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ncruzer Wednesday, September 1st, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Cousins is very close by but is stale.
Review: I happend to have the honor of thowing a bachelor party for my buddy and decided paintball would be the way to start the day. Eleven of us showed up, two with alot of experience, three with a little experience and six first timers. After reading the reviews from this site and clinking on the available links I settled on High Velocity II.
To sum it up this is one of the most fun places I have played in 19 years of playing.
The WWI trenches were the favorite of our crowd. Real trenches, sloped, 6 feet deep, maybe 25 yards long. The only way out is over the top. Lots of cover to hide behind if you were fast enough to avoid the head shots and get out.
WWII has real APCs (Armored Personnel Carriers), jeeps, giant water tanks on trailers, ambulances and other "treaded" vehicles scattered over a field about 100 yards long by 50 yards wide. Many many vehicles. The website site pictures do not do it justice. If you are an Army "nut", or scenario player this is your field. So many of these vehicles cover the field it looks like a scene right out of WWII Europe or modern day Iraq. One side of this field even has a wooded area running along its length.
There were 3 speedball fields, which were fun, but not my thing ,although the first-timers loved them. There's also a Western Town with a chapel with working bell (think pulling the thick rope), cemetery with headstones to use as cover, wagons, a salon and even "citizens" on their balconies.
The really good - I was quoted $10 admission and $10 rental (vforce goggle/face mask, semi-auto marker and air all day) per person and that is what we paid.
The ref (Rob) was great. He realized we were there to have fun and let us have fun. He helped the newbies with their equipment and was friendly. He even volunteered to take pictures with my camera and now we have great action shots. He read "the type" of players we were and adjusted the games to what he thought we would enjoy more (more elimination instead of capture the flag). In other words, this place is flexible to fit you.
The fields are fast and fun. I am an Army "nut" so I was decked out in my camo and authentic ALICE gear, but they are totally unecessary. Show up and play in anything.
The "airplane" field is coming. That's right High Velocity has a small salvaged airplane, a real airplane, that sat maybe 40 people, that is being fitted for use on a new field. Word has it, there will be storm the plane, rescue the hostages type scenarios.
The good. - There are bathrooms, two portables. Better than some places I have been, but not exactly The Ritz. There is a paved parking lot. Beverages are sold on premises. Private picnic tables covered by large tents serve as a base to resupply/rest with lockable storage containers (bring your own lock).
The not so good - When I showed up, the guy manning the shop said $25 admission per person, I said I had a quote of $10 and there were some phone calls made. Apparantly a group is 20 or more people. 20 or more get in for $10 admission per person. However my email specifically said 10-15 and we were quoted $10 per person in writing. I didn't like the thought of be stuck in the parking lot or shelling out an extra $165 because people didn't bring the extra cash. Bottom line, my group got in for $10 per person. A little tense, but they did the right thing, that counts for a lot in my book.
Also, not so good, BUT not a big deal, was that half the markers we were given were out of air! That's right, the newbies didn't know to look at the pressure gauges on the tanks and in the first game were wiped out without ever firing a shot. Air was free all day for our group and it was a quick lesson to learn for newbies to check their air, but the guns were empty and no one directed them to check air and get it if necessary. Again, not a big deal, but they should have been directed to check air before walking onto a field for the very first time.
Finally - no private place to change your clothes. We didn't care, we changed right there in the parking lot - We weren't wearing our muddy clothes in our newer cars, that's for sure.
The fields are fun, the people were nice and we are going back. That you can count on.
 

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