Warplay is an extraordinary paintball field, in every conceivable manner. You can clearly see their unique qualities, when looking at the following four traits: The fields, the game play, owners, and the attention to details.
Each field is meticulously and realistically designed. Concrete bunkers are made from actual concrete blocks. Sandbag walls are actual sand bags. The bridges are extremely well constructed. And the forts are INTENSE! The photos on their web site highlight some of the key points, however no photograph can capture the intensity of actually playing on these fields. To be certain, terrain is both varied and challenging.
The field designers were inspired from actual historical battles. For example, one field is based on Operation Market Garden in WWII. Another is based on a battle in Vietnam, where superior numbers heavily attacked a marine base. This historical flare adds to the overall drama of the game and genuinely enhances the play experience.
During our day of play, we never once played a standard two-flag, capture the flag game. Instead, each game is like a mini scenario game, with a defined objective and purpose. When shot, you don’t sit out for the rest of the game. Instead, you simply return to the dead zone and wait out a respawn timer.
I can’t tell you how much I prefer respawns to the standard single elimination play style. It allows you to be a bit more aggressive, because you know getting shot only means a pause for a few minutes tops. Because both teams respawn, the objectives can only be achieved through superior strategy, tactics, and positioning. Its miles beyond your typical spray and pray, slaughter fest.
The field is owned and operated by Tor and Gunny, who are two ex-marines and avid paintball players themselves. In fact, they played along side of us today. They seem genuinely concerned with the overall player experience. This paintball field is not their primary job. However, you can tell that they are passionate about it. They get very excited when they talk about their future plans for expansion; machine gun nests, a busted huey chopper in an LZ, Mortar Air Raid attacks, concrete trenches, etc…. The list goes on and on. I rated this field 9 out of 10, only because I need to leave room for a higher score, once these expansions are constructed!
They are 100% different from the fat, over-the-hill, money grubbing rednecks with zero understanding of paintball, that run some of the other fields in the area.
Louis Khan once said, “God is in the Details.” It would seem that Tor and Gunny have taken this adage to heart. For example, the refs carry micro fiber, terry cloth rags to wipe off any old paint hits. Next to the porta potty, there is a handwashing station with soap. They don’t support CO2 at the site. All markers, including rentals run off of compressed air, only. Every rental marker is a Tippman A-5 with a response trigger. They provide a reasonably priced, catered sandwich for lunch. (No crappy hot dogs here)….
Sure, each of these issues, in and of itself, is minor, insignificant detail. However, in the aggregate, they all add up to completely enhance your game play experience.
Faults and shortcomings?
Yes, Warplay has one MAJOR and GLARING problem: After playing there for one day, they have completely shattered any desire of returning to the Pevs @ AG.