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aka1241 Monday, November 21st, 2005
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: November 20th, 2005
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
None in the area.
Played at Young Guns paintball near Edmonton (Awesome)
Review: Well, being that it was winter and we only have an outdoor field around, and we wanted to have some fun, so about 20 of us all piled onto a bus and headed for rampage in Calgary. (3 1/2 hour bus ride).

When I first walked in, I thought "Well, this field isn't what the pictures on the site showed, but oh well, decent field for playing, some bunkers just need some air" (really, really bad). So we got our paint - They told us stingers or tork - so I went with stingers, not liking tork much, and then I see after, I could have gotten premium if i wanted, they just didn't see the need to tell me. And to follow, 3 out of 4 bags of paint had broken balls in them (my fiend was nice enough to take them back and get good stuff).

Next I noticed all the markers sitting there without barrel plugs, and renters walking around - on or off the field - without masks or barrel plugs... I was, to be honest, a little concerned, because, as you know, paintballs can do some damage.

So then I needed to get a harness, I waited 10 MINUTES for kid the behind the counter to stop playing with his damn ego, put it down, and help me. I would later regret buying anything from them.

So we started to play. This was the only area that was good, we had a hell of a time playing some awesome 5 v 5's. I did not like however, when 2 of the 3 people on duty there, rather than working, asked to join our games. I nicely explained that no, we had driven a fair amount of time to get team practices in, and that they should be working.

After each game, the bunkers needed to be filled, something our group leader had to to do himself, because the people working were just sitting there, watching us.
So that aside, we started enforcing barrel plugs and masks ourselves, as well as starting the rental groups on numerous occasions.

And then, the real kicker: Many times, our teams would be counting down to start and they would get on the megaphone and say "We don't care, get off the field" because the rental groups had to play, even though they were just sitting there, breaking paintballs, something the sign said they were not to be doing (a serious organizational overhaul is needed at Rampage).

Afterwards, someone with a little authority (or so it seemed) showed up and says "I heard you guys have been playing with less experienced players and beating them down them every time" WTF! This was some other group of owners doing this, NOT US, we had been playing on our own, something I had already pointed out to the staff once. So we cleared that up and went to waiting for them to change a HPA tank so we could get fills, a process that took 15 minutes! At any other field they do it in around 2 minutess. And the guys are saying "it's not out fault, we don't care" "WE DON'T CARE?!" What kind of staff member would you ever want to say that to you? And then the authority figure says "What do you guys want?" "Air", we reply, to which he replies "We have no f**king air guys"

Wow. Just wow.

All in all, the playing was good, everything else was horrible. Our group was planning about 4 or 5 trips to rampage this winter, but we will indeed find somewhere else to play.

EDIT*****
Turns out the owner got a hold of our group leader, and has offered us an incentive to come back. So as promised, I have edited. I commend the owner for taking the steps to fix the problems we experienced. And I have a feeling our first time there would have been different had he been there to supervise and help us. We will be going back.

However, the recount og my first time there stands, and I will leave that there, but just so everyone knows, they are trying to please the customer in whatever way they can

6/10 - instead of 4
Last edited on Friday, November 25th, 2005 at 4:37 pm PST
 

Review Comments
Doggit Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 | 11:47 am PST
AS I can see three post in a row I'm guessing this is turning into a "bashing" of a good field. I personally know this field as well as everyone involved with Rampage. I have never heard of any problems related to safety or the condition of the field. I have been to many tounaments at Rampage and it has alway been a very enjoyable experience. Don't take the word of a few disgunteled people, for what ever reason. Go there and try it yourself, you'll see that Brain runns a great field and the staff are friendly.

As for the paint issue, that's what happens when you go with the "lower" end paint. "cheap" is just that "cheap" paint ... Think about it

As a final note if you make the trip from Edmonton to just bash a good field, save your money and stay home. Or even better go play outdoors in the cold ... I hear winter in Alberta is great for sking, hockey playinf in the snow ... not paintball.
Last edited on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 at 11:47 am PST
   

aka1241 Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 | 2:10 pm PST
First of all, we were with a group trip, and no, we are not here just to bash. This was teh experience we had. It did seem though that in leaving the couple of kids to run the field, the owner set them up to fail.

Also, even premium was shooting crappy and breaking, so you think about it.

And finally, get rid of the comments about the winter, if we choose to play paintball indoor, then we will. Regardless of your predetermined assumptions.

Oh yeah, I was there, so don't act like I wasn't and that I am following suit to ruin a fields rep. This was our experience as a group, do not take this as an overall comment in the field. Maybe it was the day we were there on, but maybe not. What we got was bad. By the same token however, do not listen to doggit just because he said it was good. Try it, then see. We did that, and were not terribly impressed.

As far as safety goes: It was bad, there were no barrel plugs outside the field. When we got there I right away noticed that there was a rental marker on the table, with no barrel plug and an air tank on it, pointing out, towards the customer.

We went, and this was our experience. You went and had a good time, to each their own.

Good day sir
   

Doggit Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 | 4:20 pm PST
All you have to do is look at all the post on Rampage,they are all positive and now three post from the same crew , who all play at a different field come along and its bad news. Maybe something didn't work right for you, and maybe your complaints have some merit, but when you get 3 posts all the same all in a row it looks like a bashing.
Why do you not raise your concern with the owner before you go public, again it looks to me like some players from a team who just wanted to start something.
p.s play wherever, i'm sure you will eventually run out of fields to play at.

Good day sir.
   

aka1241 Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 | 5:36 pm PST
I will say again. This was not a just a team bashing. Some of us agreed that it was horrible. and wanted to voice our concerns. We did try to talk to the staff, all they said was "It's not our fault, talk to the owner."

We had no intention of "starting anything", from the looks of it, that's what you're doing.

OK? Read my comment! I cleared it up. LEAVE and stop posting, you made your point, we made ours. It's done.

P.S. Tell you what: We might go back there again just to give Rampage another chance. If it is bad again, I'll keep my review the same. If it changes, I'll edit to reflect that. Fair enough? Until then, keep playing there if you want, your choice.


EDIT** Wait, you joined today. So you must have known the reviews were coming and decided to stick up for the field. That basically tells me you were there and saw what we experienced. maybe I'm wrong, but the very fact that you join the day after we write our opinions is fishy.
Last edited on Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005 at 5:40 pm PST
   

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