Category Archives: Scenario Game Shenanigans

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series ” Get With The Changing Times”

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One of the many things we deal with as scenario players are the changing times as technology evolves. We’ve recently approached a scenario game producer to inquire about alternatives to Nerf rockets – as they are pricey and we find them to be pretty inconsistent – and we always get the same answer “No”. Can anyone tell me the difference between a foam stress ball and a foam Nerf rocket? Because I really can’t see a difference. But a group of whiny bitches surely can and I’m over it. I’m told the stress balls are unsafe, so show me the difference between the stress balls and a nerf rocket. They both seem to be made of the same material and the stress ball seems to be softer. Am I wrong?

Now where this comes into play is, one of my previous posts in regards to rocket launchers and their projectiles they shoot. How can using a stress ball be any different than being shot with a first strike round?  Do they hurt anymore if you do get hit? The purpose of a rocket launcher is to take out a structure or active tank on the field. The intent is to never shoot a player with them so where do they become “unsafe”? Who deemed them unsafe? And how? Have there been studies done and if so where are these studies published? I’m finding it pretty suspect that “studies” have been mentioned when turning down alternatives to Nerf rockets but I can never seem to find any of them anywhere. Maybe I’m not looking in the right sport or do they even exist?

I’m curious as to what safety standards scenario promoters reference for tanks. How can allowing a full blown vehicle that used to be on the road and well capable of going well over sixty miles per hour be safe? I know of one tank that has not only caught fire but almost run someone over and yet it’s still allowed to be on the field.  How is allowing a 3000-pound vehicle on the field that you know is unsafe okay? I’m not calling out the team or producer but you know who you are and shame on you. Shame on you un-named scenario producer for allowing your “better judgement” to be swayed by peer pressure from a team. Shame on you for allowing the safety of all those who pay to come play and have a good time to be jeopardized. Shame on the team that continuously puts the safety of others in the back of their minds to be the big bad guys on the field.  They definitely know who they are because they are ones constantly getting their way and still bitching after losing because they are getting out-played.

I’ve found it interesting that some scenario game producers reference rules or regulations that haven’t been updated since at least 2007. How about getting with the times and updating them? After all, its 2016 for Christ’s sake. While surfing the web I have found at least one person deciding to move into the new era and updating what seems to be an antiquated set of rules, so kudos to you Billy Smith from Low Country Paintball for taking into consideration that time has moved on and these rules needed to be updated for their games.

What do the players think of the current rules? Anyone know of any others stepping into the 21st century and making theirs rules reflect the current times? What rules drive you crazy and wish they would change?

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “Let’s Just Make The Teams Fair”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series

“Let’s Just Make The Teams Fair”

 

“Let’s just make the teams fair” is a common statement some promoters will use to adjust the teams to make the teams “Fair”. Some will also use this to shift the games to help a certain side win, as I’ve noticed in the past. While I agree the teams should be fair, I don’t agree with the way they determine who will make the switch. Some games offer the option for teams to make the switch prior to them selecting but there is always those teams or individuals they plan to move regardless.

One scenario event in particular, the sides were close. But they “chose” to move a few key players we had spent months recruiting “to make it fair”, they said. The disturbing part is it didn’t seem to matter to them that they registered under our team name as we recruited them. So my question for the generals is why waste your time recruiting when they can just take any part of your team at any given time?

The generals for the sides are chosen well in advance so they can start their recruiting prior to the game. The recruiting process is interesting for sure, as we generally get multiple attempts to recruit our team personally but it all boils down to us agreeing on what side to take based on the general. Or, we consult a few different teams we have alliances with. In past scenario games, we’ve chosen to go against teams we know based on our opinion of a general and their beliefs, or even based on which side the general will be playing from.

In the end we all are out to have a good time and winning is the ultimate goal. The player shifts and last minute changes to keep the game fair can be legitimate but are also tactics to swing the game to keep some individuals coming back to spend their money. I’ve seen these games played first hand and it’s sad that some promoters will do that to keep their pockets lined with money. Either way, I still continue to play due to my love of the game and the friends (both old and new) that I share the field with.

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “The Ref Who Cried Chrono”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series

“The Ref Who Cried Chrono”

This story was taken from a field I used to frequent awhile back and I had a run-in with a certain ref who liked to cry chrono. The field obviously will remain nameless but the events of that game are still fresh in my mind as if it had happened yesterday. The first and most important thing you do as a participant of any scenario game is to chrono your gun. This is done to insure that all players are playing “safely” within the allowed limits of the field. But that’s where my fun begins with this story.

I was playing with my primary gun that I always ran with, a Dye DM 10 Aloha Edition, which is for sale if anyone is currently look for one hit me up on Facebook. Those who know me and my guns know that they never go over 285 and I tend to hold them back to about 260 to 265 for consistency and just overall performance. The morning in question, my gun was shooting in the 250 range and I chose to keep it there instead of taking the time to adjust it so I could spend extra time preparing for the game.

Once the horn blew and the game started, I made way to my spot on the field and dug in for what was going to be a long fight, or so I thought. Within a matter of minutes, I had a ref storm in yelling at me “you’re shooting hot” and proceeded to tell me I need to chrono. When I asked him to chrono me he replied “I don’t have one, you need to go back to base” I chose to play on. Mind you, I had a ref standing next to me giving away my position to those approaching and really pissing me off, to be honest. While I understand he was doing his job, if he bothered to look at my card he would see I was already checked prior to starting. As the other side, was creeping up on my position, the ref was there to lend a hand in pointing out my position. When they finally managed to take me out I went off the field to replenish the air tank and empty pods.

