Defining A Win In Paintball

There Are Two Primary Ways To Win A Paintball Game

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What Are The Rules to Winning a Paintball Game?

What Defines A Win In Paintball?

What is paintball and just how does anyone achieve a win? Since the beginning of paintball there have been two ways paintball is played to achieve a win.

Woodsball, speedball and all the game types within them are built on two formats. Elimination or objective. These two formats dictate how to win a paintball game.

These two forms of winning are most clearly understood and defined when playing woodsball.

DangerMan as ref at Paintball Action Games giving rules. Paintball parks will always spell out rules before games. In this photo DangerMan is giving rules to 3 Flag Territories.
DangerMan as ref at Paintball Action Games giving rules. Paintball parks will always spell out rules before games. In this photo DangerMan is giving rules to 3 Flag Territories.

The two ways to gain a win in paintball are intertwined when you get to tournament speedball level. The starting point still rests on these two formats, eliminate players or achieve an objective before your opponent.

Now that we’ve simplified it, let’s break them down. The devil is always in the details and in paintball, these two formats are convoluted by game types, lazy refs, and adjustments based on circumstances.

Elimination – Does this really need definition? Eliminate all opponents for the win. It’s a game of attrition! Kills are the term used for eliminating opponents. But wait! We mentioned tournament play! In tournament play, total elimination may not be achieved in the game time limit. This results in awarding points for players remaining and kill count becomes an objective of sorts. More on that later.

Objective – A win is achieved by completing an objective while players on both teams still have remaining players in the game. This one can be sticky when playing at any local paintball park. Every park has referees who may be sticklers for the rules or lazy in their willingness to stick to rules.

Technically if you eliminate all opposing players without achieving the objective the game is a draw. However this rule becomes closely held to when you play a casual game at a local paintball facility or among friends in an outlaw ball game. Outlaw ball will be defined later.

Scenarios are especially well known for going over rules before games at orientation. In this photo DangerMan and son Dalton receive rules at the annual North vs South game held at OXCC in Chesapeake City, MD.
Scenarios are especially well known for going over rules before games at orientation. In this photo DangerMan and son Dalton receive rules at the annual North vs South game held at OXCC in Chesapeake City, MD.

Conclusion

Both win types can combine point system variations. When it comes to objective based paintball games, the objectives are only limited by a game producer’s imagination. The best objectives enhance to the shooting aspect of paintball.

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