Mapquest for me or the crude diretions provided by website.
This is the only field i go to cause thisis where all my friends go cause theya re the ones who organize it. wheni first went i was a complete noob and it was my first time. i had a blast despite the fact that i didnt last veyr long and many games, it was still a hoot since i had always wanted to go. i would go to skirmush about once a year after that from 02 usually on memorial weekend. i would constantly upgrade my equipment after the firs ttime. admission prices are cheap less than 30 for everything. it use to be that if you bring your own gun you get 100 paint...thye since changed that they no longer give you 100 paintballs if you bring in your own gun now. also you use to get the "bandanas" that were used as flags for capture the flag. it seems that skirmish is getting a bit cheap now. a ref told us about how skirmish was giving away many flags each year, but still for aht e72$ a case(i go with like 30 people so we always get the 72$per case discount) that is expensive paint. i never use it to shoot in my backyard cause thats just throwing money back at skirmish. i went in 06 in the winter and had a lousy time cause i got their new "skirmish brand" diablo/midniht paint and broke every 2-4 shots...no lie and not exaggerating either. it was cold out but i never had a problem with using skirmish paint before even in the cold. hat same day my a5 failed at the very beginning so i was already disapointed, and used my backup 98c with progressive barrel whch still broke paint and then the stok 98c barrel which still broke paint. it came to thepoint where i was cleaning my barrel every 2-4 shots so i can atleast use up some paint. i bought maybe 2 cases that day and went through less than half of one. in august 06 i went again when they had some newly boxed midnight skirmish brand paint which did better with not as many breaks. maybe like 10 brakes out of 2.5 cases. im a trigger happy kind of person so 5000rounds was nothing.
i love that they have free air but as the day nears it end they wont fill your tank up all the way so you need to conserve your air as the day goesespecially t the end when your makin your lastt rip and they only half fill your tank, both hpa and co2.
someone made a statement about how the fields get farther and farther towards the end of the day, which i realize is true now, the last fields are always the farthest and the fields are huge too which make it worst ause your walking long to a field and then have to walk some more on a huge field. probably jsut to tired you out so you want to not play.
the sign in area is a long walk from the staging area and the staging area is far from most fields. if your trying to carry backup equipment, paint and air enoguh for like 4-8 games then that is a lot os tuff to tote around. after my 06 summer game i wasnt ready for another game for a long time cause i had a lot of stuff. they need to get some sort of personel to carry people to some fields to give us a break.
most of the refs we had we pretty good, none of them were bad, some were better than others but some you could tell were new at it.
food is ok and prcies on food is ok nothing great.
the fields are also very worn out. its to the point where if youwalk onto a wooded field all you see is white trees and buldings(skirmish paint is white fill) as you walk away fromt he field into the woods outside a field youll notice the color changes back to brown and then abck to white as you enter another field. all thefields and shot up. camo is useless unless you where urban camo cause that is the color of their fields, even int he summer. i think they need to renovate some of thefields cause some barracades and buildings ar ein great need of renovation. the buildings have slipper wood floors and steps. a lot of mud when it rain the week before an lots of hidden dangers like rocks that someone can trip on and fall on in the winter with snow. happened to me my first time their and fell on my knees onto rock with about 2 inchs of snow in betwen.
i think thei reputation has gotten to them but they are not maintaining their reputation and liek someone else said, they seemt o be going downhill.
I agree with alot of what you have to say, but I strongly disagree with the theory that Skirmish refs walk players to far away fields as much as possible in order to tire them out and make them not want to play. Skirmish only makes any real money on paint sales. Trust me when I tell you that Skirmish wants you to play as much as possible, that way you'll need to buy more paint... more money for Skirmish. Skirmish ain't making any money if all you're doing is walking around. And I truly hope that you're joking when you suggest that Skirmish ought to hire personnel to carry people to some of the fields.
But I'm with you on the flag thing. It used to be that if you captured the flag, you got to keep it as a personal trophy. Now... nothing! Just a score in the win column. Don't get me wrong, I like scores in the win column, but I like the flags even more!
I think there's plenty of GOOD fields out there that sell their paint for far less than $100. But then again, these same fields will charge a bit more than Skirmish does for admission. Those other GOOD fields also charge to fill your tank - per fill. I've even been to a facility that charges for parking! All-in-all, I think that if you were to add up everything that you were to spend in a typical day of paintball (admisssion, paint, air fills, gun tech, food, etc.) then Skirmish wouldn't seem so expensive. No matter what paintball faciltiy I go to, I seem to spend anywhere between $150-$160. Now really, does it matter if I spend $100 on paint and $50 on everything else? This versus spending a mere $50 on paint and $100 on everything else? That fact remains that I just spent about $150 for a day of paintball.
Meph, If you take a look at the posts, I think you'll find that the most of the comments are being posted by the same dozen people or so. I just happen to be one them. Hell, I've seen your screen name on more than comment - maybe you're a Skirmish employee! As far as zero posts are concerned, I don't feel it necessary to make a post because, for the most part, anyone on this forum already knows my disposition towards Skirmish - this fact is made evident when you say that "just about all Skirmish reviews end up having your comments in them." So a post would seem redundant. And I'm not sure why you bother to mention that I'm registered on this site since 2004. Many people have been registered on this site before AND after me.
But if you feel it necessary to know a little more about me, here it goes. I'm in my late twenties. I from Philadelphia. Having attended Temple University, I have an undergraduate degree in Poly Sci. I then attended Villanova and now have a Master in Criminology. I've been playing paintball since the mid-nineties. I've played at more paintball facilities than I care to remember. Of all the paintball facilities, Skirmish is my favorite - expensive, yes, but still my favorite. I currently play for two scenario teams, both of whom are partnered with the German War Machine. Skirmish USA is my teams' home field.
So there it is - little 'ol me! I hope this makes you feel a little better. Do you have a bio?
ive never been there but im taking a road trip to skirmish i dont like $100.00 a case i do think it is a bit to much but whatever if u do like paintball people are willing to spend $2,000.00 on to go into a tourny ya no if u like the sport play it if u dont have a budget for it play sompthing cheaper