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af895 Tuesday, January 2nd, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: July 22nd, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Paintball Mirabel, Skorpion, Arnolds - they're all different but larger than SXC
Directions
to the Field:
Near the Place-Vertu shopping center, on the service road going WEST from Cavandish at highway 40. It's in the same building as Rona warehouse on Cote-Vertu; your best bets are:
- get to the parking lot for Rona and drive down the ALLEY past shipping & receiving on the EAST side of RONA, turning into the SXC parking lot BEFORE getting on the service road OR...
- go to the Cavendish exit/entrance of autoroute 40 (at the Ikea) and getting on the highway there to go WEST which will get you on the service road and right to SXC.
Review: EDIT - 3 April 2007

There's no BYOP anymore but members can buy a case of fresh, field-branded X-Ball Bronze for $65. If you're like me, that'll last two months. ;)

SXC has gone airball. They've also torn down a few walls to make more room for people and gear.

Much as I liked the old field, it had its weak points, chiefly the slippery floors and people hiding in tunnels for entire games. Players would also bend the rules by using structures they weren't allowed during so-called "streets" games.

Now, with the inflatable bunkers, every game is "streets" or street-CTF and there aren't any off-limits spots so it levels the playing field.

Running a squeegee across the floor is a great idea to get un-popped paintballs cleared away but cleaning EVERY INFLATABLE BUNKER after every game has to stop. The added wait is annoying and delays games unreasonably.


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Let me start by saying this is the closest field to where I live and it's also the field attached to the pro-shop where I bought my first marker: buyPBL's head office. If you buy a marker there over $200 or $250, you'll receive a membership which lets you into SXC at a discounted rate ($10 instead of $25).

They allow BYOP for members only and it must be white, yellow or aqua fill. They do this to better identify if anyone is sneaking their own paint on field without being a member. (it happens) As of February 1st, 2007, they will FPO (field paint only) which will be discounted for members.

Pluses
Staff are quite friendly and helpful. Don't be a jerk and they'll stay that way. Barrel plug and mask rules are enforced. There's also a 10' rule: you aren't allowed to shoot someone less than 10' away, instead you're supposed to yell "FREEZE!"
They will boot people who don't follow safety rules; usually people get one warning and are asked to sit out a game. If they don't follow the rules after that, they're asked to leave.

I actually know the staff pretty well at SXC because I've played there since October of 2006. I put my marker down and help the staff out if things get really busy.

The layout of the field is something like a hockey stick with an open "L" shape. It's also 2 stories tall with some "2-1/2 to 3rd" story areas like the West castle and the top turrets on the North wall. This makes it interesting if you like to be sneaky.

HPA and CO2 fills are available and if you're a member or you've paid your entrance fee, at least HPA is free, CO2 possibly as well.

The staff seem genuinely concerned about the quality of service and try to insure people are not only safe but have a good time. If I'm reffing, I'll personally run around with a shield and do paint and safety checks which I believe is well received.

Some downsides
The field is smaller than some others and somewhat dimly lit. This could be a good or bad - it lets you skulk around and hide in dark tunnels without being seen. You actually get used to the size after a while and adapt. It's a perfect "close-quarter battle" field and you'll brush up on your short-range dueling while you're there.

BYOP is probably going to end soon in favour of FPO. I hear rumours of this as a means of keeping people from sneaking paint in which seems to be happening on an increasing basis.

Floors have astro-turf in most places but due to the large amount of paint on everything, it is VERY slippery - not as bad as ice but much like wet grass. Ladders and stairs to upper levels are wood and slightly less slippery but you have to watch your step.

Conclusions
If you're used to a larger field, you may feel boxed in the first few times you play SXC. Keep playing! You get used to it and you'll find it makes for interesting games. There's more than one way into most areas - either the direct route or a back tunnel - so you can keep the other team guessing where you're coming from.

There's a "clean" area by the front counter with seating for probably 30+ people that's great for birthday parties and such. They have a LaserTag field next to that and a lot of parents arrange for pizza and cake in this area. The staff are good about letting you bring your own food or order in. If they don't have change for the drink machines (of which there are over half a dozen) PBL next door can usually help or you could walk or drive to the mall just behind the building.

A small, friendly, fun field, SXC is a change of pace from many larger, less personal fields.

Rob is the current assistant manager, easily recognized by being the TALL guy on front desk and on field. Refs include Andee, Gordie (recognized by his longer hair) occasionally Rob's brother Kyle and Mikey. I go by "Bush" on account of running around in a ghillie suit from time to time. ;)

EDIT - boring. It's geared to birthday parties for 14-year olds now. The old city was unique and awesome. This place is boring. 3/10.
Last edited on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009 at 8:16 am PST
 

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