Saturday morning started just like every other at the field. It was however the day of the BT World game and the players would be here soon. Red was already inching ahead in some of the other countries that were hosting the game. Players started arriving to register determined to chisel out there own place in this global game.
Shortly after orientation the field was set and players were readied at their starting points. The horn blew and the game was on. Blue flew across the field like a storm front. Taking the center of the field first gave them the tactical advantage from the start. Several players blew past flags and props alike to close the battle with the opposing team. The red team held their ground and the blue tide was halted.
Finally realizing their field position and the points they blindly ran past, the red team backtracked and started retrieving points. It appeared easier said than done. The ammo crates were weighted and not as easy to carry as they anticipated. The center flag was finally turned and points were being tallied there as well. On the other side of the field, red was gathering any points they had access to. They knew they would need to break the enemy lines to get access to that important center flag.
By lunch break the blue team was far ahead. The red was not going to surrender so easily. Both teams were going to switch sides after the break and the red planning had already begun. With their stomachs full, both teams started out onto the field. New props and missions awaited both teams for even more chances to gain points.
As the second half of the day started red was determined to change the score in their favor. The starting horn sounded for the second time that day and the red team sprinted forward. They captured the center of the field in short order. Shortly after, the flag was turned and the battle joined. Their front lines held as they gained points and props in the background.
The blue team pushed and fought. Gaining ground inch by inch, they truly had to earn it all. The enemy was dug in and well prepared for the battle. It didn’t hold for long as the blue closed the gap in the field and captured the center flag. The red team was routed and began an organized retreat, not giving up ground for free. Blue had a steady stream from insertion to battle front.
In the end, missions had been run and props had been collected. Both teams fought hard and if shot players were worth point the red may have been victorious. Unfortunately they were not and red fell short on points in the end. They were not alone in this world game however and red across the globe was ahead of blue.
At closing ceremonies players traded stories from the days’ action. The smiles and laughter reminded me of a playground full of children. Exhausted as I was, I laughed a long with them. Times like that remind me that it is all worth it. Fierce battles during the day between people that have never met, and jovial conversation in the afternoon between new friends.