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Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby slick63 » Sun May 17, 2015 5:26 pm

I believe some forum members went to an event here a few years ago, looking at the pics of the camp on the website it struck me that it might be suitable for a POW type game. http://ashdowncamp.webs.com/trainingwkendspyro.htm
However I`m not sure how doable a POW scenario would be for airsoft given the limited possibility of using shooty things.
It might get a bit boring, germans on stag for hours, maybe a potshot at someone who gets too close to the wire, searching the huts for escape kit, although you might get satisfaction from calling roll call every hour.
POW`s making escape plans/attempts, getting amusement from baiting the goons, or being slung in the cooler for being naughty.
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby Jimmiiee » Sun May 17, 2015 6:00 pm

I think that was the idea of Op Foxly a few years back as well as Hut 9

Completely doable however I'm not sure on peoples interested

I for one would like to try one out
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Postby prideofengland » Sun May 17, 2015 6:13 pm

Yes although I think it has potential as a game, the lack of support for similar idea's means it probably is not practical :(
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby dadio » Sun May 17, 2015 6:37 pm

It might have more chance if it was an in game scenario rather than the whole game ,pow camp raided by partizans and commando's to free prisoners ,lots of stealth and role play followed by action shooty shooty escape etc ,that way you get a greater audience ,you just have to find a plausible situation ,add a bit of spice by saying one prisoner is a scientist that is essential to the war effort and must escape but his identity is unknown till endex when the rescue can be judged on weather he is recaptured or killed or escaped .
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby slick63 » Sun May 17, 2015 6:51 pm

You are of course right chaps. I think it was my Sunday afternoon imagination running away with me. I had viewed the scenario as a sort of airsoft social with shenanigans thrown in, with the wire as the game boundary. No hunting for escapees in the surrounding area.
It wouldn`t be possible to damage the wire so an escapee would have to use a lot of imagination to come up with a plan....or sit out the weekend in the comforts of the camp.
I did wonder if an escapee was shot in the process whether it would be possible to ask them to leave the site, a sort of all or nothing approach where they would have to consider if the risk was worthwhile.
Then again there would have to be a reward if they were successful. Get 100 yards from the wire to a marshal without getting shot and you get a couple of bottles of wine and an outside the wire billet. :lol:
And of course there may be others who have no inclination to escape and would just like the opportunity of having a fairly relaxing weekend in minimal ww2 kit sat around doing nothing but socialising. :lol:
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby Universal Gunner » Sun May 17, 2015 9:56 pm

Jimmiiee wrote:I think that was the idea of Op Foxly a few years back as well as Hut 9

Completely doable however I'm not sure on peoples interested

I for one would like to try one out


Operation Foxley was a planned CiA game based on trying to assassinate Hitler involving undercover allied teams going to ground and attempting to carry out their own independent plans while Hut 9 was a CiA game based around German POWs escaping in Wales.

Both bloody brilliant scenarios which the CiA boys put a lot of effort in to planning only to find minimal support through a mixture of difficult date selection and people's desire for ever more shooty shooty. Judging by the CiA games I did go on I have no doubt that both of these would have been excellent games that people would still be talking about.

However the result was CiA packing it all in. Damn shame.

I would love a POW game as I don't mind not firing my gun I just like dressing up in scratchy wool. I suspect I am in a minority.

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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby Wladek » Sun May 17, 2015 10:28 pm

Universal Gunner wrote:However the result was CiA packing it all in. Damn shame.

I would love a POW game as I don't mind not firing my gun I just like dressing up in scratchy wool. I suspect I am in a minority.

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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby Mattywheels » Mon May 18, 2015 8:33 am

There is a lack of interest in 'non-contact' events, you are probably only looking at 10-15 players at most who would want an event the featured minimal trigger time - & unfortunately that means most sites are not cost effective.

Massive shame :cry:
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby askhati » Mon May 18, 2015 9:43 am

Try recruiting from the LARP-ing and role-playing communities, they are more open to "think & act" games.
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Postby BedsnHerts » Mon May 18, 2015 11:47 am

Mattywheels wrote:There is a lack of interest in 'non-contact' events, you are probably only looking at 10-15 players at most who would want an event the featured minimal trigger time - & unfortunately that means most sites are not cost effective.

Massive shame :cry:


Which is annoying, as the non-contact events are often bloody brilliant. CIA's Op Jedburgh is still far and away the best event I have ever attended. 36 hours in-game and I probably fired about 200 rounds in total. Op Foxley would have been an outstanding gig but hey-ho, it's all been discussed to death already.
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby dieselmonkey » Mon May 18, 2015 12:16 pm

Myself and Gadge have a complete plan set out for an 'Escape from Colditz' style game, but very few people would be interested in it as there would be no shooting whatsoever, apart from the odd German with a blank-fire K98, so we've never proceeded.

It's a shame, I'd love to run it, but the cost outlay would be far too much for the potential audience, LARPers or not.
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby Mattywheels » Mon May 18, 2015 12:41 pm

BedsnHerts wrote:
Mattywheels wrote:There is a lack of interest in 'non-contact' events, you are probably only looking at 10-15 players at most who would want an event the featured minimal trigger time - & unfortunately that means most sites are not cost effective.

Massive shame :cry:


Which is annoying, as the non-contact events are often bloody brilliant. CIA's Op Jedburgh is still far and away the best event I have ever attended. 36 hours in-game and I probably fired about 200 rounds in total. Op Foxley would have been an outstanding gig but hey-ho, it's all been discussed to death already.


Agreed - my first WW2 airsoft event was the CIA Hauptmann Horn event in Wales, the tension that non-combat builds far exceeds blazing through mag after mag and makes the day far more of a memorable event, rather than just an open day in WW2 kit.

Particularly looking forward to Kasserine this weekend as AGS events have always had a great balance between action and non-combat tasks.

No pressure then fellas! :lol:
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby Russe11 » Mon May 18, 2015 2:12 pm

A POW game or any game that doesn't involve shooting might be more successful if it was advertised to a wider audience. WW2 airsofters by definition are people who like shooting each other and some may not be interested. WW2 re-enactors however might be interested and depending upon the location, it may be possible to involve the public.
At Lacock at War last year we had patrols out in the village and would stop and interrogate the tourists (4 german girls were successfully arrested as spies). We also had a german pilot sent out to try and escape the patrols. A POW game could be run on a larger scale as part of a larger re-enactment event and would work as a way to draw more attention to the display area.
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Re: Ashdown Camp....POW game ??

Postby Granger » Tue May 19, 2015 6:24 pm

I'd be interested in a pow game. I quite like some of the suggestions put forth by Dadio.

I'm not much of an actor so a compromise between role playing and airsoft sounds fun to me.
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