Players are divided into teams. The number of players is not limited, starting from two persons up to even thousand players. There is a possibility to play an individual game, in which anything that moves is an enemy. Simply aim and shoot. Only the strong will survive. In team competitions, players are marked by respective team-color. Referee can be present on the field, if necessary, ensuring that safety precautions are followed and game rules obeyed. Most important are the safety rules.
Game objective is usually set in the beginning of the game. The most common variation is to try to capture an enemy’s flag. Other variations, like defending territory/building or ‘fight until the last man stands’, are also possible. If a player is hit with a paintball, he/she signals to other players by raising a hand that he/she is out of the game, and leaves the field. It can be agreed that the gun will remain on the ground. Game ends after the objective is reached or until no one stands in the other team. Time of the game can be limited (25-40min) or not. Paintball is suitable for all active people. Ability to think and react fast is an advantage in this game. Paintball shapes character, players learn teamwork and self-control. At the same time, it’s a mean to relieve stress. Paintball should not be seen as the game of militarists, but as an interesting sport. It offers excitement and adrenaline both for the beginner and ‘old sweat’.
A perfect place for the field is an abandoned building or a remote area in the woods. It should be isolated from densely populated and public areas. Success and excitement of the game depends on the right selection of the field.
Capture the Flag
Paintball is a combination of the childhood games "tag" and "hide & seek," but is much more challenging and sophisticated. Although there are many different game formats, typically a group of players will divide into two teams to play "capture the flag." The number of players on each team can vary from one or two, five or seven or ten, to over 1,000 on a side, limited only by the size of the playing field.
The object of the game is to go out and capture the other team's flag while protecting your own. While you are trying to capture a flag, you also try to eliminate opposing players by tagging them with a paintball expelled from a special airgun called a "paintgun." Games run from 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the size of the field and the number of players.
Between games, players take a break to check their equipment, get more paintballs and have a snack or soda while they share stories about the thrills of victory and the usually funny agonies of defeat. Win or lose, everyone has a good time and there's usually the next game waiting for you.