10 Jul What makes Airsoft games great.
“Yes the players are the most important aspect of the game”
Airsoft… That awesome action game we enjoy playing on weekends. We often stay up late or get up early to prepare and pack for that ultimate battle with our airsoft brothers and sisters. We do long drives and lift-clubs to get to the battlefield. Then on game day we play our hearts out and some battles are won and some are lost.
On a good day we feel refreshed and relaxed after the game. On a great day we are extatic and can’t stop sharing war stories with our buddies.
On a bad day… well… that is self-explanatory.
That brings me to the point of this blog post. What makes an Airsoft game or event great? Is it the level of detail on props and design, or maybe the playing field? Some might say it’s the Marshalls or game rules. Or the running of a tight schedule and being on time.
Well in my experience all of the above are elements that make up the whole Event and work in concert with each other towards the one most important thing, the players.
Yes the players are the most important aspect of the game. Every aspect of the day and an event must drive towards creating a safe, fair and immersive experience for the players. If you lack in any of those the event is doomed to leave a bad taste in the player’s mouth.
A Great event is not the awesome props, it’s the organizers earning the player’s respect. It’s not the size of the venue, it’s the balance between a challenge and having fun. It’s being prepared to adapt to keep the game and scenarios flowing fairly. It’s reading the players and situation and acting quickly and decisively to keep the pace and proper intensity. It’s staying in touch with what both teams are doing right, or struggling with. It’s being consistently fair and unbiased. It’s not having a large number of players.
No, a truly great event is decided in the relationship between the mind set of the organizers and the player’s expectations.