Water Warfare, unbeknownst to most, is a wargame/hobby played in a similar manner to Paintball
, & Laser Tag
, involving pressurized water guns, balloons, refill bottles, balloon launchers, hoses, buckets, and/or other water dispensing equipment. T he game as a whole is generally restricted to close quarters combat, resulting in demanding, fast paced games that require different tactics & strategies.
Counting hits can be tricky, w/ a few ways to do it. Worn targets may be used, or the honor system relied upon. Despite tricky water approximation, most groups work w/ the honor system. Objectives can be anything from elimination to capture-the-flag, & games are played almost anywhere outdoors by anyone. The equipment also costs far less than for other wargames.Assassins
is also often played w/ water guns, but these games are Assassins, not Water Wars. Assassins is no more of a Paintball game when played w/ markers than it is a water war w/ water guns.
Tryhards & tough guys often look down upon Water Warfare, stating preference to the more expensive war games simply because "they hurt", as if that makes them tougher. Others are insecure, thinking that carrying a water gun makes them childlike. However, many dislike Water Warfare for legitimate reasons, such as the difficulty of counting hits & the close-range constraint. The nature of Water Warfare combat is very distinct from other games which some enjoy & some do not, though many have never played it.
To prepare for Water Warfare in the summer, Bob built a water balloon shelter in his backyard, stocked with water refill bottles, CPS 2500's, Monster XL's, and a various collection of homemade PVC water cannons and water balloon launchers.