Team names and assignments to sections.

June 14, 2015 sliabh Game News

As booking is well underway, and a lot of the units are either full or about to be full, there no longer is a need to send details of your team/unit names to us.

This was mainly needed for the booking form to speed the process of assigning players. But if you have already booked the information is of less to us.

Once we get the player forums set up on you will be able to work with your EMs on what sections to be in, and what players to be alongside.



Delay to booking

June 10, 2015 sliabh Uncategorized

We have a technical issue with the booking system. Rather than chance it we are going to delay the sale of tickets until Friday at 12. We are very sorry for the short notice in this. Please bear with us.



Coming with a group? Then let us know.

June 7, 2015 sliabh Uncategorized

Each year one of the big headaches with managing bookings is trying to understand who are the people in teams and groups that wanted to stick together. We have to do a lot of re-work when we start allocating people to sections within the Factions and Units they had booked.

If you are part of a group that is planning to attend the Rionegro Ultimatum can I ask you to:

  • Agree on a name for the group if you don’t already have one. Something that we can use to easily identify you.
  • Identify a single contact person for the group who we can deal with once the booking process opens and if there are issues.
  • Get the contact person to send me an email (to with
    • Name of your group.
    • Name of the contact person.
    • Phone number and preferred email address of the contact person.
    • What unit you want to try and book into.
    • How many players you expect.

When bookings open on June 10th the booking form will have an optional field for “Group Name” and in that will be all the team/group names that we have received.

That will be an optional field. You don’t have to book with a group, individuals are very welcome! And even if you are in a group you can contact us directly with any query or problem. This is just intended to make it easier for us to keep people together when we allocate people to units and sections within their chosen factions.

And so we are clear this does not pre-book or guarantee a place for any player or team. You still have to go through the normal booking process!



Rionegro flag patches

August 27, 2014 sliabh Rionegro Insurgency

patches_smallIf you didn’t manage to get one of the Rionegro flag patches from me at the game I can post one to you instead.

To keep things simple and to cover the cost of postage the price will be €3.50 each. Payment will be by PayPal only.

Email me at if you want some. And I will give you the (different) email address to use for PayPal.




Post game feedback

August 25, 2014 sliabh Game NewsRionegro Insurgency

One week on, there are only 2 things left now – the post game write up, and the feedback. The write up I will cover in another mail. The feedback is probably the most important bit though. We take this very seriously, as anyone who has been at previous games will have seen.

So can I ask you then to send me your comments on what worked well, what didn’t, what we should never ever speak of again, and what things we could try next time.

Please put them in the comments field below, or email them to me at

Specific areas you can have a think about are

 Run up to the game

  • Time and date – right time of the year, right length of game?
  • Game planning – factions, missions, props and organisation
  • Ticketing, booking, payment, and registration
  • Rules – Too simple/complex? What were confusing. What is missing/should be changed?
  • Communication to players – How is the interaction between the website, facebook and Airsofter working?

Pre-game on site.

  • Arrival and pre-game – chrono, registration, etc.
  • Safe zone car parking and camping okay?
  • Site facilities – shop, food, water, toilets, camp sites etc.
  • Game set up – able to meet your fellow players, know where to drop your gear etc?

In Game

  • Bellurgan as a venue – is it good?
  • Base locations – were these okay?
  • Marshalling – visible enough? Able to manage issues? Happy with how they interacted? How the the wrist bands and numbers system work?
  • Factions – was there a good balance and variety between them, did they interact well?
  • Mission planning – did the new scheduled approach help or get in the way?
  • Vehicles – There were gripes last year about allocations. Any problems this year? Did the player vehicles work okay?
  • Night fighting – was this the usual wander around in the dark looking for a fight/a base to light up event?
  • Unit and player organisation
  • Leadership – were you happy with the information from and ease of access to your Embedded Marshal, Unit Commander, Section Leads?
  • Were you active – did you have missions to keep busy with?
Anything else
  • Getting people and gear back to the safe zone post game.
  • Post game barbecue
  • What have I missed?

