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hobbes01721 Saturday, August 14th, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Friendly Fire - I really enjoyed this experience, but I think that both fields have their strengths
Review: To every field, there's good and bad. Since nobody likes bad news, I'll do the good first.

GOOD:
-Some of the refs are experienced. I can't say professional, because they were fooling around during orientation. Don't get me wrong, I hate it when people take their job too seriously, but I believe this is one time where joking should not happen.

-Pro Shop. It's good to have a place on the field where you can buy almost anything. Their prices may not be the best, but you can't beat convienence.

-Speedball Field. Huge. Simply put. I think you could fit a 20 man game on that field. They must have 5 sets of bunkers on that thing.

-Woodsball Field. Huge. This can also be a negative, see below. I only used the woodsball field around 2 games, so I can't talk much about it, but I'll post what I know.

BAD:

-Refs. If the refs don't like you, they'll let you know. The employees in the fill station frequently seem disgusted with their jobs, and not pleasant at all. I know when I go to Friendly Fire, there's always a happy face in their air hut. Also, I had a couple encounters with some of the refs. I was playing speedball, and I called for a paintcheck. At this point, it didn't really matter, because it was a 3 on 1, and 2 of the 3 were members of the Fox 4 Factory, and the third person was a friend of mine who is really good. I was done anyway, but I wanted to go down fighting. The ref, I think it was Wookie, checked my head and as he was running back, he pushed my goggles down so that I couldn't see out of them. Not only is this dangerous, but I couldn't see. I asked him if he could fix it for me, but he just ignored me. That pretty much ruined my day. I was there a different day for a private party, which was going OK, until my brother needed to chrony his brand new gun. I took it in there, shot a couple shots over the chrony, and it shot hot. I guess it sounded like I was complaining that I needed to cut his spring out of the box, so the ref said, "You need to cut your spring. Get over it." I just turned and looked at him, and he tried to make it sound like he was just kidding, but it didn't work. They need to be more professional.

Pro Shop - I'm sorry, but if you buy a jersey on impulse because everyone else has one, you're not doing a good job at shopping smart. Buy online, it's cheaper and if you time it right, you'll get everything in on time. Sure, it's more convienient, but I'd rather order online and have something take 3 days to get here to save $30. Also, the techs in there charge for repairs that my local pro shop doesn't. My Impulse was broken out of the box, so they fiddled with it for a little bit and charged me $5. Now, that may not seem like a huge deal, but at Friendly Fire (sorry for the comparison), they'll work on it for free when they have a minute, even if they have to put off lunch for another 10 minutes.

Speedball - Ok. This is good and bad. It's good because it's huge, like I mentioned before. It's bad because it used to be a parking lot, so they just tore it up and put sand down. That is an interesting experience. My friend said that he's gone through 7 pairs of DYE C4s with his warantee.

Woodsball - Again, this is good and bad. There's a lot of brush, which makes it hard to move, and it's so big that it can get confusing sometimes. Also, it's 60% mud and wetlands, which is not pleasant to step in during a firefight.

All in all, I reccomend trying this field out, giving it a fair chance. I did, and it's a good field, I just like the other field in Upton better. I think everyone should play at both, and go to whichever one they enjoy more.
 

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