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Gypsy06 Saturday, May 3rd, 2003
Period of
Field Use:
4 years
Last There: N/A
Paintball
Experience:
4 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
The Edge {Closed now}
Hit & Run
Power line
KC Crusaders
Weekend Warriors
Review: The Good
Splat Action is the longest running field in the North-West which means that they have had plenty of time to arrange the field and perfect their business. Compared to some of the fields in this area that have come and gone Splat stands out in many ways with a dedicated parking area, multiple fields, numerous bunkers and a friendly staff. The were the only field in the area for a number of years but recently they have gotten some competition. Tournament style play seems to be the favored game on most days with real stiff competition if your looking for some hardcore ball. On any given day Splat will probably have more players of whatever type than any other field.

The Bad
In recent years the field seems to have gone down hill. The friendly, helpful, attentive, reffing staff has all but dried up only to be replaced by a gaggle of very young and not very interested kids. After being a customer for the past several years I can honestly say that the last couple of time's that I went there I was very disappointed. Most recently I attended the Halloween monster game and witnessed numerous shouting matches, a couple of fights and such flagrant violations of not only the rules but just common decency that I'm not sure if I'll be back. A good majority of these transgressions happened right in front of (and we are talking no more than 20 feet away) the referees who did nothing to stop the behavior or reprimand the offenders. Just before the Halloween game I brought my younger brother down for his first day of play. As it was his first time we played in the woods along with other new to not so new players. I will say that we had a blast but it was in no way the referees doing. He slept on the center flag spool for most of the day while we were left to organize and run our own games. The prices also are a bit of an issue.
Paint, air and field fee have dropped in recent years from their original astronomic levels to the high end of the industry standard. As more and more fields come on line in the area the continued high prices ($65 for Severe field grade + $10 for air + rental/field fee) seem to be more and more out of place. The price for Severe field grade is what RP all star and marb go for in town. Now I realize that this is a business venture and that making money is the game. Considering however the dramatic drop in prices for paintball gear in general and the dealer mark up inherent in retail the profit margin must surely be healthy.

Summary
Splat Action is a field that hit it's peak a few years back. As time wears on it seems that the operators are no longer doing it for any reason other than the bottom line. The warm friendly atmosphere that was so evident a couple years ago is dieing a slow death. That said the field itself has no equal in the area. The layout is fun and provides multiple options for different terrain and game scenarios. With the years of use most of the underbrush is gone which provides for excellent playing conditions. If the new competition in the area can provide the owners with a wake up call Splat will rapidly return to being the king. Otherwise the new competition might just take a look at the good things Splat has to offer and end up hosting a better game and putting this old horse out to pasture.


 

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