If you're new to the field or a parent looking into letting your kids play with us, this is the page you need to be on. I doubt we will be able to answer every question you have, but here are the answers to most of them.

NEW COMPLETE LIST OF RULES FOR 2012 CAN BE FOUND HERE



What is Bad Karma? What's the big deal all about?

Where to you play?
When do you play?
How many people show up to play?
What are the ages of people that come play?
What are the field FPS limits for AEGs?
How do teams work?
What is the cost to play?
What types of games do you play?
Can we use grenades or fireworks?

My parents are coming but don't want to play. Can they watch?
What kind of gear do I need to show up with to play?
What is a "Death Rag"?
Do you rent AEG's or sell bb's?
What is a "Field Veteran"?
I would like to have a birthday party. How does that work?
What is "Noob Day"?
How do I get into the September Game?

 WHAT IS BAD KARMA? WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL ALL ABOUT?
   Bad Karma is currently the 3rd largest airsoft field in the country and the largest East of the Mississippi River. The field is NOT a business, just the place where everyone comes to play. We are unique in that you do NOT have to pay to come play with us, however the field itself in ENTIRELY supported by the players and their field donations. We ask each player for an annual $25 donation to the field which gets them special benefits throughout the year, BUT IT IS NOT REQUIRED IN ORDER TO PLAY WITH US.
    We have an active player base of over 500 local and regional players that play with us on a regular basis. Game days range anywhere from 20 on private dates to 150+ on the regularly scheduled open play dates, to over 700 for special events.
    The field itself is 30 acres of wooded, open, and CQB buildings spread out into 5 separate, distinct areas of play that can be used in a variety of combinations depending on the number of players present. Bad Karma Airsoft is DESIGNED for our players to be a safe place to play our sport without having to worry about neighbors or law enforcement showing up because you're somewhere you're not supposed to be. EVERYONE knows what the field is for.

WHERE DO YOU PLAY?
    If you need an actual address to find us using GPS, use 1776 Gwynn Rd. Lebanon, TN 37087 For actual DIRECTIONS TO THE FIELD, click here...


WHEN DO YOU PLAY?
    The Calendar can be found here. During the summer, games go on all the time, even during the week. But just about any weekend during the course of the year, you can find something going on. When you look at the calendar, events with a little "SKULL" beside them are FREE AND OPEN PLAYDATES. Anyone can come play with us for free on those days. There are at least 2 or three of those a month. Events with a little "MONEYBAG" beside them are open play dates, but there is a cost involved to play, usually going to a charity or to help offset the cost of the event itself. Play dates with NO ICON beside them are PRIVATE play dates and unless you have been specifically invited to attend, the field is closed to you.
    On OPEN game days, the gate is usually open around 8AM and the first game gets underway between 9 & 10AM. Check the event on the calendar to see actual times.

HOW MANY PEOPLE SHOW UP TO PLAY?
    Normal Bad Karma OPEN play dates average 150+ players. Other OPEN play dates vary anywhere from 40-100 players. Invite play dates, "Pay to Play" events, and private events can have anywhere from 10 to 200 players show up

WHAT ARE THE AGES OF THE PLAYERS THAT COME OUT TO PLAY?
    Anywhere from 10 to 70. Players under the age of 14 are REQUIRED to have 1 parent at the field. 1 parent is allowed per group of players if you carpool together.

HOW DO TEAMS WORK?
    Unless you attend a private or special event, most games are broken up into 2 main teams, "BLACK" and "GREEN". If you show up with a group of friends and there are enough players on the field to keep teams even, then you are more than welcome to play together on the same team. We tell teams by the COLOR OF YOUR LONG SLEEVES. Because most players wear tac vests of some type, it's hard to tell teams by chest color, so we use YOUR SLEEVES. Camouflage patterns are considered "GREEN" unless they use grays and blacks.

