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ELDC-Bishop Wednesday, December 27th, 2006
Period of
Field Use:
4 years
Last There: September 7th, 2006
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
SplatMaster, Rocky Mountain, Battle Creek-
None of these places even came close to Dragonman's.
Review: Safety- I see a lot of threads saying that people don't have their barrel plugs in but every time i have went that was never a problem. If someone's barrel plug wasn't in, i didn't notice and that's probably because they weren't sitting across the table from me with their marker pointed at me. :)

Fields- Top Notch; one of the fields is even large enough to put an entire football team on and not be completely chaotic. (I saw an entire lacrosse team get out there a few times one day.) All of the fields are unique to one another and have a great diversity as far as cover, open ground, and elevation change. Fields 1,2, and 4 have to be my favorites because of the difference in cover and the multitude of different ways to play a round there. Field 3 can be extremely challenging if you don't play it "right" (there is no ONE right way to play any of their fields) and field 5 (the enormous field, about a football field wide and about 2 football fields long) is extremely fun to play with any number of people because it has everything from trenches to hilltop warfare to tire bunkers to an ice cream truck you can hide in. Only problem is that the fields are a mixture of field grass and dirt, so if it has rained or snowed recently the fields may be fairly muddy. But i played some of the funnest paintball of my life when i took my team against my friends team out there and it was snowing and raining and the fields were a mess. Just be sure to be smart about how you gear up, get some old ratty jeans or some old BDU's and some boots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty. We were the only ballers out there and Mel let us play for free because the conditions were so crappy. (Don't go try to play when it rains to get free paintball; i am just stating an example of how nice the owner is.)

Hours of Operation- They officially open at Saturday 9:30-4:30 Sunday 10:00-4:30
You can make reservations for parties during the week also and the staff will try to get other people wanting to play during the week on the same day so you can have some opponents. There is usually no shortage of people playing during the weekends as long as the weather is nice.

Prices- Check the site for specific prices but i love that they fill HPA -AND- Co2. Prices are reasonable on everything but bring your own food-paint-water if you can, it's just going to be cheaper. Paint there i have had pretty bad experience with, so if you're using your own marker and you have a nicer setup, don't use their field grade paint, buy some nicer paint from Wal-Mart or something at least.

Rules- The Rules there are "use your common sense". Barrel plugs in when your marker isn't in use, masks on while on the field, etc., etc. No referees out there which i love because you can be truly stealthy in some situations without having people look for where the referees are to spot where the enemies are. You sign a waiver so that if ya get injured they're not liable. There are some old rusty cars with bullet holes all through them so you gotta be smart about going out there. There are also nice wood "fence walls" and they are held together by nails so not totally uncommon to see a nail sticking out all crazy on ya. Just watch for em, i have never really stuck myself in all the years i have played out there. Use the same gear you might go hiking in as far as shoes cause there are some gnarly shrubs out in the plains of Colorado. I wear nice padded leather gloves so if i slam my hand into a car i am running up to for cover, i know none of those bullet holes or anything else on the car will cut me.

Other threads make DM's sound scary and unruly to play at but it's not. Just use your own discipline and if someone is doing anything truly stupid ask them to stop. If they don't tell the staff and they can kick them off the fields.

Service, Proshop, Staff- Great. They are starting to supply SOME gear for guns like o-rings and elbows but for the most part come prepared. Staff is fast and friendly; any questions you have are answered. If you're a new player, they can help ya feel more comfortable with the process of renting, field rules, etc.

Facilities, Food- bring your own food; they do have food in proshop but it's more expensive than stocking an ice chest at wal-mart instead. they have bathrooms there. Overall great place to paintball.


ON a final note- Please be smart about how you gear up to go play paintball. Realize that you're not going to be indoors and NOT going to be playing with blowup obstacles. I recommend some good boots, some heavy clothed jeans or BDU's, and some padded leather gloves. I don't know how aggressive you guys play (as far as running, jumping, diving into cover) but my team and i play pretty hard. I wear kneepads, padded leather gloves (that i don't care of they get torn up), and full BDU's with a nice sneaker or boot with some sole to them. If you do that you should have very little problems with your personal safety when playing at DragonMan's. Please be sure to follow all safety rules with your marker at ALL times on or off the field and keep paintball a fun sport to play for everyone.

- - - - YES some people shoot at the staging area, but it's in front of where everyone sits, not all aroudn where everyone sits. If you are scared to get shot, people shooting around you may be intimidating; but if you're playing paintball there is a fear thing some peopel might have to get over. I have only seen 4 "Teams" ever out there (not counting my own) and 2 of those "teams" were more like a group of friends that play together like once every 2 months. So if you rec ballers or beginners are worried about going and getting torn up by some insane team, DON'T worry. Because there is no referees, etc you can choose who you play with and how you play; and some of the nicest people i have ever met play out there. My Team gladly split up and teamed with a bunch of first-timers so that we could help coach them on strategies and rules. Dragonman's is a blast and the people and safety is great if you just play smart.

9/10 for Dragonman's
 

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