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Ebonclaw Saturday, July 9th, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Silver Spur Splat, Princeton, IN
Review: Attention: If you are going to review this field, then review THIS field. There is no reason to drag another field into this review.

This is a newer paintball field just getting its sea legs, and it'snot terrible for its first attempt. Went and played a little while back after notcing some local advertisements for it.
Pros- Fields are very unique and well planned out. I have mixed feelings about the concrete field, it was a new experience, and the field layout was excellent, but something still strikes me as painful about sliding into a concrete bunker. Not that it matters, I played it several times and managed to refrain from hurting myself. Very interesting concept field and very unique. The other popular field (other than the X-ball field which is only inflated on weekends and good weather) is a barrels field. It is also well laid out, but sand is NOT a good thing to expose to guns. Remeber NPPL Las Vegas? Yeah, sand is not good and I was COVERED in the stuff after I finished playing the snake.
Fields are lit for nighttime play, though it could be lit a bit better, the night lighting means that you can play in the evening, for those of us who hate getting up uber early.
Staging area is in a small building with lots and lots of tables. Big plus on the staging area.
Prices are fair, I've seen better and worse, though I would reccomend purchasing higher grade paint though the cheapest stuff may sound tempting. Perhaps I got a bad batch, but my bags looked like they'd been on the shelf a while and I'd say about 60% of them could pass for "spherical." So either fork over the full $10 for the field fee and bring your own paint, or fork over $5 and be prepared to buy the nicer stuff they offer there. $10 for all day air has always been my going rate so $7 for all day air is actually slightly cheaper
Staff: Staff get props for being very friendly and seeing to it that I had a good time. When my gun went down, they offerd me a free rental, which at that field is a $16 value. The staff did seem intereested in making sure I had a good playing experience, though during my trip there was an absence of refs on the field. There was a person at the chorno, I'd probably say about 30% of the time, but in all fairness, most fields don't even have someone ANY of the time at the chrono unless it's a tourny. It's left to the honor system, which in my experience works pretty well for most people. Staff, however, loses a few points for a slight lack of knowledge in paintball guns and gear, though they tried to give my ailing gun a hand, which was greatly appreciated and they did offer me a rental, like I said, at no charge.
Pro Shop: Counted about two guns total. Very minimal selection of gear, though they were selling Ions for $260 which is a pretty good price. Oddly enough though, they don't sell shocker lube, and seeing as how the Ion doesn't come with any....
Props on having a compressor. They can fill to 4500psi all the time, whereas some fields can only fill to 4500 for a little while and then the tanks start running low. Having your own $7000 compressor is nice I guess.

Overall: The night play is a nice plus, the fields are interesting and at least laid out in a decent setup, though the sand didn't score with me much. It does provide something different to try. The staff provided excellent service, but they should consider hiring on a tech of some nature. They should consider either having a pro-shop, or just not having one altogether, but their pro shop is kind of....well...reallly really really small. Do it right or don't do it and just offer gear for order is my personal opinion. Granted, the field is a fledgling one, so perhaps we'll see a larger selection in the pro-shop once the field becomes more profitable. Paint prices are fair, as aforementioned, but the cheap paint is just terrible stuff unless it was just a bad batch or something.
I give them a 7, losing points for the pro-shop selection, the fact no one really likes playing in sand, staff needs to learn more about various paintball guns and so forth, and the paint is pretty lousy stuff for the price, but, again, coulda been a bad batch or maybe it's just the fact it was the cheapest stuff they offered. Still, cheap paint doesn't have to mean bad paint as I've never had a problem at all with any RPS paint that was cheaper.
A decent tech, changing paint to RPS or something different, expanding the pro-shop, and (I don't know how they'd do this as I'm sure it would be expensive) doing away with the sand would help this field out a lot. And concrete....well...people like sup 'air bunker because you can slide into them without breaking your leg. Cool concept, but you need to watch yourself on that field.
 

