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rootc Monday, May 16th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
3 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Colors, Holiday(not sure if the name is correct),
Review: Private group of approx 40 - 50 people.

Operation: A
The course was very well run. Organization was excellent. Atmosphere was very friendly, helpful, and clean. All saftey issues were well managed - goggles and plug rules were enforced and nets were up where necessary. A barrel plug was shot out of the barrel of a tipman - I'm a advocate of barrel condoms only. The store was small but well maintained, and no one had to wait to get a fill.

Course: B+
We played the larger course - 13 acres. The course had a variety of terrain including lowlands with lots of water including a river and a bridge. The lowland was seperated from the high land by a field-long ridge that divided the areas pretty evenly. Lots of large trees provided decent cover. There were a fair amount of bunkers - all made of logs and dirt. There were two major man-made landmarks, a cabin and a bridge. The bridge was a suicide mission if defended by the oposing team. The cabin made for a strong defensive base. In the low lands there is some tall grass that allowed for interesting play. The only way to improve this field would be to double the bunkers. I often found myself slinging paint 150 feet because no suitable cover was availabe between me and my taget. Also, it rained on the day we played - lots of water and lots of mud. I thought the mud and water added a little to the game, but some disagreed.

Game Play: A
Lots of fun games that used the fields layout to its fullest extent. No games lasted more than 16 minutes. Games played: Capture the flag (one team hides a huge flag), elimination, capture a base ( ring opponets bell), capture the cabin, plus a few more games. Every game had an appropriate pace and all the rules were very well explained in a short amount of time. Game play doesn't get any better.

Rules: C-
This is Pine Rivers biggest downfall. These were the big fields rules (I don't know if the rules are different for the smaller fields). The rules were geared towards beginners and extreme safety. 1) Head-shots don't count - horrible rule. Easily abused. 2) 30 feet coutesy rule - supposed to give an opponent the chance to surrender if with in 30 feet. 3) No bunkering rule - if you get within 10 feet of your enemy then all players are called out. Exception to this rule was the cabin - all is fair game in the cabin.
I agree that these rules make for safer play and are helpful for beginners, but no headshots? 50% of my kills are usually headshots.

Cost: C
Field Paint Only: Cheapest paint: $60 for a case - pretty crappy paint, but bearable for woodsball. Very pricey compared to similar fields in MI.
Field fee: $10 - not bad
Unlimited air: $5 - not bad

Rentals: A-
Normally I wouldn't comment on rentals but my gun broke down and I had to rent. Rental markers are tipman 98s using compressed air. Yeah, tipmans aren't great guns but they did a good job when using the compressed air.

Overall impression: I had tons of fun and thats what really matters. Very well run field. Organized, and friendly staff. Very fair reffing. Dissapointed with the paint costs. Oh yeah, the parking lot was a mud bog by the end of the day.

Last edited on Monday, May 16th, 2005 at 2:04 pm PST

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