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Whi86tey Monday, July 5th, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Paintball extreme, if you like speed ball, air ball, and the like, go there. Don't go to PBX for the woodsball field. Go to Riverside Renegades.
Review: This field is absolutely amazing. This is an awesome woodsball field. This place is huge!! There are forts, bunkers, hedges, brush, shrubs, tall grass, trenches, bridges of all types, tire ladders, barrels, tire forts, I mean the list goes on and on. There is cover everywhere, either natural or man made. There are even pathways that are out of the way and secluded, almost "secret" ways to get to better positions on the field. Its just so awesome. You have to try out this field. The owner, Buddy, is an awesome guy and safety is his number one concern. He even talked about heat stroke and dehydration in addition to the regular safety briefing because it was a hot day. The refs are helpful and do their jobs very well, they respond quickly to any situations that may arise. They are also very concerned about safety and they make sure everyone has a good time.

They play mostly capture the flag. There are about 20 different forts and one team will start at one fort and one team at another. They will then swap forts the next round, so it remains fair. We played from 11:45am to 5:30pm. There were no long waits between games. The cost of playing there is relatively low also. It was $10 for field fee, unlimited CO2, lunch and refreshments. HPA was also available, at an extra cost though. Buddy ordered pizza and everyone had plenty to eat, he even ordered bread sticks for a dude that was lactose intolerant or something. Talk about customer service!! The only other thing you have to pay for is paintballs, and you have to use the field's paint. $20 for 500 paintballs. I was amazed that 500 paintballs lasted me through 9 games and I still had some left to take home. This was the case with everyone who played, there are no long drawn out fire fights or stand offs on this field. The field also has an awesome view of the Monongahela river, the waterfront shopping complex, and the old Pittsburgh industrial area. Its just an awesome sight.

At the end of the day we played what they called a "tattoo game." The two teams were positioned at forts that were fairly close together. If you got hit, you had to go back to your base and touch the flag, then you were back in. The object of the game is to force the other team back into their fort and light them up every time they touch the flag. You have to keep doing this until they are in so much pain, they don't have the guts to touch the flag anymore. Then you can return it to your fort for the win. Its just an awesome idea. The younger teenagers give up pretty easily, but the adults stay in for a long time because they can take getting hit many times. Its a fun game to play to end the day with. You also do not have to participate if you don't want to.

There are a few bad things about this field. This place needs a sign. I mean, no one would ever know that there is a paintball field back in the woods through a gap in a guide rail. I heard that they had a sign, but someone crashed into it or something?? It can also be a demanding task to move around the field sometimes. You have to crawl under hedgerows, jump over things, climb up/down tire ladders, climb hills and mounds, and make your way through thick brush, just all sorts of things. You will be tired by the end of the day thats for sure. The fact that the field is on a huge hill side doesn't help much either. Good thing they have plenty of water because you will sweat alot.

Overall its a great field and its very fun to play there. I can guarantee that you will have a good time at this field. Its an awesome paintball place, and safety is their main concern. They encourage players of all ages to get in on the action, but it is mostly adults. Same days its youth only, and some days its adults only which is pretty cool. I strongly recommend that you at least try this field out, you will like it and you will go back.

 

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