Here is where the story gets interesting… When I reinserted at the base I asked to verify my gun and the findings were astounding. The first shot was 240 then 242 followed by a 238 so I was obviously under the field policy that is 285. The base ref then proceeded to throw me an allen key and told me I could “crank it up” so I did. So after fighting my way back out to my previous spot I managed to take out a few people and then that same Ref came over yelling again that I was shooting way too hot and I needed to chrono. I asked him to chrono me and once again he tells me “I don’t have one, you’ll need to go back to base”. Determined to chrono me, we argue while I continue to play and I told him if he wanted to chrono me he’d have to go get one. I managed to shoot 3 people while arguing and their wiping paint was blatant as it’s hard to wipe a goggle shot. So, I asked him to go check and I’m surprised he did but he then called all 3 clean. My next action I’m not proud of but it got my point across to him that I was over his “Shenanigans”. While he was standing there I took the opportunity to take a “pot shot” at him and I nailed him in the stomach and he doubled over. I did feel a bit guilty but I think the point was well taken by him. While advancing up the field, I did stop by really quick and asked “if that felt hot to him” in which he replied “no”. I then told him I had chrono’d back at the base and they actually had me turn it up.

I normally wouldn’t act like that towards a ref but his blatant disregard for fair play got the best of me and I took it out on him. Now I’d normally say that 2 wrongs don’t make a right but in my case the point was well taken by him and he moved on to harass another person that game.

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “Making A Grown Man Cry”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series   

“Making A Grown Man Cry”

 

This story comes to you from a more recent scenario event where I got to watch a grown man practically cry. So, how do you make a grown man cry you may be asking… The answer is simple. Their team was immobilized by some outside-of-the-box thinking. A team managed to come up with an alternative to traditional rocket launcher projectiles, and went a step further and had the field owner say it was okay two times. Then, it was only to be reversed the day of by some whiney grown ass men because they were getting shut down.

These men chose to hide behind the net of their tank rather than stand on the field of battle. Behind the net they are free to do whatever (from shooting rocket launchers to shooting paintballs at those who stand before them). Where does the crying come in you may ask? It’s when they can’t reach you with a nerf rocket, however your field approved alternative methods can shut them down. They can’t beat you on the field so they take it off field to the owners, crying “it’s not fair” and “they’re tearing our netting”. At least they claim, so they pull us from the field. Once off the field the lies begin to flood the air. They’re tearing the netting on the tanks we’re told and our response is, let’s go look at your netting.  When no holes were found, the story changed to “they’re just unsafe”. The strange part is, I was watching the approved projectiles go thru the netting into their cabs. The disturbing part I found is the extent in which people will lie and twist the truth to appease those people they favor. I actually had someone lie and say they were using those same projectiles to shoot people, knowing full well this was a bold faced lie as I was next to that individual the whole game. The stories changed again once questioned on it and of course, left another grown man crying.

So after enough whining, the launcher is pulled from the field and they bow their chests thinking the game had been won, but where they oh so wrong. That just pissed off the other side to no end.  There were other shenanigans the second day with the final battle and all, but that’s another story for another day.

I guess it amazes me the extent that a grown ass man will go to all in the name of securing a win. A win that would be tainted by their blatant lies and disregard for the rules and the pure fun of the game. A grown ass man who claims to be about fair play and honesty only to try and utilize any lies they can to take out someone who managed to outsmart them on the field.

Scenario Shenanigans: The Series “Point Shenanigans”

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Scenario Shenanigans: The Series   

“Point Shenanigans”

 

So, one of the goals I’ve set for myself this year is to be more active on my blog. This year, I plan on doing a lot of heads-up blogging on events I’ve witnessed throughout the different scenario games I’ve attended. I’m sure some will surprise you but most probably won’t shock you at all.

Rather than overload you with all the details at once, I’ll spread them out over time. This will be about 6 years or so of playing scenario ball and it always amazes me the amount of shenanigans that goes on behinds the scenes. Anything from point manipulations all the way up to teams throwing a fit and if they don’t get their way “They Walk” as I’ve heard it put. This series of blog posts will shed to light some of the personal things I’ve witnessed over those 6 years. For the sake of not hurting anyone’s feelings or them getting their panties in a wad, the names of the fields and participants will remain out of my posts. However, those with even only half a brain cell could easily figure them out.

My first experience was at the beginning of my scenario days and at a field I had played at prior to the one scenario game in question. This particular was played to the best of our ability and we were winning as of Saturday night. Mysteriously, by Sunday morning, the numbers had changed. Now keep in mind, no play had happened between the previous number tally and the next morning, but the numbers changed.  When questioned, the response was they had forgotten to add in some missions that the other side had completed. I found this strange as the one side that was winning had numbers that had decreased. Coincidence or slight of hand to keep the losing team coming back to future events?  The winning team took it to heart and decided to go out giving 150% and do what they needed to and it wasn’t even close at the end. Yet when the numbers were added up it was “oh so close”. I’m assuming

“point shenanigans” were evident that day and the game results survived as the team that was winning in the beginning took back what was already theirs.

While I know these accusations are hard to prove they shed to light that at any given time a sneaky promoter can swing the same results to help line their pocket for the next game. Keep in mind not all promoters and game writers do this but always keep an eye out for the “Points Shenanigans”.