Thanks very much for this information. It helps hugely in making a better game for the next time.



Election Results

August 22, 2014 sliabh Game NewsRionegro Insurgency

As the returning officer for the electoral district of Jaloque and San Cristobal, I hereby announce the results of the count of the ballots in the 2014 Presidential Election:

In the Jaloque ballot box:

  • Total votes: 16
  • Spoiled votes: 0
  • Republicano – Tulio Munoz: 0
  • Patriota – Samuel Veron: 16

In the San Cristobal ballot box:

  • Total votes: 7
  • Spoiled votes: 4
  • Republicano – Tulio Munoz: 1
  • Patriota – Samuel Veron: 2

In the United Nations Base ballot box:

  • Total votes: 78
  • Spoiled votes: 27
  • Republicano – Tulio Munoz: 51
  • Patriota – Samuel Veron: 0

The total count for the electoral district of Jaloque and San Cristobal then is:

  • Total votes: 101
  • Spoiled votes: 31
  • Republicano – Tulio Munoz: 52
  • Patriota – Samuel Veron: 18

Irregularities have been identified in 32 of the cast votes. Therefore pending an investigation an official result is being withheld.




August 21, 2014 sliabh Game NewsRionegro Insurgency

I am home a few days now in Austria, and in another week I may have recovered 🙂

What a great event. We had our first proper rain, but I don’t think if fazed the 300+ players who turned out for the biggest and best Airsoft event on the island.

The feedback we have been getting has been almost universally positive so I think we sorted out the few issues we had last year. There is always room for improvement though. I am tracking all the comments being made on the forum, Facebook and website. And I will make a formal call for feedback in a day or two.

I was full time marshalling this year so my un-forgettable memories are a little different. But they include hauling what was left of Jack Harris (a PMC killed in an IED blast which cost him an arm, leg and his head, but left him still weighing about 45kg) by myself up the hill before the game to dump for his colleagues to find. Working with Hugh to rig 10 IEDs all around the cemetery, and returning the next day to find the graveyard desecrated, a coffin dug up and the body inside (Daniel O’Byrne) stolen away. Dave Murtagh’s early morning jog around the site in shorts and UN beret with a M4 slung over his back. Arriving into the Heavies base, for a live demonstration of how the suspicion and paranoia was so bad they ended up shooting each and every one of their unit commanders over the course of the weekend for spying. Watching a Republicano force run full speed across the field away from the UN base on Sunday morning as it was now held by the Patriotas, and they had an appointment in Jaloque – even though this meant they would have their enemy in front of and behind them!

More important now is to recognise the great effort and all the people who helped bring you the Rionegro Insurgency. This list is pretty much everyone, but if I omitted someone I am grievously sorry!

First off I need to thank Mark and Paul. There is hardly a game element that isn’t moved along by them. They are involved in game and missions planning, booking and registration, as well as all the site and prop logistics, including the weird stuff I asked them for this year (a cemetery with 15 graves, including a coffin and skeleton probably led to more than a few raised eyebrows). And this year as well as the Control function, they stepped into the game taking command roles for the two major factions. Without them Rionegro would not happen.  Paul also was the man behind the poster and patch design this year.

Thanks to Eddie for allowing us the use of Bellurgan again this year. The event is as good as the venue, and Bellurgan remains the best venue in Ireland for this type of large event. Thanks as well to all the support team on the site who prepared the site and props, drove vehicles (Donail Taffee, Benny O’Conor, Brian Dooley and Curtis), cooked burgers (Una who nearly was incinerated herself), brewed tea and coffee, and helped out generally.

Next I need to recognise the work done by all our EMs, Dave O’Connor, David Payne (who also organised the water drop), Hugh McGuinness, Laurence Thermes, and Pat Noonan. Over several months they take on responsibility for planning and organising their units, and then spend the weekend making sure it all works, everyone is busy, and everyone comes away with a great experience. Take a bow all of you.

