I have played several fields around the metro area, but I usually play at a private site that we have built ourselves.
I have been playing paint ball for about 5 years, splat tag was one of the worst experiences I have had in my 5 + years playing and here are the reasons why.
1.) The fields - All of the fields that we played were either one sided or were just not laid out very proportionally. Advantage to one team works for some games, king of the hill, and fort. But when you are playing team elem or flag over and over you do not want one team to have the advantage. All of the courses we played were very hilly and it seemed like one team always had the advantage. Also the thicket was terrible, the underbrush was absolutely horrible. There was the main trails and then there was woods it seemed like very little in between. None of the underbrush had been cleared out so even in spring with very little foliage you couldn't get any long shots off. Another thing is the total lack of cover, splat tag has a very small amount of cover on field other than downed trees, logs etc.
2.) The Ref - Okay this was one of my BIGGEST pet peeves about splat tag. If you pay approximately 50 bucks you should get a good ref, one at minimum 2 should be standard for a 25+ group. Other fields I have played at I had 2 refs for about the same size group. We were given one ref, and the kid was 13 years old. Only one ref for 30 people is sparse but can be managed if the ref is decent. This ref was beyond green, I could have put my 8 year daughter out there and had more accomplished.
We have all had that jerk on the field that thinks hes special and doesn't call out when you shoot him, talks to players on field after being shot to give away your position, and stays on the field after calling out. Now imagine the worst player you have had to deal with, I played with that guy today. His kid came down after being shot and calling out gave up our locations to his dad, as my friend was shooting at him(the dad that wasn't out yet) the ref told my friend to stop shooting because he was out. My friend stopped shooting but jerk off didn't, then I shot this guy totally by surprise and hit him, and he turned to me and shot me after the fact and the ref called us both out. Also while we were playing we got booted off the field we were playing mid game because they needed it for a big game that they were doing, mind you this was mid game it wasn't at the end of the game.
3.) Management - Being a cog in the corporate machine I understand good management can be a very difficult thing to come by. But this was down right shameful, the complete lack of organization was apparent. Not only was our ref unqualified (13 year old kid that probably hasn't shot a paint ball gun let alone ref'd a day of paint ball in his life) but the ref didn't seem to know what was going on what so ever as he wasn't even granted a walky talky to communicate with "Base" or a Horn to start / stop games. You can' t really blame the kid for being unqualified and not having the right tools to do his job you really have to look at the management. They are truly the ones responsible for this abomination in paintball named splat tag.
So in summary, if you are thinking about going to Splat Tag I would highly advise against it. There are many other courses in the metro area that will give you a far greater bang for your buck. The only way I would ever go back to Splat Tag to play was if it was free.
If any of you would like to further converse about my experience at Splat Tag feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am very sorry to hear you had a bad experience with our company. I wish you had told one of us some of your concerns on game day and we could have addressed them for you or given your money back.
I want to first respond to what you said about your Ref.
Your Ref was NOT 13 and your group only had 15 players. If you or anyone had told us that you needed another ref you would have received one. I know it is very tough to play then people in your group are cheating. I am very sorry you needed another ref and did not get one. We don't like cheaters.
Splat Tag is a outdoor field with very thick wooded field and yes very hilly. We love it that way, Sorry you do not. We do have one Airball field you could have played if you had asked. We are not a speedball field. We do not have flat open fields for playing paintball that I know some players like. Great for long shots and shooting a lot of paint. Some paintball companies love more opened fields with little or no under cover that makes players burn through their paintballs faster and force players to buy more paintballs. We do NOT do this. We try to set our private game fields up so that a player uses about 500 in a 3 hour time slot.
Yes I stop one of your games in the middle,that had to be gone. We did say sorry and gave your group a case of 2000 paintballs and added another hour to your groups play time just for ending one game 10 minute early and moving you to another field. Sorry you did not think that was enough.
Plus when your group was done there were a few players that had such a great time they wanted to keep playing so we let them join in with our Open Games and keep playing as long as they wanted.
some of the feilds are very one sided but thats why they play both sides of the feild for both teams at least 2 games per feild. for the most part. and i think its more set up like one side is ment to attack and one to defend.
This review is really obviously written by someone who doesn't know much about paintball.
1. A big event at a paintball field would take priority over a private party. It has close to 200 people and is an important event.
2. From what Darrin said he had done to make up for you should have been grateful. But I guess you can't please everyone. Unless it was exactly how you wanted it you need to whine and moan.
3. A 13 year old reff? Well that's funny, I'm the youngest ref there and I'm 15. I've been playing for six years witch is longer then you, so I would have been more experienced, if I had been in charge of your group.