyandotte, Oklahoma. (http://www.ddaypark.com/) No doubt, there are a great many of you who have played at D-Day before.  It is an amazing facility with a lot of really impressive infrastructure.    You might be tempted to think that you even know the D-Day Adventure Park pretty well...   You will be quite surprised to see how much more there is to that property than you ever imagined.   We will be operating on a 1000+ acre playing field with 45 miles of roads and trails. (http://www.operationeastwind.com/maps/EventFields/DDAP-NATO-24x36.pdf)  There are towns, an airfield, steep hills, green valleys, streams, ponds, and lots upon lots of space.  If you have played at OK D-Day before you have probably seen a little bit of it but I assure you, it's just the tip of the iceberg.  

Why 9 days?

We run East Wind events for 9 days because in order to put together a quality event there is a certain minimum amount of time it takes to get everything all set up and settled in.   If this was a weekend event, we would spend all day and night Saturday setting up and getting everyone settled in and then all day Sunday endexing.   By running for 9 days we maximize our field time and get the most value out of our week's vacation time (or spring break for you guys in school).  If you cannot attend for the entire time, that's fine; you can attend for as much or as little as you can fit into your schedule.

Why this degree of insanity/attention to detail?  

Sure, we could camp in civvy tents instead of  GP Mediums (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/3391361658/in/set-72157616423020431/) or real  Soviet tents. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/3424668093/in/set-72157615999452864/)  We could use a Ford Tempo with a plywood turret instead of a real Diamler Ferret.  We could move guys around in a short bed Chevy pickup instead of a  M35A2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/3403705688/in/set-72157607289936209/), and we could certainly cook flapjacks on a 2 burner Coleman stove instead of using  period correct field kitchens. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/3391366546/in/set-72157606981368037/)   Where would the fun be in all of that?   At East Wind we seek to get everything right down to the smallest detail because this is how we immerse you into the event.  You do not attend East Wind, you are part of it, you are inside the world that we create for you, you can 'feel' this event.

Why the expense?
When you look at the cost remember that you are getting food included as well as the use of a lot of really top notch gear.  When we say food, we are not talking about just MREs or hotdogs cooked on a Weber grill. We have cook staff who are professionals in their field that are cooking nutritionally balanced meals that are also era and nationality correct. Doing this right is not cheap and we refuse to skimp on quality.  You could not eat at restaurants for a week on a $250 budget and get the quality of meals you will get at East Wind and that's before we even talk about the other stuff.  It is not an average game that a real BTR-152 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/92513238@N00/5048975193/) comes down the path at you or that you get to face off against a real FV-432 APC with your RPG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/shoobe01/5531473304/).  It is not an average game that you show up to the supply tent before your night mission and get  Gen 2 and 3 night vision equipment (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/3390549061/in/set-72157615915136503/) issued to you. It's not an average airsoft game that sends you scrambling out of your camp when an AH-64 Apache shows up skulking around.  Yes, East Wind is expensive, but value wise, it is impossible to beat. Come and see, we'll make a believer out of you by day 1.  
Why should you choose to go to East Wind 7?

This one is easy.  Since the inception of this event our motto has been 'Not because it is easy, but because it is hard.'   You should be going to East Wind because you are looking for a challenge, an experience.   If you are looking at the full experience, you should be going to East Wind because you are ready to live an event 24/7. You should be going to East Wind because you have asked yourself, "Is East Wind right for me?" (http://www.operationeastwind.com/expectations.html) and said yes.  

Why should you NOT go to East Wind?  

If you think that it is a hassle to get the correct gear, if you are scared of the rain, if you are too proud to know when you need to learn something or if you are just looking for 9 days of solid "3,2,1, go"  speedball action you had better just stay home and play X-box.  East Wind will not be your thing.    We frequently say that "East Wind is not for everyone, we made it that way for a reason."   The world is full of events that are for everyone.  We choose to break the mold...

This event is not easy, we don't want it to be easy and if you are coming then you should not want it to be easy either.   We say this not to pass judgment on those who should not attend but to allow everyone out there to pass judgment on East Wind and decide if what we are doing fits with what you, yourself, want to do.  

What do I need to know to be successful at East Wind events?  

