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"Red Dawn II" - paintball scenario report


On January 19th, my home field threw a scenario: Red Dawn II. The scenario was loosely based on the movie. The game was intense at points and the teams each had a turn at dominating the opposition...

The day was fairly cold hovering between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius and the fog was thick - which added allot to the ambiance. The field had brought in some Frost-Bite paint to help those players with blow-back markers not chop so much. I shot two and a half cases and didn't have a single break (but I use an Ego). There were 164 players signed in and about even numbers on the Russian and Americans (Wolverines) teams. I was placed on the Wolverines side. The day started well enough. In game 1, almost immediately, I found myself along the boundary in a very dense thicket and alone. I spotted an opportunity - a great choke point. I set up a hasty ambush and waited. It wasn't long before the enemy started funneling through. I took out abut 10 guys over about 20 minutes as they came through 1 by 1 or 2 by 2. That was sweet. I used the standard ambush tactics I discuss in my book; "Paintball Warrior Tactics", to find the best place for the ambush and to keep the other team off balance and unable to counter my position easily. Because of these tactics, they had to expend many players lives and a try a few failed attacks until finally a lucky long ball found its way through all my concealment and cover to nick me on the arm. That was the best part of the day for me. I walked off smiling. In game 1, after about 30 minutes of play, our team managed to pin the opposition into their re-spawn corner for the remainder of the entire first game (2 hours). It got to the point where I was feeling sorry for them because it was pretty much a total massacre. I asked the head ref to do something about it and shortly thereafter, he called our entire side back to our entry point for 30 seconds to give the Russians a chance to break out. This was not planned and confusion ensued on both sides. Needless to say within about 10 minutes we had them pinned back into that corner again. Part 1 was over with the Americans up 9 points to 4. After some tasty burgers for lunch and some friendly smack talk - it was time for the second half. The teams switched entry points for the second half. The second part of the game was an exact reversal of the first half. This time the Russians pinned us (the Americans) into that same corner (our entry point) for a huge portion of the game. Again, the head ref called an impromptu withdrawal of the opposing force to give us a chance to break out and despite our best efforts - again we were pinned back into the corner. Part 2 ended with the Russians up 12 points to 9. (More on the lopsidedness of the field later). The final battle was an attack and defend game lasting 30 minutes. The Americans (us) had to attack "Firebase Gloria" and simply place our flag inside it. The Russians job was to defend and they were not allowed to leave a perimeter of about 20 yards around the fire base. The defenders had 3 lives signified by three temporary armbands they were supposed to remove when they were hit. Similarly, we had two lives. Our team was ready to go, the whistle blew, and one of the self-professed leaders of our side yelled out - "wait, everyone wait!" I am thinking - what the hell is this guy doing? What are we waiting for? After a minute or two of confused conversation, he yelled out - "you half go that way, everybody else come with me". I laughed inside. Great plan man. Anyway, we surrounded the fire-base in about five minutes and began pummeling it from all sides in a rather uncoordinated - yet very aggressive 360 degree attack. I went through seven pods and a hopper and I am certain I hit numerous opponents multiple times, but none of them seem to have been on their last life since not a single person called hit. I admit I was becoming so frustrated by the game and the apparent cheating, that I began to yell out in a decidedly unsportsmanlike manner at my opponents to "get out". However, I snapped out of it when a teammate rightly told me to chill-out (thanks Jerome). I realized I was losing my temper and decided it was time to take myself out of the game. So I walked off right then and there (I was almost out of paint anyway). The last game ended with the Russians successfully defending the firebase from us and winning the day. Congratulations guys. All in all, it was a fun day. The field layout was definitely lopsided to favor of one side (the south-east side) as evidenced by part 1 and 2 where - whichever side started on the south-west side was doomed to be pinned into the south-west corner and destroyed. I think it is because that side of the field is in dense bush and for about 10 to 30 yards there are only two major trails leading out into either a killing zone with no great cover or more bottlenecks (like my ambush point). On the other side, the entry point is slightly elevated, and is in the open with numerous bunkers surrounding it, and, most importantly many travel routes away from it. Lesson here is: The team with more options wins. Keep your options open. Don't make a decision until you have to. Keep lots of travel routes open to you and your team. As for the sportsmanship issue. Well, it happens. People cheat in paintball. Deal with it. That includes me. It just makes me mad because I try my best to never cheat and somehow I take it personally when I know others are cheating. I guess I still have lots of work to do here. I need to be the better opponent and either "make him" call hit by shooting him so many times he gives up - or - go find someone else more prone to play by the rules to shoot. What do you think? What is the best thing to do when confronted by an opponent who cheats? If the ref isn't there to help - what do you do? Anyway - the day was lots of fun and I look forward to next years Red Dawn III.

Poll

How important is the skill of shooting "off handed" in woodsball?
not at all important
4%
only slightly important
11%
moderately important
48%
critically important
37%
cerain death if not known
0%
Total votes: 46