Event Rules - OVERLOAD 2018

(adapted with the kind support of the Border War Crew)

WARNING! THE RULES ARE SUBJECT TO FURTHER SPECIFICATIONS AND/OR MINOR CHANGES OVER THE FOLLOWING PERIOD OF TIME. THE FINAL VERSION WILL BE POSTED PUBLICLY AND INDIVIDUALLY. IT WILL ALSO BE PART OF THE PLAYER BRIEFING ENVELOPE AT THE CHECK-IN.

1. EVENT ATTENDANCE & SAFETY RULES

1.1 Event access

Attendance to the OVERLOAD® airsoft sports event is limited to players who have come of age, who have registered and paid for their tickets within the due time, as defined by the organizers.

Personal liability for every participant is defined by the liability waiver, which will be signed at the check-in.

The Overload Crew reserves the right to select event participants.

1.2 Event course

The OVERLOAD® airsoft sports event spans over 3 days and includes night-time operations. Event calendar and organizational details will be posted in due time and are considered add-ons to this rules.

1.3 In case of accident

Qualified medical personnel will ensure medical assistance throughout the event, nevertheless we advise to carry individual first-aid kits.

Due to included night-time operations in a game-area well known for its rather difficult accesibility, we advise prudent actions. The organizers ensure emergency medical assistance throughout the game. All incidents will be reported to the HQs by radio or by mobile phone at:

Dacul +40 745 354 329
Skipper +40 751 252 006

1.4 Safety rules

All event participants and guests have to wear eye protection at all times and carry on their person the “death rag” for daytime use and red light blinkers for nighttime use. Face masks are recommended for night operations and / or in areas where short-distance engagements are likely.

We warmly recommend additional protection gear: gloves, knee pads, elbow and other protection.

Protection gear is not mandatory in offzones, but it’s recommended.

During daytime: as a rule, moving across game area has to be done in groups (at least 2 people). Individual movement or holding of positions has to be cleared with the HQ beforehand.

During nighttime: individual movement or holding of positions is strictly forbidden!

We highly recommend extra caution while playing during the night. The terrain is very challenging. Do not engage in nighttime gaming if you don’t feel up to it.

1.5 Field markings

Within the game area one is bound to find tape markings, striped yellow-black and red-white. They mark inaccessible (dangerous) spots or off-game areas (catering, offzone, parking etc.). Abide by the applicable rules for these areas (4.2).

Other markings in the field will be self-explanatory (warning signs with announcements, generally recognized symbols etc.).

1.6 Communication rules

An adequate sound level should be maintained. According to the situation, one should respect the right to a good game for everyone, also the participants who are not necessarily taking a break from the game.

Make use of radio comms according to the information transmission capability – keep messages short and objective. Focus and prepare your message before starting the transmission.

Insulting other event participants is strictly prohibited, regardless of the reason. Use common sense and avoid arguing and verbal altercations. Disputes are to be settled with organizer aid in their presence. Verbal and physical aggression will result in game ban.

Refusing to abide by organizer or game-master ruling or inappropriate attitude towards them will result in game ban or permanent ban, depending on degree of damage.

1.7 Non-Game Civilians

In case of contact with non-invited civilians during the event, the game should be stopped by loudly announcing “STOP – CIVIL”, which produces instant game-freeze (truce) and an organizer has to be called in. During game-freeze, players are not allowed to change positions in the field.

1.8 Promotion and advertising

Setting up any materials for promotion and / or advertising is only possible with authorization by the organizers beforehand. Requests pertaining to this matter are to be sent strictly by email to staff@overload.com.ro


 

2. RULES AND ENFORCEMENT

2.1 Applicability

All participants in the OVERLOAD event are bound by these rules. No exceptions.

2.2 Sanctions

Breach of rules will be sanctioned with warning / time-out / game ban / permanent ban, in accordance with the extent of actions and the incurring damage.

In case of game exclusion of a player (game ban), he/she will definitely have to leave the game area, without any cost reimbursement.

“Time-out” represents exclusion from the game proceedings for the time interval decided by the organizer / game master.

All teams (or clubs) take full responsibility for their own members, participants in the event. In the eventuality of sanctions, these will be targeted both at the individual in question and the team (or club) the individual is a member of.
The team (or club) will take full responsibility for an independent player they receive on their list, as they would for a regular member.

