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badwool Monday, June 5th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: June 3rd, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
This field when it was called Paintball Sams - service really sucked then.
Action Paintball Games (APG) - more than 8 years ago however - service was getting pretty bad there and has never recovered from what I understand.

Review: I have not played this field in many many years, the last time was probably 10 years ago and at that time it was called Paintball Sams. Sams was a bad place to play, uncaring staff and lacking in customer service.

I returned to playing paintball this year after an 8 year break and played a few times this year down in American Canyon at Paintball Jungle. I decided to take our group out to Nfinite Edge this time after reading the reviews about how they are recovering from the Paintball Sams' image.

I called the shop for the field a few weeks ago and asked them for more details about the field and got into idle chitchat about how long its been since I last played there. I asked them if they have woodsball going on all day or do they rotate through different fields like Sams did making people play a mix of woodsball and speedball. They told me woodsball is played all day as well as speedball. Coolness, we can do what we want. The guy even went so far as to say that if we didn't have fun at the end of our day, he would refund our money.

All of us (11) arrived between 8:15am and 9:00am and found a good place to park and get our gear set up. They had a safety briefing and chrono period and then it was time to play.

Now, I must preface this part with the fact that we are anti-speedball woodsball only players. The first game did not occur until 10:00am. Not cool with us. At Paintball Jungle, we would have been starting on the 3rd or even 4th game of the day by then.

We played two 15 minute games at The Village. One team stayed in the village to defend and the other team attacked. The second game the teams switched positions. Cool game, kind of stuff we like to play. We were finally having fun.

Following these two games we went back to the staging area and reloaded, rehydrated, and went to a field called The Ravine. We probably had about 25 minutes or so from the end of the last game to the assembly for the next game.

The next two 15 minute games in The Ravine were center flag. I will have to say I really liked this field and so did many members of our group. Awesome with the hills and trees for cover, plus the manmade bunkers. Lot of fun, would recommend this play area any day.

Following these two games, we went back to the staging area and it seemed that the staff were breaking for lunch so we all broke out food and water as well (around 11:40am).

We sat around until about 1:00pm when they announced the next game was going to be a play area called Evil. Speedball. Ugh. We declined to participate and at 2:00pm they announced the next game was going to be back at the Village. By this time, our group was no longer in the mood to play (heat and lack of interest from having to wait around so long) so we just opted to pack our gear and declare it beer:30.

The turnout of people was low, even according to a regular player I was talking to at one point during our time there. He and his buddy both commented this was the slowest they have seen the place in a while. Even the manager stated this was not a normal Saturday for them, so I will give them the fact that low attendance can affect how the day will turn out.

The staff were super nice and courteous, defnitely high marks for them on that. They stressed safety to everyone without being rude and abrasive. They simply point out what you are doing wrong and will help you correct it if you need help. Good job guys, you did well for customer service marks.

Organization, not so good for this outing. At Paintball Jungle, they rush the down time to get people back out on the field to play. It is not uncommon to get 15-18 games in a day there. To play only 4 games in the 6 hours we spent there is a disappointment, especially since we only play once a month and we look forward to it with zealous.

When they told me they had woodsball playing all day, I expect to play it the entire time I am there. Get more refs if you must to take the speed junkies to get their fill, but woodsball is our game and that is all we want to play. They have the terrain, just need to play it all day as well. When someone from our group asked them when there would be another woodsball game they were told that it was our choice not to play the game that was currently going on. While this may be true, we were led to believe woodsball would be available all day and it wasn't.

Prices, very reasonable. Absolutely no complaints from any of us about the cost to play here.

I doubt we will be returning to this field because of the incredibly slow pace in which it is regulated. We didn't have fun like we expected by the time we left, and I wish I had gotten a guarantee regarding the statement that they would refund our money if we left without having a fun day.....................

Last edited on Monday, June 5th, 2006 at 2:19 pm PST
 

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