The hay of Zombie paintballs pop up all over the place this Halloween as the new ghost in ghost houses rides. These games are safe for all ages and are a really fun way to learn how to shoot paintball guns. This style of zombie paintball is simple; everyone gets into a hay wagon with a loaded paintball gun. As the riders are driven through a course, they shoot at people dressed up as the undead. In most games aimed at the general public, the zombies are not armed so they don’t shoot back. The poor zombies in this game are basically scary bits of meat that you explode with paintballs. As a trench worker, the job of being one of the zombies leaves a lot to be desired. However, if done correctly with a lot of effort into props, details, story line, and the right tools, the zombie hay can be a scary and exciting experience you will never forget.
Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until Halloween to play a zombie paintball. There are several other game variants that are even more fun. These games can be played at any time of the year in the field behind your house. If you are a paintball enthusiast and play often, try some of these zombie game variations for a different spin on the same old game. You can also play a zombie paintball as a Halloween party or birthday theme that your guests will never forget. When playing leisurely, you won’t need as many supplies of paintball as a professional or business field would. However, the more elaborate the costumes and props are, the more fun and memorable your game will be if your budget allowed. When you don’t have to cater to the public, you won’t need a giant hay wagon to carry players around. You can also get the option of equipping the zombies with paintball guns so they can shoot back for a much more interesting and exciting game.
To play a zombie paintball, you’ll need at least 8-10 people, but the more the better. Games with more people equals more zombies and much more fun. Divide into two teams with numbers specific to the game variant you decide on. One game has two teams, zombies vs humans, each armed with paintball guns. Obviously, each team tries to eliminate the other but the spin is this … zombies can only be killed with head shots, they can be hit in the body repeatedly without being eliminated. If a zombie shoots a human being, the human is incapacitated for a period of time (5 minutes) and then can continue to play like a zombie trying to wipe out human beings. No matter how good the human team is, eventually the zombie team overwhelms the human beings almost every time. This is because head shots are very difficult in paintballs if you do not know what you are doing or do not have an accurate enough marker. Given this, divide your teams up in the beginning with slightly fewer players like zombies and more players on the human team.
Another fun variation of a zombie paintball is best played with a larger group. This game divides players into three teams; two human teams and one zombie group. The two human teams are divided into one with guns and the other without. The job of the gun carrying a human team is to protect the unarmed team as they travel through zombie-infected wasteland. The zombie’s jobs are to eliminate the defenders so they can eat the armed human beings. It is better if the armed human team is larger than the armed players whenever possible (for example, of 8 players; 3 are disarmed, 5 have guns and they defend the 3). This game is extremely fun and requires a strategy from both sides if they want to win. A good rule to follow is that zombies must shoot the armed beings to eliminate them but they must not shoot the armed group, they must have physical contact with them to eliminate them. While this can be a taper on the back or a full tackle, this adds a whole new level of excitement to an already fast paced game filled with adrenaline.
Other than the usual solo gear, you won’t need many extra supplies to play zombie paintball. However, the zombies will need a few details. No matter how you decide to play, zombies are going to be hit with the largest number of paint balls, so their protective gear must be a priority. If you are setting up paintball hay, your zombies must wear protective gear from head to toe. This includes shin guards, knee / elbow pads, protective vest and / or armor shirt, arm / arm padding, gloves, neck protector and goggles. For zombies, paintball goggles are preferred to full face masks so the protective eyewear does not interfere with face paint if you use this. If you decide to go with scary masks instead, goggles are the best choice to fit over the mask. Choose zombie masks knowing that you will also add protective eyewear. For example, either choose a very loose mask so that paintball goggles can be worn underneath or a very tight mask (or face paint) for outer wear goggles. Cheap vinyl paint ball sweaters are also available and great for covering zombies for a unified look and also offer a little more protection.
Before playing, decide on other fun details of the game that determine players’ skill level. For example, do you want fast or slow zombies? Slow zombies swarming around are easy targets better for beginner players, but hard on the zombie players. Fast zombies are much more fun and more intimidating but make the game more suitable for the adventurous type. One of the biggest decisions is what you want your zombies to wear so you can differentiate them from the human players. Will they wear scary Halloween masks, face paint or simple colored bands around their arms? The arm band option is obviously the cheapest and easiest route, but spending time, effort and money on the details will create a game that will never be forgotten. The vinyl coveralls come in either a bright hunter orange or camouflage. Orange makes your zombies stand out and be easy to spot, while camo helps them to hide for a much more challenging game. Finally, glittering in the dark paint balls is available to make evening or evening play really fun and okay with the theme.