WHAT ARE THE FIELD FPS LIMITS FOR AEGs?
     Unless otherwise stated in an event's information, standard field limits are as follows:
Normal AEGs: 425 fps with .25 bb
Sniper Rifles: 550 fps with .25 bb with 100 foot minimum engagement limit
Squad Assist Weapons (1000+ count continual feed magazine) 485 fps with .25 bb 50 foot minimum engagement

    A "Normal" AEG is just a standard AEG rifle you buy at the store. It can be fired semi or fully automatic. A "Sniper Rifle" is a BOLT ACTION or SEMI AUTO ONLY rifle and a "Squad Assist Weapon" is a SAW type gun or any standard AEG that has been modified with a 1000+ round magazine that is continually fed and does not need to be wound. If you have any questions about what category your gun falls under, please see a Core Team member on game days.
    Field FPS limits are strictly adhered to on game days. We DO chrono guns and refs DO CARRY field chronos with them. Your gun is subject to being chronoed AT ANY TIME. If a gun is found to be "over the limit" then it will IMMEDIATELY be removed from the game. Continued infractions of the FPS rules will result in banning from the field. These limits are in play FOR YOUR PROTECTION and everyone else playing. During the year, Nashville Airsoft holds "NO LIMIT" FPS games and you are free to crank your gun as high as it will go. Those play dates require a special waiver. Watch for those dates on the calendar

WHAT IS THE COST TO PLAY?
   There is NO COST to play with us if you play at the open events. "Pay to play" events are noted on the calendar and you should check the event details to see about the costs involved in playing at those events.


WHAT TYPES OF GAMES DO YOU PLAY?
    Click here for detailed explanations

CAN WE USE GRENADES OR FIREWORKS?
      Fireworks? No. Grenades ARE ALLOWED as long as they follow the outline of the FIELD APPROVED GRENADE page.
ANY FIREWORKS OR PYRO OF ANY KIND YOU ARE UNSURE ABOUT USING ON A GAME DAY MUST BE APPROVED PRIOR TO THE GAME. Your device will be set off in front of everyone present prior to being allowed onto the field and if it is approved, you will be allowed to use it. Because there are younger players present on most game days however, expect your design to NOT be approved on the first try.
     Grenades that go off OUTSIDE will not count as any kills unless players decide to call out. We are too busy monitoring the games to determine who was within a blast radius or who may or may not have gotten hit.
     Grenades that go off inside SINGLE STORY OR SINGLE ROOM BUILDINGS will kill everyone inside.
     Grenades that go fff inside MULTIPLE STORY/ SINGLE ROOM BUILDINGS will kill anyone ON THAT FLOOR
     Grenades that go off inside MULTIPLE ROOM BUILDINGS, NO MATTER HOW MANY FLOORS will kill anyone in the ROOM OR SECTION WHERE IT GOES OFF. WALLS determine what is or is not a section.

MY PARENTS ARE COMING OUT WITH ME BUT DON'T WANT TO PLAY. CAN THEY WATCH?
    If you are under 14, at least 1 PARENT is required to be there at the field with you anyway. The parking lot is huge, with plenty of shade. Parents are welcome to bring along a chair and book or something to do if they do not want to play or go down and watch games. Safety goggles are not required up in the parking lot., but if parents want to go down and watch you play, they WILL need some form of safety glasses at a minimum. We ENCOURAGE parents to come watch and participate in their kids' play dates. This is a big boy and girl sport and we want parents to be fully informed about just what it is their kids are doing when they play.


WHAT KIND OF GEAR DO I NEED TO SHOW UP WITH TO PLAY?
    You need at a MINIMUM, a LONG SLEEVE GREEN/ CAMO AND BLACK shirt. You can wear whatever kind of pants you want. During the summer, we see people playing in jeans, army pants, even shorts (I don't recommend that tho). Comfortable shoes or combat boots are recommended. SOME FORM OF EYE PROTECTION IS REQUIRED. At a MINIMUM you need ANSI RATED SAFETY GOGGLES but for the younger players, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND FULL FACE MASKS. If you wear only safety goggles, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND A MOUTH GUARD.
     You will also need a RED "Death Rag". This is just a red square piece of cloth. That is what we use to signify that you are dead. Of course you will need a gun of some type. I'm not gonna recommend to you what kind of gun you need. Check with the vendors about what you can afford and works best for you. Nashville Airsoft rents guns and al vendors sell bb's.


