After playing in the 2nd annual Vietnam scenario game I just had to write a note. The 3 of us drove about 7 hours each way to play. Others we talked with drove much farther. The owner was great. The grounds are great. The weather was under no ones control and yes 98 is alittle warm. The games were ok if you used your head. The trouble was so many players did not. Many players stopped shooting paint only if they ran out of it. We had many many multiple hits on one player and they would continue to play. How can you win a game if thier is no numbers advantage brought about by strong and legal play? You can't and we never did. Each time we won a segment the refs would take the points away for some reason. The refs were non existent for much of the game. The rules changed every few seconds. The game and the entire weekend was the most poorly ran paintball action I have ever seen. I am surprised that more fights did not break out. But I am not surprised that the teams left after only one game like they did. The entire event was just one huge rec. ball game without any real rules. In a 110 heat index day our objective was to go in and carry out a PALLET. Have you lost your mind.!!!!!!!
I have not doubt that the vietnam game is over. I did not find one single person that will pay that kind of money again. The event is under no control. I was not asked to chrono until the second day. Many players were shooting hot and using non-field paint. On the second day the refs decided to look into it. The owner was great- hats off to you sir- but the event was a horrible and dangerous disaster.
Well, I would agree that the game was a disaster, no doubt about that. But, to bash the referees and praise the owner is a BIG mistake. The referees were not in charge, the management was. To blame the referees is just foolish. Where do you think they got their orders from? You want to know what's ironic about you're bold statement, is that the owner abandoned all of us around 1 or 2 in the afternoon on the FIRST day, and left one manager, and two referees to run the entire thing.
Yes, I would agree that the game left much to be desired, but you are dead wrong in blaming the ref staff for it. And then to praise the owner who abandoned his staff, and the park, and left us to fend off the hoards of overheated, overshot customers, is absolutely insane.
squidman is right, I was their and saw most of this unravel first hand. For those of you who know big red, you can thank him, tim, bill, tim, nathan and rob for that event even continuing. I know the staff very very well and I can tell you that they were thrown into a crappy situation and preformed way way above what they were hired for.
You've pointed out several facts that can't really be disputed. The thing is, and you might want to pay close attention....the refs saved that game from complete failure: they saved the event; saved it! Not to realize or concede this important fact is to show how little you understand about how and why things went the way they did. If you're just someone who had to go online and talk about the event--I don't blame you in the least. The staffers who stuck the whole thing out are the ones who realized the event could be partly saved and set out to do just that. They are the same people who put up with the day to day grind every season, one after the other. They are a good group and tend to stay with the place even if the place doesn't deserve being stayed with. I hope your future scenario games go better than that one did...but don't blame the staff...and the owner abandoned the event on Sat, never to return...so if someone there was doing a good job, it was not the owner.