Extremez in Vancouver, WA. Even though it's smaller and only offers indoor action, Extremez is a much safer and better run facility with good organization.
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I could really care less if other people know how to get to this field or not.
Just got back from the annual Civil War big game and probably will never return to this field. The day started out basically fine and the field has much to offer as far as size and options of play. Throughout the day we had issues with players (mostly the Tournament people) wiping off paint and the refs not calling it, which I was told is a usual occurrence here. However, toward the end of the day after about 3.5 hours the Refs stopped Refereeing and it basically turned into a free for all. Players who actually did call themselves out were walking back to the re-spawn areas with their makers in the air and being shot continuously as they were trying to get back to re-spawn. Where were the refs? I found them hanging out in their own little huddles ignoring the game and text messaging on their phones. When informing them of the problems on the field the refs response to me was " that's paintball" and went back to what he was doing before, nothing. Not to mention that while I was walking over to find the refs, with no maker or gear other than my mask, I was shot in the neck from a range of no more than 30 feet as I approached those refs. Other problems included, players using safety and re-spawn areas as bunkers. Also, players were being allowed to use hot guns firing way over 300fps. I mean, everyone had to crono before the action started but I was hit in the gun hard enough to tear off my reflex sight that was secured with two hex screws, another player was hit hard enough in the mask that it tore off his visor. The refs carried hand held cronos but failed to use them, ever. Basically, the poor organization and officiating made this a very unsafe place to play. I would not even dream of bringing someone who was new to paintball to this facility for their first experience. As ambassadors to our sport, the field operators should be ashamed of themselves and not one of those Referees deserves to keep their jobs after what they allowed to happen there.
I was on the North. However, I think more importantly, people on both sides were pulling a bunch of crap and the Refs simply failed to correct the situations. It could have been so much fun and it was such an awsome field, I was just terribly disappointed.
Amen brother, I also will probably not return. It was an extremly dissorganised cluster muck. If this was the first ever event of this kind that they held I would say not bad and will get better with experience, but they have been doing it for a while. The boundries were not clearly marked the refs did not know where the boundries were and aparently could care less on fair play. Paintball is a game that largly relys on the honor system. If you have know honor and the rfs are for poop. You end up with the kind of cluster muck that they had.
I wish i could say you are just over reacting but it really was that bad I was there on the south team and I almost never saw a single ref reffing all day. Really kind of a bad experience. What happened to the old Splat Action?