05 October 2009

Different types of Paintball

Different types of Paintball.
What are the different types of Paintball that you can play?

1. Rec-ball
Recreational Paintball is usually labeled as Scenario Paintball by field operators.  2 teams compete in a level field filled with obstacles.  The objective usually involves completing goals rather than shooting at the opponents.  There's no need to purchase your own gear as they're provided.
example of Rec-ball: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/09/rec-game-of-paintball-focus-adventure.html








There're currently 3 operators in Singapore.  This should serve as an introduction to paintball for most players.
comparision of prices: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/08/recreation-paintball-in-singapore.html
You should be able to find a Rec-ball field in Bintan.   Malaysia's fields are mostly catered for Speed-ball and do not cater for Rec-ball.  There's one at Denga Mall but be careful of traveling alone around the area at night.

2. Speed-ball
To most inductees to Rec-ball, this would be a natural progression as it garners the most headlines.  While Rec-ball is played by casual players, Speed-ball is played by skilled amateurs who form teams to compete on a regular basis.  They get somewhat cheaper prices from the field operators due to their patronage.  There are no re-spawns here; dead players proceed to the Dead Man's box till the end of the match.  Players also purchase their personal gear costing between $50 to $500 on average.  Paintball Markers are still provided by the operators as personal ownership is illegal in Singapore.

Currently, Red Dynasty holds a monopoly on Speed-ball in Singapore.  The only place you can play it is in BottleTree ParkMalaysia's fields mostly cater to Speed-ball and you can play it at 1/4 the costs of Singapore's.

3. Woods-ball
According to Paintball lore, it was Woods-ball that gave birth to this sports.  Appealing to Mil-Sim enthusiasts, these games can range from 20 to 200 in the regional scene.  Players sport camouflage gear and communication devices.  Casual players can also join in easily as it is a team game and equipment is provided.  A most satisfying outcome is a perfectly executed ambush.

Example of a big event: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/07/bt-big-game-tour-2009-bio-gotcha.html

The game I join: Operation Busted Cherry:
my version: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/01/op-busted-cherry-brief.html
Xterix's version: http://wargh.net/portal/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=9

Currently, you can only play Woods-ball in Malaysia.  The local operator that I usually patronage is Wargh. http://wargh.net/portal/index.php






 [Conclusion]
If you're reading this, you probably have been exposed to paintball.  Our objective as players is to win through teammate, not inflict pain upon each other; these can be reduced by a simple show of sportsmanship.
Each game type have their merits; my dilemma is recorded here: http://joranatplay.blogspot.com/2009/04/speedball-or-woodsball.html
I urge you to give each a try as they each have their attractions.
Thank you.
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