Sanction level for each situation will be decided upon by the organizers / game masters and will be openly communicated to affected players and the other event participants as well. Furthermore, the OVERLOAD Crew reserves the right to publish the list of sanctions on the event website and forum.

2.3 Trustees

During the event, there will be also trustees active, the list is not public but they carry a specific event trustee card. Trustees are entitled to request unique bracelet number of any participant, to photograph any participant for identification purposes, apply the warning sanction and communicate this to the organizers, to inform the organizers about any occurence with the potential of game ban, to arbitrate any conflicting situations in the field if his arbitration is accepted by the conflicting parties.

Trustees have no right to enforce authority by physical means, they can not apply sanctions of time-out/game ban/permanent ban, they can not interfere with game development except in order to arbitrate possible conflicts.

Trustee card has to be relinquished at the HQ by request, e.g. in case of abuse.


 

3. IN-GAME LANGUAGE

Main game languages are Romanian and English. We insist on using English for communications within hierarchical structures with non-Romanian-speaking members, at least in radio communications.


 

4. GAME SPACE

4.1 Game Area and Props

The game location lies in a heavily forested area, with both deciduous and coniferous trees and shrubs, with medium-difficulty slopes.

Abandoned buildings, uncovered manholes drains are present in the game area, as well as spots with glass and metal shards. We strongly recommend moving cautiously around, especially in the marked areas.

Game props will be available in the field to mark important objectives and special sites. Modifiying, destroyng or moving them without explicit approval from the organizers is strictly forbidden.

4.2 Marking of Special Areas

Red-white marking tape indicates areas with high risk of injury. Participant access in these areas is strictly forbidden.

Yellow-black marking tape indicates off-game areas which area accessible (catering, offzone, neutral zones etc). These are no-shooting areas and may be entered only after removing magazines and securing the replica.

4.3 Bases and Barricades

It is allowed to use regular textile strings or fishing line to mimic barbed wire, to set up own tents and camo nets, sandbags and building barricades with objects found in the game area – spots where digging is permitted will be established by the organizers. After the event, the terrain needs to be returned by all into its previous condition – in all respects.

It is strictly forbidden to dig in unmarked spots and to cut living vegetation.

4.4 Faction Headquarters

The headquarters (HQ) for both factions will be placed outside the camping areas and will be considered in-game.

4.5 Camping Areas

The camping areas will be OFF GAME. Shooting within the camping areas is strictly forbidden!

Wearing eye protection within camping areas is absolutely mandatory. Entering tents without prior consent of the owner is strictly forbidden.

Camping in the field outside bases is allowed strictly upon approval of organizers and in the special designated places.

The Overload Crew takes no responsibility for any damage incurred to camping gear of the participants.


 

5. FACTIONS. DRESSCODE. INSIGNIA

5.1 Factions

There will be 2 factions in the game: Kazîr Armed Forces (KAF) and the Bristenia National Army (BNA). There will also be a civilian population residing in the theatre of operations, LARP interaction will be possible in the village and also on the rest of the field, depending o the game flow.

The two armies’ objectives are to accomplish the missions assigned by the faction command.

The civilian population is a neutral force with special status. This factions players will have various role play attributes and will be appointed by the Crew.

5.2 Dresscode

Separation of the two faction will be made solely by headwear:

BNA – Helmet or boonie hat are MANDATORY. Any other type of headwear is strictly forbidden.
KAF – Any type of headwear EXCEPT helmet, boonie hat and black baseball caps. Lack of headwear is also permitted.

There is no restriction on the camo pattern. There is no restriction in gear use (ballistic plates, helmets etc.) by faction.

Any event participant is allowed to use face paint.

Civilians will dress according to the role they play.

5.3 Patches of merit

Participants with outstanding performances during the event will receive patches of merit. These patches can be worn and later kept after the event ends without additional costs.

5.4 Other Mandatory Insignia

All game participants will have to wear the unique player bracelet over the entire duration of the event (from check-in to check-out). The bracelet number has to be shown upon request to organizers or trustees.

Players found in the field without a valid bracelet will be declared “off-game” and will be sent to the off-zone. They may re-enter the field only after proof of wearing the ID bracelet.

Missing ID bracelet during an altercation is considered to be aggravating circumstance.

The “wounded” (players who received a hit and were treated by the medic) will wear a white armband on the right arm until thei return to base or visit a hospital or thei get hit a second time. The casualty armband has to be worn visibly.

