Ring Homestead (much better), Hi Velocity (much better), paintball depot (worse) ejam indoors (worse) pyro (same)
Directions to the Field:
Can't give directions; but call first as their parking area has changes ( took me 45 min to find them)
I went to Skirmish with four other players. I sold them on the long trip and the high price by telling them how great it would be in that this would be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. We all came away very disappointed. After a two-hour drive where it took us 45 minutes to find the actual field, upon getting their it took us an additional 40 minutes to "check-in ". We got to the staging area and we were then told we have to wait another 40 minutes for the other players to get lunch. At this point it was one o'clock and we asked one of the refs if we can just play amongst ourselves. 15 minutes later we finally got a ref. I was under the misapprehension that we would get to pick the fields that we played on. It doesn't happen that way at skirmish. The refs told the first be playing the Alamo which was incredibly muddy because of the previous day's rain. We played three games at the Alamo and the ref then told us that we be playing to the castle. We then had to wait another half-hour for other players to arrive. The rest of the day was just repeat of the poor experiences we had. The one thing that I do have to say was that they had a great pro shop and that the girl minding it was one of the nicest workers and was not lazy like the referees. Everybody says that the high cost of paint and admission is justified because of the great fields. By the end of the day we had only played four of the great fields. Cheating was rampant throughout the day with the refs doing nothing to stop it. Everyone in my group agreed that was a wasted trip and that Skirmish was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience (by choice)
Overall Rating....................3/10 (because of the great pro shop and the girl)
How is it Skirmish's problem that it took you two hours to drive there, plus an additional 45 minutes to find the fields? If you would have followed the directions that they provide you when you make a reservation, you would've probably arrived on time and got playing in a timely fashion. And you most likely had to wait 30-40 minutes for the players to get done eating lunch as they have been playing all morning long while you were out driving. And you're actually complaining about muddy fields!? Dude, it rains sometimes. Next time, send God an e-mail and see if he can do something about that!
It is not a skirmish's problem that it took me two hours to drive there, I stated that so the readers could see how enthusiastic we were about going. Skirmish didn't give me directions when I called, and it is their problem if their web site isn't updated with the correct address/directions. As far as having to wait 30 to 40 minutes for the players to get done eating, there were plenty of refs who were just hanging around and socializing, and I expect them to do their job when clients arrive.
If you've had good experiences at skirmish; into your prerogative to post them. My Experience Sucked and I think it's inappropriate for you to comment on my experience, since you weren't there.
By the way, I wasn't complaining that God made it rain; I was complaining that the refs picked the closest fields, regardless of their condition, because they were too lazy to walk to better fields. The refs looked for ways to not work, that's what I'm complaining about.
I stick by my original review... Skirmish was a waste
Inappropriate to comment on your review? Isn't that exactly why PBReview has a "post a comment" option? And as for the refs picking the closest fields (regardless of their condition), do you think that it might be possible that it rained on ALL the fields making them ALL muddy, not just the closest ones? I'm sure that the farther fields were just as muddy, since rain doesn't care where it falls. And the refs you see "socializing" in the Picnic Area, they're not refs... they're the Support Crew that Skirmish uses to step-and-fetch. They're not trained as refs and therefore not qualified to be your ref. It has nothing to do with anyone being lazy. Try actually arriving on time (as per your reservation) and things will go smoother.
ALso the refs dont choose fields becasue of the walk. The radio in everytime before changing fields to see whats available. Gotta remember that your group is not the only one. On a big day there are thousands of people there. Also like stated above ALL the land would be muddy. The nature of the terrain being woodland with many rivers and streams makes it that way.