Review Comments
hunttree9 Sunday, July 31st, 2005 | 6:41 pm PST
commenting on the workers , they told me that they had hired guys that knew about guns but everytime there was a tournament for paintball the workers would want off of work, leaving this one lady in charge of doing everything, and safety is the main thing any one should worry about ,and when we were there the referee made sure everyone kept there mask on and he made sure that everyone went through the chrono area to make sure no guns were shooting to high and that is a bigger plus to me that a tech. if you want a good tech you need to take it to md or get a tippmann that is almost maintance free. if a new place is open and they have people working there it takes time to learn alittle about different guns.
Last edited on Sunday, July 31st, 2005 at 6:42 pm PST
   

FLOSSIN Sunday, January 22nd, 2006 | 3:20 pm PST
Hey ebon, hunttree9 is the owner of paintball paradise dude. he just pretends to be other people to make his business look better. like right now in your review he's pretending to be another player but in other peoples reviews he says hes a lady that works there or some other teddy rumpkin fairy tale.
   

Ebonclaw Monday, June 19th, 2006 | 12:31 am PST
Yeah, I already verfied that. Really, I hear so many rumors from people at the two fields, that quite frankly, I've decided to just play the fields and make up my own mind on how much I like them rather than listen to horror stories about each field from the players at the other. I wish fields would just work together. I understand the competative nature of buisness, but I'm getting sick of "field fanboys" running around telling people horrible things about the other. I did however, manage to fix my Ion later, I had crossthreaded the swivel donut and I ordered a new one. Works fine now.
The field isn't BAD, it just needs some work and if hunttree9 is reading this (I know you're the owner dud,e it's ok), I'll leave you some reccomendations for your field.
Plain and simple:
1) Do something about the paint. I haven't played recently (worked too much) so i hope this has changed, but the economy paint was terrible. I understand economy paint isn't top grade, but man, that's arguably been some of the worst paint I've ever shot. The price you were asking was reasonable for field paint, assuming it had been mid-grade, but I shouldn't have to buy tourny level paint to shoot straight. Maybe it just wasn't fresh, or something, but it was pretty bad.
2) Fire your staff that calls in on tourny days. You shouldn't (and can't afford) to put up with that crap. I work 40+ hours a week, whereas all your help has to do (I suspect) is schoolwork. I haven't called in in 3 years. Not for sickness, not for anything. These guys can't tell you something is coming up EVERY single Saturday.
3) Yes, I understand how important safety is. Fact of the matter is that I was not there on a tourny day, there were not any refs present, and I had to make sure myself that my gun, my wife's gun, and my freind's gun all checked out at the chrono, as there was no one there. Like I said, there usually isn't at any field I've been to unless there is a tournament running, and I'm well aware of its importance, so I'm not holding that against you, and like I said, generally the honor system works pretty well. And I had a pretty good time. BUT, just because a field has good safety doesn't mean that not having a tech of some nature on hand isn't going to hurt you a little. It may not even be in your control, but at the end of the story, you don't have a tech.
4) I realize the sand is probably out of your control for a while, but seriously, sand sucks.
5) As mentioned before, for such a safety concious field, the concrete field is...um...unique. I feel that this field needs to have a ref at it at all times personally due to the nature that concrete is HARD. Stacks of tires, wooden pallets, drums etc at least have some give. Concrete is merciless. Or hell, blow the Sup Air field up more often. I'm sure rec players would love to play on this thing like the tourny boys do.
All things considered, I think I reviewed you pretty fairly. Yes, you are a new field. No, it doesn't change anything. You either have atech, or you don't. You either have a big pro-shop, small pro-shop, or no pro-shop. There are either refs on the field or there aren't. The time I went and played, the refs probably weren't necessary. And I don't need to have a ref take care of my gun or my party's guns at the chrono, so I'm not gonna whine about that.
You guys were genuinly hospitable, and you really tried to make sure I had a good time, and I did. There were some minor grumbles, but for the most part, we all enjoyed ourselves. Don't take these reviews so horribly seriously, they're moreover just suggestions for ways to improve.
   

ChaosMaster567 Sunday, September 10th, 2006 | 2:27 am PST
Srry Ebon but i have to say this.Or Huntree if u want a good tech u can go to SSS. Sean is an amazing Air smith. This has nothing to do with Paintball paradise so it probly shouldnt be here but the point is GUNS BREAK ALOT FIELDS NEED GOOD TECHS Also i dont need a ref to make sure i keep on a mask or crono. For the most part the players can wacth each other on that one. Ive seen many experinced players help new players remember. Ive never seen anyone skip Chronoing before most people know that the only way this sport will survive is if we are all honest and safe thats just my 2 cents.
Last edited on Sunday, October 8th, 2006 at 1:59 pm PST
   

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