|When the first paintball game was played June 7, 1981,
the game played was a version of capture the flag.
Since that first game paintball enthusiasts have come
up with several other types of paintball games to
play. Each game varies in it's objectives, and
requires a different type of strategy for success.|
"Capture the flag" involves two opposing teams, each
intent on capturing the other team's flag and bringing
back to their own base. "Elimination" is another
version of paintball players sometimes engage in. In
this game, players on one team attempt to shoot, and
by shooting, eliminate every member of the other
team's forces. In "king of the hill", both teams
attempt to take and hold the same base or bases.
Whichever holds the base or bases for the longest
amount of time wins the match.
"Woodsball" is a variation of paintball where
participants engage each-other in the woods. The trees
and limited visibility make close quarters combat
necessary, and ambushes common. "Woodsball" is a
favorite for paintball snipers. In "woodsball", it is
not uncommon to see players use ghillie suits, the
ultimate in camouflage, to get the drop on their
"Speedball" is played in a small field where
artificial bunkers have been constructed. Due to the
level playing visibility, level playing field and high
degree of visibility, the games played go by much
faster than a game of "woodsball". The smaller playing
field means that it is necessary to use smaller sized
teams than "woodsball" as well.
Tournaments are usually played in a "speedball"
setting, and have made "speedball" play more popular
than "woodsball" with paintball enthusiasts.