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roystonlodge Sunday, May 14th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: May 13th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Ottawapaintball's outdoor field has a bigger field, is more rugged, and feels more fun. But Ottawapaintball doesn't have as much variety (only one field + the speedball field), and isn't quite as professional.
Directions
to the Field:
East on Innes Road, right on Dunning, look for the sign on your left.
Review: Pros:

Lots of different fields. I played a "town", a "castle", a "woods", a "valley", and the speedball field. You don't get bored. They also have a target range for you to test your marker.

They have a Suzuki Sidekick that they drive around from field to field to sell paint and provide free air refills.

Their rental 98s were pretty well-maintained. Their goggles didn't fog up on me, and seemed to be in good repair.

Big chill-out building with lots of couches. Good pizza for lunch.

I had a hell of a lot of fun. We played from 9am to about 2:30 pm, and many guys wanted to skip lunch because we were having so much fun.

If you get a membership, you get discounts on paint. The fee for entry into the club is three days of labour (reffing, maintenance, driving the Sidekick, etc.).

The place was very professional and very safe. Dead zones were well-netted so you could remove your goggles, yet they were in the middle of the action so you could watch the rest of the game. They were fanatical about barrel condoms and goggles-on, which was nice to see.

You get two pods and a pod belt with your rental. I've never been to a field that provides this.

Cons:

$150 for a case of 2000 rounds. Three of our guys shared a case, so it was $50 for 666 rounds.

Most of the fields are kinda small. Each game was a de facto speedball game. Smaller fields, faster games = they sell more paint. I think the "castle" and the "woods" next to it should be combined into one big field.

The owner was a little bit of a jerk. He actually got angry when I told him I had ordered a Spyder and was waiting for it to arrive in the mail. He went on a rant on how Tippmans are the only worthwhile markers. Luckily you don't have to deal with him since his kids and his staff pretty much run the show.

The boundaries aren't very well marked. Players went out-of-bounds often. The refs coulda been a bit more assertive when players went out-of-bounds. They'd yell out, "hey, don't go out of bounds" but nobody really listened.

A couple of the fields were somewhat uneven. Team A would have lots of bunkers at their starting point, and team B would have NO cover. It was a little frustrating.

Way too much sitting around, waiting for a game to start.

Neutral (depending on your point of view):

They allow alcohol and other mind-altering substances to to be consumed on site. This was not a problem, because almost nobody brought any with them.

They didn't appear to have CO2 refills available. It's HPA only. But, if you had your own equipment, they'd give you an HPA bottle for the day, so it didn't really matter.

According to the field rules, hits to the marker don't count.

Draxxus paint.
Last edited on Sunday, May 14th, 2006 at 2:06 pm PST
 

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