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thermalGoggles Monday, October 23rd, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
More than 5 years
Last There: October 14th, 2006
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Much Outlaw at Random Fields
Capture the Flag Indoor
Rampage Outdoor
Review: Capture the Flag has been around since before I began playing paintball (1993). It is a great space for every woodsballer, as there are about 20 different fields, all with interesting terrain, and that are a lot of fun to play. They have barricades, soft cover, dense foiliage, and even two storey forts! The staff is not entirely objectionable, but the bottom line (ca$h) is of high importance, as is the case with most commercial ventures.

The attitude at CTF as far as safety goes is a bit different than one might expect. At the beginning of the day they go through all of the safety procedures that are required to play throughout the day. They don't send a martial out with you when you play, so they leave it to you to remember an implement all the rules. It is a good idea for vets to remind noobs to keep those goggles on on the field (hey, I kept my goggles on when I was a noob!).

As far as price goes, it is a pretty good deal for people with their own gear or without. The field fee is good for the whole day - until the sun goes down, which is about 10:30pm in summer (and since there are no martials, nobody is rushing your through games, so take your time!)! Paint for renters ranges from 12 cents to 8 cents, which isn't too unreasonable... For people with their own gear it is $10 to play for the day and 5 cents per ball, although I would not advise using their paint. They are garbage. I would advise all vets to simply bring their own balls and pay the $40 off-field paint fee. For $40 the field fee is included and you can use paint that isn't absolute garbage.

Just to illustrate the poorness of the paint, every 10th-ish ball wouldn't even load into my Q-Pods because it was not round but quite oval. Every 8th-ish paint was so hard that it would simply bounce off someone like a marble (I have some bruises thanks to that crappy paint!).

The rental markers are also quite poor. A friend that rented an A-5 noticed that a problem with the feeder caused many misfires. Still, they do have some good markers, and they also have not entirely horrible paint. All you have to do is refuse to take the crap! If you notice your marker is not working, go ask them for one that does. If you notice your paint is crap, insist that they give you the better stuff. They will usually help you out.

So, for people with their own gear, pay the $40, bring your own paint, and enjoy the full day. Also, they do provide free hot-dogs and powdered drinks. So all vegetarians, remember to bring real food with you or you will have to survive on potato chips all day!

Ultimately, my advice would be to treat a day at CTF like an outlaw game that costs a $40 fee up front. The $40 is well worth the great fields, the access to washrooms, ability to meet and play with many other players, and the ability to use their fire pit to roast your veggie dogs inbetween games!

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