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HazardousSS Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
Period of
Field Use:
Less than a month
Last There: March 16th, 2007
Paintball
Experience:
More than 5 years
Other Fields
in the Area:
TAG (was a reg at their old old old location many years back), Woodstock, Ft. Ord indoor field, TAG new location. Only field I enjoyed more was TAG's old school location in Watsonville.
Directions
to the Field:
See site.
Review: I drove up from Santa Cruz, and it wasn't a bad drive at all. The directions were easy to follow, though bear creek road is kind of sketchy, as is the steep dirt driveway that leads down to the field. But hell, this is woodsball in the SC mountains right?

I arrive there and there is a relatively small group getting geared up, probably about 25 total. I paintball alone considering all my friends have backed out of the sport, so I needed no reservation. I was actually later glad that there wasn't a huge group. as BC consists of only one field, and it's not that huge a field all things considered.

One really cool thing was that my tank is being hydro'd at the moment, and I can't run CO2 on my guns. They don't rent out nitro tanks, but I had been talking to Clint, who had done some work on my spyder years ago and it turned out he reff'd at this field at times. He said he wouldn't be there the weekend I was going but to call the field up and ask a ref to bring me a tank to borrow for the day. So I left a message at the field and they called me back promptly, asking what kind of tank I needed (hp/lp) and told me they'd take care of it.

When I arrived they had a nitro tank waiting for me and didn't charge me for the rental. Good stuff. The lady running the shack is really nice and helpful, hooked me up with some bandages for a scraped knee and evened out all the testosterone running rampant.

Staging area: consists of a sales shack, canopied fill stations and a trailer with gear. There are a few picnic tables next to where you park your cars. Parking lot is a dirt area, and there are plenty of trees to find shade under.

Prices: Prices are fair for the most part, save for paint which is WAY WAY WAY overpriced ($70 a case). I brought my own paint as a self equip so this was not a problem for me, but I felt sorry for the renters. I know this is one of the only ways for fields to make money but.. still. $70?

For me it cost $35 bucks for entry and all day air.

Food and water and energy drinks is cheap and very good. The hot dog/chicken skewer lunch was really nice and it really felt like summer had begun.

Orientation: orientation is quick and concise, all the important factors stressed. Easy to listen to, the usual safety and newbie info included.

Refs: Refs are NPPL registered and helpful and friendly. They will do paint checks (even if begrudgingly) and there are always at least 2 refs on each game, keeping things organized and ensuring safety and rules are followed.

Field: Field is found down a path and consists of a gradual slope with a flat area at the bottom. Plenty of bunkers, woodpiles, and a few trees and some foliage, though overall it is pretty much open. In other words, the field itself isn't in dense woods. It's open and sunny for the most part. There's plenty of cover but not so much that you don't take some risky slides. No poison oak that I saw. It really reminded me of the "Triangle" field from old school TAG. The "hill" is rather minor, it's just sloped enough that you get some exercise when assaulting it, but it's not really major. You don't need to be in that great of shape to handle it.

Teams: Teams were mixed pretty evenly between self equipped and rentals. Everyone plays together, which is nice as it allows for big games. It was also good for me since I'm still rusty having not played in years and using my old gear.

Gameplay: Gameplay is really fun. Most of the day was spent on elimination games, mixing up the start points for the teams. Other games played were capture the flag (though no one ever managed to grab the flag before the time ended.. these should be longer games IMO), and attack and defend (very fun) where one team must stay on the hill and gaurd the flag pole while the opposing team assaults it and are all terminators (can respawn as many times as they like). When we were defending they gave us one terminator as well. This place reminds me of the good old days at TAG's old location years ago.. classic woodball with a big group and everyone having a good time. They know how to work with what's given to them and make the best of it. Good stuff.

The format was 2 games (switching sides) and a "5 minute" break, which always ended up being 10-15 minutes. Everyone likes to relax in between games, but it would be good for the refs to rush people a bit more. Though, at the end of the day, our group stayed at the bottom of the path on the field to ensure we got another 2 games in.

Rules: Rules are fair and the usual safety stuff. Chronoing between games is fine and smart, even if it takes up a little time.

The only issue I had was the no-bunkering rule. It's not that I want to bunker noobs all day. It's not even that I really love bunkering people (though..I do), it's that this rule really can mess up gameplay. It creates these awkward situations with people yelling "SURRENDER!" from like 10 feet away and you're thinking to yourself "hm.. I could just shoot this person", or two people rushing each other yelling surrender at the same time and then not knowing what to do. Our ref even had to get 2 players to start over from opposite bunkers a couple of times because of this. Also at times there's simply no way to tag a player from the distance they desire, and running up to surrender the person would inevitably cause problems.

Though it does suck for noobs to be bunkered, the no bunkering rule causes real problems in gameplay, and should be modified. Refs should ask that players surrender, but should not require it in all situations.


Personal stuff: Well as I said there were a fair amount of first timers and renters there, so I took it easy at times. When I was up against self-equips I went all out, but a fair amount of the time I was relaxing, just walking around and giving my team info. I assumed a leadership role on my team and encouraged players to rush and move up, and I think they had a better time for it. Everyone had grins coming off of the field.

When we broke through their flank, and got behind the other team, I would tag a few players but for the most of my part I'd let my team do the flanking. Truth be told I would have felt a little guilty taking out the majority of their team so once we broke through I let the noobies have their fun and relaxed till the whistle blew. I was using a used angel I picked up on craigslist and I definitely was not used to the sensitivity of the trigger, so I did get yelled at once for hitting a player with a few too many balls, and with good reason. After the game I informed the guy (JR) about my situation and he understood.

JR is actually a ref there but played some of the games with us. I started shooting the sh*t with him and we got to talking guns and what not, and he told me he had an ion as a backup. I told him how I'd been looking into an ion and he offered to let me play the rest of the day with his ion, no problem at all. JR's the man! So I put the angel away (it was double balling anyway) and used his ion the rest of the day, and I might mention had a blast with it. He reffed a few of our games towards the end and I got to know the ion and overall had a good day of paintball. He left his gun and tank with me and I dropped it off to the lady at the shack (sorry don't remember her name) at the end of the day.


Overall, this place is a solid field to have a good day of recball in the mountains of Santa Cruz. They may only have one field, but they know how to work with it and mix up gameplay to keep things exciting. It really brought me back to the old days of recball and reminded me what paintballing is all about. Everyone was having fun and I met quite a few cool people playing there. It also reminded me why I love woodsball vs. speedball. The game brought everyone together and everyone was socializing and having fun in the sun, getting some good exercise in beautiful surroundings while playing safe and everything staying organized.


Rating: 9/10

This rating is considered in comparison to other local fields and considered what they do with the area they have. There are better woodsball fields in California, but this place offers a great time with just one small field.







 

Review Comments
Punisher068 Saturday, February 2nd, 2008 | 4:02 pm PST
This is my local field, I live 6mi away.I have always had a great time there and JR is awsome!!Not surprised he loaned u his gun
   

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