Medics will wear a specific white armband with the red cross on their left arm.

Casualty and medic armbands will be provided by the Crew.

Off-game participants (“dead”/visitors/photographers/film crew/etc.) fall under the obligation to wear a reflective vest or distinctively colored cloths (death rag) during the day and red blinkers in the nighttime.

The crew will wear labeled orange reflective vests, as well as organizer ID cards.


 

6. IN-GAME VEHICLES

6.1 Vehicle Attendance

The use of in-game vehicles is only possible with prior approval of the Crew. Requests pertaining to this matter will be taken into consideration strictly if they are submitted to the e-mail address staff@overload.com.ro and if they contain relevant pictures of the vehicle. Requests are to be submitted until the deadline presented on the event’s website and forum.

This is an airsoft event, so BBs will be fired from and upon the vehicles. Fuel costs and any risks related are totally attributed to the owner.

WARNING! The game area is located outside public roads, thus mandatory or supplementary car insurance is not applicable (damage repairs are not covered). Nevertheless, the civil or penal accountability for one’s actions is still in force.

6.2 Vehicle Destruction

In-game vehicles can be destroyed ONLY by means of the devices provided by te Crew or by abandoning the vehicle (e.g. if all occupants are eliminated). The destruction devices have to be used according to the instructions of the Crew at the game-start briefing.

Destruction of a vehicle also means that all occupants are dead, with no chance of medical treatment – go back to respawn. In order to keep it simple, JUST the occupants, not also the people in its vicinity, even touching it from the outside.

A destroyed vehicle can be used for cover until it leaves for respawn.

An off-game vehicle (destroyed) has to be marked by two reflective vests, one hanging from each side mirror (in the event of lacking mirrors, there has to be a way to attach them in the respective area). The availability of these vests for each vehicle will be checked by the crew before entering the game. During nighttime, one has to use the hazard lights for offgame vehicles.

6.3 Type of use

Vehicles can be used in one of two manners:

a. Humvee – with fully opened windows – The windows have to be completely open, not just enough to squeeze a barrel. It is strictly forbidden to close the windows as long as the vehicle is in-game.
If a player is hit, he puts on the vest and stands still (he may hide or take cover by cowering inside the vehicle, not by winding up the window).
If the driver is hit with a BB, the car stops. The driver behaves like any other occupant (vest etc., just like above).
The driver can receive medical care or he can be replaced (if he allows for someone else to drive his in-game vehicle).

b. APC – all side windows completely closed – NO FIRING FROM THE VEHICLE TOWARDS THE OUTSIDE, except the machine gun operator on the turret. The vehicle is fully armored, works as an armored personnel carrier. 6mm BBs can’t do a thing, regardless of the amount. The only vulnerable spots are the machine gunner on the vehicle and occupants of open areas of the vehicle (e.g. loading bay).

In any given situation, immediately after exiting the armored part of the vehicle, the doors will be closed shut. Players exiting the vehicle as well as the occupants (except the mounted machine gun operator) are strictly prohibited from engaging opponents while any vehicle doors are still open.

The type of use has to be chosen at check-in for the entire duration of the event. One can not change the type of use during the event.

6.4 Barricades

Any vehicle can be stopped by a barricade, built either by materials provided by the crew or by means of dried branches lying around. The barricade has to look like a construction aimed at stopping advancement, it is insufficient to lie a branch across a road.

If it occurs, the occupants can:

  • open the doors to exit, become vulnerable and attempt to remove the barricade by hand,
  • just sit in and wait for support,
  • fall back.

It is strictly forbidden to break through the barrier by hitting or crushing the barricade with the vehicle.

6.5 Other

Every driver is accountable for the driving. It is strictly forbidden to hit any man-made structures, tents etc. The driving takes place only on roads and paths, with a speed always under 20 km/h. In some areas the terrain features increase the risk of accident. Be careful!

Organizer vehicles will carry the label ” Organizator” and reflective markings. These vehicles are offgame.

Leaving the roads or trails is STRICTLY FORBIDDEN, regardless of reason. Players hiding near the roads and trails can be run over.


 

7. REPLICAS. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT AND RESPAWN

Airsoft replicas using HPA are NOT allowed in this event.

