Battlegroup 2020 was a three days long airsoft military simulation event. The event was held in Padasjoki in the areas of the Finnish defence forces, the municipality of Padasjoki and the city of Hämeenlinna. The event area offered a large fighting area and extensive road network. Also the combined area enabled the use of various vehicles such as armored, wheeled and boats.
Based on feedback, our own observations, a new game area we had improved many of the things which are mentioned below:
- The size of the game area was changed. We aimed to focus our efforts on wider areas, avoiding traffic congestions and to provide better vehicle gameplay. There were areas in the game area where movement or battles were restricted, either narrally or for security reasons.
- The development of Status.ehasa.org system was continued as well as the blue-force tracker.
- Foreign players were to register and pay their game fee 2 weeks before the event because of the permit process with the defence forces.
- Food services had been outsourced to our partner Dogs & Deli. We developed our food service based on the feedback we had received and the food ordering service for the faction bases was again available.
- We wanted to transfer the management of each faction in the hands of the players themselves. We needed at least two voluntary commanders to organize the event.
- We decided to change the duration of the event. Game started on Friday and ended on Sunday.
- UN-faction returned to the event. The purpose of the UN was to control ingame-action of the players/factions. The UN was given the necessary powers/mandate to intervene in “war crimes” by penalizing those of responsible.
- The factions’ camouflage restrictions were lifted meaning that the factions were now only distinguished by armbands.
- The rules governing the transportation of personnel had been clarified. The transportation of personnel on trailers was prohibited.
- The faction bases, including the HQ areas of the factions, were set as offgame areas. Spying of the opponent was implemented in other ways.
- We allocated resources to the tasks of the figting factions, which is why civilian activities relied more on players themself.
The Battlegroup 20 was a combination of airsoft, milsim and larp elements. The game could have been compared to the Swedish Berget–events. The game was filled with ongoing operations and momentary missions, which were handed out by the team leaders. The game was not in a full on battle the whole time, there were also some times you couldn’t be able engage in battle.
Players were required to be physically and mentally prepared that the game would last +60 hours and the game area was big. The players should have been well equipped for long distances, long times on the battlefield, weather changes and that food and water will not always be on hand. The official in game languages are finnish and english.
The story of TSTOS 20 continued from the previous event. Recently, conditions in Padasjoki had calmed down and the UN is monitoring peace in the region. Uusimaa and Pirkanmaa have retreated to their own bases and civilians have begun returning to the area:
TSTOS 19 EVENTS
The fighting centered around the control of the RSV. On Sunday, at the warehouse where RSV was being stored, Pirkanmaa finally began to take casualties because of the Uusimaa armored assault. Some of the civilians also converted from the Pirkanmaa side to the Uusimaa side.
This allowed the Uusimaa troops to move to the edge of the airport to wait for the aerial transport. At the same time, a number of civilians had decided that they would leave the area with the same aircraft to escape the polluted areas. Civilians successfully destroyed an anti-air missile, allowing the airport to be again used for air traffic.
In less than two hours, the plane did arrive, but there was a fuel leak. To repair it, the pilot would need a new fuel hose from the civilian village as well as additional aircraft fuel, which would have to be brought from the northern sand pit.
Together with the civilians, Uusimaa succeeded in finding both things. The hose was installed on the plane, but during the repairs two Pirkanmaa armored vehicles attacked the airport. The fuel canister was left only a few meters away from the plane.
As the clock approached 2pm and Pirkanmaa’s fighting vehicles patrolled around the plane, two Club Pusu employees and one Uusimaa scout managed to board the plane! At 2:00 pm, the plane was able to take off with the passengers and RSV. Also, even though the plane’s fuel hose had been repaired, it was unclear how far the plane could even fly with its low fuel situation.
The majority of the civilian population left the area as the fighting broke out. Only a small percentage of armed civilians, criminals and other unwanted citizens remained. As the situation became more serious, a separate UN-based peacekeeping-unit was established. After the UN, there has been a significant reduction in crime among civilians and the situation seems to have calmed down.
Over time the both fighting factions’ chains of commands suffered from a shortage of personnel and the discipline of the factions’ soldiers decreases. The battles were increasingly focused on smaller areas, sometimes even resembling of the traditional trench warfare.
Over time, however, both Pirkanmaa and Uusimaa were able to form new command chains, but the scarcity of resources was seen in the military outfits and generally in the bases being out-geared.
According to recent intelligence, the aircraft carrying the RSV crashed into the ground, completely destroyed. The same reports from the accident site suggests that the RSV has been completely destroyed.
Pirkanmaa and Uusimaa have agreed on a temporary ceasefire as the United Nations controls border movement. However, in the last two weeks, ceasefire offenses have become more common and rumors suggest that the factions are preparing for new battles. Contaminated areas have polluted the most of the groundwater and filtered water pumps established during the Tstos 19 are still very important for different factions to have control over.