The day started off not looking so good. It was raining it was cold and there were 50 to 60 Frisbee golfers playing in our field. The very day we chose to play at this new field it just happened to be their once a year event for Frisbee golf. But in the true spirit of the game we packed up and found a new place to play right up the road. Kiwanis Park ended up being the site where mud, men, rain, and BBs would clash!
Even though it rained all day we had a really good turn out. At one time we had 25 players, a real BIG thanks to HobbyTron.com who donated some Airsoft Guns for our use and to everyone who came out and made this game a really good experience! Since this field was kind of new to most of the players we started out with what I thought to be a simple game of capture the flag. But it turned out to be one of our longest and one of the best games we played all day. After we talked about proper Airsoft safety, rules and game play we divided up into two teams went to our corners and came out fighting! We were all so excited we almost crushed a couple of civilians that were watching! We had to do a restart so we didnâ€™t hit them but as soon as they cleared out we once again came running at each other. There were many close calls to capture the flag by both teams, but through a stroke of strategic genius the team I was on took 4 of our players and ran up the side of the mountain. We flanked the opposing teams base, over powering the guards, and we had one of our players slid down the slippery hill side, grab the flag, and run as fast as he could. The rest of us made a human wall providing cover as he made his escape, when he was behind us we tactically collapsed behind him to provide him with extra cover.
The opposing team didnâ€™t know what hit them! It was a sweet play! After that we went on to play a quick game of team slayer which means that once youâ€™re hit youâ€™re out! The rest of the games had re-spawn rules. It turned out to be a tie due to the fact everybody was hungry for lunch! Once again a BIG thanks to everyone who brought stuff to eat and cook the stuff to eat and Grill Master Ben. Good eats! As we were eating we were honored to have At Your Leisure, which is a local TV show come out and do some filming. He interviewed some of us, got our thoughts about Airsoft, and what we loved about the sport. After lunch he wanted to film our next few games! It was a real energy booster for all of us I think. We got a lot of great footage so when it comes out we will put up a link to it.
After lunch we ran a VIP/Security Force/Body Guard game. How that works is we had one player designated to be the President and he got to pick his guards and then everybody else were assassins trying to kill him. The first poor victim was Kristofer Beldin the PR guy from Politis. He selected his team members but was sadly assassinated twice in a row! His team even tried to dress him up to look different but still couldnâ€™t get to the â€œpick up point.â€ Next we designated Tim to be the President. He selected his body guards and once again tried to make it out. However he was also assassinated. I think I got taken out several times and didnâ€™t even get up the hill. Good game though. After that we did some mock up stuff for the film crew. He had us do some tactical moves such as running, jumping, reloading, covering, and more running! It actually turned out to be more action in five minutes then we saw all day long. That was really fun!
After that we had a lot of players call it a day, but with those who were left we played one last game. Even Ben who fell off a rock and jacked his ankle up real good wanted to play once more. We decided to play Grenade! This is a game where a team has a bottle filled with rocks that they would have to throw at a target on the ground and be at least 10 feet from the target. I was put on the defending team and we spread out along a ridge line to fend off all attackers. The attacking team made some really good pushes but just could not get to the target. When the five minute bell rang they made one last assault. Chris from At Your Leisure had the Grenade and made his way up along the ridge and got into position. He chucked it as hard as he could and it flew toward the target, but right at the last moment a tree sprung up in his way! The look on his face was unforgettable we all hit the ground laughing cause he hit the only tree that was near the target! Better luck next time.
We were out there from 10am till 5:30pm and with all that we did it made for one of the best game days Iâ€™ve had. Most everyone had their own Airsoft guns, but those who didn’t used Airsoft guns that were donated by HobbyTron.com. Once again thanks to all who went, supported and provided to make Operation “Playin in the Rain” a great success! We all look forward to the next game.
Make sure to watch the unedited footage at YouTube.
Check for an update to this post as soon as At Your Leisure airs this episode!