7.1 Special Classes

SAW class – replicas of SAW machine guns
Applies to replicas with the appearance of a support weapon, for which there is a real steel counterpart: M60, M249, RPK, PKM, MG34, MG42, M134 Minigun, M1918 BAR, Stoner 96 LMG etc. The replicas need to have a drum or box magazine. The use of regular magazines is not allowed.

Any other type of replica with a box/drum mag IS NOT A SAW.

7.2 HPA Replicas

All HPA replicas must have a tournament lock installed. After chrono, all tournament locks will be sealed by the organisers.

It is strictly forbidden to remove said seal or modify any of the following:
– pressure / power regulators (except changing the air tanks)
– fire mode
– bb feed configuration
– rate of fire
without prior consent from the organisers and re-chrono of the replica.

Admitted propulsion gasses: compressed air (HPA), Nitrogen or CO2 12g capsules. No CO2 tanks, Oxygen tanks or other improvisations will be allowed on site. All tanks must be structurally intact, without any visible cracks, deformations or outer shell damage. Tanks must not have excessively worn out threads, or any unauthorised modifications of the structure or regulators and valves, It is mandatory for the HPA system to have a commercially available regulator, built by an authorised manufacturer. No improvisations or artisanal regulators will be permitted.

Tanks storage and refill will be performed only in a designated area, as indicated by the organising team. It is strictly forbidden to store or refill HPA tanks in tents, cars or any other areas where they may represent a danger to other participants or goods.

For chrono, CO2 capsules will be inserted intact, in the presence of at least one member of the organising team.

If the HPA system permits configuration via wireless / bluetooth (mobile / web / desktop app), the locking software interface will be made available to the organisers.

7.3 Muzzle Velocity and Engagement Distances

Replicas will receive a sticker label on the trigger guard, as follows:

0-110m/s – GREEN – MED 1m – full-auto

111-130m/s – BLUE – MED 10m – full-auto

131-150m/s – YELLOW – MED 15m – only single fire

131-150m/s – YELLOW – MED 25m – only replicas in SAW class

151-170m/s – RED – MED 30m – only single fire: bolt action only.

All replicas brought into the game (side-arms included) must be chrongraphed before check-in.

The organizing crew reserves the right to check any replica during the game, at any given time!

7.4 Magazines. Ammunition

Due to the milsim character of the event, it is allowed to use only MID/LOW cap mags. HI cap mags are forbidden. The only exception are the magazines of the support weapons (SAW): box mag or drum mag.

There is no limit to the amount carried in magazines, BUT RELOADING IN THE FIELD IS STRICTLY FORBIDDEN (except special designated places or mobile ammo depots)!

7.5 Knife Kill and “Bang” Rule

In order to use the “knife kill”, the player needs to carry a knife replica made of rubber or another non-injuring material (sponge, polyurethane foam etc.) and to hold this knife visibly while performing the action. It is strictly forbidden to use real weapons/knives in the game.

The knife-kill event has to be verbalized by the player using it, for each kill, speaking the words “knife-kill”. If a player is touched by the knife replica of an enemy, this results in “knife kill”, he is considered dead and puts his vest on to go directly to respawn. The victim is not allowed to actually say “Dead/Hit”.

THERE IS NO BANG RULE. You either engage according to MED, or you fall back to gain MED and start engaging. Or you sneak in closer and… knife-kill.

7.6 First Aim, Then Shoot

Firing randomly (blind fire) is not permitted. When shooting, one has to have direct visual contact with the engaged target.

7.7 Destruction by „Explosives”

Buildings and vehicles can be blown up with explosive devices provided by the organizers.

7.8 Bulletproof Armor

Personal bulletproof equipment (plates/helmets etc.) has no in-game effect.

7.9 Mines and Minefields

Only non-pyrotechnical airsoft mines are allowed. Before use, these mines need to be confirmed by the HQ personnel.

Minefields have markings at chest/eye-level, labeled every 10-15m/ Passing through a minefield means instant KIA – go to respawn.We trust your fairness.

7.10 Hit and Respawn

You are considered to be hit if a BB hits any part of the body or the equipment carried. If the replica is hit, it is considered to be destroyed and you can use only the secondary platform. Players must shout HIT, raise hands, put on the death vest/rag/red blinker, sit or lie on the ground and wait for the medic or go to respawn, depending on the case.

If your replica is hit you shout “REPLICĂ! / RIFLE!” and switch to your secondary platform.

