none other in the Jim Thope, PA area that I know of...........
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OK before I post this review, I'll qualify myself first: been playing for over six yrs., actually played my first paintball game at Skirmish, been hooked ever since, play almost every week, including competitive paintball all the way up to the NPPL. . and I am in no way associated with this or any other field. so heres my $.02 about this establishment: I'll break it down into several categories:
fields: Skirmish has arguably the best rec ball setup of any field in the east coast.. not as elaborate as SC Village in California or CPX in Illinois, both of which I've played at but they have really constructed some neat structure fields. the Castle is definitely a wonder to behold, the "Hood in the Woods" buildings are a blast, and if sneaking around in camo in heavy woods is your thing, with acres and acres of thick foliage then you're in for a treat. the only drawback is, with the size of the place expect to do a LOT of walking. if the refs are smart they'll minimize the walking by setting up games at adjacent fields but thats not alway the case.
referees: I would say Skirmish has the most professional referrees of any field I've been too. Most (I can't say all, theres always exceptions) seem to try to ensure the players have a good time. most of them will honor requests for players to play a particular field, although the most popular ones ( like the castle) usually take a little time since theres usually another group waiting to play. from speaking to some of the refs, most of t hem seemed fairly cool, and I would assume all of them play pb on a regular basis, although there was one (won't say who) that seemed like he was on a power trip given the way he was talking down to his group.
pricing: well the elaborate fields come with a cost. at $100 a case plus tax playing here ain't cheap. the paint they sell shot decent last weekend, but for that much, it better be self guided balls.....they sell a house paint made for them by I don't know who, but its
marked with the Skirmish name to deter players from sneaking their own. but if you only play here once a yr. then I would highly suggest availing of their half price deal they have several times a yr. where they sell paint at a more reasonable $53 a case. (still a little higher than my local fields though)
organization : this is the where they fell short last time I went there IMHO. Ok so they got rid of that long bus ride that easily killed a half hour in the morning. they now have parking and check in at the fields, which is great since I no longer have lug all my gear for miles. however this particular time I went I actually wound up waiting longer: I arrived for my scheduled check in time of 9:45, checked in , got assigned a table, got paint, got my gear and went to the table. there were several walk on players already there so I started chatting with them, and waited. and waited. while the rest of the group arrived.finally around 1030 or 1045 everyone was there and the refs finally assigned arm bands. so we walk to the staging area. i got air, got my gun chronoed and returned to the staging area to wait for the rest of the group. now this is where it got silly. I can understand the bigger the group (we had almost 60 ppl total) takes longer to manage, but let me just say that it was not until AFTER 1200 PM before we got to our first game
apparently a couple of the players that were playing together-part of a larger private group within our group- had gun problems. and instead of sitting out the first game while the rest of their buddies played, they elected AS A GROUP to wait until there friends had their guns fixed. so being that the numbers would've been lopsided without this significant number group, the refs decided to hold up the first game until this group returned. which meant that everyones else sat around waiting. we only got 4 games before our "lunch" break at 3, and after that we played two rounds at the castle which was good because I wanted to shoot paint and thats what I did at the castle. (oh and the castle games are pretty intense, if you've never played it you're def. missing out)
so my advice: if you can, go with a private group, at least you're in more control of the day's activity.
oh and one more thing. the ref promised fair and even games (hey this is REC BALL!) but if one team is rolling the other with like 8 bodies alive almost every game for FOUR games straight you would thing they would mix it up a bit? hmm........
so in a nutshell: Skirmish is good for the occasional player or private group, they have some GREAT fields and scenario events, but for the regular player on budget, try some other places. so take this review for all its worth, dispute flame or anything blah blah blah, don't really care. it was written to be unbiased no sugar coating no flaming and certainly no agenda, I presented the good with the bad as well as I could.