This field is minutes from EJAM, which I play regularly. After playing here, I found myself longing for the attributes that I've come to enjoy so much at EJAM. To be fair, I only came here once, because my friends wanted to hit their scenario event. (I'll try anything once.) While one day is brief, it was enough to take note of some clear deficiencies.
The positive -The woods fields really are great. Lots of elevation and terrain changes. They seem to have the system of bunkers worked out very well. You're never out of options, but you are never completely safe. Refs and staff were good as well. I feel bad that I cannot give their field a good review.
The pricing, versatility, accomodations and logistics truly are a nightmare compared to EJAM. $85 for a case of paint doesnt even include the admission charge or the separate air charge. This may not be entirely unusual, but its definately a deterrant to repeat business. $100 is an expensive day at the field. It would be something entirely different if I could see where the profit was going, but unlike many other scenario events, I was very unimpressed. Their structures and facilities are dilapidated. They have ONE chrono machine, which continually flashed 'low-battery", ONE painfullly slow fill window, and ONE porta-john. They have NO food facilities and a not a single (AA) battery at the modest pro-shack(?). Furthermore, the props that they used were literally made out of tape and tin cookware. It only forces you to wonder where the money from that paint-gouging is going? No included services, no self-serve air, no running water, lockers etc --in short, no sense that your money is really going towards improving the field.
They really cant control the landscape, but its worth mentioning that you first have to lug your stuff from your car to the staging area. Then you must either leave it there unsecure, or tote it all the way back to your car. Then, if your playing woodsball, you have to hike 200 yards up a hill to get to the field. Need air or paint? You now have to hike all the way back down, and all the way back up again. Most of us wouldn't mind all that much, but smokers beware.
I did like the set-up of the large woods field and it was fun to play. The refs did do a good job, and handled themselves well in the face of a few guys that were jerks to them. All in all though, the quality and set-up of this field was bare minimum. Not what you would expect for the price. With upgrades, it could improve, but it is in real danger of being left behind by the new pricing, quality and convenience of fields like EJAM. EJAMs profile will bring more people to the sport, more often, while PBDepot's will tend to keep it a sport played occassionally or by those who can afford to dump serious cash into their hobbies. Since PBDepot and EJAM are only 2 miles from one another, the choice is pretty easy.
Last edited on Friday, July 28th, 2006 at 2:51 pm PST