gPromoted May 18-20, 2012 at the incomparable CPX Sports paintball facility in Joliet, Illinois, Living Leg- ends V beat their previous year’s attendance in pre-registration alone. By the time the rst paint- ball was red “in anger,” reported attendance was well in excess of one thousand players. In addition to the players from around North America who attended the event, the Living Legends were again out in force for their namesake event. The list for 2012 included Dan Col- by, Jim Lively, “Happy” Holton, Sal Briguglio, Mike Paxson, Dre “Wolf”, John Dresser, Johnny Postorivo, Chris Cole, Waverly Muller, Brian “MOATI” Russell, Sonny Lopez, Kat Secor and many more, who at- tended for the great times, the chance to reminisce about the old days and get a little paintball in at some point. Across the parking lot from the Living Legends V scenario event was the National Professional Paintball League, which drew over seventy teams to CPX for the 2012 Chicago Open professional and divisional tournament. This event, in combination with Living Leg- ends, attracted a healthy vendor presence to service the hundreds and hundreds of players at the event, from Empire and Tippmann to HK, Custom Products, Under- stood, Avid, Valken, Raza, Machine, Zodiac and Tiberius. Between the amazing venue, vendors, the NPPL professional tournament, the mas- sive scenario and the gorgeous (but hot) late Spring weather, Living Legends V enjoyed an in-credible, mega-event atmosphere enjoyable for everyone from the professional tournament ranks to the rst-day recreational player!The unique and fascinating plot of Viper’s portion of Living Legends V, the actual paintball scenario game itself, pitted the “Horde” versus the “Empire” in a post-apocalyptic future. Tom “Sniperwolf” Kerstet-ter took the role of General for the Horde, while Steven “Pretty Lou” Ruiz shouldered the responsibility of leading the Empire into bat-tle. Speaking of Empires, Empire Paintball supplied the paintballs for the scenario game, hauling in a tractor-trailer load of fresh Evil paintballs for the event, which was augmented by a mountain of Marbalizer for those who found the tournament-grade Evil just too brittle to shoot.After a great evening of camara-derie and a little pump paintball in the showpiece of CPX, the town of Bedlam, Friday night, the Liv-ing Legends V scenario game got underway midday Saturday. The weather, which had been cool, turned hot Saturday and stayed that way throughout the weekend of the event, testing the players to remain hydrated and stay safe while playing. As usual at Living Legends, the ghting raged across mid-eld both in the deep woods on the far side of the eld and in the thick, underbrush-heavy center areas, while players on the near-side net-line battled amongst air-ball bunkers as the battle for Bedlam ebbed and owed.