Different Game Types and Scenarios Used In Paintball
When someone new to the paintball world first thinks of the game of paintball, they are likely only thinking of one specific scenario used for game play. This single-lane thinking can actually be detrimental to any potential new paintball enthusiasts. If they only think the sport is about one scenario game, think of all they are missing! One of the things that keeps the game interesting and new each time is switching up the game type and game play, tweaking it to become something that will keep the interest of players at any given moment.
Games and scenarios
The terms "paintball games" and "paintball scenarios" refer to the various themed games that occur during any given event or match. It is understandable that newcomers to the sport would assume there is just one game to play. After all, if you are playing a game of soccer, it’s the same premise every time (maybe give or take a few players). The same goes for other well-known sports, too.
Paintball stands out for its fun variety of games that can be played. There is, of course, the classic "every man for themselves" situation, where you are trying to get everyone on the other team—or the entire field—before they get you. But there are so many more games and scenarios to play to pique your interest. Different game types also help build different skills and may require specific gear or paintball guns to really excel.
Setting up the scenario
With scenario paintball, you will find that the games are set up with a story in mind. You might be protecting a chosen "president" from each team, or maybe every player is an assassin with one person on their hit list. Getting into the scenario’s storyline goes a long way toward keeping the excitement building for the game. The games themselves are competitive, fun and different already, but adding that storyline really brings in an extra level of entertainment.
Scenario games are popular for both established teams and newer friend groups alike. Finding a scenario that not only fits your group’s entertainment desires but also their basic skill level will set everyone up for success. Each game can be tweaked to work for the group at hand, whether there are newbies or pros on the team.
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Scenarios do not necessarily have to go all out on a theme, but it’s great fun when they do! Instead of just grabbing your gear and imagining the scene set before you, you can really go all in on a themed scenario game by dressing the part, adding decor pieces to the field, or choosing specific gear to set the stage. This is popular for big group events, like bachelor or bachelorette parties and company gatherings. The theme options are endless, from fun pop culture references to full-out war reenactments of olden days.
For example, imagine heading to a classic Attack and Defend game where everyone is dressed like they're in the military, ready to protect their allegiance’s base. You then show up with a realistic-looking army grade gun like the Tippmann U.S. Army Alpha Black Elite Tactical Starter CO2 Paintball Gun Package. You’d not only look the part but also add to the ambiance of the game - and you’d have some of the best tactical gear with you!
Popular team games
Whether your group is up for a themed game or would rather play more classically, there are plenty of ways to play to please everyone on the team. Capture the Flag is a classic that can also be dressed up with a pirates or evening medieval theme. Another popular game, Protect the President, can be played as is, or everyone can get into character as secret service agents with sunglasses, ear pieces, and realistic-looking paintball guns.
Being able to incorporate a theme into a sport sounds great in theory and really can be a lot of fun, even in the game of paintball. But for the paintball enthusiasts who want their games in the classic paintball way, the sport is just as much fun with competition, cool gear, plenty of games to choose from, and team camaraderie.