East Wind offers challenges unrelated to most airsoft events.  It naturally goes without saying that knowing a little bit about airsoft helps but far beyond that remember that you are living in the field and actually doing a lot more field craft type work at East Wind than you are likely to encounter at an average game.   You will likely find yourself adapting a lot better if you spend some time out in the woods in inclement weather since East Wind stays tactical regardless of weather conditions. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/2747743734/in/set-72157606632159560/) knowledge of your equipment goes a very long way as well since you will be living and working in it 24 hour a day for 9 days.  Obviously, there are a variety of technical skills that are helpful to know as well which is why we run  training events (http://www.operationeastwind.com/forum/index.php?board=10.0) monthly covering a variety of skills that will make your East Wind experience more enjoyable as well as provide an  online library of training materials (http://www.operationeastwind.com/NATO/training/index.shtml) in order to assist you or your group in training up for the event. Apart from that, the most important thing you need to know to be successful and have a good time at East Wind is how mentally tough you are.  If you are willing to give something 105% and not quit, this is the event for you.  It will blow your socks off and you will love every minute of it.  

 East Wind isn't just for those in the US either. For several years now, we have had people join the East Wind community from outside of the US with an ever growing team heading down from Canada (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/7514528564/in/set-72157630449385946) and players even coming across from Europe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/5575676506/in/set-72157626260168989) to take part in the experience.

 It's probably not as difficult as you'd think and the community will try to assist where at all possible to ensure that those coming from afar can do so as smoothly as possible. If you have any worries or concerns, we should be able to answer all of your questions about coming to the US for East Wind, after all we've got attendees who have done it and can offer you the advice and assistance you need to make it happen.  English fluency is not a requirement.  We are an event set in Europe, working with different languages is part of what we do already.

If you would like more information about East Wind please feel free to visit our East Wind forums here: http://www.operationeastwind.com/forum/index.php

I hope to see some of you out there!  

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: eightball on October 28, 2013, 08:52:25 am
While I hate to do this to everyone...

Wasnt there a price increase?  You don't want to advertise 200 when it is 250.

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: aswayze on October 28, 2013, 09:20:44 am
Thanks Lopez! 

It took me about 575 tries to get the fucking forum software to take the text even though I did it ON THE DAMN BOARD.  I know I corrected that 4-5 times but I must have missed it on the last try. 

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: eightball on October 28, 2013, 10:23:32 am
i guess your welcome, even though I may be beaten while i sleep this year because of it  :-\

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: daddyo on October 28, 2013, 12:16:16 pm
Blanket Party for Lopez!

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Devil Doc on October 28, 2013, 12:24:05 pm

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Mordarski J.A. on October 28, 2013, 12:25:14 pm

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: weasle8877 on October 28, 2013, 12:49:55 pm
Is sign-up open?  your post here says yes, but the EW main page says it'll be open later. 
Link for sign up if it is open?

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Hunterm16a2 on October 28, 2013, 12:51:54 pm
Here for NATO:

Here for WARPAC:

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: aswayze on October 28, 2013, 01:08:43 pm
Refresh the page Weasel you are probably looking at a cached copy.  

More specifically, yes! 

And no beating up Lopez, I am more than willing to admit I make mistakes. 

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Shtirlitz on October 28, 2013, 02:02:23 pm
Oh shucks, and I was almost ready to offer to get captured so I can participate in Lopez' blanket party  ;D ;D ;D

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Serov on October 28, 2013, 07:43:53 pm
Allan, Brett, I'll look into the error that is occurring when you try to post it on the SLAP forum.


The error is being caused by the flickr links in the post.

This will work:
so when you post the Flickr link by itself, it works fine.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/5573063639/in/set-72157626260168989 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/28248345@N08/5573063639/in/set-72157626260168989)

This will not work:
[url=http://url]URL text[/url]
so when you try to link the Flickr url to the 'key' word, the error occurs.

Normally, this is no problem at all, and works fine with other links.

ScoobySnacks (http://www.google.com)

The only reason I can see for this not working is the @ symbol or - in the Flickr links, although it works perfectly fine when it is just the link on it's own...sooo...I'm at a loss.

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: tascabe on October 29, 2013, 03:56:25 am
Ok - thanks for looking at that - for now I think I will leave it as is - this forum is viewable by guests so the link to this post should do just fine.

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Stagg on October 29, 2013, 04:18:04 am
quotation marks around the "http link" often work on some forums.

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Spice on November 12, 2013, 07:45:12 pm
Well, damn

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: aswayze on November 13, 2013, 06:13:07 am
Well Damn what? 

Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: OhioDDR on December 18, 2013, 06:21:05 pm
I just checked and found that college spring vacation is scheduled for the exact period that coincides with EW VII.


Title: Re: Announcement Post For Operation East Wind 7
Post by: Spice on December 20, 2013, 03:08:48 pm
Haha, apparently my whole reply from a month ago never posted?

Well damn... those are the same exact dates as SXSW again. But either way, I'll try to make it up for sure. One day I might even be able to stick around for more than 5 days! I know you guys miss me so when I'm gone.