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Tips, Tools, and Tactics from the Trenches by Don Grubish
by Dawn Mills - WARPIG.com
Scenario Paintball: Tips, Tools, and Tactics from the Trenches by Don Grubish is the first of two books written by the author on the topic of scenario paintball play. A graphic designer by trade, he has taken his love of scenario paintball to a new level by transforming his playing skills into writing skills. Grubish plays for the Minnesota Militia Paintball Team at various events around Wisconsin and Minnesota.
He begins his book with an abbreviated history of paintball, basic rule structure and some personal notes on being shot, safety tips and common sense rules for new players. He devotes an entire chapter to gear, from clothing to tanks to cannons and communication devices as well as an in depth discussion of the various patterns of camouflage.
The best value to the book is to be found in chapter three where Grubish lays out several scenario games, their objectives, how to play, players needed, including variations to go along with them. These sample games would be an excellent resource for a new team longing to play something other than capture the flag, as well as improving their ability to communicate effectively on the field while practicing against each other.
Grubish's glossary of Scenario Characters and Props is another good find in his book, laying out the tasks and duties of the various characters from the General, the medic and even the spy to the briefcase's role in a game, or to a single length of rope as a 'transport' method, to a stretcher to move an injured man, whether real or imagined.
Tactics take a top billing in the book, with a clear description of each style of movement, again giving clear guidelines to the person assigned each task. As with any organization, a fluid ability to communicate, and deliver a clear, concise strategy is a benefit to the whole. Grubish lays out the strategy of various frontal assaults, flanking maneuvers and the effective method to make them work for a team of just about any size.
A short story wends its way throughout the book at the beginning of each chapter chronicling the day of play for Jason and new player, Nick who discovers the technological advances of paintball, the generosity of others and the fun of “the game where you run around and shoot everyone.”
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