Sherwood - Found it more centered along the lines of speedball and airball Vs. the woodsball of the Paintball Jungle. They're really two different types of fields that cater to two different types of players and they both provide a good experience for the targeted patron.
I've played at the paintball jungle for about 6 years, thou 2002-2003 I did not play there as I lived elsewhere. I've played in a number of fields since I began playing and as far as service goes the Paintball Jungle has a very professional staff and they're extremely considerate of their patrons compared to many fields. The condition of the field is very good offering a diverse range of bunkers, tee-pee's and foliage cover in a woods-ball environment to cater to a variety of playing styles. I would rate the field as far as features and such a 10 and the staff a 9.
The players who come to the paintball jungle seem to come from a variety of skill levels but I would mostly group their skill level (scale 1-10 10=pro 1=first timers) in the 1-6 range. There is a large number of newbies on both teams but there are a few people relatively competent in gun mechanics and playing strategy/tactics. Most of the people are very friendly and easy to strike up a conversation with thou I must say that some of the "Hornets" are the least friendly and helpful people who play there.
Some reviews here really bash the hornets and say some pretty inflammatory things, I would take them with a grain of salt as I would any of these reviews, I don't really agree with all the reviews of them but there are some valid points they make on the hornets. My experiences with the Hornets team over the years has been relatively good, I believe that most people who complain about them "wiping" and cheating is just purely from their own lack of skill and frustration from losing to them. The Hornets are a very organized team and work well to combat the often unorganized group of walk-ons and overwhelm them purely with strategy at times. As far as the "Sportsmanship" of the team, I do find them to take the game EXTRA seriously, especially if they get eliminated in Beeswax. I've tried to strike up conversations with them and i'm usually brushed off and looked down upon as i'm not a member of their "in group". I notice this especially with children and such that they will laugh them off or not help the kid who's out there with a rental and can't figure out how to change his velocity. Thou not ALL hornets are like this there are some bad eggs in there that ruin their "Sportsmanship image" by playing themselves off in an elitist manner. I also see the Hornets treated more favorably by the staff and why wouldn't they be? They're the home team and are associated with the owner of the field. Some things I've seen consistently over the years that concern me about the hornets do center around the Beeswax game, I have seen people get shot including myself by hornet paintballs during Beeswax that will cause severe bleeding (removing many layers of skin thru clothing, I don't know if they're not chronoing in or what but the kind of damage i'm talking would have to be from a ball going well over 300FPS). I have brought my injuries and the injuries of others to the attention of the staff who usually expresses great concern over the matter but I haven't seen much to change that yet. Basically despite the fact that I respect the hornets and all I feel they bring the rating of this field down from a 10 to a 9, it's a problem but it won't significantly affect your game if you stay out of Beeswax.
All and all the paintball jungle is a great field, I play there any time for great woods-ball style play with CTF and some speed-ball mixed in, I really haven't been to a better field that caters to this style of play. The only thing I would change is the attitude and true sportsmanship of SOME of the hornets as they drag down my overall impression of the field. Other than that I HIGHLY recommend it for Newbie players as you will be at home with a number of other new and inexperienced players and won't be overwhelmed by Experienced players out-gunning and outplaying you. For the more experienced player this field can be a little mundane depending on the day, but sometimes it's fun to be in a class above most of the other players, or you could try your hand at some beeswax with a team of Inexperienced people Vs. Experienced players.
All in all a good balanced field with good people, but the competition with other players may be boring for a very skilled player.
Side Note in Reference to the BYOP issue:
You can get "Paint Passes" for the Paintball Jungle that will allow you to bring your own paint from just about any paintball supply store in the S.F. Bay area, the whole point of the no BYOP at the Jungle is to try to curb people bringing in cheap crap/flawed paint from some online discount site.
Last edited on Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 at 5:02 pm PST
I'm a hornet, but I decided to not play for them anymore.
Most of them take the fun out of the game and it's not really playing.
It's more like, ok, let's do our usual kick the poop outta them
and get this over with. There's not much strategy goin on during
the hornet debriefing. The wins are basically from the spray and prey
that the hornets have been doing for the past few years. It wasn't
always like this tho. The hornets used to have more enthusiasm
for the game, but it's more of a weekly routine than a game now.
Nevertheless, the hornets do bring the field down and I wish the
field could get possibly a new ownership.
Field and paintballing experience -->5+ years
Last edited on Wednesday, August 25th, 2004 at 3:39 pm PST
Ok, I have never seen a Hornet "brush off" anybody, especially a kid. What are you talking about? Thats just crap and if that did happen it wouldent be tolorated by the Hornets and the rest of the staff. A good review but nobody laughs and brushes off kids at PBJ so quit your Whining! Oh and if you dont like PBJ's owner then don't freckin go man. Of course you will, especially once they get their air ball field to top themselves off as having the best field around, reguardless.
Last edited on Tuesday, December 14th, 2004 at 10:46 am PST