April 12, 2015
The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!
Jeff: Tier One Scenarios is a player run organization dedicated to producing quality events that create a fun and exciting environment for players to practice elements of teamwork, communication and movement. We work hard to promote mag fed paintball as a community and everything that entails. We encourage social groups outside the game structure, we support our participant’s charity endeavors, and we try to provide a mentor role and offer advice to other people looking to get into mag fed paintball or those who wish to run their own mag fed events.
The/Studio: That’s awesome! Paintball is so much fun! What does your organization do?
Jeff: We organize and run mag fed paintball events in and around Southern Ontario, Canada.
The/Studio: What have you learned since starting your organization?
Jeff: The value of community. When you operate in a niche market, word of mouth and good will are key. You can never stop interacting with people on a personal level. Each and every person that shows up at our event is important.
The/Studio: The/Studio can absolutely relate to that! What about your organization are you most proud of?
Jeff: The reaction that people have to our events. We strive to create unique experiences that people talk about, to their team mates as well as to people that may not have attended. Every time someone tells us “I wasn’t expecting that” or “I can’t believe that just happened” I feel like we have succeeded.
The/Studio: That’s great! What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your organization?
Jeff: Since we are a small market segment, our biggest challenge is proving our legitimacy to the paintball industry as a whole. It’s difficult sometimes to get site owners to see that the passion our players bring to our games translates to good will towards their site.
The/Studio: Where do you see your organization in 10 years?
Jeff: Ultimately I’d like to see Tier One Scenarios expand geographically and bring our games further afield in the US and Canada. I’d also like to see us expand into more non-traditional venues and bring an ever bigger “WOW” factor to our events.
The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?
Jeff: We started Tier One Scenarios to raise awareness of the mag fed side of paintball and to set an example for fields and promoters to aspire to. With the growth of mag fed, we hope that we have taught as many lessons as we have learned and that the overall quality of mag fed paintball games grows.
The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?
Jeff: When we started playing scenario paintball, a souvenir was fairly common place, but as the industry evolved that kind of memento fell by the wayside. When we decided to pursue event promotion, we looked for ways to distinguish ourselves and foster a sense of community. As mag fed paintball tends to use more military style gear, the use of morale patches has become fairly wide spread. We decided to use this angle to develop our sense of community and create a touchstone for people who participated in our games. Both a souvenir, a badge of honor, and a conversation piece
The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product?
Jeff: Each Tier One Scenarios game has its own unique game patch, all designed in house and produced with the help of The/Studio. We have so far produced 5 events with 2 more on the books for this year alone. We have cooperative arrangements with other vendors to showcase our products on custom laser cut display boards, which hopefully will increase the nostalgic value of our products.
The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?
Jeff: Our next two events that will feature custom patches will be Tier One Scenarios Presents: Headquarters on June 27th, 2015 at Crazy Bills Paintball in Brantford, Ontario; and Operation: Fulcrum at PRZ Paintball in Picton, Ontario.