Yes, I know they can as I have done it. But the real question is should it be allowed? The argument has been made that dodging rockets is not "realistic" as real tanks can't dodge real rockets. My arguments for dodging are:
- What in paintball is realistic?
- If a real tank crew saw artillery setting up and firing on their position, would the tank sit still and let the artillery shells fall as they may?
- How can a ref tell the difference between a dodge and normal evasive maneuvers?
- Players can dodge paintballs. They don't just stand still when they hear someone firing at them. With real bullets you wouldn't even hear the sound, you would just be dead.
- I made a considerable investment in time and money to design and build a walking tank that is lightweight and maneuverable with the intent of bring a fun and exciting new dimension to scenario paintball.
- If I call my tank a "mech" instead would dodging be ok?
I am all for keeping the game fair but I don't want some rule that arbitrarily limits what I can do and is impossible to enforce. There are much easier and fairer ways to balance the game between tanks, launchers, and regular players. Some example rules that have been in place for years are:
- Limit the number of tanks or launchers that can be on the field at one time.
- Limit the amount of ammo that tanks or launchers can carry.
- Restrict tanks from certain parts of the field.
- Change the number of rocket or grenade hits it takes to disable or eliminate a tank.
- Restrict tanks to special missions during designated times.
- Mark off fill boxes on the tank so paintballs can eliminate tanks.
- Allow rockets to take out buildings and bunkers.
These rules can all be worked out between the field, scenario organizer, tanks, and launcher owners before game day to ensure fair and balanced teams. My offer still stands to tape a quarter to my tank so First Strike hits can eliminate it.
To the launcher owners (many of you I count as teammates and friends) I say get off your lazy butts and practice. I am not going to stand still just because you can't hit the broad side of the barn. And remember that if the rules against tanks are so strict that it isn't worth me bringing my tank, you won't have anything to shoot at. You can just leave your shiny new launchers at home.