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TallShaffer Sunday, February 25th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
2 years
Last There: February 25th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
2 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
Wolves' Reign - speedball field, just not my kind of play
Review: This was the place where I first started playing paintball and where I've played most often. I'll run down the list here of what pbreview recommends that I review:

Safety: The older refs are very keen on playing like every marker is loaded, gassed up, safety off and everything. If they spot you taking the barrel cover off a step too early, they will call you on it to make sure it doesn't happen again. There are lots of netted areas to remove/don masks, barrel plugs, put safeties on and everything. I never feel unsafe or nervous whatsoever when playing at this field.

Fields I've played on 'both' fields here, the main recball room and the speedball room. Both are constantly changing and always make for a good game. The massive factory has countless rooms to make for a new and exciting game most every time. One "complaint", if you want to call it that, would be that the team that starts on the "left" (close to staging area) tends to need to play defense the entire game, while the team that starts on the "right" (far end) tends to play offense the whole time. This really happens the worst when you have players that aren't very aggressive playing, but it is really just the way that the rooms are laid out. I love the recball room, always exciting and allows for very interesting play with a smaller group.

Hours of Operation I've been to the field on weekends with scheduled events (I'll cover that later), and also on BYOP nights. It was nice to know that I could really go to the field any day I was itching for some play and there would be something happening.

Prices The majority of the time that I go there it is fairly inexpensive for the whole day, while paint is a little more (but that's what I expect on Field Paint Only days). It's $10 for the day (includes field fee and unlimited air refills), and if you are looking to rent equipment, it's only $5 more. Paint is $65 a case, not too outrageous, but certainly not cheap.

Pro Shop The shop is small, and stocks basic parts for the mainstream markers. The people there are very friendly and willing to help if your gun has any issues, and are very dedicated to getting you back on the field in as short a time as possible.

Staff This is my biggest complaint about the field. The scheduling has been very poor nearly every time I have played. The owner often schedules two or more groups at the same time, and has completely forgotten that our group is to be playing that day. It can be very frustrating when your group attends for recreational play, and all of a sudden a group of very serious players comes in to ruin the fun. The poor planning and lack of organization by the owner is enough to make me wish there was another field in the area that was this size, but my choices are very limited.

Refs The refs are helpful and fair. They enforce the rules like hawks and really make sure that everyone is having a good time. The referees always help out with the little things such as walking a player off the field so he doesn't get bonus-balled, helping new players with any marker issues in the heat of battle, and are also very quick to reply to any paint-checks or other requests made by players on the field.

Facilities and Food The facilities are very bare bones, just a worn-down factory, nothing special needed for paintball. There's a simple bathroom with a sink, enough to get by. For food there is a pop machine and some chips at the pro shop. If your group needs food, the owner has ordered pizza in for players to purchase before, and I'm sure he's willing to do it again.

...etc Another issue that doesn't really fit into any category would be the smoking indoors of some of the people on staff. While I'm not going to pass any judgments about the New York State smoking ban, it's still the law and should be followed. Every time that I've gone the staff have been smoking in the staging area/pro shop and it is very annoying.

Overall I'm very pleased with the field, the refs, the play and the facilities. I wish the owner was responsible on writing down when he was catering to a group so less problems would be occurring. I wish there was another place in the relatively same area that was a large field as well so we could finally stop dealing with the poor scheduling by the folks at the jell-o factory, but there is no place that can come place to the overall game play that the jell-o factory has to offer. It's probably a good idea to check every day for the 5 or 6 days before your group is scheduled with the owner to be 100% positive that you are scheduled at the right time so no other group will be coming in to take over.

I'll give the field an overall seven out of ten because of the great play and fun involved, but take three points off for the consistently disappointing management.
 

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