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Saturday, October 4, 2008

Warriors in the Woods VIII: Viking Battle of Gambit

The Vikings are coming, the Vikings are coming.

In a change from the previous seven Warriors in the Woods games, event organizer Eric Fisher of Banshee Paintball, decided to move away from the traditional World War II themed scenario game and move toward a Viking game?!?!

Warriors in the Woods VIII: Viking Battle of Gambit was played at Mersey Road Paintball, in East River, Nova Scotia on October 5th, 2008. The theme this time around was Vikings versus the Celts. Many of the 300 plus players who attended the game unaware of the theme change, where forced to get rid of their distinctive World War II German style helmets and A5's moded to look like Thompsons, in favor of horned helmets and battle axes.

"I thought the World War II theme had run it's course." Said organizer Eric Fisher. "This time around we decided to go with something completely different. The kids here seem to like it."

The Tippinators played on the side of the Viking invaders. Poised from the onset to crush the vile Celtic dogs and bring honor to the Northmen, or something along those lines.
The rule set and objectives were much simpler for this event. Each team had a flag at their of the field. The goal was to fight your way through and capture the other team's flag.

The one twist in this edition of the game, in keeping with the ancient theme, was the inclusion of shields. Players were allowed to carry a personal shield, no larger than 32 inches across throughout the game. Shield hits did not count for eliminations so groups of players could link shields and form a mobile bunker system.

The shields gave the younger less experienced players an opportunity to move through the hail of paintballs, and emboldened the veterans to make spectacular run throughs on shielded players to break the stagnating lines.

As at previous Warriors games, the final outcome was decided in the fading minutes of the game. The Celts made a heroic charge through the Viking lines to secure the flag and final victory.

Plans are underway for Warriors in the Woods IX. No details have been released for the spring 2009 game, but whatever Fisher has up his sleeve, it should be a good one.

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