So thought I would share a first for me at the paintball field today. First a little background as to why it was a first. I first played paintball in 1990 and have been playing regularly since 1994. I have seen may things on an off the paintball field and I have heard hundreds of paintball stories about all kinds of paintball related events. But what happened to day was a first for me.
Today was the largest game of the year in my area, usually around 250 people show up. It is a large scenario game. My team is one of the fields home teams, we have been playing and helping there as long as it has been in operation. As one of the field teams we carry a "player ref" badge. Usually never have to use it and most of the time it is little disagreements that we have to solve. I think I have only had to use it a couple other times. So here is what happened today. A player showed up that is well know as a guy that shouldn't be playing paintball, he has been kicked out of events in the past and when he shows up most players that know him usually will usually say something like " oh great look who's here" or " wonder what kind of trouble we are going to have with him this time." He ended up playing on the side that my team was playing on. So the game starts and we are about 15 min. in and me and 5 other of my team mates just took a large base on the field and we were exchanging a little fire with a couple people left in out lying bunkers. This player that we have had trouble with comes running up in to the base we just took and starts demanding that we follow him to where he thinks we should go. We were just ignoring him but he kept just telling us to follow him, I finally said "no and that we were fine with what we were doing". He wouldn't take no for an answer he just kept telling us to go the way he wanted to go. I again spoke up and said "he could go that way but we were not," this exchange went back and forth a couple times. This whole time we were still busy shooting at players out in other bunkers. Then it happened. I hear "F--- You" behind me and he shot me in the back. At first I didn't know what happened I asked the guy next to me who just shot me? He told me it was that player that I just told no. So took out my player ref card and told him he needed to leave the field and go talk to the field owner he then used several expletives and called me "patronizing and condescending." I again told him to leave the field or he was going to be done for the day. Now I did use several expletives myself by this point and he then said that my player ref card didn't mean "S---" to him.
I was having gun problems anyways(new mag haven't worked out the kinks yet) so I left the field after he walked away and went and spoke with the field owner, he then sent all of his refs to find him and pull him from the game. So a long story short I don't think I have ever seen a player react like that. I don't know how a person even arrives to the conclusion that shooting someone in the back because he wasn't doing what he wanted you to do was a good idea. I have heard about the tempers on speed ball fields but this was a first for me. Just thought I would share, maybe vent a bit.