The old Conquest when it was in Malibu (I miss this place sooooo much!!!)
Fields of Fire
Directions to the Field:
Drive way out there, then turn right when your nose starts burning from the ammonia smell in the air (cows, UGH!)
I started playing paintball back when it first began, at a field in Indiana. Moved to Cal in 84, and had the best years of my life at the old Conquest Field when it was in Malibu. It was small, but the most fun! And being by the ocean, always a cool breeze. Plus, compared to the drive to SCV, Malibu was a dream!
I started playing at SC back when it was called Sat Cong Village (anyone also remember Sad Sack's Warzone nearby?? LOL). There were only about 4 - 6 fields there at the time. Some of the most fun games there, were the once a year BIG games, with about a 1000 per side (in the pump days), and is spanned across all the fields they had at that time. Imagine being used to games of 20 vs 20, and now you are in the VC village defending with 30 players, and you get attacked by over 100!!!!!! Found out the hard way you did NOT want to be up the in the tower they had back then. The last time I was there before I quit for some years, what when Beruit was just freshly built, and they even had a tank drive through it once in awhile.
Years later I return, and now there are a ton of new fields! Some were nice, others were horrible (hate Thailand field with a passion!). But one thing I noticed right away, is the lack of upkeep. That cool tank from the old days, is now just sitting on one of the fields, host to a nest of spiders and what not. The VC Village I defended years ago, is almost non existent. Beruit is run down, and other fields are getting just plain nasty now! Make sure NEVER to walk in, or fall in the water there!!!!! It is sewage from the cow pastures surrounding the area.
But yes, it still has the most fields around, and the most varied. But some of the other things folks mentioned negatively on here is also true. Long lines everywhere. Getting an air fill is a PITA. Trying to chrono is a lesson in frustration!!!! Specially if you have to futz with your marker to get it down (or up) to the field limit. Having to chrono, walk out of line to adjust, get in line to chrono again, walk back out of line, etc is ARGH!!!! And the over crowding is too much (unless you are lucky enough to get into a private game). And to wait the entire day to just get one game in on Kosovo, or Iraq (I like that one a lot) or Beruit, the better fields they have, is a tragedy!!!! Instead, you get a zillion games way out at Thailand (UGH!!!), or the other ones, but almost always just one game only on the good ones. Oh and almsot forgot - the looooong walks back to your car . . . .
Oh, and thinking back to the old days, they used the have towers you could go up in and snipe, or the hootches you could go into, but now , the tower is gone, and most of the buildings you are no longer allowed to enter. The place is just plain falling apart, and what a shame as I got to see it when it was great :(
Last edited on Saturday, July 29th, 2006 at 4:04 am PST