Recently I had the privilege of supplying props for and participating in the Scenario Sunday Big Game at my home field, Breakaway Paintball, in Franksville, Wisconsin. Formerly known as Paintball Samâ€™s, the field has been open since 1986. On June 24th 2012, a one day multi-mission scenario game raged on in the sun and heat with over two hundred players taking advantage of approximately one hundred acres of combined fields of play.
This game was filled with many hands-on props combined with varying terrain, trenches, huts, two-story forts and other structures hidden in the hardcore woodsball fields. The range of people drawn to this event varied from organized teams to father and son partners. Many young guns participated and really seemed to enjoy the missions and the large maneuverable field. Mobile reinsertion stations became important as well as the medics due to the fact that the distance from one command fort to the other was approximately half a mile! The massive amount of maneuverability set up some intense ambushes, firefights, and flanking moves. These combined fields were so big, walking back to your base or finding your reinsertion actually became difficult. This did add to the realism of the scenarios and allowed time for tactics to play a big factor. I caught up with Steve â€œNecroâ€ Kaltenbach, founder of SAS Woodsball at the event and he said, â€œIn one game you never knew what you were going to hit! The terrain was constantly changing from long grass, to hills, to valleys and even swamps.â€
Scenario Sunday offered many things including themed props, complex missions, and real time game changes. The mastermind behind the scenes, Fireman Fred, said â€œprops can be really inexpensive. For example, gold can be objects just painted; a deck of cards dispensed on the field can be gathered and used to play out a hand by the opposing teams.â€ Last year, the Scenario Sunday event was played on individual fields per each scenario. This year the fields were combined and all of the scenarios played out in one big game.
With such a fun event, many people who havenâ€™t played in years were out with old style markers and custom pieces. Many times by running a new event and getting the word out, a field can bring in people who havenâ€™t had reason to play for years as well as new players seeing an opportunity to do more than just shoot one another. This field is simply amazing and continually getting better. At the end of the day, most of the missions were completed and Blue Team took the win with 705 points over the Red teamâ€™s 420 points. Preparing and running this scenario game took the coordinated effort of â€œFireman Fredâ€ Sturmer, the hardworking Breakaway Paintball Staff, and Discount Paintball. They made this event an awesome mix of people and missions. The Big Game feel of this event was due to all the individual players and Teams including SAS Woodsball, Ghost Squad, Red.Water Paintball, The Bezerkers, Salty Hippos, the Brew City Bomb Squad, Team Unstable, and many others.
You can check out the video of this event on my YouTube Channel!