I am writing this review the day after STALINGRAD 2005. I have read a lot of reviews about Skirmish and not all of them have been that good. I have never been to Skirmish to play during a normal business day so this review might not help those of you looking for guidance in that direction.
I went to STALINGRAD with 5 other experienced paintball players. All have played both woods ball and speedball. This was the first of many "Scenario" based games we will be attending at Skirmish.
To start you must go with an opened mind. You are there for the day and everyone wants to have fun. The staff and event coordinators are trying to get over 1,000 people registered and set up with all their equipment and solve all the problems that pop up at paintball games. For the most part this was done quickly and professionally.
Scenario games take woods ball to a new level. There are mission objectives to be completed every hour and area objectives that are won and lost. Hold the fuel depot at 3 o'clock and your team gets points. My group was part of a mission that had to drag 5 large wooden artillery pieces from the German Command Post through the woods of (Pennsylvania) Russia in 3 to 4 inches of snow at about 35 degrees. The artillery was taken 600 or 700 yards, though it seemed like miles, and had to be held in Russian territory 20 minutes to be awarded 500 points each piece. This type of thing goes on all day and someone is on the radio keeping track of everyone’s comings and goings and all the points won and lost.
The day was a blast. There were people dressed in full military reproduction uniforms from both armies’ that added a realistic flavor to the game you don't get in regular woods ball. People came from 100's of miles and several states away to play but paintball is paintball and you still have wipers and at least one fist fight between two hot heads.
There were venders selling everything you wanted, needed, forgot at home or broke while playing. Including new DM5's for $800.00, yes the man said $800.00. The Skirmish price for paint was their normal, too high for crap paint, but I thought $5 for 7 fills of Co2 or N2 was a bargain.
Make your planes now for D-DAY 2005 I heard this is bigger and better, over 3,000 people. The staff at Skirmish and the staff running the scenarios have there act together and if you go with an open mind and don't expect the event to revolve around you it can be an addictive experience