After a harsh winter on the Russian steppes both sides entered into a cease fire agreement hoping to end the war. The cease fire is set to expire on May 22nd with both side poised to launch their spring offensives hoping to bring the war to a decisive end. Fighting out of prepared and defensible combat outposts with military vehicle and mortar support you can join the American-backed NATO forces or fight for Russia as Cossack militiamen or Russian soldiers. Be prepared to Strike on the Steppes on May 22-24 in Centerville, Washington.
Taking place on one of the largest, if not the largest, sites in the country with over 3300 acres of playable area in South-Central Washington. With a wide variety of terrain ranging from flat open spaces to dense forest and draws with a road network linking all together, this event will be of a size and scale the Northwest has never seen before while continuing to deliver what MilSim West is known for – a product for those who are always wanting more.
Featuring 40 hours of continuous play, pyrotechnics, blank fire, military vehicles and role-players this will be the premier MilSim event of the season and something you don’t want to miss. Just 2 hours from Portland and 3 ½ hours from Seattle the site is accessible, yet remote enough to be secluded.
Q. Can I bring my own POV and use it for my squad or platoon?
A. Yes, you can! There will be an additional POV fee and some rules that will need to be followed. We will announce this as soon as we can, so get those gun trucks ready!
Q. Will blank fire be allowed at this event?
A. Yes, blank fire will be allowed for approved participants, 21 and over, who pass the blank fire inspection and safety test. If you are interested in running a blank fire weapon you must PM the MilSim West Facebook page for permission. It is the responsibility of the participant to make sure their firearm is in compliance with all relevant state and municipal laws.
Q. Does the event actually start Friday? Can I show up Saturday?
A. The event starts Friday, that means actual operations start Friday as well. Saturday check-in is highly discouraged and will be at our convenience. Plan on showing up Friday.
Q. Will this be a 24-hour event?
A. No, this is a 40 hour event. 40 hours continuous in the field, there will be rest breaks however you must be able to sustain yourself for 40 hours.
Q. Can I go back to my car mid-game? Or can I sleep in a hotel?
A. No. You will not only be missing out on an essential part of the experience, and much of the event, but you will also be damaging the immersion of the rest of the participants.
Q. Will this be a barracks event like Crimean Crisis or Jump to Crimea?
A. No, you will be sleeping in the field (bivouacking) in your respective sides COP (combat outpost).
Q. When does registration open and how much will it be?
A. Registration will open February 24th and will be $125. After March 8th the price will increase to $150. Registering early will not only save you money, but also give MSW staff an idea of how many people are attending so they can properly plan and buy props.
Q. Last few events were $100, why the price increase?
A. There are several reasons for raising the price. We will have more staff than before, travel costs, role players and inflation are all factors. At the end of the day it’s a modest price increase that comes with benefits for each player. On top of that we still offer the best bargain in milsim – we are the cheapest national level event promoter and to top it off our events are longer, resulting in more game play than any other event host.
Q. Can I wait till the last moment to pay?
A. Yes, you can wait till the last minute to pay, but we wouldn't recommend it. Our previous event sold out before the close of registration leaving many who were planning on coming, but hadn't registered yet, out in the cold. On top of that, there is a significant discount offered to those who register early (before March 8th, 2015).
Q. When does registration close?
A. Registration closes 3-weeks prior to the event, on May 1st. We would not recommend you wait that long as we expect this event to sell out before then.
Q. Something came up and I can't make the event. Can I get a refund or voucher for the next event?
A. No, we have a strict no-refunds policy. However, you may sell or transfer your ticket to another player. Both of you will then need to PM the MilSim West Facebook page to notify us of the sale.
Q. What is the deadline to sell/transfer my ticket?
A. May 8th, 2015
Q. What are the available sides at this event?
A. There are two available sides and three factions. There is a multi-national NATO force on one side, then a combined Russian with Cossack militia on the other.
Q. Cossack militia?
A. Yes. This will be a perfect chance for people who want to play Russian, or with the Rushing Russians, but don't have the kit required for Russian kits. Unlike the Tatars at Crimean Crisis, the Cossacks will 100% be integrated into the Russian chain of command.
Q. What are the uniform and/or kit restrictions?
A. NATO is limited to Multicam; however, if you bring a squad of 9 or larger you can wear any NATO based camouflage you want - as long as it is not Russian or US M81 Woodland. You must PM us prior to the event if you plan on doing that.
Russian forces are limited to Russian camouflage only.
The Cossack Militia are limited to US M81 woodland and OD green so please no high speed fashion items. This is a militia unit, think surplus not Magpul.
Q. What are the weapon restrictions?
A. NATO is limited to US style weapons only (AR variant/SCAR/M249/M240/M60/M40/SR25/M14s).
Russians are limited to Russian/Soviet weapons system (AK/SVD/PKM/RPK).
Cossack Militia have no weapon restrictions but excessive attachments and optics are discouraged.
Q. What airports are closest to the AO?
A. Portland International Airport (PDX) is just 2 hours away, and Seattle-Tacoma (SEA) is 3 ½ hours away.
Q. What are your age requirements?
A. 13-15 must have a parent or legal guardian as a registered participant as well as a notarized waiver. 16-17 only needs to sign the participant waiver and have your parents sign and notarize the Minor Participant Addendum to the waiver. 18+ are good to go.
Q. What are the gear requirements?
A. Beyond the gear you need to play airsoft for 12 hours without resupply you should bring everything you need to live, sleep and eat in the field for 48 hours. See the MilSim West TACSOP for more details