At this point I am leaning toward yes, allowing 2700s on 2.5x and the such in the interest of water capacity. And no, we can't just carry infinite water into these abandoned places, it looks very suspicious if anyone sees that. A backpack of bottles may not be out of place, but everyone carrying full backpacks and visible bottles looks fucking strange, and strange is what leads to police calls. "Concerned neighbor" psychology is all about presentation, not the actual activity itself. We could even be using like real guns, if it doesn't look unusual, no one would give us a second thought.
Downtime will happen while refilling no matter what you do, unless you use refilling under fire tactics, which only work if you outnumber your opponent. Or, we play long rounds and expect players to refill during them, not putting any buffer time between rounds. However, anything with downtime like resetting flags or walking to another playing area is the most optimal time to refill, simply by nature. The buffer time is unavoidable, so you might as well have people refill during it.
Field life is easy to measure relatively - take the no-refill shot pace of the most conservative shooter for z game. The actual stats don't really matter - if no one paces slower than x player using y blaster during z game, that is your max field life for that blaster in that gametype. Whether it carries 2000mL or 200mL does not matter, what matters is how fast people use that water supply. Logic dictates that the 2000mL gun will always last longer, but that assumes that the relative nozzle size ratio is different. But, the ratio can be the same and the theory no longer works. In other words, if the gun with 2000 will expend 50% of its water in the same amount of time that the 200 one will, the smaller capacity gun is better, as it uses less water overall and that's less to carry. This is just something to think about. A 2700 on 2.5x will always outlast a 1200, NOT because it carries more water, but because the 1200's nozzle is 4x or 6x. If they expended water at the same % rate, the 2700 would waste water overall. To match that rate, a 1200 would need a very small nozzle that probably wouldn't be effective, so ultimately we end up back in favor of the 2700, but this isn't necessarily the case for every gun. Cutting down output on something like a 2000 vs a 2700 would produce better outcomes for the 2000. Of course, any pair of users will almost certainly not expend water at the same rate even with the same ratio, so that's why this is not entirely a stats thing, it's mostly a people thing.
I still strongly prefer a refill source on-site, for the peace-of-mind it brings knowing we can never run out, and to reduce the amount of equipment carried in. Again, the less we carry, the more likely we get away with it no matter who we encounter along the way in. There is still plenty of time to keep looking for sites and even to look for new playing areas at the backup site (Northgate). I know people got kind of bored of it, but it's legal, has on-site water, and abandoned buildings. It's also a 1,000+ acre park, of which we used maybe 20 acres.
marauder wrote:You have to explain things in terms that kids will understand, like videogames^ That's how I got Sam to stop using piston pumpers