Now over a month ago, and OP Red Dawn has come and gone… First things first, the AO itself was awesome. I got to play with and against players primarily from other parts of BC and from AB, some of whom were extremely skilled players with awesome equipment. Got to see some old friends from airsoft that attended this game that I haven’t seen in years. I more or less forgot how much fun airsoft can be – especially when compared to the dreary reality that “Drop In” game days have become at my (public) local field – and I had an absolute blast running around a ghost town with friends.While most of my playing time was in the middle of the night, the following sequence was cut together & shows what was probably my most adrenaline-fueled daytime offensive during the weekend:
My loadout looked a little something like this, with only minor changes the night before:
But let me be frank on this part – without considerable changes to the admin level of organization & planning, I will not be going back to one of these events. Basic rules were omitted, like red lights to indicate “wounded”/”dead” at night or in the dark – while the experienced players just did it because that’s the norm for any other airsoft game, many more were entirely unaware of this convention. Furthermore, there was plenty of confusion over rules that technically were in place but were described in ways that were so vague that neither side quite knew how to play by them. I wouldn’t even say either side was actually cheating or breaking the rules, because the rules (at least the ones that I could hear other players arguing over) weren’t made consistently clear and/or were being supported by the admins in the first place. Logistical things were missed – like actually supplying 2 coloured bands to each player who had signed up for their ticket beforehand, or that the fact that colours of bands are basically impossible to tell on such a thin band & especially so in low light.
TL;DR I had fun because the players made it fun, despite the game itself being a huge clusterf*ck.