WHAT IS A "DEATH RAG"
    The ONLY THING that signifies that you are dead on normal game days is a red piece of cloth we call the "DEATH RAG". When you die, you take it out and put it on your head as you wait for a medic or walk to a respawn. If you come to a game without one, you are very likely to be shot even though you are dead. Players will walk around during games with their hands up but no death rag on and get close to enemy players and will attempt to open fire on them. THAT IS A VALID TACTIC ON GAME DAYS!!! Some of the games we play are very hard and we encourage players to think out of the box like that. Field Veterans have learned the hard way to watch for that and if you do not have one on after you die, they are apt to shoot you just to be sure you are dead.


DO YOU RENT AEGs OR SELL BBs?
    No. The field is NOT A BUSINESS, just the place where everyone plays. Bad Karma does NOT sell anything other than lunch on our game days. If you need to rent AEGs, call Nashville Airsoft. If you need to buy a gun, bb's or anything else related to this sport, we have several vendors, including Nashville Airsoft that can help you with that.


WHAT IS A FIELD VETERAN?
    A field veteran is a player who has paid their annual $25 field dues. Paying your dues is one way to help support the field. We are ENTIRELY PLAYER SUPPORTED. Everything on the field that gets built, gets there from money paid to the field by our players. Our players come out every year and help to build new structures and buildings. They help keep the field clean and maintained as well. Paying your field dues and becoming a veteran is the only way you can reserve your own play dates as well. Also, field veterans get to "perma chrono" their guns each year. Once a referee has signed off on your AEGs at a chrono station, you NEVER have to get them chronoed again during the year unless you make a modification to them. Because standing in that line absolutely SUCKS right.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE FIELD. HOW DOES THAT WORK?
      In order to reserve the field, you first have to pay your annual dues. You can click here to get to that page. Paying your dues can be done online and you can even use a credit card. Also on that page you will find everything you need to know about your responsibilities while you are in charge of the field for your party. PLEASE KEEP IN MIND IF YOU RESERVE THE FIELD: Noob Day and the September Scenario Game TAKE PRECEDENCE OVER ANY OTHER EVENT ON THE FIELD! If you book the field for a play date close to either one of those events and they get moved due to weather or ANY reason, your play date could get bumped.


WHAT IS "NOOB DAY"?
     Noob Day is the first game of the year every year. It usually takes place the third weekend of March. This is a day that gear towards the "noobs", either to the sport in total or even just our field. In order to play, you MUST be a new player and fit either of those categories. If you are a regular player, the ONLY way to get into the game is to bring at LEAST 1 new player with you and introduce them to the sport. Noob Day 2010 had over 725 players show up to check everything out. This is not like any other day of the year. It's a lot of fun, there are an INSANE number of people that show up and everyone has an incredible day.
     Veteran and regular players that do not like crowds are encouraged to stay home for this one.

HOW DO I GET INTO THE SEPTEMBER GAME?
     The September game is the annual Scenario Game. It is a "pay to play" game that is not played like a normal play date. It is a continually running game with only 2 breaks for lunch and dinner. Missions are decided by the team leaders and the game changes up during the day depending on what kinds of decisions team leaders make. Expect to see all of the game types we play during the regular season used in the Scenario Game, but modified to fit the game itself. The game is usually limited to around 175 slots.
    The ONLY way to get into the game is to reserve a slot. The forum for reserving slots opens up every year on June 5th at 5PM. Slots are awarded on a "first come, first serve" basis and the timestamp on your reservation post in the sign up forum determines your place in line. Each Scenario runs for 3 years. Players who play on a team are considered "VETERANS" of the game beginning with the next year in the series. Veterans from a previous year GET PRIORITY over brand new players in line for slots.
    Every 3 years, everyone's veteran status gets wiped and we start over, giving everyone a fair chance to get in. Slots go EXTREMELY QUICKLY for the game so be sure to watch the web site and forums as we get nearer to June 5th.


  Pay your field dues NOW and be able to reserve up to two play dates at a time on the Field Calendar. Simply put the name of the person you are paying for and hit the big ole' button. Credit Cards ARE accepted. REMEMBER: The field depends entirely on our players to be able to build new buildings, add new structures and keep it all maintained. It's YOUR field, help support it.

Who are you paying for: