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phidelt128 Friday, October 13th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
Just once
Date There: September 23rd, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Rexplex - indoor but now closed down
Directions
to the Field:
between Paintball Authority and Englishtown Auction/Flea Market
Review: Only played once, but will go back again.

Pros:
- Cheap ($25-30 entry)
- BYOP or Cheap Field Paint ($40-55)
- 7 Fields
- Self-fill HPA

Cons:
- Minimal refs (only 2 on a Saturday and 1 was running the shop)
- One chrono check when I first stepped onto a field, never checked again
- No range
- No ref = no safety enforcement for barrel plugs and goggles
- Only the airball field was reffed consistently
- No organization (pretty much setup your own games with your group or try to join others which can be hard if your experienced and there's only newbie groups)
- No repair techs; If you can't fix it yourself, you're probably out for the day (or drive about a mile down the road to Paintball Authority's shop)
- No on-hand food or beverages (machines usually broken)

Fields:
1 - Airball (good sized with car washes, doritos, cans, and a snake)
2 - Speedball/Car Wash (this field is directly across from airball; it's called a car wash since there are plastic strips hanging in the center area; similar layout to the airball field but with permanent bunkers of plastic pallets, spools and wooden pallets; good for a team of back and front players; an organized team will dominate here easier than on the airball field)
3 - Wooded Speedball (this field is closest to the parking lot; good mix of speedball type setup with mostly trees, logs, and spools; the best field if you're not an airball player; much larger field than other speedball-type fields; large mountain-like bunker in the center favoring fast runners and agressive players off the start, but can lead to point blank shots right through the bunker if both teams go for it)
4 - Pallets (open area field of plastic pallets and pipes; snake on one side; large field that can handle a 10-on-10 or even more; good for longballers and lots of bunkers to sprint to for the agressive runners; great intro to speedball for newbies)
5 - School Bus (definitely a cool setup; Defenders in the bus, Attackers start over a ridge; tough for the attackers, especially if defenders are allowed past the bus; not too much cover for attackers; narrow field, so no sneaking up on anyone here)
6 - Heavy Woods (behind the Pallets field; very dense, not many bunkers but u don't need them; very wide; you will see your opponents at all times, you just can get paint on them through all of the brush and trees; a good paint wasting field; a bit annoying, but less intimidating for newbies)
7 - Fortress (farthest field behind Heavy Woods field; newest field with a similar setup to School Bus but on a large field; Wooden fortress is very wide and can accomodate over 10 defenders; a lot of brush to help the attackers since there's a lot of open ground directly in front of the fortress; weakest point for the fortress is the right flank; can be interesting if the fortress is made out-of-bounds; some elevated "sniper" perches outside of the fortress; can be a good field for unique game rules/borders; far walk for paint/air)

My 2-cents:
Safety is a big problem here. There usually isn't anyone around, especially for the newbies, to help teach barrel and mask safety. Many players (experienced and newbie) get lax and take their masks off on field right after the game ends and just before the starting countdown. Don't expect a ref. He is usually sitting in the junk tent just outside of the staging area or reffing the airball field from the bleachers. The refs are friendly, there just isn't enough of them. It's cheap, so you get what you pay for.

If you can handle that, everything else is as good as you make it. Be friendly. Walk up to people and ask to join them to play (unless you bring your own group). There will always be a mix of newbies and experienced players, so go easy on the new players. Don't expect any sort of organization to get games going. It's pretty much a do-it-yourself kind of paintball field. Bring food and drink (or call for pizza delivery). Parking lot is only about 100 yards from the large staging area, so leave your valuables and paint in the car trunk. (Some other postings mentioned theft from items left in the staging area.) The self-fill air station is in the parking lot anyway. Oh yeah, lot is huge. Always parking available. Paint is cheap but not the best quality. (what do u expect for $40-45/case???)

No night play or weekday play. Go to Paintball Authority for that. Play is from 9-5, but the afternoon thins out as people run out of paint. Rentals are Tippmann semi's with CO2. I think u can pay to upgrade to compressed air tanks, but not sure.
 

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