As paintball improved and became popular, many individuals tried their abilities at it; giving rise to the assortment and diversity of paintball tournaments and games.
Recreational or Capture the Flag
Played by two teams, where each team has a flag, and the objective of both teams is to capture or seize the opponent’s flag and carry it to your team’s starting point. This is one way for your team to win and another way is by eliminating the opposing team entirely.
Each team has to defend their base and simultaneously dispatch team players to eliminate the opponent and capture their flag.
These games are usually played in the forest; bunkers and structures can be put up throughout the area.
This is a paintball game with a theme set up behind it: there is an endless number of themes that can be created making the game feel and look very realistic. There are a number of players; in many cases, as many as a hundred are involved in each team.
Each team gets the theme (storyline) a day before the start of the game. There are usually two teams participating, having the “general” as a team’s leader.
Each player is given a role, and they should work together as a team in order to carry out and win an assigned mission. Props in accordance with the theme are introduced and distributed throughout the field. There are questions asked in connection with the theme and points are awarded for correct answers.
These points are totaled at the conclusion of the game and the team having the most number of points wins.
This can be played right at your backyard, a friend’s empty property or at times any property but you must as you get permission first. You gather your friends to form a group and then conceptualize your own game which typically is “capture the flag.”
Also called “Center Flag,” the speedball field is designed with many huge bunkers; usually “inflatables” filled with air that is shaped similar to big snakes, soda cans, water tanks, etc.
Here, a team can be composed of between three to ten players in a game. There is only one flag that is involved, and it is located at the center of a field. The two teams start at each end of the field and attempt to gain possession of the flag at the center and carry it to their bunker. The team that does this successfully wins.
Paintball can surely challenge the “soldier” in you. Give it a shot!
Tips on How to Play the Paintball Sport
Playing paintball is so much fun. The main goal of the game is to capture the opponent’s flag and make them surrender by aggressively attacking their defenses. What excites many people is the fast pace and action-packed scenery that a person will experience.
Most paintball games are played in a place where players can move freely. Outdoor venues like fields or improvised camps provide complete facilities for everyone who wants to experience this sport. There are also indoor venues that are available during various seasons when people are unable to go outside because of the cold weather or rainy seasons.
A person is provided with a paintball gun that is primarily air pressured. The group is generally composed of ten or more persons divided into two teams. Each team must have an equal number of persons, and they will battle like two opposing armed groups on a battlefield.
Each group will be provided colored armbands to mark each member so that their teammates are and opponents are not confused. The main goal is to reach the opponents’ flag and hit every opponent – when doing so – using their paintball guns. The team that captures the flag will bring it to their base to ensure they have won the game.
A person will know that he is eliminated when he is hit by the paintball. It is determined by the splat of a paintball that will break and mark the gear. A referee will determine if he may continue or to be eliminated from the game. The paintballs are about the size of marbles, but they are spherical with hard shell layers that enable the paintball to go a long distance and speed up the launch when fired at the target.
Paintball guns appear similar to a real gun, but it has a barrel container that stores and launch the paintball. It has a trigger that will activate the release and a reservoir that will store more paintballs. The propulsion is powered by pressurized gas.
The execution will depend on the style the player thinks will be effective for defense.
The thrill and excitement are what makes people love this sport. Others consider it an activity that can be enjoyed with their friends and families. It will give a person a worthwhile experience with the adventure-like setting and the excitement of the game.
How to Reach the Goal in a Paintball Game
Those who always play the paintball sport may have the experience to execute the right strategies to capture the flag of their opponents. Those who are beginners in playing this sport may tend to be wilder in making their executions and movements in the battlefield. A person must determine how to meet his objective to reach the goal of the opponent’s base.
There are flags, which stand on the bases of each team. Every team must attack and defend their bases so that their opponents will not reach their goal. If a team captures the flag of the other team, they must bring the flag back to their base to ensure that they have reached the goal by eliminating each member of the other team.
A strategy must be planned before each team proceeds with their attacks. It is up to the team leader to decide who will be assigned to attack aggressively and who will defend their base. Their goal is not to be hit by the enemies’ paintball so that they may continue playing the game. They must eliminate every person who blocks their attempt to reach the opponent’s flag. It must be well executed to ensure a chance of winning.
If the members of the team are cautious of being hit by the enemy, it could make it more difficult for their team to win the game; they tend to be more defense-minded forgetting that they must help and accompany their other teammates in the attack.
Being too aggressive can also result in losing the game. Each member must remember that it is important to have a plan that will back up each member in the attack. It is not advisable to be a “Rambo” type attacker: one must cooperate and communicate whatever plan or strategy the leader instructs.
A person cannot attack and hit a target if he is too concerned about being eliminated. However, he may have reasons to back up because he may determine that their flag must be protected and guarded at the same time. There is nothing to be afraid of when being hit by a paintball. This does not cause much discomfort even though a hit may cause bruises. Protective clothing is important in playing this game.
Every person has a different style of playing this game but what is important is cooperation and sticking to the game plan that will lead to winning the game.