I have a strange question...

by Doc Nickel

Are there any actual paintball players left on this board? happy.gif

Don't take that wrong, that's not any kind of insult and certainly wasn't meant to be. It's just that today's strip was aimed at paintball players, and I knew it was going to be a but meh for everyone else.

Even for a player it's not uproariously funny, but it's at least amusing. It's like asking why every computer has a keyboard, and being given an obviously-silly answer like "It gives you a place to stick your gum when you're done with it."

In reality, virtually no one cleans their barrels- or much of any of their other PB gear- in the dishwasher. It wasn't a thing before, and it's not a thing now. Any even midly interested player knows that the reason behind 2-piece barrels is to offer a selection of bore sizes, for different sizes of paint, without quite as much expense as a similar set of full barrels.

I've always wondered what percentages of readers- both here and of the comic- are players. For the first couple of years, of course, the only readers were from paintball boards, but after a while, readers migrated over from other comics, from some of the machinist and hotrod boards I've been on, and other sources.

I've guessed that the current readership of the comic is probably less than a third past or present players, but that's just a guess. It could be half that or twice that. I have no idea.


Posted on Mar 3, 2017, 10:58 PM

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  1. At least one. Pump_Scout, Mar 4, 2017
  2. I've never played. FireFrenzy, Mar 4, 2017
  3. one other over here. rustypaintballs, Mar 4, 2017
  4. I used to play. Before some of you were even born.. James, Mar 4, 2017
    1. used to play but bad back got me here.. smorizio, Mar 4, 2017
  5. I've never played. -nt-. sniper1rfa, Mar 4, 2017
  6. Clearly, I'm not a player. Jelsemium, Mar 4, 2017
    1. Also, I'm amused when I see a character that could be me. Jelsemium, Mar 5, 2017
  7. Re: I have a strange question.... B.O.B., Mar 4, 2017
  8. Played twice. PolarBearSama, Mar 4, 2017
  9. I am. Kiddeagle, Mar 4, 2017
  10. Interested in the tech but never played... (n/t). beejay5169, Mar 4, 2017
  11. Used to play, now more interested in the tech. MarkT, Mar 4, 2017
  12. Another non-player. T'Renn, Mar 4, 2017
    1. Plus, some characters were n00bies. Jelsemium, Mar 5, 2017
      1. Sandy and Pirta's first games.... Spike, Mar 6, 2017
    2. Howard Tayler sent me here too. Dave H, Mar 5, 2017
  13. Consider self to be player, but havent in years, but wantto every year, life too busy[nt]. IDN, Mar 4, 2017
  14. "Played" for about a year and a half a long time back.. Z-man51, Mar 4, 2017
  15. i still play. weber, Mar 5, 2017
  16. Started in June of 1985 and still play. n/t. Dan Voils, Mar 5, 2017
  17. yes, eh, maybe. snark, Mar 5, 2017
  18. Used to play.... Gerald, Mar 5, 2017
  19. Re: I have a strange question.... saintnoir , Mar 5, 2017
  20. I used to play. . .. Skullbeard, Mar 5, 2017
  21. I will admit.... jwhouk, Mar 5, 2017
  22. I play.... Spike, Mar 6, 2017
  23. It's been a while.... Jeb Hoge, Mar 6, 2017
  24. Another Howard Tayler(?) non-player. TheSkulker, Mar 6, 2017
    1. BH-209 Links. TheSkulker, Mar 6, 2017
  25. Played once. Mike Van Pelt, Mar 6, 2017
  26. I once owned a PGP back in.. '94 ? yes, '94. But. ledamss, Mar 6, 2017
  27. never played.. tmk, Mar 6, 2017
  28. Never seen a marker in real life. Typeminer, Mar 6, 2017
  29. never have, wish i did n/t. Wolfteller, Mar 7, 2017
  30. I've never played either.. Tenerec, Mar 8, 2017
    1. Re: I've never played either.. JSStryker, Mar 10, 2017


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