Paint balling on a weekend? Count me in!!. While scrolling through my Instagram feed sometime ago, I came across a “Paintball hangout” post and I knew I had to attend . Asides the fun, I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to meet and network with like minded people in ibadan on a Sunday.
In case you missed it, paint balling is a competitive team shooting sport in which players eliminate opponents by hitting them with capsules (paintballs) that break upon impact.
Paintballs are usually shot using a low energy air weapon called a paintball marker that is powered by compressed air (Nitrogen) or carbon dioxide.
LOCATION AND TIMING
The venue Magnus Paintball game Arena is located in Agodi Gardens, Parliament Road Ibadan. They’re open every day from 9am-9pm except Sundays. Sunday opening time is 12pm.
The normal price is 2000 per player. This event however cost 3000 naira and this included the refreshments we were given.
When I got there, the activities of the day had already started. People were networking, some were at the game stand either playing Ludo or supporting the players. In fact, the first team was already in the Arena. It was such a beautiful sight.
Watching the players dodge their opponent’s bullets was spectacular. The rule of the game was simple. Protect your team’s flag against the enemy and ensure you don’t get shot while doing it.
I was so hyped. I figured it was an easy task. When it finally got to my turn, I went in battle ready.
My battle regalia included a Paintball Jersey with pants , a mask, a gun and bullets (a.k.a paintballs).
Before each game, the referee/marshal (the one that ensures the rules are upheld) addressed us and laid down the rules (he did this for every team)
THE GAME’S GOLDEN RULES
- Always wear your masks once you’re in the Arena (Paintballs upon impact can leave painful welts or even break the skin).
- Each team must have not more than 8 participants.
- Every player gets 30 bullets for the 2 rounds which lasts for 30 minutes (15 minutes for each round). Should a player need additional bullets,the sum of 500 naira would be paid for 20 extra bullets.
- Protect your team flag at all cost. The capturing of your flag is a defeat for your team.
- Once shot, you must leave the arena.
- Never pick fallen bullets ( This is because paintballs when shot gets softer than usual. Such bullets might break inside your gun and this would lead to you having a jammed gun).
- Work as a team.
My team (Bang Bang) consisted of 2 ladies and 6 men.
During the first round, I was positioned at the flag point to guard it. The instruction was simple. Shoot any enemy that dares come close. I was so pumped!!.. This was easy, I was going to shoot to kill. I crouched behind the drum, anticipating.. All this while thinking my enemies stood no chance. Boy! Was I wrong!.. Less than 10 minutes into the game, I heard a scream and before I could say jack!, a gun was pointed at me and our flag was taken.
Everything happened so fast. One minute, I was on top of the world, feeling fly with my gun filled with all 30 bullets and the next minute, I was facing a gun ready to shoot me to oblivion should I move. My head was reeling. I had been humbled by the very people I had annihilated in my mind. Before my eyes , I saw my terminator career come to naught. So much for my Budding Terminator career!. To think I had practiced my victory dance steps for when we won. This goes on to confirm the “don’t count your egg before it’s hatched” quote.
The next round was uneventful. Obviously, I was taken away from guarding the flag (deep sigh.. My team mates didn’t rate me any more) and positioned at a different location. Here, I didn’t take any chances. This was war! and I was ready to lay down my life for my team (just kidding, I probably would have fled if I had to choose between getting shot and defending the flag.. Oh wait, you think I want to die?). At my position, I fired my weapon at any slight move from our opponents. My team members had the same thoughts with me, the put up quite a show. Eventually, the time was up and we all had to exit the arena. No one won this round but I’d like to think we did (we eliminated most of them).
- Offense is the best form of defense .
- Never depend fully on your team members. Remember, every one is fighting their own battle.
- Hiding behind trees and bunks won’t save you. Always be on the move.
- Finally, work as a team. ( I’d like to think we were defeated so easily in the first round because the person we asked to notify us of incoming threats failed to do so. In her defense, she did notify us but then again, who looks at hand signals in battle. What happened to you shouting left or right!)
- Wear comfortable footwears that can let you run around in the ring. No heels please.
- In this game, the larger the number, the more fun the game is. So ensure you visit the Arena with more people, it makes it more fun.
- Carry your own food, drinks and music along. You’d get thirsty at some point ( Agodi gardens has lounges though so that’s always another option).
- Don’t go too close to the Arena without your masks and regalia on, the colors from the bullets might hit you, stain your outfit and hair or worse, get into your eyes.
- You might experience sore feet and body aches afterwards but that would last for a day or 2.
Ensure you adhere to all the pointers given and above all, make sure you have fun.
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Ever gone paintballing? What was the experience like for you?