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Pvt. Caboose Wednesday, February 28th, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
1 year
Last There: February 25th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
1 year
Other Fields
in the Area:
Paintball City (cleaner, has an owners only field)
Directions
to the Field:
Easy to find
Review: To start, I went to Sgt. Splatters this weekend. I went with three of my friends. Two of the fathers decided to come along to. It was not a very enjoyable experience. Not to say it was horrible, we still had fun. However, it was a Sunday which was BYOP. This attracted alot of owners. I think it was almost too many for the field to handle. There was several areas of improvement to be considered by Sgt. Splatters. (Hope you don't mind a long review..)

Safety: This was one of the areas they did well. They may have over emphasized it because while playing with 50+ people the ref ( who was wearing almost the same colour as one of the jumpsuits) was shot. He then shut down the WHOLE GAME so that he could whine at us when we came back 10 minutes later. Safety not bad. They also emphasized having ur barrel bag on VERY STRICTLY.

Field: Umm, only one field which is indoor. It is not a bad size. However for the amount of people there it was much to small. People were forced to bunch up and therefore get shot easily lol. I'm pretty disgusted with the field though. The floor is covered with sand which got everywhere and made me feel grimy as well as making me nervous some of it would get into my gun. The two story buildings have paint caked on about a inch thick. The floors and stairs are very slippery and and dirty too. It looked like they hadn't cleaned it ever.

Lighting: Yes, i had to make this its own category. The lighting was pretty bad. Its way to dim and as said in one of the reviews before causes it to be very glare-prone.

Prices: Ridiculous. I have done some calculations on the price of a case of paint at their proshop and paint at the playing area. The price has been jacked up about 3 to 4 times as much as a normal case. Rentals are $35 for everything which is pretty much on par with everywhere else. I seriously suggest buying a case of paint from the proshop before playing. (only on BYOP days tho)

Rules: Can't complain. The Rules were made to be safe and fun. Some of the games we played were actually really good. Make sure to ask the ref there about 'Dodgeball' or 'Slaughterhouse' if you go.

Services: Service was very slow to get the rental packages for some of the people with us. When we finally got started it was pretty good. For owners they filled up tanks free no questions asked. Once again, the slow service was mostly due to all the people there that day.

Proshop: Not very dependable. I was always phoning the shop when i was buy my gun and equipment. They would rarely ever have the hopper or equipment i wanted in stock.
It is fairly small. However, it is pretty clean. Not a bad selection of guns. They tend to be a little bigger on scenario stuff if your into that. I'm more of a speedball player myself. Not a big deal though. There were drinks to buy and different kinds of equipment and accessories for your marker. There was also a small selection of paintball clothing to check out.

Staff: I can't really comment on this section or my opinon would be biased. They seemed to be pissed off 24/7. Probably cuz they were so busy. When i have been there in the past the guys have been better and at times helped me when they knew i was having problems with my gun.

Refs: I guess it depends on the ref whos working that day. But in my experience in the past, there hasnt been that many good refs. The one i had the most recent time i went stopped the whole game for being shot. See, this wouldnt have been as bad if he was wearing bright yellow or even a bright yellow mask. But no, this ref was wearing a grey shirt and pants (roughly the same colour as the coveralls they give you to rent) and a blue Empire Avatar. There was virtually no way to distinguish him from other players if he was walking around. This was not very professional in my opinion.

Players: The players were definitely the best part of the experience. I met a couple of guys there and talked about gear and stuff. Its easy to say i made a few new friends that day. The crowd was mostly scenario oriented players. Again, not my style, but its strictly your preference. The guys there were fun to play with. I saw that the more experienced players were helpin some of the younger guys there which is always good to see.

Facilities: Overall, not very good. Everything is very crowded. The field is an okay size, but the staging area is too small for the usual amount of people that are there. The dead zone usually becomes very crowded in between games. The proshop is also very small. The washrooms are pretty clean. However, not very impressed.

In conclusion, Sgt. Splatters is still a fun place to go. However, it has a lot more potential than its being used for. If the staff there improved on a few key areas of their business it would be a lot better. I don't suggest this place if you are on a budget or are a frequent player because prices for paint are very expensive and field conditions are not the greatest. I would recommend this field if you are planning a party or get together, because the field is the perfect size for a part of about 20 people. For lack good of field conditions and facilities, I give Sgt Splatters a 4/10


 

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