Do you think that rules meant to limit the distance from which you can shoot someone (aka surrender rules) are good for the game? Should players be required to give opponents the option to surrender when closer than x feet?
Personally, I don't like surrender rules. It is awkward at times as to who is surrendering who, you end up getting shot anyway half the time, and it discourages aggressive play. I think it leads to a lot of bunkers being painted from a bunker away, and not much else happening.
I think if a field is concerned about people being hurt by the paintball, they should just lower the fps limit and say "there, have at it," or just explain to players that this is and always has been an extreme sport, you're likely to leave with bruises and welts. If you aren't ok with that, then you may not like paintball. This would get people out of the bunkers and moving around more, and we'd all have to suffer fewer games of "hide behind the bunker and shoot paint at the other bunker where someone is hiding."
A lower fps limit has another benefit, in that it makes hiding in the back field and long-balling less effective (not that it's tremendously effective anyway). This will get more players out into the action, resulting in more exciting games.
Let's face it: paintball is a game we enjoy because it gets our heart and adrenaline pumping. If we take away the action, we take away the fun. Don't nerf paintball!
Certain words and actions stand out to me when I hear and see them on the field. They have the effect of screaming "I'm a total noob!". Now, don't get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong, and absolutely everything right, about new players to the game. I don't want this thread to be misinterpreted as saying "if you don't know what you're doing, go away." That's not my intention in the least. I do intend, however, to make it so that if you are nervous about going out to play because you are afraid of looking and sounding like a "noob," maybe I can help relieve some of those nerves by educating you on what you should do and say out at the field. That way, at least, you can walk the walk and talk the talk, and you will enjoy yourself more.
I'm going to start off with a few here, and hopefully others will chime in with more:
Don't: Ignore the rules or the instructions of a ref. You might think you're cool at school when you ignore teachers and rules, but not here.
Do: Remind others near you when they are not following the rules or instructions of a ref. This is because the rules are there for the safety of everybody. Your safety is affected when those around you aren't doing what they're supposed to.
Don't: Call paintballs "bullets", or "ammo." These terms are meant to refer to actual firearm ammunition.
Do: Call them "paintballs," or "paint." As in "aw, damn. I'm out of paint. What kind of paint are you shooting today? Are paintballs edible?" etc.
Don't: Discuss, ask, or otherwise worry about the "power" of a paintball gun. For example: "My gun is more powerful than yours."
Do: Forget about power, because every gun has to shoot below the same speed. Power is out of the equation.
Don't: Talk about frozen paintballs, unless it is below freezing outside and you are referring to the reason your paintballs will not come out of your gun in one piece. Then you can complain about how frozen paintballs "hurt" your ability to actually have a functional marker. Nobody freezes paintballs with the intention of hurting others, at least not anybody that actually plays paintball. Even if you were to do this, you'd be disappointed at the result. It doesn't work. Same goes for marbles. Nobody shoots marbles out of their paintball guns.
Don't: Use terms you learned from Call of Duty to describe paintball related things. We don't play on "maps," We don't have "kill streaks." We don't play "Team Deathmatch."
Do: Call the playing area a "field." Call the most common game involving simply eliminating the other team "Elimination" or "Team Elimination."
Don't: Put paintballs that have fallen on the ground into your hopper. Ever. They're dirty and will damage your gun.
Yesterday I was trading paint with a guy behind a bunker about 70 feet away. I have my gun set on semi capped at 10, he was right around there as well, and he was clearly experienced, so I wasn't going to hold back. There was firing going on everywhere, lots of yelling and noise. Great game, actually.
Anyway, this kid gets up, I stop firing, and he's cussing me out the whole walk to the dead box, and I see his gun and hands have my paint on them. He was bitching that I bonus balled him, and yada yada. Afterwards he came up to me and said something to the effect of "dude, that was unnecessary, you didn't have to hit me that many times, I yelled 'out' and you kept firing."
Dude, listen to this place, there's firing and yelling going on all around me, do you think I can hear your "out/hit" call from way the hell over there? No. Wave your hand like a big boy and then get up. I'll stop firing when I know you're out, and the best way to know that is with a wave. And can you really "bonus ball" somebody in the gun/hopper? Grow a spine if you're going to play like that. You throw ~10bps my way, I'm going to do the same. Guess what though? With that much paint in the air, you're likely to get hit more than once when you are finally hit, deal with it. Now, if you were waving a mech around shooting 3 bps my way, you might have some room to bitch at me. But you weren't, so you don't.
I can't tell you how many times in a day I get "bonus balled," and don't think twice about it. It happens. Unless someone blatantly shoots me while I have my gun up in the air on my saunter back to the dead box, I'm not going to give a shit. It's paintball. In paintball, you get hit. If you don't want to get hit, go play badminton.
I have two guns, but only one mask. The second gun is great for enticing people to come play with me, as they don't have to pay for a rental and field paint. Usually, in fact, I'll offer to buy the paint since first-timers rarely shoot more than 500 or so in a day with my 98c. But anyway... I'm wanting to get a second mask in order to complete my "loaner" kit.
- Under $50
- Good fog resistance
- Comfortable on any size/shape face