The accuracy of this review is disputed. Please see discussion below.
Period of Field Use:
September 15th, 2006
Other Fields in the Area:
I have not played at any other fields in this area.
Directions to the Field:
You can mapquest their location, once you enter the parking lot, if you keep driving away from the main entrance you will see a sign for paintball village, and an arrow, drive down that part of the parking lot and park there, the shop is right at the end of the parking lot, the scenario field to the left if you are facing the shop.
I went here yesterday. I will go over general aspects of the field, and also give you a full list of pros and cons.
Safety : The safety here is pretty good. I'd rate it an 8 out of ten. They make sure everybody has barrel socks on when exiting the field, and they stop you before you leave and remind you if you don't have yours on. You also must have the marker on safety when outside of the field. You must chronograph after each game unless you have a rental marker, but they don't have a line of people waiting, everybody just kind of stands around. So anybody could really not chrono. For example, I was shooting over the limit at the chrono, so I stepped back to adjust the velocity, and a few more people went, then they called out asking for captains to start the game. Another kid and I had to tell them to wait because we had to chrono again. They can adjust your velocity very quickly for you to help get the games moving.
Field : I only played the scenario field, so that is the only one I am going to review. The scenario field is like a bombed out city, with lots of shattered walls staggered around, along with a bunch of vehicles, a satellite, and barrels. You really have to watch everywhere. There are two areas which I think are basically death traps, one area where there is pretty much a guarantee a player will be at. I wish there were a few less of the walls, you hardly see anyone for a while, and you just don't get many lanes to hit people from.
Hours : They are open all year round I believe, and a long time during the day.
Prices : The field fee is pretty pricey in my opinion seeing as they only have two fields. There are paintball places with four times the field and a ton bigger that charge less. The paint is RPS premium, a good paint, and is $60 for 2000 rounds, it's field paint only. I don't know if it was the batch or the humidity or what, but there were more bounces than I would have liked.
Rules : I was fine with their rules, but there is one which I think would be the most controversial. That's the surrender rule. You CANNOT shoot somebody within 10 feet, you first must ask them to surrender. But you have to understand that since this is a family fun park, Swings -N- Things, they are going to have all sorts of new players, and I really think it's a good idea to not have their first experience being hit in the back from two feet with three rounds. Oh, and that's another thing, anything over 3 hits on a person is overshooting, and you are banned for the day. That could be a problem, seeing as how there are so many obstacles that could take out a few paintballs, you automatically shoot a 4 or 5 round burst. Usually only one or two will hit the target, but what if they all do?
Services : When my friend asked a ref for an air fill, he gave my friend a funny look and went to get someone else who filled his tank. I would expect all of the staff at the air filling area to know how to fill a tank.
Proshop : I didn't get a good look around, but they seemed to have everything necessary, paint, barrel blockers, tanks, rentals (Piranhas), etc.
Staff : The guy in the proshop was helpful and patient, and the only other encounter with the staff was the one my friend had with the guy he asked to fill his tank, who had no clue how to do it.
Refs : These guys were great on safety, but not much else. They didn't orderly have people chrono, so some people could have slipped through, they would stay on the side near the netting, and NOT move to paint check someone. I was hit on an area I didn't see, so I called for a paintcheck. I saw no ref coming, so I asked for a check, and once more I asked, no ref came. I had to have a team mate check. And when I called for a paintcheck on another player who I didn't know if he had called himself out or not, the ref just stood there, until after three more times asking, I finally asked if I hit him on the leg, and the ref nodded. I NEVER saw a ref give a paint check, I played 10 rounds, and I NEVER saw a ref tell someone they were out. Basically it was an honor system. Once the game was over, the refs would go back into the proshop, and once the players assembled for another game, someone would have to go get the refs, and we'd have to wait for them to come. And one game, a ref was just dry firing a gun on the outside. I give the refs a 4 / 10, just for their help at chrono for newbies and for their good job enforcing the safety rules.
Players : There were some great experienced players, some newbies, and everything in between. Most were very nice.
Facilities : They had real restrooms, it is a family fun park, so that's why they didn't have porto-potties. Also, they had some decent food, but drinks were $2 for a bottle.
Food : Was decent. Average for that kind of a place.
Refs not doing paint checks or finding out if the games are over or not, they waited for the players to say no one was left before calling game.
Prices of admission ($10 for 2 fields!) and of drinks & food.
Overall Rating: 6/10, but the scenario field deserves an 8/10
Dispute: In regards to the comment about the employees "not knowing how to fill a tank", Paintball Village is bound by state law. An employee must be at least 18 years of age in order to fill a tank whether the tank is HPA or CO2. At the time you played at PBV, the only people of age employed were the two managers, one of which being myself, Sorry for the confusion, but the employee was simply following state law. Thanks.
quote:Originally posted by village34 In regards to the comment about the employees "not knowing how to fill a tank", Paintball Village is bound by state law. An employee must be at least 18 years of age in order to fill a tank whether the tank is HPA or CO2. At the time you played at PBV, the only people of age employed were the two managers, one of which being myself, Sorry for the confusion, but the employee was simply following state law. Thanks.
yea then dont have some one b-hind the counter if he cant fill a tank.