I’ve talked a lot before about the different types of paintball that people play – scenario, woodsball, tournament etc – but I’ve not had the chance yet to go into more detail into each type. With scenario paintball by far the most popular style in the U.K., this blog post is going to be dedicated to the various common themes that you can expect to find at any decent paintball venue.
Scenario paintball is always objective driven (I.e. get x from the opponent and take it to your own base) and is almost always split between two teams, though occasionally more than two. The style developed from initial games of woodsball, where teams would make use of natural ‘bunkers’ before, over time, adding their own and slowly creating themed game zones like the ones we see today. Undoubtedly, scenario paintball has become so popular as it gives players a good hit of escapism, as the role playing games often borrow from movie plots, historical re-enactments, or even the undead!
So, though the names might change, here are the most common types of game you can find in scenario paintball.
Capture The Flag
This is probably the single most common scenario theme and will probably be found in some form on all scenario paintball sites. The premise is simple: each team has a flag at the back of their end of play, they simply have to capture the enemy’s flag and get it back to their own base. Whilst ensuring the opposition don’t manage to do the same. A classic but still great in its simplicity!
Attack & Defend
Utilising the key skills required for good paintballing, attack & defend games are usually a lot more fun than the name suggests. The action revolves around one site (usually a fort or large bunker) which one team is defending as the other attacks. The objective is usually for the attackers to breach the bunker’s walls and retrieve a flag or something similar.
Protect The VIP
This style of scenario has grown popular thanks in part to the possibility of themeing the game around a celebrity (or fictional hero: like Dr Who), but also because is suits the groups of players who frequently play paintball: stag parties, schools, office outings – each of them has a ‘VIP’ which the rest of the group can protect. Two teams: one protects the chosen player whilst the other team tries their best to land a shot on them – there is usually an end zone in sight too, which the VIP has to get to reach safety.
As the name suggests, this game is all about speed – not for wimps. Played across fairly open game zones with only a handful of bunkers for cover, players aren’t allowed to stay hidden for long and have to advance as quickly as they can towards their enemy’s base – with a single touch usually indicating the winners. Fast paced, relentless and won in a heartbeat, this is the closest most people will come to tournament-style paintball.
Bomb the Base
Two teams: one bomb. A fake ‘bomb’ is put somewhere in the centre of the game zone, and once the whistle goes, each team has to find it first and somehow deliver it to the opposition’s base to blow it up. If a player gets shot whilst holding the bomb, it automatically goes to the other team. Like rugby but A LOT more fun.
One of the few paintball scenario games where teams are usually split up into individuals or pairs. The game zone consists of several shacks, huts or large bunkers and one team disperses itself amongst them. The other team, the attacking team, has to win each hut over successfully to take over the entire village. This game is popular as not only is there a lot of scope for creating fun or relevant storylines, but it also gives players a good opportunity to deploy some much needed paintball and smoke grenades to clear out huts. Superb!