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infonick Wednesday, May 11th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
3 months
Last There: N/A
3 months
Review: Located past Metchosin on East Sooke Road, it can be a long drive from Victoria. It is best to plan ahead and using a map, plot a route using the directions on the TNT Paintball website. Their directions are easy to follow, but if you don't know the area, you'll end up like me on my first time out and start wondering if you passed the field 5 km ago. Other than that, wake up early and enjoy a nice country ride.

They currently have three fields to play on. There are many types of games (ie: capture the flag, center flag push, elimination, etc...) that can be played on the fields.

URBAN ASSAULT - Small field with two starting tents, a two story tower in the center and many vehicles that litter the field to give a war-zone feel to the game. This field is built evenly and depending on the teams, the game can be very long and very intense, or very quick and extremely intense. 10/10

ATTACK & DEFEND - Very simple concept. One team defends a well-built fort, while the other attempts to take it. Defenders have barricades and the fort to hide in and a very good view of the field. Attackers have plenty of bush and bunkers to hide behind, but will have to work hard and as a team to tag out the fort occupants before so they can advance close enough. When you go to this field, bring spare amo and anything else you'll need in between games because they have a second closer staging area there. 10/10

GOLD RUSH FIELD - this field is densely populated with trees and bush. Each team has a two-story tower and in the middle a small town complete with a church, jail and blacksmith. Buildings aren't full sized of course, have two doorways and can fit four people with just enough elbow room left. one exception would be the church which is over twice that size. If you take a building, it will either be your impenetrable fortress, or a very scary coffin. Around the town and team towers are many natural and man made bunkers, nooks and crannies to hide in. 10/10

REFEREES - Always a ref on hand. You will be hard pressed to not have a ref nearby for paint checks. Ref's are very good customer wise and professional in their work. As always, safety is mandatory. A good Ref count not only ensures a good game, but also ensures that someone will be within earshot in the event of a problem. 10/10

RENTALS - for $25 dollars, you get a Tippman 98 with a 20oz co2 tank and a basic hopper. This also includes a camouflage pull-over (some are faded), and a hotdog with pop at lunch. If you plan ahead and give them a $10 deposit (that goes toward your field fees), they will reserve the gear, and drop $5 off the cost bringing the overall cost to $20. The Tippman's have stock barrels, and have the safety removed (reason being is that people shoot them off in the staging area to find out if the safety is "on" or "off"). You will get a few broken balls, but I consider this typical of a rental. The big one for new people is ensuring the barrel is empty while uncocking. If you do not do this, you can expect to break a ball on the first shot of the Other than that, rentals are in good maintenance and work as expected. 8/10

LUNCH - When you show up and pay the field fee with or without a rental, you get a large hotdog and can of pop at lunch. They are expert hotdog chefs and no, its not thoughs small hotdogs you get at the fair, these are the jumbo dogs. I recommend packing half a lunch (some snacks, an apple, an orange, and maybe a backup snack for in between games?) and lots of water. Although water is available there, it's nice to have your own. 10/10

PAINTBALLS - I don't yet know the difference between bad, good and excellent quality paintballs. TNT is a FPO (Field Paint Only) operation and I cant say I've had problems with their paintballs. Cost of paintballs is $10 for 100 or $45 for 500. If you plan on buying more than 1000 paintballs from them in the next year, I recommend getting a membership. It costs only $20. With this paintballs are $8 for 100 and $35 for 500. Clearly after the purchase of 1000 paintballs, the membership has paid for itself. 10/10

Victoria is an awesome place to live and TNT is an awesome place to play ball. Referees are professional and always there, three fields means three times the fun, free lunch when you play is very delicious, and the price is right. I highly recommend TNT Paintball for anyone (newbie or paintball elite) looking to play recreational paintball.


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