Figures we get a "cold snap" the day of the game. It was 29 degrees most of the day, but a fun day of airsoft none the less. UCONN out numbered us basically 2 to one, so it was UCONN vs everyone with two of their members putting tape on and coming over to us. Fun times none the less. We had a couple more people show up by the end of the day.
Caboose ran CO for this game. I think everyone had comm problems through out the day. I handed out my spare radio to a kid and that actually helped later on in the day when mine was down and we needed to relay critical info to Caboose.
The game worked out great. TONS of props worth points, flags at several points on the field, and all but lower delta seemed to be in play. There were crates full of missles, that actually looked like missles, C4 props, a downed pilot in full gear, satellite dishes, laptops, ammo crates, cell phones, legit maps and intel packets all over the place. There were also propane cannons going off all over the field. Explosions occured all over the place through out the day. There were also air strike call ins that took out 25 foot radius of players wiping out both teams several times through out the day. Mission objectives were turned out on a regular basis by the staff. This really felt like the old days of airsoft in CT back when Shep was running games.
Everyone seemed to do a decent job of hit calling from my perspective. Few newer players didnt seem to understand the wounded rules but it wasn't a big issue at all. Tis a game. Only one respawn issue due to the same (inexperience on a players part). Generally the respawn locations were safe, even when the area near them was under contestment. Players could respawn with out fear of taking several rounds just trying to get back into the game.
Being undermanned and not being able to reach the main team via comms, DW (only 3 of us made it sadly.. 2 more would have made a big difference) spent most of the game performing flanking maneuvers and sneak attacks. I'd regularly let people get into fire fights and then keep trees between myself and the enemy's POV until I was with in range to fire on them from the sides or behind. Some of the reactions from that were hilarious.
Best though was the sneak attack that DW and Higgins pulled on the village. Only one guy was paying attention and even he didnt notice until it was too late and we were already in it. Oddly enough we were instantly reinforced by the rest of our team after all but 3 of UCONN's guys got wiped out.
Funniest safety kill of the day has got to be Pearce getting nailed. He performed a beautiful flank at tombstone and came in with his MP7 unloading on people from an angle no one expected. He runs up to the first building, opens up on a couple more people then pauses against the wall. The guy literally right next to him on the same wall turns, looks at him, and goes "Oh, Safety Kill". Nice attempt Jeff, but come in a little calmer next time. We all got a good laugh from that one.
SP staff was out in force as well as OpS. 2 of the refs even decided to play this time with their own guns.
All in all we had a good time. UCONN's score was 1200 points higher than ours. Hats off to you guys! Sportsmanship and humor were solid. The raffle had tons of shirts, hats, gear and other prizes. Everyone got an Airsoft Extreme patch and discount cards as they're one of OpS's new sponsors. The AAR (After Action Restaurant) for this event was Eli Cannon's in Middletown. Awesome beer and wings. You get to feel the wings on the way in... and on the way out.
Thanks to OpS for the great game, SP for hosting and staffing the extra refs, and all the teams/players that came out. Was a great winter day!