They are ably supported by a group of players who step up into leadership roles – Richard Smith for the Republicanos, Wojciech “Klex” Wisniewski for the Patriotas, Conor Fenlon for La Cara Nova, Johnny Kenna for the UN, and Jakub Potocki for the Special Operations unit. These volunteers are key to making their units effective, but taking on the role can remove them from the fun part of actually shooting at people (in base executions excepted).

Unfortunately we were unable to use the LAWS system but I still want to recognise the team involved. A technical issue mean that the huge amount of work which had gone into the system by Jay Collins, Paul Holdstock, Jonathan Quiet and a few others was scuppered at the last minute. We haven’t see the last of the system though and it will be appearing at airsoft sites, in the coming year.

Thanks also to Cian for his support with the IT systems, Warren for the graphic design work we are still milking, Ben Fay who did a huge amount helping the guys get the site ready in advance of the game, Chris Morris who helped with early work on the game planning, Paul Nordon for getting us most of a realistic weight body dummy, and Ulrike Liebetrau for all the work on getting the PES ready for use.

Thanks also go to my family. They put up with me dedicating a big chunk of my free time to planning and organising Rionegro, and then they see me fly off for what was a holiday weekend here in Austria. They are very forgiving of me pursuing my slightly odd leisure activity.

And finally I want to say thank you to all of you – the players. Many volunteered for extra roles or LARP activities like Matthew Owens and Jack Leonard who were the faction VIPs. Others built game props for your units like ID badges and documents, brought vehicles, and provided equipment for faction bases. But every player contributed by turning up, and getting and stuck in. The event is what it is because of the 300 of you. Give yourselves all a pat on the back!

So what happens next? In the coming days I want to gather feedback, make a list of as many photo collections and videos as possible, and I need to gather all the information needed to do up the after action report. Somewhere along the way I will work on catching up on my sleep backlog!

In the mean time, recover, swap stores and memories, and lets see what happens in the future…

a.k.a OpFor



Presidential Election held in Rionegro

August 21, 2014 sliabh Uncategorized

The UN supports the people of Rionegro in democratically choosing their new president.




Concealed weapons

August 14, 2014 sliabh Game NewsRionegro InsurgencyRules

Because there has been some confusion on this its worth explaining in a bit more detail what the rules are around concealed weapons, typing people up and knife kills.

The two principles here are:

  • Once your hands are tied you cannot use any weapon, knife, tool, equipment etc AT ALL. you cannot even use an undiscovered knife to untie yourself/cut your bonds. Being tied up is AN ABSOLUTE end to any activity other than walking/sitting.
  • Once you have been searched and any concealed weapon is discovered then it cannot be used by you. Remember there are two types of search
    • Physical – with your consent you are physically searched for any items. What is not found remains yours and usable.
    • Virtual Strip Search – takes 5 minutes. You may no longer use any weapon concealed or not, discovered or not.

What this means is, If you are captured and

  • They have not tied your hands
  • You have a concealed weapon (you must actually have a prop knife which has been approved at the chrono)
  • They have not found your concealed weapons (did not do a strip search, or failed to find them in a physical search)
  • Then you CAN use a gun, or draw a knife and use it for a knife kill.

However if you are captured and

  • Your hands are tied (you are given a cable tie loop to hold).
  • Your weapon is found in a physical search.
  • You are subjected to a virtual strip search.
  • Then you CANNOT use any knife or gun in your possession.



Rionegro Patches now in stock

August 12, 2014 sliabh Game NewsRionegro Insurgency


The Rionegro flag patches have arrived.

This is not the official game patch – this is something extra you can buy. These are 2″, velcro backed and will be €3 on the day*.

To get one, just find me in Bellurgan and I’ll have them on me. I’ll either be wearing a coyote baseball hat with one of these one it, or a leather bush hat. I’ll be camping in the safe zone on Friday night (look for the small grey tent with the Japanese paper lantern outside it) and at the UN base on Saturday.

* Anyone who pre-ordered will get them for the €2 price.




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