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Goma Wednesday, October 13th, 2004
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Rather not say, don't want to appear dishonest in my assessment.
Review: This is my first time to Fox 4 and my initial impression was very positive. Registration was fast, and pricing to play is great. It is BYOP if you are self-equipped, but prices on paint was very competitive and no reason not to buy there. They have a very nice pro-shop and they were extremely helpful with a problem I had with my marker. The staging area is set up nice, with pleny of room and bathroom facilities, chrono area, and food is right there.

The refs' went over the safety instructions with everyone and I got the sense that they were pretty serious about safety based on their presentation. Based on my observations during play. I noticed multiple kids/teenagers messing with their masked but no one was ever ejected as the refs had indicated. Also, during paintchecks the ref allowed opposing team members to move up their positions when they clearly expressed they would not. Many of the rules they talked pretty tough about seemed to get ignored once play began.

Overall, I felt the refs only got involved if a player asked them to, because someone got angry. I just feel when refs are not involved, there is more cheating by players, and the whole day becomes frustrating.

The first game was an attack and defend type of game at the radar station. Our team was defending first and while we were standing in the radar station discussing the rules with the ref we were attacked and the ref's had to call everyone back because everyone was completely unorganized. Once that was down the ref gave us the go ahead and by the time we turned on our markers and turned around the other team was on us. It seems to me if you are to defend a position you should be given the time to get set up a little.

Trying to take the radar station is worse, the majority of the attack is walking through a swamp and when you get to the site, there is so much brush still in the way it ends up being just a huge waste of paint trying to attack this field. The whole encounter was not enjoyable.

The general capture the flag game was fun with a large field to cover, which means you had to search out the action a little, but overall enjoyable.

The football game was a mess in my opinion. If the object is to charge the football and move it forward then you should be given a minute to get your marker set and turned on before you tell everyone to go. Overall the game was enjoyable but it more a kill or be kill game on a small field. The part that was absurd though was after the game had ended and we headed back towards the staging area. We basically had to walk right through a private party game going on in another field. Seems to me they could have planned that better.

The next game was defend a bunker from a bombing, and again it felt that as soon as we were given the go ahead the opposing team was firing on us, with little time to set up. Overall the game was better than the first one.

Couple of other notes. The time in between games seemed excessive. I am use to a much better pace during the day. It seemed we spent more time in between games than actually playing which I don't like.

I also agree with a previous comment about trying to distiguish what the field you are playing in is, and where you objectives may be. It is nice to have so much land to work with, but it does not mean better play when you have little idea where everything is.

Also, they do have a decent food stand, but it takes too long to get a hotdog. It feels like they cook them one at a time, next time I will bring my own lunch.

I will give Fox 4 another try, maybe their big scenerio game in November. Overall, I just had more enjoyable experiences at the other fields I play at. The refs are very nice and friendly, they take an effort to get to know some of the people in the staging area. I do not believe they get involved as much as they should during the games though.

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