After being hit, the “dead” will clear the conflict area ASAP. It is forbidden to remain within the area. During transit to respawn, one has to avoid conflict zones by at least 50m.

It is strictly forbidden to use “dead” players as cover.

“Dead” players do not communicate game related information to the other players. To reach the respawn point one needs to use the shortest route and avoid conflict zones. It is mandatory to wear the reflective vest or the red blinker.

Respawn points are in the base or in mobile respawn points, as they are announced during the game. After respawn, you will obey the squad/platoon/company/faction commander’s orders for future actions.

Players may respawn at full and half hours (12.00 – 12.30 – 13.00 – 13.30, and so on).

Mobile respawn areas can be blocked by attacking them.

7.11 Ricochet

Ricochets are hits and their effect is the same as stated above.

7.12 Medic

The medic rules are an improvement to the realism of the conflict simulation. Those who consider the following rules too complicated, can go directly to respawn when they are hit.

How the medic rule works:

  • Player is hit.
  • Player calls HIT,  puts on the reflective death vest / rag / red blinker and sits or lies on the floor
  • Player calls MEDIC. Player can repeatedly call MEDIC.
  • The wounded can be transported by a comrade to a safer zone. It is important that during transit there is a consistent physical contact between the two. (carried, supported by the others shoulders etc.). No leading by a finger or the sleeve of the shirt.
  • None of the two is allowed to use the primary replica (they can use pistols). Transiting wounded players are not allowed to run. Only the assisting comrades may run, if the wounded is carried – the wounded must have no contact with the ground.
  • The wounded player (wearing a vest) can survive 10 minutes without medical treatment (while waiting for the medic), after expiration of this time limit he goes to respawn if the medic did not treat him.

After the medic arrives:

  • Upon arrival the medic will ask the hit player for a number between 1 and 30, and this number will represent a specific type of wound (light, heavy or lethal) based on the table given to the medic. The same table will offer the “treatment” for the specific case.
  • The medic can not treat more than one player at a time.
  • The medic decides upon triage.
  • If the player chooses a number that has already been taken, the medic will ask for another number.
  • In order to signal that he has been treated once, each player must have with him a white bandage, provided by the organiser; otherwise, if the medic has exhausted his own reserve of bandages the player will bleed out. The bandage will be worn in plain sight as to mark a first wound (first hit).
  • A player can only be treated once; any consequent hit will be considered a lethal one and the player will go straight to respawn.
  • A medic can not treat himself, this can be done by another medic only.
  • A medic must have a pen on himself in order to be able to mark down the used diagnostics in the table.
  • A medic will not show the player the table under any circumstances.

Number of medics
Infantry – 1 medic for 10 combatants
HQ – 1 medic

The medic has to wear the white armband with a red cross provided by the organizer. Wearing any other insignia without the official armband does not qualify the player to be a medic!

The medic will report to the HQ at start-game to receive the diagnosis table. When a table is exhausted, the medic returns to the HQ to turn in the table and get resupplied with a fresh one. Warning: Every table is different.

We trust your fairness!


 

8. RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

The frequencies and channels to be used will be decided upon by the HQ along with company commanders at the beginning of the game.

Jamming the other faction’s frequencies is forbidden.
Listening in on the other faction’s communications is allowed.

Emergency frequency can be used only by the organizers and for medical emergencies.

 


 

9. OTHER RESTRICTIONS

Any militant physical contact except knife-kill is forbidden. Breaking this rule leads to game ban. There will be no refund.

All throughout the game any alcohol or use of any type of psychotropic substances is strictly forbidden!

The organizers reserve the right to deny admittance to the game area of anyone under obvious influence of alcoholic or psychotropic substances upon arrival at the game site.

Making fire, smoking, using open flame devices or any action that can start a fire outside the designated areas is not allowed. Also, grilling is strictly forbidden.

Smoking areas will be marked and if anyone wishes to use a primus or any kind of open flame heating device this will be permitted only in the special designated places to be found in each base!

No lasers are allowed to be used during the game with the exception of the organising team.

Pyrotechnic materials and devices will be used and deployed only by organizers and/or specially designated people.

We ask kindly of you to inform the organizers on any breaking of the rules.
WE TRUST YOUR JUDGEMENT AND OUR COMMON WILL FOR A GOOD EVENT!