gator joes-much, much better
proving grounds-better. ok field, didnt have airball up when i went though
.this field sucks. its that simple. since i dont feel like writing an original review, ill use the suggested points to cover
safety-decent. they make you watch a safety video. goes for about half an hour. basically, all you would need to know is that keep ur mask on while on the playing field, keep ur barrel covered in the neutral zone, dont point blank shoot people (bad grammar, sorry) and headshots dont count. yes, headshots dont count. someone tell me. if you get shot in the head, shouldnt that be an instant death? someone could turn their head around teh corner with NO FEAR of being shot. this is retarded. obviously getting shot in the back of the head is a bad idea. intentionally aiming for the head from 10-20 ft is a bad idea. but you cant aim paintballs accurately enough to insure you will shoot someone in the chest, leg, w/e. stupid rule
field-indoors in a basement. not a good idea. no windows, so little light. very little light. the black lights dont help much. much too dark. i like to see where my paintballs are going and where the other team is. likewise, im sure they would like to see where i am. much too dark. dont bother renting a flashlight either. you cant keep it on for more than a second<another questionable rule.
prices-grosely overpriced. if you work it out, its roughly $.10/paintball compared to $.03/paintball at gator joes. thats horrible. i shoot a lot of paintballs. it cost me around $60 for my gun (i have my own. ill get to that later), field fee, and paint for 3 hours and 150-200 paintballs. that is horrible. gator joes is (i think) $20 field fee + 1$5 for 500 paintballs. less if you have ur own gun.
rules-typical paintball rules, besides no headshots
staff-maybe they are better at paintball, but i was playin with people who never played before, and they way they talked down to them probly didnt help the initial experience. they should be drawing people to the sport, not pushing them away.
refs-seemed uninterested. stood at the entrance point and waved his flashlight around
players-i went with some friends, so they were fine
facilities-poorly layed out. one entry point for both teams. if you get shot, you leave, tap the desk outside the field, and go back in. the ref would send you to the "right" side upon return. the problem with this is that if one team has another team cornered, a returning player of the cornered team could shoot the other team in teh back. likewise, games go on and on and on and on. the gametype we played mostly was capture the cone (or flag. w/e). the teams could put the cone anywhere on their side as long as it was standing up and on the ground. we hid ours inside a spool. it woudl be impossible for the other team to find it. very slick. felt more like ice skating. slid into the wall a few times. hard to be stealthy when people hear *sssssssssssssss-BOOM"
too business orientated. not player orientated at all. gator joes will adjust for new players or experienced. they are very relaxed in choosing game style. they are serious about safety though.
so, any good points? of course. no matter how bad a place is, it cant kill the fun of paintball.
they day was fun BECAUSE it was paintball. and there was one fun game type. basically a big 3 ft high ball was placed in the middle. teams had to push it to the other side without being shot. first team to get the big ball to the other side wins. really fun. the other team was 3 ft from winning when my team turned it around. we ended up winning. if you want to go to dark armies, go for this game type. thats about the only good thing that came out of this place
finally, if you have an electric gun, dont bother taking it. if you have an a-5, like i do, dont bother taking it. they wont let you use it. why? i have no clue. the guy said they have a list of guns that cant be used, and an a-5 is one of them. makes no sense to me. made no sense to the guy working the desk either.
i wouldnt reccomend this field. at all. if you need a paintball fix over the winter, maybe. and thats only if you cant go out and build snow forts to play