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.