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semmel Saturday, February 12th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
FSL
once on a private strip of forest
Review: My first experience of paintball, and I couldn't hope for any better first impression.

Most of the great things about the field have already been mentioned here, so I'll just point out a few highlights and other things I noticed.

Great team! Great safety! Great fun!
That's it in short.
The team will always look for safety first and strictly enforce the rules.
I once got scolded for going close to the opening in the net without a mask when all I wanted to do was stick out a camera to take a picture, and I think that's a good thing!

Another thing I like is the variety you get on this field. The only other field I have played so far (FSL) had only one game on all day, something like team speedball (two teams trying to finish each other off). On this field you can play speedball alone or in a little team without a ref (if the ref knows you are a good sport).
What we played the most (in the morning) was capture the flag (two teams have to defend the flag in their base while at the same time trying to get the other team's flag into their own base) on a field that is well setup for this game.
Center flag is similar, but there is only one flag, and it starts out in the middle of the field. Whoever runs the fastest gets it. If you have the flag, you can wear it like a shield, and if you get hit on the flag, it does not count. Again, the goal is to get the flag into the oppenents' base. This game is usually played on the field with the two trailer homes which are quite threatening to anyone trying to sneak the flag past.
Another game is President where each team has one president, two or more body guards for the president and a few assassins. Goal is for the assassins to take out the other team's president or to get your president into the other team's base. Great fun game. You need strategy and communication skills. Or you simply camp somewhere on the way and hope that they will come your way. The president and his body guards cannot camp though.
I have not had opportunity yet to play the Alamo, but I have heard a lot about it. It seems that it being a favorite field on the site takes its toll and leaves the Alamo in a constant state of near-repair.
If you cannot play the Alamo, there are still other games to offer. A fun game for the end of the day (i.e. to get rid of the surplus of paint you may have left) is Zombie. All you have to do is to make your way to the other team's base and touch their flag pole. Easy? Well, not quite. Anyone who gets hit runs back to their base, touches their own flag pole and is back in the game, resurrected as a zombie.

The owner of the field is also known to find extreme deals on equipment every now and then.

Yes, the paint may seem more expensive, but I am convinced that this is one of the safest outdoor fields anywhere around, and you will have a lot of fun.

Beginners also have a good chance because you won't find many people with high-tech 15 shots per second markers. Using the woods as cover makes success a lot more your own responsibility. Just don't rely on the cover too much - some thick shrubs may still allow some balls to pass through...

Quite frankly, when I went to an indoor field for the first time after being used to CZ, I was very disappointed about a lot of things. Once I got used to the differences, I still had a lot of fun in the end. But my point is that an outdoor field is a completely different experience. More space, more variety in cover, more need for stealth, lower visibility and bigger teams are just a few of the differences.

I could not think of a better field to play.
Slight cons:
Paint price (but it's worth it, never had trouble with it)
Alamo sometimes out of comission, but you get offered other games.
 

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